On his radio show this afternoon, Rush Limbaugh reacted to the president’s fourth State of the Union address, ultimately concluding that “there is no relationship whatsoever between Obama’s agenda and the direction of the country.”
“I disagreed with everything the president said pretty much, in terms of his policies,” Limbaugh began. “I disagreed with everything he said, but it was a great speech. I liked the speech and you know what I really liked? I liked that part where he said that we all have to get along and work together to help people. I really liked that. That really scored with me.”
Limbaugh’s praise of the speech was not entirely genuine, however. He explained that the post-SOTU focus group show on Fox, featuring Frank Luntz, showed “the very definition of low-information voters” who had the “same reaction” as the positive one he had just laid out before.
“They disagreed with pretty much everything Obama said, policy-wise, but they supported him, and they thought it was a great speech, and they liked the part about everybody working together to get along,” Limbaugh continued, implying that this proves his long-standing point that low-information voters elected the president into a second term, despite the majority of Americans not actually liking his policies.
“Obama’s agenda doesn’t have anything to do with the country’s direction,” he later mocked. “As far as the low-information voter is concerned, they’re two separate things: Support for Obama’s agenda but dissatisfaction with the country’s direction.”
Limbaugh lamented that the public is quick to conflate the president “addressing” something verbally with actually “fixing” the problem. He specifically cited the president’s passage on health care costs:
“The Obama claim that the Affordable Care Act is already slowing health care costs? Now, you and I would hear something like that that the president said that last night… “Already the Affordable Care Act is helping to slow the growth of health care costs.” I know your reaction was probably the same as mine when you heard that. It’s just another bald-, bold-faced lie. The truth of the matter is that Obamacare has not even been fully implemented! How can you give credit to Obamacare for slowing health care costs when it’s yet to be enacted? What is slowing health care costs, to the extent that they’re slowing down? And that’s even debatable. But, you know, in a couple of isolated areas you can see where health care costs a little bit less than they have been, not very many, but that’s due to the recession. It has nothing to do with Obama.”
He concluded: “But this is way too much information to the low-information voter. You can’t persuade them with that.”
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