"Would you say you want President Bush to succeed or not?" asked an August 2006 Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll. The result? Ninety percent of Republicans wanted Bush to succeed, versus 7 percent who did not. Among independents, 63 percent wanted the President to succeed, compared with 34 percent who did not. What about Democrats? Forty percent wanted him to succeed, but 51 percent did not.
Did anybody care? One guy -- Rush Limbaugh -- publicly wishes for Obama's liberalism to fail, and it's call out the dogs. But when the majority of Democrats rooted for Bush's failure, where was the outrage?
A Dow Jones Factiva search of all publications, Web news and multimedia reveals the mainstream media completely ignored the 2006 poll -- save for one Associated Press story (picked up by about five papers), which mentioned a different question from that survey.
As for Limbaugh, he clearly stated that he wants "liberalism" to fail. He believes that an intrusive government -- which, among other things, props up failing businesses -- results in less prosperity. Imagine.
"Do you want (Obama) to succeed?" conservative host Sean Hannity asked Limbaugh.
"I would hope he would succeed," said Limbaugh, "if he acts like Reagan. But if he is going to do FDR … why would I want him to succeed? … If he is going to implement a far-left agenda … $2 trillion in stimulus, the growth of government … nationalized health care, I mean, it's over. … That's the end of America as we have known it because that's then going to set the stage for everything being government-owned, -operated or -provided. Why would I want that to succeed? I don't believe in that. I know that's not how this country is going to be great in the future. It's not what made this country great. So I shamelessly say, 'No, I want him to fail.' If his agenda is a far-left collectivism -- some people say socialism -- as a conservative, heartfelt, deeply, why would I want socialism to succeed?"
So when Republicans want Obama's liberalism to fail, critics call it a death wish -- an effort to undermine Obama and the nation. When, however, the majority of Democrats wanted Bush to fail -- with our country at war in Afghanistan and Iraq -- it reflected a "thoughtful" matter of principle.
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