Monday, January 23, 2012

Articulating conservatism panics the establishment

This morning on the the Rush Limbaugh Show, from his opening monologue, El Rushbo explored the GOP establishment's panic over Gingrich's win in South Carolina, beating their guy:

They are in an uproar, a panic. They are secretly trying to get Mitch Daniels to get back in the race. There are entreaties being made to Bobby Jindal to get in the race. They are panicked. They are scared to death they're going to lose the House and not win the Senate, and I told you on November 10th that's their primary concern. ... It's about being in charge of the money. It's not about cutting spending. The Republican establishment is not signed on to the cutting spending business. ... They don't like conservatives and they're not really all that concerned about spending. They want to be in charge of it. That's who they are. And they are not gonna be in charge of it if they don't hold the House and if they don't pick up the Senate. And that's what they really want. They're not and never have been convinced that Obama can be beat.

Now, Newt has thrown this thing into a tizzy. They don't know what to do. They wanted this wrapped up. They don't understand why it happened. They're blaming all the wrong people. They're blaming their own voters. They're blaming the media. They're blaming stupidity on the part of the voters. They haven't the slightest idea why this happened in South Carolina. It's not too much democracy going on in their minds; they just don't understand it. They don't understand the base of their own party. They resent the base of their own party. They don't understand the passion.

Rush goes on to explain that the American conservative middle class are the ones who've been playing by the rules for the past quarter-century, obeying the law, raising their kids, while shielding them from "cultural rot and depravity," all at the expense of being ridiculed, mocked and impugned at every turn. And they're done with it, but "nobody's fought back for 'em."

The last time somebody actually spoke up in this large a forum, a presidential forum, would have to be Reagan; and Reagan did it not so much by what he said (although he had his moments). He did it by winning. He did it by skunking these people! Since then, the Republican leadership has not seemed focused so much on winning and they sit there and they take it. Whenever their own voters are insulted -- when their own voters are laughed at and impugned and called racists, sexist, bigot homophobes -- the Republicans don't defend them nor themselves because they're scared to death the independents are gonna be upset, or the media is gonna be upset.

So the base of the Republican Party, the voters, have been bottling up for 25 years, a resentment -- an anger, if you will -- that their own party won't fight for them, won't fight for itself, won't fight for what's right. So when Newt gets teed up with these questions from Juan Williams and John King and whoever else and simply says what they've been thinking for 25 years, they say, "Finally!" What they want right now is fight-back, what they want is push-back, what they want is kick-back, what they want is smack-down! What they want is for these people who have been laughing at them and mocking them and impugning them, put in their place.

They're tired of the cultural rot taking place in the country. They're tired of the incessant growth of government and spending. They're tired of it, and they're frustrated as they can be that members of their own party who get elected can't seem to articulate their own passions. Politics is about passion, and the Republican Party doesn't seem to have it! There's always fear of somebody. Fear of the media, fear of Democrats. Well, Newt doesn't act like he's got any fear. So how many wives does he got? "I don't care!" What did he do for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac? "I don't care." What are his national disapproval ratings? "I don't care! Finally somebody's telling the bad guys who they are, what to do and that we're not gonna take it anymore..."

They're panicked not only because they don't understand their own base, but they don't understand that Newt won S.C. because he is articulating conservatism!  As theRightScoop states, "It’s not because of some Nixonian southern strategy that the MSM is allowing to be parroted by politicos on their networks...It’s because Newt is saying exactly the things that we all know to be true yet the MSM willfully ignores. In fact he’s doing the very thing Mitt Romney refuses to do in calling out Obama for his radical socialist/Alinsky views."

"I was glad to see his debate performance but especially him standing up to, as he said, the liberal elite media. And I think conservatives have been waiting for some people that would stand up and not be used as punching bags and not just take the same old same old from the liberal media." ~ FL Rep. Allen West

ADDENDUM: Mark Levin called this weekend's South Carolina primary a "stunning defeat for the Republican Establishment," and calls out both Chris Christie and Romney himself for going on the weekend news shows & using phony ethics complaints as an attack line to rail against Gingrich. Levin's having none of it!

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