Avoid the Rush

That mouth of his never seems to close! (Salon.com)

When The Daily Show host Jon Stewart announced recently that he would be leaving the Comedy Central show after more than 15 years on the air, fans everywhere were shocked and saddened by the news.

Conservative radio show host and “whack job” Rush Limbaugh, on the other hand, couldn’t have been happier at the announcement.

“For 16 years Jon Stewart has blamed everything gone wrong on the Republicans,” the rotund political pundit said Wednesday. “Jon Stewart has helped polarize the country by poisoning the Republican brand.”

Yeah. It was Jon Stewart who ruined the good name of the GOP. And if you sense sarcasm in what I just wrote, it’s because I’m laying it on pretty thick.

I suppose ruining the good name of Republicans everywhere could have nothing to do with the following:

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s claim earlier this year that economic improvements appeared “to coincide with the biggest political change of the Obama administration’s long tenure in Washington: the expectation of a new Republican Congress.” It didn’t matter that these changes started to occur before Republicans seized control of the House and Senate, during a time when the GOP largely opposed anything Obama or even Democrats supported.
  • Sarah Palin being a total nut.
  • Montana State Representative David Moore (R) introducing a bill to ban yoga pants under pre-existing indecent exposure laws because they “give the appearance or simulate” someone’s buttocks and pelvic region.
  • West Virginia Delegate Saira Blair (R) claiming that proposed legislation to ban abortions after twenty weeks has nothing to do with a woman’s body: “It’s about the child she is carrying.” Or that another delegate in the same state, Lynne Arvon (R), responded “I don’t care” when asked if enacting such legislation would be unconstitutional.
  • Tennessee State Representative Jerry Sexton (R) pushing forth several bills to make the Bible the official state book because it “provides a good role model on how to treat people” and inspires “love and compassion.” Not towards gays or non-Christians, though. Let’s not get carried away.

You might want to work on things like this before you start accusing non-Republicans of ruining your party’s brand, Rush. It seems as if the GOP is doing a pretty good job of that on its own.

Posted on February 12, 2015, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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