Rush Limbaugh *endorses Mitt Romney

posted at 2:03 pm on February 5, 2008 by Bryan

Levin, Hannity, Ingraham and now Nobel nominee Rush Limbaugh (membership req’d): Big talk radio swings unanimously for Mitt Romney. Rush makes several solid points that you’ve heard before, mostly regarding how McCain represents the GOP’s national security wing, Huckabee represents its social conservative wing, and Ron Paul represents the economic conservative wing, but Romney is the one candidate who represents all three by himself. Romney is a late convert to all three, which as I wrote the other day explains why conservatives have taken so long to warm up to him.

Rush also makes a point that conservatives won’t benefit if the GOP expands its base by attracting liberals as liberals to the party. I had a similar thought last night while watching Bill Maher tell Larry King what Republicans ought to do to become more competitive in the future. Never mind Republicans have historically held the presidency more than Democrats over the last 60 years. Never mind that Maher hates Christians and conservatives, so he obviously doesn’t have social conservatives’ interests in mind, and never mind that Maher is not exactly friendly to either economic or national security conservatism. Maher noted that McCain has flanked himself with Rudy Giuliani and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and that that trio ought to be the GOP’s future. Of course he would think that: He’s a liberal and so are two of them on at least one of the three major GOP planks and McCain’s maverickness makes him a liberal on some issues. If the GOP becomes the kind of party that attracts leftists like Maher and they remain leftists, what does the party stand for?

Turned around another way, McCain’s supporters make much of the fact that he has a record of reaching across the aisle and working with Democrats. But in every case, he’s reaching across the aisle to do what the Democrats want. Where’s the evidence that McCain has ever reached across the aisle and plucked off a few Democrat votes for a conservative issue or cause? I can’t think of a single case, so I’ll put it to the McCain supporters in the HA readership: Name an issue where McCain reached across the aisle and ended up benefiting conservative issues, ideals or causes.

Here’s Rush’s endorsement of Romney. It remains to be seen if it was too little, too late.

RUSH: I think now, based on the way the campaign has shaken out, that there probably is a candidate on our side who does embody all three legs of the conservative stool, and that’s Romney. The three stools or the three legs of the stool are national security/foreign policy, the social conservatives, and the fiscal conservatives. The social conservatives are the cultural people. The fiscal conservatives are the economic crowd: low taxes, smaller government, get out of the way.

Of course, the foreign policy crowd is obviously what it is. I don’t think there’s anybody on our side who doesn’t care about national security, which is why I found it amazing that McCain gets the bulk of those, because the idea that Romney or Huckabee are going to punt national security? In Huckabee’s case, you might just say the things he’s saying about it represent an ignorance born of inexperience in the subject. I don’t think Huckabee has any deleterious intentions about the country. When it comes to the fiscal side, you cannot say — you just cannot say — that John McCain is interested. He’s even admitted he’s not interested in the social side. He’s not interested in the economic side. He said this, and when he has spoken up about it, he sides more often with liberal Democrats on fiscal issues than he does with his own side. That’s problematic. This is why I think — and why I have said — that the Republican Party, not conservatism, but the Republican Party is in big trouble if it is empowered and gets elected by attracting people who also hold liberal Democrat views simply because they like McCain because of his character, his honor, his prisoner of war story, and they don’t like Hillary or Obama.

Now that Rush has endorsed Romney, his “carrying water” speech in 2006 is being brought up against him. You can “gotcha” anyone who spends 20 years, 3 hours a weekday, giving their opinion on the air, and it’s all too easy to snipe from the bushes at someone who’s willing to take a public stand for or against something. The point he made then remains valid, though: The 2006 Republicans were far from perfect but were better on just about every issue than the Democrats who defeated them and that’s why he supported them. There’s a cautionary tale in that election for Republicans who want to sit out 2008, too.

