And heeeere's... RUSH!
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Maybe I'm wrong about this, but Cruz doesn't seem to need the help.
He's so competent on his own.
It almost seems like maybe really what's happening is you don't need to do anything for him. He stands on his own. You know what he stands for. We have video.
You go to YouTube and listen to him speak. Though there's a few things he did that I disagreed with, that I don't consider conservative - a few decisions he made - [but] in the end, you know, he's the closest to Reagan I've ever seen.
* YEP. THAT'S IT!
I've never seen anybody like him before, you know, in our time. It seems like everybody else is like McCain. I mean, in the last two cycles I had to vote... I had to hold my nose when I voted.
* I HEAR YA, RUSH! I WOULDN'T VOTE FOR MCCAIN - I WROTE IN BOB BARR; AND WHILE I DID VOTE FOR ROMNEY... OUT OF DESPERATION... (LIKE YOU) I HAD TO HOLD MY NOSE. (AND TAKE A SHOWER AFTER RETURNING HOME FROM VOTING!)
When I saw what Jeb and Kasich were doing in New Hampshire at the last minute in order to get votes...
They were going left as fast as Deion Sanders can backpedal.
They were moving left faster than anybody I've ever seen go left.
And I opened the program yesterday saying, "You will never, ever have to worry about that with Ted Cruz."
And then I expanded on it. Let me say one thing: If conservatism is your bag, if conservatism is the dominating factor in how you vote, there is no other choice for you in this campaign than Ted Cruz, because you are exactly right - this is the closest in our lifetimes we have ever been to Ronald Reagan.
In terms of doctrinaire, understandable, articulated, implementable conservatism, there's nobody closer. But I think the electorate at this point in time... If you look at Trump's coalition, there's a lot of assumptions being made about it, because he's running as a Republican and in the Republican primary, and it's assumed the Republican base is who's voting here. Therefore, it's assumed the majority of Trump's coalition's conservatives. And there are a lot! But he's broad. He's all over the spectrum.
Look, I'm sounding like a broken record, but it's important to point out Trump has put together - whether by accident or by design - the coalition, group of people, demographics, ethnics, however you want to divide it and add it up... he's put together a group of people the Republican Party has been claiming for years that they have to get in order to win!
And... [many Republicans now say they] don't want to any part of it.
(*SNORTING WHILE NODDING*)
* YEP! COGNITIVE DISSONANCE!
So it obviously isn't about that. [It's not about expanding the base.] This is a club. This is about self-preservation. This is the ruling class trying to hold on!
This is the ruling class practicing their exclusionary policies of not letting outsiders in. That's appealing to a lot of people about Trump.
* MEANING THE MORE THE "RULING CLASS" RAILS AGAINST TRUMP, THE MORE REGULAR FOLKS SAY "GO! TRUMP! GO!"
But if you wanna talk conservatism, let me mention something that happened in the last debate. Rubio...
* THAT P.O.S.
...was asked a question: "Can you define conservatism, what is it?"
And he defined it and ... he gave a superb answer when asked to explain or define conservatism. Cruz did not get the question. They didn't let the question last long enough for all of the candidates to get it, but Trump did. And Trump's definition of conservatism was not an ideological definition of conservatism. My point all along, one of my theories was demonstrated. Trump is not an ideological candidate.
Trump's not a Republican; he's not a Democrat.
Trump's running as a Republican, but he's way beyond any of this. His definition of conservatism was we're gonna conserve. We're gonna conserve our money. We're gonna conserve our whatever. In his world conservatism meant we're gonna save our good stuff, we're gonna save our assets, we're not gonna waste, we're not gonna throw things away, so forth and so on.
Donald Trump - and I've never said otherwise - Donald Trump is not an ideological candidate. He doesn't look, for example, at Chuck Schumer and see a screaming liberal. And, by the same token, he doesn't look at Ted Cruz and see a screaming conservative. He sees people in entirely different ways. He looks at them in different ways. From his way of doing business, he looks at Schumer - and I'd have to guess, I don't know, but he knows Schumer's a Democrat, but that doesn't matter. Is there something Schumer's good for as far as Trump's concerned? If there is, fine. "Hi, Chuck. How you doing?" If there's not, "Chuck, don't bug me." The fact that Chuck may be a screaming leftist, none of that matters. But he's that way with everybody. That's why Trump's circle of friends and associates are all over the place.
