People for Republicans to ignore

PEOPLE FOR REPUBLICANS TO IGNORE…. A week ago, Rush Limbaugh conceded on the air, “I hope Obama fails,” adding, “Somebody’s gotta say it.” On Wednesday, Limbaugh added, “We are being told that we have to hope he succeeds, that we have to bend over, grab the ankles, bend over forward, backward, whichever, because his father was black, because this is the first black president.”

It’s hard to say with certainty that the New York Post‘s reporting is reliable, but apparently, the president told congressional Republicans yesterday that they may not want to take marching orders from this loudmouth clown.

“You can’t just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done,” he told top GOP leaders, whom he had invited to the White House to discuss his nearly $1 trillion stimulus package.

One White House official confirmed the comment but said he was simply trying to make a larger point about bipartisan efforts.

I suspect the point wasn’t to go after Limbaugh specifically, but rather to note that if the White House is going to have a productive, cooperative working relationship with congressional Republicans, it’s better for everyone if GOP lawmakers don’t rely on right-wing shock-jocks for wisdom and legislative strategies, especially those who root against America. Sounds like good advice.

And while we’re at it, perhaps congressional Republicans can stop listening to Grover Norquist, too.

This week, Norquist praised the work of the House Republicans.

“We should not treat Obama, Reid, and Pelosi, the way that the Bush administration treated Iran-‘You’re a bad person and we don’t want to talk to you,'” said Norquist. “We engage the Democrats by being cheerful and pleasant and open to conversation. They say they want 10 ideas? OK, here are 10 ideas. The next time they say they want 10 ideas, we say that they asked before, and, just for the record, they rejected our ideas. When you get to May, who’s the obstructionist and who’s the collaborator?”

Where do Republicans find these guys?