RUSH: Even President Obama knows that this election was all about him. Even President Obama knows that the electorate said yesterday they want Obama stopped. And if you doubt me, let me take you back to October 2nd and Roll Call. “Obama: My Policies Are on the Ballot — ‘I am not on the ballot this fall. Michelle’s pretty happy about that. But make no mistake: These policies are on the ballot.
“‘Every single one of them,’ Obama said in prepared remarks at Northwestern University.” As all of these Democrat candidates were begging him not to go anywhere near them, as they were begging him to stay away, as they were denying even having voted for him… And, by the way, do you realize Alison Lundergan Grimes was never, ever even viable in that race?
Do you realize that Wendy Davis never stood a chance? She was never in that race. She lost by 20, and yet the pollsters all told us, “Why, McConnell might end up losing!” Alison Lundergan Grimes was never a viable candidate. That’s the extent to which this stuff was misrepresented, and we know why it’s done. It is done to try to shape public opinion.
Well, while these people were all out there trying to keep Obama far away, what was Obama doing? Undermining their effort. Obama was saying, “Hey, you know, these are all my buddies, and I wouldn’t be where I am if it weren’t for them. They’ve all voted for my agenda, every one of these people that doesn’t want me around.
“I understand how reality is, I understand politics, but they voted for my agenda.” And he says, “My policies are on the ballot.” Yep. He knows. All you have to do is listen. This election was about stopping this, not compromising with it, not working with it, not crossing the aisle and getting along with it. It was about stopping it. And even Obama knows it.
Here’s Terry in Columbus, Ohio, as we meet the objective of getting a phone call in in the first hour. Great to have you, sir. Hello.
CALLER: Hey. Thanks for allowing me on. I remember back when you made a statement that I thought was very harsh when you said you hoped Obama and his policies all failed.
CALLER: I remember everybody jumping on you and running you down, and I even began to think maybe you were just a little bit harsh. But, by golly, now I know that you were not only not harsh, you were not harsh enough! I’m telling you, I’m glad what you predicted happened, because now we can see the before and the after. And we know the before was much better.
RUSH: I appreciate that. You know what? It takes a big man to call and say what you said — I mean, to admit that you thought I’d gone too far but now you think maybe I didn’t go far enough. I appreciate that, Terry. Folks, let me… He’s talking about what I said on January 16, 2009. The Wall Street Journal had asked a bunch of nationally renowned famous people to write 400 words on their hopes for the presidency of the first African-American president.
I said, “I don’t need 400. I can do it in four: ‘I hope he fails.'” I said this on January 16th, and I have to tell you something. One of the greatest attributes of somebody that hosts a radio show like this is empathy. You have to have empathy for the audience. I consider this relationship that you and I have almost to be familial.
I’ve been here 26 years, and those of you who are lifers, I mean, you know what this program’s about and I’m about. I figure everybody understood what I meant, and I don’t even think it’s harsh. It’s no different than saying, “I oppose socialism.” I don’t want socialism to succeed. “I hope he fails.” I didn’t want the presidency to fail. I didn’t want the country to fail.
It was just the exact opposite. I wanted him to fail implementing his policies, and he didn’t. We are where we are. By the way, what in the world…? Isn’t trying to save, Mr. Brokaw, the country from socialism…? Isn’t that a big idea? You tell everybody we’re caught up in small, irrelevant things here, compared to your day? Stopping the country from going socialist, that’s a huge deal, and that’s what the election was about.
RUSH: So I’m just scanning the news during the break here, and I see that Howard Fineman, formerly of Newsweek (until it went out of business) and then formerly of MSNBC — well, he may still be there. But the source I saw was the Huffing and Puffington Post. Howard Fineman says, “The Era of Obama is Over,” and it is not. The era of Obama is not over. Obama has not been stopped.
The election last night — and I’m gonna keep saying this. You know the old saw: You have to say things over and over again for it to set in, for people to finally hear it — particularly the spoken word, which is here and then it’s gone into the ether. This election has a mandate, and the mandate is big. I don’t think the Republican Party even is aware. They may be now, but it’s not something they were conscious of.
They tried to win this election by practically being invisible at the national level, and because of this election they have been elected to stop Barack Obama and his agenda. They were elected to put the brakes on it. But Obama has shown — and he’s even in the midst of all this out there huffing and puffing and bragging about doing amnesty this Christmas.
The way he’s gonna do it is to delay forever deportation of four million illegal immigrants in the country already. He’ll start with a “small” number. Four million. Everybody thinks there are 12 to 20 million in the country. So he’ll start with four million number. He’s not gonna say it’s granting amnesty. He’s just gonna suspend deportations. They’re never gonna be sent back, which is amnesty by another name.
