Rush Limbaugh has certainly changed his tune over the last 24 hours, championing the Supreme Court for its decision on the Voting Rights Act yesterday and today lambasting it for its decision on the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8.
The ultraconservative talk radio host said Wednesday on his program that there’s no longer a need for a Supreme Court if it’s going to “behave like this.”
“Why do we even need a court if it is going to behave like this?” Limbaugh ranted on Wednesday. “Why do we even need a Congress? Why don’t we, every time we want something, just find the nearest judge and say, ‘Hey Judge, I want to do this, what do you think?’ And whatever the judge says is fine. Doesn’t have to be a member of the Supreme Court, just a judge.”
Limbaugh’s comments — along with many others from right wing conservatives — came hours after the announcement that the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional. The Supreme Court’s ruling effectively deemed that same sex couples must be guaranteed the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples. The Court refused to rule specifically on Proposition 8, and kicked back the law to California, where the state courts have determined gay marriage to be legal.
Limbaugh argued along the lines of other conservatives, such as Sen. Rand Paul, Rep. Louie Gohmert and Rep. Michele Bachmann, that the ruling marks the end of civilized society, and that next up on the liberal agenda is legalizing polygamy and marriage with animals. Limbaugh also attacked President Obama for flip-flopping on the issue of gay marriage (which is yet another unsupported claim).
“Now we are told that the whole country supports gay marriage, and those who don’t are bigots,” Limbaugh continued on his radio show. “And that was in the Supreme Court ruling today, that people who oppose gay marriage are bigots and want deny and want to make fun of and want to impugn and demean homosexuals.” Which is not at all an accurate characterization of Limbaugh, apparently.