RUSH: Let’s go back to the audio sound bites here. Susana Martinez, governor of New Mexico. She had a great speech last night, and she was an unknown before last night, and now she becomes a highly respected member of a Republican bench that’s stocked well for the future.
MARTINEZ: I was a Democrat for many years. So were my parents. Before I ran for district attorney, two Republicans invited my husband and me to lunch, and I knew a party switch was exactly what they wanted. So, I told Chuck, “We’ll be polite, enjoy a free lunch, and then say good-bye.” But we talked about issues. They never used the words “Republican” or “Democrat,” “conservative” or “liberal.” We talked about many issues, like welfare. “Is it a way of life, or hand up?” We talked about the size of government. “How much should it tax families and small businesses?” And when we left that lunch, we got in the car, and I looked over at Chuck and said, “I’ll be damned. We’re Republicans!”
RUSH: Now, I love that. That was really good. “I’ll be damned, Chuck. We’re Republicans!” Now, they may not have used the words “Republican,” “Democrat,” “conservative,” “liberal.” But you’re talking conservatism when you’re talking size of government. You’re talking conservatism when you are talking about welfare. You are talking conservatism when you are talking about taxes, whether you use the word or not. Her point was, she really wasn’t even persuaded.
Her point was, she’d been a Republican all along and didn’t know it. She’d just grown up Democrat. She goes and talks to these two Republicans for the first time with an open mind and finds out, “Hey, I agree with pretty much everything you guys are saying.” That’s why this show is dangerous, folks. That’s exactly why this show is dangerous, and that’s exactly why I am considered to be “the most dangerous man in America.”
Here’s more from Susana Martinez…
MARTINEZ: In many ways, Mitt Romney and I are very different. Different starts in life, different paths to leadership, different cultures. But we’ve each shared in the promise of America, and we share a core belief that the promise of America must be kept for the next generation.
CONVENTION: (cheers and applause)
MARTINEZ: It is success, and success is the American dream. And that success is not something to be ashamed of or to demonize. There is one candidate in this election who will protect that dream, one leader who will fight hard to keep the promise of America for the next generation — and that’s why we must stand up and make Mitt Romney the next president of the United States!
CONVENTION: (roaring cheers and applause)
RUSH: And so here you go again with another reference to the American dream, in an indirect way; another defense of (or explanation of) success and how it’s a good thing. It’s what the promise of America is, and it’s rooted in optimism. It’s rooted in achievement. It’s rooted in ambition, being the best you can be. It’s rooted in your dreams and all of this. Now, while she was speaking… This is ABC’s Special Coverage of the Republican convention. While Martinez was speaking, ABC aired a Univision host saying that the Republicans are gonna lose the Hispanic vote. George Stephanopoulos was talking with Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos about Hispanic speakers at the convention. He said, “All week long we expect to hear from Susana Martinez, from Senator Rubio in Florida tomorrow night that Mitt Romney’s economic message will be how he draws Hispanic voters in.”
RAMOS: If they insist on talking about immigration, they’re gonna lose even more of the Hispanic vote. The last poll that I saw, they don’t even get 30% of the Hispanic vote. If they can’t get 33%, 35% or 40%, they’re gonna lose the election because the new rule in American politics is: If you can’t get the Hispanic vote, you cannot get the White House.
SAWYER: Again, John —
RAMOS: They really have to insist on economics, because if they insist on immigration they’re really gonna lose the Hispanic vote.
RUSH: Okay, so that’s what ABC was airing while Susanna Martinez was speaking. That’s right. So if we don’t open the borders and let anybody in, we don’t have a chance. If we don’t stand for open borders, if we don’t somehow change everything and let everybody know that to us the Hispanic vote is the most important thing to us — the illegal Hispanic vote, if we don’t start pandering to that — we don’t have a prayer.
That’s what this Wizard of Smarts here, Jorge Ramos of Univision, had to say — while his entire point is being blown out of the water by the Hispanic Republican governor of New Mexico, Susanna Martinez.