RUSH: This is at the Value Voters Summit in Washington. It’s held every year toward the end of September. Marco Rubio was speaking, and actually made the announcement to the crowd. This is how it sounded…
RUBIO: How can it be that we sent a Republican majority to Congress and yet they’re still not able to stop our country from sliding in the wrong direction? And we’ll see how things progress. Just a few minutes ago Speaker Boehner announced that he will be resigning.
AUDIENCE: (wild applause)
RUSH: Now, that (applause) went on and on and on and on and on. It was over the top. And this is something that a number of people have been attempting to make happen for months now going into years. And as is the usual case in the aftermath of something like this, there are all kinds of stories, and they run the gamut from who made it happen, who gets credit for it, who engineered it, why did it happen, what does it mean going forward, and all of that.
The most important aspect this has, to me, is that whoever is responsible for this is not through. They are actually now going to target Mitch McConnell on the same basis. Now, from what I understand, Ted Cruz was deeply involved in this. To tell a long story very short, Cruz became aware very soon upon arriving at the Senate that he was gonna have a tough time making a difference there because he was so outnumbered, because the leadership was so entrenched.
And the leadership in the Senate, just like the leadership in the House — we’ve been through all the reasons (I mean, I could take the time and list them again) — just was not gonna stop Obama. They weren’t even gonna try to make it look like they were gonna stop Obama, except to people they were not telling the truth to at election time: Us. They were apparently very willing to tell us that they were gonna do everything they could to stop Obamacare, repeal Obamacare. You know the drill.
But never once did anything serious ever happen to derail, stop, slow down any aspect of the Obama agenda. Now, the reasons for that are also multifaceted, and we’ve been through all of them. But, folks, the big reason for all of this is money. At the end of the day, it’s always about money. It always has been about money in politics. It’s just more prevalent now than ever. Do you know why we did the Iran deal, just for example?
You know why the Corker Bill exists as it does, why there’s never any serious effort to stop Obama in making the Iran deal? Do you have any idea? It was money. There was a news story, I think it was the UK Daily Mail. If not, it was something similar. The Iranian national airline, such as it is, is falling apart. Their aircraft are old and dilapidated, and because the sanctions have been in place, they’ve been unable to buy new aircraft, replacement aircraft or parts to repair what they have now.
So basically their national airline is a joke. They in Iran, the mullahs, have ordered a number of replacement aircraft, made by Boeing. Boeing therefore wants the deal. But in order for the deal to happen $150 billion in frozen Iranian assets needs to be unfrozen. Now, Boeing is a contributor to the Republican Party. I wish I could remember what newspaper I read this in. Off the top of my head, I think it’s the Daily Mail, but it might very easily could be something else.
But the bottom line was that Republican politicians, elected officials basically had to please a very well-to-do donor or series of donors that were going to be able to engage in new business with Iran if the sanctions were lifted. If you look at the Corker Bill, all it was about was lifting the sanctions by statute. Now, this is very important. The Corker Bill secured the sanctions being lifted by statute. You know I was watching the last Republican debate.
It was an exchange between Ted Cruz and I think it was Kasich. They were having an argument on what you do if Iran cheats on the deal, and Cruz was making it very clear that we were never gonna find out if Iran cheated because they were in total control of the inspection process. And they are. If we want to lodge a complaint, it’s 24 days before we can take action, and they have to grant us permission to come in. But they, the Iranians, by virtue of this deal, do their own inspection first. So it’s a joke.
There is no inspection process.
There is no verification whatsoever. And Kasich was saying to Cruz, “Look if they violate it, we just slap the sanctions back on!” And I’m yelling at the TV, “No, we can’t ‘slap the sanctions back on’ ’em. They have been lifted by statute.” The sanctions have not been lifted temporarily, and they’ve not been lifted per se as part of the deal. They have been lifted by virtue of the Corker Bill which is a statutory law. The statutes have thus maintained that the Iranians are gonna get their $150 billion whether they cheat or not.
So the Iranian nuclear deal, when it comes to the debate in Washington, never really was about Iran and nuclear weapons. It was about money, economic news. It is about American corporations. And Boeing’s not the only one that want to do business with Iran. And when Iran’s got $150 billion freed up that’s been frozen, they can buy enough terrorism with that and have some left over to revamp their airline. I’m gonna have to find out what… It was Bloomberg that had this story.
It was Bloomberg News that had the story that it was Boeing and Airbus combined that wanted to make a deal with Iran on new aircraft for this dilapidated Iranian airline. Now, all the while this debate’s raging, we’re treated to story after story that the parameters of the debate center on whether or not it makes sense that Iran permitted to get a nuclear weapon. It was never what this was about. And all of us were incredulous about the Corker Bill. Why even do it?
