RUSH: The Limbaugh Theorem, Daily Caller: "Obama Runs Immigration Bill from White House, According to New Report -- The White House is playing a larger role in developing the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill than its supporters publicly admit, according to a forthcoming article in The New Yorker." Ryan Lizza -- senior Obama official: "No decisions are being made without talking to us about it." So the Gang of Eight is not writing the bill. Obama is. But it's the Limbaugh Theorem. The Gang of Eight is assumed to be writing the bill. In fact, who's really assumed to be writing it, Marco Rubio. Marco Rubio single-handedly is, at least the optics in the face of the bill is Marco Rubio, when in fact the regime's doing it. According to the New Yorker, now. Limbaugh Theorem.
The Limbaugh Theorem shows up every day, sometimes multiple times a day. I don't have the New Yorker story. It's behind a pay wall, and I didn't authorize myself to go waste money on the New Yorker. So I'm -- he-he-he-he -- I'm relying here -- (laughing) I love that. I didn't authorize myself. Company budget and so forth. So what I have here is the Daily Caller's take on the article from Ryan Lizza at The New Yorker. Now, in addition to this being an example of the Limbaugh Theorem, it unfortunately might be more evidence of how our side is being played. It is this piece that features a quote for an aide to Senator Rubio about American workers, which is what everybody has noticed from the New Yorker article.
Quote: "'There are American workers who, for lack of a better term, can’t cut it,' a Rubio aide told Lizza. 'There shouldn’t be a presumption that every American worker is a star performer. There are people who just can’t get it, can’t do it, don’t want to do it. And so you can’t obviously discuss that publicly,' said the aide." Rubio hasn't said anything like that, but Rubio's aide is quoted in the New Yorker piece. Now, the problem with the Rubio aide being quoted is that all that matters anymore is optics, substance doesn't matter anymore in America. All that matters is optics. And the optics of this aide speaking out make it sound like Rubio thinks that, too.
I mean, if Rubio has a guy working for him... For example, if Snerdley was out saying stuff in public, or if H.R. was out being quoted in public about something I was working on, you would assume that's what I think, right? Because you would assume, well, why would these guys be working for me if they disagree with me, number one. Why would these guys being saying this if I didn't authorize it? That's what people would think.
(interruption) The optics. That's my point. You guys wouldn't go out and say anything... (interruption) Well, I... (interruption) No, no. You guys... (interruption) Don't... (interruption) You can't fool me, H.R. Both you and Snerdley, if you thought I was all wet about something, would find a way to plant that. (interruption) Yes, you would. You'd try to get me steered back on what you think is the right path. (interruption) Oh... (interruption) Now... (interruption)
Well, you might talk to me, but if you thought I was a lost cause and I was damaging myself, you guys might go out there and offer... (interruption) Well, that's my point. It isn't the same as me saying it, but when the Rubio aide is quoted as saying this, everybody's gonna think that's what Rubio thinks. (interruption) Snerdley just asked me if Rubio knows what he's doing to his future. You'd have to assume so. I have to assume that he knows what he's doing here.
He's there; he's doing it. We're not. We're on the grandstand side. We're spectators here. We're sitting in the stands. We're watching what's happening on the field and commenting on it. We're not on the field. We're not on the team. We don't know what's going on in the clubhouse in the dugout, to use this analogy. So when you ask me, "Does Rubio know what he's doing to his career?" I assume he does, but I'm not saying that that means he understands what you think it means.
I don't think these people go out and purposely sabotage themselves. Now, our side does that unwittingly, but I don't think they do it on purpose. Anyway, you have this aide -- and, by the way, when you go out and say, "There shouldn't be a presumption that every American worker is a star performer. There are people who just can't get it, can't do it, don't want to do it," that's no different than saying that there's just some work Americans won't do. Now, this is able to be more insulting, but let me ask you a question.
How many people have quit working since Obama took office?
What's been the labor force participation rate? It's down by nine or 10 million people, right? You think it is not true that there are some Americans who don't want to work? I think it patently obvious there are. I think it's patently obvious there's a bunch of Americans that don't want to work, that they're perfectly fine the way things are. As long as Santa Claus still lives in the North Pole and still runs the federal government, they're fine.
So when you get right down to it, what's offensive about that quote? What's offensive about the quote is, somebody's telling the truth about some American workers, but also a presumption that every one of the illegals wants to work, is qualified, is ready to go, is capable. So, anyway, my point is, the major take from this bill ought not be the Rubio staffer quote. The major thing to take away from this bill is that Obama's running it, not the Gang of Eight. That's the major take-away, for me.
