On his radio show last week, Rush Limbaugh, the “unofficial leader” of the Republican Party, declared that it was a “dirty little secret” that “every Republican in this country wants Obama to fail.” “None of them have the guts to say so,” added Limbaugh
Since then, however, more and more Republicans have gone on record agreeing with Limbaugh. In an interview with CNN yesterday, Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), the third-ranking House Republican, said “You bet, we want those policies to fail.” Now, in an interview with The Hill, Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) admitted that he agrees with Limbaugh:
Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) agreed with Limbaugh on Tuesday.
“I hope [Obama] fails in advancing leftist policy that I strongly disagree with,” Vitter said. “I think what [Limbaugh] was saying was largely what I am saying.”
The Louisiana Republican, running for reelection in 2010, told The Hill that he took issue with Steele’s “strong negative” contention that Limbaugh’s comments were “incendiary.” Vitter added that he hopes the Democratic president succeeds in “leading this nation on the right path and helping us recover from this economy.”
The Hill surveyed a number of GOP senators — including Sens. Bob Corker (R-TN), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), John Cornyn (R-TX), Richard Burr (R-NC) and Bob Bennett (R-UT) — and though only Vitter went on the record in full agreement with Limbaugh, the paper notes that “Not one senator interviewed for this article criticized Limbaugh.”
Following RNC Chairman Michael Steele’s groveling apology to Limbaugh after he called the radio talker’s wish for Obama to fail “incendiary” and “ugly,” it’s not surprising that other Republicans are keeping their mouths shut.
Though Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) seemed to disagree with Limbaugh this weekend when he said, “I don’t think anyone wants anything to fail right now,” his office is now walking away from that position. When contacted yesterday by both TPM and Greg Sargent, Cantor’s office refused to comment on whether or not the congressman did, in fact, disagree with Limbaugh in hoping for Obama to fail.