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June 06, 2008

RNC Excited About Getting Democrats Vote ~ Sheesh!

Rush Limbaugh wesite 24/7 membership that I belong to: Various Transcript from his show about McCain and the RNC


Democrats for McCain
"Democrats for McCain

"The campaign of Sen. John McCain is working hard to get Democratic voters re-registered as Republicans in some state primaries in an effort to maximize his primary votes and secure the GOP presidential nomination in the fall.
We're doing a re-registration drive" for Democrats "to re-register as Republicans so their votes do count when they vote for John McCain," the spokesman said. "That's kind of one of our big issues. "

Ladies and gentlemen, have finally figured out what I think McCain is up to with this whole campaign. I think with his constant wooing of Democrats, his constant wooing of independents and with a lot of focus on the independents, and his -- what appears to me -- studied and purposeful ignoring of congressional races run by Republicans, he doesn't appear to have any interest in having any coattails.

I think the objective that the McCain campaign has is to win this election with a cross-section of votes that would end up giving McCain the ability to say it was independents that elected him. Not Republicans and not Democrats.

But the problem with this strategery of McCain's -- let's say it he pulls it off, say he wins and runs around saying it was independents that put him over the top -- he's not going to have any backing in Congress. He's not going to have any support. Republicans are not going to be able to say they did it for him. He's not going to give them credit. Democrats by the same token, and I don't know how many independents there are going to be in Congress. I mean I don't even think we have one anymore. Bernie Sanders is independent voting socialist. Whatever. He's independent. Okay. Well, granted. There's one independent in the whole Congress, Bernie Sanders in the United States Senate. Oh, I take it back. Lieberman. So there's two of them. Okay, let's say they both get reelected. I don't even know if Sanders is up. I know Lieberman isn't.

So they'll probably be there. So McCain's going to have a constituency of two out of 535 members. (laughing) This is just how it works. One of the things that gave me a heads-up on this is this little story from The Hill blog on Capitol Hill. "Democrats Accuse McCain on Climate." Now, get this. "Senator John McCain's hesitation to endorse climate change legislation on the Senate floor this week has Democrats charging him with paying lip service to the issue." Very, very, very interesting.

So he's for the cap-and-trade bill that McConnell shut down yesterday by having the whole thing read. It took 'em 'til about midnight last night to read the whole thing, 492 pages. He's out there saying he's all for this. He's made a number of speeches about it. He's all for the cap-and-trade bill, global warming is manmade; gotta stop it. We gotta distance ourselves from the Bush administration policy on this, yada yada yada yada; then the bill shows up on the floor of the Senate this week and McCain is nowhere near there participating in it, voting for it, endorsing it, speechifying on it.

I am one out of ten Republicans not joining John McCain so far. And that's okay. Don't need me and don't need those of you who also comprise the one out of ten who may not be enamored of Senator McCain. I hear from a lot of you so I know you are out there, the conservatives that throughout the day wrestle with voting or not voting for McCain. And those of you too that say you will vote for him because of Obama but it is not what you want because you are conservatives.

Then he , RNC Chair Mike Duncan and McCain too, goes on to talk about how proud they are they're getting Democrats, how excited the Republican National Committee is to be getting Democrat and independent votes, and Senator McCain is out there actively cultivating them, the Republican National Committee is telling us all .

These people that are joining McCain are not enamored of McCain. They are angry women fed up with the Democrat Party. They're not looking at McCain as their ideal candidate in terms of issues and ideas. They're joining McCain as a slap at the Democrat Party. This is what I feared. This is what I feared way, way back many, many moons ago -- a little Indian lingo there.

I told you that the problem the Republican Party faces, if they're going to go out and recruit Democrats, they better recruit them as converted-to-Republican conservatives, as Reagan did.

You know, I wish somebody would explain to the Republican National Committee and to Senator McCain that you don't win an election with the most independents. This is not how elections are won! Both parties try to secure their bases, which is fascinating about this election because it appears that both party bases are upset with who the parties have nominated. You've got a lot of Democrat women who are fed up. You got a lot of Republicans, more than one out of ten -- in fact far more than one out of ten Republicans -- who are dissatisfied with their party's nominee, John McCain.

What's happening here is that they're going out for all of the independents first and saying, "To hell with the base." This is...convoluted. I've never seen it done this way before.

The Republican National Committee is running an ad targeting Democrats. They released this ad. It's an Internet video of Democrats questioning Obama's readiness. So the RNC is out there targeting Democrats who theoretically respect the people in this ad. Here's the first half of the ad.

