RUSH: We’re gonna start in Austin, Texas, with John. Thank you, sir. I’m glad you got through. Hello.
CALLER: Hey, Rush, it’s a pleasure and an honor to talk to you.
RUSH: Thank you, sir.
CALLER: I went out to my car in 1988 to eat my sack lunch and I’ve been listening to you on the radio ever since.
RUSH: Ah, God bless you, sir. Thank you.
CALLER: Hey, Rush, I wanted to talk to the mayor of Realville about something you said almost a year ago to the day that I’ve never forgotten.
CALLER: I always turn to you after elections because I need to get your take on what happens, whether we win big or we lose. And the day after the election, I want you to jog your memory. You spoke of something I’ve never forgotten. You said that it’s gonna take events to change what’s going on in America. And we are seeing those events go on right now.
RUSH: That’s right.
CALLER: Could you elaborate that —
RUSH: Yeah, because I remember exactly. My point was that there was no longer anything anybody could say —
RUSH: — to Obama voters to change their minds. We’re talked out. We’ve told everybody before it happened what was gonna happen, and we were right. We warned everybody. We’ve told the truth, and they choose not to believe it or not to see it or what have you. So I said, given that, folks, just be patient, because the only thing now that is going to actively change public opinion in a big way is actual events, which we can’t predict. We don’t know what events are gonna happen. But if anything is gonna cause there to be a reduction in support for Obama, it’s going to be events. And so you’re saying that you get to keep your doctor, that lie, and your premiums are gonna be reduced $2,500, and that the Obamacare rollout itself is an event now that you think I was using as an example.
CALLER: Yeah, I think you also were talking about like, you know, $17 trillion deficit. Well, people in, a way, they don’t feel it daily. But when you get a letter in the mail saying your policy is going up, you know, three times, that’s a real event.
RUSH: Exactly right.
CALLER: I’ve never forgotten it Rush.
RUSH: Well, it was a profundity, and I’m flattered beyond my ability to express that you remember it, because that’s exactly right, and we may be living that event now.
RUSH: Jeb, Charlotte, North Carolina. Hello, sir, great to have you here.
CALLER: Rush, how you doing today? Rush?
CALLER: Hey, how you doing today?
RUSH: Good day. Thank you very much.
CALLER: Hey, I wanted to get back to the early part of your show when you were talking about Dr. Zeke and all the cohorts that are pushing this, you know, it’s only 5%, marginalizing those 15, 16 million people.
CALLER: And how maniacal they’re being, because when you look at the plan, every one of them, when they’re approached with it — and I watched these political shows on Sunday, I watch every one of ’em ’cause they all come at different broadcast times in certain areas.
RUSH: God bless you. I don’t know how you do that.
CALLER: Oh, there are times I’m surprised I have a screen on the TV set. I just want to throw stuff at it, but that’s not gonna be the case. Before I get to this I wanted to not sound sarcastic but I enjoyed being on hold because since I sent my daughter off to college and she had to take my computer with her, and I’m starting up a business, and she left me her little notebook. So sometimes it bogs down so I can’t watch on the net. But anyway, yeah, when they’re trying to herd seven million people that they need and they know where it’s coming from — Sebelius said it on the Hill, Axelrod said it on Gregory’s show yesterday, even Van Jones said it on This Week with Stephanopoulos. And Dr. Zeke this morning on MSNBC and yesterday on Chris Wallace, they all marginalized and say it’s 15%, it’s only 15 million people.
But they know they needed ’em, and they keep saying that the insurance companies were gonna change their policies anyway ’cause they understood renewals, and the renewal policies and how companies operate, they change every year. So if every one of ’em are admitting that they knew the practices of the insurance companies, the very next question should be to hammer them with their own words is, if you knew the numbers, why did you write the regulation the way you did? You did it with intent and malice, ’cause you knew that people are just numbers, and that should be the bumper sticker in the campaign against Democrats. They’re just numbers.
RUSH: You’ve just, for my taste, you’ve just hit on the real crux this. Because, you’re right, they’re running around and talking about this group of people here that they’re talking about as a statistical anomaly, just, you know, 7% of people, 15 million, that’s right. It’s 15 million people, real people, not statistics, not numbers, not ID tags, not user names and passwords. These are 15 million people, human beings. Now, I have grown up being told ad nauseum that the only people that really care about other people are Democrats. That they’re the ones that have all the compassion, and they’re the ones looking out for the little guy and the downtrodden and the poor and the middle class. And now here come real people being kicked out of their insurance plans one way or the other, “Well, that’s just a statistic, you know, it’s a minority. It’s a very small number, outlier, it really doesn’t matter, and the insurance companies are responsible for this,” and so forth.
It’s insulting. But it isn’t just that five or 7% or whatever number you’re using, Jeb, who have individual plans. Even the Obama administration admitted that more than half of the people with employer plans are gonna lose them. We’re talking about a lot more than 7%, 15%, 15 million people. The regime admitted — look, even the AP, the AP actually cited a person in an article who lost his employer plan. And they said that they’ll be lost for the same reasons as the individual plans are being canceled: too expensive, the employers are dropping them because they don’t have a mandate to carry them anymore. There is no longer an employer mandate that’s in place, so they can get rid of anybody they want. They don’t have to provide insurance. That’s upping numbers lake crazy, and the regime admitted back in 2010, they said that 93 million people are gonna lose their plans. That’s not a small statistic.
