Rush Limbaugh told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Wednesday night that he wants Barack Obama to fail because, like Osama bin Laden, the president is trying to destroy America.
Limbaugh also outlined why he is a media target, insisted that former Secretary of State Colin Powell has done nothing for the Republican Party, and expressed mixed feelings about Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor.
During the first of a wide-ranging, two-part exclusive interview, Hannity observed that Limbaugh has become the media’s piñata. The top talker said that was a result of the fact that “the opposition to Obama has not surfaced politically in Washington. Those of us who are consistent on the radio and television criticizing him, we have become the focus.
“For whatever reason, the Republican Party at any level has chosen not to take Obama on and chosen not to try to attach him to any of the disastrous things he's doing. I do.”
In addition, he said, "Liberals need a villain. They need a demon. They can't win a debate in the arena of ideas. They need somebody to demonize, and I’m it. And I'm happy to be.”
Refusing to back down from his widely criticized remark that he wants Obama to fail, Limbaugh asked those who say they want Obama to succeed: “Do you want Sonia Sotomayor on the Supreme Court? Does that mean that you want the government running the mortgage business in America, having control over most of the banking system . . . do you want the government making automobiles that nobody wants to buy? Because that’s Obama succeeding.
“If you want the president, Barack Obama, to succeed, then you want the government taking over more and more of the average daily life of the American people. I don’t want that. I define America succeeding by virtue of Obama failing. I love America. I want everybody to succeed. He’s making it harder for that to happen, particularly the middle class.”
Obama “is closing out the American dream,” Limbaugh said.
Other Limbaugh observations: “Socialism is the Obama vision for America, and fascism — we must not be afraid to use that word — it’s a combination of the two.” “If al-Qaida wants to demolish the America we know and love, they’d better hurry because Obama is beating them to it. He wants to impose his values on America” Obama was taught “that there is something inherently immoral and unjust about America. Now that he leads it, he thinks it’s great. Finally America is moral. Finally America is just. And it’s his duty to apologize because he thinks everybody around the world hates us and doesn’t like us.” It’s OK for Iran to have nuclear power and it’s OK for North Korea to have nuclear power “as long as neither nation makes a bomb. But what are we doing? We’re building windmills. We’re going solar power. We’re going to build little lawn mowers with two seats on them nobody wants to drive. At [Obama’s] direction, we are letting the rest of the world go nuclear and we can’t because of a single movie ‘The China Syndrome.’ “Would somebody explain to me what Colin Powell has done for the party? Name an issue that he has championed for the Republican Party? I can’t think of one. Name a single thing that Obama is doing that Colin Powell has disagreed with. I can’t think of one. Colin Powell endorsed [Obama] strategically at a point in the campaign to destroy the McCain campaign.
“Do we need somebody who lovingly voted Democrat, endorsed a Democrat, after the Republican Party nominated the classically moderate candidate Colin Powell says the party needs to nominate? What in the world makes him so valuable?” As a Supreme Court justice, Sotomayor “would bring racism and bigotry to the court if she is confirmed.”
But Limbaugh expressed mixed feeling about the Latina jurist. “We don’t know what she thinks about Roe versus Wade. We know that she’s Catholic, a Puerto Rican Hispanic Catholic — they tend to be devout. She has no record, she hasn’t said much about it. If I could be assured that she’s actually a pro-life person and does think that Roe versus Wade is bad constitutional law and if she would rule on the right side of the pro-life issue, I might look past this racism. That’s something very, very important to me and she could be stealth in that regard.”
The second part of the interview will be broadcast Thursday night.
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