RUSH: Here’s John in Fairport, New York. Hello, sir.
CALLER: Hey, Rush, how you doing?
RUSH: Good. I’m good. Thank you for calling.
CALLER: I hope you win your Nassau when you’re playing golf. I’m a registered Republican living in New York, which is, you know, pretty frustrating.
CALLER: But the county I’m in is a Republican held county so, you know, we do have some control over our local elections; none over national. But even locally the topic you’re on, and I’m glad you’re talking about it, because even our local Republican elected officials, I think they’re more interested in getting reelected than actually governing on any principle that would help, you know, what in New York is a huge welfare state. And, you know, I think it’s the exact same on the national level. The frustration is, how do you change that? If you vote out a Republican, you’re voting in a Democrat, and I’m not sure what that accomplishes. So it is frustrating and I’m not sure what the answer to it is.
RUSH: The answer is what it’s always been, and it’s easy to say. In fact, it’s too easy to say. It’s so easy to say that it can be dismissed just as easily. The answer is conservatism. The answer is fealty to the core beliefs and principles of this nation’s founding. That’s the answer.
CALLER: And I think that’s what we need, a new party. We need the Republican Party to become a conservative party.
RUSH: Well, it’s up to conservatives to take it over.
RUSH: I don’t like this third party. I never have liked this third party. They never win.
CALLER: No, not a third party. Replace the Republican Party with a truly conservative party, if that can happen.
RUSH: Well, a party that is conservative.
RUSH: Yeah. Yeah. Rather than a conservative party. Fine, minute point, but I still think it’s worth making. But the dilemma here is, okay, and again, this is why I ended up unintentionally depressing people, but let me ask it another way. In 2012 the Republicans spent, what was the number? Over a hundred million. What do elections cost these days? How much money? Was it a hundred million dollars, was it 50 million, I don’t know, what?
Well, let’s say half a million. I’ll just pick a number. Half a million dollars. How many people after that money is spent could answer questions on what are Republican core beliefs, and how many could answer what Democrat core beliefs are? And therein is my point.