Rush Limbaugh – Walker: Wisconsin Is Going to Reset This Race
“‘Ted Cruz is in this unique position, I believe, to unite the party, because you’ve got a group of the Republican electorate out there that have been in the caucuses and the primaries who’ve said, “Had it with Washington. I’m fed up. I want an outsider,”‘ Walker said. ‘Well, up until recently, I don’t think there’s a person out there, including all you in the media, who’d say Ted Cruz isn’t an outsider. I mean, he’s one of the few people I know who didn’t just talk that way in a campaign. He got to Washington and actually, oddly enough, did what he said he was going to do.'”
His point here is — and I alluded to this earlier this week.
You know, we’re in a lull, folks. We’re in a lull where all we’ve got is polls. We have recent results, but they’re now a week old. We are in a lull. All we’ve got is polling data, just like it was long before Iowa caucuses and New the Hampshire primary happened. And I said when those two things happen, we’ve got hard results. We’ve got an actual reality. It’s gonna change all of this that people are flapping their gums about right now. And that’s what Walker’s saying. If Cruz wins on Tuesday, he believes that this starts a brand-new slate, and it resets the race, and it begins the end of Trump and it sets Cruz on the way to the nomination.
That’s what Scott Walker means.
He believes that Ted Cruz, with a victory in Wisconsin on Tuesday, will be in position to unite the party. He sees a Cruz victory over Trump in Wisconsin resetting the race. Meaning, he believes that Trump losing combined with the Cruz victory changes the entire thinking, changes the momentum, totally changes the inertia, because he believes that a Trump defeat at this stage, when every… Just a week ago, two weeks ago, everybody was assuming Trump had already won it. It was in the bag. It was just a matter of time. He’d get to 1,237, and that’s it. Everybody was talking. The establishment was wringing their hands about what can they do to stop it.
And Walker’s point is in saying all this (I’m interpreting what he means here) that a Cruz win is gonna totally change this thinking and it’s in the bag for Trump — and may, in fact, turn everything upside down. And Trump, for the first time in the campaign since last August, might actually be looked at as somebody that’s gonna lose. That’s what he believes a Cruz victory represents. Do not discount what he is saying. Do not discount what he’s saying. I think there’s a… (interruption) Well, I know it’s not. We’re not talking about winner-take-all. Scott Walker’s not talking about delegates here. He’s talking about attitudes.
He’s talking about this great invisible force called momentum and doubt.
I know it could all be upset again when we get to New York, but you can’t sit there and say Trump was always gonna lose Wisconsin. He wasn’t always gonna lose. That’s the point. He was gonna sweep Wisconsin and everything else. Now he’s 10 points down. The Trumpists are getting concerned. They won’t tell you so, but they have to be getting. Any normal human being would be. This wasn’t in the cards. This wasn’t supposed to happen. So you have a guy who endorsed Cruz.
Of course he’s gonna take advantage of it. He’s out there putting the thought in people’s heads, “You know what? If our guy wins this, this makes this a whole new race. I mean, this is gonna start a Cruz landslide.” This is gonna actually put into motion what the Cruz people have believed: One-on-one Cruz is, “I’m gonna pick up all these anti-Trump votes in the primary and just keep winning and winning and winning.” You can’t blame him for trying to create that mind-set.
RUSH: The Fox Business Network poll, Cruz up in Wisconsin by 10, 42% — this is Wisconsin likely Republican voters — