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RUSH: It was last Thursday that the media was saying the Tea Party was dead because a Tea Party in a primary in North Carolina was defeated. So the media was in a celebratory mood. Tea Party’s done for. Ted Cruz, bye-bye. Mike Lee, bye-bye. Marco Rubio, bye-bye. Not so fast.

Greetings, and welcome back. Great to have you. Rush Limbaugh here at the Excellence in Broadcasting Network. Phone number, if you want to be on the program, is 800-282-2882, and the e-mail address, ElRushbo@eibnet.com.

Ben Sasse won the Republican primary in Lincoln, Nebraska, in Nebraska yesterday. And you don’t hear the media saying the Tea Party’s dead today because he is full fledge Tea Party. And of course the Department of Justice had to send in monitors. Yes, my friends, monitors, civil rights violations were likely, they thought, because it’s the Tea Party showing up to vote. You know how corrupt the Tea Party is. Oh, you know how corrupt those people are, steal elections left and right. So the State Department, the Justice Department had to send monitors in there to make sure everything was on the up and up. Let’s go back, I just want to remind you what I said on this program last Thursday about the Tea Party and the media and the upcoming midterms.

RUSH ARCHIVE: The media is taking that Senate race in North Carolina, and predictably, they’re running with the news that the Tea Party’s dead, that it doesn’t exist. All these powerful people came out and endorsed this candidate, went down in flames. It’s the end of Ted Cruz. It’s the end of Mike Lee. You Tea Party people may as well just give up and either join the Republican establishment or shut up and go home. I mean, that’s the tenor of the coverage. And it’s actually quite different.

RUSH: It wasn’t the full story. It wasn’t the whole story in North Carolina, but it seldom is when the Drive-Bys are reporting on Republicans or conservatives. So last night in Lincoln, Nebraska, at his campaign headquarters, Republican Senate candidate, and the president, by the way, of Midland University, Ben Sasse, spoke to his supports after his primary election win.

SASSE: Kemp said that we can only fight big government with bigger ideas and that we have an obligation to offer alternatives to liberalism’s path of decline. We have to offer real plans, renewed opportunity and conservative optimism and that’s what this campaign has been about for the last eleven months and it’s what it’ll be about for the next 174 days.

RUSH: Well, there you have it. Here’s somebody openly indicting liberalism and the liberal path to decline. It’s so easy to say. You just don’t find Republicans willing to say it anymore. But Ben Sasse did, and he won. And then he talked about conservatism, opportunity, conservative optimism, real plans. It’s what he did; it’s what he’s going to do. And he won. Admit it folks, it’s what’s so frustrating. The blueprint’s there. The blueprint for huge Republican, conservative victory is there is there. It’s just bypassed, it’s ignored, and in fact it’s impugned by even and especially the Republican Party establishment. Every time it’s tried, a qualified person, every time it’s tried, properly explained and articulated, it wins.

Well, you might be saying, “Of course, it’s Nebraska.” Ah, ah, ah, ah, it was a Republican primary. But it does win. This is what’s so frustrating to all of us. These last — well, I don’t know. I guess 2008 was sort of a fait accompli. There was no way a Republican was gonna win that race. And especially with our nominee then, there was not a prayer. Yeah, I mean, even before the financial crisis there was a prayer. That’s the stunning thing. But then it all went to hell with the economic crisis. But the last two years have not been necessary, and the first four years of Obama, if there would have just been some opposition.

But that’s crying over spilt milk. Can’t do anything about that now, so you have to just plant the feet and move forward. And Ben Sasse and others in the Tea Party are demonstrating how it’s done. The blueprint is there.

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