It's on! Rush Limbaugh fired back at Obama after he was called out as reported Friday afternoon.
The Great Unifier Attacks Rush
RUSH: ...Friday morning in a meeting with House and Senate Republican leaders, President Obama basically told them to stop listening to me, that's not how things get done in Washington. "We can't let Rush Limbaugh stall the stimulus plan." Now, this is the great unifier. This is the man that's going to unify everybody and usher in a new era of bipartisan and love. He's obviously more frightened of me than he is Mitch McConnell. He is more frightened of me than he is of, say, John Boehner, which doesn't say much about our party. I mean, to tell you the truth, folks, if the president is a little more worried about somebody on the radio than he is about somebody on Capitol Hill... I think Obama wants me to fail, there's no question, Obama didn't use the words, but President Obama, by telling you and elected Republicans in Washington not to listen to me because I am not how things get done in Washington, he has said that he wants me to fail...
Rush cheekily flipped the frame that he was "hoping for President Obama to fail" by suggesting the inverse. He also challenged President Obama's postpartisan credibility by sarcastically calling him the "Great Unifier". Rush remarked on his influence and the sorry state of the Republican minority who Obama is not intimidated by.
Interestingly the mischievous Rush Limbaugh offered a his own straight faced version of the Stimulus plan on Monday's episode. He assured his viewers that he was serious about offering a bipartisan alternative for Obama despite his repeated skepticism of compromise in Washington:
The Great Unifier Attacks Rush
He wants a bipartisan bill... what he really means is Republicans caving to liberal ideas. That's the definition of bipartisan. But I'm going to take him at his word... that is that he's willing to listen to any idea that works...
Rush Limbaugh laid out his Obama/Limbaugh plan thusly:
The Obama-Limbaugh Bipartisan Stimulus Plan of 2009
RUSH: I have a serious proposal to make: the Obama-Limbaugh Stimulus Plan 2009. There is a serious debate in this country as to how best to end the recession. Recessions will end on their own if they're left alone. The average recession will last five months to 11 months. The average recovery from each recession will last six years. What can make the recession worse is the wrong kind of government intervention. The wrong kind of government intervention is precisely what President Obama has proposed. I don't believe that his stimulus plan is a stimulus plan at all. I don't think it's designed to stimulate anything but the Democrat Party. It's designed to repair the power losses from the nineties forward of the Democrat Party and to entrench this party for, quote, unquote, eternal power like Franklin Delano Roosevelt did with his New Deal.
Rush Limbaugh's plan distilled in a sentence:
RUSH: ...Obama wins by a 54-46 majority, so he gets 54% of the trillion bucks. Spend it his way. We get 46% of the trillion bucks to spend our way, and then we compare. Then we see which stimulus actually works and works the fastest...