Rush Limbaugh joined Greta Van Susteren for the full hour Tuesday night,
and Limbaugh spent the first segment of the program bashing President
Obama, sharing the "Limbaugh Theorem" (foxnews.com/on-air/on-the-record)
for how the president governs, and taking the "slavish media" to task
for not holding him accountable. He also had some choice words for
Republicans capitulating too much to the Democratic agenda.
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the "phony scandals" controversy, Limbaugh admitted he was stunned that
the president was able to survive 2012 with the bad economy on his
back. He came up with the "Limbaugh theorem" to explain why so many
people hate Obama's policies yet like him and vote for him: he's
"constantly campaigning" and never governing who keeps insisting nothing
that ever happens in Washington is his fault.
that Obama could only get away with this because of the "slavish media"
that will never call him out on anything. He said that most journalists
are "all part of the elitist New York-Washington-Boston media academic
corridor and they think they are Obama."
He admitted the 2010
midterms, while it resulted in Republican gains, were not necessarily
that good for the party, because no one was "articulating an agenda" and
all the Republican votes were "anti-Obama" votes, not votes for a
viable alternative. He also slammed Republican leadership for brushing
aside the tea party and "its conservative base on a number of issues,"
saying the big problem with the GOP is too much capitulation to what the
Democrats want. Why doesn't the Republican Party embrace them,
bring them in and try to grow and have at least come up with a way to
reach out and attach themselves to these people, a majority of voters?
Instead they're capitulating with what the Democrats want. And not just
on this, but on immigration, amnesty, whatever you want to call it.
Talk show radio icon Rush Limbaugh goes 'On the Record' with Greta Van Susteren in an exclusive sitdown interview.
The following is a quick transcript and is subject to change for clarifications. GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: In talking about the scandals, President Obama says the scandals are phony. Why do you think he says they're phony, because he believes it or is there strategy? RUSH LIMBAUGH:
No, there's a strategy. I -- I've been troubled by something with the
Obama -- you know, I playfully call it the regime (inaudible). And it
is. Looks like a regime. I've been troubled. I've been amazed. Here
is a man (inaudible) has done great damage to this country, policies
have done great damage (inaudible), have done great damage to the
American culture, the American psyche. (Inaudible) is a sense
of hopelessness and depression out there. And it's his policies that
have done this. And what has always amazed me is how he's not
(inaudible). He has an agenda; he's been implementing it. But
the -- what I call the low information voters that voted for him and
other Democrats do not associate Obama's policy and agenda with the
condition of the country, the economy or whatever. That's always the
(inaudible). I've never, never known a president to be immune from
economic circumstances at an election as he was in 2012. It
all became clear to me. There was a "New York Times" story -- I think
one of their blog posts on the Web back in February, and it basically
said he (inaudible) what I just said to you. It said most people
disapprove of the Obama agenda. They don't like the direction the
country's going. They like him and they think he's great for the
country. But how can that be? Intellectually, how can a
majority of people (inaudible) -- and you know they oppose ObamaCare by
55-60 percent in another poll. They are worried about jobs. How
in the world can they like him, reelect him and yet disapprove of
everything he's doing? And I came up, well, I call it the Limbaugh
theorem. And you hear other people talking about it in the sense that
he's a bystander president or he's outside Washington. The way he does this, he never appears to be governing. That's why he's constantly campaigning. Why is there a campaign going on for ObamaCare? It's already the law of the land. Why is he out campaigning for all this stuff that's already law? It's already going to happen. And
my theory is that Obama has positioned himself as an outsider not
attached to anything that’s happening. What he has made happen – he
positions himself as opposed to it and against it and fighting for
everybody else to overcome what he has done. And that’s one of the
reasons why the constant campaign, so he doesn’t appear to be governing,
so he doesn’t appear to be part of Washington, so he appears to have
this mysterious powerful bunch of forces that are opposing him and
stopping him from doing his job, and stopping him from giving people
proper healthcare and stopping him from making their home values go up
but he’s constantly out there fighting it and he does that by constantly
campaigning and never seems to be governing. So all of these scandals
he calls he calls them, they’re not distraction, they’re real. But he
likes them because they detract from the absolute reality of what has
happened to this country as a result of his policies.
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