All right, so here's an ad. It's a Web ad. It runs about 70 seconds. It's run by the Republican National Committee, featuring all these Democrats talking about Obama's unfitness, lack of experience. It's reaching out to Democrats. Now, I haven't seen the videos. I don't know what kind of graphics are there, but just in the audio here, I find it fascinating that here is an ad ostensibly to convince people to vote for Senator McCain that does not ask them to do that. Here's an ad that simply takes these Democrats and talks about how Obama is unqualified, and somehow this is a come-on to Democrats: "Hey, join us. Join us on the Republican side."

What is apparent to me is that the RNC understands that there is some -- Uh, uh, how should I say? -- lack of enthusiasm among some Republicans for Senator McCain, and so they're going to have to go out and get these Democrats if they have a chance.

HILLARY: In this election, we need a nominee who can pass the commander-in-chief test, someone ready on day one to defend our country and keep our families safe. And we need a president who passes that test.

JOHN EDWARDS: Rhetoric's not enough. Highfalutin language is not enough.

HILLARY: There's no time for speeches and on-the-job training. Senator McCain will bring a lifetime of experience, uh, to the campaign, I will bring a lifetime of experience -- and Senator Obama will bring a speech that he gave in 2002.

RUSH: Okay, so the first half of the ad is Hillary and John Edwards talking about Obama and his lack of qualifications. So far so good? It's a Republican National Committee ad. Here is part two of the ad: Senator Biden, Senator Clinton, George Stephanopoulos, and former President Bill Clinton talking about Obama.

STEPHANOPOULOS: You were asked, "Is he ready?" You said, "I think he can be ready but right now I don't believe he is. The presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training."

BIDEN: I think I -- I stand by the statement.

CLINTON: When is the last time we elected a president based on one year of service in the Senate before he started running? He will have been a Senator longer by the time he's inaugurated, but essentially once you run for president full time you don't have time to do much else.

HILLARY: I think it's imperative that each of us be able to demonstrate we can cross the commander-in-chief threshold, and I believe that I've done that; certainly Senator McCain has done that and you'll have to ask Senator Obama with respect to his candidacy.

But let's hypothetically say that the polling data is correct and that the Democrats are going to have at least a 50-seat majority in the House and a seven-seat majority in the Senate, at the bare minimum. That means that the Democrat agenda is what's going to pass in both houses of Congress. The Democrats have seven seats. I know you need 60 seats there, but if you've got seven already, they'll be able to find three moderate Republicans to go along with them, two of them I can think of off the top of my head.

So with that constant, here you have Obama as president, and let's take a look each one individually, because I've analyzed what I think will happen. I think Obama and his inexperience will show and rise to the top. It's going to be really key as to who he has running his administration, who his legislative aides are, chief of staff, the people that are going to be dealing with Congress on his behalf because he's not up to it. He has no experience. He's a community organizer, he's a senator; he hasn't crossed the aisle much, if at all. He's got a lot of language. He has a lot of soaring language.

He has some specific proposals, but he's basically running the liberal campaign playbook from 30 and 50 years ago. I think people like Pelosi, Harry Reid, whoever's running the Senate, they could roll him and get what they want, because no matter who the president is and who runs Congress, there's always a battle between the two branches. Congress thinks they ought to be president. So there would be some battles with Obama.

Let's take McCain. And, by the way, there's another constant here. Presidents these days define their legacies as getting things done. That translates into having legislation passed.

We conservatives count things not getting done as progress, if they're going to be done by liberals. But McCain doesn't look at it that way, looks at getting things done. If all he's got to work with is that vast majority of Democrats in the House and in the Senate, then the Democrats still logically carry the day on the agenda. With McCain, who has shown an eagerness, a willingness and even a joyfulness in crossing the aisle and working with them.

So if a Democrat agenda, if a liberal Democrat agenda is going to dominate -- not saying it's going to win on everything -- but if it dominates, does it matter who's in the White House if the country is going to be negatively impacted by what comes out of Congress in terms of being able to stop it? McCain would be able to stop it? I don't frankly know that he would want to because then he wouldn't be getting things done.

So in either scenario, on paper, the future looks like we're going to take a dip. I don't know if it means war in Iran. I do know it means massive tax increases, an expansion of government, a loss of individual liberty. Now, do we want this to happen? I haven't directed people on how to vote here. Do you want this to happen with a Republican president?

Would McCain try to stand up for blocking tax increases?

I'm sure he would. I think. Can't be sure, because it is McCain after all.

See, it's a little bit of an unknown because when Bush first announced his tax cuts, McCain was diametrically opposed. But yeah, he could oppose them.

Let's say McCain is the guy, a lot of people say, "Rush, this is silly, you can't have Obama in there, we're going to have at least two Supreme Court appointments." Yeah, I understand that.