*Clarification: It’s clear from the above, and from Rush’s longstanding criticisms of McCain, that Rush supports Romney for the GOP nomination. Some commenters here and a reader have emailed that strictly speaking, Rush didn’t endorse Romney. I didn’t hear the entire show yesterday or today, but they say that Rush said that he’s still not expressly endorsing a candidate. Fair enough, though that’s a great deal of nuance to pack into a headline. And then there’s how Rush’s site headlined the article in which he names Romney as preferrable to McCain. Here’s a screencap of that.

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That’s on Rush’s site right now. Don’t call me a “liar” for interpreting the clip above plus that headline as an endorsement.

Update (AP): It’s obviously an endorsement, guys. Rush can cover his ass however he likes but his meaning surely isn’t lost upon his listeners.


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hey rush, this might have been relevant like, before the florida primaries.

/voted for mitt today

//doesn’t matter, he’ll win by 30 points here anyways

triple on February 5, 2008 at 2:04 PM

Nice wait till Super Tuesday to do it. I hope this FINALLY kills the idea that conservatives should endorse during the political season. We will get McCain because too many sat around trying to play important.

William Amos on February 5, 2008 at 2:05 PM

If only Allah had endored Fred!

infidel on February 5, 2008 at 2:08 PM

whoa!

mattyj86 on February 5, 2008 at 2:09 PM

Someone get Rush a frickin calendar…or a PDA w/reminder….or at least a telephone.

shooter on February 5, 2008 at 2:09 PM

I would say he is at least a month too late. Besides, I more of a Republican than a “conservative” anyway. I am more about capitalism over socialism and personal responsibility vs shared responsibility and national sovereignty over world government but as far as social issues, I just want Washington off our backs.

crosspatch on February 5, 2008 at 2:10 PM

I think Rush wanted Fred and was hoping he would break through in South Carolina. He was rightfully worried that Mitt was too late to the party on many issues. But clearly Mitt is the only rational choice left for conservatives. It hasn’t been hard to figure out who Rush would eventually endorse if you have been paying attention to him at all since Florida.

rockmom on February 5, 2008 at 2:10 PM

Y’all can get upset with Rush if you like, but no one has been keeping anyone from getting informed about the better candidate. Rush, I’m sure, was hoping that we the people would wake up in time.

Shame on us, not Rush, who has been beating up on McJerk for years. Apparently, we – collectively – didn’t heed the warnings.

beatcanvas on February 5, 2008 at 2:10 PM

The timing is interesting. I’m curious as to the thinking on this. But it does make me think that McCain is less viable in the general then he (JM) thinks.

Spirit of 1776 on February 5, 2008 at 2:11 PM

There’s a cautionary tale in that election for Republicans who want to sit out 2008, too.

This whole post is a cautionary tale. To wait til the 11th hours to “rush” in and endorce to all the talk about sitting out in November. We are in this mess right now because converatives sat out. We sat out in 2006 mad at the republicans in congress and got Pelosi. Conservatives sat out in the primaries adn we got John McCain. Now we want to sit out yet again and take Hillary or Obama over McCain.

You I have to ask excaxly WHEN are we going to take part ? How late in the game ?

William Amos on February 5, 2008 at 2:11 PM

Rush Limbaugh endorses Mitt Romney

LOL! You mean he didn’t think just claiming John McCain was Satan not enough??

bnelson44 on February 5, 2008 at 2:11 PM

Wish he had done this for Fred when it might have made a difference. Backing Romney at this point feels like a desperation move–the not-McCain and not-Huckabee choice. To me, Rush is basically saying that Romney is merely the most conservative of the only ones left, which isn’t saying much. A month ago, he stated clearly that Fred was the only full-spectrum conservative in the race, which means he has serious reservations about Romney. But now that he’s all that’s left that’s not McCain and not Huckabee, he has to back him in a last-ditch effort to get the least objectionable remaining candidate nominated. I think it’s too little, too late.

aero on February 5, 2008 at 2:11 PM

Nice wait till Super Tuesday to do it. I hope this FINALLY kills the idea that conservatives should endorse during the political season. We will get McCain because too many sat around trying to play important.

