Skip to comments.Rush Limbaugh Fights Back Against Loser GOP Consultants Who Attacked Him
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.
Not a fair fight for those losers.
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.
The election was rigged, period. Reagan would never been POTUS if the hackable voting machine was already in use at that time.
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.
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.
Every time I see Mike Murphy associated with a campaign, I see a losing candidate.
Schmidt is a Democrat plant.
Did he offer any specifics?
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.
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?!
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.
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.
A list of GOP Consultants who need to be executed Gangland Style:
1. Karl Rove
2. Steve Schmidt
3. Mike Murphy
4. Ed Rollins
"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...
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. ;)
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.
Very simple yardstick here—How many national elections have any of these guys won?
It used to be that only DemocRATS revered their losers.
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!)
Not true. Romney received fewer votes than McCain. Obama was elected because the Kamikaze Conservatives that sat sat home and didn't vote for the one they call a "Rino".
Really taught the GOP a lesson, didn't you? Think we can survive until the next presidential election? You failed to nominate a "conservative" so you handed the presidency to a communist. Have you learned anything at all or will you serve up the same self defeating disaster next time.
Do these people even hear themselves talk?
All Republicans need to do is just RUN on their party’s GOP PLatform and they WILL WIN EVERY SINGLE TIME!
If Rush is suffering any ratings issues, which I don’t know of) it is because he is too close; friendly..loyal to the republican moderate Establishment by his relationship to THE Bush family. Rove represents the Bushes. Notice, never mentions Karl. It is easy to see his admiration throughout his broadcast years. Rush needs to find truly a better workable balance to that. Once he does that, he will bring his base back (the ones who left or feel confused)that he got behind a Massachusetts moderate and doing the anybody candidate. People like to be motivated; that ABM message was a turn off to some. The ones who did not vote Mitt, I am not going to tear into them because we need them in the future. The only way we lose, is with a candidate that people do not like nor trust or if people just give up. Let’s pray that those who stayed home have not given up completely. We have not run a conservative (at the top ticket slot) for a very long time. You think maybe the GOP may not want to win these presidencies. Their actions certainly makes me to ask that question. In closing, Rush needs to fight back with conservatism every day. That was the message that made him a famous giant and deeply respected.
Eh?! They stayed home or, in my case, didn’t move for the turd that was foisted by the GOPe; but that’s the problem with us voters?? NO! Put up someone who can talk the Constitution, promise and deliver the same THEN you can get the votes.
I’m for sure not one to be led by the nose to pull the (R) lever, just because it’s the (R) lever. The Dem plantation slaves do that, the (R) must EARN our votes/$$.
How about we get around to blaming the idiot voters?
Why is there still an assumption the majority of people in this country are sensible, conservative people at heart?
There are simply more of them than us. By a few million at least. And growing.
Do these people even hear themselves talk?
"If we don't find some way to make this fire more wet..." ;)
The RNC doesn’t understand us.
Let me educate you...there is NO Perfect candidate.
But I can guess you have the perfect put down remark ready to put me in my place. Well, let's hear it.
That word, as every school child knows (or certainly used to, at any rate), is: LOSERS.
The GOP-e has long since forgotten this irrevocable, elemental truth... assuming, of course, that they ever actually knew it to begin with.
I loved to the jerk. Not my fault at all. The idiot Romney is a horrible person and that is why he was kicked to the curb.
We have a populace in which less than half even register to vote. There are plenty of Americans to make a difference in electing Conservatives... but the repubics have not given any of these people that refuse to vote... a reason to vote.
Why would they need to do that, if conservatives like you vote for Mitt Romney and defend him on the internet's largest site for conservative activism?
They'll keep doing what they do, until the base wises up and leaves.
Nope, idiot voters are the majority yet. They'd need to show gov't issue authentic photo ID to vote and get rid of the crap hackable electronic voting machines.
No, nothing to ‘come back’ with, just proves a point
The one(s) out there that would make a good, if not great, candidate are the ones who are routinely belittled, defamed and insulted on this board. I’m no Paulbot, but his ideals make for as close to ‘perfect’ a candidate as there can be. But the Libertarian bent are the red-headed-step-children.
But because he believes in States Rights (weed & abortion [the latter I’m at odds with him against], open borders (again, against) and not being the world Police he’s a kook. No matter he’d cut departments, eliminate/audit the Fed, gold standard...actually FOLLOW the Constitution, no can’t have a kook w/ THOSE 3+ strikes against him.
Instead, who’s hoisted to the front? Flip-flopper NE liberal (anti-gun, pro-gay, pro-illegal, etc.) and ‘everyone cheers’ ‘cuz we gotta beat the ‘bad man’. Two sides of the same coin.
Just listen these days to the GOPe, ridiculing the TEA Party members and the true (L)(C)/Conservatives and tell me again why the (R) should have gotten my vote?
Very obvious to us Conservatives Mr Murphy. It's dunceheads like you that still isn't getting the message that the grass roots of the base are sending the RINO party. .....
۞ "Since the bygone days of Ronald Reagan the present day Republican Party has taken on the appearance and all the demeanor of the corrupted liberal Democrat Party and has now become the party of appeasers, apologists, liberalism and an ever bigger government with all of the welfare largesse that emanates from it."