Supreme Court Judges

So let's say, take your favorite judge out there that you think would be great on the Supreme Court, your favorite conservative judge, McCain in the White House nominates the guy, goes over to the Senate where you have the same guys: You got Patrick Leahy, you got Biden, you have Kennedy and probably a couple more on that committee, based on the election returns. You've got Dick Durbin, you have Senator Dianne Feinstein, Chuck Schumer, and a couple more just like 'em, can you tell me what's going to happen to McCain's judicial nominees for the Supreme Court?

You just can't leave the Supreme Court vacant. If they keep rejecting McCain's nominees, he's gotta do what? Gotta send people up that they'll approve.

McCain's not even running to have a bunch of Republicans elected with him in the Congress. I don't see any action by the RNC to help forestall these big Democrat majorities.

I think there are more Republicans that are angry at McCain than are angry at Bush, to be quite honest. There are more Republicans who have more visceral anger at McCain than they do Bush. But you just heard the RNC guy say, "look at these Democrats, we're attracting all these Democrats," so here's the scenario.

Let me set the table. McCain wins attracting Democrats as Democrats, not as converted to Republican or conservative Democrats, but as Democrats. And so then, then what do you have? Then you have these country club blue-blood gang and the Rockefeller Republicans, and they're out there saying, "See, you conservatives, we don't even need you. This is the future of the Republican Party, independents and Democrats and moderate Republicans, we don't need you." And they're going to get the wrong idea that that's how you win.

Look, I have never advocated losing an election, and every time somebody calls and suggests it, look, it happens every year, it happened in '92, "Rush, let's just lose and let the country see what a rotten guy Clinton is and we'll be back in four years." You can't trust that. I've never advocated losing. I don't think you win by losing. But at the same time there are some things to consider here if you're interested in conservatism being rebuilt and being able to nominate the Republican Party once again. So it's very convoluted, it is complicated, going to take a lot of thought by a lot of people.

I told you earlier Tom Sowell said:

"Two of the most inadequate candidates ever. What it boils down to him is Iran and nuclear weapons and their pursuit of them, and there's only one guy he has any hope and faith in that will stop it, and that's McCain."

And so that's his decision. All the rest of it's academic to him, there's no difference in the two; they're both inadequate.

In fact, you know what? I would say that neither of these two candidates is running on substance. They're both running on image. You have Obama running on the image, first black nominee. McCain's image is war hero. If you strip that away from both guys, you strip Obama's race away from him, you strip McCain's war hero status away, what have we got here? Literally what do we have? And this is why people are so disappointed. Why in the hell in a country of 300 million people is this the best we can come up with, on either side?

So what do we do? Where do we go from here. How do we get conservatives back in power or keep the few we have in power for the future.

Well, one of the things I have suggested is focusing a lot on the future. These are cycles. We can rebuild. The conservative movement can triumph once again. It's going to have to start locally, supporting state and local conservatives in their quest, getting to know who they are, supporting them, voting for them, giving them confidence to keep going. The Club for Growth, a conservative group, had a big night Tuesday. Two candidates it endorsed and funded prevailed in hotly contested Republican primaries in New Mexico and California. This is how it's done.

Here are the details on the Club for Growth story. They're a conservative anti-tax group. Steve Moore used to head 'em up, Pat Toomey now does. Big night Tuesday "as the two candidates it endorsed and funded prevailed in hotly contested Republican primaries in New Mexico and California. In New Mexico, Rep. Steve Pearce narrowly won the Republican primary for retiring GOP Sen. Pete V. Domenici's seat, defeating his more moderate opponent, Rep. Heather Wilson, 51 percent to 49 percent." Heather Wilson, toast, moderate Republican in Arizona.

"Pearce benefited from running as an unapologetic conservative in a low-turnout Republican primary -- and received key assistance from the Club for Growth. ... In California, another Club-backed candidate, conservative state Sen. Tom McClintock, easily prevailed over former Rep. Doug Ose in the Republican primary to succeed retiring Rep. John Doolittle. McClintock is a well-known conservative icon throughout the state, and while in the Legislature, he has been a vocal opponent of tax increases and wasteful government spending."

So this is the future. These are new roots being planted, and these are the kind of things that are going to have to happen all across the country along with other things in order to bring about this rebirth of conservative -- and it isn't going to be that hard, and it isn't going to take that long.

Wild Thing's comment......

I agree with Rush there is a positive future that we must not give up on. We might have to start over, a rebirth of conservatism like Rush said, but it can happen. I believe in this Country and what it has stood for and stood against too, and I will never give up on her.

