RUSH: I got a note. This is another opportunity for me to explain in a little bit more detail the point that I just made. I got a note last night from a very, very frustrated friend on our side, one of us. In fact, you probably would know the guy if I mention the name, but it doesn’t matter who it is, and I don’t have permission to mention anyway.
The subject line of the email was one word: “Congress.” And the email began this way, and this is all it was: “By now in 2009 Congress had passed the stimulus, they had passed the Lilly Ledbetter law, they had passed the CHIP expansion, and they’d already started talks on Obamacare.” By this time in 2009, one month into the Obama Regime.
And I wrote back and I said, “Now, remember that the Affordable Care Act had been sitting in a drawer for years.” National health care has been one of those delayed orgasm things that the Democrats have had sitting in a drawer. They had it written for years, waiting for it to be implemented. That’s how much they wanted it, that’s how much they desired it. They had sat down and they had written it. It was over 2,000 pages.
You don’t think the Affordable Care Act got written after Obama was elected, do you? No, no, no, no. It may have been refined and Obama may have added his touches to it like building in chaos, implosion, and failure after so many years based on things he had said, by the way. I’m not imagining this.
Obama talking to union people had told them (paraphrased), “Look, you can’t go on day one to national health care. It’s gonna take five to 10 years. People are gonna have to be sort of edged into this. You can’t just do it overnight.” So we know what the ultimate plan was. I said the stimulus in… Do you know the stimulus bill, Obama’s so-called stimulus was written on January 9th, 2009, before Obama was even inaugurated? They had the stimulus ready to go. But above and beyond that, I pointed out to my distraught friend that there was no way that anyone was going to deny Obama anything in his first year.
The Republicans weren’t.
The Democrats certainly weren’t.
No way under the sun here with the first African-American president in the nation’s history. Historical. There was no way Obama — and besides, the Republicans didn’t have the votes to stop anything, and they didn’t start really opposing Obama with any serious intent until Obamacare started, in essence, in late 2009 into 2010. But the first year… You know, Obama’s hundred-day honeymoon was the first year. And as far as the press is concerned, Obama’s honeymoon was all eight years. I said, “Trump is in no way in a similar situation.” So my friend wrote back: “Are they going to give Trump anything?”
I looked at that question: “Are they going to give Trump anything?” And I said, “What must my distraught friend think?” And it got me thinking, what must maybe millions of Americans think, that we have an election, that the people speak and elect the president — and in Trump’s case, his agenda is widely well known. He detailed it multiple times a day during the campaign. There are no secrets with Trump. He spelled out everything he was gonna do, everything he wanted to do, and won the election on the basis of that. So you could say he’s got a mandate. No surprises.
So I guess there was a supposition or an assumption in the question, “Well, hey, the president wins. Everybody knows the president wins. He wins on his agenda.” So everybody in Washington says, “Yeah, people have spoken, a majority of people. Better get started to letting Trump have what he wants ’cause that’s how we stay on the good side of the people.” Ha! Stay on the good side of the people? When did that start mattering in Washington? That hasn’t mattered in Washington in I don’t know how long.
It hasn’t mattered to the Democrat Party since I’ve been doing this show. Staying on the good…? The Democrat Party governs against the will of the people, and that’s why they’re where they are. They’re in the desert. They’re a regional party. They lost 1,200 seats since 2010. As an electoral party, the Democrat Party has really been marginalized. Now, that’s counterbalanced by all of the embedded Democrats and liberals in the various bureaucracies and in the judiciary. But as an electoral party.
RUSH: So, anyway, my friend sent me, “Anything? Are they gonna give Trump anything? This is so brazen.” And I wrote back, “Give Trump anything? No. Trump’s gonna have to beat them all. He’s gonna have to beat Congress.” I know Trump’s out there today making a big deal. He went to the Black History Month, went to the African-American museum, and he’s talking about unifying the country. I know he wants to do that, by the way. The left doesn’t want any part of unifying with Trump, and some Republicans don’t. That’s admitting defeat.
