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Rush Limbaugh Fights Back Against Loser GOP Consultants Who Attacked Him
Newsbusters.org ^ | November 21, 2012 | Randy Hall

Posted on 11/21/2012 8:15:42 AM PST by servo1969

Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh responded on Monday to comments from Republican strategists Mike Murphy and Steve Schmidt, who have called on the party to “stray away from a vision” that is right out of the conservative commentator's “dream journal.”

The radio personality deflected the criticism, noting that the moderate GOP consultants got the candidate they wanted -- former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney -- and stated that strategists get rich regardless of who wins the elections.



As NewsBusters previously reported, Murphy stated on Sunday's edition of NBC's Meet the Press that “if we don't modernize conservatism, we could go extinct.” He added:

The biggest problem that Romney had was the Republican primary, That’s what’s driving the Republican brand right now to a disaster, and we’ve got to get, kind of, a party view of America that’s not right out of Rush Limbaugh’s dream journal. We've got to look at reality.

Limbaugh responded by asking: “What, folks, did I or any of you have to do with the Republican primary? Did not Murphy get the candidate he wanted?”

The radio host then revealed what he called a “little-known secret.” Consultants often ”get rich no matter who wins or loses. But in the Republican primary, as far as he’s concerned, there were too many conservatives in it saying too many stupid things.

“We need to get rid of conservatism, is what is he’s saying,” Limbaugh added.

Murphy also described the GOP's status in dire terms:

There's a huge donor revolt going on. I mean, look, we have now lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections. This is a existential crisis for the Republican Party, and we have to have a brutal discussion about it.

Apparently the consultant didn't examine the winners and losers in recent presidential elections. Moderates like Sen. Bob Dole (1996), Sen. John McCain (2008) and Gov. Mitt Romney (2012) all lost their contests, while conservatives Ronald Reagan (1980 and 1984), George H. W. Bush (1988, riding Reagan's coat tails) and George W. Bush (who ran as a “compassionate conservative” in 2000 and 2004) won the White House.

Limbaugh then turned his attention to remarks made by Steve Schmidt on the previous week's edition of Meet the Press.

To too many swing voters in the country, when you hear the word conservative now, they think of loons and wackos.

Schmidt, who managed Sen. John McCain's failed campaign in 2008, added: “Our elected leaders are scared to death of the conservative entertainment complex, the shrill and divisive voices that are bombastic and broadcasting out into the homes.

“And then when you look at the demographics, who is Rush Limbaugh talking to?” the consultant asked. “He is talking to a demographic that’s white, 65 plus, and rural. It’s not what the country looks like anymore.”

So you have these talk radio hosts making millions and millions and millions of dollars a year driving a message of complete and total ludicrous nonsense into the electorate, a lot of it poisonous.

“Okay, so you people are all white, 65 and over, and you live in the sticks,” Limbaugh responded. “And you are screwing up the Republican Party because you are believing what I say. This is their explanation for having lost.

“It’s quite natural to blame somebody else,” the conservative commentator added. “Obama got away with it. Obama blamed Bush, and he got away with it, people bought it. So now these guys want to blame me. Should I change my name? I’m so disgraced now, should I change my name to Lance Armstrong or [David] Petraeus?”

Limbaugh then summed up his critique of the GOP strategists:

I don’t like saying it at all, but these Republican consultants, all of whom now are trying to blame me for what’s happened, I haven’t run one campaign, and they know it.

“They think they have the strategy, they have the blueprint, they know how to win, though none of them ever do,” Rush continued.

“But then I come along, and I get the public so riled up that I end up getting people to vote in ways against the strategists have convinced their candidates they can make happen,” he noted. “So it’s my fault.”

This clash is the latest example of Limbaugh “taking the slings and arrows” for his fellow conservatives, as he has done during the nearly two decades he's been on the air. It's hard to imagine what the Republican Party would be like without Rush's input and commentary, and that's something I hope we won't see for a long, long time.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: gop; limbaugh; rino; rush
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1 posted on 11/21/2012 8:15:48 AM PST by servo1969
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To: servo1969

Not a fair fight for those losers.


2 posted on 11/21/2012 8:21:26 AM PST by AU72
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To: AU72

It is ridiculous to see all the finger pointing when their is only one person to blame and that is flip-flopper liberal Romney. Nobody else should get a second of blame.


3 posted on 11/21/2012 8:24:18 AM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: servo1969

The election was rigged, period. Reagan would never been POTUS if the hackable voting machine was already in use at that time.


4 posted on 11/21/2012 8:24:58 AM PST by hamboy (Psalm 109:8: Let his days be few; and let another take his office.)
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To: servo1969

Would have been nice if he’d gone after them—and made it personal—after they attacked Sarah Palin, instead of waiting for them to come after him.


5 posted on 11/21/2012 8:26:21 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: servo1969

If you want to win, why would you listen to losers like Murphy and Schmidt? Thay can’t even be honest with themselves. How can they be honest with others?

“Understand yourself and understand your opponents, and in one hundred elections, you will not be defeated.”

We were defeated. We either don’t understand our own party, or we don’t understand the Democrats. We probably don’t understand either one.


6 posted on 11/21/2012 8:26:49 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: servo1969

Every time I see Mike Murphy associated with a campaign, I see a losing candidate.


7 posted on 11/21/2012 8:27:32 AM PST by mort56
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To: blueunicorn6

Schmidt is a Democrat plant.