The thing I feel the worst about are Veterans, and our troops today. All that served our country to keep it the best country in the world, and we get low life politicans that do all they can do destroy our freedoms with the swipe of a pen and a vote in our Houses on Capitol Hill. Veterans that fought for our land, our country, to be told we can't drill for oil on it, that borders must remain open, that illegals have more rights then legal citizens including the very Veterans that fought to keep us secure. Politicans creating a socialist/communist shadow party to belong to as they scheme and plan how to destroy this great Nation from within. Yes our Veterans deserve better and they will get our country back, not in this election but I pray to God it will be in the next one and all the rest after that.
There are good men out there, conservatives and we need to seek them out and support them.
Let our RNC/GOP know how we feel and never give up.

I wish all our Veterans didn't have to see all this happening.

Can you imagine if all the conservatives were calling and writing to the RNC and GOP and telling them off, how we feel, how this whole thing is a travesty to our party, to America. Thousands upon thousands of people doing this. Bomb them with emails and phone calls. Maybe that would help too.

There were so many great comments yesterday, things that really should be seen again and pertain sooooo much to this post and what has been happeing with our Republican party. I am going to put some of them here.

Adding to this what Tom said yesterday in a comment:
"McCain may win the presidency. But there is no Republican Party left."

And from Lynn and this is just what it feels like too:
"I don't like being tossed aside like last week's leftovers."

Like Mark said yesterday in a comment:

"The RNC has pulled out all the stops to totally destroy the Conservative movement that created the juggernaut of the Reagan coalition. Someone said, McCain had to deal with the conservatives, that McCain had to bring them back into the fold. He has not done that. Obviously, to say he doesn't need us is an understatement, from him and the RNC.
This attitude of McCain and the RNC says it all. "

From Jack and this is true too that is why so many of us have stopped donating to our party till this tantrum against conservatives is done:
"no longer need the members only the money"

And from Rhod's comment:
"We know instantly which things are proper and which aren't, when we're being conned, exploited, controlled and set up."

And from Les:
"Both major political parties have failed the country."

Posted by Wild Thing at June 6, 2008 03:47 AM


The VP for Zebra Obama will be John Brylcreme Edwards! Hitlery will sabotage Obama and so will her voters in an Operation Chaos II reversal... McCain will be our 44th President of the US and Hellary runs AGAIN in 2012!!! Hitlery will be baaack...

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at June 6, 2008 05:27 AM

Apparently, they only care for themselves and their own families. To Hell with the rest of America. As long as they have their money and fame--they don't care what happens to the rest of us. We could dry up and blow away in the wind like so much dust and they wouldn't bat an eyelash.
Both parties see only dollar signs. Tragic, simply tragic.

Posted by: Lynn at June 6, 2008 08:31 AM

None of the three candidates is Oval Office material. At least not by my standards. It will be like another Bill Clinton sleaze administration or Bush 41 compromise administration.

We conservatives need a political party, but don't have one. Very powerful interests control the two partys and with their money, power and lobbying they pretty well control the government. Some of these power brokers are not even Americans.

All we Americans can do is vote for the least offensive and work down ticket to try to get decent people into political office with the hope that four or eight or twelve years from now someone of great caliber will rise to meet the need for great statesmanship and Constitutional defense.

Posted by: TomR at June 6, 2008 10:41 AM

I just read, where Young Conservatives find it hard to gain acceptance into the Republican party and its conventions. The old guard Rino's and neo-con's, in fear of losing their power base, have slapped down these new Republican 'wannabe's' and not giving them the welcome they deserve. Conservatives need not apply.

If McCain pulls this off and gloats about the Independents putting him over the top. Then you can count on a long wait before the RNC/GOP says, it needs us, Conservatives. This in essence agrees with what Obama said about the White Working class in Pennsylvania, 'Clinging to their guns and bibles.'

So, again, if McCain pulls this off. The transition to make the Republican Party into a democrat party in exile, has come full circle, at least for the RNC.

Posted by: Mark at June 6, 2008 02:16 PM

Darth, I wonder if she will run again like you said. She very well might, since she got so many votes this time.

One thing for sure she is always good for a laugh with her sniper story and other things.

Posted by: Wild Thing at June 6, 2008 06:20 PM

Lynn, yes it really is tragic. They only want money, and power.

Posted by: Wild Thing at June 6, 2008 06:23 PM

Tom true, and it sure feels weird, politically homeless. haha

Posted by: Wild Thing at June 6, 2008 06:26 PM

Mark, oh wow thanks for telling about the Young Conservatives, I didn't know that was happening. This is horrible.

Posted by: Wild Thing at June 6, 2008 06:30 PM

If Gipper were still alive today, he would not RECOGNIZE the GOP... at all! I detest the GOPhers using Reaganomics and Reagan's speeches to allign themselves with our 40th president. These RINOS can kiss my *ss! In 2001 W was in the Oval Office and the GOP had control of the House and Senate... and the GOPhers BLEW IT!

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at June 7, 2008 12:59 AM