President Barack Obama needs to learn a lesson. Just because he wants to work with Republicans doesn’t mean that they want to work with him.
Rushpublicans, led by the Obstructionist Windbag himself, Rush Limbaugh are going by the mantra: “We want Obama to fail.” Limbaugh has used his daily radio program as a bully pulpit (with emphasis on bully) to shepherd in the Senate and House Republicans who dare to stray from the message – “whatever the Democrats want, go for the opposite and then whine about it.”
The latest failed attempt to reach across the aisle by Obama is the nomination of Senator Judd Gregg as Commerce Secretary. The Rushpublican from New Hampshire first agreed to accept the nomination if the Democratic Governor would choose a Republican to replace Gregg.
This particular selection was awkward because Gregg seemed almost put off by it from the get-go and Democrats were bothered by the Rushpublican selection.
Gregg basically told President Obama to shove the job up his ass. (h/t CQ Politics)
“It has become apparent during this process that this will not work for me as I have found that on issues such as the stimulus package and the census there are irresolvable conflicts for me,” Gregg, R-N.H., said. “Prior to accepting this post, we had discussed these and other potential differences, but unfortunately we did not adequately focus on these concerns. We are functioning from a different set of views on many critical items of policy.”
What happened to ‘serve at the pleasure of the president?’
President Obama had some key Rushpublicans over to the White House to watch the Super Bowl. This was an attempt to sway a few Rushpublicans to vote for the Stimulus package. He got exactly ‘a few’ if by a few you mean 3 – in both Houses!
Then we have Georgia Rushpublican Phil Gingrey who had this to say about the right-wing punditry as compared with his party’s leadership:
“I think that our leadership, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, are taking the right approach,” Gingrey said.
“I mean, it’s easy if you’re Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh or even sometimes Newt Gingrich to stand back and throw bricks. You don’t have to try to do what’s best for your people and your party. You know you’re just on these talk shows and you’re living well and plus you stir up a bit of controversy and gin the base and that sort of thing. But when it comes to true leadership, not that these people couldn’t be or wouldn’t be good leaders, they’re not in that position of John Boehner or Mitch McConnell,” Gingrey said.
Rush is not one to take things lying down. He sent an email to Politico:
“I’m sure he is doing his best but it does not appear to be good enough. He may not have noticed that the number of Republican colleagues he has in the House has dwindled. And they will dwindle more if he and his friends don’t show more leadership and effectiveness in battling the most left-wing agenda in modern history. And they won’t continue to lose because of me, but because of their relationship with the grass roots, which is hurting.Conservatives want leadership from those who claim to represent them. And we’ll know it when we see it.”
So Gingrey immediately placed his tail between his legs and went begging for forgiveness on Limbaugh’s program. He also had this to say (h/t to Politico):
“. . . Let me assure you, I am one of you. I believe I was sent to Washington to fight for and defend our traditional values of smaller government, lower taxes, a strong national defense, and the lives of the unborn.”
“As long as I am in the Congress, I will continue to fight for and defend our sacred values. I have actively opposed every bailout, every rebate check, every so called “stimulus.” And on so many of these things, I see eye-to-eye with Rush Limbaugh.”
Granted, Florida Governor Charlie Crist did reach across the aisle and introduce President Obama in a Florida town hall on Tuesday. Just remember that Rush Limbaugh also lives in Florida and I will not be surprised if Crist faces a tough challenge for his re-election – even though key Rushpublicans will by vying for the Senate seat that is being vacated by Rushpublican Mel Martinez – who has already spoken out against Crist.
We are in for at least 4 years of obstructionist government by the Rushpublicans. It’s time we get used to it and forge ahead with the plan that will rebound this country from the mess left by the Bush administration and the Rushpublicans. Clearly, they do not give a damn about their constituents or this country.
And to those Rushpublicans who get their talking points and marching orders from a radio talk show host – How Pathetic.