Rush Limbaugh was deliberately trying to stir up outrage when he said that he hopes Barack Obama fails, columnist Leonard Pitts acknowledged. Nevertheless, Pitts argued that it is important to hold the statement up to the light. “Do you ever say that about your president if you are an American who loves your country? Would you say it about George W. Bush, who was disastrous, about Bill Clinton, who was slimy, about Jimmy Carter, who was inept, about Richard Nixon, who was crooked? You may think he’s going to fail, yes. You may warn he’s going to fail, yes. But do you ever ‘hope’ he fails? Knowing his failure is the country’s failure? Isn’t that, well . . . disloyal? The irony is that Limbaugh and the other clowns would have you believe they are bedrock defenders of this country, that they love it more than the rest of us, more than anything. That’s a lie. Limbaugh just told us so, emphatically. It’s not the country they love. It’s the attention. The ideology, their perversion of conservatism, is but a means toward that end.”
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