RUSH: Yeah, look at this. Right on time, right on time, when it can’t do any good, the Wall Street Journal has a story essentially saying that I was right. There is no public relations catastrophe that happens to the Republicans if there’s a government shutdown. That’s right. No public relations catastrophe, given the perennial low approval. The headline: “Shutdown’s Political Damage May Be Overrated,” and an 8- to 10-seat pickup is what happened as the “damage” of last year’s government shutdown. So right here it is, after the fact.
Now, the reason why this is a big deal, all these clowns up there read the Wall Street Journal. All these clowns in the Washington establishment, on the Republican side especially, the Wall Street Journal’s gold. The Wall Street Journal’s gospel. So now they’ve got a story, “Shutdown’s Political Damage May Be Overrated.” Subheadline: “Rush Limbaugh Was Right.” Well, it doesn’t say that, but it may as well.
There’s more to the story, but basically I’ve just given you the sum total of it, that there’s no big deal. The government shutdown does not cause a PR catastrophe, political damage overrated. But that doesn’t matter now because yesterday they did it, they funded the government for the rest of the fiscal year, $1.1 trillion. I’m told there’s a Washington Post story that they said we’re gonna do a service for you. Rather than you read the whole thing, we’re gonna do it and skim it for you, and then we’re just gonna give you the highlights. And the third highlight in the Washington Post story is that Obamacare is fully funded.
Now, there’s no new money, there’s no new money for Obamacare, and the Washington Post says, if I read correctly — I had to quickly glance at it before the program commenced here. I think they cut $10 million from the death panel aspect, but I’ve gotta double-check that when I have a lengthy break coming up here and have a chance to really read it. The bottom line is, and Drudge has a lead headline: “Republican Betrayal, Obamacare Fully Funded.” The Wall Street Journal, ah, slow realization that the shutdown is not a PR catastrophe. And there you have it.