William Amos on February 5, 2008 at 2:05 PM

I agree. Starting Rush and NRO. If they had endorsed earlier, they might have made a difference. But I think it is too late for this year since, unless something dramatically takes place, we will have a dem or a rino in the WH

ConservativePartyNow on February 5, 2008 at 2:11 PM

Rush’s endorsement may not be too late. Most people (I’d bet) have yet to vote. This will be fresh on their minds when they cast their ballot.

amerpundit on February 5, 2008 at 2:12 PM

So just how conservative does one have to be to get elected governor of Massechusetts?

CurtZHP on February 5, 2008 at 2:13 PM

Mark Halperin:

After Romney takes first round of voting there is talk of an agreement to throw McCain’s support to Huckabee to keep Romney from a victory.

amerpundit on February 5, 2008 at 2:13 PM

If it’s McCain nominated, he would do well to ask Romney to be his VP running mate. At 71 and with a history of melanoma, voters might want to consider who will replace him if he’s elected.

NNtrancer on February 5, 2008 at 2:13 PM

The fiscal conservatives are the economic crowd: low taxes, smaller government, get out of the way.

When it comes to the fiscal side, you cannot say — you just cannot say — that John McCain is interested.

Rush id full of it. McCain has fought for tax cuts; he ran on a pretty big one in 2000, and continues to support them, although maybe not the specific plans advanced by other conservatives. Also, he’s been a real leader on cutting government spending. To say McCain is not interested in fiscal policy shows just how ignorant and pigheaded Rush can be.

Big S on February 5, 2008 at 2:13 PM

LOL. Rush just endorsed a guy who badmouthed Ronald Reagan as Mass governor.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 5, 2008 at 2:14 PM

What. a. fool. Where’s he been, other than biding his time so that he could say “I told you so, that’s the way things ought to be” when the eventual nominee was chosen? Is this amateur hour? It’s not the party that’s disorganized. It’s talk radio.

Vizzini on February 5, 2008 at 2:14 PM

J-Mac needs a conservative on the ticket to attract the base, but it won’t be Omni. I still say Fred.

jgapinoy on February 5, 2008 at 2:14 PM

Heh. He said “stool”. Heh heh.

MikeZero on February 5, 2008 at 2:15 PM

McCain has fought for tax cuts

Big S on February 5, 2008 at 2:13 PM

As evidence by the fact he voted against the Bush tax cuts because they cut taxes for the “rich”, supports a tax on gasoline to fight global warming, and wants to punish those “greedy” people on Wall Street.

amerpundit on February 5, 2008 at 2:15 PM

By waiting until the very last moment, Rush is clearly trying to sway idgit voters who don’t decide until the moment they walk into the voting booth. The last sign they see as they pass the 100-yard mark outside the polling place might decide it for that kind of voter. Rush’s words really could make a difference to some of them. Unfortunately, I’m guessing that not many idgits listen to Rush.

aero on February 5, 2008 at 2:15 PM

I thought that Geddy Lee couldn’t vote in US elections?

Shawn92101 on February 5, 2008 at 2:16 PM

We sat out in 2006 mad at the republicans in congress and got Pelosi.

And Bush finally began to veto spending bills…

These guys are not the savior (or Savior for that matter) of the Republican party. Passing on them will not bring about the end of the world any more than passing on Ford did in 76.

al sends

afterdarknesslight on February 5, 2008 at 2:16 PM

you just cannot say that McCain is interested

McCain has fought gov’t waste & pork for many years.

jgapinoy on February 5, 2008 at 2:16 PM

It seems to me rather than vote for the lessers of two evils the republicans have deceided to just turn its back and let the greater of two evils have full sway because we’d rather complain than do anything.

William Amos on February 5, 2008 at 2:16 PM

RIGHT ON RUSH!!!!!

RUSH TO THE RESCUE!!!

NO MOE RINOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Conservative or bust. Same policies but none of the responsiblity.

Roger Waters on February 5, 2008 at 2:16 PM

What are you guys talking about? Anyone that listens to Rush knows he’s liked Fred and Mitt for a long time now. And ever since Fred dropped out it’s been clear that Mitt was his guy. It sure as hell wasn’t McCain, Huckster, or Paul. Or do you need to stand in the rain to see it’s raining outside rather than look out the window? Good grief.

