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By Jeremy Schiffres, Daily and Sunday Freeman, Kingston, N.Y.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Loonier than Limbaugh

I always thought Rush Limbaugh was the biggest buffoon on the radio. Today, he was outdone by one of his callers.

I was listening to Limbaugh’s show while driving from Albany to Kingston this afternoon – hey, I needed something to keep me alert on the Thruway – when a woman who had phoned in told Limbaugh she was a lifelong Democrat but cannot bring herself to vote for Barack Obama in the upcoming presidential election because the candidate “so obviously hates America.”

What, exactly, has Sen. Obama done to suggest he hates America? Yes, his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, made offensive comments about America from the pulpit, but Obama never condoned those comments – in fact, he condemned them – and I’ve never heard the distinguished gentleman from Illinois say anything to suggest he hates the country that he hopes to lead … unless, of course, criticizing the Bush administration qualifies.

Limbaugh, of course, did nothing to challenge the caller or ask her to back up her statement. This is, after all, a man who has made his fortune by insulting Democrats. He’s not about to start defending one.

But wait. It gets worse.

The caller went on to proclaim that Obama is worse than Adolf Hitler was because Hitler, though a murderous psychopath, at least – you guessed it – loved his country.

And this woman has the right to vote.

God help us all.



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