RUSH: Now, as we established last week, the Democrats are still seething over my saying back on January 16th, 2009, four days before Obama was inaugurated, Wall Street Journal called and said, “Look, we’re putting an op-ed together here of a bunch of people, 400 words on what you hope for Obama’s presidency.” And I said, “I don’t need 400 words. I can do it in four.” They said, “What’s that?” I said, “I hope he fails.” They said, “We’re not gonna publish that.” I said, “Okay.” So I told the story on the air, and everybody knew what I meant. And yet they took it and ran with it that I personally wanted Obama, I wanted Obama’s presidency to fail. I wanted the country to fail is what they said. And they knew that wasn’t the case, but they were salivating. They said, “Man, can we use this, can we use this to expose these Republicans, they hate Obama. We can wrap everything we want in it. We can wrap racism, we can wrap conservatism, we can wrap bigotry into all of this,” and they ran with it and they all knew what I meant. So here we are leading up to the election last week, and David Axelrod, Obama’s campaign manager from ’08 is out there talking, “Well, we all remember what Rush Limbaugh said,” and he was corrected on CNN by our old buddy Jeff Lord again, and he didn’t accept it, but he knew. Well, Axelrod was on Bill Maher’s show Friday night on Real Time and brought it up again, and of all people Bill Maher had to set him straight.
AXELROD: Rush Limbaugh, after Obama got elected, “I’m rooting for him to fail,” we heard all of this stuff. Donald Trump, we all excoriated him when he said, “I may not accept the results of this election.” So how do we lecture him and then say, “But wait a second, now you won and we’re not gonna accept the result.”
MAHER: But, you know, when that rooting-to-fail thing came up with Mitch McConnell when Obama took office and every liberal was upset about that, I was not. I knew what he meant. He meant, I don’t want his policies to succeed. I heard Obama say, we want Trump to succeed. Well, if Trump succeeding means his policies succeeding, no, I don’t want them to succeed. I don’t want him to repeal Obamacare. I don’t want him to get rid of the climate deal.
AXELROD: I guarantee you, Obama doesn’t want him to repeal Obamacare, either.
RUSH: See? I have served to expose these people and all of their phoniness from the get-go because really what I was saying, when all these people say they hope the new president succeeds, they don’t mean it. All of these Republicans back in 2004, “Oh, we hope the new president, we wish him well.” No, they didn’t. Not really. If they really cared about what Obama’s policies were gonna do to the country, they didn’t want Obama to succeed, and they shouldn’t have. They were the opposition party, they were there to oppose. “But, Rush, but, Rush, what about the election results?” Fine and dandy election results, and they didn’t have the votes to stop him anyway but they owed it to their voters to try and stop him. We disagree with Obama policies. So now what’s come of this? Axelrod now realizes that they can’t get away with saying this stuff. He now realizes that when Democrats are out there saying they hope Trump succeeds, they don’t mean it.
That’s what Axelrod admitted. Because Maher said, come on, come on, everybody knows what he’s talking about, he’s talking about his policies. And then Maher said, look, if you’re gonna go out there and say you hope Donald Trump succeeds, you don’t want him to do away with climate change. So we’ve exposed them. It’s taken eight years, folks, but we have exposed yet another element of the fraud and the phoniness of these people. They get away with saying they want the Republicans do well when they don’t, and everybody just falls right in line, says what a bunch of good guys, but they don’t mean it, either. So of all places to have this finally put in the proper perspective, Real Time with Bill Maher.
This was Saturday, CNN’s Smerconish, Michael Smerconish speaking with Sean Spicer, RNC communications director. They were talking about me. Smerconish said, “Rush Limbaugh says, hey, we won, we’ve got both houses and, you know, let’s go full on now with our agenda.There’s no need to be looking leftward as we advance. What do you say about that?”
SPICER: Mr. Trump wants everybody who understands that the American people spoke very loudly and very clearly on Tuesday that they are ready for change, that they want an end to the status quo, that they’re tired of the excuses and they want to see things getting done. If you want to be part of that, then you’re welcome to join and we welcome you to that movement.
RUSH: Sean Spicer, and he’s echoing what Reince Priebus said on this program Friday. We had Reince Priebus on, he said there’s no excuses now. He had owned up to it, he admitted it. The Republicans have no excuses now for not advancing the Republican, slash, Trump agenda. They’ve got everything that they asked for. They’ve got the White House now. They’ve got a Senate the majority. They’ve got a House majority. The only thing left is McConnell said, “Well, we don’t have 60 votes.” But both Spicer and Priebus have now both said that’s not an excuse. We’ve got it and we’re gonna move forward, and the agenda’s gonna happen, and if you want to be part of it, join us. Now, Smerconish is like a lot of moderate Republicans. They believe that even in victory you reach out to the left, and you tell the American people you’re reaching out to the left. You’re extending an olive branch to the opponents, and you give them a little say-so in your upcoming agenda because we all want to cross aisle and we all want to work together and we all want to get along with each other. And this is what we are always faced with. When we lose, by the way, these same people tell us: You lost. You need to hunker down and understand the people this country voted for the Democrats, and that’s what we have to own up to and admit.
When we lose, they tell us we gotta go all-in with the Democrats. When we win they tell us, now, you gotta include Democrats. It’s humiliating to lose, they represent a lot of the country. We’ve got to extend the olive branch. No we don’t. Their ideas have been totally repudiated. Folks, I don’t know how tired of me saying this yet you are, but prepare to be even more tired because I’m not letting this one go because it’s fundamentally crucial that people understand. Elections have consequences. The Democrat Party, the avowed, express, specific policies of Barack Obama were rejected resoundingly. Make no mistake, it’s not happenstance, it’s not associative.
It’s real. Obama campaigned for Hillary Clinton on the exact premise that she needed to be elected to continue his policies, and he named them. Climate change, Paris accords, Obamacare, Iran deal, whatever he thinks good he’s done for the economy, all of that. And it was all rejected. Frankly, I don’t get tired of reminding people just how much the Democrats have lost and just what a functioning minority they really are. Because it’s at such stark contrast to what they were trying to make us believe about ourselves.
And here at PJMedia.com we have a piece by Rick Moran. “At Every Level of Government, the Democratic Party is Dead.”Pull quote: “Democrats should no longer be considered a national party. They are, at best, a coastal party with a few liberal enclaves — mostly college towns like Madison, WI, and Austin, TX — in between. In the great middle of the country, they have disappeared.” And boy they have. You look at this country county by county and how the vote went, and it’s all red, except for New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, it is all red. Then you throw little specks of blue like Madison and Austin, maybe Chicago in there. At every level of government, the Democrat Party is dead. “The victory of Donald Trump for the presidency and the continued Republican control of the House and Senate is only part of the story of the Democratic Party’s total demise.”The reason it is crucial to make this point and to continue making it is that there is no reason for olive branches or compromise. They don’t. They don’t and we shouldn’t. Their ideas are destructive. They have insulted us. They have slandered us. They have impugned us. There is no reason to be guilty in victory whatsoever here. That’s my whole point on all this.