March 07, 2012 | 02:25 PM What's all the fuss about Rush Limbaugh?
He said something stupid. So what's new?
His comment, as despicable as it was, and his apology, as insincere as that was, has over-shadowed more important things.
Rush isn't running for anything.
None of the candidates have come out in support of what he said. Several have criticized him. Yet pundits are trying to connect Rush's comments with the presidential nomination process and Republican's in general. He only represents a small slice of the right just like Rachel Maddow is only one voice on the left.
And now Sarah Palin and Rush himself are trying to turn the tables, claiming Obama is being a hypocrite for criticizing. Rush points out that Obama never properly disavowed Jeremiah Wright or extremists in his own party. True enough.
But again we're missing the point; we should be concentrating on other things.
We live in a day of gotcha moments. Gotcha moments are a lot easier and simpler to criticize than complex issues. Complex issues take research and contemplation to properly critique and criticize and are rarely black and white. Slips of the tongue or a momentary lapse in verbal judgment are much easier to slam.
Let's concentrate on issues, not missteps. A slew of mistakes might show a pattern worth worrying about, but a random one—let it go.
Rush only feeds off the publicity anyway and he's not representing anyone most of us are going to vote for.