Specter defends Limbaugh: ‘I like him.’

Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), who is trailing Club for Growth president Pat Toomey in the polls for the 2010 GOP primary, has been lurching to the right recently, most notably by announcing last month that he will vote against the Employee Free Choice Act. On the Howard Stern radio show today, Specter took to defending Rush Limbaugh:

specter1.jpgSpecter: Do I like Rush Limbaugh? … Yeah, I like him […]

Stern: He’s a crackpot? He’s an enemy of the country.

Specter: (laughing) Uh, no, he’s not. He’s expressing his opinion.

Stern: Senator, wait a second. In all seriousness. He wants the president to do poorly? Listen, I never voted for Bush, but I always wanted to see him do well. I’m an American. I want my president to be successful. Who says ‘I don’t want my president to do well?’ That’s anti-American!

Specter: Well I haven’t heard Rush Limbaugh say that. But there’s a lot of talk which is provocative.

It’s puzzling that Specter hasn’t heard about Limbaugh’s statement that he hopes Obama fails. The issue has been covered by blogs and the front pages of national newspapers for months. It even earned Limbaugh a spot on the cover of Newsweek. Or perhaps Specter is learning from the others who have criticized Boss Limbaugh and have then apologized to him.

Matt Finkelstein