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Rush rips Fox anchor for something he never said

Rush Limbaugh (file)
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Shepard Smith said on Fox News on Wednesday that Republicans sit on "the wrong side of history" on the same-sex marriage issue...

SHEPARD SMITH: The President of the United States, now in the twenty-first century. And what I'm most curious about is whether it's your belief that in this time of rising debts and medical issues and all the rest, if Republicans would go out on a limb and try to make this a campaign issue while sitting very firmly, without much question, on the wrong side of history on it.

That earned praise from Lawrence O'Donnell in Wednesday's Rewrite and this reaction from Rush Limbaugh on Thursday...

RUSH LIMBAUGH: Shep, where's the issue won?  Where has it emerged victorious, Shep, outside your house? Where has this issue won an election? What state? Tell me where it's happened. Even California... You wanna look at the polls or you wanna look at the votes?... Nothing's changed... I think Obama's on the wrong side of history...

Nice job, Rush — you just ripped apart an argument that Shep Smith never made. Shep isn't talking about past elections. Shep is talking about how future elections, perhaps those taking place in November, according to polling momentum, will show that the Republican Party is sitting on the wrong side of history, electorally and morally, on the issue of marriage equality.

Rush probably knew what Shep meant, but lacked a counterargument so he made up a new argument to argue against. It's like Rush saw Shep driving a 2013 Corvette and said, "Hey, everyone, look at that terrible 2012 Camry."