Because you know, bringing that stuff up is, like, totally racist or something, according to NBCNews.Com host Lawrence O'Donnell.
LAWRENCE O’DONNELL, HOST: In the spotlight tonight, Republican campaign strategist Rush Limbaugh. Rush thinks Mitt is doing a terrible job of fighting back against the team Obama attack on Mitt as a pioneer of outsourcing. But Rush thinks he knows why Mitt isn't hitting back hard enough.
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RUSH LIMBAUGH: Romney knows how to do this. He did it to Newt and he did it to Santorum. He knows full well how he has to do this. But I know what they think they're up against. They got the first black president, independents...It's easy to go after Newt or Romney, because they're conservatives and everybody hates conservatives anyway...But we can't go after poor old Barack that way, because he's a minority.
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O’DONNELL: And so Rush decided to teach Mitt how to go after a minority. Rush thinks Mitt should be hitting Barack Obama as a lazy, drug-taking beneficiary of affirmative action. Rush didn't use the word "shiftless," but Rush threw in every racist stereotype he could in his advice to Mitt.
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LIMBAUGH: “Okay so Mr. Limbaugh, since you have the answer to everything, then what would you suggest that Romney do, if he do?” Okay, fine! “Look, pal, when I was out creating jobs, investing in businesses and growing this economy, you were at Columbia smoking weed and snorting coke. You write about it in your book, you talk about how you got into Columbia, the Harvard Law Review, and you didn't have to do anything. That was what’s great about it. You loved getting into Columbia because all you had to do was go to class, get your grades, and smoke a little weed while I was out building the country when you were doing that.”
Now where did Limbaugh get all this allegedly racist stuff? Easy -- from Barack Obama's own books in which he talks about being a pothead, doing coke, and being a lazy student. Is it really the contention of this employee of a news organization that actually talking about material that is in the public record about the President of the United States -- stuff that he put there himself -- is somehow racist? If it is, then we have officially defined the word "racism" down to the degree that it no longer means anything because it means everything negative that is said against someone who is a racial minority. And that, my friends, is a large steaming pile of crap.
But let's give O'Donnell some credit -- he did catch Limbaugh in an error. The tales of drug-addled escapades that Obama regaled us with were about his high school days at his elite prep school, not during his college years. I guess we are just supposed to assume that Barry quit toking and snorting once he hit Occidental and Columbia -- because we know that nobody does drugs at elite institutions of higher education.