RUSH: This is Patty in Longview, Texas. Are you there, Patty?
RUSH: Testing, one-two. Patty, are you there?
RUSH: Well, I’m glad you waited. Thank you for your patience. Hello. Welcome to the program.
CALLER: Well, thank you for taking my call. What an honor to talk to you.
RUSH: Thank you. I appreciate that very much.
CALLER: I do have a question that no one can explain to me.
RUSH: I will bet you that you can answer it yourself if you had to.
CALLER: No, I really cannot. I’ve been racking my brain for six years.
RUSH: Okay. Well, have at it. What’s the question?
CALLER: Okay. I truly do not understand how and why does this one individual trumps an entire nation. Is his race, or being half black, really that much of a powerful tool to be able to manipulate and subvert an entire country? I really don’t understand how he can get away with everything. How? Just because of the way his DNA is?
RUSH: Well, I understand your question, but the question is not entirely properly framed. Let me deal with it as you asked it. What she basically wants to know is: “Why in the world is it that an entire country, an entire Congress, an entire Senate (or at least half of it) is scared to inaction by one man who happens to be president? Why is everybody so paralyzed and unable or unwilling to stand up and oppose him and try to stop what he’s doing?” Is that pretty much it?
CALLER: That’s it. Yes! Yes. I just don’t understand. Is it because he’s half black? He’s also half white.
RUSH: Well, it depends on who you’re talking about in terms of being scared. There’s a bunch of different answers to this question. But the first thing I should point out is he’s not alone, Patty. It’s not just Obama that people won’t stand up to. He’s got the support of all of practically every union in this country. He’s got the support of practically every college and professor. He has the support of practically every school and teacher. (There are exceptions.)
He’s got the support of Hollywood. He has the support of the entire media. Therefore it’s not just that people are afraid of Obama. They’re afraid of the entire apparatus that supports him and defends him, and launches into character assassination and personal destruction if anybody gets serious about stopping him and doing what he’s doing. On the racial side, you’ve explained that’s exactly why elected Republicans are afraid of him. It’s not that they’re afraid of him. They are paralyzed because of his race.
This was easy to spot before he was even immaculated. The left in the media accused any critic of being oriented by racism, motivated by racism. Therefore there is no legitimate criticism of Obama. It’s all racist. It’s all white people who just can’t stand this “uppity guy” who got elected, and that’s what they said. The Republicans don’t want that said about them. They don’t know how to defend against it; they don’t think that there is any defense to it. So their chosen course is to stay silent in most cases.
CALLER: But if I may, then what happens is if that woman from Massachusetts decides to run? She’s gonna have something that we can no longer counter? I mean, we cannot be against her because of whatever reason. She will be able to do whatever, and then this country will look like Cuba.
RUSH: Are you talking about Elizabeth Fauxcahontas?
CALLER: Yes. Yes. That supposedly Indian native.
RUSH: Yeah, she says she’s got the high cheekbones of Sitting Bull, right.
CALLER: If she’s an Indian native, I’m seven feet tall. I’m five feet tall, by the way. Anyway.
RUSH: She’s got the high cheekbones of Sitting Bull, that family or something.
RUSH: Yeah, they would do the same thing. Any criticism of, say, first Hispanic president would be racism or what have you. A woman, sexism. But I think the question is really good because it goes deeper than that, and there’s so many answers to this question. Some people don’t want to rock the boat ’cause they don’t want to call attention to it. They don’t want the IRS hitting on ’em. Some people don’t want some powerful government agency coming and freezing their assets.
What has happened in this country is that people have become more and more fearful of a governmental that they think is opposed to them rather than supports them, and that is a direct result of the empowerment of liberalism. I mean, you’ve got people — and there’s a natural fear of the media. This is the one that frustrates me the most. There’s a fear of the media and what they will say about you. But there are people who are literally terrified.
They see what happened to Catherine Engelbrecht at True the Vote and all of these Tea Party groups that tried to simply register as tax-free fundraising organizations. The IRS descended on ’em and refused to grant them their exemption, and then made it look like they were engaged in criminal activity. Nobody can compete with the federal government when it comes to money and power, and people don’t even want to rile ’em up. People don’t even want to end up on their radar, and the best way to not end up on the federal government’s radar is to shut up.
CALLER: Yeah, but then our elected representatives, like congressmen and senators, should stand behind whatever citizen —
CALLER: — is actually voicing their opinion —
RUSH: You’re singing my song.
CALLER: — like that woman. They should be right —
RUSH: Well, no.
CALLER: — there behind her.
RUSH: See, they think that we want them to work with Obama so that things won’t get as bad so fast.
RUSH: All right, ladies and gentlemen. This kind of is an answer. We just had a question from a caller, “Why is everybody so afraid of one guy? Why is everybody so paralyzed and scared of one guy in this country?” I am holding here in my formerly nicotine-stained fingers a tweet. I don’t Twitter, so I had to have this thing sent to me. There is a journalist or a reporter that used to work at National Review Online. He may still work at National Review Online. I don’t know. His name is Robert Costa. He has a tweet here. Are you ready for this? This guy’s a conservative. The tweet isn’t about him, but he posted it. Well, I guess he’s conservative, National Review. Yeah. Okay.
