Has anybody else been kind of confused by the AIG bashing by some GOP leaders? I am used to them defending rich bankers, CEO's, calling out those who seek restrictions/regulations and/or criticize corporate America (calling such people uninformed or even socialist.) Well, there seems to be a rift within the conservative world. The GOP leader-I mean radio host Rush Limbaugh-is openly defending AIG and comparing Barney Frank to McCarthy for his intent to get names of those who were paid bonuses, etc. But elected Republicans are expressing outrage over bonuses, even asking for AIG officials to commit suicide, for goodness sake! They are obviously trying to show they are the heros of the taxpayer. I guess it's just funny to see how times have changed and how unnatural this must be for them. I wonder which personality will shine through when it comes to real choices/legislation when it comes to regulation or related areas. Here is a link to the article I am referencing from The Plum Line (as featured through HuffPo.) My favorite comment was "At least Rush Limbaugh is consistent..."
Here’s an interesting subplot developing amid the AIG mess: The emerging split between leading conservative media figures and GOP leaders over how to respond.
GOP Congressional leaders have roundly condemned AIG and its executives, as part of a strategy to position themselves as heroic defenders of the taxpayers and to paint the Obama administration as weak and ineffectual. Mitch McConnell recently blasted AIG’s bonuses as an “outrage.” John Boehner said that the “American people are rightly outraged.” And Eric Cantor bemoaned the “stunning lack of accountability” on AIG’s part.
But increasingly, leading conservative media figures are moving in a different direction: Defending AIG.
Rush Limbaugh recently said: “I am all for the AIG bonuses” and attacked the Obama administration for trying to undo them. He also blasted Dem efforts to get the names of the AIG bonus recipients as “McCarthyism.”