Should President Obama Debate Rush Limbaugh?


Rush Limbaugh is out of control these days. Just yesterday the conservative broadcaster, who recently had a nasty public spat with Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele to the delight of Democrats, challenged President Barack Obama to a debate.

"Let's talk about the New Deal versus Reaganomics," the radio host said on Wednesday. "Let's talk about closing Guantanamo Bay, and let's talk about sending $900 million to Hamas. Let's talk about illegal immigration and the lawlessness on the borders."

Call me crazy, but I think a sitting president has better things to do than debate a media personality. If President Obama is going to have a debate with anyone, I would think he should debate a Republican who has actually been elected to office and serves the people, not an incendiary media figure who stirs the pot for the benefit of his own fame and fortune.

Rachel Maddow shared her take on Limbaugh's challenge when she appeared on The View this morning. "I think that Rush is very successful and very smart, and the idea that the president would actually debate him is hilarious," she said. "The idea that I would ask somebody from the Republican party to debate me—demand that they debate me!—of course, that would be great for me, but that would be stupid for any politician."

What's your take? Should President Obama debate Limbaugh?

Beyond that, has Limbaugh hijacked the Republican party? And if so, how can the Republican leadership regain control?

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