By Douglas Kohn
President Obama is letting his inexperience and partisanship show through. For all his talk of post partisanship he is still partisan. This stimulus bill was an egregious abuse of power. I think Peggy Noonan put it best when she said ‘President Obama made news by meeting with GOP leaders, but he would have made history if he had listened to them.’
Furthermore, Obama made a gigantic mistake by picking a fight with Rush Limbaugh. The way Limbaugh phrased his opposition to Obama’s socialist leanings is despicable. One should never hope for a President to fail, but should oppose individual policies without hesitation.
If you look at past President’s statements, not one has ever mentioned their opponents in the media by name. Presidents Bush and Clinton had more than their fair share of outrageous critics in the media but never made the mistake of mentioning them by name. By mentioning Rush Limbaugh by name, Obama gave him recognition he could never have hoped for in the past. He will bring new listeners who, even if they may have disagreed with everything Rush said in the past, will find themselves in agreement with him once he goes down the checklist of the outrageous pork and useless spending in the bailout.
Limbaugh gets paid $30 million a year and has a massive audience. If Obama continues to pick a fight with him, Limbaugh will win. There is an old saying, “never pick a fight with a medium that buys ink by the gallon.”
I had thought 2008 might prove to be a year of political realignment, but now I have my doubts if this administration continues to screw up.