RUSH: I got a call yesterday or maybe it was two days ago. “Rush, why are you still laughing? How are you so not affected by this or seemingly so?” I don’t want you all thinking that I’m coming in here all holly jolly and so forth and not affected by it, but I mentioned to you yesterday, “Life goes on, and this isn’t over.” The battle for freedom and liberty really never is over, and there are really low points in it, but I’m not giving up, and I’m not gonna engage in phony pep talks, either.
All I do here every day is tell you what I think about things, and I get my own share of grief from it, even from my friends. I’ve had some of my friends say, “Would you stop it? You know, you’re not making this sound bad enough. You gotta make this sound really bad, because that’s what it is, and that’s what your audience wants to hear.” I said, “Well, I don’t live that way. I don’t. I don’t go home and huddle away in the corner, cower in the corner, and worry about how bad things are.
“Because we can always change everything, or at least we can try.” This theory that I’ve had the past two weeks is that when it comes to policy, just like the ’95 budget shutdown, the Republicans actually came out of that — in a substance and policy sense — very strong, and it’s the same thing here. The case can be made, and I’m gonna try to make it. In fact, our old buddy Peter Beinart is a well-known leftist journalist that writes at The Daily Beast and a bunch of other places.
I used to think of Beinart and Fareed Zakaria GPS in the same league. They’re a little distant now. They’re both leftists, they’re both pro-Obama, but Beinart has a piece today in The Daily Beast (which is in the belly of the beast) and it dovetails exactly with the stratagems and the theories that I have been trying to share with you for the past two weeks, and that is that it was the Republicans who were winning here. In fact, there’s some stuff in this piece; it’s almost word-for-word from what I said.