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Limbaugh Rips GOP For Being ‘Embarrassed’ Of Base: ‘Republican Party Hanging By A Thread’
Mediaite.com ^ | 3:38 pm, June 19th, 2013 | by Meenal Vamburkar

Posted on 06/19/2013 4:04:24 PM PDT by drewh

On Wednesday, Rush Limbaugh revisited his earlier remark about the Republican Party being embarrassed of its base. In an argument pegged off the immigration reform debate, Limbaugh said the GOP is “hanging by a thread,” willing to sacrifice a few more elections due to losing its base.

“People have said the country is hanging by a thread,” Limbaugh noted. “Well so is the party. The Republican Party is hanging by a thread.”

Some do realize it, he added, pointing to the idea that “they’re embarrassed of their base and wouldn’t mind at all if the base left the Republican Party, even if it meant losing a couple of elections.” It’s either embarrassment or dislike, he said, describing the “caricature” of the “gun-toting, shotgun-shooting, tobacco-spitting crowd.”

They wouldn’t be bothered if that crowd that makes up the base left them, the radio host reiterated. But there’s one problem with that: Who will make up for them? If they think the Gang of Eight immigration bill will pick up the slack, Limbaugh said, “they have got another thing coming.”

“You cannot out-liberal a liberal,” he stated emphatically.

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1 posted on 06/19/2013 4:04:24 PM PDT by drewh
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To: drewh

Rush is right! (I’ve changed my tagline).


2 posted on 06/19/2013 4:08:35 PM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (The Stupid Party, they've earned it.)
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To: drewh
The Left has succeeded in planting enough RINO's in the Republican Party that the Conservative base (and Principled Republicans who see through their Voting Records just what they don't represent), that the Conservative Ideals are long-gone.

If you vote for the RINO; you lose. If you vote for a 3rd Party or Independent; you lose. Democrats will control the Majority now for the rest of your lifetime, as the Amnesty will take care of that.

Fend for yourself, protect your family, and do what you must, but be assured, America is gone.

3 posted on 06/19/2013 4:09:36 PM PDT by traditional1 (Amerika.....Providing public housing for the Mulatto Messiah)
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To: drewh

Just out here clingin’ to our guns and bibles...

Whatta laugh. I actually know allegedly intelligent libs with that stereotype embedded in their brains.

Unfortunately it seems to be the same stereotype carried in the brains (sic) of the RINO’s in Congress.


4 posted on 06/19/2013 4:13:06 PM PDT by Regulator
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To: Jabba the Nutt
He was right in December of 2011 too.

Rush Goes On the Record with Fox News Channel's Greta Van Susteren (2011)

The Republican Party is trying to do something in this primary that is unprecedented. They're trying to split the conservative vote and win the primary with a moderate, with Romney. It's the other way around. You consolidate your base and then you move to the center in the general. The Republican establishment has decided they don't want any part of conservatism. And this is really not new. People are surprised to hear this, but the Republican Party formative event with conservatism is Goldwater's landslide defeat. That's what they think of when they think conservative. They don't think Reagan. They think Goldwater.

They believe what the inside-the-Beltway philosophy is about conservatives. They're racist, sexist, bigot, homophobe, Southern hayseed hicks. They're pro-lifers. They're embarrassing to have to go to the convention with them. And they're just embarrassed to have those kind of people in the party. They're dumb. They're not erudite. They're not educated in Ivy League schools. We'll take their votes on election day, but we really don't want to hang around with them. We don't want anybody in Washington thinking that we're really that close to them and aligned with them. So in the process -- you know, it's a very sophisticated electorate. The Republican primary voter can sense that the Republican Party really doesn't like them, really doesn't want them, thinks that they are the route to defeat. That's the problem in a nutshell. The Republican establishment thinks that a conservative nominee is the route to defeat because they think Goldwater landslides are going to happen because they believe what the popular misconception the left has created of conservatives -- they think everybody thinks that.

5 posted on 06/19/2013 4:13:27 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: traditional1
Its always a bad bet to run against the Reagan wing of the party...especially in a primary season!!


6 posted on 06/19/2013 4:14:09 PM PDT by drewh
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To: traditional1
Some blend of Conservative-Libertarian-Populist seems to be a more comfortable ...maybe I could toss Agrarian into the mix....

Now, I have it CLAP. I sure would like to applaud our leadership but they seem to screw me on a daily basis.

Need to work on it some more since Bush-the-wannabe-brother has staked-out CHIRPER.

