RUSH: So this is it, folks. This is it. This is Election Day 2014. This is it. One of the big questions is, will we know tonight if the Republicans have taken control of the Senate, or will we have to wait for runoff elections? That’ll be one of the big indicators.
Great to have you on the program here as we have a big day planned. We have a big day planned every day, because this is the most listened to radio talk show in the country. Massive expectations accompany that, and we meet them and surpass them each day. Telephone number, if you want to be appear on the program is 800-282-2882, and the e-mail address, ElRushbo@eibnet.com.
So have you heard the latest theory that is being bandied about by people who are scared to death that we are all being tricked like we have never been tricked before? Have you heard the theory? Here’s the theory: There is no Democrat catastrophe that’s going to happen today. The Democrat loss, while it may happen — it’s a midterm election with a sitting Democrat in the Oval Office — is by no means going to be anywhere as big as the media and a lot of Democrats out there are trying to convince us it’s going to be.
The theory holds that this is a giant trap that has been set so that Republicans and commentators and conservatives run around in the days leading up to the election talking about the massive victory for the Republicans, the catastrophic defeat for the Democrats, but that isn’t really going to happen. The Democrat loss is gonna be nowhere near — this is the theory — the Democrat loss is gonna be nowhere near catastrophic. It’s not gonna be anywhere near as bad as most people think it’s gonna be, which will then permit the media and the Democrats tomorrow to claim outright victory, a moral victory, if you will. Instead of being shut out 28 to nothing, they’ll lose 28-21. Came close.
I heard that theory, it was bandied about to me twice last night. And you may have heard it from some. But I think it is symptomatic and representative of the ongoing fear that people have of what they believe to be the unbeatable power of the Drive-By Media, working in concert with the Democrat Party. No matter what it looks like, the Democrats are always in control. No matter what it looks like, the media and the Democrats are always in control, and everything that happens is, to one degree or another, a giant snow job.
So what do you think of the theory, Mr. Snerdley? Do you think… (interruption) That’s the thing, I don’t live my life by fear, either, particularly things I can’t control. But I just wanted to share it. I don’t know how many of you have heard it. I don’t know how many calls we’d have to take before we got a caller who would say, “Hey, I want you to look out, Rush. I think we’re being set up big time by the media.” And the reason people think this is ’cause it’s happened before. You know one of the biggest examples of this is?
What do you think I’m thinking about? There is a great example of this. It didn’t have anything to do with an election, though. It had to do with Clinton’s testimony before the grand jury. Before that videotaped testimony was released, the Democrats and the media put stories out about how Clinton was so embarrassed by the questioning that he practically lost his composure, got mad, almost started crying, appeared totally bamboozled. They said all of this.
So then we eagerly await the day when the videotape of that testimony is made available and we watch it, and nothing. There was one question where Clinton appeared to be caught up, rolled his eyes for a split second, and that was it. It was a total setup. We had been led to believe that it was going to be a profoundly major embarrassment for Slick Willie, and it was a nothing. I don’t know how many people remembered that. Of course, my memory is stellar. (interruption) You’d forgotten all about that?
So, anyway, things like that, people may not have actively remembered it, it might have been in their subconscious. But it’s things like that, you know there are people on our side who think the media is invincible. We have people on our side who believe everything the Democrats do is a strategy, even losing. Everything the Democrats and the media do is a trick designed to bamboozle and dispirit and depress us.
So that is just… (interruption) I know, I know, I know, how did 2010 happen? How did 1994 happen? I know. I’m just telling you, it’s a mind-set and it’s so deeply ingrained it’s hard to get people out of it, and that… (interruption) No, I don’t subscribe to the theory. I’m just mentioning to you the theory. I’m just asking the audience if they’d heard the theory.
RUSH: We’ll go to John in St. Louis as we work hard to get calls in the first hour today. John, hi. Great to have you on the program. Hello.
CALLER: Happy Election Day, Rush.
RUSH: Thank you, sir.
CALLER: You know how you talk about being on pins and needles for the new iPad stuff to come out? I’ve been kind of feeling that way for this day. But the main reason I’m calling is, I’m afraid you’re gonna do the same thing so many others are doing and assume that it’s gonna be a Republican landslide, and we just can’t do that. We really need to win this one.
RUSH: Now, wait. Wait, wait. I have not assumed it’s gonna be a landslide. Every time I’ve talked about this I’ve always put a caveat in there. I haven’t fallen for this.
CALLER: Didn’t you predict that tomorrow they’d be saying the reason the election went that way was because it’s a wave?
RUSH: No, I… What I said was… Yeah. Whatever the outcome of the election is, the people that vote against Democrats mean Democrats are gonna lose because people don’t want any more of Obama. This is about stopping Obama. “If there is…” There’s always been an IF: “If this happens, that will be the reason.”
CALLER: Well, and that’s another thing. It’s not… You’re right. It’s not about stopping Obama. It’s about stopping Democratic policies, because, you know, he was just the perfect person to implement it.
