March 4, 2013


On low-information voters and the public perception of Obama and Republicans…

They're not dumb. Some of them are, but they're low-information, they just don't know. And what they think they know isn't right. And that's the real danger. These are people who think they understand it all. These are people, some are college students, college grads, they think they understand it, and it's what they know that's wrong. That is the problem. They have bought hook, line, and sinker that Obama is a great healer, compromiser, wants to be bipartisan. But man, it's just those Republicans, mean, extreme Republicans, that just don't want to give him any credit for anything, and won't agree with him on anything, and they won't move or compromise at all. When, in fact, the Republicans have caved more than the sinkhole up in Tampa. They never get any credit for it. But they've caved left and right.

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February 27, 2013


On the coming release of up to 30,000 illegal alien criminals from U.S. jails by the Department of Homeland Security, supposedly because of budget pressures under the sequester…

Let's not forget, thanks to Obama's various executive orders, ICE, the immigration people, no longer detain any illegal aliens unless they've been convicted of a serious crime. That's who we're talking about here. You have to commit a serious crime before we detain you, if you're illegal. So this isn't just a bunch of discriminated-against freedom fighters that have been wrongly jailed finally seeing freedom at all. These really are convicted criminals that are being released. And somehow it's being blamed on the Republicans. This whole idea is Obama's. He's the one that gives the order to Janet Napolitano to release these people. Republicans couldn't order this if they wanted to and yet they're going to end up getting the blame for it.

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February 20, 2013


On Republican support for the sequester…

Why would Republicans support -- I mean, the Republicans support the sequester. They're on record as supporting it. Even though it's Obama's idea, they support it. It's the only way we're gonna get some budget cuts, and they're infinitesimal anyway. But the question is, why would Republicans support something that does what Boehner says it's gonna do? Threatens US national security, thousands of jobs could be lost. Boehner's calling the cuts deep, when they're not. I do not have an explanation. I don't think that there is a reasonable explanation for that. I don't understand it. Don't have an answer for you. It's too simple to chalk this up to incompetence. It may be that, but that's too simple. I don't have an answer. I can't explain it to you. All I know is that it doesn't make any sense.

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February 4, 2013


On efforts by Karl Rove and other establishment Republicans to seek a greater say in the nomination of Republican candidates in future elections…

Either by accident or by design, this announcement and this newspaper article about Karl Rove's intentions is only serving to unite the Tea Party in ways even now it hasn't been. It is energizing the Tea Party in ways that it hasn't been. After the election, everybody on our side faced a bit of demoralization, and this has ratcheted it back up. The conservative base of the Republican Party has now been targeted by the Republican establishment. That's how they interpreted Rove's comments. So what the Tea Party people now realize is that they got two political forces gunning for 'em. Obama and the Democrats and the Republican establishment.

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January 28, 2013


On the Republican party’s supposed Hispanic crisis…

We're not compassionate enough when it comes to immigration. Too many Hispanics think Republicans don't like 'em and don't want 'em to be here and wanna deport 'em. The Democrats tell us this. The Democrats are saying, "You guys are gonna have to moderate your views on this. You're gonna have to become more like we are." Now, my problem with this is I just can't believe it. If the Democrats think that their position on immigration (let's use that for an example) is the right one, and if the Democrats' position is what's getting all of that support from Hispanic voters, what I don't understand is why would the Democrats want to give up some of those voters to the Republicans?

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January 7, 2013


On the ineffectual negotiating strategies used by Republicans against Obama…

These guys don't know what they're up against with Obama. They still don't know who he is. They still don't know what he's about, and they still make the mistake of assuming he's telling them the truth. Does anybody really believe that Obama really believes we don't have spending problem? He knows we got a spending problem. It's a problem he enjoys. It's a problem he wants. He wants to spend more! I don't believe Obama's sitting around in the cover of darkness telling himself that he's a big spender. Democrats spend big on the big welfare state. That's how they empower themselves.

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January 4, 2013


On Republican fecklessness in their dealings with Obama…

The Republicans keep giving away core beliefs. They just throw away their ownership of the concept of lower taxes equaling economic growth and increased prosperity and freedom and liberty for people. They just threw that away, gave it to Obama. Raising taxes on everybody normally would be horrible political news. It would be bad for the party that did it. But, no! According to the New York Times it's a marvelous achievement for the Democrats and Obama, because they've taken 'uncertainty' off the table. People can now relax. It's done and it's fixed.

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December 21, 2012


On ongoing political maneuverings between Obama and Republicans as the fiscal cliff approaches…

My gut is that there's gonna be a deal. There always is! Now, if we go over the cliff I won't be surprised because that's what I think Obama wants, but I'm just telling you: I won't be surprised if there's last minute deal that's pitched as the greatest thing since sliced bread and so forth. Then a couple days will go by and they'll start reaming the Republicans for whatever. The only thing arguing against that, as far as I'm concerned, is I think from a purely -- and I'm blue in the face saying this. I apologize for all the repetition. But this going over the cliff? You talk about Kwanzaa, Christmas and Hanukkah rolled into one for Obama? Going over the cliff is ten Christmases rolled into one for him and the Democrats.

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December 12, 2012


On Obama’s political goal and strategy with regard to Republicans in the upcoming fiscal cliff stand-off…

What Obama is attempting, in the fiscal cliff deal, is to get John Boehner and therefore all Republicans to confess. If he can get the Republicans to raise taxes on the rich, then Obama feels he is helping the Republicans destroy their brand, destroy how it is that they're known and understood. And in the process, what are we talking about? The fiscal cliff, what's that? We're trying to save the country. What Obama wants is for the Republicans to agree that tax cuts, from Reagan forward to Bush, created the current climate. The recession is because the rich didn't pay their fair share. In fact, the entire situation of economic inequality is because the rich haven't paid their fair share. They want the Republicans, by agreeing to raise taxes on the rich, to essentially confess that it's been tax cuts, low taxes on the rich that explain the economic calamity. Not liberalism. Not wanton federal spending. Not socialism. Not Obama. Not the Democrats. Not entitlements. Not spending. No, none of that's to blame. Those are all the fixes, you see. All the Democrat policies are how we save America from what the Republicans believe in: tax cuts for the rich.