If you’re the Senate and you oppose Obama and you oppose Iran having nukes, just insist on the treaty clause, just insist on this being a treaty. If you just do that, you solve the problem. Then you need two-thirds of it Senate to ratify it, and it’s not automatic. But the Corker Bill went into action and reversed the whole procedure for the treaty and basically turned this into nothing more than a statutory elimination or lifting of the sanctions.
So all the while these elected officials are telling us they’re gonna stop Obama and Obamacare and they’re gonna stop Obama on amnesty and illegal immigration. That’s not what’s going on. What’s going on is that their donors are demanding that they get this and that from the Republicans in term of policy and votes. And that’s who the Republican officials in Washington, elected officials are loyal to. So you can call that political system being corrupted or what have you.
The point is, Ted Cruz was aware of all of this, and he decided there was no way since he’s so vastly outnumbered in the Senate that what he instead did was work with the conservative members in the House to strength them, to focus them. Not that they needed it, but just to form some unity and have a coordinated effort that was aimed at Boehner’s resignation, since Cruz was not gonna be able to engineer a similar thing in the Senate because he was basically a party of one.
So there’s any number of people who you might… If you want to consider this in a doling-out-of-credit sense, Cruz is right there at the top. But then, you could also say that Mitch McConnell deserves a lot of credit, not because he wanted to get rid of Boehner, but because of what he did, just because constantly bottling up anything that would stop Obama, never taking on the Democrats, the fear of the government shutdown. Even this morning I see some analysts on television, “The worst thing that could happen is if there’s a government shutdown!”
It is what it is.
The Republicans just have this irrational fear of a government shutdown that is gonna be the end of them and their 2016 presidential aspirations, and you talk about blind? There’s an entire presidential campaign being waged out there and a bunch of outsiders who’ve never been in politics before are leading the whole process. The insider experts, career politicians? You need a telescope to see ’em, their poll numbers are so low.
It’s very clear what Republican voters and a lot of Americans want, and it’s exact opposite of what has been happening. So it was a fait accompli at some point, and I think Boehner holding on until Pope Francis’ visited, that was a big deal to Boehner, check that one off of his bucket list. But he’s still got some time left, and he’s insisting that he’s gonna make the most of it, just like Obama is with whatever time left that he has.
RUSH: You know, it’s funny here, the New York Times has a story, you know, all this time they’ve been telling us that Boehner was the reason there was gridlock, right? So now the New York Times has a story worried about what Boehner leaving is going to mean for gridlock. So they’re now admitting, indirectly, but they’re admitting that Boehner was not responsible for the gridlock. But that’s not totally true, either. But again, folks, there’s nothing wrong with gridlock, especially now.
RUSH: The Washington Times has a story here that the headline is, “Top GOP Official Seeks McConnell Ouster as Senate Leader. ‘GOP Brand Is Being Damaged,'” and this is no less than a Republican National Committee vice-chairman. He is the Louisiana Republican chairman Roger Villere and he wrote in a Facebook post that McConnell needs to resign.
“‘Mitch is a good and honorable guy, but the base is leaving our party,’ Mr. Villere said in an interview with The Washington Times. ‘I’m out in the field all the time and we have all our elections this year for state offices, and it’s hurting us tremendously with our elections,” ’cause the base is not showing up. He said, “‘If we lose the battle, we will never win the presidency again in my lifetime,’ said Mr. Villere, who is 66. ‘I’ve worked for 12 years as chairman to build this party, and I just don’t want to see it all go down the drain because they aren’t willing to fight for what we believe in. Our base is demanding we do something or they’re going to leave us.’
“‘The GOP brand is being damaged. We’re having to work from scratch to do all the groundwork we’ve already done with elections of Republicans to Congress and in the state because everybody is so furious at the leadership,’ Mr. Villere said,” and that’s exactly right, and the leadership has always been aware of it, folks. The leadership has been well aware of what the voters that elected them want. They’ve been well aware they have not come through. And their attitude is, “Tough toenails! You guys don’t understand the jobs we have.
“You don’t understand what it takes to get things done here. You guys don’t understand that it takes compromise. You guys don’t understand that you have to build coalitions. You guys…” This is McConnell and Boehner talking to us. “You guys don’t understand that we have to work with people on the other side to get anything done.” No, no, no. That’s not what we don’t understand. What we see is you doing exactly that, and getting snookered every time you go in to battle with ’em. You’re literally getting snookered.
