RUSH: Boy, it’s going to be one of these days. I can just tell it’s going to be one of these days. I was buried, I was buried in show prep and I got an e-mail. It’s an e-mail I get every day ten minutes before the program. I said, “What? It’s ten minutes before the — holy.” So I’ve been scrambling for the last 15 minutes. And here we are, ready and revved and ready to go. So much making no sense. I’m sometimes questioning whether I’m sane.
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I kid you not, nothing is making sense. Israeli, Hamas, nothing. I’m talking about the conventional wisdom coming out of Washington. Nothing makes sense. It’s all ass backwards. What the House Republicans are doing vis-a-vis suing Obama and impeachment, it’s all wrong. It doesn’t make any sense. Nothing makes any sense. And if nothing makes any sense, maybe I’m the one that’s losing my marbles, except I know that’s not true.
The Republicans are hell-bent on their immigration bill. They’re hell-bent. The Chamber of Commerce, somebody, has got them just scared to death. They are hell-bent on passing a bill that will never see the light of day in the Senate. Obama will never sign it. And they know it. And you know why they want to do it? It’s so indicative of the post-traumatic stress disorder that they are in. It is so indicative of the absolute shock and fear and totally defensive position that they feel and therefore are in.
They want to pass an immigration bill that grants amnesty and all that knowing it’s not going to pass so they’ll get the credit for doing it. And of course the credit, from whom? Nobody’s going to give them any credit for it. A, the Hispanics are never going to know about it because the media is never going to report it. The media is going to report it for exactly what it is, an attempt to bribe a bunch of people. It’s not going to get them what they think it’s going to get them.
This whole issue, somebody’s got to them. I know who it is. Chamber of Commerce and the people that believe in big corporatist liaisons with government and so forth. But it doesn’t make any sense. There’s no reason on the face of the earth why these people should be in such defensive postures, so scared, so afraid, with a president so on the ropes. But they are, and apparently there’s no changing it. There’s no words anybody can say to them. There’s no action that can take place.
RUSH: Now, back to all of this business here, the Republicans and their immigration bill — and they’ve got another bill, their suing-Obama bill. That could be a disaster if it ever got anywhere, you know why? Are you in favor of that bill? Are you in favor of suing Obama? (interruption) In the first place, the so-called conservative justices on the Supreme Court have already ruled that Congress cannot sue Obama for not enforcing the law. It would be a waste of time.
But what are they suing him for?
They’re suing him for not enforcing the law. What is the law that he hasn’t enforced? Well, the big one’s Obamacare. So it could be said that the Republicans are suing so that Obama will fully implement Obamacare. Is that what we want? I mean, if you’re going to sue a guy for not enforcing the law, and the big thing is Obamacare, and you want him (as a result of your lawsuit) to be forced to enforce the law, then I don’t even know if they’ve thought about this.
The result could well be that their (snort) lawsuit could force the (chuckles) full implementation of Obamacare. (interruption) Well, no. The lawsuit? It’s about all the executive actions, executive order. It could well be that they may not have thought this through. You’re asking me, “Is the real purpose of this, that?” You’re thinking once again they’re just trying to do this for show, to send a message, to say, “Hey! Hey, we’re tough on Obama. Hey, we’re going to hold him accountable. He’s not going to get away with anything. Look, we’re going to sue the guy,” and just let it end with that?
Again, just like the immigration bill.
It isn’t going to succeed, but they can send a message with it and be loved in return. So you’re thinking that the lawsuit bill is the same thing. It’s to send a message to the Tea Party — “Hey, we hear you! Hey, we’re going after the guy. Look at this! We’re suing the guy!” — knowing it isn’t going to go anywhere, but get some love back. Well, I’ll tell you: Motivations matter, and in this case, they’re the wrong ones. That’s as it appears from here sitting on the sidelines. I must always have the caveat that I don’t do their job, so I don’t really know what they’re doing.
