November 22, 2002
ECHOES OF BILL:Railing Against Rush (Howard Kurtz, November 21, 2002, Washington Post)
Has Tom Daschle lost a couple of screws?
Did the normally mild-mannered senator accuse Rush Limbaugh of inciting violence?
He came pretty darn close. There were cameras there. You can watch the replay.
We can understand that Daschle is down, just having lost his majority leader's job and absorbed plenty of blame for this month's Democratic debacle.
What we can't understand is how the South Dakotan can suggest that a mainstream conservative with a huge radio following is somehow whipping up wackos to threaten Daschle and his family.
It seems like Mr. Daschle is getting a bum rap here. After all, he merely tried connecting Rush Limbaugh to some vague and amorphous difficulties for the Daschle family. Bill Clinton, always more brazen than his peers, actually blamed the Oklahoma City bombing on the inflammatory rhetoric of talk radio and the '94 Republican Revolution. And, he got away with it. Who can blame Mr. Daschle for trying to steal a page from the master's playbook? Posted by Orrin Judd at November 22, 2002 9:48 PM