LIMBAUGH: Republicans Are Squandering An Opportunity They Never Thought They’d Get

RUSH: We’re living at a time in our lives, you and me — politically, we’re living in circumstances — I don’t think very many of us ever thought we would have.

Do you realize that aside from the embeds and the career people that have been appointed to the various levels of bureaucracy by previous presidents going all the way back to Jimmy Carter…? Aside from that, the Republican Party, on paper, runs Washington, D.C. The Democrat Party, on paper, has not had this low a power profile since the 1920s. I’m referring to elected positions held. Now, don’t forget the caveat: I know there’s all kinds of Obama holdovers and Clinton holdovers at the Pentagon, the DOJ, and I know that matters. I know that counts.

But they still do not have the power that the Republicans have, and it is one of the most perplexing and frustrating and angering things, a circumstance… I don’t know how many of you ever really thought the Republicans would win the White House, control the Senate and the House at the same time, with such majorities. Two seats in the Senate. But even Trump’s electoral victory. Yet, despite that, what outward evidence of it do we see? I would submit that most of you think that the media and therefore the Democrats still run Washington.

Even though the media hasn’t been elected to anything. The media does not hold elective power. The Republicans do. It is one of the most exasperating things. Six months into a Republican administration, after how many years of promises to, say, repeal Obamacare, and we’re not an inch closer to it in reality than we were before last year’s election? It’s not gonna get any better than this. The only way it could get better is if this Republican majority were populated by more conservatives and different ideological types.

But that’s not gonna happen in our lifetimes, it doesn’t look like. This is it! It doesn’t… It’s not gonna get any better than this, and I cannot believe that this opportunity is not seen by these very Republicans we’re talking about in Washington — in the House, in the Senate, throughout the administration. (interruption) No, no. My head’s not in the sand; I understand they all hate Trump, or enough of them do. I understand all that. Actually, folks, it’s one of my points here. It’s an opportunity being squandered, and I know it has you frustrated.

What Trump is talking about here is: Why aren’t these Republican committees, why aren’t these Republican investigators — why isn’t my attorney general — looking into Hillary Clinton’s crimes? If you’re gonna investigate what-all went on with Russia, how in the world do you leave the Democrats out of it? How do you leave Hillary Clinton out of it? The Republicans run the show! It’s time for the Republicans to start acting like it. Politics is what it is. The Republicans don’t appear to want to play the game.

I know the old saw: They didn’t think they were gonna win, therefore they weren’t prepared. So what? They did win. It ought to be euphoric. It ought to be exciting. Apparently, it isn’t. Apparently, it’s frustrating and challenging and all kinds of things you would never associate with victory. Victory shouldn’t be a problem. Victory shouldn’t be a negative. We’re in a huge battle in this country, and it isn’t populists and nationalists versus conservatives or conservatives versus moderates or moderates versus progressives.

We are in a battle for the future of the country. You could call it “patriots versus progressives.” You could call it “Americanism versus liberalism.” You could call it what it is. Whatever you want to call it. It is what it is. It is us against the progressives who are attempting to change and transform this country away from what it was founded to be, and there just doesn’t seem to be any push-back, especially with all of this power. And do not doubt me: They have loads of power, and they’re not using it.

We can come up with all the guesses (and we would be right eight out of 10 times) why they’re not investigating Hillary, why they are not investigating the Democrats’ connection with the Russians. By the way, there’s new news out today that the FBI did get hold of some computer equipment from Debbie “Blabbermouth” Schultz’s IT guy that they would not turn over to the FBI. There’s a potential gold mine there to be investigated of Hillary and the Democrats and the Democrat National Committee, and there just doesn’t seem (that we know of, anyway) to be any energy to uncover it.

All of the energy seems to be focused on getting Trump and getting rid of Trump — which I, of course, am not denying that they want to do that. We’ve chronicled it here. But an opportunity is being squandered the likes of which (chuckles) we never thought we were gonna get. We hoped for it, and it probably is not something we could reasonably expect happen again. If it does, it’s only because the Democrats are so hapless.

Even in the midst of all of this, the Democrats still cannot come up with an issue-oriented agenda to appeal to voters. All they’ve got is their phrase, “Well, we’re not those guys,” or “Trump sucks,” or whatever it is they’re running around saying. They don’t have… They can’t come up with one thing to give people a reason to vote for them. That’s how decrepit their agenda actually is. It just adds to the frustration that the opportunity we all see in front of us being squandered presents.

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LIMBAUGH: In HBO’s ‘Confederate’ The ‘Slave Owners’ Had Better Be DEMOCRATS

RUSH: I spent the break here doing a little bit more examination of some of the reaction to this HBO upcoming show, Confederate. You know what the biggest backlash is? That’s right. The biggest backlash is from blacks who are ticked off that the people doing this are white! Of all the Twitter backlash, all of the Facebook whatever, wherever you go to find this on social media, you’ll find that the largest push-back on this is from people who claim to be African-American livid that a couple of white guys are helming this thing.

