RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, do you remember all of these years, ten years ago, 15 years ago, all the way back to the early nineties, do you remember all of these RINO Republicans, these elitist, establishment Republicans telling the conservatives, “You guys better drop the social issues. You better drop it. We’re not gonna win diddly-squat if you keep harping on abortion. We’re not gonna win diddly-squat if you keeping harping on the social issues and morality. We gotta drop it. We gotta focus on the economy.”
Do you remember all of that? Isn’t it amazing now, with that sage and salient advice from the establishment of the Republican Party, guess what has become the dominant factor in American politics? Why, it’s the social issues, isn’t it? And look at the 180 that has occurred. Guess who owns the social issues? The Democrat Party. The Democrat Party and the militant American left are running to victory after victory after victory using the social issues that are important to them, that the Republican Party gladly, willingly, happily decided to deemphasize and to cede — c-e-d-e — in other words, concede — give up years ago. I find it fascinating.
RUSH: It is. It’s amazing. All these years the Republican establishment has been demanding, “Drop the social issues! They’re gonna kill us! Drop ’em; get rid of ’em. We don’t hear about ’em,” blah, blah, blah. And now the social issues are all that matters. You try to get people talk about economics, which is what the Republican establishment’s talk about, and nobody cares. All they’re devoted to is social issues, except the left owns them now.
The left owns the social issues.
We are free to talk about social issues all we want now, folks, ’cause the left owns them. Yeah, we’re talking about the social issues the left cares about now so it’s perfectly fine, and all of a sudden — as I point out — the left seems to be in support of the spreading of nuclear weapons, the proliferation of nuclear weapons to a terrorist nation with oil that executes gays and punishes women for daring to speak up.
It’s fine and dandy that they get nuclear weapons. It’s fine and dandy that we have relations with ’em. It’s fine and dandy that we negotiate with ’em. It’s fine and dandy that we accord them great respect, that we talk them up. No, the real enemy in the United States of America at this moment is Indiana — and, by extension, Christianity. It’s an all-out war, ladies and gentlemen.
And, in fact, it’s proceeding at full speed with nobody having the slightest idea how to stop it, how to return fire.
How many of you saw story: “The Department of Justice has decided not to seek any criminal contempt chargers against former IRS official Lois Lerner, the central figure in a scandal that erupted over whether the IRS improperly targeted…” There’s no scandal about “whether.” They did it! There’s no “whether.” There’s no scandal “over whether the IRS improperly targeted conservative political groups.” They did it!
The scandal is that nothing’s gonna be done about it.
RUSH: The Politico. Headline: “The Week Mike Pence’s 2016 Dreams Crumbled.” Or, subheadline: Mission Accomplished. “The Indiana governor, a potential GOP presidential candidate, is caught in a surprise culture war.” It’s by Adam Wren. “With the black marble of the Indiana House of Representatives behind him, Gov. Mike Pence in January trumpeted a laundry list of accomplishments achieved in the first half of his first term: Two balanced budgets. A falling unemployment rate. More than 100,000 new jobs created. It seemed the predicate for a potential 2016 run.”
Just balancing the budget is enough to make the media feel threatened. And just creating a hundred thousand jobs, that was enough to make him the enemy of the media. Well, yeah, because when Obama’s out killing jobs and looking bad, inept, a Republican governor comes along and looks good, that’s reason enough to tar and feather the guy.
“Basking in the glow of the moment,” back in January, “Pence dropped his customary aw-shucks Hoosier persona and let himself boast: ‘Tonight, there are 49 other governors across this country who wish they could be me!’ Maybe then. Not anymore. Not three short months later, amid the biggest crisis of his political life, that line rings comical.”
And so what we have here, my friends, The Politico continues to let the cat out of the bag. Now, I realize this phony crisis was created to try to put any potential Republican candidates into a bind. But what I didn’t know, I didn’t realize that the Democrats and the media saw Mike Pence as a possible candidate. They obviously did, and they made the decision to take him out. He didn’t do much to help himself. He played along with their effort to take him out.
But seizing on Indiana now, as far as the Drive-Bys and the Democrats are concerned, it makes more sense. The only thing that could have been better for them, if they could do this to Scott Walker, and I think they are still salivating and dreaming about being able to do that. We’ll just have a keep a sharp eye.
I want to get back to more phone calls as this hour progresses. And I do have a roster of sound bites I want to get to that are related to things that we’ve already discussed, but I still want to get to them.