Other times, you’re not even playing and being just ramrodded right over. You don’t need to repeat the drill. You all get it. About this Mr. Villere, he is a Republican National Committee co-chair. He’s the Louisiana chairman. From The Politico. They gave an op-ed space here to Michael Needham of Heritage Action for America. He’s the CEO. “Boehner Betrayed His Party — Why the Speaker’s resignation is great news for conservatives,” and there’s three interesting pull quotes here. “He ignored the hopes and dreams of those Republican voters who delivered the GOP control of the House in 2010 and the Senate in 2014 and instead pushed the agenda of WashingtonÂ’s ruling class.”
Yep, no mistake there.
“HereÂ’s the reality: In the past, politicians could afford to tell their constituents one thing and do something else entirely in office,” which happens, by the way. What they’re doing is nothing new. What is new about it? Politicians lying is nothing new. Promising and not deliver is nothing new. What’s different about it this time? What do you think’s different about it, Mr. Snerdley? (interruption) Well, that. They did put up the pretense. They made it look like they were opposing. What’s different now is they can’t hide. There is simply too much news.
There is too much tech. There is too much access. They can’t hide behind what goes on behind closed doors, for example. It’s all known. They can’t hide behind any other barrier. Everything they’re doing is right out in the open. And it’s not being reported by the Drive-By Media. The Drive-By Media is doing everything they can to shelter these guys and protect ’em because it helps the Democrats to have Boehner and McConnell be doing what they’re doing. So this is all being ferreted out by other members of Congress.
The conservative caucus, for example, or others who are able to get the news out on their own without having to go through a network. So they don’t have any secrets. Everything they’re doing has been exposed. They can’t rely on, “You don’t know how it works up here,” because now everybody does. Everybody now knows how it works. Do you realize what a monumental thing this is? Seriously now, folks. Stop and think of it. Do you realize what a pronounced…? Who was that I was…? Was that Bill Clinton I was just looking at? (interruption) Tell me that was on… (interruption) That wasn’t Clinton on Fox? (interruption) Whew! I was gonna say, “He looked like 95 years old.”
I said, “Oh, what happened.” (interruption)
That was a NASA guy? Oh, they’re telling us about the flowing waters on Mars? Yeah, you watch, that’s gonna be Martian… (interruption) Five. Oh, wow. Wow, wow, wow. Okay, cool. My prediction has come true even before the program ends today. If you’re on line five out there (and you know who you are), hang on. If you’re in Wichita, hang on. Don’t hang up the phone. (interruption) What is profound? Do you realize how profound it is that practically every Republican voter now knows what has been a secret in Washington for a long time, and that is in Washington there really aren’t Republicans and Democrats? There’s majority and minority.
But they’re all of the same insider or ruling class or whatever you call it elite mind-set. Their agendas are identical. And it is profound that the lid has been totally blown off of that. For the longest time Republican voters actually believed that Republican elected officials were genuinely an opposition party and were pushing back and wanted to push back and opposed and disagreed with what the Democrats were doing, and the realization that’s not the case. That’s why this explosion’s taken place. Republican voters simply aren’t gonna put up with it. I don’t care what the issue, amnesty, Obamacare, Keystone pipeline, you have a Democrat president as radical as Obama is for seven years and gets everything he wants. Sorry, you can’t fool people. You can’t convince them.
McConnell, his fallback excuse is, “First is, we need the Senate.” Then we get the Senate and the fallback is, “We don’t have the White House. There’s still nothing we can do. Everything we do is gonna be vetoed.” And so that has led to we’re not even gonna fight and you don’t understand, we can’t fight. You want us to fight, but that would be a losing proposition. That would result in the government being shut down. We can’t have that.
They used to be able to get away with it, is the point. They don’t any longer. And I believe all these stories about McConnell being next. People are serious about this. This is the country we’re talking about here.
From Gerald Seib in the Wall Street Journal: “Boehner’s Exit Leaves GOP Establishment Shaking — Tea-party forces increase power and further loosen Republican establishmentÂ’s grip.” Now, I’m not sure the establishment’s actually shaking, but this is a start. I don’t know how long ago it was I said — I mean, it’s a long time now. It would happen when people would call here and advance the notion that we had to go third party.
And that’s been going on for most of the 27 years, and each time somebody would call I’d say nope, nope, nope, what we need to do is take over the Republican Party. Third party is not gonna get anybody anywhere. Third party isn’t gonna win. Third party isn’t gonna have any members of Congress in the Senate. It may now be happening. First step, but it may now be happening.