RUSH: Well, it’s one and the same: Stopping Democrats, stopping Obama. Stop Democrat policies, stop liberalism, stop what’s happening to the country. That’s what people want to stop.
CALLER: He was the perfect person to ramrod it through. I mean, he could get through more Democratic policy than anybody else could.
RUSH: That’s because he’s willing to ignore the Constitution.
RUSH: And because of his race, which creates a lot of fear on the part of people unwilling to oppose him because of that.
CALLER: Yeah, but I just… (sigh) It is so important that everybody get out and vote today because I… I… This is not good.
RUSH: Look, I understand this. You are making my case. To millions of people, what is happening at this very moment represents life and death in terms of this country remaining as it was founded. Nobody knows that better than I. And I know how deeply meaningful that is, and I know, therefore, how scary it is, the prospect of the American people once again being fooled and not stopping this and not throwing Democrats — I can understand how it has you scared. It has a lot of people scared. I’ve been scared for six years. My fear hasn’t just arrived in the past six months.
I was afraid before the guy was elected. I was afraid after he was elected and two, three weeks before he was inaugurated. I’ve been trying to tell people for six years. So I know full well where you are. I’m just as frustrated as you are. There’s none of us that can control what happens today. It’s too big. It’s too massive. Nobody has any influence, massive. No single person has any control over what’s gonna happen today.
But look, let me go back to the theory I opened the program with. The theory, you talk about fear, what do you think is driving this theory, the theory that we’ve all been set up? That there is not gonna be a catastrophic loss. That this is just the Democrats and the media working together to fool the Republicans once again, to trick conservative voters once again into getting all hepped up, all excited, all ready for a coming landslide, a massive rejection of Barack Obama, except it isn’t gonna happen, it’s all a trick. And when the votes are counted, Democrats may lose, but it isn’t gonna be anywhere near catastrophic, and there’s gonna be massive depression set in on the Republican voter, the conservative voters.
If that theory is true, if that actually is what’s going on, I want to remind you how out on a limb some of the Drive-By Media is. The Washington Post is saying there is a 98% chance the Republicans win the Senate today. Not after a runoff in December, but today. The New York Times has that at 75%. CNN is somewhere in the 80s or some odd. A lot of Drive-By Media people are way, way, way out on a limb if this isn’t true. If this theory that I’ve been hearing last night is true, it’s all a trick, then the Washington Post predicting a 98% chance the Republicans win the Senate, that’s really out on a limb.
They would have some real explaining to do tomorrow. (interruption) Okay. Well, then maybe they wouldn’t. Maybe the happiness and the joy would be such that nobody would care the Washington Post got it so wrong and they wouldn’t care the New York Times got it so wrong. “Shazam, my God, look at this, we were so wrong, and we’re so happy.” Could well be.
But our caller says I should rein this landslide talk in, I shouldn’t be talking about this, as though talking about it is going to jinx it, which I have not. A couple of months ago that I did say, I will admit, I predicted back two months ago that, based on things happening at that moment, I thought we were looking at what could be a wave election, a big one. But it’s as though, if I say this I’m gonna jinx it or if I say it’s gonna be big, it’s gonna give people the comfort to, what, stay home and not vote?
Look, I understand the fear. I’m right in there with you. I’m probably, on a daily basis, more down in the dumps about what’s happening to this country than you are. I don’t lead with it or bleed it, but it’s got me totally bummed in I can’t tell you how many ways. I want this election to represent the fact that the people of this country are saying “stop.” I hope that’s what it means.
RUSH: No, no. I have to tell you, I drove by my polling place this morning. I never vote in the morning. I always go at the end of the day, when there’s nobody there. There’s always a line. I don’t care what election, there’s always a line at the time I drive by, and there wasn’t today. There are a lot of cars, but I didn’t see a lot of people, like I usually do. I have no idea what it means, terms of turnout. Zip, zero, nada. I couldn’t possibly analyze it. I just know that there weren’t any bodies outside the place. Maybe they got a new holding tank inside, I don’t know. But it was different.
Here’s Gary in Illinois. Great to have you on the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Hey, Rush. How are you doing?
RUSH: Just fine, sir. Thank you.
CALLER: Well, I’m feeling kind of optimistic. I come from a real small farm… (click)
RUSH: I guess we lost the call. He’s very optimistic. He’s in a farm community in Illinois. I didn’t recognize his town. That’s why I didn’t pronounce it. But he was gonna tell us why he felt optimistic. (interruption) No, no, I’m not trying to create any panic here. I’m telling you, there wasn’t a crowd. Normally when I pass by the place where I vote, there are always a lot of people, and there weren’t today.
(interruption) No, no. Now people are saying, “Rush, maybe that theory is right. Maybe this is all a giant scam by the pollsters and the Democrats, and maybe it isn’t gonna be so bad for the Democrats, and maybe…” Folks, that’s entirely possible, I guess. That seems so out there. It’s like I always say: It’s ridiculous to predict outcomes on something like this, even with all the polling data you have, ’cause it’s just too many people involved and too many extraneous circumstances that you can’t even know.