Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Democrat of Texas took to the floor of the House to explain why Rush Limbaugh ought not to be allowed to own a NFL football team. Rush Limbaugh took to the airways October 14thto make her wish she hadn’t.
Sheila Jackson Lee was only one of several people who felt Rush Limbaugh’s ire over the controversy in which Rush is being accused of racism based on fabricated quotes. Other people feeling Rush’s wrath included CNN reporter Rick Sanchez, whom Rush Limbaugh mentioned had been involved in a hit-and-run accident while drunk while a reporter in Miami, and Senate Majority Harry Reid, whom Rush reminded his listeners is-well-Harry Reid.
Rush Limbaugh told an old story about how Jesse Jackson had lied about Martin Luther King dying in his arms, though apparently he had arrived in time to smear the blood of the iconic civil rights leader on his own clothes to make it look like he had been present. Tawana Brawley was trotted out to beat Al Sharpton over the head with. Rush also accused Al Sharpton of running a shake down racket.
But it was Sheila Jackson Lee who was the special subject of Rush Limbaugh’s new policy of answering attacks. Rush inquired, “I wonder if Ms. Jackson Lee to have any regard for the truth. Does she have any regard for hoping, desiring to sound intelligent and knowledgeable, or is she content to be happy and proud to go the floor of the House of Representatives and make a fool of herself?”
Rush Limbaugh went on to relate an old story about Sheila Jackson Lee. It seems that Sheila Jackson Lee was present at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory when the Mars Pathfinder landed in the mid 1990s. Sheila Jackson Lee inquired whether the rover would be able to roll over to where astronauts had planted the American flag.
The problem is that astronauts have yet to visit Mars at all, not to mention plant any flags on its surface. Sheila Jackson Lee, who represents a district in Houston and sits on committees that deal with NASA, did not know that astronauts had in fact planted flags on the Moon.
Rush Limbaugh is apparently adding to the legal strategy that he explained on October 13th’s broadcast. The idea seems to be that if you launch against Rush Limbaugh, call him names, or lie about him, he will launch against you in responds with overwhelming force. If you go after Rush and have a skeleton in your closet, that skeleton will be trotted out for all to see.
Sources: Limbaugh fires back at ‘fool’ Jackson Lee for NFL floor speech, Bob Cusak, The Hill, October 14th, 2009
Rick Sanchez of CNN Ran Over a Man Then Fled the Scene. Two Hours Later, Sanchez Was Still Drunk, Erik Erikson, Red State, October 14th, 2009
Jesse Jackson Aims For The Mainstream, Joyce Purnick and Michael Oreskes, New York Times, November 29th, 1987
Sharpton’s Million Dollar Shakedown Racket, Sabel Vincent and Susan Edelman, Sweetness and Light, June 15th, 2008
The Smearing of Rush Limbaugh, Mark R. Whittington, Associated Content, October 14th, 2009