RUSH: Roll Call magazine: "John Boehner Walks Back Immigration Comments -- John A. Boehner apologized in a closed-door meeting with Republicans [this] morning for comments over the recess that some in the GOP Conference perceived as mocking opponents of comprehensive immigration overhaul -- and the speaker reassured lawmakers there is no conspiracy to bring up such a bill over their objections. ...
"'There was no mocking,' Boehner said. 'Listen, you all know me. You tease the ones you love. But some people misunderstood what I had to say. And I wanted to make sure that members understood that the biggest impediment we have in moving immigration reform forward is (the president)." Okay, now, so Boehner walked it back. So has Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Oh, yeah.
"After her local newspaper reported that Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) said repeal was 'unlikely,' her office fired back that she never said that. 'She will continue fighting to repeal Obamacare at every opportunity moving forward and replace it with patient-centered reforms,' her spokesman said." There's a lot of walking back in the news today. A lot of people are walking things back.
RUSH: Bart in Tucson, Arizona. I'm glad you called, sir. Great to have you on the program. Hello.
CALLER: Hello, Rush. Mega dittos since 1990 college days.
RUSH: Thank you, sir. Great to have you here.
CALLER: Thank you. I wanted to say that I find that Boehner, Jeb Bush, and the Republican leadership in general, they're just like the Regime and how they treat conservatives like the Regime treats Israel. And they treat liberals like the Regime treats Putin, Iran, China. You know, they acquiesce to 'em, they bow to them, they go out of their way to be nice to 'em. And then they're supposed allies, they just have nothing but contempt.
RUSH: You know, I think you're really on to something. Can I give you an example of what you just said?
RUSH: The NRA convention over the weekend, Sarah Palin cracked a joke. I don't have it in front of me, but she cracked a joke about the way she and her team, whatever, would baptize militant Islamist terrorists is with waterboarding, and people on the Republican side are just fit to be tied over this. They're angry, saying what an insensitive joke. How can somebody who's a conservative Republican make such a insulting comment about Christianity and all this. And, by the way, her joke got tons of laughter at the NRA.
The reason that the Republicans don't understand it is exactly what you just said. Most Republican voters are fed up with the fact that the Republican Party doesn't take it to the enemy. The Republican Party, in terms of outward appearance, the enemy is the Tea Party. The enemy is conservatives. I think there's a lot of frustration from people, 'cause you just nailed it. The Republicans acquiesce to the Democrats, be nice to the Democrats, talk about crossing the aisle with the Democrats. Just like Kerry and Obama talk about trying to be nice with the Russians and with Putin and so forth. When instead the Republicans ought to be trying to stop Obama.
There ought to be no question about repealing Obamacare. There ought to be no question about opposing amnesty because it's gonna make a permanent Democrat majority if this happens. And they don't see any of this. I think your point is well taken. And by the way, Boehner walked back his comments. He said: I wasn't mocking anybody. Now, I didn't hear Boehner's comments. People who did think that he was mocking Republicans and the Tea Party. (interruption) Snerdley just told me there's no question that he was.
But the point is he walked it back and Cathy McMorris Rodgers walked her comments back about not repealing Obamacare because her office just got tons of opposition. So you have a good point. They treat conservatives like the Regime treats Israel. They treat liberal Democrats and liberals like the Regime treats Putin, Iran, and China, like they're afraid of 'em and don't want 'em to be mad at 'em and so forth. It's a frustrating thing, so your point is well taken.
RUSH: I tell you what's happening these Republican leaders. If they go out and if they say one syllable indicating that they're cool with Obamacare or that they don't think it can be repealed or that they don't think it can be walked back, they are going to hear about it -- and they are hearing about it. They are going to get hammered.
They are being hammered. Cathy McMorris Rodgers heard about it. I've got this piece here. I've been holding this, and it's the Morning Bell blog from the Heritage Foundation. "The New Narrative on Obamacare: Repeal Is So Last Year." The new narrative is (sniveling): "Oh, we can't do that! Oh no!" But they point out it can be repealed.
Heritage: "Do conservatives still want to repeal Obamacare? It would seem the media don't want you to think so. President Obama said just a couple of weeks ago that 'the repeal debate is and should be over.' We're now seeing that mirrored in media coverage of Congress. After her local newspaper reported that Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) said repeal was 'unlikely,' her office fired back that she never said that."
That's because her office got hammered. Her office put out a statement saying, "She will continue fighting to repeal Obamacare at every opportunity," because she heard from people after what she did say that repeal looks "unlikely." Heritage goes on to say, "A few things to keep in mind." Repealing previous legislation "has been done.
"There is precedent for repealing a major health care law. It happened in 1989. The law was the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act of 1988. Once it took effect, Americans didn’t like it one bit." This is when seasoned citizens actually stormed the automobile of Dan "Rosty" Rostenkowski, Democrat, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
They let him have it, and they repealed it (snaps fingers) overnight. Heritage points out here that "Obamacare is hardly 'settled' law. We can't forget that 'Whole provisions of the law have been nullified, modified, delayed, or suspended,' [Heritage expert Robert] Moffit reminds us. 'Indeed, over the past four years, there have been a total of 40 changes to the law...'"
The fact of the matter is, most of this law hasn't even been implemented yet! It was supposed to have been by now, but it's so devastating to Democrats that Obama has delayed it and has moved back the implementation dates until they're after elections. He has offered over 2,500 waivers so that people wouldn't be harmed by it.
The fact is it would not be that difficult to repeal this thing because it hasn't settled in yet! There aren't a whole lot of people signed up for this. There aren't a whole lot of people depending on this yet. There is time to repeal this! This is why people are fed up with these Republicans. You know, they run around (whining), "It's just too hard. It's too hard."
That's why you're there! It's not too hard. It's harder living with this law. That's what's hard. The longer Obama gets to implement what he believes, the harder it's gonna be to get ahead, the harder it's gonna be to improve your standard of living! That's what's hard. I'll tell you something: You wait until a bunch of people find out. It's one thing to be lied to that your doctor and your coverage, that if you like 'em you can keep 'em.
It's another thing when you're told that your prescriptions are covered and they're not. You wait until a bunch of people, particularly seasoned citizens, find out that the drugs they take that they associate with staying alive... You wait 'til they find out either how expensive they're gonna be or how unavailable they're gonna be, and you're gonna see a total protest over this. The worst has yet to implement.
There is livid outrage, as there should be.