A pair of conservative media titans clashed Monday when columnist Charles Krauthammer responded to criticism he took from shock jock Rush Limbaugh.
The feud began when Limbaugh blasted Krauthammer and George Will, arguing that the conservative scribes were duped into thinking that President Barack Obama would govern as a centrist.
Limbaugh ran clips of the two columnists saying they didn’t know whether to peg Obama as a centrist or liberal.
“I intellectually don’t know how you can not figure out Barack Obama,” Limbaugh said, as quoted by Mediaite. “A liberal is a liberal … I know Obama, for the low-information crowd, could be whatever you wanted him to be — a blank canvas — but, for crying out loud, we’re not talking about low-information people here.”
In an interview with Newsmax TV, Krauthammer said “some talk radio hosts” had mischaracterized what he actually said after Obama’s 2008 election
“They ought to listen to what I said,” Krauthammer said. “I said nothing of the sort. I said that when Obama was elected, it was not clear whether he was a centrist Democrat who would throw a bone to the left or if he was a man of the left who would occasionally throw a bone to the center. And there was no way to know from the policies he enunciated while running for election in ’08 which way he went.”
Krauthammer said that “after three hours of policy discussion [with Obama], both myself and my colleagues had no better idea after, which is a way of saying how well he could disguise his beliefs.”