If it’s bad business to criticize your enemy, what do you do? According to conservative radio pundit Rush Limbaugh, you praise him. And praise him. And praise him until it’s clear you’re being disingenuous. “Ladies and gentlemen, we need to open the program today by congratulating President Obama,” Limbaugh began today’s show. “In fact, it may be that President Obama single-handedly came up with the technique in order to pull this off … Thank God for President Obama. If he had not been there, who knows what woulda happened.”
As his monologue continued, Limbaugh reverted to form, and the faint praise grew even fainter. “We’ve all seen President Obama last night on television announcing his single-handed involvement in securing the death of Osama bin Laden,” Limbaugh said. “We know that it was Obama who called off the bombing, insisted on the Special Forces. In fact, it was Obama who assembled the team. He said so. ‘I,’ ‘me,’ ‘my’ were three of the most used words in President Obama’s media appearance last night.
“Not a single intelligence advisor, not a single national security advisor or military advisor came up with the idea. Not one of them — not one of them, according to Obama — had the ability to understand the need to get DNA. This was Obama’s message last night. He said, quote, ‘I assembled the team.’ He refused to give the team the green light for the last three months, ’cause the team wanted to go in and create mayhem, and Obama alone — Barack Obama alone — knew the right way to do this.”
As Limbaugh proved, just because you have to say something nice, doesn’t mean you have to say it nicely.