Every election needs a “fall guy,” and controversial radio pundit Rush Limbaugh is apparently the GOP’s.
On Monday night, Limbaugh addressed the GOP blame game, particularly the notion that Mitt Romney lost the 2012 election, in part, because of conservative talk radio. Limbaugh attacked the GOP “ruling class,” and argued that the Democrats and left-wing media are to blame for the GOP’s losses, especially with the Latino community.
“Just as I predicted, ladies and gentlemen,” Limbaugh began, “this election was lost because of your host, Rush Limbaugh. I am the primary reason.”
“There are others, but I’m the primary reason the Republican Party lost,” he continued. “And I am, by the way, the primary reason the Republican Party will keep losing, until I am denounced by the Republican Party.”
Rush placed the heaviest onus for the GOP’s loss on the Democrats, which is kind-of sort-of a funny way of telling it exactly like it is, a la “you lost because you didn’t get enough votes.”
Limbaugh posed a question to Republicans: “Do you really think that the Democrat Party will ever allow you Republicans to be seen as pro-Latino and pro-immigration?”
Further, Limbaugh said that the left will seize upon any individual on the right who makes a dubious claim, and paint that perspective as shared party-wide: “the Democrats and the media will focus on that person and say, ‘See? The Republicans really are anti-immigrant!’”
“The Democrats will always come up with a position that tests the Republicans’ limit,” Limbaugh said. “They’ll always find some extreme position that the Republicans just can’t agree with in order to be able to claim the Republicans are anti-female, anti-woman, anti-abortion, anti-immigrant.”
Here’s the audio of Rush Limbaugh “taking the blame” for the GOP election loss via Mediaite: