ABC's Terry Moran Snarls at Limbaugh for 'Slandering' Obama Voters; Rush Has 'Contempt'
A sneering Terry Moran on Wednesday night slammed an out-of-touch Republican Party in the wake of Barack Obama's reelection. According to Moran, Rush Limbaugh showed "contempt" for the President's voters and "slandered" them as "moochers." [See video below. MP3 audio here.]
In contrast, Moran extolled Obama as "grayer and maybe wiser." He cheered, "But in the America of the 21st century, he gets something, he embodies something that more and more voters see as the country's destiny."
Of the conservative radio host, Moran mocked, "A shell-shocked Rush Limbaugh offered one option: Contempt for Obama supporters." The ABC journalist then played a clip of Limbaugh saying of election day: "It's hard to beat Santa Claus."
Moran then snapped, "That old slander that Americans who support Obama are all somehow moochers and takers, it's become bedrock belief for many Republicans."
Moran has a long history of fawning over Obama. On Monday, he wistfully recalled, "Looking at Barack Obama today, on the last day of his last campaign, it is impossible not to think back to what seemed a hinge of history."
A partial transcript of the November 7 segment can be found below:
TERRY MORAN: The numbers tell the tale. Mitt Romney actually won white voters by the biggest margin of any candidate since Ronald Reagan in 1984. But they are a shrinking portion of the vote. The Obama coalition is growing by leaps and bounds. Latinos, for the first time, are now 10 percent of the electorate. Obama won their big time. More than twice as many unmarried women backed Obama over Romney, also a growing sector of the vote. And the President once again got huge support from young people. So, how will Republicans react?
RUSH LIMBAUGH: Hey, any of you guys in there want to come sit in my chair today? Anybody?
MORAN: A shell-shocked Rush Limbaugh offered one option: Contempt for Obama supporters.
LIMBAUGH: They think that the only way they're going to have a chance for anything is if somebody comes along and takes from somebody else and gives it to them. Santa Claus. And it's hard to beat Santa Claus.
MORAN: That old slander that Americans who support Obama are all somehow moochers and takers, it's become bedrock belief for many Republicans. Mitt Romney echoed it in that infamous video.
MITT ROMNEY: There are 47 percent who are with them dependent upon government, they believe they are victims, who believe government has a responsibility who care for them, who believe they're entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it.
MORAN: For all the celebrating in Chicago last night, President Obama gets barely majority approval for his job performance. He's battered some, grayer and maybe wiser. But in the America of the 21st century, he gets something, he embodies something that more and more voters see as the country's destiny.
-- Scott Whitlock is the senior news analyst for the Media Research Center. Click here to follow him on Twitter.