Once again, President Obama is personally attacking my brother, Rush, this time to shamelessly blame him for congressional gridlock. Nice try, Mr. President, but what really bothers you is that Rush has your number and daily shares it with his vast audience.
In an interview last week with CNN's Chris Cuomo, Obama charged that most congressional Republicans oppose the move to defund Obamacare but are afraid of saying so publicly for fear of Rush's public condemnation. Obama made the same type of charge prior to the 2012 elections.
Obama also glibly blames congressional Republicans for any impasse with him on budgetary policy, saying the least they can do is to pass a budget. "Congress doesn't have a whole lot of core responsibilities," he said, as if to suggest that passing a budget is a mere ministerial function.
Obama groused, "I've said before and I continue to say I'm willing to do whatever it takes to get Congress -- and Republicans in Congress in particular -- to think less about politics and party and think more about what's good for the country."
In fact, agreeing to a budget with Obama is next to impossible because of his bankrupting demands on the federal government. Contrary to Obama's assertion, Congress would be acting irresponsibly if it rubber-stamped Obama's reckless budgets. It acts responsibly when it opposes him tooth and nail.
Trying to rein in Obama's profligate spending is good for the country. Efforts to defund Obamacare are in the best interests of the nation because Obamacare is a disaster. In addition to all the horror stories we've already heard about this disastrous program, we just learned that Delta Air Lines is reporting that Obamacare will increase its health care expenses by $100 million.
But Obama continued to dig a deeper hole of deceit in his interview, telling Cuomo that sometimes his Republican friends (who are these creatures, by the way?) tell him privately that they would support his agenda but for their fear of a primary challenge from a tea party member, or they're "worried about what Rush Limbaugh is going to say about me on radio."
I seriously doubt that any such conversations took place between Republican congressmen and Obama, but if they did, it shows the type of Republican who would befriend Obama -- the type who is dishonest with his constituency.