House GOP Leadership Mocked By Rush

Rush Limbaugh opened his show today by piling on top of House Republican leadership for claiming that a crucial number of their members voted against the bailout package because of a partisan speech that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) gave before the roll call.

“C’mon guys. Can ya grow up?” he said. “There were a whole lot of reasons for House Republicans to vote against this thing yesterday.”

He said Democrats never intended to pass it and GOPers likely realized that as they saw Democratic ‘no’ votes piling up during the vote. “It was a set-up from the get-go,” analyzed Limbaugh.

Count Rep. Scott Garrett (R-N.J.) as similarly skeptical of the explanation. When asked whether he voted ‘no’ because of the partisan nature of the debate, he told NPR this morning, “No, I was a no vote on the basic package from day one. I couldn’t tell you who those twelve were on either side of the aisle.”

UPDATE: In response to the dozens of e-mails coming in, I changed the headline to make it clear that Limbaugh was mocking GOP House leadership for the Pelosi explanation, not the House Republican rank and file. To the many people who have asked: No, I have no intention of moving back to Russia. 

Also, when a transcript or audio is available, I'll post it immediately.