Colbert calls Hannity's praise for Rush 'obsequious crack-licking'
David Edwards and Rachel Oswald
Published: Friday March 6, 2009

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Seeing a pattern in the rush by Republicans to compliment Rush Limbaugh immediately after they have offended him and been castigated for it on his radio show, Steven Colbert theorized that FOX's Sean Hannity must have said something truly horrendous to warrant such "obsequious crack-licking" as the praise he poured on to Limbaugh earlier this week.

Sean Hannity complimented Limbaugh on his March 3 Hannity program by saying, "Rush is by far the most articulate, defining voice of conservatism in America today, the most articulate voice of raging conservatism in the country. Rush is a powerful voice. I would argue that Rush is the leader of the conservative movement in the country."

Comedy Central's Colbert sees a pattern from conservatives who praise Limbaugh. He noted on The Colbert Report Thursday, "These days you only hear gushy praise and shameless grovelling like that right after someone pissed off Rush."

RNC Chairman Michael Steele and Georgia Republican Congressman Phil Gingrey have both issued public apologies to Limbaugh after earlier criticizing his harsh and extremist views.

"I mean to warrant obsequious crack-licking like that, he must have said something terrible," theorized Colbert of Hannity's praise. "I mean -- something like the vacuum in Republican leadership has allowed a mean-spirited, lard-assed talk radio host to become the de facto leader which is turning an already crippled party into a bickering laughingstock."

Colbert also mocked Limbaugh for his criticism of the “unconstitutional” Troubled Assets Relief Program at his speech to C-PAC last Saturday – the same speech which also contained a fumbling reference to “life, liberty, freedom and the pursuit of happiness.” Limbaugh incorrectly attributed that to the preamble of the Constitution when it was actually in the Declaration of Independence, though there was no mention of freedom in that particular line.

For this feat, Colbert gave a “Tip of the Hat” to Limbaugh for “changing the Constitution.”

“The liberals all want it to be a 'living document', well Rush just took it one step further and made it a Wikipedia entry,” Colbert said.

This video is from Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, broadcast Mar. 5, 2009.

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