He’s gonna do it by hook or by crook, and why would he not? What is it about? What is amnesty? What is Obama’s primary purpose in granting citizenship to millions who, at this moment, can’t get it? It’s a voter registration drive. There’s no reason he would not do it because of the election results. The election results are not gonna stop him. That’s why the era of Obama is not over.
Obama has shown, he’s demonstrated and he continues to threaten to govern outside of the will of the people, against the will of the people and outside the Constitution. I think these next two years portend some of the greatest danger yet. I think these next two years hold… (sigh) It’s scary to think about it, because we have a man who’s committed — he is, by virtue of his own existence, he is committed — to transforming this country, for whatever reasons.
We can debate from now ’til the end of the day what it is about America that Obama doesn’t like and wants to change, but it doesn’t matter. We know that he doesn’t like certain things and he has resented them for a long time — and by God, by golly, he’s gonna fix it before he goes. He’s got two years, and it’s everything to him and it doesn’t matter to him what he has to do.
The Republicans have already promised him that they’re not going to legally stop him. They’ve taken impeachment off the table. They better be very careful about talking about how there won’t be a government shutdown or, “We’re not gonna withhold funds.” They better be very careful about that because all they’re gonna do is send a message that he has a free reign.
That he’s got a free road ahead of him to do whatever he wants to do, because when it comes to it they aren’t gonna stop him, and that’s the only reason they were elected. There can be no other. Voters don’t send people to Washington to compromise. Voters send people to Washington to dominate. Voters send people to Washington to persevere, to win, to bring about things they believe in. They don’t send people to Washington to cave on core principles in the name of compromise.
That’s not what happened yesterday. The American people who voted, loud and clear made it plain and simple: “Stop it. We don’t want any more,” and the Republicans are the only ones who can. And so, in the midst of all this, here’s Obama, “Hey, bud, you know what? I’m gonna continue on with my executive amnesty,” because he needs and the Democrat Party is seeking total dominance of the American electoral system.
This election result’s not gonna change his mind about it. Public opinion doesn’t matter. The American people show up in droves to say to the country and Obama, “Stop!” That doesn’t matter to him. He’s gonna keep on. When you understand why, it makes total sense. He wants all of these illegal aliens to someday be legal,Democrat-registered voters, pure and simple! It isn’t complicated whatsoever.
RUSH: This is Ed in western Pennsylvania. Ed, I’m glad you called. Welcome to the program, sir.
CALLER: Hi. How you doing?
RUSH: Good. Thank you.
CALLER: I reached my 15 minutes of fame talking with you.
RUSH: Well, hubba hubba. I’m happy to hear it.
CALLER: Well, I think Obama injected himself into the elections by saying his policies were on the ballot.
CALLER: So Republicans could come in and fix the problems in the country, and then he can claim that success for himself. Because otherwise he knows as well as everybody else does that the country is in shambles, and what else is he gonna put in his presidential library besides Saul Alinsky’s book? Absolutely nothing.
RUSH: Besides the what? Oh, the Saul Alinsky book.
CALLER: Saul Alinsky book.
RUSH: So your…?
CALLER: What else is he gonna put in his library?
RUSH: Okay, your theory is that Obama may not be upset that the Democrats lost because the Republicans now are a natural enemy, and anything that doesn’t get done he can just blame them. “They’re not working with me. I gotta take steps on my own. They’re just obstructionists.”
CALLER: That’s right.
RUSH: “They’re just doing gridlock. They’re not helping me.” I think this has always been a possibility, and it could well be. Ed here thinks that Obama undermined the Democrats on purpose. (impression) “Hey, you know what? They’re lying. My policies are on the ballot, and every one of these people that don’t want me around? I wouldn’t be where I am without ’em. They made me possible!
“Every one of these Democrats did everything I asked them to do, and they are lying to you when they say they don’t like me.” All right. All entirely possible. It is. I still think that we’re going to hear at some point… I don’t know when. It may be next year, after all this gets voted on and the new Congress is actually sworn in. I can hear him saying, “You know, I wanted to work with these people.
“I respect the results of elections, I really do, but these extremists? I mean, they’re just obstructing everything I want to do here! We gotta help people,” and then list all the things that he’s trying to help and portray the Republicans as just refusing. He’s gotta take action on his own, and he’ll justify Republican gridlock and obstructionism as the reason he’s reluctantly doing it. “Gee, I hate to do it, but I gotta do these executive actions.”
No, nothing would surprise me, because that’s what he wants to do. If you look at his approval ratings, it’s not working right now. I mean, he’s been blaming Republicans for his problems for the last two years, and it hasn’t helped his approval numbers. People… (chuckles) This election was not about punishing the Republicans. I hate to tell you. It was about punishing the Democrats. It was the American people saying…
Look, I’m getting blue in the face saying it. You get the deal now, right?