You may remember, Jeb, we had that story last week, and it was a story that was uncovered. It was a memo that ended up in the Federal Register, which is the government’s Bible of events that happened, and the media didn’t report on it, somebody found it, I forget, 93, the Obama administration itself admitted, projected 93 million people would lose their plans, their existing coverage, their existing doctor, with the implementation of Obamacare. That’s not a statistic.
Now, by January of 2014, more people are going to end up losing their insurance than are ever going to get insurance under Obamacare today. That’s the statistic. This is a disaster. This whole thing is the result of the American people being lied to grotesquely. Now, I want to go back to our caller in the previous half hour who made the point that I told people after the election it was gonna take events now. That words were not gonna persuade people. That we’d told everybody we had to tell everything. That we’d given everybody ample warning about Obama. We told everybody who Obama is, what his policies were gonna do, and words just didn’t seem to matter. And I said now we’re down to events, events that we can’t foretell, events that we don’t know and events that might not ever happen.
But it’s going to take an event or series of events for Obama voters to see what they’ve done. I was basically saying that something had to happen to change the electorate. I said, “People don’t see the deficit. They don’t see tax increases, ’cause they never see the money, it’s just withheld. There’s no concept in a tax increase of paying the money.” They don’t notice the failures in Benghazi and the Arab Spring or Syria. They hear about it, but it’s distant, and they can’t believe that a president would be that incompetent because they can’t believe they would elect somebody that dumb or stupid or incompetent. So that doesn’t work.
But they do sure as heck notice when their insurance gets canceled, and they sure as heck notice when their premiums and their deductibles triple. They notice this. They remember they were promised it wouldn’t happen, and in many people’s cases that’s precisely why they voted to reelect Obama. I remember the show, it was November 19th, 2012: Events Will Drive Next Republican Victory. That’s the way it’s headlined at my website, RushLimbaugh.com. What I said back then was that we’re beyond the point now where words or policies are gonna change anything. Been there, done that.
“We now have to be patient.” This is a year ago I said this. “Only events are going to upset the current status quo.” I said, “At some point [people] are gonna see that there is a better life. It’s always happened, it’s a cyclical thing, and I don’t know when it’s gonna happen, but events will happen that will cause Republicans to win again,” even in spite of themselves. “But it will be the events, and it will be the decline due to these big government policies that leads to the Republican victory,” the next Democrat loss.
“It will not be a bunch of Republicans running around saying things,” and that’s what we’re in the midst of seeing. Now, there’s something troubling in the midst of all this, and you can trace the troubling to the way Ted Cruz and Mike Lee were treated. Not by the Democrats, but by Republicans. Mainstream Republican establishment types were as loud as Democrats were in trying to discredit Ted Cruz. Members of his own party.
They were all saying that Ted Cruz was really setting people up for a major disappointment, and it was really cruel what Ted Cruz was doing because he was asking people to sign a petition that would end up defunding Obamacare or delaying it, and these Republicans were saying, “That’s dishonest! Ted Cruz can’t do that because the votes in the Senate for this aren’t there, and he knows it. Ted Cruz is just grandstanding. He’s fundraising. He’s doing it for his own political advancement.
“He lying to people, he’s setting them up, and these Tea Party people are gonna be really let down,” and I remember saying, “The Tea Party knows exactly what Ted Cruz is doing. They’re under no illusions here what’s going on. Ted Cruz isn’t misleading anybody. He’s giving them hope. He’s giving them leadership. He’s showing them the way. He’s giving them a reason and a way to fight back against this stuff.” Meanwhile, the Republican establishment’s sitting there twiddling their thumbs.
Let’s move to Virginia. It does appear that that the Republican establishment would not mind if Cuccinelli lost. I saw Karl Rove, and I was a little surprised. Karl Rove, yesterday or this morning, was on Fox, and Karl Rove was asked to handicap the Virginia governor’s race. I’m paraphrasing, but he said to him it looked like McAuliffe was gonna win it. It looked like McAuliffe had it in the bag. Now, this was a day before the election, and I thought that’s a… I don’t know.
The operative theorem here, folks — and I think there’s a lot of truth to this. The theory is that the Republican establishment wouldn’t mind Cuccinelli losing. Cuccinelli is just… I’m gonna use the term here to illustrate. It’s not precise, but he is a Reagan conservative. He’s a genuine conservative. He really is. There’s no RINO about him, is my point, and I think the Republican establishment wouldn’t mind him losing because if Cuccinelli loses, what do they get to do?
They get to blame the Tea Party, they get to blame conservatives, and they get to say, “See? Conservatives just can’t win! You people are killing the Republican Party, you Tea Party types and you people insisting on conservatism. Conservatives are just too small a minority. There’s no way you can win. You’re losing elections for us.” I think that’s what they want to say. I don’t know this, but I’m telling you that I don’t think there would be that much disappointment if Cuccinelli lost.
Now, stop and think about that.
If that’s right, if that happens to be true, stop and think about what that means, that you actually have the Republican establishment with a chance to win another governorship in Virginia, and they’d be okay if they lose it because they’ll get to blame the Tea Party and conservatives for it. I think there’s very little doubt that the Republican Party’s not happy with its base, Tea Party and conservatives. I don’t know this, but a lot of people have this theory, and I think it’s got a lot of credence.