RUSH: Because if there was a place to plant the flag in opposition to Obamacare in the midst of this rollout, it was in that election. I can’t tell you how frustrating this is. Here the country is just abandoning Obama and Obamacare as fast as they can on this, and here’s a race where it is albatross of Obamacare is hanging around McAuliffe’s neck. If the Republicans had gone in there and secured a Cuccinelli victory, do you realize Obamacare would have gotten the blame for McAuliffe’s loss, and do you know what that could have done?
That could have caved the Democrats and Obamacare. Now, stop and think about this. This is why this really frustrates me what happened there. Because if Cuccinelli wins, everybody’s gonna blame Obamacare for McAuliffe’s loss. They’re not gonna blame McAuliffe. They’re not gonna blame the Clintons. They would blame Obamacare — and imagine the Democrats running for reelection next year see what happens to a Clinton bagman. He loses an election where he had all the money, he had all the support.
He loses an election because of Obamacare.
Can you imagine what that would have done to other Democrats and their support of Obamacare? It was a chance to plant the flag by the Republicans against Obamacare — to drive a stake, maybe (a little one, at least), through the heart of Obamacare, and the Republicans didn’t take the chance. That’s the wrong way to put it. The Republicans didn’t take the opportunity. Now, we know that the Republican establishment did not want the Tea Party being credited for any victory.