RUSH: You’re trying to get ’em to the polls —
CALLER: That’s it.
RUSH: — and number one on the list, “Can we count on your support for Jane?”
RUSH: That’s number one?
RUSH: And then after that, it was up to them to ask questions before you would provide any substance?
CALLER: Not me! (bursts out laughing)
RUSH: No, but I mean the instructions.
RUSH: The instructions that you got.
CALLER: Yeah. If the person had questions, I would say, “Do you have any questions about this?” Because they would either say, “Yes, you can count on support” or, “No.” And I would say, “Have you got any questions?” And if they asked a question, I could go directly to the conservative point.
RUSH: Okay. So you —
CALLER: But she didn’t think.
RUSH: — went improv on anybody.
RUSH: You said, “Let me tell you what this election’s about.”
RUSH: You went off the page.
RUSH: See I told you, Snerdley.
CALLER: That’s it exactly, Rush. This is gonna be another McCain in 2012, if they put a candidate up there that sounds like a politician, acts like a politician, and does not come down as a conservative person who believes in what he’s saying.
RUSH: See, this is the mainstream Republican mind-set: Anti-conservative, afraid to articulate the conservative point of view. (interruption) Well, ’cause I know who the… “How do I always know these things?” I just know what people stand for and what they’re afraid of. In this case the Republicans are afraid of conservatism, so they’re not gonna have their phone bank people say anything about it.
RUSH: I’ve spent some time here delving into and digging deep into this New York-26, and I must issue you people an apology. If I were Japanese, I would resign, as a matter of honor ’cause I have committed a grave disservice by being entirely ignorant. I mean, I really did not know that this election was taking place. I really didn’t know. I gotta do a Herman Cain here. He said he didn’t know what the “right of return” was. I did not know this election was taking place, and I apologize profusely and profoundly. (interruption) Well, “It’s my job, man,” to know these things. It’s my business, Snerdley, to know these things, and on this occasion I just didn’t know.
But nevertheless, nonetheless, I have now taken time to dig deep and delve into this — and it’s clear what the mistakes were. And I want to thank you, Snerdley, for storming in here. I was having lunch, and he didn’t care. I mean, he was fuming. Spittle very nearly ended up on my desk. He came storming over. I thought you were a caller! The media was being unfair. Media this, media that. Snerdley was ready to cash it in, just quit. “All right, fine! Forget Medicare reform. Let it go broke and let people find out,” and a lot of his anger was focused at the media, which I really… I don’t have any patience for people mad at the media because it’s like being mad at the sun for coming up.”
I mean it’s who they are, and they’re not going to change, and I know: I hate arrogance, and I hate liars, and I hate people lying about me and all it is, but it is what it is. At some point, it can’t be an excuse. There are ways to work around it. We win elections despite them so it’s possible to do, obviously. In this case, whoever strategized this blew it, and that leads me to another thing that is not gonna ingratiate me here with party apparatchiks. You know, we’ve got the political consultants on our side who think they know how to win races. They don’t want any part of the Christine O’Donnell race — and, by the way, Christine O’Donnell did just as well as Meg Whitman did in California, percentage-wise. The people running Meg Whitman’s race did just as bad as Christine O’Donnell.
I kid you not. She got shellacked just as badly as O’Donnell did on a percentage basis. It wasn’t even close. But of course you never hear it said that way. But the couple times fight for the 20%. The consultants fight for moderates. There wasn’t any conservatism in this message. In fact, if this race had been nationalized rather than localized? The consultants probably said, “Okay, here we got Jack Kemp’s district. We got a district goes Republicans, so okay, we got that. That’s a check mark. That’s one of our strengths. We don’t need to do anything ’cause we’ve got that.” So they focused on again going out and getting the 20%, whatever it is, 25% moderates, which means you deemphasize conservatism.