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December 10, 2012


On the absence of common political ground between Democrats and Republicans…

There's no common ground here. Obama wants to go over the cliff. Let me rephrase that. If we go over the cliff, he won't care. Obama does not want any spending cuts. He does not want any solution to the debt. They want to spend more money. The entitlement programs are what keep the Democrat Party in power, the gravy train. There's not gonna be any meaningful reduction there, as long as the Democrats run the Senate and Obama runs the White House.

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December 5, 2012


On the ongoing “negotiations” between the Republican House leadership and President Obama to supposedly avoid the fiscal cliff…

There aren't any spending cuts, even if they claim there are because of the current services baseline. All there will ever be until that's fixed is cuts in the rate of growth of spending. But there won't be any real spending cuts. And the Republicans showed today that they're not even interested in it. And now they're ceding the language. So now deductions are loopholes. You know what that sets up? That sets up the premise that 100% of income is subject to taxation and that everything that we might deduct from our overall gross earnings is a loophole, not a deduction, not a legitimate deduction. They just gave that away by conceding on the language here. A loophole is not a deduction, but it has become one. I mean, stop and think. When you think of a loophole in the tax law, what do you think of? You think of an unintended error that allows people to get away without paying their taxes. That's what you think a loophole is. Well, sorry. Now a standard, legal itemized deduction and everyone one of them have become loopholes. And such, they are subject to elimination. So now the premise of 100% taxation, the premise is now on the table. And all that means is that all money is Washington's, and what we end up with is totally up to their discretion and their big-heartedness or mean-heartedness, what have you.

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December 3, 2012


On Republicans and the media…

There's no mystery about what the media is, and the Republicans clearly understand. The mistake they make is believing that they can change the media's mind or make the media like them or make the media not criticize them, rather than attempt to defeat the media. They will not, in any way, do that.

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November 30, 3012


On how Republicans in Washington should respond to President Obama and the Democrats in light of this year’s election…

Okay, so you lose an election. Stop running around with your tail between your legs. Stop acting all defeatist and down in the dumps. Stand up for what you believe. I know it's easy to say from behind a microphone. I do. But it shouldn't be very hard to say that you're just not gonna stand idly by and support Obama bankrupting the country. You're not gonna stand idly by and watch him nationalize businesses through the back door. You're not gonna stand idly by and watch him replace our capitalist system with socialism.

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November 21, 2012


On the upcoming political battle over the “fiscal cliff”…

Not only are we not going to avoid the cliff; it is my contention, I say to you today that the Obama agenda is to go off the cliff. He wants the cliff. And he wants it for two reasons: (A), because of the genuine economic damage that it will do, and (B) for the politics of it. What happens? If we go over the fiscal cliff, what happens? Taxes go up. Simply by virtue of the expiration of the Bush tax rates. Taxes go up. They go up on everybody, not just the rich. And as is also a part of the fiscal cliff, defense spending gets cut, which Obama wants. If you don't believe me, don't forget that Obama has doubled his request for tax revenue from $800 billion to $1.6 trillion. That's his opener in his negotiations with the Republicans to stop going over the fiscal cliff. I'm here to tell you, using my intelligence guided by experience, there will not be any entitlement cuts as part of any cliff deal, because Obama does not want any. The Democrats do not want any. There will be no cuts in the entitlements. And the fact is, I don't think anybody in Congress wants any cuts in entitlements, either, if you get down to brass tacks. So what's gonna happen is this: We'll go over the cliff. We won't get a deal before we go over the cliff. The tax increases, by the time we have a new Congress sworn in, we're gonna have tax increases, and we're gonna have military cuts. This is going to happen, I fear.

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November 12, 2012


On whether Republicans need to change their core political convictions after President Obama’s reelection…

When Democrats lose elections, do they ever say, "You know what? We may have to give up this gay marriage position of ours and sort of abandon that. We may need to stand up for traditional marriage." Do the Democrats ever say that when they lose elections? No. After the Democrats lose elections, do they ever say, "You know, I think we've got to abandon this effort to shut down Second Amendment. We're gonna have to understand it. We're really out of touch. We're alienating our voters who love guns. We're gonna have to become big advocates of the Second Amendment"? Do Democrats ever say that when they lose elections? Do the Democrats, after they lose elections, all run to the media and start agonizing over where they're going wrong? Do Democrats, when they are losing elections, ever blame their media? Do they ever say that their media is alienating people? Do they ever say their media is too mean-spirited? Do they ever say their media is too dishonest? Do they ever blame their media when they lose elections? They don't do that, do they? When Democrats lose elections, do they tell themselves, "You know, we better tone down our rhetoric a little bit. We better dial it back. We are offending people that go to church and we're offending people who have a traditional, historical view of America. We'd better tone it down. We're gonna be in real trouble here"? Do they ever say that when they lose? When the Democrats lose elections, are their comedians blamed as being too harsh and too cruel and filled with hate speech? No, it doesn't happen. But we do all of that. The Republicans are in the process of doing all of that. Do the Democrats ever, when they lose elections, openly discuss abandoning their core principles?

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September 19, 2012


On the GOP establishment’s sometimes-faltering support of Mitt Romney as the election unfolds…

During the primary, all these people -- not all of them, but a lot of the people -- who were telling us, "Romney's the only guy. He's the only chance we've got! Romney's the one," they've bailed. They've bailed on him. Now they're running around saying, "He's not the candidate we thought he was gonna be. He's stupid and arrogant," and all these things. And those of you, you and me, who were said to be problematic during the primaries? We're the ones supporting Romney!

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August 29, 2012


On the campaign double-standard that obliges Republican candidates to continually soften their rhetoric against Democrats -- supposedly to avoid scaring away independent voters…

I want to know why these independents don't get turned off when Obama calls Romney a murderer and a felon. Why is it that the independents only get turned off when we're critical? And we're not even being 'critical' about Obama when we simply tell the truth!

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August 15, 2012

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Mark Belling is guest-hosting for Rush today… On the hand-wringing of inside-the-beltway Republican election consultants over Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan for his VP…

I’m not going to say that every consultant is an idiot. They have these jobs for a reason, and some of them have pretty good track records. But what they’re really really good at doing is the same thing over and over again. What they aren’t very good at is actually seeing the future. I believe the Romney choice of Ryan enhances his chances of winning. I believe we are at a stage right now where you have millions of Americans who are more engaged than they have ever been. I believe this is going to work.

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August 10, 2012


On the key psychological dynamic that separates Republican leadership from conservative Republican activists…

The Republican Party and the conservative wing of the Republican Party are not unified, because we don't have the same objective. Our objective is to wipe out the liberals! The Republican Party's objective, apparently, isn't. They have a different objective. I don't know what it is. I mean, I know they want to win. But they don't look at the liberals as an enemy to this nation's founding like we do. The liberals, the Democrats and everybody in Obama's camp looks at us as the biggest threat to their way of life that exists. The Republican Party doesn't see the Democrat Party that way. As such, they're not organized to take the fight to them in that regard. We conservatives are. That's why there is a divide. That's why when a Romney spokesman goofs up, we point it out. Because we conservatives think that we've got a Republican Party that doesn't know what it's doing. And we've got to steer them down the right road for their own good. The liberals don't have this problem. They have a singular purpose. Now, they are a varied constituency, and they've got constituency groups that all want different things. But that's not what unifies them. The feminists don't like the environmentalists because they share things in common. The reason the environmentalist wackos and Feminazis are on the same team is because they both have the same objective. Get rid of us and there's no stopping what else they want to do. We don't have that characteristic, that killer instinct. We're missing it.

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July 18, 2012


On the political pressure Mitt Romney faces from Democrats and some Republicans to release more of his tax returns…

I hope Romney is keeping track of who, on our side, is caving to Obama’s demands. I hope he understands it’s the Tea Party sticking by him, and not the establishment Republicans. I hope Romney understands that it’s the Tea Party and the conservative base that is supporting him on this tax return issue. That it’s the Republican establishment and their associated media allies which are trying to acquiesce to demands from the Obama campaign from the White House. This is not commonplace politics. This is not going to make the issue go away. All these guys want the issue to go away… They don’t understand that all it’ll do is amplify the tax issue, the wealth issue, and give Obama and Democrats hundreds of thousands of pages of stuff to lie about, to distort… how this is not understood is peculiar to me.

July 16, 2012


On comments by Sigourney Weaver that Democrats care about people, and Republicans care only about business…

The fact of the matter is – you pick any conservative, anywhere, and you talk to ‘em about people, and you know what you’re gonna hear? You’re gonna hear a desire that everybody elevate. That everybody get better. You’re gonna hear conservatives talk about ways that everybody’s life-style can expand, that everybody’s quality of life can improve. You’re gonna hear optimism. You’re gonna hear hopefulness. You’re gonna hear policies and strategies to make that happen. Any conservative – any genuine conservative you talk to – is going to look at somebody and look at their potential, and want to see potential – growth potential. It is Democrats, it’s the left who have contempt for people, who have no faith in people. It’s the Democrat party who doesn’t think people have the ability to succeed on their own, Miss Weaver.

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May 9, 2012


On the health of the Tea Party and the rising conservative political tide in 2012…

The Tea Party’s not dead – 2010 was a warm-up. The Tea Party’s moved on from a protest movement to an active, vibrant grass-roots movement that knows how to nominate the right people and then get them elected, and that is sending shivers of fear down the spines of professional Democrats, their consultants, elected officials, and people in the media. Democrats are voting against President Obama. Democrats are distancing themselves from failure. The cult of personality, the cult of celebrity, that this White House has attempted to mine, has been overwhelmed by the sting of reality. People’s homes having no value. People’s jobs paying nothing. People not being able to get jobs, no economic growth, moratoriums on drilling for oil, roadblocks on pipelines that would bring oil, which would cheapen energy prices. Attacks on conventional energy sources. The American people want no part of it.

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May 2, 2012


On Democrat responsibility for our huge budget problems…

The Democrats control both houses of congress for four years starting in 2007. During that time, during those four years – and it’s George W. Bush’s, the last two years of his administration, admittedly – but during that time, 2007, through 2010, no Republican legislation was considered in committee. Legislation is crafted in committee, where the majority is in control. And particularly in the house, where spending bills originate – Ways and Means Committee, and all the other committees – no Republican legislation was considered. Pelosi didn’t even consider Republican legislation. The idea that Republicans have any responsibility, congressionally, for the spending that occurred in this country starting in 2007 is simply not possible. Pelosi didn’t permit it. Pelosi and Steny Hoyer and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, they ran the house back then, they didn’t permit it. Even now, the Democrats still control the Senate, and the White House. So from 2007 to 2010 the Democrats had the House and the Senate, then they got the White House, and for two years, they had the White House, the House and the Senate, after two years of total control of Congress. So the Democrats had total control of Congress for four years. Two of those years they also had the White House. Those two years are the first two years of Obama. That’s when all of this deficit spending started. That’s healthcare, the stimulus – that’s when Obama’s spending took root.

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April 27, 2012


On the politics of government student loan interest rates…

The Republican student loan plan is a piece of legislation that would prevent the interest rate from doubling. [The] student loan interest rate’s supposed to go up – it’s supposed to double – on July 12th. So John Boehner and the House Republicans have proposed legislation to prevent that from happening… Nancy Pelosi says that Obama would veto that. Why? This is so brazen and blatant… He wants the issue. He’s gonna veto this so that student loan rates will go up so that he can blame Republicans for it. He is counting on the fact that the media will not significantly report that the Republicans tried to stop it.

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March 21, 2012


On the differing motivations within the Republican party for defeating President Obama in 2012…

We don’t hate Obama – we despise what he’s doing to the country. And yeah, it does require a massive turn-around. And it does require a massive repudiation of his policies. The American people have to know how destructive and bad they are and have been. And by the way, I’m in that group and I make no apology for it… This is a teachable moment. And it’s the most important teachable moment for the people in this country that we’ve had in my lifetime. But this is one of the problems that people on my side have with Romney. They don’t think Romney or the Republican establishment cares that much about repudiating Obama – they just want to beat him. They want back in control, they want to be in charge of the spending, they want the committee chairmanships. We don’t want to win for that reason. We don’t want to win so we can run government – we want to win so we can get rid of people who are trying to destroy it, as founded. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

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March 19, 2012


On Obama lying to the American people at the height of the debt-limit negotiations with Republicans last summer…

Obama intentionally lied to the American people in a prime-time address, announcing the failure of negotiations to expand the debt limit last summer… the Obama lie was telling the American people the Republicans were demanding cuts to the budget, only – as a means of expanding the debt limit: “We’ll give you the debt limit increase, but you have to have some budget cuts.” Obama lied to the American people and said that was the intractable Republican position. When in fact, Boehner and Eric Cantor had offered tax increases in the $800 million range. Now to take you back, nine months ago – it was Obama who needed the deal… it’s Obama, whose job is spending money, it’s Obama who needs the debt limit increased so he can continue to buy votes, expand government, whatever his plan is. What Boehner and the boys decided to do was essentially call his bluff. He was setting up to run against a do-nothing Congress. They said, “Okay – here you go.” Obama rejected it, and then addressed the nation and lied – told the American people that the Republicans were intractable, inflexible – was their way or the highway. They wouldn’t give an inch. When in fact they had given Obama – this is the key – everything he wanted. And that’s what he couldn’t afford. The trick that they played on Obama was giving him everything he wanted.

