On Presidents and Failure

Liberal writer and radio personality Ellen Ratner, December 27, 2002.

Even if someone were to construe Rush Limbaugh’s comments about wanting President Barack Obama to fail as something more about the person than the policies, at least Limbaugh never allowed his disagreement with a president to justify the loss of American lives.

Perhaps the most frustrating thing about this distraction surrounding Rush Limbaugh–and, yes, it is entirely meant to distract from the failures of this administration and Congress–is the holier-than-thou attitude by those on the left, as though they were always respectful to former President George W. Bush. Recently, liberal Democrats have been decrying Limbaugh’s statements — how quickly they forget the statements on liberal Web blogs like The Daily Kos which expressed dismay that former Vice President Dick Cheney was unhurt when a suicide bombing killed 20 while he was making an unannounced visit at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan.


Today, we learned that on the morning of September 11, 2001–minutes before the attacks which changed everything–liberal pundit James Carville told a group of reporters that, without a doubt, he wanted Bush to fail. Gotta love the hypocrisy.



  1. Maria says:

    I agree with you… It seems that for the left is okay to be disrespectful towards the right; but if somebody from the right dares to criticize the left or their policies, they will hunt them down. Liberals preach acceptance and tolerance of everybody, but they fail to mention that they only accept and tolerate everybody that thinks like them.

  2. Seeks Truth says:

    Rush stole a play out of their handbook and they don’t like it. As we tell the children… Taste your words before you serve them to someone else.

  3. Gail B says:

    The liberals have turned their backs on America, pure and simple.

    “Do as I say and not as I do” has circulated for years. Today, it’s “Do as I say; not as the Constitution says I can’t.”

    I am writing some of the worst offenders in Congress (enough stamps have not been issued for all of them) to simply tell them that Americans recognize that they are following Saul Alinsky’s ‘Rules for Radicals’ by bringing citizens to the point of desperation, telling them that the government will take care of them, making citizens then dependent upon government, all to turn the USA into a Communistic country. I am reminding them that in 2010, the American voters will have an opportunity to send many of them home.

    Obama forgets (was not aware of, did not recall, or did not know) that he was a member of the Congress that gave him this financial crisis he “inherited.” What did he do while a Senator? Ahh-good question. NOTHING GOOD.

    There is a new conservative group called the Dont Go Movement that you will be hearing about. It is named after the summer recess when the Democrats went home, but the Republicans said, “Don’t Go” because they wanted to stay and discuss the energy bill. The American people are more important to them than a summer vacation.

    http://www.DontGo.Ning.com is the site, and already there is an organization in every state now. If you wish to join up, click on States first (not the black box). We network with similar groups and are proactive. The more the better; everybody is watching everybody’s back re Congressional bills and sharing what they are hearing from their D.C. reps. It’s a good way to keep up with what’s happening in Congress.


    Time for a HUGE chuckle!
    Speaking of failures, I guess Occidental and Harvard aren't keen on geography.



    Barack’s teleprompter goes rogue.


  6. Claudia says:

    Leno, Letterman and every other pundit or Politica analyst that comes on TV on Sunday mornings STILL lamblasts Bush every chance they get, even if it is just to say he is goiing to do a speaking tour, they wish for him to fail at that also. They, the Libocrites and Demohypocrites STILL wish for Bush to fail at everything and it is perfectly OK for that, but for Rush to say anything that refutes something Obama is proposing or wants is to put Limbaugh into HELLISH OBLIVION for ever….. the equavilant of Catholic Pergatory….. and ban him from the minds and ears of all future generations.

    Seems kind of hypocitical to me…. and RUSH IS RIGHT!!!!

  7. FREAKED OUT NOW says:

    Talk about failure, Barack has lost his ‘shine’ as a great orator because we ALL now see he is nothing but a teleprompter addicted READER. Fault Bush all you want for his Bushisms like ‘strategery’ and his cute drawl and swagger, but that man spoke from the HEART and could blow Obama away in any OFF-THE-CUFF debate. Not to mention he had a FANTASTIC wife for First Lady.

  8. Anonymous says:


    Check out this Bill Sammons article today on Fox News.com. It
    illustrates the absolute hypocricy
    so typical of the DNC and its “operatives.”