Now, if I may, you African-Americans, what makes you think you’re in charge anyway? The Democrat Party’s white guys run everything that you supposedly are interested in. You have ceded your interests to the Democrat Party, which is run by a bunch of white people! That’s why I say, if they’re gonna do a movie on slavery the slave owners in this movie had better be Democrats because that’s who they were.

I think this is great, the backlash against this from African-Americans ticked off that white guys are doing it. White liberals are the biggest know-it-alls on the face of the earth. White liberals are trying to dictate to everybody what they should think every day. Why are you frowning at me? What don’t you understand? (laughing) They don’t have the power to write their own. That’s the point. HBO doesn’t have anybody to turn to but a couple liberal white guys to do this.

Now, you might say, if this premise exists, why don’t it originate in the African-American community with African-American producers, writers, directors? I couldn’t tell you. I’m just telling you — (interruption) Tyler Perry? Tyler Perry? Well, I know, but he doesn’t do that stuff. Tyler Perry, look, I may be out of my bailiwick, doesn’t he do horror movies? Well, who am I thinking of?

Well, anyway, I know they’re out there, but don’t make me say this. This so obviously — (interruption) The mockumentary that was made. I know, look, the white liberal establishment will let them do things like The Butler and will let them do things like those other — but when it comes to a concept this big, they’re not gonna surrender this. The white liberal head honchos are gonna take total control of this thing.

You want to go make The Butler, you want to cast Oprah in a movie, fine, here’s the money, go do it. But when it comes to something big and important like this, we’ll cast you, and we may give you director credit now and then, but we’re running the show. It’s just like white liberalism everywhere. This is not hard to understand. It may be tough to admit, but it’s not hard to understand.

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RUSH: Trump Supporters Want Press Secretary That SNL Can’t Make Fun Of

RUSH: There’s a press briefing scheduled to have happened 10 minutes ago. It hasn’t started yet. The Drive-Bys with waiting with bated breath to see who comes out and who does the briefing. Will it be Scaramucci and will Scaramucci be combative? Will Scaramucci tell the press corps to go to hell? Something like that. It won’t be Scaramucci. It will probably be Sarah Sanders, whoever. But the point is, this is a great illustration, because I would be very confident in saying that well over 75% of the American public doesn’t care.

It’s not something controversial to them. It’s not troubling to them. It doesn’t indicate anything’s wrong. They’re not panicked about it. They’re not worried about it. Including Trump’s supporters. In fact, if I had to wager I’d say a majority of Trump supporters are happy about it. Nothing against Spicer, but Trump supporters want people that can be able to speak for Trump — proudly, unabashedly — and Trump supporters don’t… (sigh) Well, I’ll stop. I’m not dumping on Spicer. I like Spicer a lot, and I don’t want anything I’m saying to be construed as dumping on Spicer. (interruption)

So now you want to know what I was gonna say, huh? Let me try it this way. I just… (interruption) Look, you know me. I just tell you what I think, if it’s problematic (audio glitch). I think your average Trump supporter wants a press secretary Saturday Night Live cannot make fun of, lampoon, discredit, and all that. Am I wrong about that? (interruption) You mean Trump supporters don’t know what Saturday Night Live does? (interruption) So it’s not…? (interruption) Okay. So I’m wrong about that.

Trump supporters do not care that Saturday Night Live makes fun of Trump and Trump people because it’s always gonna…? (interruption) Okay. Well, bottom line is… (interruption) the bottom line is that whatever they think — and I could very well be wrong. They’re not thinking it’s deeply meaningful. (interruption) They are not waiting with… (interruption) Who wants to clean the president’s clock? (interruption) Right. That’s… (interruption) That’s… (interruption) Okay, that’s another way of saying it.

Trump supporters want a press secretary that’s gonna take it right back to the press and send them out of that room on their tails every day. If that’s what they get, they’ll be happy with it.

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RUSH: Scaramucci Is A ‘TRUMPER, BATTLER, FIGHTER’

RUSH: Scaramucci Is A ‘TRUMPER, BATTLER, FIGHTER’

RUSH: I’ll tell you what I think. Off the top of my head, instinctive, first reaction, Scaramucci is not an insider. Scaramucci does not come from the GOP. Spicer did. This is not accusatory. I’m simply being descriptive. Spicer came from the inside, GOP spokesman PR, GOP, RNC, what have you.

Scaramucci, he’s a Trumper. He’s from outside. He’s a battler. He’s a fighter. I think Trump has tried to work with the Republican Party by meeting them halfway within their universe and is discovering that it isn’t working. So I think he’s gonna go get friends of his from the outside as often and as many places as he can. That’s my instinctive, first reaction here.

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