7 posted on 06/19/2013 4:16:33 PM PDT by ptsal (E)
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To: cripplecreek

From what I’ve been able to discern, even Goldwater wasn’t all that conservative. My reading indicates that he saw no place/role for Christians in the Republican party.


8 posted on 06/19/2013 4:18:31 PM PDT by Arm_Bears (Refuse; Resist; Rebel; Revolt!)
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To: drewh

They can’t be embarrassed about me. I left the GOP.


9 posted on 06/19/2013 4:30:09 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: Arm_Bears
When you say "radical right" today, I think of these moneymaking ventures by fellows like Pat Robertson and others who are trying to take the Republican party and make a religious organization out of it. If that ever happens, kiss politics goodbye.

-Barry Goldwater In a 1994 interview with the Washington Post.

I happen to agree.
10 posted on 06/19/2013 4:30:11 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: drewh

It was a bit surprising to hear Charles Krauthammer come out in strong support of the Tea Party tonight on Fox - usually he seems to be with the Respectable Right who find any person or group who speak out forcefully for what they believe embarrassing and troublesome, but Charles actually seemed to be pulling for a reconciliation and accommodation by the mainstream Republicans and the Tea Partiers......


11 posted on 06/19/2013 4:30:34 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: drewh

Limbaugh has woke up in the last year or two to what really is going on. I’d say half or more republican politicians not only don’t care, they don’t understand conservative principles.

Iow, they are pos politicians. Stupid by definition.


12 posted on 06/19/2013 4:31:32 PM PDT by Williams (No Obama)
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To: Jabba the Nutt
The Tea Party could become a real political party... might be time. We can vote Tea Party first... GOP second. Hopefully the day will come when every GOP candidate is running against a Tea Party candidate in the primaries...
13 posted on 06/19/2013 4:35:21 PM PDT by GOPJ (Why don't Democrats waste their time trying to win the votes of gun owners? - Coulter)
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To: Jabba the Nutt
Remember the picture of the Occupy nut trying to poop on a police car? Now there's a guy who should have been an embarrassment to democrats.. but ‘no’ they just laughed and went about their business...
14 posted on 06/19/2013 4:36:57 PM PDT by GOPJ (Why don't Democrats waste their time trying to win the votes of gun owners? - Coulter)
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To: Intolerant in NJ

Krauthammer would seem, to have done the right thing.

The GOP had two entire runs at the presidency, with two complete RINO candidates. Both lost badly. McCain first moved boldly to appoint Palin as his VP - but then as soon as she was on board, he ran a stupid race.

Last time was just as bad.

Enough. The GOP won’t get that chance again.

Either the RINO’s move to the right, to get back onto the GOP’s correct spot, or the GOP will form a new party.

No more messing around.


15 posted on 06/19/2013 4:37:26 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: Arm_Bears

” My reading indicates that he [Goldwater] saw no place/role for Christians in the Republican party.”

I do not understand your comment. Why should any specific religion be important to a political party?

The original founding of the Republican Party in the 1850s specifically rejected social issues from their platform.


16 posted on 06/19/2013 4:40:17 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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To: drewh

The party is toast. It died when Reagan finished his second term. Anthony Wiener could beat whoever the RNC Elite put up in 2016.


17 posted on 06/19/2013 4:41:32 PM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (To stay calm during these tumultuous times, I take Damitol. Ask your Doctor if it's right for you.)
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To: drewh
As a conservative I'm embarrassed of what the GOP has become to the point that I would never identify myself with them.

They are Whigs.

18 posted on 06/19/2013 4:44:13 PM PDT by Manic_Episode (Some days...it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps....)
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To: SatinDoll

The moderates have been attacking the ghost of Goldwater for years. Even Ann Coulter insinuated that he was a racist a while back over his opposition to the civil rights act as was passed. Unfortunately he was absolutely correct in his assessment that the civil rights act went too far and would invade the rights of every private businessman in the country.

He supported an earlier less invasive version of the civil rights act, supported a limited affirmative action, and was a founding member of the NAACP in Arizona.

Personally I think America would be in a far better place today if the “moderate” purists hadn’t actively tried to destroy him rather than vote for him. I doubt the democrats would have been able to re enslave blacks the way they did.


19 posted on 06/19/2013 4:51:21 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek
We'll take their votes on election day,

Yeah... I'm thinking, not so much anymore.

20 posted on 06/19/2013 4:55:19 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: cripplecreek

You’re correct about people within the Republican Party working to destroy him.

The Rockefellers and the Romneys all worked towards Goldwater’s defeat in 1964.


