“The National Hurricane Center is Obama…The National Weather Service is part of the Commerce Department. It is Obama.”
It certainly fits the Limbaugh far-right narrative; the president, having nothing more important on his plate than trying to ruin Republicans’ fun, has decided to create a phony (potential) weather crisis. The reasoning behind him doing something so outrageous? Let’s say… Joe Biden:
“You know what it is in the media, it’s all about the hurricane hitting next week and they’re not talking about Biden,” Limbaugh continued. “They are talking about this Hurricane Isaac thing.
Damn that slippery Socialist! President Obama has cleverly manipulated the media, keeping them from discussing the only relevant news story of all time, by somehow encouraging them to report on the weather, an act unprecedented in the history of journalism. Of course, in the eyes of Rush and his followers, anyone taking any note of current weather conditions is a leftist political activist. Just asking, “Hot enough for you?” is enough to get you accused of hating capitalism in their circles.
Rush Limbaugh and his listeners don’t trust any science more complex than can be expressed by stick figures painted on cave walls. So how can he tell there’s no cause for concern? He used the formula Republicans always turn to, when empirical evidence contradicts their beliefs: He just sorta knows.
“We, who live in south Florida, become experts on it and we don’t need the National Hurricane Center — we don’t need all these weather dolts analyzing this for us.”
It all makes perfect sense, unless you think about it. After all, the ‘gut feelings’ of people who live in places with a high risk of adverse weather have always been sufficient; from Pompeii to San Francisco to Japan, just having spent time in a locale has always been enough to predict weather patterns there. Besides Tampa is only the 4th most likely place for a hurricane to touch down in the United States.
So now that we know we have nothing to fear except Obama himself, we need to figure out what his next move will be:
“I can see Obama sending FEMA in in advance of the hurricane hitting Tampa so that the Republican convention is nothing but a bunch of tents in Tampa…A bunch of RVs and stuff. Make it look like a disaster area before the hurricane even hits there.”
I don’t know for certain how many presidents have sent tents into an area in advance of a possible tropical storm touching down there, but I assume the answer is, “Only an idiot would even ask that question.” I do know there’s 10 RV parks in the city of Tampa alone, so you can expect to see some campers around the area, without it necessarily being government intervention. And even if you could somehow divorce yourself from reality long enough to entertain this spastic fantasy, wouldn’t the president be setting himself up for ridicule? The entire world will have media present in Tampa for the convention. If Obama sent FEMA and emergency services down there (in tents, obviously) and tried to stage this scenario, he’d look pretty stupid when nothing happened.
Of course, Rush is the only person suggesting this as a possibility. And his listeners will believe him, be outraged, and then forget about it immediately after they’re told what to be outraged about next time. There’s no accountability in Limbaugh Land. Even if a catastrophe (which nobody is hoping for, regardless of what the right may believe) were to occur, and Tampa Ditto-heads ignored the warnings and were hurt; still nobody will pin the blame on Rush.
I hope any of his listeners who will be in the area will at least take the precaution of fashioning some kind of chin-strap, to keep their tin-foil hats from being blown off their heads.
You can listen here, from Media Matters:
As an added bonus feature Rush makes a sniggering reference to Hurricane Katrina, which you would think he’d avoid, because the devastation and loss of life there, sort of disprove his entire argument:
“I wouldn’t be surprised if this thing hits in Louisiana someplace, before it’s all said and done, just kidding!”
Ha! Good one, Rush. He actually chuckles just thinking about it. Good times…good times.
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