Why has Barack Obama taken such an interest in who Republicans listen to?

Via FoxNews/NYPost:

WASHINGTON — President Obama warned Republicans on Capitol Hill today that they need to quit listening to radio king Rush Limbaugh if they want to get along with Democrats and the new administration.

“You can’t just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done,” he told top GOP leaders, whom he had invited to the White House to discuss his nearly $1 trillion stimulus package.

One White House official confirmed the comment but said he was simply trying to make a larger point about bipartisan efforts.

“There are big things that unify Republicans and Democrats,” the official said. “We shouldn’t let partisan politics derail what are very important things that need to get done.”

Show of hands how many people believe he turned to his colleagues on the left and advised them not to listen to Air America nor pander to the Daily Kossites? I sincerely doubt it, considering it’s something not only Democrats in Congress have done on Kos’ website, but it’s something they’ve done in person at the Yearly Kos conventions … Barack Obama included.

Double standards, anyone?

Read related thoughts via Ed Morrissey.

Semi-related: Bill Kristol asks, “Will Obama Save Liberalism?”

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