Conservatives will no doubt recall that on the cusp of the Obama – Biden inauguration in
2009 the Republican establishment was blubbering through a series of maudlin op-eds and media appearances about their hopes for the success of the new Democrat administration.
Only Rush Limbaugh had the courage and perspicacity to say, “I hope he fails.”
Here's an excerpt from Rush's monologue on Jan 16, 2009:
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.’ Why? They didn’t give Bush a chance in 2000. Before he was inaugurated the search-and-destroy mission had begun. I’m not talking about search-and-destroy, but 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.
If I wanted Obama to succeed, I’d be happy the Republicans have laid down. And I would be encouraging Republicans to lay down and support him. Look, what he’s talking about is the absorption of as much of the private sector by the US government as possible, from the banking business, to the mortgage industry, the automobile business, to health care. I do not want the government in charge of all of these things. I don’t want this to work...
See, here’s the point. Everybody thinks it’s outrageous to say. Look, even my staff, ‘Oh, you can’t do that.’ Why not? Why is it any different, what’s new, what is unfair about my saying I hope liberalism fails? Liberalism is our problem. Liberalism is what’s gotten us dangerously close to the precipice here. Why do I want more of it? I don’t care what the Drive-By story is. I would be honored if the Drive-By Media headlined me all day long: ‘Limbaugh: I Hope Obama Fails.’ Somebody’s gotta say it.
Rush went on to point out that liberals were not out there hoping Bush succeeded, they were out there trying to destroy him before he was even inaugurated – and they did things to destroy Donald Trump that no one in politics a generation ago could have imagined.
So, why do we have to play the game by their rules?
The answer is we don’t.
We conservatives must loudly proclaim the truth – which is that if Joe Biden succeeds in implementing his agenda America and Americans lose.
The Associated Press reports in his first hours as president Joe Biden plans to end President Trump’s restriction on immigration to the U.S. from some Muslim-majority countries, move to rejoin the Paris climate accord and mandate mask-wearing on federal property and during interstate travel. Providing a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants in the U.S. illegally will be part of Biden’s agenda, according to people briefed on his plans. In the following week, Biden’s presumptive Chief of Staff Ron Klain said Biden would take additional actions relating to criminal justice reform, climate change and more immigration orders.
Aides say Biden's legislative top priority is a coronavirus and economic relief package of $1.9 trillion, and Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia told a local news station last weekend $4 trillion in new infrastructure spending may be on the table, as well.
Five Biden Cabinet nominees were scheduled for confirmation hearings Tuesday: the disastrous Janet Yellen, who headed up the Federal Reserve for Obama for treasury secretary; scandal-plagued Alejandro Mayorkas, for secretary of homeland security; Red China-compromised Antony Blinken, for secretary of state; defense pick the problematic retired General Lloyd Austin; and the drone-happy Director of National Intelligence nominee Avril Haines.
Does that sound like success for you or for America?
Rush wrapped-up the first part of his Jan 16, 2009 monologue by saying, “We’re talking about my country, the United States of America, my nieces, my nephews, your kids, your grandkids. Why in the world do we want to saddle them with more liberalism and socialism? Why would I want to do that? So I can answer it, four words, ‘I hope he fails’.”
The same analysis applies today – and any Republican who spouts the “I hope Biden succeeds” claptrap needs a primary opponent in 2022.
incitement of insurrection