Waiting For Godot

Apparently conservative pundits aren’t down with the inaugural festivities:

Die-hard Republicans wait for Obama shine to fade

For my response to this, please refer to the title of this post.


For his part, right-of-center radio talkshow host Rush Limbaugh declares he will be “the last man standing,” and will never give in to fervour surrounding new president Barack Obama.


“I disagree fervently with the people on our side of the aisle who have caved and who say, ‘Well, I hope he succeeds. We’ve got to give him a chance,'” Limbaugh said on his program last week.

The arch-conservative radio commentator has said he is immune to Obama’s message of hope and reconciliation, and said he has every reason to be unmoved, even if a large number of Republicans have joined the bandwagon.

“I’ve been listening to Barack Obama for a year-and-a-half. I know what his politics are. I know what his plans are, as he has stated them. I don’t want them to succeed,” he said.

I suggest everyone read this profile of Rush Limbaugh.  By day, he attacks wealthy elites; at night, he goes home to his massive mansion and drinks fine French wine and smokes fancy foreign cigars. Limbaugh isn’t a conservative pundit, he’s a businessman–he probably doesn’t believe 90% of the things he says, but he makes his millions by selling conservative vitriol and right-wing rage.

So of course Limbaugh is pledging to fight Obama–the angrier people are, the more money he makes. It’s not like he’s a lone voice bravely pledging to fight for what’s right, he’s simply agreeing to do whatever’s necessary to get his advertisers to keep cutting him big, fat checks.

Moving on:

[Bill] Kristol, editor of the conservative Weekly Standard magazine, took umbrage in a recent column in the New York Times at the “presumption” of Obama’s handlers of linking the president-elect’s inauguration to that of his idol, Abraham Lincoln.

“It might be a good idea if, when he takes the oath, Obama makes sure that the Good Book is open to Proverbs 16:18, and its reminder that ‘Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall,'” he wrote last month.

Speaking of pride, keep in mind what Kristol was saying in April, 2003:

We committed ourselves to reshaping the Middle East, so the region would no longer be a hotbed of terrorism, extremism, anti-Americanism, and weapons of mass destruction. The first two battles of this new era are now over. The battles of Afghanistan and Iraq have been won decisively and honorably. But these are only two battles. We are only at the end of the beginning in the war on terror and terrorist states.

[Emphasis added]

Of course, almost 6 years later we’re still fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.  I mean, I’m glad to see that Kristol learned his lesson about arrogance and hubris, though I don’t remember him ever apologizing for it; perhaps he should open his Good Book to Matthew 7:3:

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

Now let’s take a look behind door #3:

Byron York, a commentator with the conservative National Review, predicted the honeymoon would be brief, once voters realize that Obama’s positions on pulling troops from Iraq, and sending them from Afghanistan, differ from theirs.

“This is something that is not talked about enough,” he said on “Fox News Sunday” adding Obama and his team “may not get the kind of American support that they thought they would.”

Uh, Byron? You do realize that Obama ran on his plans for Iraq and Afghanistan, right? I mean, come on–he made his position on Iraq the cornerstone of his primary campaign. Throughout the election he spoke extensively about his proposals to withdraw troops from Iraq and add troops to the conflict in Afghanistan.  This is nothing new to anyone.

And yet, Obama managed to pull this off:


So, the question is, does Byron York think the American people are stupid, or is he simply hoping?

Of course, we know conservatives aren’t going to wait for Obama’s poll numbers to drop; they’re going to do whatever they can to pull those numbers down.  But, considering the fact that Obama is the most popular newly-elected President in over 70 years, they definitely have their work cut out for them.