  9. Anonymous says:

    Hey Gail B,
    be sure to check my reply on your comments from the “Principled Leadership…” thread of yesterday.



  10. tm says:

    Here, to further enhance this “war on Rush” who is a private citizen by the way – 4 articles worth the read.

    The new left-wing conspiracy

    Operation Rushbo “explicitly authorized” by White House


    Rush Job: Inside Dems’ Limbaugh plan

    Flashback: Carville Wanted Bush to Fail
    The press never reported that Democratic strategist James Carville said he wanted President Bush to fail before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. But a feeding frenzy ensued when radio host Rush Limbaugh recently said he wanted President Obama to fail.


  11. Anonymous says:

    Carville and Limbaugh share ideology?


    timing is everything

  12. Anonymous says:

    Did you also forget about all of Hollywood who daily got up on their soap boxes and clearly spoke out against President Bush and rooting constantly for his failure. Lest we forget about the Dixie Chicks who went over to Europe and condemned President Bush for all that he was doing to keep our country safe. I believe they lost many sales over the whole dispicable episodes they presented over there!!! They are nothing more than traitors and should move to another country!


    61% give Obama an ‘F’ grade.
    Cast your vote now: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29493093

  14. Anonymous says:

    Yes, it is true, Jeff…liberals don’t like disagreement. Juan Williams, liberal-leaning, NPR radio host, and Fox commentator, commented on this as well not even one week ago. He said that he noticed the absolute hateful attitudes toward those who disagree with their brand of “orthodox” views. He should know…he has experienced himself, as he noted, and he’s pretty generally liberal. How about the way they are treating Rush with this billboard thing going up in his hometown? Disgraceful and hateful…but, it’s okay for them, right? Yep…the hypocrisy never ends with those people.


    This is the best Harvard can crank out? I’ll put my Fairfax County Virginia High School education up against him ANY DAY. Without a teleprompter he is N O T H I N G.

  16. goddessdivine says:

    It seem many wanted Bush to fail, including James Carville. Funny how his comments after Sept 11, 2001 were swept under the rug…..



  17. Anonymous says:

    HERE’S A CHANCE TO VOTE ON OBAMA’s performance.



    Let’s all donate and send our beloved President to some public speaking classes. It is downright embarrassing watching each and every little statement he makes being read from a prompter, and even at that the angle at which he holds his head as he reads gives the appearance that he thinks his poop don’t stink. I am taken aback at how sad this is. EMBARRASSING.

  19. Anonymous says:

    This is the thing about liberals. Their definition of bipartisanship is when you agree with them. They are always right.

  20. CAL says:

    Bill Sammon has an article on foxnews.com pointing out that on 9-11-2001 James Carville said that he hopes Bush fails. This was just before the planes hit the twin towers. Rush spoke about this on his show today. Hopefully most Americans will find it strange that the Whitehouse is going after Rush, a private citizen, in this way. A lot of people disliked Bush, but most of them people would be hard pressed to find an example of Bush saying a discouraging word about anyone except perhaps a terrorist.

  21. Rick says:

    Jeff, I’m so glad that you haven’t fallen for this “distraction” as you called it. It is so unproductive and as much as I love Rush, I think he is doing a diservice to the country by allowing so much attention to be put on him as a personality. They will eventually bring him down and his demise may in fact be the impetus for invoking some form of the Fairness Doctrine. He takes the spotlight off potential conservative stars such as DeMint, Sanford, Jindal, Palin, Romney,etc. and puts it on himself. Keep up the great work.

  22. BARACK OBAMA says:

    I assure you this stimulus will get to all 57 states.

  23. suek says:

    >>much as I love Rush, I think he is doing a diservice to the country by allowing so much attention to be put on him as a personality. >>

    That's a statement right up there with blaming a woman for being raped because she wasn't wearing a burka. It wasn't exactly his choice to be the subject of the attention, and there isn't really any way he can prevent it. I understand the DCCC has now erected a billboard that they intend to be a criticism of Rush. It isn't.

    >>They will eventually bring him down…>>

    Don't think so.

    >>his demise may in fact be the impetus for invoking some form of the Fairness Doctrine>>

    His _existence_ is the impetus for invoking some form of the Fairness Doctrine. They want to exterminate _any_ form of disagreement. Especially successful ones.

    (Heh. My verification word is "reform")

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