Jolly radio idiot Rush Limbaugh was in shock after Hurricane Irene didn't end up killing everyone on the eastern seaboard, and that the damage it did cause has been mostly well-managed by federal, state and local authorities. What's a Limbaugh to say about these generally positive developments? How about... Obama probably wanted the hurricane to be worse! Sure, say that.

Lucky listeners learned much on today's episode of the Rush Limbaugh program:

Limbaugh firmly came down on the side of those who think that the media oversold the destructive power of Irene. He said that the storm was blown out of proportion to "push the leftist agenda," and tied it to what he said was Obama's desire to have a huge disaster.

"I'll guarantee you Obama was hoping this was going to be a disaster as another excuse for his failing economy," he said. "If he's out there blaming tsunamis, blaming earthquakes, this one [was] made to order, but it just didn't measure up."

Putting aside the question of whether President Obama would wants lots of random death and destruction within his country if it left him in a better political position, it probably would not have left him in a better political position. The other natural disaster he mentions — the Japanese earthquake and tsunami — has been a major drag on economic growth in recent months, which has helped bring the president's approval numbers to all-time lows.

It should also be noted that neither Hurricane Andrew for George Bush I, Hurricane Katrina for George Bush II, nor the Gulf oil spill for Barack Obama was exactly a "political winner."

Rush Limbaugh is perhaps the most influential media personality in the country. This is what it takes!