If I can be made to serve as a distraction, then there is that much less time debating the merits of the trillion dollar debacle.Expect to see Rush on the op-ed page of the Wall Street Journal sometime this coming week. That's the most predictable venue for Limbaugh to respond in, and then the media will pick that up and start asking Obama questions about it, so who's distracting who?
In other words, by picking this fight, Obama is getting himself into a quagmire, giving publicity to the one person who knows best how to turn that publicity into an issue-focused argument highlighting the flaws of Obama's economic plan which, as Rush says, "anyone with a brain knows" won't work.
UPDATE: Linked by Five Feet of Fury.
UPDATE II: Linked by Ed Driscoll, who expects "fireworks" when Rush goes on the air Monday.
UPDATE III: Linked by Melissa Clouthier, who says:
Can you imagine GW calling out Keith Olbermann? Keith Olbermann is beneath President Bush and beneath being addressed. It would make Bush look small to even acknowledge Olbermann's loony ravings. Ostensibly, President Barack Obama . . . takes Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh's ideas personally. Is it ego? Is it that he simply cannot imagine that any thinking person wouldn't agree with his magnificence?Whatever it is, it's decidedly unpresidential and is an ill omen for Obama's administration. A roster of presidents who were obsessed with their media critics -- Truman, LBJ, Nixon, Carter -- is not exactly a list of White House all-stars.
UPDATE IV: Leonard Pitts calls Limbaugh "disloyal." Remember how the Code Pinkos disrupted State of the Union speeches and congressional hearings and if you dared to condemn them, you were stifling dissent? All Rush did was offer to his opinion, on his own commercially syndicated program, and he's "disloyal." Maybe if Rush were to bomb the Pentagon . . .?
UPDATE V: Jay Homnick at The American Spectator:
Surely the Arlen Specters and the John McCains and the Lindsey Grahams would not like to be seen as Dittoheads. They can only prove their vaunted sophistication, their acclaimed moderation, their lauded toleration, by becoming the useful idiots of the Obama juggernaut.These idiots are "useful" only to Democrats.