Do a Google blog search for the phrase “walking gaffe machine.” That’s the latest line of attack against Barack Obama from the right-wing noise factories.
Conservative pundit Michelle Malkin, in a column last week, described Obama as a “walking, talking gaffe machine”... because Obama does things on the campaign trail like mixing up Sioux Falls (South Dakota) with Sioux City (Iowa).
Now “walking gaffe machine” is spreading across the blogosphere like a rash on a baboon’s ass.
Rush Limbaugh, on his radio show today, pumped up the meme. He called Sen. Obama a “walking gaffe machine” for claiming that his uncle had helped liberate the Auschwitz concentration camp. (Actually, the Soviet Red Army did that; Obama was referring to Buchenwald.)
“Don’t we think these guys running for president ought to know something about their own country?” Limbaugh ranted.
I have two things to say. Number one: Compared to Scott McClellan’s fresh reminder that the Bush Administration plunged us into war with a campaign of deception and propaganda... Obama’s misstatements don’t seem like much.
Number two: Rush Limbaugh isn’t qualified to police other people’s gaffes. That genius didn’t even know that polio and smallpox are caused by viruses. Seriously... Rush has never heard of “the polio virus”!
On April 24, Rush Limbaugh talked about a news report that said scientists are pessimistic about the development of an AIDS vaccine.
“We’re talking about a virus, are we not?” Limbaugh said. “Do we have a cure for any virus? ... We don’t have a vaccine against the common cold, which is a virus. ... My common sense is, we don’t have a cure for any virus.
“And so the notion that we were ever gonna have a cure for AIDS, or even a vaccine for it...”
At this point, someone informed Rush that smallpox is, indeed, a virus. “Smallpox is a virus,” he said. “So we do have a vaccine for that. ... But polio, that’s not a virus.”
YES IT IS, DUMB-ASS!
The greatest achievements of modern medicine – the eradication of smallpox and the near-eradication of polio – Rush Limbaugh is totally ignorant about.
Click here to hear a 3-minute audio clip of Rush revealing this ignorance. It’s quite comical... unless you happen to have HIV or know someone who does.
Speaking of comical, let’s remember that sweet day in 2004 when Michelle Malkin got OWNED by Chris Matthews on “Hardball.” The subject: Sen. John Kerry’s war wounds: