Rush Limbaugh partisan pessimism
Rush Limbaugh speaks of “establishment Republicans”, immigration bills, and the self-destruction of the Republican Party.
There are Republican establishment figures who are in the news today.
They’re out making personal appearances, and they’re bragging about how
Republicans voted on the amnesty bill in the Senate, and they’re
bragging about the Gang of Eight Republicans are out there saying, “We
love you,” to Hispanic groups, and that this ought to show you that we
The establishment of this party is authoring its demise. You talk
about Pelosi and Reid and Schumer and all these other Democrats — Bob
Menendez, the Democrat senator from New Jersey — all warning us that if
we don’t do this on immigration, we’re never gonna win the White House.
As though they are interested in us winning the White House? I mean,
the idea that the Democrats are advising us to do things to help us,
which means that they would lose? I just don’t buy it. I’m sorry. I
don’t think the Democrats ever want us to win the White House ever
again… I’ve been tracking this and following this, and the Republicans are
celebrating this vote in the Senate. The Gang of Eight. I don’t meant
this to sound threatening or intimidating in any way. I honestly think
that the Republican establishment doesn’t know what awaits it regarding
this issue. I don’t think… Maybe they do and they just don’t care.
That’s just as likely, actually, ’cause they were the same people in
2007 when your phone calls shut this down then.
I think they know, actually.
But let me put it this way. I don’t think… They know that there’s
opposition, and they know it’s their base. I don’t believe they realize
how deep it goes. I don’t think they have the slightest idea how deep
the anger at the current thinking, as expressed by supposedly smart
Republican establishment people, exists. The anger. I don’t think they
have any idea how deep it is in towns large and small all across this
People are livid every time an establishment leader opens his mouth
and says, “We gotta do this to make amends with the Hispanic community!
We’ve gotta do this so they will love us!” Now, certain members of our
establishment, certain establishment members are running around talking
about how they are loved now, that the Hispanics get us now. It’s a
fantasy like I’ve not seen in a long time, and I just don’t think they
know. This issue, even if it were the only thing happening, the anger
would be deep and solid.
But in connection with back home, it comes after the wrecking of the
US economy, it comes after wrecking the job market, it comes after the
exploding debt and interest rates in the student loan program. It comes
after all of this other Obama stuff was not stopped or even pushed back
against. I think the degree to which people like you are fit to be
tied out there over this is something that has escaped them or they’re
either aware of it and are ignoring it. But they’re certainly not
factoring it, and they’re going to regret that if they continue to push
this thing through the House or if they start playing games in a
You have people more and more talk about third party now.
If that happens, you can kiss the Republican Party good-bye.
I always find the line about “establishment” Republicans funny. Who is more established among the Right than Rush Limbuagh? I know what he means and who he means but my goodness the phrase sounds ridiculous.