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March 9, 2012


On what the most important campaign issue in the 2012 election is…

Playing golf, almost exactly three, four years ago, and a guy from South Carolina – was a Democrat I was meeting him for the second time – I couldn’t understand, this guy’s – it made no sense to me intellectually, he’s a Democrat – and he kept raggin’ on George W. Bush, kept making fun of Bush, trying to provoke me. And I finally said, “What is it with you and Bush? Can we get serious for a minute? What is your problem?” And he looked at me and said “It can’t get any worse, Rush.” And I looked at him and I just shook my head and I said, “It most certainly can! And it’s going to!” Now – it is much worse. It’s ten times as worse… as it was four, five years ago, when this guy told me, “It can’t get any worse.” And by the way when this guy told me the economy had not really started its downward plunge, he was just reacting to Iraq, and the fact that everybody thought we had a stupid President, was embarrassed at Bush’s lack of intelligence and the media was trying to tell everybody that the economy was in the tank but it wasn’t, yet… my point to you is, 75% of the American people in Super Tuesday exit polls said the number one, two, and three things that mattered to them are the economy… they don’t want four more years of this, and it won’t matter who the Republican nominee is to ‘em, because they’re going to be voting against Obama, first and foremost.

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March 2, 2012


On the pessimism in the Republican establishment about denying Obama a second term…

As a practical matter, it helps to have a fight over the Presidency to ensure victories in the House and Senate – how are these House and Senate victories gonna happen if attitudinally you think you’ve lost the Presidential race? What is the campaign – what would the consultants say – the way to win the Senate is to go out and say to the American [people] – “Look we know, that we’re not going to beat Obama, and therefore, we still have to find a way to stop him. And that’s what we need you for. We need you, and your money and your votes to vote for your Republican Senate candidate and your House candidate.” Is that the campaign? Well obviously not – even if somewhere in the bowels of the RNC they actually decide to proceed on the assumption that Obama can’t be beat. They obviously will not say so publicly but the fact that they believe it will have to have some impact attitudinally on the campaign. Do they have a meeting with Romney or Santorum – whoever gets the nomination – “By the way, we really know you can’t win this – and we’re going to be behind you! We’re gonna fight for you… but we really need your help here in shoring up the House and maybe winning the Senate.” Now how does that happen? How do you run a Presidential campaign when your head you have conceded, while at the same time campaigning to win the Senate and hold the House? Maybe there are expert consultants who can tell me this.

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February 27, 2012


On the politics of oil…

In their hearts and minds, Obama and the Left are loving gas prices go[ing] up – they just can’t say so. But they love it. And that’s why there’s not a huge effort to bring them down. There’s a huge effort to make you think they want to – but have you, how many stories have you seen where Obama says “Well, there’s really not a whole lot the President can do.” And Jay Carney – “Well, there’s not a whole lot the President can do!” In 2006, don’t forget, Chuck Schumer, and John F. Kerry, who by the way served in Vietnam, were mocking Bush for asking the Saudis to pump more oil. Arabs producing more oil makes prices go down. But somehow the U.S. pumping more oil won’t make any difference, that’s what they’re telling [us] – “No no! That’s the stupidest thing we ever heard of! That’s a tired, worn-out cliché. Drill drill drill – and for thirty years they’ve been saying ‘That’s what the Republicans always say, just drill drill – that’s going to take us two to three years if we start–“ Well thirty years ago, where would we be if we’d just started drilling drilling drilling. Chuck U. Schumer in 2008, Schumer to Bush: “Stop coddling Big Oil and the Saudis and get on ‘em and make ‘em pump more!” And Chuck U. wants Hillary to make ‘em do the same thing now. Obama – he can lower the sea level but he can’t lower the price of oil…

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February 24, 2012


On the elite media’s double standard in hazing Republican candidates on their supposedly radical views on contraception in 2012, but not asking candidate Obama in 2008 about his sponsoring of legislation which allowed the killing of babies who survived attempted abortions

The woman’s decision is to abort. So, they do the procedure. Something goes wrong – imagine that – and the baby’s born alive. The legislation brings in another doctor to finish the job so as not to burden the woman with an unwanted child. And to take the original doctor off the hook and not have him undergoing a guilt trip. And that’s what the legislation was, and that’s what Newt Gingrich was talking about. And he was saying, how come nobody – you know, talk about extremism? – nobody asked Obama that. In 2008. So they [the media] immediately start doing a fact-check to find out if indeed Obama was asked about it and they say “Well, of course he was. He was asked about partial-birth abortion all the time.” This is not partial-birth abortion. This is botched abortion.

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February 20, 2012


On social conservatives…

Social conservatism has led to victory in presidential elections. It’s the dirty little secret that Democrats know and the media know, and it’s why the social conservatives … are so despised. They’re also despised on principle. But they’re also despised because there’re so many of them. And they’re thought to be hick, hayseed idiots, who believe every syllable in the bible and how stupid can that be in their minds. And they vote Republican, and they’re anti-abortion – every ingredient necessary for a liberal Democrat to hate somebody the social conservatives have.

January 30, 2012


On complaints about negative campaigning in the Florida Republican primary…

I am getting tired of the whining about negative campaigning. I’m getting tired of the whining from everybody… What in the world is politics? What is it, if not this? Saying something to the Gingrich people here. Newt … Newt is really caught up in this notion that Romney is saying things about him that aren’t true. I’m telling you, I’m having a tough time relating to being upset about that as someone who is routinely lied about every day and has been for 25 years. It comes with the territory.

