RUSH: Last night, Senate floor, during debate on the nomination of Mick Mulvaney. He’s a Republican from South Carolina, to be director of the Office of Management and Budget, and he’s gonna make it. Here’s Dick Durbin of Illinois, again, debate on the nomination of the guy to be director of OMB.
DURBIN: When Mr. Mulvaney and the Republicans succeeded in shutting the government for 16 days in 2013, it cost the American economy $20 billion. Do you remember that? Rush Limbaugh got on his radio show and said if they shut down the government, no one will even notice. Well, guess what, Mr. Limbaugh. They noticed. People struggling to survive in America who relied on programs like food stamps, they had their food in jeopardy and in danger —
RUSH: Wait a minute.
DURBIN: — because Congressman Mulvaney and his friends thought that a display of political power here shutting down the government was just the right recipe for America.
RUSH: Wait a minute! These clowns told us throughout all these shutdowns, 16 days, big whoop, that no welfare was ever affected, right? There was no welfare checks interrupted, food stamps, nothing. There weren’t any cutbacks. There wasn’t a suspension of food stamps being available. He is lying through his teeth here, to blame this on me. (imitating Durban) “Mr. Limbaugh got on his radio show and said if they shut down the government, nobody will notice.” They don’t notice it when they’re not told about it. You would be amazed at the number of times the government is actually shut down for arcane budgetary, constitutional reasons. It happens a lot, and if you don’t know about it, it doesn’t affect you, only when there’s a bunch of media hype.
But they’ve always said that no impact ever comes. Last time they said that was it was starving kids in ’95 and that budget deal. But to throw me in the mix. (laughing) It just means, folks, that the mention of my name forces lunatic liberals to go to their checkbooks and start writing checks to Democrats. That’s what this means. It has to. Well, there may be a little bit more than that, but that’s clearly part of it.