This morning, I appeared on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal to discuss today’s nationwide tea party protests, and I made the following observation:
It’s “Fox News Protesters Against Obama,” at the end of the day. … What we shouldn’t forget is that Rush Limbaugh, who has said he hopes Obama fails, this is now the fruition of that effort. For the people who are hoping that Obama fails and actively plotting for his failure, this is what this effort is trying to do.
And I hope that the majority of the American public who agree with where President Obama stands and where he wants to take this country, understand that this is an effort that simply is trying to derail that.
On his radio show this afternoon, Limbaugh aired the clip of my appearance and responded to my argument by agreeing with me. He struggled with pronouncing my first name (note: it’s pronounced “Faiz” like “jazz”), so he referred to me as “some guy named Shakir from ThinkProgress.” Speaking about the tea party protesters, Limbaugh proceeded to say:
They’re not trying to derail failure. They want failure! He’s exactly right about that. These are people – and they’re not all Republicans. … Of course they want him to fail!
Media Matters provides the audio: