The Democratic position of strength is bringing out a special brand of crazy on the right, as Rush Limbaugh is claiming that Obama is using fiscal cliff as a tool to achieve his goal of wiping out the GOP.
Limbaugh was warning Republicans not to negotiate with Democrats on the fiscal cliff. He was warning Republicans that Obama’s plan to reduce the deficit will lead to economic disaster, so they should not have anything to do with it.
It was all standard Limbaugh stuff until he said this,
[italic] The Republicans lost. Now, they still control the House of Representatives. Boehner still runs the show there. But the only leverage that I can see that they’ve got is to back out of this and make sure that whatever happens, they don’t have any fingerprints on it. I know what you’re saying, and you’d be right. You’re saying, “But, Rush, but, Rush, no matter what the Republicans do, they’re gonna get blamed for it.” Yes, totally true. No matter what happens. If there is a reported recession, in fact, it will be said to be the Republicans in the House fault. No matter what happens, that’s going to be said, and no matter what happens, as we sit here now, the American people, the majority of whom, are gonna believe that.
So back out of this and make sure you don’t have any fingerprints on this at all. “But, Rush, but, Rush, aren’t your fingerprints going to be on it if you back out? Couldn’t the case be made that Republicans backing out and letting Obama have his way is, in effect, allowing this transformation to happen, can’t you say there would be fingerprints there?” Yes. But I’m telling you there’s another aspect to this that Obama is attempting to pull off here, and if the Republicans aren’t careful, it’s going to happen. Not only is he not worried about a recession in the second term, ’cause even if there is one, it will not be reported as such.
Part of Obama’s transformation of America is wiping out the Republican Party. And anyone who fails to understand that that is also part of Obama’s agenda at this moment, anybody who fails to understand that is really not paying attention and is too caught up in traditional conventional wisdom about, “Well, it was just another election. Well, yes, Obama won. Yes, we marshaled our forces, but we need to stand for pro-growth policies and all that rotgut.” Yes, we do. There’s no way we’re ever gonna be tied to pro-growth policies if our fingerprints are on this coming disaster. [/italic]
In Rush Limbaugh’s mind, the fiscal cliff that the Republicans created as a tactic to be used to defeat Obama is actually an Obama plot to wipe out the Republican Party. The only way that Republicans can avoid falling into Obama’s trap is to not negotiate or deal with the president at all. Limbaugh made this argument despite the fact that more Republicans oppose their own party’s plan than support it and the American people are ready to lay the blame on congressional Republicans if a deal doesn’t get done.
In short, Rush Limbaugh is urging Republicans to not fall for Obama’s devious plot that they created to destroy Obama.
Limbaugh is suggested that Republicans ignore what the voters said they wanted on Election Day (both parties to work together), and continue their obstructionist ways. I guess the voters’ desire for more bipartisanship and their rejection Republican policies are also part of the Obama conspiracy to destroy the GOP.
The truth is that it’s Rush Limbaugh, not President Obama who is destroying the Republican Party. If Republicans would at least be open to the president’s offers of cooperation and meet him halfway, they could be a lot more popular with voters.
The public reaction to the fiscal cliff isn’t an Obama conspiracy, but a rejection of the type of extremist right wing ideology that Rush Limbaugh preaches everyday.
The only way that the Republican Party will be wiped out is if they continue to listen to, and be directed by, Rush Limbaugh.