21 posted on 06/19/2013 4:55:21 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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To: Intolerant in NJ
usually he seems to be with the Respectable Right who find any person or group who speak out forcefully for what they believe embarrassing and troublesome

I disagree. I don't hear that from him at all.

Now, I don't always agree with Krauthammer -- his economics are completely conventional and, therefore, wrong -- but I find him pretty copacetic with the base.

22 posted on 06/19/2013 4:55:24 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The Eurozone policy might best be described as "Laurel and Hardy Carry a Piano Upstairs.")
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To: gunsequalfreedom

I think I’m technically still listed as a Republican, since I voted in my state’s primary as one last year. But, the spirit is no longer there. When the 2012 GOP convention came on tv, I no longer felt the slightest connection or allegiance to the proceedings. Only distance. And even a bit of disgust.

For nearly three decades I used to anxiously tune in and watch the whole thing. But after Bush pushing amnesty, the backstabbing treatment of Palin, and the nominations of characters like McCain and Romney, my longstanding support and enthusiasm for the GOP became something of a dead spot in me.


23 posted on 06/19/2013 4:56:38 PM PDT by greene66
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To: GOPJ
As a conservative I'm embarrassed of what the GOP has become to the point that I would never identify myself with them.

I don't know when it happened, but at some point the Democrats stopped compromising while the GOP became the party of Compromise.

We hold the House, but you would never know it. And the Senate might as well consist of 90 Democrats, judging by the actions of many Republican Senators.
24 posted on 06/19/2013 4:58:46 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: drewh

“about the Republican Party being embarrassed of its base..”

I’m embarrassed that RINO traitors are infesting my country. How about you maggots leave now. It’s better that you do it than leaving the arrangements to me.


25 posted on 06/19/2013 5:00:35 PM PDT by sergeantdave (No, I don't have links for everything I post)
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To: Conspiracy Guy

I think the real last gasp of conservatives in the GOP was the 1994 elections. We even had Clinton running scared back then declaring the “era of big government was over.”

I think the conservative chemotherapy only put the cancer of liberalism into temporary remission. It came back with a vengeance.


26 posted on 06/19/2013 5:07:38 PM PDT by TheGipperWasRight
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To: traditional1

Then you hunker down... some of us will stand for Liberty should we need to.

LLS


27 posted on 06/19/2013 5:15:49 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: cripplecreek

I agree. People like Pat Robertson and Huckabee should stick to the pulpit and stay out of politcs. Throw in James Dobson too.


28 posted on 06/19/2013 5:16:38 PM PDT by lone star annie
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To: drewh
they’re embarrassed of their base and wouldn’t mind at all if the base left the Republican Party, even if it meant losing a couple of elections...

They'll lose more than a couple of elections. That is, after all, what "base" means. The truth of the matter is that party leaders have become entirely intimidated by and besotted with the all-pervasive liberal culture within the Beltway-Boston-Chicago axis and personally identify more with the wealthy, ruling-class, East Coast mentality than with the citizens they purportedly represent. Given a choice they vote liberal themselves. Why try to hide it?

The caricature has so taken hold on that weird groupthink that appears to possess the Republican party "experts" that John F. Kerry's "kin ah git me a huntin' lahcense heah?" level of condescension passed by without a hint of the derision it thoroughly deserved because that's just how fatally out of touch Republican party leadership really is as well, and has been for a very long time now.

Time for a flush.

29 posted on 06/19/2013 5:17:24 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: sergeantdave

It disgusts me that clowns like McCain and Graham complain about us “extremists” while democrat policies are leading to young children being kicked out of school for pointing their fingers like guns. Nancy Pelosi is calling late term abortion “Sacred”. And McCain himself is acting as the spokesman for Obama and Al Qeada at the same time he’s supporting a border erasure bill that will cost us trillions.


30 posted on 06/19/2013 5:19:40 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: drewh
-- It's either embarrassment or dislike --
It's dislike. The sentiment is mutual.
31 posted on 06/19/2013 5:19:54 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: cripplecreek

Pat Robertson, and his ilk, are disgusting.

But are you suggesting that there is no place in the political process for Christians—That we’re supposed to sit humbly on the sidelines and accept what others decide?


32 posted on 06/19/2013 5:20:05 PM PDT by Arm_Bears (Refuse; Resist; Rebel; Revolt!)
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To: SatinDoll

Slavery wasn’t a social issue?


33 posted on 06/19/2013 5:20:52 PM PDT by Arm_Bears (Refuse; Resist; Rebel; Revolt!)
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To: cripplecreek

Ann Coulter told Sean Hannity (Tuesday I think) that she is behind crispie creme for 2016. Even with everything that bastard has done to the gop... she loves the guy. Just like romney. Sean told her crispie was DOA to the base... but she is a very deluded woman. Use her like a paper towel and when she goes all progressive... throw her back in the water.

LLS


34 posted on 06/19/2013 5:21:43 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: Arm_Bears

LOL!

NO. It was a constitutional issue.


35 posted on 06/19/2013 5:21:45 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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To: drewh
About America's Party
36 posted on 06/19/2013 5:21:48 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: lone star annie

I have no problem with them being vocal about politics, but I don’t want them in politics making policy even when I agree.


37 posted on 06/19/2013 5:21:56 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Damned well put.

LLS


38 posted on 06/19/2013 5:26:05 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: TheGipperWasRight

No GHWB killed it.


39 posted on 06/19/2013 5:28:33 PM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (To stay calm during these tumultuous times, I take Damitol. Ask your Doctor if it's right for you.)
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To: BfloGuy

I like Charles too but remember... he was born into a dim family... he was raised a dim... he was a dim activist and a speech writer for mondull and jimmuh catah... and he wrote speeches for catah that trashed Reagan. He has come a long way but he does have an inner progressive.

LLS


40 posted on 06/19/2013 5:28:44 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: drewh

This member of the base is ashamed, embarrassed, and damned angry at Republican leadership,

People like Mccain, Graham, Hatch, Boehner, make me want to puke.


41 posted on 06/19/2013 5:29:17 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: af_vet_rr

“I don’t know when it happened,...”

It may have happened after Lee Atwater left us in 1991, .... but really blossomed in 1998 during the Clinton impeachment when the party of jack*sses slandered and libeled Ken Starr while the stoopid party stood by not counter attacking the jack*sses... seeing some honorable, decent House members carry forward on the bill of impeachment even if it cost them their political careers and the stoopid senators left them out to dry.


42 posted on 06/19/2013 5:29:33 PM PDT by Susquehanna Patriot (U Think Leftist/Liberals Still Believe That Dissent = Highest Form of Patriotism?)
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To: cripplecreek

“And McCain himself is acting as the spokesman for Obama and Al Qeada at the same time he’s supporting a border erasure bill that will cost us trillions.”

Yep, we are on the precipice of a huge fight. My last assessment of 1.2 billion glock cop killer rounds for Homeland Security tells me that these fat clowns won’t do well when Michiganders open fire at 300 yards and better.

Keep on truckin’, Michigan patriots.


43 posted on 06/19/2013 5:30:31 PM PDT by sergeantdave (No, I don't have links for everything I post)
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To: TheGipperWasRight

All that we need is a new drug... perhaps Palinicillin.

LLS


44 posted on 06/19/2013 5:33:21 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: cripplecreek

“It disgusts me that clowns like McCain and Graham complain about us “extremists” ...”

Agree. Their silence in never describing the real extremists (pelosi, et al) as extremists is deafening.


45 posted on 06/19/2013 5:34:23 PM PDT by Susquehanna Patriot (U Think Leftist/Liberals Still Believe That Dissent = Highest Form of Patriotism?)
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To: LibLieSlayer

I’m a firm believer in Christianity being far more vocal about politics than they are now but I don’t want them in office acting as clergymen.

My congressman is a Baptist minister but will not preach on the floor of the house. He gave the invocation on the house floor 1 time when he was invited to do so but otherwise stays away from religion unless some legislation deals with it.


46 posted on 06/19/2013 5:34:58 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Susquehanna Patriot

Two words... and he was my senator... trent lott.


47 posted on 06/19/2013 5:37:49 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: LibLieSlayer

Hunkered down....I’ve seen those “we will stand for Liberty types”.....you just can’t find them in public.


48 posted on 06/19/2013 5:40:09 PM PDT by traditional1 (Amerika.....Providing public housing for the Mulatto Messiah)
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To: cripplecreek

I was refering to this:

“It disgusts me that clowns like McCain and Graham complain about us “extremists” while democrat policies are leading to young children being kicked out of school for pointing their fingers like guns. Nancy Pelosi is calling late term abortion “Sacred”. And McCain himself is acting as the spokesman for Obama and Al Qeada at the same time he’s supporting a border erasure bill that will cost us trillions.”

Just outstanding!

LLS


49 posted on 06/19/2013 5:40:19 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: traditional1

Funny... they look like Americans to me.

LLS


50 posted on 06/19/2013 5:41:20 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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