Posted by: Puma1 | March 4, 2009

Obama Amateur Hour: Shouldn’t a Prez Have Better Things to Do Than Fight With Radio Hosts?

It seems like Obama’s effort to paint Rush Limbaugh (who?) as the head of Republican party is backfiring. Politico reports that rather than focus on the dire financial problems pressuring the nation, Team Obama has been spending its time plotting how to link the GOP with the unpopular radio host:

Top Democrats believe they have struck political gold by depicting Rush Limbaugh as the new face of the Republican Party, a full-scale effort first hatched by some of the most familiar names in politics and now being guided in part from inside the White House.

via Rush Job: Inside Dems’ Limbaugh plan | Jonathan Martin – POLITICO.com

Unfortunately for Obama, the strategy is failing miserably:

Overall, only 29% of the nation’s voters agree [that Rush Limaugh is the leader of the Republican party]. Fifty-nine percent (59%) disagree, and 13% are not sure.

via Rasmussen Reports™: The Most Comprehensive Public Opinion Site..

And not only is it failing, but it is revealing the pettiness, immaturity, and insecurity of the Obama White House to otherwise sympathetic journalists in the process:

President Obama won the presidency by promising to be a different, more substantive, less gimmicky leader…No, Obama said he was going to solve problems instead…

At a time of unprecedented threats to the United States, a time of financial collapse, bank failures and record layoffs, at a time when the credit crisis has not been solved, and the stock market is in free fall, at a time of stagnating wars, rising terrorism in Pakistan and growing nuclear potential in Iran, the White House…has asked the American people to focus their attention not on solving the problems, but on a big-mouthed entertainer in Florida.

via Team Obama’s Petty Limbaugh Strategy :: Swampland – TIME.com.

If indeed Limbaugh is the leader of the Republican party as Obama says (lame), then Obama should have no problem debating Limbaugh on a national platform, right? Rush himself thinks so, as he is calling the White House on his strategy — which even White House press secretary Robert Gibbas acknowledges is counterproductive — and asking Obama to do something he’s never done before by putting his actions where his mouth is:

Radio host Rush Limbaugh, whom the White House has repeatedly suggested is the true head of the Republican Party, is challenging President Obama to a debate…

“They wanted me to be the focus of attention,” Limbaugh continued, referencing reports that the White House is working to tie him to the GOP. “So let’s have the debate! I am offering President Obama to come on this program — without staffers, without a TelePrompTer, without note cards…”

The White House had no immediate response to the request.

via Limbaugh Wants To Debate Obama | Political Hotsheet – CBS News.

Good Lord, really??? Is a Presidency or reality TV?

You would think the President and his strategists would have bigger fish to fry than this lame, made-up spat with Rush Limbaugh. If they focused as much on good economic strategy as they do on Limbaugh, they might have come up with a reasonable stimulus and spending bill, rather than the monstrosity currently on the table.

Who gives a crap about Rush Limbaugh? I wish there were adults in the White House, and others do to:

The White House can play these idle political games if it wants…However, none of that will alter two simple facts: (a) there is an election coming in 20 months; (b) the public will vote based upon its evaluation of President Obama’s performance, not Rush Limbaugh. To that end, I’d suggest that the Chief of Staff spend more time ensuring that…oh, I don’t know…the British aren’t offended for no good reason than whether Limbaugh finds his way to the top of another news cycle…

Lately, I’ve been thinking about that historic primary battle – when Democrats chose “change the tone” over “ready on day one.” If Democrats had chosen Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama – we would probably still be seeing this kind of political hardball, but would it come with this sort of useless, thoughtless, clueless snubbing of our closest ally? I doubt it.

via RealClearPolitics – HorseRaceBlog – The Immature White House.

Yeah, well, that’s makes 18 million of us + 1. We tried to warn you guys…

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