This is my problem with consultancy: They deemphasize the strength. They also deemphasize the strength ’cause they don’t like it. Conservatism in the Republican Party, it’s got its enemies, as we have long discussed and well documented here. But if this race had been nationalized, if the dirty tricks had been addressed, if the candidate had been able to articulate what Paul Ryan’s budget is, this would have been entirely different story — and those are ifs that are relevant because those are things that coulda changed. Now, the Democrats had the phony Tea Party guy in there, and it is important to say, the Democrats did not win this with their ideas.
The Democrats did not win this with liberal ideas. Liberal ideas were not on the ballot; liberal ideas did not triumph here. The Democrats had to go in and lie and defraud and cheat, they had to have a phony Tea Party guy to confuse voters, you know, classic dirty tricks. Liberalism didn’t win — and this is why cautioning everybody not to be so down in the dumps about this. The reason to be alarmed is this continuing, ongoing reluctance on the part of inside-the-Beltway, establishment Republicans to go conservative. That is a problem. But let me contrast this for you. Here’s Harry Reid (we just played the sound bite) and, of course, he’s going to say it, but let’s examine it rationally.
He said that New York race proves the nation wants more Obama and Reid policies, wants more Obamacare, wants more liberalism. Fine, Senator Reid. Where is your Medicare plan? Where is your budget? If the country wants more of what you have to offer, why don’t you offer it? The Democrats have yet to present a formal budget for this year, and this year will expire at the end of September. They haven’t presented a thing. All they’re doing is saying “no” and lying about what the Republican plans are. You know, I could go all Civics 101 on you and say that the Republicans are the ones who are actually trying to tackle the problems, and they are — just like Bush tried to tackle Social Security, and we know what happened.
He gave up on it ’cause it was being demagogued to death, but there’s a reason. I was all for it, by the way. I thought it was a bold step, and what he was going to do was not that dramatic. It was typical. It was what the Democrats are saying should be now, and what the Republicans are saying we should do now to Medicare. It was phase-in. It wasn’t one big bite. But it still got demagogued all to hell, just like this is being demagogued all to hell. So the question comes down to what do you do? We have a problem that’s breaking our bank, it’s going bankrupt, and we can’t afford it for much longer.
Do we solve it? Come up with a plan, take the plan out and say, “Here’s the plan, we gotta fix this,” or do we not do that because that’s making us too big a target and it’s guaranteed to lose, so let’s just forget it? The theory being we have to win elections and we can’t win elections by reforming entitlements. Third rail. We’ll get electrocuted; we’re gonna die; we just have to — can’t do it. If the party goes that way, you can kiss the Tea Party good-bye and say, “Hello, third party.” If the Republican Party bails on tackling these things, the Tea Party will just vanish as an element of the Republican Party. It’s “Hello, third party,” and that’s, you know, “Welcome back, Obama.”
RUSH: Columbus, Ohio. This is Bob, you’re you up next on the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Hey, conservative Cincinnati [dittos] to you, Rush.
RUSH: Thank you, sir, very much.
CALLER: I was calling with a point to make about Harry Reid you were discussing earlier how he didn’t interpret the New York votes — or he did interpret the New York vote — as a national mandated against Medicare reform.
RUSH: That’s right.
CALLER: But he did not interpret Scott Brown’s senatorial victory in the Democratic Mecca of Massachusetts as a national referendum.
RUSH: Of course not, nor did he interpret what happened in Wisconsin as a national referendum against public and state unions.
CALLER: Exactly. What about the interpretation of the 2010 election against deficit spending? I mean, I guess his interpreting skills are selective.
RUSH: No, it’s just classic. It’s propaganda; it’s the spin. It’s what the Democrats do. Harry goes out and says it; it becomes a story in the media. The Democrats turn it into a story, and the headline to the story, “Reid: New York 26 proves America doesn’t want Ryan health care reform,” then they go out and interview economists and experts about it, and they’ll get people that agree, and that’s how the Democrats create a news story. He’s the Senate majority leader — and then they create a news story and then it goes to the AP and then you got a headline that ends up in every American newspaper and on every American radio news network. Whether it’s true or not, this is how they do it. This is how they make news: With lies and misrepresentations. It’s just one of the realities we’re always gonna have.
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