‘I don’t know what they stand for anymore, other than they’re not Obama’
Listeners have been asking Rush Limbaugh why he hasn’t devoted much airtime to election-related polls or analyzing the Republican Party’s chances of triumphing in the next election.
Thursday, Limbaugh addressed these questions, explaining that he “is not gonna talk about something if I have to do it perfunctorily, if I’m not into it and don’t care about [it].”
And if he can’t get excited about “the nuts and bolts of the election,” he explained, it’s because he doesn’t know “what the Republican Party message is” anymore.
Polls show that Obama and the Democrats are less popular than they’ve been in years, but at the same time, Limbaugh noted, these polls don’t exactly foreshadow an upcoming Republican landslide, either.
Limbaugh tried to explain why.
“I don’t know what to cheer about,” he said. “I can remember back in the days, the Reagan years, it was exciting to be a Republican. We knew what we supported. (…) It was something to be very proud of and excited about. You wanted to be part of it; you wanted to help it. I just don’t feel anything like that now.”
Instead, talk-radio king complained, today’s GOP is filled with cautious Beltway consultants and timid, defensive candidates who are afraid to say anything specific or “controversial.”