January 23, 2012


On the dissatisfaction of the Republican Establishment with the field of contenders...

They are secretly trying to get Mitch Daniels back in the race. There are entreaties being made to Bobby Jindal to get in the race. They are panicked. They are scared to death they’re going to lose the House and not win the Senate and I told you on November 10th, that’s their primary concern. That’s why they were apoplectic at Christine O’Donnell and Sharron Angle getting Tea Party nominations. It’s about the Senate. It’s about being in charge of the money. It’s not about cutting spending. The Republican establishment is not … signed on to the cutting spending business… they don’t like conservatives, and they’re not really all that concerned about spending. They want to be in charge of it. That’s who they are. And they are not going to be in charge of it if they don’t hold the House and if they don’t pick up the Senate. And that’s what they really want. They’re not and never have been convinced that Obama can be beat.

January 20, 2012


On Newt Gingrich’s castigation of journalist John King at last night’s South Carolina debate, after King led off the debate with a question to Gingrich about revelations made by his ex-wife in a televised interview…

You cannot shame the mainstream media. If any of you are thinking that the media learned a lesson – if any of you believe that the media finally had it handed to ‘em – if you believe that the media had their eyes opened and they are fully awake now and they understand what they’re dealing with – forget it. John King is proud of what happened last night. John King is a hero in the mainstream media. Because he didn’t back down. Because he continued to illustrate how it is that the media does really control the agenda. That was a demonstration of the power they hold over every public figure’s head that they choose to hold a guillotine… it’s a badge of honor. If you are thinking that John King was embarrassed, and ran away with his tail tucked between his legs and learned his lesson and it’ll never happen again – uh-uh-uh-uhhh. You cannot shame the mainstream media. They are proud of this. They delight in their power to destroy candidates they don’t like. They revel in the fact that they can keep so many conservatives from even thinking about getting into politics.

January 11, 2012


On the party establishment’s cold feet now that Mitt Romney seems to be locking up the Republican presidential nomination…

Here in the establishment there are now qualms. Up until today, they’ve been telling us we only have a chance with Romney. The only way we can win. The only guy who can win is Romney. Today – “Well, that’s if all the Republicans show up – that may not happen.” When did that realization hit? … I’m telling you – the establishment’s now saying “Wait a minute, what have we done?” … Sorry, I’m not trying to stir anything up here, but this has been the model candidate. This is the guy they’ve all been pushing. Now all of a sudden… What does this mean? Why are they saying this? I’ll tell you what it is. One word, that explains this. It’s passion. There just doesn’t seem to be any.

January 9, 2012


On the media’s refusal to cover a potentially embarrassing Halloween party in the White House…

The press doesn’t want to get Obama in trouble… It is safe to say – it’s very accurate to say – that, domestically, in this country, conservatives – conservative Republicans – are the biggest enemy the Democrats have. Bigger than al Qaeda, bigger than the Taliban, bigger than Iran, bigger than any foreign enemy. The Democrat party, the Regime, the media, looks at their domestic political opposition as the biggest enemy they have, the biggest threat. And in a way, it kind of makes sense. We are the only thing standing in the way of their absolute power. They don’t look at the Iranians as trying to stop them. They don’t look at the Taliban as trying to stop ‘em. They look at us as trying to stop them. And they are part of the Obama agenda advancement team.

January 4, 2012


On the Republican primary race after the Iowa caucus (in which Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum tied for first place)…

Perry said last night he was going to head back to Texas for prayer, and reflection, to figure out what he should do next. Because he spent a lot of money in Iowa, and it didn’t translate to votes. And the theory is that if money didn’t translate to votes in Iowa, then it may not translate to votes anywhere else. And is it worth going into debt. Does he have a high enough base here to pull off what now would be a miracle. I hope he stays in. ‘cause I told you I like Perry. And I like Santorum. And I told you countless times I know, either one of those guys, and I said this about Bachmann as well – if any of them are elected President, I know, I have no doubt whatsoever, they are gonna be fighting for this country each and every day. No doubt whatsoever.

December 21, 2011


On the need for Republicans to get serious about saving the country from economic ruin at the hands of Obama and the Democrats…

If you believe that our beloved country is collapsing due to government – why continue with these games? Why continue with such things as two-month expansions of the debt limit? Continuing resolution after continuing resolution instead of a budget. A two-month extension of a so-called payroll tax cut. These are games. This is style over substance. If we are to stop this, if we are to reverse this, if we are to get anywhere, we need to start now, make our case. We need to begin to reverse course. We can’t be so timid and scared and gutless that we jump every time Obama says “Jump!”

December 12, 2011


On the creeping, incremental growth of the state, how it benefits the Democrat party, and how difficult it is for conservatives to oppose it…

What are we trying to do? We’re trying to defend against this profligate spending, but we’re not on offense. We’re just trying to stop it. We’re like at The Alamo. We’re just trying to stop it. We’re constantly on defense. Everywhere. ‘cause we don’t use government the way they do. They’re constantly on offense. Constantly making a move, constantly trying to make it bigger. We’re just saying “Stop! Stop, dammit, stop!” We’re not even trying to advance anything… So this is how it works you see. If you feed them – if you feed the children, three square meals a day, during the school year, how can you expect them to feed themselves in the summer? So you start out with breakfast for the kids that can’t afford that… and then of course it expanded, and we learned – now it includes dinner! … Okay and then school ends. And of course how can we expect them to feed themselves in the summer, when they haven’t had to for nine months. So, this is how it works. They demand to be fed during the summer. Or their acolytes demand that they be fed, during the summer. Because after all, we’ve conditioned them to not feeding themselves. Plus their parents don’t have to take responsibility of feeding them. And their parents don’t have to take the responsibility of paying, not directly… Wanton little waifs and serfs, dependent on the state. Pure and simple.

December 5, 2011


On the willingness of Republican candidates to let their campaign debates be hijacked by supposed entrepreneurial charlatans like Donald Trump…

Well the alternative view is – When are you Republicans gonna stand up and stop letting all these liberal media outfits moderate your debate? When are you Republican candidates gonna stand up and finally assert that the media is not gonna pick which one of you wins this nomination? Ergo, what’s so bad about Trump moderating a debate? Or about me, or about anybody else? Why must these debates be moderated by the Wolf Blitzers, and the MSNBCs of the world? For them to have any credibility? Why must these Republican debates be moderated by people who have one objective, and that’s to see to it that whoever wins this nomination loses? Let me put it a better way. Why should these Republican candidates repeatedly subject themselves to debates moderated by people whose only objective is to see Obama win? That’s my take on this.

