Krauthammer Schools Limbaugh
January 15, 2011 5 Comments
So I’m conservative and not a big fan of Rush Limbaugh. The man is about red meat for conservatives, and sometimes he’s right, but sometimes he’s not. He has been not, lately.
I was among the conservatives applauding President Obama’s speech in Tucson. Rush had this to say:
“They were slobbering over it for predictable reasons. It was smart. It was articulate. It was oratorical. It was all the things the educated ruling class wants their members to be and sound like.”
Charles Krauthammer, whom I more consistently admire, had this to say in response:
“As one of the three slobbers on the set, let me say I find it interesting that only the ruling class wants a president who is smart, articulate or oratorical in delivering funeral oration. It’s an odd and condescending view of what rest of America is looking for in their president.”
“Odd and condescending” is generous. To whom is Rush pandering? It should be possible for a conservative to admire a liberal President’s speech after a tragedy, just as it should be possible for a liberal to admire a conservative President’s speech after a tragedy. Many liberals did so when George Bush spoke after 9-11.
Limbaugh’s determination to dislike whatever President Obama says is dishonorable. It has plenty of locked-in liberal counterpoints. A plague on both their houses.