Rush Limbaugh, titan of conservative talk radio, has just done the unthinkable. No, this is not a satire piece. He actually called for the disbanding of the Republican Party, and perhaps even more surprising, he said that it’s time to elect all Democrats.
This being Rush Limbaugh, however, you might have already realized there is a catch. Limbaugh was so angry at the omnibus spending bill to fund ObamaCare, Planned Parenthood, and visas for foreign workers, that he figured it wouldn’t make any difference who is currently in office.
“There is no Republican Party,” Limbaugh said on the Thursday edition (Dec. 17) of his radio program.
He continued, stating that the GOP had “sold America down the river.”
“You know, we don’t even need a Republican Party if they’re going to do this. [We might as well] just elect Democrats, disband the Republican Party, and let the Democrats run it. Because that’s what’s happening anyway.”
In spite of the fact that the Republican Party holds “the largest number of seats in the House they’ve had in Congress since the Civil War,” he does not see that they have “made any difference at all.”
“It is as though Nancy Pelosi [House Minority Leader] is still running the House and Harry Reid is still running the Senate,” Rush added. “‘Betrayed’ is not even the word here. What has happened here is worse than betrayal. Betrayal is pretty bad — but it’s worse than that.”
As for those in the party — and perhaps millions outside of it — wondering how a guy like Donald Trump could rise to prominence, Rush Limbaugh believes that it is the leadership of President Barack Obama and Republicans unwillingness to make tough decisions that are to blame.
“Repeated stabs in the back like this — which have been going on for years — combined with Obama’s policy destruction of this country, is what has given rise to Donald Trump,” he said.
There is pretty much a consensus within the Republican Party that its brand is in disarray. Despite his lack of support from the GOP establishment, Donald Trump sits on a comfortable lead in a crowded pack of primary candidates for the 2016 general election.
Trump’s message has been seen as divisive within the establishment, and career politicians like Jeb Bush and Lindsey Graham have gone after “the Donald” pretty hard.
But Rush Limbaugh believes that Trump is what you get when you refuse to stand on conservative values and allow Democrats too much say in the direction of the country.
It’s unlikely that any Democrats would agree with the reasons behind Rush Limbaugh calling for an end to the Republican Party, but for the first time in years, he may have said something on which the Left can actually agree.
— Michael Carrington (@mcarrington) December 19, 2015
Many commenters on the site Mediaite are already saying as much. “I don’t always agree with Rush,” said one commenter, “but when I do he says ‘Disband the Republican Party.'” Others agreed.
“First time I ever agreed with Limpb***s. The GOP should have been disbanded when they elected the criminal Richard Nixon. Since then the GOP has been a party for racist southerners and greedy wallstreet 1 per centers [sic]. This is all too much… Even, Limbaugh is having a Meltdown. He doesn’t know what to do with himself. So angry, but it makes a change to be blaming someone else other than President Obama for everything!”
While it’s obvious that Rush Limbaugh would not be happy under Democratic leadership, he does finally seem to be conceding that the situation could be hopeless for his party.
— Barracuda Brigade (@BarracudaMama) December 18, 2015
Do you think he is right that people like Donald Trump rise to prominence because of failures in leadership, and if so, is Obama and the GOP equally to blame? Sound off in the comments section.
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