As Greg Sargent and others are noting, there’s a sharp divide of opinion between the conservative media people (Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck etc) and the Republican congressmen and senators, the latter full of populist and moral outrage but the former finding it all just good old Americanness.
Here’s Greg Sargent
GOP Congressional leaders have roundly condemned AIG and its executives, as part of a strategy to position themselves as heroic defenders of the taxpayers and to paint the Obama administration as weak and ineffectual. Mitch McConnell recently blasted AIG’s bonuses as an “outrage.” John Boehner said that the “American people are rightly outraged.” And Eric Cantor bemoaned the “stunning lack of accountability” on AIG’s part.
But increasingly, leading conservative media figures are moving in a different direction: Defending AIG.
Rush Limbaugh recently said: “I am all for the AIG bonuses” and attacked the Obama administration for trying to undo them. He also blasted Dem efforts to get the names of the AIG bonus recipients as “McCarthyism.”
They kind of don’t know who they are. If they write me, I’ll tell them.