RUSH: So there’s Jay Carney out there saying that Obama’s happy that Boehner has offered a short-term extension of the debt limit. And then he said that shut down over Obamacare is a fool’s errand. Yeah, well, maybe from Obama’s standpoint, but if it hadn’t been for the effort to do this, we wouldn’t even be here now, and we wouldn’t have had a chance to expose Obama and the Democrats for who and what they really are, which is what this is really all about to me.
By the way, welcome back, folks. El Rushbo here. 800-282-2882 the e-mail address, ElRushbo@eibnet.com.
Let me see if I can explain something else that’s been happening here in the past few weeks. We have talked frequently here about the internecine battle among conservatives, Republicans and conservatives. And even if you subdivide it further, Tea Party conservatives versus the people that think they are mainstream Kirkian, as in Russell Kirk or Burkean as in Edmund Burke, conservatives. And as such that manifested itself in the Obamacare fight with two groups. You had the Cruz and Mike Lee group, which was the defund. And then you had other groups that thought that was a mistake, and they wanted to delay. In the process of delay, if you could, for example, delay the individual mandate, you take the guts out of the whole law.
The delay group thought the defund group was a bit disingenuous because they didn’t think the defund group ever had a prayer of winning ’cause there was never gonna be the votes to override an Obama veto on it. I didn’t get caught up in all that because the competitive nature of this and who is a real conservative is not of interest to me. It isn’t. But it is to other people. A prominent media analyst, a conservative, sent me a note and he was livid. He was fit to be tied. He thinks Cruz and Lee are fruitcake nuts, and when he says so he gets vicious, mean e-mail from conservatives insulting him and calling him names and so forth.
And I said, “Gee whiz, is that the first time?” I mean, the thin-skin nature or tendency of some people I guess surprises me, but I try to understand it all nevertheless because it all matters at the end of the day. Now, I happened to glom onto the Cruz-Lee defund effort, and whether it had a chance of succeeding or not ultimately was not a reason to avoid it, to me. I’m equally supportive of the defunders. It’s not either/or, and the other side, the ors are my enemy. I just don’t look at it that way. Either one would have been perfect. Anybody who is opposed to Obama is fine and dandy, anybody opposed to Obamacare, fine and dandy, whatever their reason.
Now, I understand that the delay conservatives didn’t like the defund conservatives ’cause they thought the defund conservatives knew that they didn’t have a prayer and that they were just using people to fund-raise. The delay people said that those people would insult them if they wouldn’t agree with Cruz, and then there would be threats to primary people out of the party if they didn’t express law — I don’t get caught up in all that. That is too infantile to me and it’s a distraction to what really is important. And maybe I’m the one all wet here; maybe I’m the one with the impossible task; maybe I’m the guy that’s got the impossible dream.
But for 25 years the purpose of this program has been to create as large an informed, participating, voting group of conservative Americans as possible, without any regard to how much money I make in the process from politics. I don’t fund-raise, I don’t help people fund-raise. That’s of no interest to me. It’s all ideas to me. It’s pure ideas. I think ideas triumph, ideas trump, and if properly explained and properly persuasive, that’s ultimately where victory is.
I’m not a professional politician. I don’t want to be. I’m not intimately or intricately involved in the minutia of that. I understand it. I understand the people who are. I respect it. It’s their business. But I don’t take a position here based on is it gonna help somebody fund-raise or is it gonna help somebody get primaried out or any of that.