8 posted on 11/21/2012 8:28:23 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: servo1969
Murphy stated on Sunday's edition of NBC's Meet the Press that “if we don't modernize conservatism, we could go extinct.”

Did he offer any specifics?

9 posted on 11/21/2012 8:32:56 AM PST by Texas Eagle (1)
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To: blueunicorn6
We were defeated. We either don’t understand our own party, or we don’t understand the Democrats. We probably don’t understand either oneThis is one of the reasons that I'm skeptical of third party strategies. How long will it be until the New Conservative Party or the Let Me Alone Party or whatever will be run by these "experts" that do everything for the precious independents while ignoring the Conservative core.
10 posted on 11/21/2012 8:33:25 AM PST by Cowman (How can the IRS seize property without a warrant if the 4th amendment still stands?)
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To: servo1969

The first thing the next Republican Presidential Candidate should do is make sure none of the old Republican Campaign Consultants are hired for anything. They are ALL a bunch of losers. The next thing is to make sure they have a first class get out the vote ground game even if they have to take a page out of the Democrats play book.


11 posted on 11/21/2012 8:35:14 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: servo1969

Gee I wonder WHY Rush NEVER says ANYTHING BAD about that FAT, DISGUSTING BASTARD KARL ROVE! Is it because Rush is tight with the Uber-RINO BUSHIES?!


12 posted on 11/21/2012 8:36:43 AM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
but the following needs to be instituted as well

All states need to have photo ID in place.
Same day registration needs to be banned.
Electronic voting needs to be replaced with serialized paper ballots that are marked in ink.
There needs to be a time and date stamp on the ballot when it goes through the machine, this would be in conjunction with a sign in for registered voters (no more checkmarks),
Purple finger ink.
Video monitoring of all polling places.
Poll watchers have authority to shut down voting should anything questionable happen.

Inside the ballot machine there needs to be a locked container for the ballots with a chain of custody attached, Everyone with access to that container will sign the COC and if any irregularities are found with those ballots everyone on that COC will be subject to persecution and no less that 25 years in prison or execution.

13 posted on 11/21/2012 8:40:24 AM PST by Cowman (How can the IRS seize property without a warrant if the 4th amendment still stands?)
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To: mort56

Both of them are losers and always will be, the problem the way I see it is this, if They truly espoused Conservatism thru and thru, without any equivocations or apologies The Candidate would win Hands down and then these losers would be out of a job, because the Candidates would realize that all you need to do to win is be Honest and Make no bones about who you are or what you stand for. This would put all these so-called consultants out of work Permanently. Their goal is to keep the status quo, not get people elected who will reform the system or do anything whatsoever to help We the People. Their entire self worth depends on BIG GOVERNMENT.


14 posted on 11/21/2012 8:43:24 AM PST by eyeamok
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To: servo1969

A list of GOP “Consultants” who need to be executed Gangland “Style”:
1. Karl Rove
2. Steve Schmidt
3. Mike Murphy
4. Ed Rollins


15 posted on 11/21/2012 8:50:33 AM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: servo1969

"The radio host then revealed what he called a “little-known secret.” Consultants often ”get rich no matter who wins or loses."

Yep. I would bet in fact that, deep down, a lot of these consultants actually despise Republicans, and get a twisted joy out of taking their money and giving them worthless advice in return. And if Republicans are stupid enough to keep doling out the money, why not?

We were much better off in 2010 with less cash, when we simply listened to the concerns of everyday Americans. We were much better off when we listened to the free advice of Reaganites...

16 posted on 11/21/2012 8:53:58 AM PST by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: napscoordinator
Apparently the consultant didn't examine the winners and losers in recent presidential elections. Moderates like Sen. Bob Dole (1996), Sen. John McCain (2008) and Gov. Mitt Romney (2012) all lost their contests, while conservatives Ronald Reagan (1980 and 1984), George H. W. Bush (1988, riding Reagan's coat tails) and George W. Bush (who ran as a “compassionate conservative” in 2000 and 2004) won the White House.

Heh. Made the exact same argument, listing the exact same failed nominees... and was (*cough*cough*) "rewarded" with hordes of huffy, red-faced li'l Team Mittens online catamites, squealing and squeaking that I "must be a mean ol' WIBERAL -- !!!"

PREACH it, Rush. ;)

17 posted on 11/21/2012 8:56:18 AM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("If you're not fiscally AND socially conservative, you're not conservative!" - Jim Robinson, 9-1-10)
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To: servo1969

Steve Schmidt needs to be tarred and feathered. He oversaw the losses of McQueeg and Romney, and he has spent an equall amount of energy trying to destroy Palin.


18 posted on 11/21/2012 8:56:18 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: servo1969

Very simple yardstick here—How many national elections have any of these guys won?

It used to be that only DemocRATS revered their losers.


19 posted on 11/21/2012 8:58:54 AM PST by Arm_Bears (The MSM lies about conservatives; and it lies about liberals.)
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To: servo1969
Loser "advisors advising" losing candidates proceed to blame others for the losses of their candidates, ones that much of the GOP rejected prior to the early voting in such conservative bastions as Iowa and New Hampshire!

What chutzpah!

Schmidt who trash-talked Sarah at every possible moment, telling the rank and file Republicans that conservatism loses.

Rush is right, as usual, when he says the advisors win financially whether or not their candidates lose or win (like lawyers who get paid even when their clients get screwed!)

20 posted on 11/21/2012 9:05:58 AM PST by zerosix (Native sunflower)
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