RUSH: Jim DeMint has said if the Republican Party doesn’t change, he’s getting out of it. We have two sound bites. AP story: ‘GOP Leader Hopes to Work with Obama on Some Issues.’ This posted last night. It’s about Mitch McConnell. Quoted as saying, ‘I can’t believe Obama’s gonna continue to ignore the wishes of the American people. If his party has a very bad day on November 2nd, if he pivots and wants to work with us, obviously I’d be happy to talk to him.’ So here’s another ranking Republican, just like the one that told me: ‘We expect Obama to move to us. He’s gonna want to get reelected, he’s going to have to, Rush, he’s going to have to move to us if he wants to get reelected. He’s gonna have to realize the American people don’t like what he’s doing, and if he wants to, we’ll work with him.’ It’s not what people want to hear. People don’t want anyone working with Obama. They don’t want him working with us. They will figure this out. Don’t doubt me. They will figure this out.
RUSH: Now, back to this AP story: ‘The Senate’s top Republican says President Barack Obama and a more-Republican Congress could join to pass laws on trade and spending policy and make changes to the health care overhaul if the administration listens to voters on Election Day. ‘I can’t believe he’s going to continue to ignore the wishes of the American people if his party has a very bad day Nov. 2,’ Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said in a telephone interview Wednesday. ‘If he pivots and wants to work with us, obviously I’d be happy to talk to him.” Why do they think he’s a going to do this? Give me one illustration of where he’s done it. Let’s go back when Scott Brown won the seat in Massachusetts, Senate seat, and that took away the 60-seat majority.
At that point, everybody figured, ‘Well, that’s it for health care now. Obama doesn’t have 60 seats, he has nowhere to go.’ What did Obama do? He doubled down! And did Obama offer…? Look, we had Olympia Snowe in there, Susan Collins, Lindsey Grahamnesty. I mean, there are some RINOs in there that you coulda offered just one thing that they support, and they would have voted with the Democrats on it. But he didn’t. Obama didn’t offer them one thing. In other words, Obama did not ‘pivot’ in their direction at all. So where is this evidence Obama’s gonna read the tea leaves? Obama knows he’s hated now. He likes the fact! He likes the fact that this country’s divided. That was his purpose.
When he spoke to this famous ranking Republican I told you about two weeks ago, I said, ‘If you really think that he’s gonna pivot in your direction… He will lose rather than do that! He’s willing to not be reelected to advance his agenda. He’s got a chip on his shoulder about this country,’ and the ranking Republican thought I was insane. The ranking Republican thought I was insane, because the inside-the-Beltway modus operandi is, ‘You listen to the voters, and you try to make the voters think you’re hearing them, and you give them a little bit of what they want.’ You still stick to what you really want to do, but you make ’em think that you’re changing, a la Clinton triangulating, to get reelected. I said, ‘You’re not dealing with the standard, ordinary rubber-stamp Democrat here. This is a guy… His agenda is not working with the American people.
‘His agenda is working against the will of the American people. That’s the only way he can get what he wants,’ and the ranking Republican could not understand. He said, ‘If you’re right, it would be the first time in history I’ve ever seen a president not pivot and move,’ and I said, ‘Well, yeah. It may be the first time in history, and that’s where we are. There are a lot of first times in history in this country happening right now. Isn’t that the point?’ So Jim DeMint. It seems he has a problem with the Republican Party. We have a couple of sound bites. This is Jim DeMint last night, Fox News Channel, on Hannity. Hannity said, ‘Mike Castle thinks that you are very wrong about your viewpoint. That you would rather lose and have pure conservatives rather than Republicans who are more liberal or, quote, ‘pragmatic.”
DEMINT: It really reveals who wants the big tent in the Republican Party. All of the conservatives that I’ve supported who have lost their primaries are supporting the Republican nominee. This is not true for the moderates who lose. They don’t have room for conservatives. You see me supporting all of our Republican nominees. They may not all be the same as I am as far as how they’re gonna vote, but the Republican Party is the only option we have this time. The Democrat Party is to the left of Europe, and what we’re trying to do in this election is reshape the Republican Party where it began: A limited government party, less taxes, less spending.
RUSH: So Hannity then said, ‘Well, you got on board pretty early or guys like Toomey and Rubio and Buck, Rand Paul, Joe Miller, Christine O’Donnell. You took a lot of hits for going against the Republican establishment. Is that an indicator of future events and battles to come?’
DEMINT: I don’t want to be in Washington another six years and watch the Republican Party betray the trust of the American people again. I mean, we had the White House, we had a majority in the House and the Senate, and we voted for more spending and more earmarks. Most of our senior members seemed to be focused on taking home the bacon. I’m not going to be in a Republican Party like that. What I’ve tried to do and others like Sarah Palin have tried to do is give Republicans and Americans good choices in the primaries so that on Election Day they can go out and not just vote against someone, they can vote for someone.
RUSH: That is South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint. His opponent, by the way, is the estimable… What’s the guy’s name, the poor guy? (interruption) Yeah, that’s right, Al Greene. ‘Let’s Stay Together,’ Al Green. Not that Al Green. Alvin Greene is his opponent. There you have it: ‘I don’t want to be in Washington another six years and watch the Republican Party betray the trust of the American people again. I mean, we had the White House, we had a majority in the House and the Senate, and we voted for more spending and more earmarks. … I’m not going to be in a Republican Party like that.’ Now, you know, Republicans have a historic opportunity here. It appears that they see it as a problem. The Limbaugh Problem. You talked about it, Snerdley, you know, after I talked to Darrell Issa on the phone on the program a couple of days ago.
