On his show Monday Rush Limbaugh sounded like he was going to have a stroke.
The right-wing talker was all wound up, and you could hear it in the pitch of his voice, as he blasted Pima County, Ariz. Sheriff Clarence Dupnik as a “a fool.”
Dupnik’s crime? He spoke his mind in a way that offended the right-wing talk show host.
On Saturday, following the massacre that claimed the life of a Republican-appointed federal judge, five others, and left a Democratic congresswoman fighting for her life, Dupnik had the temerity to suggest overheated political rhetoric in this country could have helped create the kind of climate that led a nut with a gun to stage Saturday’s attack.
In part, the 30-year veteran sheriff’s reaction was an emotional one. Both Federal Judge John Roll and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords were close friends of his. Giffords still is, thank goodness.
“The anger, the biogtry, the hatred that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous,” Dupnik said Saturday. And he said Arizona was ground zero for garbage like that.
Rush responded Monday, suggesting that the Arizona’s County sheriff’s comments were the beginning of an insidious plot on a national scale.
“Don’t kid yourself,” Limbaugh warned. “What this is all about is shutting down any and all political opposition and eventually criminalizing it!”
Shutting down any and all political opposition? Criminalizing it? Really?
Implicitly, Limbaugh is likening the Arizona shooting massacre is to the Reichstag fire and our government to the Nazis.
He’s done it before, of course, and quite explicitly. Such as when he compared the Obama Administration’s health-care logo to a swastika, and said, “Adolf Hitler, like Barack Obama, also ruled by dictate.“ And, “Obama is asking citizens to rat each other out like Hitler did.”
Now, you know what’s happened in the recent past when certain Republicans have taken on Rush Limbaugh. In the GOP, that is tantamount to an heretical act.
When Republican Rep. Phil Gingrey did it in January 2009, he groveled an emasculating apology in a call on Limbaugh’s radio show.
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele found himself in the same boat later than year when he called Limbaugh “an entertainer” who was sometimes “incendiary.” Thou shalt not diss the great Rush.
Sheriff Dupnik was having none of that, however. He’s not apologizing, no siree. On ABC News Monday night he doubled down on his comments about Limbaugh:
“The kind of rhetoric that flows from people like Rush Limbaugh — in my judgment he’s irresponsible, uses partial information, sometimes wrong information, attacks people, angers them against government, angers them against elected officials, and that kind of behavior in my opinion is not without consequences and I think he’s irresponsible.”
And Dupnik went on:
There are millions of people in the country who feel exactly as I do and nobody is saything anything.
He did the same thing Sunday night, too. Watch this clip from Fox News:
Did you catch that?
“The anger that’s purposefully generated by people who make a living off it, serves one particular party better than the other.”
Sheriff Clarence Dupnik ‘s star is rising.