From Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., to the nation’s liberal pundits, many are trying to convince the rest of the country that the “message” of Tuesday’s election can be summed up in one word: Compromise.
But not Rush Limbaugh.
Limbaugh opened Wednesday’s show with a monologue debunking the desperate Democratic spin on Tuesday’s results, which saw the Republicans retaking control of the Senate, padding their control of governors’ offices and putting control of both chambers of Congress in GOP hands for the first time since 2006.
“The Republican Party was not elected to compromise,” Limbaugh declared. “The Republican Party was not elected to sit down and work together with the Democrats. The Republican Party was not elected to slow down the speed the country is headed to the cliff and go over it slowly.
“The Republican Party was elected to stop before we get to the cliff.”
The radio host launched into a litany of issues the Republicans have been given a “mandate to stop”: Obamacare, amnesty, “open borders,” “big government” and “national security policies that have allowed terrorist networks all over the world to pop up and fill a vacuum created by the absence of the world’s lone superpower on the world stage.”
Limbaugh reminded listeners that he had predicted just such a “wave election” months ago. However, he wasn’t entirely optimistic than anyone in either party really understands the importance of the election results.
He doubted the Republicans “are even aware of the mandate” they’ve been granted by American voters.
“As I listen to the wizards of smart – all the analysts of both parties, all movements on TV last night and today – the thing I’m hearing from everybody is that what the voters want is for Washington to compromise and people to work together,” Limbaugh complained.
“If voters wanted Republicans to work with Democrats, they wouldn’t have seen to it that so many Democrats got creamed last night,” he pointed out.
“The country’s depressed because of Democrats. The country is out of work because of Democrats. … There is no way the vote yesterday was a signal to work with them. They have had six years of unstoppable destruction, and the American people – and I, by the way – want it stopped.”
Only the Republicans, Limbaugh concluded, have the power and the potential to “stop this country from being transformed into something it was never founded nor intended to be.”
He approvingly played a clip of Sen Ted Cruz, R-Texas, commenting on the election.
“You know, the fact that the people rose up and voted the Democrats out of power doesn’t necessarily mean they trust the Republicans. They’ve given us another chance. But we’ve got to earn that trust, and the way to earn that trust is to listen to the priorities of the people,” Cruz said.
“That’s how you do it,” Limbaugh said, while clapping enthusiastically. “That’s how you start.”