Snerdley, said, ‘You know, you’re never going to hear about this, but in closed doors the Republicans are now saying, ‘What are we going to do about the Limbaugh Problem?’ What are we going to do about this?’ So Snerdley may be right; I don’t know. We’ll find out in due course. Republicans have an historic opportunity and it appears they see this opportunity as a problem. ‘We can’t control government. We’re not going to have that much power. We’ll have to work with Obama. He’s gonna come in our direction; he’s going to have to.’ Uhhh, I think they may be shocked to learn how close attention voters are paying. Voters have taken notes, they’ve called in, they’ve attended the Rush to Excellence Tours. The attend lectures here at the Limbaugh Institute. They’re subscribed to The Limbaugh Letter. They regularly visit Rush 24/7.
The country class, us, have been preparing for this moment for 20 years. Honestly, folks, isn’t that the case? I’m gonna go back. My dad told me… My brother and I used to laugh at him, by the way, when he told us this. We were just barely into our double-digit years of age. ‘Boys, son, you’re going to be slaves if the communists aren’t stopped. And the first people who are gonna go are going to be these liberal journalists who think they’re going to be bought and paid for, be the most favored people. They’re going to be the first to be put in jail. Anybody who disseminates information is going to be the first to go. Son, you’re going to be slave,’ and he was talking about the Democrat Party of that era. (snorts) He wouldn’t recognize the Democrat Party of this era.
He was talking about guys like Hubert Humphrey and Lyndon Johnson and the Soviets, Nikita Khrushchev. But the Democrat Party still sided with those guys back then. He believed it. Ask my brother. My brother will tell you. He believed it. We laughed at it. (laughs) We were young kids. You know, the concept, we laughed at. ‘We’re Americans. Slaves? Slaves to communists and so forth? Vietnamese driving Jeeps in our town?’ We couldn’t see it. But here for 20 years now all this time — 22, 23 years — we have been aware of the possibility that the left could eventually secure majority control of the country and at this juncture they have. So you could say that the country class, us, have been preparing for this moment for over 20 years. We’ve been engaged, practicing, well coached, coached up. Now it’s time to suit up and go play.
November 2nd is the first day of the playoffs, to use an analogy.
RUSH: I got an e-mail: ‘Rush, you’re missing it here on the Republicans. You keep talking about these ranking Republicans and the story about Mitch McConnell. They’re smart by saying they expect Obama to pivot, move in their direction. They’re trying to set Obama up as the guy of ‘no.’ They’re trying to make it look like Obama’s the obstacle. They’re pretty smart.’ Okay, if you think that, let me give you a Winston Churchill quote: ‘If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a small chance of survival. There may even be a worse case: you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.’ Winston Churchill said a number of great things during World War II, but this is right on the money. If you won’t fight when you can easily win, if you won’t fight when your victory will be sure and not costly, then you are doomed to lose down the line.
RUSH: Greg in Louisville, great to have you on the EIB Network, sir.
CALLER: My question is, well, first, I think the federal government should not be in the broadcast business, and my question is will the Republicans have the guts to defund NPR? It’s not in the Constitution, and they could do anything they want, if they get the House, not one penny can be spent if they have the backbone to stand up for it.
RUSH: What do you think?
RUSH: I have my doubts.
RUSH: Yeah, I was going to say.
RUSH: Anyway, there are people who dream of such stuff. You know, average citizens, ‘Get rid of it!’ Let NPR, let the liberals go out and form their own business network and let them see if they can make it in the marketplace like all the rest of us have. Why should we pay for them? It doesn’t sound unreasonable. What makes it sound unreasonable is when you ask, ‘Do you think the Republicans would defund it?’ That sounds unreasonable, not the idea of doing it, asking if the Republicans would do it is where you obviously hit the stumbling block.
Steve in Dayton… wait a minute, now. Dayton, Nevada? Is that right, Steve?
CALLER: Yes, Dayton, Nevada, is correct.
RUSH: Dayton, Nevada?
RUSH: Where is Dayton, Nevada?
CALLER: It’s about 19 miles east of Carson City out in the middle of nowhere.
RUSH: So how close is it to Stoplight?
CALLER: Oh, a long way away from — you mean Searchlight?
RUSH: Searchlight, yeah, Searchlight.
CALLER: A long way, that’s way down in southern Nevada near Las Vegas.
CALLER: Rush, before I get started here, mega dittos from a Dan’s Bake Sale veteran.
RUSH: Thank you.
CALLER: Earlier you were talking about the senators that are talking about making deals with Obama, how they’re willing to work with him.
CALLER: And you said that they were talking, they had a Rush Problem. Well, I would like to suggest to them that they’re not going to have a Rush Problem; they’re going to have a citizens problem. Because we are informed, we’re engaged —
CALLER: — we’re out there working our tails off to get these conservative candidates elected, such as Sharron Angle here in Nevada. And we know that the hard work is ahead of us looking down the road past this election, going right up to 2012, we know how much we’re going to have to keep working and keep motivated and keep pouring the money into this and the time and the effort to get our people elected, and these people that want to make deals, if they can’t learn from the groundswell of public opinion that’s going on now, that we are fired up and we are ready, then they’re gonna —
RUSH: Look, it’s going to be interesting to see. This is what everybody’s waiting to see. Nobody doubts they hear you. That’s not the question. It’s not whether they hear you. It’s not whether they know what you think and what you’re doing. When I say they’re saying, ‘What are we gonna do with the Limbaugh Problem?’ you’re right, what are we going to do about these people that expect us to… there are some Republicans doing that. There’s no question.