He's not the only one. I mean, most people are not ideological in the way they look at things. This has been one of my major complaints, actually, in politics. I think it'd help if more people did understand liberalism and did understand what that means and were able to understand why it is liberalism that explains all this misery now.
* MY ONLY QUIBBLE WITH RUSH HERE: IT'S NOT TRUE "LIBERALISM." IT'S "PROGRESSIVE" - i.e. "LEFT."
But in Trump's world it's not liberalism, although it is. In Trump's world, it's they're just a bunch of incompetent failures. They're a bunch of time-wasting lumps of humanity that have no business doing what they're doing because they're losers.
Most people live their lives that way. Most people do not run around and go to church and look over in the pews, "Yeah, yeah, there's the so-and-so family, a bunch of commie bastard liberals," they don't say that.
Now, it could be that the same people will go to church and see the so-and-so family, "Yeah, those people are so right wing," and that's a branding thing, which we've also discussed here on this program; things that conservatism, i.e. Republican Party needs to overcome... problems.
* I BELIEVE WHAT RUSH IS GETTING AT HERE IS THAT THE GOP HAS TARNISHED TRUE CONSERVATISM VIA BEING MORE "CRONY CAPITALST" THAN TRUE CAPITALIST... BY BEING MORE "MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX" THAN "AMERICA FIRST"... BY BEING MORE "WALL STREET" THAN "MAIN STREET."
But for those of you that conservatism's the answer and conservatism is the way, you have no choice here. Ted Cruz has got to be your guy. There's nobody even close. Nobody!
Now, look, Rubio people, don't get mad at me. He's a conservative. I said it earlier. I'm not taking it back.
* BUT YOU SHOULD; TAKE IT BACK, THAT IS!
* RUBIO IS AN OPPORTUNIST. HE'S A "RUBIOIST." (AND THAT AIN'T GOOD!)
* CLEARLY, FOLKS... ON RUBIO... RUSH AND I DISAGREE. (THOUGH I'D BE CURIOUS TO SEE HOW A ONE-ON-ONE DISCUSSION ON THE TOPIC WOULD EVOLVE IF RUSH AND I WERE TO TALK IT OVER MAN TO MAN.)
If Rubio had done well, the establishment's gonna try to glom on and claim credit and get behind Rubio, it's gonna be a problem for some conservatives, and... Cruz does not have the baggage of having the establishment behind him. That's all I meant by that.
* SEE WHAT I MEAN, FOLKS? IN ONE BREATH RUSH SAYS HE BELIEVES RUBIO IS A CONSERVATIVE... YET IN THE NEXT... HE THROWS IN THAT HE ALSO BELIEVES RUBIO IS THE ESTABLISHMENT'S IDEA OF A "CONSERVATIVE." (WHILE NOTING CRUZ ISN'T.)
* FOLKS... AREN'T THE GOP "CONSERVATIVE" ESTABLISHMENT TYPES THE ONES WHO HAVE DESTROYED THE GOP FROM WITHIN AS A PARTY OF PRINCIPLE? (RHETORICAL QUESTION - CLEARLY THE ANSWER IS "YES!")
The reason why many conservatives think it's got to be Ted Cruz and we've got to be conservative, is because liberalism is the reason we're in this mess. We're not in this mess because of incompetence. We're in this mess because of liberalism. And there is an antidote to liberalism, there is a cure, there is a vaccine...
It's called conservatism.
Conservatism is what's gonna have to be implemented here to reverse the direction we're headed. That's why people who are supporting Cruz are supporting Cruz. That's why conservatives get worried when other conservatives do not support a conservative, because the problems we have are directly traceable to liberalism, and the antidote, the cure, the vaccine, the nuclear device to wipe it out... is conservatism.