Ever-reticent talking head Rush Limbaugh took to the airwaves today, telling Fox News Sunday that President Obama "doesn't care much about" the war in Afghanistan, and his recent salute of slain soldiers "was a photo op precisely because he’s having big time trouble on this Afghanistan dithering situation.” Furthermore, the current administration is killing the economy, "and I have to think that it may be on purpose.” As for his own party? "There’s no central Republican leader to turn to and there’s no central Republican message.” Elsewhere on the Sunday dial:
- "Ronald Reagan’s big tent just collapsed in upstate New York," James Carville said on State of the Union. The message out of NY-23 is "if you’re not a Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin directive of what constitutes a Republican, then they’re going to primary you."
- David Plouffe picked up Obama's anti-Fox crusade, telling Meet the Press that it became" a 24-hour propaganda McCain channel in the last 60 days,” but that ”sometimes we overstate” its influence given its audience size.
- Plouffe also took aim at Sarah Palin, saying that her endorsement in NY-23 amounted to hanging a "no moderates need apply" sign that would marginalize the GOP.
- John Boehner offered his 2 cents on NY-23, telling State of the Union that a "political rebellion" had brought the demise of the Republican candidate.