The newly-minted president took some shots at congressional Republicans Friday. When they expressed their concerns about his stimulus package, he basically told them what they could do to themselves. In not so many words, the messiah/president told them to perform an act which is socially unacceptable and physically impossible.
Then Professor Obama proceeded to lecture the rebel scum, advising them that they should stop listening to conservative talk radio if they know what's good for them. Apparently it's the Chicago Way or the highway if the other party wants to play with Democrats and his administration:
"You can't just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done."
Confirming that the president actually made such an audacious remark, a White House official explained that The Great Unifier was just trying trying to make a point:
"There are big things that unify Republicans and Democrats. We shouldn't let partisan politics derail what are very important things that need to get done."
But unity, as defined by The Bamperor, obviously means Republicans should just STFU and let the Democrats push the republic Mr. Franklin and his colleagues founded over a cliff.
Obama was apparently stung by comments the Maha Rushdie made this week when he was interviewed by Fox's Sean Hannity:
"I only know what he has said he's going to do based — and what he has done and how he's voted, and in terms of what I would use to define the greatness of the country, he's not it."
When asked by Hannity if he wanted Obama to succeed, Rush replied:
If he gets nationalized health care, I mean, it's over, Sean. We're never going to roll that back. That's the end of America as we have known it because that's then going to set the stage for everything being government owned, operated, or provided.
Why would I want that to succeed? I don't believe in that. I know that's not how this country is going to be great in the future, it's not what made this country great.
So I shamelessly say, no, I want him to fail, if his agenda is a far- left collectivism, some people say socialism, as a conservative heartfelt, deeply, why would I want socialism to succeed?
Throughout the campaign, Obama demonstrated that he's thin-skinned. This is a man, unlike his predecessor, who doesn't take criticism in stride. Conservative talkers, especially Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, bother the new president to the point that he is driven to mock them in public. Now The Bamperor presumes to dictate to elected representatives of the people what their radio listening habits should be.
Just a few days into his term, President Obama has already angered congressional Republican leaders by treating them with condescension, and now he has allowed the country's top conservative radio talk show host to drag him into what Matt Drudge is calling a "media war."
If this is "Media Wars: The Bampire Strikes Back," will the Fairness Doctrine be it's Death Star? Candidate Obama said he opposed reinstating the FD, but he's not exactly proven himself to be a man of his word.
When it comes to dealing with that small sector of the media which has been less than worshipful of The Bamperor, the Obama record has not been encouraging to those who value the first amendment. During the campaign, Senator Bamatine tried to shut down a radio program where his radical associations were discussed, pressured television stations to drop an NRA ad which was critical of his record on firearms and threatened TV stations which ran a 527 group's ad which linked him to terrorist William Ayers. Is it just me, or does any one else see a creepy pattern developing here? What does it say about a politician when he and his supporters try to silence their critics than argue with them?
Julius Genachowski, Obama's technology advisor, is likely to be his nominee for the chairmanship of the FCC. Genachowski's position on the Fairness Doctrine is... unknown. Some powerful Democrats, including Chuck Shumer, Dick Durbin and Dianne Feinstein, are just itching to bring it back. If such legislation reaches President Obama's desk, he has three options, and two of them are not good for conservative talk radio. If Obama throws his opposition to the FD under the bus, his Media Wars will quickly morph into Media Apocalypse Now.