RUSH: I have a story here in the Washington Post that dovetails with this. “Immigration is Now President Obama’s Worst Issue — Immigration has emerged as perhaps President Obama’s worst issue — definitely for today, and maybe of his entire presidency — when it comes to public perception. A new poll from AP-GfK shows more than two-thirds of Americans…” The real number is 68%. The way to say this is: Almost 70% “disapprove of Obama’s handling of the immigration issue in general. Just 31% approve — down from 38% two months ago.”
The bottom is falling out of Obama on immigration, and the Washington Post says here, “We tried to find an issue on which Obama has earned such poor marks, at any point in his presidency. And even on what was long his worst issue, the economy, his disapproval rating rarely peaked over 60%,” but it is 68% on immigration. Now stop and think for a moment. The bottom is falling out.
Obama is nose-diving everywhere you look in the polling data, and for them to report this has got to be worse than what they’re reporting. Gallup has him at 39% approval. It’s gotta be lower than that. It just does. Common sense says it has to be lower than that. Now they admit that 68% totally disapprove of Obama’s handling of immigration and number two is the economy, and that’s what he’s going to hang his legacy on?
And here come the Republicans. In the midst of all, with the president of the United States getting a 68% disapproval on immigration, here comes the House leadership trying to pass an immigration bill that mirrors what Obama wants to do! What in the name of Sam Hill is going on? Well, we know what’s going on. The Chamber of Commerce is going on, number one.
Number two, the Republican consultant class and the moderate wing, the RINOs, have convinced everybody that the only way the Republicans can ever win again is with Hispanic voters, and they have further convinced them that the only way they can get Hispanic voters is to basically get rid of the border. “The only way to get Hispanic votes is to make it look like you’re not opposed to any Hispanic migrating to the country — no matter when, no matter how.
“Any opposition to that and the Hispanics are going to run right back to the Democrats and you’re never going to get a single Hispanic vote!” That must be what they believe, and if they believe that, they’ve got to be… Somebody has to be telling them that, people they trust (i.e., their consultants; i.e., their big donors). But this is one of these things, like I said at the top of the program, that makes me feel like I’m the one going nuts here.
Nothing makes any sense. We have reality on the ground over here, and we have what’s happening over in Washington over here. What’s happening in Washington is totally ass backwards from what’s happening with reality, and this is the kind of thing that leads people to start providing really wacko answers to their suspicions, because this is so out of whack.
This makes so little sense, either common or political, that the only natural reaction you can have is, “What in the name of Sam Hill is really going on?” The sitting president, somebody supposedly unassailably popular, somebody messianic when he assumed office, somebody they dare not criticize because everybody will hate their guts if they do, is plummeting in the public opinion poll.
His immigration reform ideas are at 68 percent disapproval, no doubt flavored largely by this massive assault currently by children at the southern border. Almost 70 percent, and here come the Republicans hell-bent on passing something that people think is amnesty so they can get credit for it, even if it doesn’t pass. Why, when you have these numbers — I’ve been asking this, by the way, since the early days of Obamacare.
You realize Obamacare has never had majority support in a public opinion poll. It has had within the Democrat Party, but the American public at large, it has never had majority support. It’s always been opposed by a majority of people. I’ve never understood why the Republicans, especially after the 2010 midterms, the emergence of the Tea Party, why didn’t the Republicans try to forge an alliance with all those people who crossed the political spectrum.
It wasn’t just Tea Party types and conservatives that opposed Obamacare. It was all demographics. You could find every demographic represented in those that opposed Obamacare. Why didn’t the Republicans in 2010 try to forge an alliance with a majority body of thought? And I’m asking the question again. Sixty-eight, almost 70 percent disapprove of two things. They disapprove of what Obama wants to do with immigration, and they disagree with what he is doing.
Why not stand for the opposite then? Why not contrast yourselves and try and form an alliance with all of these people who oppose it, rather than getting on board the Obama train? And I think we know the answer to that, too. They have been — well, there are multiple answers to it. But right in the mix is, I don’t know if it’s hatred or dislike, but they just don’t want to have anything to do with their conservative base.
They don’t want to be identified with it. They don’t want to appear to be aligning or associating with it. And that leads me to think they don’t really want to win with it. It’s the most convoluted thing. Except it wouldn’t be if somebody told us what was really going on, even though we think we know.