On his radio program yesterday, comedian Rush Limbaugh said this about Senator Barack Obama:
He’s — it’s — to me, it is striking how unqualified Obama is and how this whole thing came about with, within the Democrat Party. I think it really goes back to the fact that nobody had the guts to stand up and say no to a black guy. They just — they were — liberal policies are always going to end up strangling liberals, too.
And I think, I think this is a classic illustration here where affirmative action has reared its ugly head against them. It’s the reverse of it. They’ve, they’ve ended up nominating and placing at the top of their ticket somebody who’s not qualified, who has not earned it.
It’s perfect affirmative action. And because of all this guilt and the historic nature of things, nobody had the guts to say, well, wait a minute, do we really want to do this?
Its not the first time Limbaugh’s comments have waded into the shallow end of the pool for whites only.Â In 1997, Limabugh and a caller got into it over a Democratic position on the Iraq warand the crisis in Darfur.
LIMBAUGH: Yeah. This is — you’re not going to believe this, but it’s very simple. And the sooner you believe it, and the sooner you let this truth permeate the boundaries you have that tell you this is just simply not possible, the better you will understand Democrats in everything. You are right. They want to get us out of Iraq, but they can’t wait to get us into Darfur.
LIMBAUGH: There are two reasons. What color is the skin of the people in Darfur?
CALLER: Uh, yeah.
LIMBAUGH: It’s black. And who do the Democrats really need to keep voting for them? If they lose a significant percentage of this voting bloc, they’re in trouble.
CALLER: Yes. Yes. The black population.
LIMBAUGH: Right. So you go into Darfur and you go into South Africa, you get rid of the white government there. You put sanctions on them. You stand behind Nelson Mandela — who was bankrolled by communists for a time, had the support of certain communist leaders. You go to Ethiopia. You do the same thing.
And don’t forget, Limbaugh resigned after making racist comments about how the media was rooting for a black quarterback (Donavan McNabb of the Eagles and my alma mater, Syracuse) to succeed.
Why is this that California conservatives continue to revere Limbaugh so?Â I think he’s a textbook case why we need a return to the Fairness Doctrine.Â Put Rush on Cable TV or Satellite Radio where he can say anything he wants.Â But when he’s coming over the public airwaves via the very limited broadcast spectrum, soem Fairness is needed.