Fox News, of course, is trying to push the story that James Carville also rooted against President Bush after he first took office in 2001. But this is nothing new for those of us familiar with conservative tactics. “If unable to defend your actions say ‘but you did it too'”.
Regardless, there’s a difference between Rush Limbaugh’s remarks and Carville’s.
As The Christian Science Monitor’s Dave Cook, a reporter who was there, points out, Carville’s comments occurred off the cuff at a casual breakfast with reports the morning of 9/11. This was before news of the terrorists attacks became public. After the first plane hit the tower, Carville said “Disregard everything we just said. This changes everything.” Limbaugh’s comments on the other hand, occurred, and are repeated to this day, several times on television and radio in front of millions of viewers/listeners, in the middle of the biggest recession since the great depression.
It’s one thing to root against the political agenda of an opposing President during times of peace, but in times of crisis, any good American would rally around the President and put politics aside.
James Carville understood this point. Rush Limbaugh clearly does not.