Weber48IDA on February 5, 2008 at 2:16 PM

Name an issue where McCain reached across the aisle and ended up benefiting conservative issues, ideals or causes.

I’ll name one. McCain-Kennedy shamnesty. Keep labor costs low=higher profit=a beloved capitalistic goal. Letting ssomeone else(taxpayer) pick up the social cost of supporting that labor force and it is a perfect bullseye for capitalism. Do you deny there was major big business support for this thing? Why else did the WSJ pimp it?

a capella on February 5, 2008 at 2:17 PM

Rush’s endorsement may not be too late. Most people (I’d bet) have yet to vote. This will be fresh on their minds when they cast their ballot.

amerpundit on February 5, 2008 at 2:12 PM

If people don’t know who Rush was for in this election, they haven’t been listening.

bnelson44 on February 5, 2008 at 2:17 PM

Rush did it today so talk radio wouldn’t take a hit when Mitt inevitably loses. He can spin it like “shoulda done it sooner”

lorien1973 on February 5, 2008 at 2:17 PM

I have to admit I wonder what happens if McCain wins big today will Rush say anything about his endorcement ?

William Amos on February 5, 2008 at 2:18 PM

Will it be enough to make Willard competitive today, that is the question!

countywolf on February 5, 2008 at 2:18 PM

Better late than never.

Mitt MUst Win! Vote everyone!@

Dr B on February 5, 2008 at 2:18 PM

Hey CHOSEN ONE, better to “bad mouth” Reagan/Bush (which he didnt do) in the early 1990′s than consider signing up for the John Kerry ticket a few years ago.

Rush is right. Juan McCain sucketh.

Roger Waters on February 5, 2008 at 2:19 PM

Excellent analysis Bryan, and I look forward to answers to this question:

Where’s the evidence that McCain has ever reached across the aisle and plucked off a few Democrat votes for a conservative issue or cause? I can’t think of a single case, so I’ll put it to the McCain supporters in the HA readership: Name an issue where McCain reached across the aisle and ended up benefiting conservative issues, ideals or causes.

Buy Danish on February 5, 2008 at 2:19 PM

If people don’t know who Rush was for in this election, they haven’t been listening.

bnelson44 on February 5, 2008 at 2:17 PM

I’m not even necessarily talking about the people who listen to him on a regular basis, but the people who will hear about the endorsement. And never underestimate the obliviousness of the American Idol sector of our electorate. :-)

amerpundit on February 5, 2008 at 2:19 PM

Look, General Custer, here comes reinforcements!

…General Custer?

see-dubya on February 5, 2008 at 2:19 PM

Mitt just lost West Virginia. Hillarious

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 5, 2008 at 2:20 PM

He shouldn’t have endorsed anyone. The bottom line is there is no one who holds to a conservative platform running, hence, no one to vote for, hence why the de facto McVain nomination will get squashed like a bug come November by Clinton or Obama (yeah he will get beat by a girl, at least DOle can say it was Bill that beat him). If the Republicans want to be a party of “lukewarmness” (that uses the term “moderate” to cover their lack of conviction on anything), so be it, just be honest enough to say that so conservatives can move on and leave “moderates” to themselves.

Obama is right about one thing, a “Change” is coming…all around.

TOPV on February 5, 2008 at 2:20 PM

AP & Fox call WV for Huckabee.

amerpundit on February 5, 2008 at 2:20 PM

I will find it amusing to see Rush campaigning for McCain in November if McCain wins the nomination. Whatever else Rush will have to do that to avoid the fairness doctrine from cutting him off from his audience.

McCain might be Rush’s only hope heh

William Amos on February 5, 2008 at 2:20 PM

Mitt just lost West Virginia. Hillarious

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 5, 2008 at 2:20 PM

So did McCain.

amerpundit on February 5, 2008 at 2:21 PM

Looks like the coal mining community and Romenee didn’t bong. I wonder why?

