by Matt Schneider | 2:50 pm, March 15th, 2011
Rush Limbaugh, on today’s radio show, was annoyed with Republican leaders in Washington for fearing a government shutdown and for not fighting more aggressively against President Obama on the budget issue.
Rush warned Republicans that they should not fear bad media coverage from a shutdown, and instead should fear the Tea Party giving up on the Republican party and forming their own third party.
Rush stated unequivocally, “make no mistake, it’s the Tea Party – turned out and voted – that made the Republican leaders win, enabled their victory, made their leadership possible.” Therefore, Republican leaders should not be afraid of being accused as the party that doesn’t care about people. Instead, congressional Republicans should negotiate budget cuts like they have the upper hand, because anything short of that is a “total miscalculation of the public mood.”
According to Rush, a majority of the country believes the Obama administration is “actively, happily presiding over the decline of this country.” And given that “this isn’t the 90’s,” Rush thinks a government shutdown now would not harm Republicans the way it did in the 90’s when former president Bill Clinton won the PR battle.