We’ve established that about three million Republicans stayed home on election day. One of those Republicans called Rush Limbaugh today. At the end of the conversation with this person from Livonia, Michigan, Rush closes with: “If there’s a 70% chance of curing your cancer, but you hold out for a hundred percent, is that what you would do? Or would you go for the 70% chance? Takes all kinds.” Personally, I think fraud and corruption had a whole lot to do with November 6, 2012.
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CALLER: Well, Rush —
RUSH: So I know you’ve been here before.
CALLER: Yes. And I appreciate it. I appreciate you took my call. Rush, the establishment Republicans just don’t understand us voters out here. Now, I’m a conservative, I’m a constitutionalist, I believe in the traditional view of marriage, and I’m also pro-life. I’ve always voted, up until now, Republican. But I’m telling you, Rush, and I’m telling all those Republicans out there that don’t get it, I will not vote for another moderate. If you want to lose my vote, all you have to say is, “I’m willing to reach across the aisle.”
RUSH: Can I ask you a question? I want you to be very honest with me on this.
RUSH: This is not a trick. This is for my own edification. I noticed, I pointed out to Kathryn, the last two weeks of this campaign — it might have been the last three weeks — but Romney started focusing on and using that phrase, “Reaching across the aisle.” Now, were you with Romney at any point in this campaign and then decided not to vote, or were you always opposed after Romney got the nomination?
CALLER: I was opposed to Romney because I knew he was a moderate from the beginning. I knew not only Romney, but other Republicans —
RUSH: How could you do this, though, knowing full well what the alternative was. Mitt Romney isn’t the problem. Mitt Romney would not have been the problem. How could you essentially vote for Barack Obama?
CALLER: I did not vote directly for Barack Obama, but I understand what you’re saying. I cast a vote, Rush, I knew my candidate couldn’t win for the Constitution Party candidate only because there again, what do the Democrats have to offer? The destruction of our country because they’re statists. Now, if you’re gonna tell me you’re a Republican candidate, that you want to reach across the aisle, you, like John Boehner, want to go and play golf with the president, I can’t support you in that case, Rush.
RUSH: No matter what?
CALLER: No. Because we’ve seen the destruction to our country that has occurred, and —
RUSH: Yeah. We have and you know, you know now, we got four more years of it, or at least two. This could have been arrested. There is no comparison, Mitt Romney to Barack Obama. Look, I know you’re part of the three million that stayed home, and I understand the principle involved. I do. Let me ask you, and there’s no way you can know, I just want your opinion. Of the three million Republican voters that stayed home, do you think most of them are like you, that they are just dissatisfied that the Republicans nominated what you thought was another moderate?
CALLER: Yes. I really believe, since from our point of view, the moderate is not going to fix the problems that our country needs to have fixed, but continue along the same lines. Yes, I think that as long as —
RUSH: Romney did not want to continue these policies on jobs, government spending, and all this sort of stuff. Did you not believe him when he said what he said about creating jobs and reducing government and so forth? You didn’t believe him?
CALLER: Well, because I feel —
RUSH: Because you’re you making the perfect — it wasn’t on the ballot this year, the perfect wasn’t on the ballot.
CALLER: Well, Rush, I think that the way the three million people looked at it, a moderate Republican will still lead our country over the cliff. Not as quickly, not as fast, but over the cliff. If we’re gonna be going over the cliff at a hundred miles an hour, which is under Obama, or 70 miles an hour, which is under a moderate Republican, we’re still going over the cliff.
RUSH: So you just want to get it over with?
CALLER: Well, I want us to get the Republican leadership to wake up, and we’ve gotta get conservatives.
RUSH: Ken, I hate to tell you, but that’s not the message they’re taking from this election, as you know, if you’ve been listening to the program today. They know that three million didn’t show up. If they come to believe that the three million didn’t show up because they don’t like moderates, they’re just gonna get mad at you like the Democrats get mad. At least what I’ve seen so far on TV, and read, and is coming from the so-called conservative media, the Republicans think they goofed up by failing to get the Hispanic vote and the single women vote. They think they goofed up on the demography side, which tells me that you’re gonna continue to be pretty unhappy with the direction they go.
CALLER: Well, the establishment of the Republican Party has unfortunately been in Washington too long —
RUSH: Well, I’m just gonna tell you, look, I understand what you’re doing, but you gave us Bill Clinton, and now Barack Obama. Your vote is your vote. I understand. I saw this figure, I saw this three million didn’t show up. I saw it yesterday morning. It didn’t register. I even mentioned it at the beginning of this program. It didn’t register ’til last night when I compared it. Had you guys all shown up, Romney would have beat Obama, popular vote, by 180 thousand. Those are hard numbers, real hard numbers. I don’t know what it would have meant Electoral College-wise. Anyway, I gotta go. Ken, thanks for the call. Back after this.
RUSH: If there’s a 70% chance of curing your cancer, but you hold out for a hundred percent, is that what you would do? Or would you go for the 70% chance? Takes all kinds.