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 5, 2008 at 2:21 PM

I can see why Rush hasn’t been doing endorsements. From his point of view, if he endorses someone at the start and that person immediately goes down in flames, the MSM will razz him as being irrelevent. If he then repeats the process during the same primary season, he’ll lose all credibility with his audience. The meme would be Rush backs losers! In his business, at the top of the pile as he is, that would be damaging, if not fatal. He doesn’t risk his reputation by staying above the fray on endorsements.

piraticalbob on February 5, 2008 at 2:21 PM

bond

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 5, 2008 at 2:22 PM

Pretty weak as an endorsement goes, but any positive endorsement is much more powerful than saying “don’t vote for McCain.”

ErikTheRed on February 5, 2008 at 2:22 PM

Looks like the coal mining community and Romenee didn’t bong. I wonder why?

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 5, 2008 at 2:21 PM

West Virginia holds a convention, not a general vote. The primary isn’t until later on, which is when the remaining delegates will be chosen.

amerpundit on February 5, 2008 at 2:23 PM

McCain people swung their support to Huckmania to slay the dragon. Confirmed

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 5, 2008 at 2:23 PM

AP & Fox call WV for Huckabee.

amerpundit on February 5, 2008 at 2:20 PM

Sad to say being from West Virginia I have to admit our stupid legislature passed a law making road kill legal to eat in our state.

In fairness we elect democrats so Im not as embarressed as I might have been otherwise.

William Amos on February 5, 2008 at 2:23 PM

Well done Rush..

I see McCain is carrying around two silver balls in his right hand !!! Hmm

jake-the-goose on February 5, 2008 at 2:23 PM

I agree. Starting Rush and NRO.
ConservativePartyNow on February 5, 2008 at 2:11 PM

NRO endorsed Romney quite some time ago.

Hollowpoint on February 5, 2008 at 2:24 PM

McCain people swung their support to Huckmania to slay the dragonconservative left in the race. Confirmed

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 5, 2008 at 2:23 PM

amerpundit on February 5, 2008 at 2:24 PM

Name an issue where McCain reached across the aisle and ended up benefiting conservative issues, ideals or causes.

Simple, the war in Iraq. With out John McCain’s continued support of the war in Iraq and the surge you can guarantee that we would now be headed towards retreat. Lots of republicans were waiting to jump ship, remember John Warner, Dick Lugar and other during the summer. I’m sure a lot of republican senators and some democrat senators in red states thought twice about changing their policy on Iraq because of John McCain’s unwavering support of victory. I could also make the case that John McCain has been a stalwart on cutting spending, upsetting a lot of pork lovers, which I would consider a conservative position.

And why is this “endorsement” such a surprise? Rush listeners have known for years that he personally hates John McCain. (I remember him saying that John McCain is so self obsessed that he calls out his own name during sex, which is pretty funny.) He recently has turned his hate toward Mike Huckabee, the only person left is Mitt Romney.

Complete7 on February 5, 2008 at 2:25 PM

Buy Danish on February 5, 2008 at 2:19 PM

I guess it depends on whether you feel capitalism is a conservative ideal.If so, scroll up for my comment. Remember, we’re not talking about morality or ethics here, just the concept of running business at a profit.

a capella on February 5, 2008 at 2:26 PM

This talk radio thing is not playing well with main street.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 5, 2008 at 2:26 PM

Laura Ingram is getting embarrased by Greta?

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 5, 2008 at 2:26 PM

Bryan,

Rush is wrong and so are you. I admire your tnacity in riding this sinking ship till the end.