November 18, 2011


On the Republican presidential nomination process…

Despite what anybody tells you, we do not know who the nominee will be. But we do know what he or she should be saying… in order to secure the nomination. And that is, Barack Obama is the problem, not fellow Republicans. The problem is Barack Obama. The problem is the Democrat party. The problem is the American left. America’s greatness is not behind us. America’s greatness is there, it’s on the horizon. Our nominee must say “We will be great again,” and the first step in the process is getting rid of Barack Obama and the Democrat party. And moving them out of the way. Whichever of these people seeking the nomination makes that case – the most consistently and the most believably, and the most sincerely; not as a phony sales-type presentation, but genuinely means it – that’s who’s gonna get this nomination, in the end. And it is still up for grabs.

November 9, 2011


On the steady drip-drip-drip of sexual abuse allegations against Herman Cain in the media…

They’re not going to stop. They are going to not stop this until they see erosion, sufficient, in his numbers, for them to say they’ve succeeded. Just like they didn’t stop with Sarah Palin. They didn’t stop. They didn’t stop until she said she’s not running. And now, do you ever hear about her? You hear about her any more? Not at all. And it’ll be the same thing with Cain… And I guarantee you, Newt is gonna be the next one targeted. If he keeps this slow creep back up, he’s going to be the next one targeted. This is how the left works. And then the same losers on our side will start piling on, saying “Newt’s got some explaining to do there.” It’s the most amazing thing to me. Political enemies go out and level charges against people on our side, some people on our side [say] “Yeah, yeah, you may have something there.”

October 31, 2011


On media allegations that Herman Cain made unspecified physical gestures which were not overtly sexual but which nonetheless left unidentified women in his presence “uncomfortable” fifteen years ago…

Obama’s a can’t-do Presidency – Solyndra, Fast and Furious, the absolute scandal that is the Porkulus Stimulus, the destruction of the U.S. economy – and The Politico and the mainstream media have launched an unconscionable, racially stereotypical attack on an independent self-reliant conservative black because that is not allowed… What would the left be doing right now if, let’s say, there were an assault on Obama of this nature. Let’s say some conservative publication ran a story exactly like this – unnamed sources, fifteen years ago, every detail, Obama, sexual harassment. What would the Democrat National Committee and what would the media be doing? They would be going after the women. They would be targeting these women, and they would name names, and they would destroy them. That is what the Democrats and the media would do. They would set out to find out who these women are that would talk to the conservative publication, and they would destroy them.

October 28, 2011


On Michelle Obama's campaign claims against Republicans…

This is what you get, when you can't run on your husband's economic record. This is what happens when you can't run on your husband's achievements, because there aren't any. This is what you get – Republicans want dirty air; Republicans want dirty water; Republicans want fewer people alive; and now, Republicans don't want you to be able to speak, and the Republicans don't want you to be able to practice your religion – this is what they have. This is what they're worth. This is all they've got. They are morally bankrupt. This is how they have to go out and raise funds. There is nothing – not one syllable – from either Barack Obama or Michelle Obama or anybody in this campaign, that's inspiring, or uplifting. They are happily presiding over, and managing a country in decline. And the only ammunition in their arsenal is these never-ending lies about (how) the Republicans want poisoned air and water, dirty air and water, nobody able to speak. It's breath-taking to listen to this, to listen to absolutely how morally vacant they are.

October 12, 2011


On Rick Perry’s performance on last night’s Republican presidential debate…

Rick Perry managed to make himself disappear last night, like he was an A-List magician in Las Vegas, in the debate. I don’t know if he is finished after last night, but … I like his basic message. I like Perry’s basic message. But I don’t know that he knows yet how to run for President, run for the office of President… he was just too passive, last night, and I know maybe the thinking is “Let’s be calm and cool, collected, and exude an aura of confidence, an aura of ‘I belong here’.” But there needs to be some energy. Perry needed to dominate last night. Somebody needed to hit Mitt Romney in the back with his advisors show up at the White House on three different occasions to advise Obama’s people on implementing Obamacare. I thought it’d be a natural for Perry to do that. Or for Newt. Or any of them. Herman Cain. It did not happen. He needed to dominate and he didn’t dominate last night.

October 3, 2011


On President Obama’s demagogic attack on Republican conduct at a debate regarding a question about homosexuality, and the role of new media in exposing his distortions…

Back in 1980, if this were 1993, folks, aside from this show, Obama would be getting away with making this country think that Republicans at a debate booed homosexuality. He would get away with it. He’s not going to get away with it this time. There is an entire alternative media that is going to see to it that a majority of Americans understand exactly what happened. Now, whereas I say in the Republican leadership and too many Republican candidates still think that the only way they can get their point across, the only way they can get their point of view aired is through the mainstream media – the Democrats are the same way but for them it makes sense because they own the media. Democrats and the media are the same thing.

August 29, 2011


On establishment Republican calls to conservatives to tone down their rhetoric…

It really frosts me, the idea… that conservatives, speaking openly and honestly about conservatism is somehow gonna cause independents to run away, and to where? A party populated by the meanest, most extreme bunch of people in American politics today. We’re told the independents want bipartisanship. We’re told the independents want people to get along. And so here comes a conservative who’s not combative, he’s just being honest…(“The independents don’t like that, you’re gonna send them right back to the Democrats…”) There’s no meaner political group of people in America today than today’s Democrats. There’s no more combative group of people in American politics today than America’s Democrats. There’s no more extreme group of people in American politics today than the Democrat party. Where is it written that these independents are gonna flock to that? They’re not flocking to that. They’re flocking away from it.

August 12, 2011


On calls in the media for Republicans to compromise on tax cuts in the debt crisis.

This idea of compromise – why is it always pitched at the Republicans? … Tax increases, [entitlements]… why don’t we ever see the Democrats approached by the media and have it demanded that they compromise? By agreeing to some tax cuts. Why does that never happen? Why is the onus always on the Republicans to do this?

August 10, 2011


On Wisconsin voters turning back Democrat attempts to recall newly-elected Republican senators…

By turning back the Democrats’ attempt to recall – and I tell you, those were heroic Republican state senators that voted against all the union activity in Wisconsin, you know ending the collective bargaining and making them pay a little bit toward their own retirement and so forth, that was big stuff when that happened, it was gutsy, it was courageous, not only the Republican Governor but these Republicans in the Wisconsin legislature. And by turning back the Democrat attempt to recall – there were six Republican senators that they were trying for recall, four of ‘em were victorious, four Republicans won, so that they maintained control of the Senate in Wisconsin. It means that the people of Wisconsin have fended off what amounted to a government union takeover. The unions were trying via the recall election to take over the state of Wisconsin. The people of Wisconsin rejected it. The Democrats and the unions and their allies in the media, which is to say the media, tried everything. They pulled out all the stops, what was it, thirty five? Thirty five million dollars, they had all their goons running around, and they still lost. All of which should be very inspiring for the rest of us. If the taxpayers of Wisconsin can win against all those odds… you know Wisconsin is only recently a red state. And that’s why this was important.

July 27, 2011


On Republicans undermining themselves in the debt-ceiling negotiations…

You know what I would do? Folks, it’s real simple… I’ve mentioned this before. Stop. Presenting. A plan. All we’re doing is compromising with ourselves. Just stop presenting the plans. Just sit around and say, “Well, we’ll wait for yours.” Say it to Obama, say it to Carney, whatever, but, we’re through!

July 25, 2011


On the latest version of the Boehner plan...

Boehner’s plan, basically is 1.1, 1.2 trillion dollars in cuts. No defense cuts. No new revenue, no tax increases. In exchange for raising the debt ceiling a trillion dollars. Each member of congress – well, two members of each leadership, will get to name three members to a congressional blue-ribbon panel to actually make the cuts. So it’d be a 12-member commission, six appointed by Democrats, six appointed by Republicans. They would report back, and, debt ceiling runs out in April, here we are all over again. Obama, if this thing survives, this is what will be set up for him to sign. No guarantee on that yet but that’s the only thing that’s on the table right now.

July 13, 2011


On the differing Republican and Democrat approaches to the budget crisis.

Eight hundred six days, ladies and gentlemen, since Senate Democrats – and they run the place – have passed a budget. There are 365 days in a year. So well over two years since the Democrats – who run the place – have passed a budget. The law requires them to pass a budget every year. Eight hundred six days and counting. And this, by the way, is the strategy. There’s no question. They devised, two years ago, a strategy: "We’re not going to present a budget"... now this was part of the 2010 re-election strategy: "Don’t put a budget out there, because we don’t want voters to have any specifics about what we intend." So they didn’t. Now the strategy remains implemented, so that they don’t have to tie themselves to any of their own numbers specifically. So while they have no numbers, they have no budget – Obama hasn’t presented one either. The Republicans do. The Republicans are acting like the adults. The Republicans are presenting plans. Say what you want about some of them, but the Republicans have ideas with numbers designed to seriously address the problem and fix it. Start down the road and fixing it. The Democrats as a strategy do not. For the sole purpose, of doing nothing but assaulting the Republicans for the numbers they present.

July 11, 2011


On the importance of House Speaker Boehner holding firm in debt-limit negotiations with Obama.

If Boehner holds firm, it’ll be Obama and his re-election team that gets choked up and starts crying, not Boehner. If he holds firm. Right now John Boehner is more than just the Speaker of the House and a negotiator in the debt ceiling deal. Right now, as far as Obama’s concerned, John Boehner is the life-line to Obama’s political future. Oh yeah. If Obama can get Boehner to cave – you look at it that way... and Obama’s out there saying, “If they don’t budge, there’s no deal." Fine! If there’s no deal, then we start cutting. The law of the land right now is the current debt ceiling. That’s the law of the land. If we don’t do anything and write a new law, guess who’s gonna be in violation of it if they don’t abide by it? Obama and the Democrats, not us. Right now, Obama looks at Boehner and sees his route to re-election. By getting Boehner to cave. That’s a lot of pressure to be under. For Boehner. But that’s the way Obama has set this up.

March 1, 2011


On the poor showing of Republican politicians and issues in a variety of media polls.

Isn't it amazing? Every poll you look at. The huge winners, last November, are now losing every important issue in the country. According to polling data done by state-run media.

March 10, 2011


On the road ahead for Republican politicians...

What Wisconsin, Ohio, New Jersey, Indiana Republicans are doing better be an inspiration. Because if what they're doing makes other Republicans get weak in the knees, if other Republicans get scared and don't like what they're seeing and alter the way they go, then all this is gonna be for naught. If we get caught up in "Oh my God, we're losing the headline war on Twitter...” – now's not the time to start hoping the media get it, see our way. There are decisions very difficult ahead. The pressure... can't be imagined. Forget the union thugs – up next is the Welfare Nation, that's gonna be storming into every building they can get into. This is the warm-up. Are we all ready for it? I wonder.

March 15, 2011


On the anemic legislative performance of the house Republican leadership.

The mood of this country is what the hell's going on? More and more people think that we have an administration that's actively, happily presiding over the decline of this country. A decline the majority of the people in this country don't want. And there doesn't seem to be any noticeable effort to stop this way of thinking or believing, in Washington. So, one unfortunate constant seems to be the Republicans' incapacity to handle their electoral prosperity.

June 29, 2011


On the political necessity of removing President Obama and the Democrats from power.

We must replace Barack Obama with a conservative Republican President. We must have as many conservative Republicans in congress, House and Senate, as we can. The way you increase jobs and growth and opportunity and wealth is through capitalism. We’ve just been through 29 months of Socialism. It’s miserable. It’s depressing. It’s stifling. It destroys the national mood. We need to contain the government. As long as Obama’s in the Oval Office – or on the golf course, or in some diner eating greasy hamburgers, or in charge of the Executive Branch – as long as his party controls any part of Congress – this nation can not recover. We do not have a chance... this country does not have a chance. With Barack Obama remaining in the Oval Office.

June 27, 2011


On the rules of engagement for Republican presidential candidates.

