Drive-Bys Uncomfortable with Obama's Partisan Attacks in Midst of DC Shooting
September 17, 2013
RUSH: Now, for all of you Democrats who are back on your gun control high horse, I have one word for you: Colorado. You remember what happened in Colorado. Two Democrats thought to be in safe districts were recalled in Colorado over their efforts at renewed gun control on the innocent and the law-abiding.
Greetings, my friends, and welcome. Here we are, back at it as promised yesterday, another three hours of broadcast excellence, Rush Limbaugh, behind the Golden EIB Microphone here at the distinguished and prestigious Limbaugh Institute for Advanced Conservative Studies.
The shooting in Washington is what it is, and everything about it is predictable. The reaction to this, everything about it is predictable. The facts are predictable. What we have here is a mentally disturbed individual on a military base where guns are banned. We have the usual outcry from the left, "Oh, my God, oh, my God, oh, my God, we need to get rid of the guns," which is not the problem here. It is always the intent of a mentally disturbed person, I don't care if it's a school shooting or what have you, or a terrorist, it doesn't matter, the law-abiding and sane do not engage in this kind of activity. And so getting rid of guns, it's the same old thing, a tired and worn-out argument. We'll deal with it today, of course, because we must because the onslaught of pressure once again is on the president and the Democrats.
They're gonna take advantage of it, they're gonna try, but it's a losing proposition for them, just as Obamacare is a losing proposition for them. Just as pretty much everything Obama wants is a losing proposition, when expressed in terms of public support. The sad thing is that public opposition to Obama's policies is not resulting in Obama's policies being thwarted other than gun control and perhaps amnesty, we'll have to wait and see on that.
The president yesterday, when he went to start selling all the great lies he's telling about his economy went up within, what, hours of this tragedy and acknowledged it in an almost perfunctory way, and then began an onslaught, a partisan onslaught against his best friends in Washington, the Republicans. The Republican Party leadership in Washington wants to just, as far as I can tell, lay down and go along with whatever he wants. They're not providing much opposition. I mean, some of them are, but a vast majority aren't. And yet he felt the need to once again assault them and attack them in a purely partisan basis, even when it was the president who said after Gabby Giffords got shot that we gotta stop this, we gotta stop the kind of behavior he engaged in yesterday.
So the Drive-Bys had their sensibilities upset for him. They knew it wasn't cool, and so they began to construct excuses. Well, he's under so much pressure. The Syria thing and the Putin column, and he's got the poison nerve gas in Syria and who knows where it's gonna go. He's got Benghazi. He's got all this going on and these Republicans are just so mean and nasty that he really didn't have a choice. He had to go out and attack, but it really wasn't cool. It wasn't classy.
So the Drive-Bys were unnerved by what was clearly -- people call it tone deaf. He wasn't tone deaf yesterday. It's exactly who the guy is. Obama, it's exactly who he is. His number one objective, modus operandi, is to eliminate all opposition. Anyone who opposes him is number one enemy, doesn't matter. In fact, domestic opponents are his number one enemies. So everything that happens is gonna get plugged into that narrative. Whatever happens, it's going to be an opportunity to trash the Republicans, or trash the conservatives, and he did it yesterday. It's who he is. The Drive-Bys are understandably upset about it and they sought to defend.
Let's go to the audio sound bites. We have a little montage here. This is an illustration of how they themselves recognize the impropriety of Obama's behavior yesterday, the tone deafness they say it is. That he isn't what it was. He's just not who people think he is. Things like that yesterday portray who he really is, and it's a question of do you want to have the courage and the guts to admit it or pretend that it was just a faux pas. And of course the Drive-Bys are very worried that it was a screw up yesterday, and so they immediately began the CYA and we have a little montage to illustrate it.
MARIA BARTIROMO: (background noise) Did they ever consider not giving the speech as a result of this?
TYLER MATHISEN: I was very surprised that they let this pre-planned event go on in light of what was happening.
EAMON JAVERS: (outdoor noise) Very jarring. The moment the president was speaking, we, of course, were getting reports from DC police.
LOU DOBBS: The president expressed (pause) empathy before going ahead with his speech containing deep partisan attacks.
PETER ALEXANDER: (outdoor noise) At no time did they consider canceling today's events.
MARA LIASSON: I really wonder now if they are having some second thoughts. The tone was a little off for a day (snickers) like today.
