RUSH: I want to address something. I’ve been asked this two or three times, even though I addressed it yesterday. I made mention of something I think is true yesterday. Pollsters are out asking themselves, “How in the world could we have missed this?” And I don’t think they did. I think they didn’t miss it; they just didn’t tell us what they were actually finding. They couldn’t. It was so opposite what they wanted. And polling data has been weaponized. It’s used to make opinion, it’s used to shape opinion public, not reflect it.
I mean, after all, the Democrat Party portrays itself all these years as the party of the little guy. We know that they know who they are. They know who the economically disadvantaged are. This effort to make it look like they missed something. They didn’t miss anything. They either didn’t tell us what they knew or they disregarded what they knew as irrelevant. But about Obama’s approval rating — and I did address this yesterday — people asked me, “Rush, doesn’t it mean his approval rating of 53 or 55%’s also a lie?” Maybe, but not necessarily.
It could go one of two ways. You could easily say, and you would not get any arguments from people, that if the polling data on the presidential race was wrong and if they missed it and if all of the news they were reporting was wrong and purposefully skewed, then doesn’t it follow that what they’re telling us about Obama’s approval rating is also a lie? And, using that logical progression, you could easily make that case, yeah.
But it might be real in one sense. We know that Obama’s policies were sent packing. We know that the Democrat Party’s agenda was blown to smithereens by the voters of this country on Election Day. Barack Obama put his agenda on the ballot. He went out and campaigned for Hillary Clinton and said that his legacy was at stake and he urged people to vote for him to protect his accomplishments and his agenda. They can’t now run and say, “Well, Obama’s agenda wasn’t on the ballot. He not running.” It was, and he put it there. And it got shellacked.
There are no two ways about it, there is no other way to candy coat this. The Barack Obama agenda was blown to smithereens, specifically defeated. So how can he have a 53% approval rating? Well, if a pollster asks a voter, “Do you approve of the job president’s doing or not?” it makes perfect sense to me that voters would not want to encounter a pollster mad at them for disapproving Obama ’cause the pollster might say it’s racist or whatever. The easiest thing to do is say, yeah.
But if you ask those people, “Do you approve of what Obama’s done with health care,” you’ll get a truthful answer, “No, I don’t.” “Do approve of or do you support” and then name another Obama policy, and you’ll get no, we’re not in favor of this at all. We’re not in favor of Obamacare. We’re not favor of the stimulus package. You take the policy. Do you agree or disagree with Obama’s use of executive order? No! We don’t like it at all. You take him out of the question and people tell you the truth of what they think of his agenda. You put him in the question and it could well be that people will tell pollsters that they approve of Obama.
I really think that his race has had a drastic effect on this country in terms of paralyzing legitimate opposition. It has literally paralyzed legitimate opposition, the fear of any opposition being immediately tagged as insincere and just simple bigotry and racism has shut people up. It has shut them down. We can’t turn back the hands of time, but we didn’t have to go through these eight years. Obama could have been defeated. We know this now. One of the things that I really hope materializes here is a newfound confidence in what we believe and that it is a winner, that if presented compassionately and cheerfully and positively, it is a winner.
The days of Republicans having to make excuses for what they believe should be long gone now. We’ll see if that happens. But it ought to. There ought be no guilt. There ought be no reservation. There ought be no fear. What there ought to be is an utter confidence and a desire or an opportunity to bring people along with us and to expand the number of people who agree and understand what we’re talking about, but not be afraid of what we think. I never have been, but we know that countless people are. I really think the fact that the historical nature of Obama’s presidency, given the first African-American, has paralyzed all kinds of legitimate opposition, silenced it or what have you.