WHEN PAT ROBERTSON BECOMES THE VOICE OF REASON…. When do you know Rush Limbaugh has gone too far? When TV preacher Pat Robertson questions his rhetoric and judgment. (via Faiz Shakir)

Robertson told U.S. News that he wants to give President Obama “the benefit of every doubt, and I definitely hope he succeeds.” Dan Gilgoff followed up, asking, “So, you don’t subscribe to Rush Limbaugh’s ‘I hope he fails’ school of thought?” Robertson responded:

“That was a terrible thing to say. I mean, he’s the president of all the country. If he succeeds, the country succeeds. And if he doesn’t, it hurts us all. Anybody who would pull against our president is not exactly thinking rationally.”

I’m not at all accustomed to agreeing with Robertson. It’s a strange feeling.

As for Robertson’s criticism of Limbaugh, I’m reluctant to get in the middle of that pie fight, but I’d note that this is the same Pat Robertson who blamed 9/11 on Americans, believes he has the ability to move hurricanes with his mind, welcomed a terrorist attack on the U.S. State Department, and once described Episcopalians, Presbyterians, and Methodists as “the spirit of the Antichrist.”

When he says Limbaugh is not “thinking rationally,” it’s safe to assume Limbaugh has gone completely around the bend.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.