This is from the story: "White House officials also believe the emerging bill will be a huge success for President Barack Obama. -- 'If a Gang of Eight-style bill is signed into law by the president, it will probably be one of the top five legislative accomplishments in the last twenty years,' [a senior Obama] official said. 'It's a huge piece of business.' The report points out other evidence of close White House involvement. For example, Obama met with four top Democrats pushing the bill on Thursday," and had direct input into what's going on.
So, folks, it is a classic illustration here -- and I don't mean to make it about me. Remember, we're trying to persuade people here. This is the Limbaugh Theorem. Obama is running the Gang of Eight bill from the White House. But the public perception, the optics are that Obama's doing everything but that. Now, I had a moment to go through the sound bites. I know we've got a George Will in here but not the one I want.
Apparently George Will said Sunday on This Week that the immigration bill doesn't have a prayer. If I remembering this right... I didn't see it, but there's a quote out there, and it's got video attached. George Will says that the House of Representatives will never go along with the Gang of Eight immigration bill as long as it continues to say that the White House is in charge of border security, that if the bill says Congress is in charge of border security, then it's got a better chance of passing.
Now, that was interesting to me in the sense that I've not heard anybody bring that up, the aspect of border enforcement as far as who's gonna do it. Border enforcement as a topic? Yeah. Don't misunderstand. But I never heard that opinion from anybody, and I don't pay attention to a lot of people's opinions so I'm not saying nobody else said it. If George Will's stealing from somebody, please don't send me a note saying Will is stealing from you. That's not my point.
My point is that I hadn't heard it said before, and I've never heard advanced as a theory that the bill doesn't stand a chance in the House for that reason. It was a new one. Anyway, we've got some sound bites on this. Obama's approval number down eight points in CNN and Rasmussen. I mean, major, major drop. "A new poll offers the most concrete evidence yet that President Obama is paying a political price for the series of controversies that have dogged his administration at the start of its second term.
"A CNN/Opinion Research poll published Monday shows Obama’s approval rating dropping from 53 percent a month ago to 45%. Meanwhile, his disapproval rate rose nine points to 54% -- just shy of an all-time high for his presidency. The poll shows that Americans, by a 61-35 margin, disapprove of how Obama is handling government surveillance of US citizens," and I'll tell you where the bottom is falling out with Obama is young people. And everybody's scratching their heads trying to figure out why.
What has happened in the last month or two... Maybe it's a cumulative thing. What's happened to cause the yutes of America to lose their fascination or begin losing their fascination with Obama.
RUSH: There's another interesting... What should I call this? There's an interesting assertion in the Ryan Lizza New Yorker piece about immigration. The highlight of the Ryan Lizza piece is that Obama is running the Gang of Eight bill, that Obama's running the Gang of Eight quietly, in the White House. Everybody in the Gang of Eight knows it. Nobody's saying anything, because Obama can never be seen as having his fingerprints on anything.
But the Gang of Eight bill, according to Ryan Lizza, is exactly what Obama wants.
It isn't Rubio. It isn't Schumer. Rubio is the face of it, as far as conservatives are concerned, but it's Obama's bill. Now, there's another interesting aspect in this Ryan Lizza piece. He claims that some Republicans have gotten Fox News on board for amnesty as well. Not the whole network, but this story, when it hits, asserts that some elected Republicans have put pressure on people at Fox News who have changed their minds and have come on board for amnesty.
It doesn't mention any names. I don't remember if any Republicans have ever approached me to come on board for amnesty. I don't think that's happened. I think I would remember it. If it's happened. So Obama says that his only opposition is Fox News and me, but if some people at Fox News have been turned, that means it's me. The Ryan Lizza story says that McCain, Rubio and Graham had discussions with "top hosts."
Oh, it does mention names.
Uh-oh. Oh, no! Do I have to mention the names? Aw, jeez. This is Fox News. The Ryan Lizza story indicates that McCain, Rubio, and Graham had discussions with Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, and Neil Cavuto, and then the story says, quote, "All of whom are 'now relatively sympathetic to the Gang's proposed bill.'" Now, I have spoken to Rubio. Rubio has made the case for the bill. He's been on the program. You've heard it.
I never got the impression that Rubio was putting pressure on me to change my mind about it. In fact, when I talked to him last week, he acknowledged, "I know that you don't agree with a lot about this bill but I want to explain to you something," and he started explaining it. I forget what it was. We talked about it when it happened. I just don't remember. It was something that had been asserted that turned out not to be true and he wanted me to know.
But, regardless, this Ryan Lizza story in the New Yorker has the potential to shake some stuff up.