Rush Limbaugh did not mince words on Monday’s broadcast of The Rush Limbaugh Show, detailing his perception of a plot against conservatives by the GOP establishment.
The talk show host said Republican establishment members, convinced that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will win in the general election, want to see Sen. Ted Cruz get the GOP nomination, “and then to get shellacked in a landslide.” By shifting blame onto Cruz for a landslide loss, Limbaugh theorized, Republican insiders could attempt to consolidate their power once again in a return to “Northeastern liberal candidates like (former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt) Romney.”
GOP party brokers would be willing to back Cruz — all the while cheering his defeat — Limbaugh asserted, because Cruz comes out of the Tea Party and a brand of social conservatism many on the inside track of the party have been looking to expel since the days of Barry Goldwater in 1964. Limbaugh said many of the “establishment types” in the GOP would relish the opportunity to banish this conservative element from the party.
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Limbaugh holds that the establishment “GOP bosses” are convinced “they’re going to lose it to Hillary either way … therefore, the way they’re thinking is, it’s better to lose with Cruz.” By doing so, Limbaugh said, establishment Republicans believe a major presidential election loss with Cruz could be used to push conservatives out and also deliver a future Republican Party under which they could say “forever, ‘no conservative should ever get the nomination.’ … They’ll be done with it.”
“They don’t want guys like Ted Cruz coming back. They just don’t,” Limbaugh stated.
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