If you missed Chris Wallace’s interview with Rush Limbaugh, you need to listen to his comments on the Donald Trump coalition versus the Republican establishment.
Limbaugh points out that establishment Republicans have long complained that they could not win unless they got non-traditional groups to vote GOP. Now Donald Trump has done exactly what they said they wanted and, instead of being grateful, they react as if he’s the Devil (my metaphor, not Limbaugh’s). The Donald Trump coalition seems to not be the change the establishment wanted after all.
To me, this indicates that the Republican Establishment never had any idea of where to get new voters except from pet Democrat groups that were politically correct. Attracting droves of disaffected working-class voters who don’t think rude language is unpresidential was somehow never considered. They find these voters repulsive. The reasons for this reaction are hard for me to guess.
Some other highlights from the transcript provided by RushLimbaugh.com:
- Romney’s attack on Trump: “it’s not unprecedented. His dad did much the same thing against Barry Goldwater with a cabal of Republican establishment guys back in 1964. The establishment… This isn’t new. The establishment not wanting outsiders, not wanting conservatives isn’t anything new.”
- On Marco Rubio : “I don’t see where he’s getting traction anywhere. And, again, what’s harming him? You know, when Rubio won election, he was a Tea Party darling. He was a Tea Party favorite. What happened? Gang of Eight. Whatever the reality is, the perception is that he went to Washington and threw in with the quote/unquote “establishment.” He cannot recover from that, has not been able to recover from that. He is seen as now the candidate the Republican Party and its donors have decided to glom onto next.”
- On Ted Cruz : “He’s just in a different league. He understands conservatism ’cause he is. And he is a nice guy. He’s a likable guy. He’s not crazy, he’s not nasty, and he certainly is not a liar. He’s a down-the-middle guy that anybody could trust. He has got plenty of integrity. This is what happens in politics. The establishment doesn’t like him, either; it’s not just Trump. And that’s because he is who he is. He is conservative. He does want to get government out of people’s lives. And that? We can’t have that in the establishment.”
Even though Limbaugh obviously has a preference, he refused to condemn anyone. His language about Rubio, for example, was not nearly as negative as Romney’s words attacking Trump. In general, the radio talk show host demonstrates that genuine conservatism is more tolerant and reasonable than the GOP establishment’s mindset.