RUSH: Back to the audio sound bites. I mentioned earlier Obama’s blaming me for the lack of a good tone in politics, blaming me for the lack of improvement in the good tone of politics. Well, he’s worked hard, he’s the president, he’s the most powerful man in the world. I am holding him back. And I held back Bill Clinton, folks. The same thing. If it wouldn’t have been for me, why, we’d be in so much better shape in this country. I’m just a guy on the radio. Audio sound bites. We’ll do Obama first. Two bites, Springfield, Illinois, yesterday the Illinois state capitol, Obama addressing the Illinois General Assembly.
OBAMA: It’s been noted, often, by pundits that the tone of our politics hasn’t gotten better since I was inaugurated. In fact, it’s gotten worse.
RUSH: It has.
OBAMA: And there’s still this yawning gap between the magnitude of our challenges and the smallness of our politics.
RUSH: That’s BS. Nobody knows —
OBAMA: We have an importation of our politics nationally, and on cable and talk radio, it seeps into everything.
RUSH: What is he talking about? What is this, the yawning gap between the magnitude of our challenges and the smallness of our politics? He’s a failure in terms of the things he promised to do. He was gonna unify us, create a new tone, whatever it is. He’s not failed in his liberal agenda, but we’re not unified, we’re not loved, we’re not adored around the world. We’re laughed at. We’re joked about. We’re mocked. Now we got pictures of our sailors in tears being held captive by the Iranians, which John Kerry assured us, no, no, no, they were very polite. We solved the problem. No sweat. The Iran nuclear deal is still on.
Oh, wonderful. So Obama notes that the tone of our politics hasn’t gotten better. I thought he was the answer, I thought he was the one we were waiting for. Barack Obama. Remember all the things people invested in him? How can some little guy on the radio stand in the way? How’s that happen?
How does a guy on the radio stop Obama from changing the tone. If Obama wanted, he could dwarf me with the success of his policies. Obama could render me irrelevant by making everything he believes in work for people. The problem is it isn’t. It’s all getting worse. But see, in Obama’s world there shouldn’t be any opposition. That’s the problem. The reason he blames me is because I’m here. There shouldn’t be any opposition. The objective of all leftists is to eliminate opposition. No fair level playing field, no playing field, period, no opponents, just get rid of ’em. The Soviet Union, Cuba, they put ’em in jail. In this country, they audit you, they don’t let you have a 501(c)(3) tax status or they just try to destroy your reputation with elements they control in the media, whatever, they silence opposition. Here’s the next Obama bite.
OBAMA: Trying to find common ground doesn’t make me less of a Democrat or less of a progressive. It means I’m trying to get stuff done. The fact that that’s hard to do is a testament to how difficult our politics has become.
RUSH: It means that you’re wrong.
OBAMA: Because, folks, are worried, well, I’m gonna get yelled at by here or this blogger is gonna write that or, you know, this talk show host is gonna talk about me and suddenly I’ve got a challenger in calling me a RINO or a, not a real progressive.
RUSH: No, it means you’re trying to get stuff done. It means you haven’t gotten stuff done; it means people are miserable and you need a scapegoat.
View Donald Trump Tweet Below:
Remember, it was the Republican Party, with the help of Conservatives, that made so many promises to their base, BUT DIDN’T KEEP THEM! Hi DT
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 11, 2016
RUSH: Okay, Donald Trump. And if a lot of people haven’t harped on this yet or found it yet, look out, because they will. Here is the tweet: “Remember, it was the Republican Party, with the help of Conservatives, that made so many promises to their base, BUT DIDN’T KEEP THEM! Hi DT.” From TheRealDonaldTrump.
Now, when you first see this, depending on who tells you this, depending on how you first see this and if you just see it by yourself and you’re left to your own devices to interpret it, react to it, or if you see it as part of a piece that somebody has put together in a way to influence, some people are gonna see this as Trump admitting he’s not a conservative. Some people are gonna say: “See? Trump is now so in the driver’s seat he feels free to come forward and admit that he’s not a conservative and it’s actually conservatives that screwed everything up.”
Others are not going to see it that way. Others are gonna see that Trump is right on the money here. Others are going to look at this, “Hey, he’s exactly right. That’s why we’re ticked off. We had so many conservatives, we thought, conservatives making promises to us and they didn’t do diddly-squat.” And then they’ll name some names for you. They’ll tell you they thought John Boehner was a conservative. They’ll tell you they thought Mitch McConnell was a conservative. They’ll tell you they thought any number of people that they voted for and elected as Republicans were conservative. And yet there wasn’t any push-back to Obama, and there wasn’t any attempt to stoppage.
Others are gonna look at this — remember, it was the Republican Party with the help of conservatives that made so many promises to their base but didn’t keep them — others are gonna try to tell you that this is Trump admitting that he isn’t a conservative. Others are going to tell you — meaning it’s up to you what you think about this. Others are gonna try to tell you that Trump is letting everybody know he doesn’t want to be thought of as a conservative, and he’s dumping on them left and right here.
RUSH: This afternoon on Wolf Blitzer, Wolf interviewed the Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus, and Wolf said, “I’m sure you took a close look at the Republican primary exit polls from New Hampshire last night, Mr. Priebus. Here are a few numbers that may be of concern to you. Forty-seven percent of the Republican voters said they felt betrayed by Republican politicians. Fifty percent said the next president should be from outside the so-called establishment. Are you worried, Mr. Priebus, about those kinds of numbers? These are Republican primary voters, after all, answering this way.”
PRIEBUS: No, not really, because I think there’s a lot of people in both parties that are mad at the parties, mad at the system, mad at Washington that, you know, it’s a factional type government. It’s sort of very difficult, obviously, when you have a split government, to get things done, and people don’t have time for things not getting done. And so —
RUSH: Do you believe this?
PRIEBUS: — I think it’s pretty normal and I think it’s pretty common and —
RUSH: Do you believe this?
PRIEBUS: — I expect that that sort of vein is gonna play itself out through —
RUSH: Holy smokes.
PRIEBUS: — the next few months and we’ll have a unified party when it’s done. And those folks, as long as they’re staying involved, which I think is important for us to keep those folks involved in the party —
RUSH: Right, right.
PRIEBUS: — that they will participate come November of 2016.
RUSH: Maybe I am missing something here, but didn’t he just say, in answer to Wolf Blitzer explaining all these Republican primary voters saying that the next president should come outside the establishment, 47% feel betrayed by Republican politicians, did he just say that he understands it because Republican voters are upset that things aren’t getting done in Washington? I heard that right. Let me consult the transcript here. I just want to be certain that I’m not accused of misrepresenting or misinterpreting this.
So have the transcript here: “I think there’s a lot of people in both parties mad at the parties, mad at the system, mad at Washington that, you know, it’s a factional type government. I mean, it’s sort of very difficult, obviously, when you have a split government to get things done and people don’t have time for things not getting done, and so I think it’s pretty normal, I think it’s pretty common.”
With all due respect, it appears that the chairman of the Republican National Committee does not know, or if he does know, does not want to explain in truth why he knows what he knows. But on the surface here it appears he doesn’t know that most Republican voters are sick and tired of what has gone on in Washington. Everybody harps on the fact that there’s gridlock and nothing’s getting done. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Too much is getting done. Witness the most recent budget deal. The Republicans clearly have a desire to work with Obama. They clearly have a desire to work with the Democrats. Mitch McConnell has made it abundantly clear that’s what their intentions and hopes are.
In most people’s opinion there has been too little gridlock, there hasn’t been enough disagreement, there hasn’t been enough stopping the Democrats from advancing their agenda. But apparently it’s one of two things: Either Mr. Priebus actually believes this, that you are ticked off at all of the disagreements in Washington preventing things from getting done. Meaning you like government, you want more of it, you want government working, and you want a Republican Party that makes the government work, and you want a Republican Party that can work with the Democrats and get things done because only government can get things done.
And I’m here to tell you, if he really believes that, that’s a shocker. It may be something he has to say for donor purposes or what have you. Mr. Priebus, Republican voters are mad at what has gotten done. Republican voters are frustrated beyond their ability to express it and display it to you. They are fed up at the fundamental transformation of America that is unstopped, to which there is no opposition expressed.
RUSH: The establishment on both sides has been rocked, but the Republican establishment I think was still living in fantasy, up until last night. They were still hoping something would happen; that Trump was not gonna win this. It was all theoretical.
Now hard, cold reality has settled in, and there’s abject panic. They don’t know who to go to! They don’t know who to line up behind. Doesn’t look like Rubio is gonna be able to do it, although he’s not finished. But they had high hopes. Do they want to try to marshal their forces behind Kasich? They may have no choice, because they will not go to Cruz. They despise Cruz and Trump equally. In fact, they may even despise Ted Cruz even more, and Cruz is the guy with the legitimate chance here as we go forward to wrest control of this from Trump.
Christie, I think, is out. I don’t know if he’s made it official. I saw a couple headlines earlier that indicate that opinion. So who is he going to endorse? That will be the next question that they try to solve. But, anyway, the establishment don’t know what to do now. Jeb, that’s where all their eggs were. That’s basket. And Jeb just couldn’t do it, and that’s the symbolic way he was just cut away from after only 30 seconds of his speech last night for Trump just codified all of this in 30 seconds.