President Rush Limbaugh.
What would that be like? Limbaugh himself offered a glimpse on Tuesday — when he spoke somewhat about how he would govern, seeking to contrast that with President Obama‘s benefitting from “inflicting maximum pain.”
“What would I do if I were ever elected president?” Limbaugh asked. “There’s a part of me that would do, in reverse, what Obama’s doing.”
He’d be honest, he continued, using the bully pulpit to educate Americans about “the truth of liberalism.” And he certainly wouldn’t “accommodate” it.
But Limbaugh digressed, looking then at Republican presidents:
“Can we be honest? The last Republican presidents we’ve had are George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, and isn’t one of the reasons so many Republicans are disappointed precisely that neither of them ever did get political? Even when they were being lied about and roasted and destroyed, they never engaged.”
In that “purely political sense,” he said, Obama’s approach makes sense. “He’s an authoritarian,” Limbaugh asserted. “The objective in business is to eliminate your competitor. Why shouldn’t it be in politics? That’s what he’s trying to do.”
And “our side just doesn’t get it.” It’s “in the political interests of a president to inflict maximum pain on the American people,” Limbaugh said, noting that were he president, he wouldn’t take that approach.
“If I were president, I would not want to emulate that. It would be just the exact opposite. I would be for prosperity for everybody. That is not Obama. I would not want to inflict pain. I would want to set the table for contentment, happiness, and joy. Economic, cultural, spiritual, you name it. That’s the kind of country I would want to preside over.”
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