WASHINGTON -- 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.
"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.
"There are big things that unify Republicans and Democrats," the official said. "We shouldn't let partisan politics derail what are very important things that need to get done."
I agree. The time for below-the-belt, partisan attacks from both sides of the political aisle has long needed to cease. But Obama knows damn well that if he had the 60 votes in the Senate to avoid a GOP filibuster, he would care less what Rush Limbaugh thinks, much less says. Limbaugh is the most popular pundit on the Far-Right, he gets paid really well to stir up the GOP base and his consistent No.1 ratings in radio proves that he does a good job at it. I don't like Limbaugh because too often he engages in the same kind of derogatory baiting, name-calling and smear attacks that his peers on the Left are noted for, making it personal when there's so much to attack Obama on policy alone. It's called being a hypocrite, but so is Obama for attacking Limbaugh when some of same fools he runs with, the latest example being John Conyers, seem to get their cojones from assholes like Keith Olbermann.