Has Limbaugh joined the conservative escapists?

When I told a conservative acquaintance today about the many conservative writers who are saying that this catastrophic decision is a victory for conservatism, her first response was that many conservatives are opposed to the decision. As though the fact that many conservatives naturally oppose the decision cancels out the astonishing fact that many other conservatives are applauding it.

She also mentioned that Rush Limbaugh yesterday said something to the effect that this means the end of the Republic. I replied, “Well, at least he is taking the situation seriously.”

But now I receive this, from Buck:

At 1:32 p.m. today, Rush Limbaugh, after trashing the decision as a legal matter and after accusing Justice Roberts of perpetrating a huge fraud, said: “The political benefits of this do redound to our benefit.”

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Dale F. writes:

I was just listening to Rush. He said that he thinks that the Supreme Court’s Obamacare ruling will energize the Tea Party, but he also said of the ruling: “There’s no victory. We didn’t win anything here.”
Steve H. writes:

I listened to virtually the entire broadcast by Rush Limaugh today. Rush not only drove home the point that we no longer have constitutional government but also reprimanded Republican politicians on at least two occasions for using this catastrophe as simply a political opportunity to be used as a tool to fuel their political coffers. So to say that Rush sees this as merely a great political event for Republicans is false based on what he had to say today in my opinion.

LA replies:

I am very glad to hear it and I stand corrected.

LA continues:

At the same time, does Limbaugh acknowledge that he cheered on the nomination of John Roberts to the Supreme Court in 2005, despite Roberts’s record of support for liberal causes? That record included Roberts’s pro bono advice to the plaintiffs in Romer v. Evans which led to the most significant victory for the homosexual rights movement up to that time. Limbaugh said in 2005 that Roberts’ work against Colorado’s anti-homosexual rights Amendment 2 did not reflect Roberts’s real views. Does Limbaugh acknowledge now that it was a huge mistake for him and other conservatives to support Roberts’s nomination, instead of insisting that President Bush retract the nomination and pick another nominee in the mold of Scalia and Thomas?

Buck writes:

Rush’s exact words:
Well, look, everybody wants to find the gift in this thing. And I understand that. I’m looking at it, folks, as this self-contained legal matter. That’s how I’m looking at it. The political consequences of this will happen on their own. And they do redound to our benefit.

Someone said that a quote by Alexis de Tocqueville could be found to support just about any position. Rush talks three hours a day, five days a week and has been doing so for more than twenty years. I just read todays transcripts. He utters that walk-off line and then never addresses the point again.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at June 29, 2012 02:07 PM | Send

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