WILLIE GEIST: (newsroom noise) The timing of the speech was inappropriate.
JOHN HEILEMANN: (newsroom noise) You can imagine if the similar thing had happened under George W. Bush that a lot of people would be outraged.
RUSH: That's John Heilemann there on MSNBC. And he's exactly right. I think it was half a duo that wrote that book Game Change that HBO turned into a hit piece on Sarah Palin. That's who he is. But he's exactly right. Any Republican president who would have done what Obama did yesterday... How many people were killed and how many people were shot, how many people wounded, it was a major event. They canceled a baseball game, the Senate, Harry Reid sent the Senate home. There's Obama up there attacking the Republicans for it. Then you got the DC mayor blaming it on the sequester. And so the Drive-Bys, "No, we gotta somehow explain this and cover for Obama." Because they see everything through the prism of, "Oh, gosh is it gonna help Obama or is it gonna hurt Obama?"
Jay Carney, the White House spokeskid yesterday afternoon, a press briefing, Ed Henry of Fox said, "Why did the president go ahead with what became a series of attacks on Republicans about the health care law?" By the way, the Republicans, there are four or five, maybe 10 now Republicans who are actually trying to stop the implementation. The vast majority of Republicans, so-called Republican establishment, are Obama's buddies on this, for all intents and purposes. So it's even worse when you realize he's thinking about three or four people. He's thinking Ted Cruz and Mike Lee and some of the others.
So Carney's asked about it by Ed Henry, "Why'd the president do that? All these attacks on Republicans about the health care law, the debt ceiling and all that. Didn't it seem a little bit off, in the middle of this manhunt, people being informed about lives lost, for the president to move forward with an attack on the Republicans. What was that about, Jay?"
CARNEY: Time is short. We need to address these challenges. It is also true that we have an unfolding situation here in Washington with regard to a violent action and shootings, and it's entirely appropriate for the president to address that at the top of his remarks.
RUSH: Of course it is. Republicans are so mean -- the Republicans are so evil, the Republicans are so terrible -- that even in the midst of such a disaster like this, we cannot lose sight of the focus of the real important matter in Washington, and that's what a bunch of creeps the Republicans are. Last night on the Kudlow Report on CNBC, he spoke with Washington correspondent Eamon Javers, a well-known Drive-By reporter.
I'm sure you've heard of Eamon. Kudlow said, "The president's remarks today, he had a planned speech about the economy, he started with some comments about the shooting," kind of threw 'em away, "which" Kudlow says, "I thought were entirely appropriate, but then he launched into a vicious partisan political attack on the economy."
JAVERS: Very jarring to hear what you heard from the White House at a time when there was an active shooter investigation here at the Washington Navy Yard. I have heard folks at the White House say, time and time again, that you've gotta be able to do one, two, three things at a time because the rest of the nation may not be as focused on a local law enforcement situation as we are here, and the rest of the country wants to hear about other things. And, of course, they also talked about Syria in that speech. So the president [was] addressing a wide range of calamities and disasters all in one speech. It gives you some sense of the breadth of the scale of the problems that the president has to deal with.
RUSH: Oh! Gosh, I hadn't thought of that!
My God, it must be hard to be president. I hadn't thought of it that way. Old Eamon here is helping understands it. He's got so much to do! "[T]he breadth of the scale of the problems that the president has to deal with," oh, my gosh! We've got to understand that he's gotta do all these things together at the same time every opportunity he has, Larry. Oh, my God! It's just amazing the workload this great, courageous, young president has.
So we've gotta understand that. We really do!
So there you have it. Now, you heard this guy, and you heard Jay Carney. But this guy particularly, Eamon Javers. You know, before I played the sound bite didn't call him he or she 'cause I didn't know whether this guy was male or female 'til I played the sound bite. I'm sure many of you have heard of Eamon. I hadn't. It was my bad. I should know these things. But Eamon said people didn't care about that. They didn't care.
That's a local issue, you know, 12 people being shot by a lunatic at the Washington Navy Yard where members of the military are not allowed to have guns. Ha. You didn't care about that. You didn't care about that so much that the only thing the Democrat Party's focused on today is gun control again, and I just want to remind all of you Democrats: Colorado. Don't forget it.
Yes, "the rest of the nation may not be as focused on a local law enforcement situation as we are here, and the rest of the country wants to hear about other things," like health care. Well, the rest of the country wants nothing to do with the other things, Eamon, old buddy, old pal.