The White House coordinated campaign against Rush Limbaugh, along with the attacks on Santelli and Cramer, demonstrate that the Obama Regime is incapable of letting go of the politics of personal destruction.
The same tactics that were pressed into action during the campaign to destroy Sarah Palin and Joe the Plumber, were not an aberration or limited to the campaign. Operation Rushbo, the strategy targeting Rush Limbaugh demonstrates that this how the Obama Regime does business.
And the press is hypocritically cheering and participating in what amounts to a government led assault on private citizens who criticize their policies.
On September 17, 2001, there was a great deal of outrage from the press when White House spokesman Ari Fleischer criticized talk show host Bill Maher for claiming that the 9/11 terrorists were courageous and we were cowards for "lobbing cruise missiles from 2000 miles away."
Paul Krugman for example accused the White House of "ominously" attempting to intimidate Americans into not asking "awkward questions". The media widely treated the exchange as an example of the White House attempting to suppress individual speech, and some conservatives such as Rush Limbaugh, ironically enough, joined in supporting Maher's right to free speech.
Naturally there's no outrage now at the government conducting a public assault, coordinated out of the White House, against its critics. No one in the media is expressing concern about the First Amendment. Instead they're enthusiastically backing a government crackdown on its critics.
The message is that anyone who criticizes Obama, can and should be destroyed, in a Stalinist campaign of denunciation and demonization, coordinated at the highest levels of government, and carried out to loud and unwavering applause from every organ of the press.
Unfortunately for the Obama Regime and its devoted adherents, this is the still the United States of America and not the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. The media may speak in one voice in support of the Great Leader, but they are far from the only voices around. The attempt to target critics of Obama who do have a wide public audience, such as Limbaugh, in a democracy will and must backfire.
Attacking Rush Limbaugh naturally empowers him. The Obama Regime has mostly failed in its efforts to divide Republicans, so now the Alinsky politics of personal destruction that this corrupt administration lives by dictate Operation Rushbo, to characterize the GOP by Rush Limbaugh in order to demonize the party. Naturally what this kind of high profile attack does is drive listeners to Limbaugh. Furthermore if there's anyone better positioned to smilingly endure the assault, it's Rush Limbaugh who has been a target for longer than Obama has been in politics.
Much as the Obama Regime may try, the GOP is represented by elected officials, not by talk show hosts. Attacking Limbaugh creates a political brawl between elected Democratic officials and a talk show host. The only possible winner in that encounter is the talk show host. The Republican party will not suffer from attacks on Limbaugh. The Democratic party will. In a tough economy people want solutions, and they voted for the Democrats expecting them to solve those problems. They didn't vote for Limbaugh, but if the Democrats insist on bringing attention to Limbaugh, they'll only be giving him a wider forum to air his criticisms of their failures.
Attacking Limbaugh may be red meat to the left wing base, which is becoming uneasy about Obama, but it only weakens the Obama agenda. It demonstrates that the Obama Regime can campaign better than it can govern. That it is utterly intolerant of opposition, and that it relies on tactics borrowed from totalitarian regimes, rather than conducting open debates.