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Obama and Limbaugh, the last laugh

January 26, 2009 | 10:18 am

Rush Limbaugh

First, conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh said on the air that he was rooting for Barack Obama to fail and resented efforts, presumably by friends, to give the new president a honeymoon.

We are being told we have to hope he succeeds, that we have to bend over and grab our ankles ... because his father was black, because he's the first black president, we've got to accept this.

Charitably, maybe Rush meant that he hoped the president's liberal agenda would fail.

On Friday, Obama told Republican lawmakers that bipartisanship over his mutli-gazillion-dollar stimulus plan requires good faith on both sides.  "You can't just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done," he told them.

Limbaugh, who promises to deliver his own bipartisan bailout proposal today, said all of this means "the president is more frightened of me than GOP lawmakers."

But Obama continued today with his selling of the stimulus. He plans his first-ever visit to Capitol Hill as president Tuesday, to meet not with Democrats but with Republican lawmakers and brief them on his plan. If he gets some of their votes, at least on the Senate side, it could tilt the balance.

The Ticket imagines Limbaugh will have something to say about that too.

-- Johanna Neuman

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