In an unprecedented display of fear, Republican Company spokespeople from across the country and multiple media outlets teamed up to blame Hillary Clinton and George Soros for Rush Limbaugh's defamation of the troops.
The intimidation seems to be working only on coward Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Mary).
Last Wednesday, Limbaugh labeled anti-war veterans "phony soldiers." Amazingly, while Congress set aside their priorities last week to condemn MoveOn.Org for merely begging the question: "General Petraeus or General Betray Us?", this week they're above trifling little condemnations for personal attacks against US soldiers.
The comment was typical. Rush, an orthodox McCarthyist, was incensed after bungling a call from a Republican war veteran who shattered the Republican stereotypes that Limbaugh so carefully promotes. Here is the incident:
LIMBAUGH: Mike in Chicago, welcome to the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER 1: Hi Rush, how you doing today?
LIMBAUGH: I'm fine sir, thank you.
CALLER 1: Good. Why is it that you always just accuse the Democrats of being against the war and suggest that there are absolutely no Republicans that could possibly be against the war?
LIMBAUGH: Oh, come on!... I don't know a single Republican or conservative, Mike, who wants to pull out of Iraq in defeat.
CALLER 1: Well, I am a Republican, and I've listened to you for a long time, and you're right on a lot of things, but I do believe that we should pull out of Iraq. I don't think it's winnable. And I'm not a Democrat, but I just -- sometimes you've got to cut the losses.
"Whoa!" Rush is thinking. "Damage control! What would happen if my audience finds out that not every Republican is a slave to the dictates of the Republican Company spokespeople?"
After much hemming and hawing, Rush settled on a response: "Mike, you can't possibly be a Republican."
Here beginith the thinking process that landed Rush in hot water. "I'll call Republicans who disagree with me 'phonies.'" It was no great leap of logic for Rush to condemn all anti-war soldiers as phonies mere seconds later when he hosted the second caller--the one who made Rush more famous in the last few days than he's been in years.
CALLER 1: I am definitely a Republican.
LIMBAUGH: You can't be a Republican. You are --
CALLER 1: Oh, I am definitely a Republican. See, I -- I've used to be military, OK? And I am a Republican.