By Solange Uwimana
Rush Limbaugh was in full campaign mode today, using the majority of his three hours to stump for the Republicans and their newly released "Pledge to America." He gleefully announced, "I just love listening to all these Democrats react in panic to it," using "worn-out" talking points, he said, to rail against it. But it wasn't just Democrats who reacted negatively to the "pledge" -- some conservatives have also derided the plan, with David Frum calling it "a pledge to nowhere." But Rush enthusiastically promoted it time and again as a "basic, common-sense" plan that will put a halt to the Democrats' "wrecking ball of destruction."
He repeatedly referenced the "pledge" as an alternative to the Democrats, that "bankrupt bunch of people" who "don't want to give the keys back," who are "not through stripping the car -- the car being the country." Channeling the "average American," Rush claimed that the "pledge" is "what people are clamoring for" and said that "people want an end to what is happening now. They want the breaks applied to the Obama agenda."
Rush also continued to take up the cause of the wealthy, attacking those Obama voters who find themselves unemployed but believe extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy would increase the debt. Rush railed: "Now if you think -- if you are a college student and you've got a degree and you're out there and you can't find a job ... if you agree with Obama that the Bush tax cuts ought to sunset, if you think $700 billion ought to be taken out of the private sector and sent to Obama, then you deserve to be out of work for the rest of your life, because that $700 billion taken out of the private sector could be used to grow businesses and hire people. ... If you voted for Obama, you deserve to be unemployed. If you voted for Obama, you deserve to be in misery because that's what he has in mind for every one of us."
Rush also spent time telling his listeners to "vote against" "[a]nybody with a 'D' next to their name." He practically screamed at one point, "You want four more years of Obama and Biden and all the rest of them? You want four more years of assaults on the United States?" He would later vouch for Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell, whom he referred to as "bright" and "smart," saying he didn't see what the problem was for those who hesitate to support her. Exasperated, he continued: "I don't think this is complicated at all." Capping off his keen political analysis of O'Donnell, he cracked: "I'd rather look at her than Mike Castle. I think she's kind of cute."
Here are some highlights from today's show: