The whole being absurd to point out absurdity schtick is funny and effective when there's truth to be revealed or underscored and Limbaugh is usually brilliant when using this meme to point to leftist idiocy.
But when it comes to Pope Francis, Limbaugh is acting the fool and I'm simply not understanding why:
I know. I tell everyone not to call people names.
But there comes a time when “idiot” isn’t a pejorative; it’s an excuse.
Mr Limbaugh is doing his the-pope-is-a-marxist-communist-not-a-corporatist-like-me thing again. After reading this latest rather bizarre attack against the Holy Father, I am faced with three possibilities.
1. Mr Limbaugh has relapsed into his drug problem.
2. He’s an idiot.
3. He is deliberately baiting the Vicar of Christ for ratings, despite the fact that a grade-school child could read the interview he’s referencing and know that he’s misquoting and miscasting what the Holy Father said.
Given the choices, I’ve decided that, in charity, I will give Mr Limbaugh the benefit of the doubt and assume that he’s an idiot. I don’t, for instance, think that the fact that he makes at least $70 million per year in salary, or that his net worth is approximately $400 million, has in any way messed with his mind.
What set Mr Limbaugh off on another of his attack-the-Holy-Father spiels is an interview Pope Francis gave to Il Messaggero on Sunday.
That and more from Rebecca Hamilton, including Pope Francis' words that Rush is so wrong about.
Mark Shea is all the more blunt about Rush's latest attack:
The most *charitable* explanation is that Limbaugh is an idiot. The more realistic explanation is that nobody in his position is really so dumb as to believe the pope is a communist or thinks Jesus was a communist, so the more likely take is that he’s ginning up ratings with a little good old fashioned pope bashing.
What he is emphatically not doing is making the slightest effort to understand Francis or the Church’s teaching on the poor (a word he habitually pronounces “pewer” with a sneer).
The Standard Bearer of the Thing that Used to Be Conservatism, which has joined the pro-abort Left in a deepening hatred toward the Church and this pope.
I've been a huge fan of Limbaugh's for more than 20 years and so seeing this sort of thing is most troubling but there's no getting around the fact that he's wrong about this Pope. Not just wrong though. He seems to be going out of his way to impugn the Vicar of Christ and relying on the main stream media to do it.
It truly makes no sense to me.
I don't think him to be an idiot, certainly not in totality yet his views on Pope Francis are pure idiocy.
What the hell is wrong with him? To what exactly is he selling out? It's time for the man to do some serious soul searching.
He's losing a fan but worse, he's losing much, much more.