“GOP leaders hope to contain outrage in the ranks over Obama’s immigration moves.”
There’s a link here to the Washington Post. It may be a Washington Post story. But we got this being tweeted out here by a conservative. So the story here apparently is that within the ranks of the GOP leadership, they are very worried that Ted Cruz and Jeff Sessions and who knows who else might get a little too mad tonight, and they don’t want that to happen.
They, at the leadership, apparently fear that the Republicans acting angry tonight will turn people off to the Republicans because apparently they believe that the public doesn’t want to see anger and controversy and discord, that they want everybody to get along, and so they are hoping to be able to contain the reaction in their own ranks. Costa’s quoting a Washington Post story.
“Republican Leaders Hope to Contain Outrage in the Ranks … For Republicans the roiling debate over the presidentÂ’s decision is not only a fight with the White House, but a test of whether they can contain some of the unhelpful passions among their swelling majorities in both chambers. The task is keeping on-message and away from the controversial and sometimes offensive comments that have traditionally hindered attempts to bolster support for the party among Hispanics.” (gasping) There we have it! The Republican Party leadership is quaking in its boots that there might be too much anger and that the Hispanics will see it and the Republicans will never get the Hispanic vote, oh, no.
So, once again, there is not supposed to be any controversy, and the controversy is not Obama. Oh, no. Obama isn’t contributing a shred to the controversy here. No, no. The Republican leadership is worried about its own members creating controversy by disagreeing with Obama too loudly, which would take the party off message, which is, “We love you, Hispanics.”
I told you yesterday, Snerdley, that the thing that was gonna tick the Republicans off the most about what Obama’s doing tonight is that they’re not in on it and that they’re not getting any credit for it. Holy smokes. Of all the things. Now, it’s the Washington Post, so we’ve got to hold out the possibility that they’re totally either making it up or exaggerating it.
It sounds like it could be credible. It feels like exactly something a Republican consultant would advise a candidate. Yep. It sounds exactly like something a Republican consultant would say, “Now, look, don’t get mad here. The Hispanics are gonna see it; they’re not gonna like it. It’s gonna destroy every effort we’re making of building a bridge to the Hispanic community. Don’t get mad at Obama. Remember, you were elected to come here and work with Obama.” (interruption) Oh, me? Probably. If they could shut me up? Yeah. So we got a caller asking, “Why are they so afraid of one guy?” I told you there are many answers to it, and here’s the latest one.
RUSH: I knew that. I knew that. Robert Costa is no longer at National Review. He left the conservative National Review to go to the mainstream Washington Post. It might be his story. I don’t know. I just have the tweet. That’s all I’ve got. I didn’t hit the link because I’m busy. All I needed was the tweet, and the tweet is: The Republican Party leadership is really, really worried; not about what Obama’s gonna do.
The Republican Party leadership is worried about the reaction Republicans in the country might have. They might get too mad and might be too critical, and that would be too controversial. And it is historic. (interruption) I know, it’s Costa. It’s not Bob Costas. It’s Bob Costa. No relation. Robert Costa. One’s Greek. One’s Italian. I don’t know. They could be both. It doesn’t matter. It’s just not the sports guy. It’s his story. It’s his story that the Republican leadership is very, very concerned. They’re trying to rein in the reaction of the Republican rank-and-file.
Well, you heard it.
Here’s Patty in Biloxi, Mississippi. I’m glad you waited. Your turn on the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Hello. Thank you, Rush. I want to kind of go back. You said at the very beginning of the show that people have to change their perspective, and I think the perspective that needs to be changed is about the GOP leadership. Because, look, they had an opportunity here, especially this last election. They had a huge amount of candidates where they could have filled these spots with Ted Cruzes and Trey Gowdys and Mike Lees.
But what did they do? What animated them? It animated them to come out with guns blazing against, you know, Tea Party-type candidates. And who did they back? They backed the establishment. They had an opportunity to get people who were gonna stop amnesty and uphold the immigration laws, to rein in spending, to stop the economy-crushing climate action instead of sitting people on a green couch with Nancy Pelosi. But they didn’t do that.
RUSH: Nope. You’re right. They lined up behind the exciting, charismatic, energetic Thad Cochran.
CALLER: Yeah, exactly. That’s the thing. By putting Mitch McConnell out there with his monotone, bare minimum amount of outrage they get to have their cake and eat it, too.
CALLER: They get to pretend that they oppose Obama’s actions all the while enjoying their payoffs to the Chamber of Commerce with cheap labor.
RUSH: No, that’s true. That’s indisputable. That’s exactly right. You’ve nailed it. They don’t want any flamethrowers in there. No troublemakers. (sigh) I sense anger, yes. I told you that’s why this election, this victory… I’m telling you, I sense there’s a whole lot of unsettledness out there. This victory is nothing like that ’94 victory was. No, there’s a lot of people who are still guarded about this and what it means. Thad Cochran? For crying out loud! I mean, if it weren’t for his varicose veins, the guy’d be totally colorless. (interruption) “Does he know he won?” Maybe not ’til January when they swear him in there. (sigh)