I really don’t know how I feel about this, so I figured I’d put it to you, clever and competent readers.
Throughout this general election, I’ve heard a lot of anti-Trump conservatives express disappointment and dismay that many prominent conservatives have expressed strong support for Trump. Rush Limbaugh is one of those names that’s been talked about (there are others, of course). For myself, I don’t get to listen to talk radio as much as I used to (I can’t even listen to music with sung lyrics while I’m working on posts for Chicks on the Right – it’s too distracting for me). I’ll catch clips of the shows when I see them online or Dad will call and tell me what was said, but that’s about all I can manage these days.
But I am most certainly a Rush Baby. I listened to Rush with my dad when I was a kid and we were in the tractor cutting hay or driving to the cattle auction. My conservative foundation was built on those hours spent with my dad listening to the radio and talking about what was said. I’ve expanded my views as time has gone on to include those of my own, which I feel still square with conservative principles of less government, more freedom, and individual liberty.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the 2016 election isn’t like elections held in the past. Not by a long shot. The major party candidates have their supporters, sure. But the people who are undecided aren’t like the typical independent voters of the past. A lot of undecided voters are undecided because they feel like the candidate of their traditional party doesn’t represent them (Democrats have this issue too, even though they are forbidden by the Clinton Machine from admitting it. Probably).
I don’t begrudge anyone their voting choices, mostly because I’m still coming to terms with my own.
But I was surprised to hear this segment from Rush Limbaugh when he point-blank admitted something that the #NeverTrump crowd has been accusing him of denying throughout the election – that Trump is NOT a conservative and that conservatism lost in the primary election –
“What do you mean, Rush? Are you admitting Trump’s not a conservative?” Limbaugh asked, snorting. “Damn right I am!”
“Folks, when did I ever say that he was?” he continued. “Look, I don’t know how to tell you this. Conservatism lost in the primary, if that’s how you want to look at it. We had Cruz; we had Rubio.”
Limbaugh reiterated his argument that during elections, “the left, no matter how much they hate each other, they hate us more, and they unify.”
“They come together when it’s time to win,” he said. “When it’s time to beat us, they come together. We haven’t figured that out, and I don’t know. A lot of people say, ‘Well, yeah, Rush, that’s because we got a lot of highly principled people who are not gonna sell out the just for the sake of winning.’ OK. To each his own. But I don’t know what— What do you want to do?”
I quit taking ANYTHING for granted in this election a long time ago, but even I was surprised to hear Rush say that out loud. From what I’d been able to gather, Rush was all “Get on the Trump Train, folks!” and that was the end of it.
I’m still not sure how I feel about this, or if it’s going to change any of the dynamics of the election. All I know is that Hillary Clinton is the worst possible choice we have for president and ANY outcome that ends with her in the Oval Office is unacceptable.
But what do you think? Are you surprised by this admission? Angry? Confused? Happy that someone finally said what you’d been thinking all along?