Hell freezes over: Limbaugh unloads on Republicans

By Kathy Shaidle

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Listeners have been asking Rush Limbaugh why he hasn’t devoted much airtime to election-related polls or analyzing the Republican Party’s chances of triumphing in the next election.

Thursday, Limbaugh addressed these questions, explaining that he “is not gonna talk about something if I have to do it perfunctorily, if I’m not into it and don’t care about [it].”

And if he can’t get excited about “the nuts and bolts of the election,” he explained, it’s because he doesn’t know “what the Republican Party message is” anymore.

Polls show that Obama and the Democrats are less popular than they’ve been in years, but at the same time, Limbaugh noted, these polls don’t exactly foreshadow an upcoming Republican landslide, either.

Limbaugh tried to explain why.

“I don’t know what to cheer about,” he said. “I can remember back in the days, the Reagan years, it was exciting to be a Republican. We knew what we supported. (…) It was something to be very proud of and excited about. You wanted to be part of it; you wanted to help it. I just don’t feel anything like that now.”

Instead, talk-radio king complained, today’s GOP is filled with cautious Beltway consultants and timid, defensive candidates who are afraid to say anything specific or “controversial.”

“Can somebody tell me what the Republican Party stands for when it comes to amnesty?” Limbaugh asked. “Does the Republican Party talk about job creation? Is the Republican Party talking about economic growth? (…) I don’t know what they stand for anymore, other than they’re not Obama, they’re not the Democrats. I really don’t know. So I don’t know what to talk about!”

Limbaugh challenged Republicans to stop speaking in clichés and delivering vague boilerplate speeches. Instead, he said, candidates need to spell out exactly what they would do to fix, say, immigration or Obamacare.

He reminded listeners why the Republican Party made such gains in 2010.

“That vote in 2010 against a Democrat and for a Republican was the only hope anybody ever had of repealing Obamacare,” Limbaugh said. “That is a powerful single issue. That is something to get rallied behind, focused on and cheering and enthused about.”

This time around, he concluded, the GOP should go on the offensive again and focus on another urgent, emotionally charged issue, whether it is immigration or the threat posed by ISIL:

“Do you realize how many people are just itching to stand up and cheer and to be part of something that would be victorious and turn the tide – at least start to turn the tide – on all this?” he asked. “Whether you think we’ve lost the country or we’re on the verge of it, at some point you have to work on reversing course.”

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