JayHaw Phrenzie on February 5, 2008 at 2:27 PM

Yahooooo!!!!! It’s going to be Mitt in the end! Go Mitt!

mr.nice on February 5, 2008 at 2:27 PM

Wish he had done this for Fred when it might have made a difference. Backing Romney at this point feels like a desperation move–the not-McCain and not-Huckabee choice. To me, Rush is basically saying that Romney is merely the most conservative of the only ones left, which isn’t saying much. A month ago, he stated clearly that Fred was the only full-spectrum conservative in the race, which means he has serious reservations about Romney. But now that he’s all that’s left that’s not McCain and not Huckabee, he has to back him in a last-ditch effort to get the least objectionable remaining candidate nominated. I think it’s too little, too late.

aero on February 5, 2008 at 2:11 PM

Yeah, that really chaps my arse! If Rush truly wanted a rock ribbed Conservative, he would have endorsed Fred! and that could have actually made a difference. This wimpy, lesser of two evils endorsement is just another blow to the conservatives in this dead party!

ihasurnominashun on February 5, 2008 at 2:28 PM

West Virginia does an elimination process, until someone has a majority. Mitt won the first round of voting with 41%, but he didn’t have a majority. So they eliminated Ron Paul and John McCain and did another round with just Mitt against Huck. McCain’s voters apparently broke for Huck and gave him the majority. Sigh.

aero on February 5, 2008 at 2:28 PM

thanks for doing it at the last possible moment in stead of a week or two ago when it could have done some good.

its vintage duh on February 5, 2008 at 2:29 PM

Laura Ingram is getting embarrased by Greta?

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 5, 2008 at 2:26 PM

Um, no? Laura says she got three reports of robocalls saying Mitt is “anti-God”.

And when Greta pointed out that Romney was once pro-choice, Laura answered “Yeah, so was Reagan”. Greta also pointed out that conservatives were going after McCain’s throat, to which Laura pointed out the attacks on Mitt. Greta answers, Well, yeah” or something.

amerpundit on February 5, 2008 at 2:29 PM

Where’s the evidence that McCain has ever reached across the aisle and plucked off a few Democrat votes for a conservative issue or cause?

I am far from being a McCain supporter, but one example is earmark reform.

Tomorrow I will introduce a modified version of that proposal. I will be joined in this bipartisan effort by Senators Feingold, Coburn, Bayh, Sununu, Graham, Ensign, DeMint, and Kyl.

Hollowpoint on February 5, 2008 at 2:29 PM

I bet Mitt is cussin’ somebody right now.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 5, 2008 at 2:30 PM

Yeah, that really chaps my arse! If Rush truly wanted a rock ribbed Conservative, he would have endorsed Fred!

X3.

General Custer, they’ll be here any minute!

see-dubya on February 5, 2008 at 2:30 PM

Yeah, a little late Rush. Why didn’t you wait until Super Thursday?

Geronimo on February 5, 2008 at 2:31 PM

This will still have an impact in the remaining races. Romney just has to stay close today.
Besides, it wasn’t until Florida that the field finally shook out to McBane and Romney.
Plus Rush is making his stand on principles. He’s not Republican. He’s conservative.

Iblis on February 5, 2008 at 2:31 PM

I bet Mitt is cussin’ somebody right now.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 5, 2008 at 2:30 PM

Why? Because he lost one state’s convention in the second round of voting due to other candidate supporters coming together behind Huck? And when the state’s primary still hasn’t been held?

amerpundit on February 5, 2008 at 2:31 PM

Bob Dole is a HERO!

Willard is a 0!

Chakra Hammer on February 5, 2008 at 2:32 PM

If Mac wins Missouri, Georgia, Tennessee and Minnesota, it’s nighty night for Mitt. Cali at best will be a split delegate thing and Mitt’s celebration at three in the morning won’t matter.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 5, 2008 at 2:32 PM

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 5, 2008 at 2:22 PM

I have to congatulate you for making the case on these threads for the presidency of John McCain better than just about anyone else out there.
Your “arguements” on his behalf are just as good or better than all the establishment politicians and highly paid pundits have to offer.
Well done.

billy on February 5, 2008 at 2:32 PM

Chakra Hammer on February 5, 2008 at 2:32 PM
You too!

billy on February 5, 2008 at 2:33 PM

How is what he said to day a contradiction of what he said before? If he was bolstering McCain I could see where they might’ve had a point, but he didn’t. I don’t even take what he said about Romney as an endorsement (at least what he said in the clip) but an explanation of who more closely represents Rush’s ideas and beliefs.

