People are missing the point. Limbaugh isn't stupid. He just assumes that his audience is.
If you've listened to that segment or read the transcript, you'll note that Limbaugh punctuates his argument the the now famous sound byte of President Obama saying "If you own a small business, you didn't build that," which sounds damning until you take the 20 seconds to find the context of the quote. If you listen to the few sentences before, it's obvious that the word "that" is a reference to roads, bridges, infrastructure, etc. In short, anyone who uses this quote without its context is telling you a deliberate lie. I don't know about you, but I don't appreciate being lied to.
|I see what you did there, Mittens.|
No. The problem is that it's working. I don't think Limbaugh's audience is necessarily stupid, but they're certainly willing to be taken in by a convenient deception. Just look at this recent poll. The number of Republicans who think President Obama is a Muslim has doubled since 2008. We're getting mired in these stupid non-issues and losing track of the big ones, like the President's willingness to have a drone strike called on a U.S. citizen.
Isn't there enough disturbing truth out there without wasting time on meaningless lies? I say shame on Rush Limbaugh for having such a poor estimation of his audience. And I say shame on his audience for not disappointing him.