March 4, 2009
RUSH MAKES OBAMA an offer he can’t accept. “If these guys are so impressed with themselves, and if they are so sure of their correctness, why doesn’t President Obama come on my show? . . . I am offering President Obama to come on this program — without staffers, without a TelePrompTer, without note cards — to debate me on the issues. . . . Just come on this program. Let’s have a little debate. You tell me how wrong I am and you can convince the rest of the Americans that don’t agree with you how wrong we all are. You’re a smart guy, Mr. President. You don’t need these hacks to front for you.”
UPDATE: Reader Mark Brandeberry emails:
This is an interesting tactic on Rush’s part. The White House can’t dismiss the challenge without merit since they themselves have engaged him in their political debate by making him de facto leader of the Republicans. What, the president won’t debate the ‘leader’ of the Republicans on policy ideas? This tactic will most likely cause the WH to move on to another target.
And if Obama won’t accept, Limbaugh can send a guy in a chicken suit to follow him around, and open each show with “XXX days since Obama was invited to defend his ideas on the air . . . .”
ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader C.J. Burch emails: “Obama is discovering that he has no power at all over people that do not give a damn what the media thinks. If other Republicans were less craven he would be in deep trouble, instead of just headed for deep trouble.”