My e-mail was buzzing last night about Krauthammer vs. Limbaugh.
Wednesday night’s speech in Tucson was the best of Obama’s presidency. Fit between an odd invocation and hooting and hollering, he was — as is appropriate to a president — presidential and focused on many powerful images, and lives. But there were also things to criticize about Obama’s speech, and Rush did.
Perhaps because he went on too long, the president’s view of America came through.
Rush Limbaugh doesn’t need a defense team, but “smart, articulate, or oratorical” in funeral oration only goes so far, when one’s record is what it is.
Anyway, Rush was giving his honest reaction. And listeners have come to expect nothing less from him. For three hours a day, a voice of reason and entertainment. A voice of solidarity and education.
Dr. K does the same — he gives his honest reaction to what he’s observing. He saw the commander-in-chief, the young Hamlet, not fretting, not demurring, not agonizing. And he said so. Gave him credit where due.
Rush couldn’t get beyond the surroundings, though, the buts (as Rush has put it) in his speech, and the reality of his presidency. And he wasn’t alone, if my e-mail is any indication.
Both are wise men with different perspectives, both on the side of the good and just.
One remains the Leader of the Opposition. The other, Critic-in-Chief. (As NR covers have told the tale.)
Rush wasn’t condescending. Charles wasn’t slobbering. I respect Charles’s opinion and always want to hear it. But I was glad Rush didn’t hold back about the big picture.
Good men, honest opinions. It’s a great country.
Beyond a speech: I want to repeal Obamacare. Rush Limbaugh and Charles Krauthammer want to, too. I want Barack Obama to be a one-term president, defeated in the ballot box. Rush Limbaugh and Charles Krauthammer both want that as well.
There’s unity in that, too.
Incidentally, for all the divisions even on the right about Sarah Palin, I couldn’t help noticing that a lot of it faded — if only momentarily — among some conservative critics in my midst this week, as the Left really overreached.
UPDATE: Rush’s on-air response, with a light hand: “I was going to name my first child Krauthammer, even if it was a girl. but no more.”
The one and only.