Let’s just stipulate that all Republicans who are running are gonna be asked “Why do you hate Obama’s guts? Why do you think the President is such a dreadful, horrible, America-hating slob?" They may not phrase it exactly that way, but that’s the tone, and every Republican candidate will have to reveal a certain amount of graciousness by saying “I think the President’s a lovely person, delightful father, good husband, I’m sure he loves America too – but here’s why I think every idea in his head is wrong, and here’s why I think we can’t take another four years of him..." ... on you go, down to what you really need to say for your campaign. And I want every Republican candidate to be. That. Gracious. Being ungracious? That’s a liberal thing. Bush is Hitler? That’s a leftist thing. Okay? I want to be gracious. I want to be civil. And then I want to wholeheartedly, and aggressively, go after an agenda that is flat-out dangerous to America. I don’t for one minute think that those are mutually exclusive.

April 5, 2011


On the timidity of house Republicans with regard to a possible government shutdown.

Why are you so afraid of the shutdown? Why are you so afraid of it? Even if you do get blamed, what are we talking about here? We're talking about an out-of-control federal government, we're talking about you guys ran for reelection in November, you won big on it. If you believe in the idea, to hell with the ancillaries here. If the government's gonna be shut, if that's the result here, then own it. And go out and explain it.

April 7, 2011


On the Obama Administration's refusal to fund the military during the ongoing budget disputes between Republicans and Democrats.

The Office of Management and Budget – which is the regime – is calling a bill to fund the military a distraction. The OMB, and the White House both, have called the bill a distraction. A bill to fully pay the military through September 30th of this year. That is a distraction. That is who we are dealing with. That's who we're up against here. And all of this is about $30 billion. That's the difference in what the Republicans want in cuts, and what the Democrats want in cuts. For the next week. Let's say we miraculously come to some compromise on this – we're gonna be here in ten days doing this all over again because these CRs go for a week or ten days.

April 12, 2011


On the futility of Republicans and conservatives seeking media approval during the budget battles.

If you go into this with, "Oh gosh we can't shut down the government, oh my God, what are they gonna say about us if we shut down the government," – well the answer is, they're going to say about us the same thing as if we don't shut down the government. They're still gonna say whatever they say about us because we are conservatives. And if you don't like that, become a liberal. If you don't like what liberals say about you, the only cure is to join them. Because it's never going to change. And there's not one action you can take, that will make liberals say nice things about you. And the more you try to manage what they think and say about you, the more they own you.

April 13, 2011


On the tremendous opportunity Republicans have to contrast themselves favorably with Democrats.

Never in my lifetime has there been a greater opportunity to contrast who we are and what we stand for with our opponents and we don't really have to even say anything. Just point to what they're doing. People's lives – millions of people's lives – are being seriously hurt, in some cases destroyed, by this Administration, and by this Administration's policies. As the elections in November proved we don't really even have to say anything. It's that all we have to do is point out what we're for. If you're afraid to criticize Obama because he's black and you're afraid of being called a racist... fine. Just tell us who you are. And what you stand for. And it'll carry the day.

April 15, 2011


On President Obama's thin skin.

Imagine if the Republicans weren't afraid of him. Can you imagine if this guy got the same degree of criticism, or the same degree of vetting, or the same degree of suspicion that reporters grant everybody else with this kind of power. He mighta cracked. He simply can't deal with it. He doesn't expect that he should get it. He thinks he's above it.

April 20, 2011


On leadership.

Democrats have played a major role in creating this mess. They turn over the heavy lifting to the Republicans. Paul Ryan does the heavy lifting. Comes up with a budget plan to save the country. And then what does Obama do? What does Obama do? He attacks them for doing it. He attacks them for how they're doing it. That is real leadership folks. Real leadership on the part of our President, who now will not speak to adults. Create the problem. Act like he is going to provide leadership to fix it. Offer no fix whatsoever. The Republicans offer a fix. The Ryan budget. What does Obama do? Attacks Ryan personally, and the Republicans in general for doing it. That's real leadership.

May 16, 2011


On who President Obama would prefer to run against in 2012.

The last thing Obama wants is to run against a real conservative. Obama hopes to hell he gets a squishy, moderate, middle-of-the-road McCain type. He wants somebody who is afraid to occupy conservative positions. He wants a Republican who has been convinced that that is the wrong way to go... I'm telling you they will do anything to keep a demonstrable, genuine conservative from getting the Republican nomination, because they know that they will lose and lose big.

May 23, 2011


On the supposedly weak field of Republican contenders for the Presidential nomination.

The rest of the field is said to be weak... that's starting to offend me too, as though the Democrat field in 2008 – Hilary and Obama and John Edwards – was the epitome of a great field?

June 1, 2011


Mark Steyn is guest-hosting for Rush today.

On the vote in Congress against raising the debt ceiling, in which prominent liberals joined Republicans and voted no.

We're winning this argument. We've won it with the Republican party – there were no defections on this issue. Republicans understand that raising the debt ceiling unconditionally is a disaster... Now obviously Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz – they don't care about the debt ceiling one way or another... but they understand that for the moment it's politically problematic for them to be seen to be approving more out-of-control spending.

June 8, 2011


On a Sarah Palin presidential candidacy.

Now for all of the stated Republican opposition to Sarah Palin, if she gets in the race – and you heard it here first, and don’t doubt me – she is going to end up being the one to beat.

June 20, 2011


On the Obama Administration’s decision to stop handing out Obamacare waivers.

The reason they’re not going to grant any more waivers is because they don’t want the Republicans to be able to have the issue going in to the election. Well that’s all fine and dandy, the Republicans have the issue. The people, the companies, all these Union buddies of Obama, these people who’ve gotten these waivers – unions, Pelosi’s friends, Harry Reid’s entire state, they’ve already gotten their waiver. And that issue isn’t gonna go away... It’s still a big issue for the Republicans. The question is, will the Republicans nominate anybody with the guts to use it?

April 4, 2012


On the President’s speech to newspaper editors claiming that Paul Ryan’s budget will result in starving children, dirty water, etc. etc.

He is appealing to the absolute most ignorant segment (of) our population with this and with what he’s doing to the Supreme Court. And the decision upcoming on his health care bill. It is clear what he is doing. And it’s clear what he thinks of this country. His re-election hinges on him being able to mobilize the ignorant, the shallow, the uninformed, the uneducated, the dumb, and the stupid. That is who he’s appealing to. Now how many of you think that there are a lot of those people in this country. Are there enough of them to win somebody the White House?

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