Back during 2004, 2005, and 2006 it was pretty clearly the case that substantive setbacks for the United States in Iraq brought political benefits for Democratic Party candidates. And it was also the case that increasing numbers of administration critics were becoming convinced during that period that the administration’s policies were doomed to fail. During this time it became commonplace for conservatives to claim that progressives were actively hoping for substantive setbacks in Iraq. That was pretty scummy of them. So I hesitate to turn around and make a parallel claim about today’s conservatives and the economy. But Rush Limbaugh keeps on doing it:
“I want everything he’s doing to fail . . . I want everything he’s doing to fail.”
I suppose I don’t have high expectations for crank radio hosts, but it’s really remarkable how conservative elected officials have repeatedly decided to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Rush, hail his genius, defend his indefensible remarks, etc.