Rush Recommends

by Kathryn Jean Lopez

On his radio show yesterday


I have some advice from a proud non-establishment Republican to Mitt Romney, and that would be me.  Mitt, if you want the nomination, get together with your people and think about trying to run to the right of Newt.  You know you can get there.  You’ve got Newt making all kinds of crazy statements over his career, sitting on the couch with Pelosi. There’s any number of ways you can get to the right of Gingrich.  Now, you and Newt are both guilty of flip-flops.  So, Mitt, why not flip to full conservative and see what happens.  You won’t have to resort to tearing down an opponent.  You can tear down Obama.  What do you think got Newt where he is, Mitt?  What do you think got Trump where he was before he pulled out?  Tear down Obama!  That’s the problem we face.  Eric Holder.  Jon Corzine.  It’s target rich.  Where our real opponents are. 

Our real opponents are not fellow Republicans.  Our real opponents are Barack Obama, Corzine, Eric Holder, everybody in the regime.  Tear down crony donorism, crony capitalism. Tear down Bill Ayers, Jeremiah Wright, Saul Alinsky. Tear down Obama’s tax hiking regulation. They should tear down that speech in Osawatomie. Embrace the Tea Party movement.  Energize the base.  Don’t try to split it.  Mitt, energize the base, get to the right of Newt, beat Obama going away.  The 2010 election should have been the strongest clue you could get as to the mood of the voters of everybody in this country. The 2010 election should have been the big tip-off for the entire Republican Party how to do this.  But, no, we have to rely on our old formulas, and our old formulas mean we can’t have a conservative nominee in the Republican Party, can’t have that.  We have to split the conservative vote. 

Well, Newt, the conservative vote is the ticket.  Mitt, the conservative vote’s the ticket.  I wonder if anybody in the Romney camp ever considered doing what conservatives have begged their candidate to do months, if not years ago.  I just wonder if admitting Romneycare — I mean can’t now, because he’s got so many months, days, weeks defending it.  I’m just thinking on an open-ended basis here.  But governments ought not be in the business, and Newt went out the other day, he was with Beck or something, he slipped up and said he was for the individual mandate again?  Mitt, look, I know I’m not an accredited consultant and I know that I, as a result of that, don’t know what I’m talking about.  So I’ll just shut up and we’ll go to phone calls when we get back.

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