Everyday Rush Limbaugh continues to not make a lick of sense and he’s way off when it comes to Tim Huelskamp.
It feels like I’m in an alternate universe with Rush Limbaugh these days. His analysis of why Tim Huelskamp was primaried has everything to do with the Establishment getting rid of Tea Party conservatives and absolutely nothing to do with Donald Trump. It’s a ridiculous assertion to assume Tim Huleskamp was ejected because he wasn’t endorsing and stumping for Trump. Here’s what Rush had to say.
Tim Huelskamp, who was a rabidly anti-Trump incumbent (many thought of him as a Tea Party Republican) got skunked in the primary. He was defeated by somebody named Roger Marshall. And it wasn’t even close. It was a 12-point landslide defeat for an incumbent Republican who went big on being a Never Trumper. Tim Huelskamp, Republican incumbent, got 44% of the vote. Roger Marshall — and this was with all the votes counted, 100% of the precincts reporting — got 56% of the vote.
If you think of the top anti Trump people, Tim Huelskamp does not come to mind.
All Huelskamp did was back Cruz in the primary. How in the world is that being Never Trump? Huelskamp, like many congressman, hasn’t said anything of late. Most congressmen, including my own, haven’t come out and done a full throated endorsement of Trump. Does that make them Never Trump? Give me a break. The truth is Huelskamp’s opponent had the Establishment back him with a ton of money and resources and steamrolled Huelskamp while everyone was paying attention to the Presidential race and not congressional ones.
…the reality is that his opponent was backed by Big Ag, which is one of the more pro-globalist, pro-open borders lobby around.
Huelskamp was the first member to publicly call for the defeat of former House Speaker John Boehner, who is basking in the glow of his defeat. Here is an excerpt from Huelskamp’s member profile – long before the rise of Trump or any conservative infighting:
Huelskamp led the opposition to John Boehner’s speakership in 2013 and received a standing ovation for suggesting at a national tea party event that we replace GOP leadership: “Isn’t it high time we retire John Boehner’s biggest excuse, we only control one half of one third of the government.” (Breitbart)
Because of his penchant to fight for conservative principles, Huelskamp was removed by leadership from the Budget and Agriculture committees in late 2012 (Roll Call). This was the second time in his legislative career this has happened to Huelskamp….
Clowns like Roger Marshall run as social conservatives in order to win and once elected refuse to stand up or even speak on marriage and religious liberty issues. Huelskamp was one of the few members who consistently pushed legislation and amendments at every turn to confront the cultural Marxists.
The same applies to fiscal issues and limited government. A vast majority of Republicans run by lying to the voters with trite platitudes about an overbearing federal government and too much debt, yet when it comes to the actual processes, policies, and leverage points that have engendered this crisis, these same Republicans are part of the problem. Not so, Tim Huelskamp.
This is not just about Tim Huelskamp. This is about every other conservative who wants to buck the progressives and special interests within the party.
The reason why we never limit government is because Republican members join with Democrats in ideological logrolling to grow the dependency of each other’s constituencies. This results in the greatest common factor of government intervention, which self-perpetuates indefinitely. The only way conservatives will ever limit government is to elect more people like Huelskamp who will tell the special interests in their respective districts that we support opportunity for all but favoritism for nobody; that we will not overly tax or regulate you, but we will not subsidize you with Stalinist price fixing and “5-year plans” at the federal level; that we will devolve power and funds back to the states to better deal with local issues; that a centralized government big enough to give you everything is indeed a government big enough to take everything from you.
Huelskamp could have easily taken the wide road and promoted other aspects of conservatism while continuing to support the special interest gravy train and ingratiate himself to local special interests –the same as almost all Republicans. Yet, he chose the tougher, narrow path – the only path that will deliver us from this failed system and break the back of those dreaded globalist special interests.
This is not just about Tim Huelskamp. This is about every other conservative who wants to buck the progressives and special interests within the party. K Street knows that they can intimidate each member into voting for bigger government when it affects their district in the short run and continue the failed cycle of the political oligarchy. They know they can outspend conservatives and lie about their records and promote their candidates as “outsiders.”
We should remember that there is no greater outsider than one who spends years in Congress like a statesman bucking the powers that be – with no personal gain and everything to lose…
It’s also worth noting Rush’s show went completely silent when conservatives like Tim Huelskamp were working hard to unseat John Boehner and “vacate the chair”.
Rush wants it both ways. He wants to preach to the Tea Party conservative choir and please his Establishment pals at the same time. You can’t have it both ways. If I’m Trump, I’m distancing myself from Rush Limbaugh right now because he’s way off on this.