What a morning! After dreading the Supreme Court ruling for months, and making all kinds of inflammatory and snarky comments about the political partisanship of the individual Justices, the decision has been announced... and I'm eating crow with a side of Happy Slaw!
Tastes way better than usual, for some reason!
But while I channel hopped from Faux to MSNBC to CNN (and the folks at CNN once again embarrassed themselves by posting a banner on the bottom third of their screen announcing "Individual mandate ruled unconstitutional!") I decided to listen as Glenn Beck's radio show ended and Rush Limbaugh's began.
Beck urged his teabagger listeners to "Saddle up!" for the upcoming election. As far as I could tell, he wasn't crying or sobbing into the microphone like a drug addict at rehab.
But speaking of drug addicts, his co-hort in rightwing-nuttery Rush Limbaugh was apoplectic. Here's the general gist of Rush's take on this abominable decision: WE WERE LIED TO! THE LAW IS ACTUALLY A TAX INCREASE!
In fact, he called it "the largest tax increase in world history!" and said, "Our freedom of choice just met its Death Panel!"
When a caller suggested that states could opt out of the Medicare expansion, Rush warned that "a guy like Obama can punish a state", using Louisiana as an example. What if there were a horrible hurricane, Rush mused, and the state begged the Federal government for emergency funds? Why, Obama could deny them FEMA cash because they hadn't played ball and participated in the Medicare expansion!
Got that? Obama would let New Orleans drown to spite Republicans. Just like George W. Bush let New Orleans drown to spite Democrats, Rush???
(on a side note, don't Republicans hate when states beg for federal money anyway?)
I think he immediately recognized the horrible analogy he was making and took a commercial break. When he came back on the air he waxed nostalgic, remembering those low moments of his program's history when he had to struggle to keep depressed followers "engaged". As an example, he mentioned the day following Bill Clinton's election in 1992.
According to Rush, that was a show in which he had to keep Republican spirits alive by virtue of his golden tongue and massive intellect.
Today is apparently another one of those depressing days.
Gotta go... I'm going for another plate of crow. This bird's a lot tastier than I had feared!