MSM, always tilting at windmills.

srhoades on February 5, 2008 at 2:33 PM

Reminds me of Bush replacing Rummy after the election.

infidel on February 5, 2008 at 2:34 PM

I agree with one thing; A little late, Rush.
As much as I can see that a hard core conservative might hesitate to endorse Romney, he should have done it early last week.

LegendHasIt on February 5, 2008 at 2:35 PM

I bet that Romeny stays in it even after the blowout. I bet when we get to Pennsylvania that Mitt takes a horse and carriage ride through Aumish dutch country. He’ll probably wear one of those dumb hats and the shoes with big buckles just to prove he’s more conservative.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 5, 2008 at 2:35 PM

True Conservatives endorse Mitt Romney:
Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham.

Fake Republicans endorse John McCain:
Arnold, Lindsey Graham, Mel Martinez

I’ll take Rush over anyone. You McCain supporters are nutjobs.

CABE on February 5, 2008 at 2:36 PM

the chosen one: do you actually have any conservative values at all? I don’t think I’ve ever heard you espouse any.

Not that that is a surprise: McCain has no conservative bona fides anymore.

Vanceone on February 5, 2008 at 2:43 PM

“Rush makes several solid points that you’ve heard before…”

Heard before.

Heard before.

Heard before.

Ad nauseum.

The bandwagon starts…when it’s too late.

Good job, “conservative” babblers.

MrScribbler on February 5, 2008 at 2:43 PM

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 5, 2008 at 2:35 PM

I’d like to see you attempt to answer the question I raised in the post rather than just act like your usualy jerky self: Name an issue where McCain reached across the aisle and pulled in Democrats to a conservative cause or ideal.

Bryan on February 5, 2008 at 2:45 PM

Looks like the coal mining community and Romenee didn’t bong. I wonder why?

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 5, 2008 at 2:21 PM

Mitt won the first round 41 to 33. It was only after ALL Ron Paul supporters and McCain supporters switched to Huck that he won. This isn’t indicative of “coal miners vs. Romney”.

Igor R. on February 5, 2008 at 2:45 PM

McCain’s supporters make much of the fact that he has a record of reaching across the aisle and working with Democrats. But in every case, he’s reaching across the aisle to do what the Democrats want. Where’s the evidence that McCain has ever reached across the aisle and plucked off a few Democrat votes for a conservative issue or cause?

Yeah, I think this basically sums up the opposition to McCain. We’d like to see him fight the Dems as hard as he fights his own party. All the Reagan worship comes from the fact that he was able to increase the size of the party and win blowout elections by sticking to his principles and converting independents to those positions, rather than changing his own positions to bring in more votes. Basically the opposite of the Rovian politics of “stealing issues” from the Dems to peel off their constituencies.

Dudley Smith on February 5, 2008 at 2:46 PM

Bob Dole is a HERO!

Willard is a 0!

Chakra Hammer on February 5, 2008 at 2:32 PM

Bob Dole did not endorse anyone. But McCain being his usual self LIED about what Bob Dole said and LIED about Mitt supposedly making fun of Dole’s military record. Yes, McCain wants to win with LIES. If you approve of this pathetic LIER keep up your propaganda.

Igor R. on February 5, 2008 at 2:47 PM

Good for Rush, just hopefully not a day late and a dollar Juan peso (possibly our future currency) late.

MB4 on February 5, 2008 at 2:48 PM

I can’t stand the Mormon attitude (it reeks of holier than thou) but since I don’t go to church or put any faith in organized religion, I’ll skip that hang-up.

I’ve argued against Obama because of his foreign policy…you know, the one that we’re all perfectly clear on, right? Oh, wait, I don’t know that he has one except ‘bring our troops home’. Romney may be guilty of the same lack of policy, frankly. But if I had to pick between the two, Romney’s going to be professional, smart enough to hire the right people to manage his diplomacy, and in the end will manage the policies like a smart businessman.

