The odds-makers put it at even with Obama holding a trump card--he can re-implement the Fairness Doctrine pretty much at will:
President Obama warned Republicans on Capitol Hill today that they need to quit listening to radio king Rush Limbaugh if they want to get along with Democrats and the new administration.No, what that White House official was actually saying is that with all the problems we face, it's a bit un-presidential for a new chief executive to be calling out an entertainer--essentially what Limbaugh is. Imagine the back-lash on the Democrat side if President Bush had gone after Alec Baldwin, Randy Rhoads or Al Franken. It;s beneath a real president to do that.
"You can't just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done," he told top GOP leaders, whom he had invited to the White House to discuss his nearly $1 trillion stimulus package.
One White House official confirmed the comment but said he was simply trying to make a larger point about bipartisan efforts.
Limbaugh is playing a political and PR game here and the supposedly brilliant Obama bit hook, line and sinker. Well played by Rush methinks.
Obama does have the Fairness Doctrine as a threat and it's not quite gotten any traction as yet, but that could change and to implement that now would make Obama look vindictive and petty--traits I think he possesses (see the rest of the linked piece where he commented "I won") but he would be providing Rush, Hannity, Levin and Ingraham loads of ammo and increase their rating to unforeseen levels.
Rush has a loyal listener base--more than Obama can count on paying attention to him daily--and that base is active and vocal. I think this was a bad move for Obama and will come back on him.
The best part about this is that Obama's minions are falling into this. They are power-hungry and think we are punch-drunk and on the ropes. What they don't quite understand is that we've accepted the loss and didn't curl into a ball like pussies and cry or go see a therapist because of some inane, made-up psychotic condition (labeled PEST) like they did in 2004 ( a condition for which we mocked them incessantly). We're ready to battle and as the left saw over the last eight-years, the minority power tends to have the troops who are most mobilized and avid about the cause while the incumbent tends to get lazy and complacent.
For the record, the next candidate won't be a RINO but a true Reagan Conservative.