Thursday, January 22, 2009

Rush Limbaugh on Hannity: Does Rush Want Obama to Succeed? (Part 1 of 2)

Video: Rush Limbaugh appearing on 'Hannity', January 21st 2009

Part One of Sean Hannity's conversation with Rush Limbaugh aired yesterday, January 21st.
Rush is traditionally not one to do the interview circuit however this will be his second in a relatively short period of time after sitting down with Barbara Walters for her special.
Rush Limbaugh on "Obamamania"
RUSH LIMBAUGH: ...I'm suspicious. When I see the media and the entire establishment on the left lay down and become cult-like and not examine who he is. What he's done and not really examine what he says but just praise him for how he says it. My antennae goes up. A lot of people right now are absorbed in the historic nature of this, the first black president and so forth. That's great, that's wonderful. But I got over that months ago after he won the election...

The site being called PunditFight, my antennae was tuned to whether my speculation of tension between #2 Hannity and #1 Limbaugh was well-founded. Statements in a NY Times feature had given the impression that Rush was trepidatious and condescending towards Hannity, as he was dismissive of his closest ratings rival.

Interestingly a Hannity interview with Rush in 2005 may put any conjecture on this to bed:
Rush Limbaugh Gives Sean a Rare Interview (October 19, 2005)
RUSH LIMBAUGH: I have a practice of really not talking about the competition. I'm from the old school. In my mind they don't even exist.

Psychologically, when I sit down at noon, I'm it. I'm the only thing on. Nobody else does what I do. Nobody else has the opportunity. That's the psychological mindset. It's not an ego thing; it's just the way I've always approached it.

I started radio in 1967 and you never talked about the competition. You just never did. You didn't elevate them. You didn't promote them. You didn't give them credence. You didn't give them viability. You didn't even establish that they were alive...

continued in Part 2 of 2>>