Why Do Republicans Support Something That Will Eliminate Their Party?
June 14, 2013
RUSH: Kansas City. Betty, hi. Welcome to the EIB Network. Great to have you here. Hello.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. I was reading the website, and I think that someone said this yesterday, but I was driving down the road, and you were saying we're just missing something on the amnesty bill, why in the world would Republicans support something that will cause their party to lose in the future. And I was just thinking, well, they'll just become the Democrats -- now, I'm probably being reactionary, but I'm thinking, they'll probably just become the Democrats that they are already are. I am so disappointed in my party. I expect to disagree with the Democrat Party. But I disagree with my party. I'm a Republican, or at least I thought I was.
RUSH: Hold it just a second. I'm serious. I don't understand. There's gotta be something I'm missing. The question is real: Why do all of these Republicans -- you know the names -- why are they supporting something that's gonna eliminate their party? Why are they supporting something that's going to render them an ineffective minority for as far as the eye can see? If they want to be Democrats, quit the Republican Party and join the Democrat Party. Why do they want -- it's almost as though -- well, I can't answer it. It doesn't make any sense to me.
RUSH: So why are the Republicans so eager to render themselves a permanent minority status by agreeing to amnesty, immigration reform, which is gonna result in millions more instant new Democrats, against which the Republicans will be hopelessly uncompetitive. Why would they do it? You want to take a stab? Snerdley says they see that they're gonna be permanently defeated anyway by a rising Hispanic population if they don't do this. It's what they fear. Maybe.
There's a theory, there's an answer to the question that you know and I know, and it revolves around their hatred -- too strong a word -- the Republican Party is embarrassed of its base. How many times have I sat here and reminded you of this? The Republican Party, I've told you stories. I'll repeat one. Hamptons, 1992, 1993. My first ever trip to the Hamptons, a dinner party at the home of a famous American, Republican. After dinner, out on the deck, a guy comes up to me -- a name you'd know. Not gonna tell you who -- punches me with his finger in the chest, "What are you gonna do about the Christians?"
Remember, now, this my first trip there. I'm with these people for the first time in my life, and I'm really sizing it all up and wondering why I'm really there. I mean, these are very wealthy, powerful Republicans. This guy's pounding me in the chest, "What are you gonna do about the Christians?" I said, "What are you talking about?" "Abortion! They're killing us! Pro-lifers are killing us, and they listen to you." Some of the same people have done the same thing to me on gun control. "You have got to tell these people to back off on guns. You've got to tell these pro-lifers to just quiet down."
I've heard them say they get embarrassed going to Republican conventions with the pro-life crowd that's also there. My first experience of that was in Houston in 1992. The pro-life contingent there was huge, and I remember the way I was treated by that group, making other Republicans nervous. The bottom line is that the Republican Party is embarrassed by its own base. The Republican Party is ashamed of its base. They accept the Democrat caricature of the Republican base. Southern, hayseed hicks, pro-lifers, pickup-truck-driving, gun-rack-in-the-back-window people, chewing tobacco and going to church and talking about God all the time.
But they really see 'em as a bunch of zealots when it comes to abortion. And all these guys I'm talking about have wives who nag 'em about it, don't want any part of the pro-life crowd, embarrassed to be with them at the conventions. So the theory goes that this is a way to get rid of the Republican base. Supporting amnesty and having the Democrats win big-time elections after this is a way for the party to finally get rid of its base. Now, you say, "Well, replace it with what?"
Don't ask me, but I'm guessing, I assume that some Republicans think that there's a new group of people that would become their base. If they just got rid of these pro-lifers, if they just got rid of this religious crowd, if they just got rid of the Christians, if they just got rid of these gun nuts, the bitter clingers, as Obama calls 'em. If the Republicans just got rid of those people, a lot more people would like Republicans, and maybe some of the people voting Democrat would then vote Republican, 'cause some of the people voting Democrat would love to vote Republican since they also don't like the hicks and they also don't like the hayseeds and the religious people.
There you have a possible theory. But even when you drill that down, when you drill deep down into that one, you still ask how in the world -- the Republican base is 24 million votes. The Republicans aren't gonna win anything without them. That was demonstrated in 2008. It was demonstrated in 2012. It was demonstrated in 1992, and it was demonstrated in 1996. You don't win without them. So if they drive their current base away, what is the current base gonna do? Just sit there and not participate anymore?
How is voting for amnesty going to cause the base to leave the party? Isn't it gonna maybe inspire the base to want to finally take it over? There will be some third-party advocates, but if that happens the Republicans are dead, double dead politically, if a third party forms. But it is believable and understandable that the Republican establishment and their consultants and all that really don't like a lot of the base. They don't like conservatives, be they Christians, be they pro-lifers, be they so-called gun nuts. They didn't like Reagan, as you know.
RUSH: I suspect, ladies and gentlemen, the answer to my question, aside from the brilliant expose I just provided, the answer to my question is all about money. And so the answer to why would these people sit by and allow this party to become a permanent minority status and be insignificant and ineffective, to answer that question, find out how in that arrangement a bunch of people get rich, and you will get the answer to your question. And if you want, we'll explore that next week. I'll be more than happy to take a tour down that theory, see where it takes us.