This is what people got to understand. To them, unifying with Trump is the same as them throwing in and admitting defeat and becoming subservient to Trump. They’re not gonna do it. And the reasons for this are really well explained by Victor Davis Hanson at National Review today and Michael Walsh, and I’ll get to that in due course. I wrote back; I said, “No. He’s gonna have to beat them all,” and I reminded him of something. I’ll remind you. You remember during the presidential campaign? Do you remember?
If I heard it once, I heard it two or three times that some in the Never Trump elements of conservatism and some in the GOP actually publicly said that they would rather lose and have the party almost defunct and in total disarray and put it back together from scratch than have Trump win. (interruption) Yeah, Brian’s nodding his head. (interruption) Snerdley remembered when I reminded him. Damn right. If I heard that once, I heard it two or three times. I don’t know. Bill Kristol might have said it. I can’t remember for sure, but there were a number of people.
The Never Trump energy was sky-high, and they were saying all kinds of crazy things.
And remember, folks, at nine o’clock election night everybody still thought Hillary was gonna win, not just Hillary. The Republicans all thought it. Everybody believed that Trump had no prayer, that this was gonna be a landslide, and they all had made plans based on what they thought was gonna happen. And then everything was turned upside down with Trump winning. None planned for that. And now the GOP is in a real fix because they are the majority and they have no excuses. When you look at the GOP, do you think they’re feeling the glow of victory? When you watch them, is that something that you think that they’re carrying around, happiness at having won? Do you see that in their demeanor, in their words? Think about it for a minute.
RUSH: So nine p.m. election night. Everybody… Nine p.m.! It wasn’t until nine p.m., and it was on Fox News first that people started thinking, you know, “Wait a minute. This isn’t adding up right.” It was Chris Wallace, in fact, the first person I heard say it. He was ridiculed when he said it. Well, not ridiculed. They laughed at him. “Look, you know, Trump could win this,” he said. Uh, and that just shook up the atmosphere, and everybody… Do you remember from like, what was it, 12:30 to two a.m. there were no results reported? We’re sitting there watching.
“Well, what?” New York; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; all the numbers at 99% and they wouldn’t call it. Remember that? “What the hell’s going on here?” A full hour and a half, and no state had reported a single additional vote counted. So I asked somebody that does this for a living, “What’s going on there?” And this person said, “I guarantee you they’re looking for votes anywhere that they could give to Hillary. I have no doubt about that.” But the point is, I’m talking about people’s attitudes here and their psychology.
Nine o’clock on election night, everybody thought that Hillary was winning and in a landslide, and they all had plans based on that, including the GOP. They had made plans as to how to behave and what to do as losers, and they were gonna be happy about it ’cause many of them didn’t want Trump to win. Now they are the majority. Now they’ve got no excuses. Matt Drudge believes the Republican Party as currently constituted is much more comfortable as a second-place party defending things, rather than a winning party leading things. I don’t know.
All I know is, they are the majority, and they have no excuses. And yet there are some people who think that they’re trying to manufacture some excuses about why they can’t get Trump’s cabinet confirmed on time, why they can’t get moving on tax reform, why they can’t do this. And the thing that you have to remember… Remember, I spoke earlier about, “Since when did what the people or voters want start mattering in Washington?” ‘Cause what really matters in Washington is what donors want, and the donors to the GOP do not want much of the Trump agenda.
They don’t even want the economic growth of the Trump agenda. They want open borders. They don’t want any immigration reform whatsoever, unless it’s amnesty. And so I asked, “Do you look at the GOP…?” Pick a name. You see ’em on TV. Some exceptions. “Do you see people running around with the glow of victory, or do you see people all stressed out”? Or maybe not stressed out, but, I mean, do you see the ebullience and the confidence that accompanies victory? And then here you’ve got McCain, who’s literally admitting that he wants to sabotage and undermine the Trump presidency in a speech on foreign soil.
And Senator Lindsey Graham was hooked into admitting that by some obscure website that punked him, that that’s the objective. By the way, we have a new John McCain parody to illustrate what’s going on. It’s called From Here to Senility. We’ve previously had McCain in From Here to Eternity. But we’ve put together a new one just to highlight recent activities.
(Playing of spoof)
So you’ve got some Republicans admitting that what they want to do is stop Trump. So it’s not a wild allegation.