That said, while McCain might have much greater foreign policy experience, I have to agree with Bryan on this one: when has McCain actually delivered the left in support of a rightward cause? None come to mind. I also do not believe that he has the business acumen to manage the domestic and international monetary policies for the benefit of our economy and the mighty greenback. Oddly, I’d even give Hillary more credit for that ability, if for no other reason than the Billary’s uncanny nack for generating revenue from some of the most unbelievable and creative sources (insert Hsu here, etc).

Mitt got my vote here in California. He may be a long shot, he may just surprise us all, but either way, at least I VOTED! Now get on out there and punch a chad!

Biffstir on February 5, 2008 at 2:48 PM

Rush’s endorsement track record isn’t good.

Kini on February 5, 2008 at 2:48 PM

McCain’s winning most of his states so far with percentages in the 30s for the most part. Which means he’s on track for the nomination with over 60% of Republican primary voters voting AGAINST him. Mitt got 41% in the first round of voting in WV, which is better than McCain has done in any state so far (someone correct me if I’m wrong on that, but I think it’s true.)

aero on February 5, 2008 at 2:48 PM

Rush endorces Mitt. Hillary is outraged that Rush doesnt follow Ann Colter and endorce her.

William Amos on February 5, 2008 at 2:48 PM

Did somebody say bong?

I wouldn’t usually, but since it is “Super Tuesday”…

saint kansas on February 5, 2008 at 2:49 PM

I’ll take Rush over anyone. You McCain supporters are nutjobs.

Very persuasive and interesting, not to mention grown-up! That changes everything.

I have to admit I wonder what happens if McCain wins big today will Rush say anything about his endorcement ?

William Amos on February 5, 2008 at 2:18 PM

It’s all part of the two-step. With his late endorsement, he saves face with the, ahem, very reasonable and sincere people he’s been stirring up, so that when he later on decides to back his way onto the team bus, possibly without admitting that’s what he’s doing, he can still say he did his best to get the “right” kind of conservative. What will be even more amusing will be if McCain goes over the head of his talkradio, blogospheric, and punditariat antagonists and really does pick Huck as his VP. How many listeners will Rush and the little Rushies have to give up if they’re abandoning a Reaganaut war hero and and evangelical heart throb in the most hotly contested election in living memory?

CK MacLeod on February 5, 2008 at 2:52 PM

John McCain is an evil, pathetic creature that hides behind his military record to obscure his Open Border and Socialist agenda. John McCain is worse than Nixon and just like Hillary in that the truth can defeat them and only lies prop them up. But Hillary is A LOT more honest about her intentions than the slimy deranged McCain.

Igor R. on February 5, 2008 at 2:52 PM

Bryan on February 5, 2008 at 2:45 PM

I realize conservatives don’t have a monopoly on capitalism, but their hands aren’t entirely clean.

a capella on February 5, 2008 at 2:17 PM

a capella on February 5, 2008 at 2:52 PM

Thanks Rush, way to go there, buddy. What is it now, let’s see, 2:00pm est on Super Tuesday? Yeah, that’s about right. Hmm. Little late maybe? You think? Where the HELL were you a week ago, a month ago? Thanks dude, that really helped. Yeah, thanks.

Gartrip on February 5, 2008 at 2:54 PM

Re Rush and his audience, I should have said “would… have to give up,” not “will give up,” since I full expect him to be rabble-rousing for the Rs come November.

CK MacLeod on February 5, 2008 at 2:54 PM

Rush. Is. Right.

And if McCain gets the nomination, I won’t vote for him.

Spanglemaker on February 5, 2008 at 2:56 PM

Bob Dole had his usual “deer in the headlights” look when talking about McCain. It was all about “back in the old days he was OK”. He couldn’t name one good thing McCain has done lately. I was listening to Rush on Levine and watching Dole on Fox at the same time last night and this was making me sick. The evil McCain used the naive Dole to stage a deceptive attack on Mitt. NEVER honest, ALWAYS taking advantage of people. That’s the hero McCain for you.

Igor R. on February 5, 2008 at 2:56 PM

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