RUSH: They’re gonna do it. They’re really gonna do it, and I like it. I love, ladies and gentlemen, love the idea of reading the Constitution on the floor of the House of Representatives today. It’s an exorcism. Look at it that way. The House Republicans are performing an exorcism today. The Democrat controlled 111th Congress is being exorcised, evil, if you will, is being removed. When they start reading the Constitution, you watch, I want to see how many Democrats get up and leave. (laughing) You would not believe, they’re calling this a fetish, people have a fetish. We have a fetish with the Constitution here. So let’s see when the exorcism begins if Democrats get up, some of them, and walk out of the chamber.
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Right here it is in the Washington Post: ‘Recitation of Constitution Set in House Renews Debate Over Founders’ Intentions.’ This is a serious news story in the Washington Post today. You know, it’s fascinating, folks. If you notice when the Republicans decide to vote on overturning Democrat legislation, like their effort to repeal Obamacare — even though it’s gonna be vetoed, we know it’s gonna be vetoed by Obama — the news media is calling this a stunt. They’re calling it political theater. And it’s anything but. It’s dead serious. When was the last time, let me ask you, when was the last time that a bill of any substance, any substantive size, was voted on for repeal? Do you recall? I don’t mean reform. But when was the last time a vote was taken to repeal a piece of legislation? I don’t know the answer. I know it doesn’t happen every day. It’s a big deal.
And, by the way, as I pointed out, this a birthday present to me from the House Republicans. That vote will occur one week from today on my birthday, January 12th. That’s not a coincidence, folks. Don’t doubt me. I haven’t spoken to ’em about it, but I know they know. Now, maybe it happens from time to time, I don’t know, voting to repeal big-time legislation. My impression is that once a law is passed and bureaucracies are created, they never go away. This is a remarkable effort these guys are gonna try, remarkable effort by House Republicans to repeal Obamacare. And, boy, you know we were talking yesterday about how the media sets these templates and narratives and everybody just assumes that all that they say is true and accurate and that everybody is talking about what the media is talking about. Dana Milbank has a piece in the Washington Post, really snarky piece today about the Republicans, how they’re really no different than the Democrats, in terms of the rules violations in the House that they’re going to employ and all these other things, and he talks about how their big, big deficit cutters and yet by repealing Obamacare they’re gonna expand the deficit by $143 billion.
Now, where does that come from? Does Mr. Milbank not know that everything from the Congressional Budget Office regarding numbers and finance regarding health care was bogus? Mr. Milbank, when you’re in Washington and any bureaucracy says anything, that is what’s golden. The Constitution, nah, that doesn’t matter. That’s old-fashioned, that’s old hat, that’s crazy. But new legislation, that’s set in gold, that’s the gospel. Now, anybody with independent intelligence, anybody who doesn’t just follow conventional wisdom has to know that the Obamacare budget busts like crazy. There is zilch, zero, nada deficit reduction with Obamacare. And yet right up at the top of Milbank’s piece is how the Republicans are a bumbling of hypocrites ’cause they’re talking about cutting the budget and yet repealing Obamacare will expand the deficit, which is patently absurd on its face, and it makes me wonder, what is this guy, a hack? Is he a partisan hack? Is he one of these people thought to be brilliant who’s stupid? Or is he so caught up in the Washington Beltway that whatever happens there is gospel, whatever the CBO says is gospel? ‘That’s right, Mr. Limbaugh, the CBO, everyone knows but you, is nonpartisan.’ Okay, that’s how it goes, huh? The CBO is nonpartisan.
So the Democrats can send up a piece of legislation that filled with lies and incorrect financial assumptions, and the CBO, ‘Mr. Limbaugh, they can only deal with what Congress sends ’em, and Congress is infallible when run by Democrats.’ Oh, okay, so they can only deal with what the Democrats send ’em and the Democrats sent ’em a bunch of hooey that the deficit’s gonna be cut with Obamacare. So here’s Milbank, certainly doesn’t qualify as a journalist, but here’s just one example of this, because what’s really happening here, this is a remarkable effort the Republicans are gonna make in voting to repeal such a massive piece of legislation, a truly remarkable effort. It is contrary to well established and heavily defended ruling class behavior. We’ve been talking about that a lot since Angelo Codevilla and his brilliant piece in the American Spectator talked about the ruling class. This is not ruling class behavior here, folks. I mean this is the kind of stuff that gets the ruling class tied up in knots. House Republicans need to be given the same treatment as Obama’s immaculation, right? What about the historic nature of the January 12th vote to repeal Obamacare, what’s this say about ’em?
The 112th Congress is blazing a new trail, they’re putting their stamp, with this vote on freedom, on the role of the individual in America, the role of government in what has been private sector health care, the limitations on the commerce clause, the genius of the separation of powers, this is an historic effort and vote. We know it’s gonna be vetoed. But the effort and the statement inherent in the effort, accompanies the effort, is crucial because it marks a crucial time in our nation’s history, it marks the willingness of Congress to actually repeal a law, a massive one. Not reform it, but to repeal it, to get rid of it in response to the wishes of a majority of Americans, totally anti-ruling class behavior here. This vote that will happen a week from today, not just historic, but it is of substance. And who knows, it could be the beginning of reversing a destructive trend that’s taken us to the brink of bankruptcy and tyranny with this bunch, the Democrats. I spent a little time today watching cable news networks, and one Democrat guest after another, one Democrat House member after another. ‘Well, what are you gonna have to do?’ ‘Bipartisanship, Chris, yeah, never know, we really might find common ground.’
I’m reminded of what I told the House Republicans in 1994: The media is not gonna treat you like winners. The media is not gonna treat you like the new powers in town. The media is not gonna come and bow down to your feet and beg to be accepted by you. They’re still gonna treat the Democrats as the powers that be in this town. They’re still gonna treat the Democrats as gods. You’re gonna be cockroaches. And I couldn’t find maybe a couple Republicans. I didn’t watch cover to cover this morning. I, of course, am busy. But every time I looked up there was a Democrat being interviewed about, ‘Oh, woe is us,’ and, ‘How long will it take to get your power back? What’s it gonna be like for you? Oh, woe is you working in the minority.’ ‘I think we can do it. It’s gonna be very challenging, hopefully work together, bipartisanship is clearly what the American people stated.’ None of it was true, what we were hearing.