House Minority Leader John Boehner has responded to the ongoing deification of radio host Rush Limbaugh in a Washington Post op-ed Thursday. Boehner labels the whole affair nothing more than a diversionary tactic of the Democratic party to distract the public from the details of the recently-passed stimulus bill, as well as the forthcoming budget and omnibus bill. In the piece, the minority leader seems to adopt a conspiracy theorist perspective, wherein Limbaugh's recent media attention is actually a carefully coordinated liberal plot. From the op-ed:
And in a carefully calculated campaign, operatives and allies of the Obama administration are seeking to divert attention toward radio host Rush Limbaugh, and away from a debate about our alternative solutions on the economy and the irresponsible spending binge they are presiding over. This diversionary tactic will not create a single job or help a single family struggling in today's economic crisis. And that is where our focus should be.
Make no mistake: This strategy did not develop out of thin air. Democratic pollsters began laying the groundwork for this effort last fall. What's particularly regrettable is that all this is unfolding at a time our nation can least afford it.