Thursday, March 5, 2009

“They Did It Too”?

One of the typical tactics of the defenders of Rush Limbaugh’s desire to see Obama fail is to claim that the Democrats did it the same to George W. Bush. Leaving aside the infantile evasion of the question, which is a corollary to the “they started it” claim by the Republicans and their willing dupes, there just isn’t any substance to the claim that the Democrats wanted George W. Bush to fail. But don’t take my word for it. Take it from John Cole at Balloon Juice who was an ardent Bush supporter.

Until I am shown otherwise, that is how I see things. What is happening right now is nuts, and there simply is no comparison. Show me the tapes. Show me the transcripts. Show me Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid standing in front of a camera saying “I want President Bush to fail” just like we have seen Mike Pence and the parade of other Republican leaders do in the past few days. Bring it on, and I don’t mean some random jackass on the internet or some crazy tenured prof at a community college somewhere. I will admit my memory was wrong if it happened, but I want to see it, because I don’t remember it. And I’m not merely talking about opposition to policy. I mean stating that they wanted the President to fail. And then when you are done, you can show me the video tapes or transcripts of all the Democrats groveling and begging for forgiveness at the feet of Michael Moore (who, by the way, is fat) after dissing him.

I don’t think anyone is going to take up John on his challenge because it never happened. And if it had, you can be sure that the right-wing noise machine and the Orcosphere would never let us forget it.

To be clear, we are not talking about mockery, derision, and snark as being comparable to what Mr. Limbaugh is saying about President Obama. All presidents get that; otherwise Jay Leno and David Letterman could be accused of wanting every president since Nixon to fail. And while I think the name-calling and the mockery of Mr. Bush’s use of the English language was overdone, none of it was done with the intention of wanting Mr. Bush’s policies to fail. (As it turns out, he was fully capable of doing that all on his own without any help from the Democrats.)

So until the Republicans can put up, they should shut up.