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Dan Rhys: Dems taste their own medicine

Posted: January 31, 2009 11:16 p.m.
Updated: February 1, 2009 4:59 a.m.
In recent days, I have heard the two most popular conservative radio hosts, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh, take criticism from Democrats for what they have said - or not said - on their radio shows. Yet, in both cases, these hosts are only echoing Democratic sentiments during President Bush's eight years in office and giving Democrats a bit of what they gave to the former president.

Sean Hannity has been routinely criticized by his "Hannity haters," as he calls them, for referring to Obama as simply ... well, Obama, rather than President Obama.

Hannity has been accused of being disrespectful to the new president, but has tried to make amends by repeating President Obama over and over to those who call him on it.

Conservative radio icon Rush Limbaugh is facing heat for saying that he hopes Obama's "liberal agenda fails."

Not only has Obama himself commented that Republicans should stop listening to Rush, congressional Democrats are now forming a petition against Limbaugh.

But my response to this Democratic reaction is, "Where was the outrage when this was happening to President Bush?"

During the Democratic primaries and the general election, whenever Obama would mention President Bush by name, it was about "George Bush's failed policies" or, to a lesser extent, "this administration's failures."
If Obama ever said "President Bush," it was rare, and he was certainly reluctant to do so. Yet, Obama's disrespect was conveniently overlooked and he still continued to refer to himself as an agent of change ushering in a new kind of politics.

In light of what President Bush endured, the response to Rush Limbaugh's comments about wanting Obama to fail is even more absurd.

Whether or not one agreed with going to war against Saddam Hussein, was Obama's nearly proud insistence that the "surge would not work" and that we "will not see a new report" on the progress in Iraq not a desire to see failure for President Bush?

Was Sen. Dick Durbin's comparison of our troops to Nazis or Sen. Murtha's eagerness to convict of our troops following the Haditha massacre not an attempt to disrupt any progress or success in Iraq?

Or how about Harry Reid's boasting that "The war is lost!" These were not exactly cheerleading efforts in support of President Bush, or even our troops.

As the saying goes, "You reap what you sow," and the Democrats now are reaping a sample of what they have spent the last eight years sowing.

If they don't like the disrespect they feel Sean Hannity has showed Obama or if they are put off by Rush's desire to see Obama fail, I recommend next time they are out of power to follow the adage to "Treat others as you would like to be treated."

Dan Rhys is a Valencia resident and a college English instructor. His column reflects his own views and not necessarily those of The Signal.


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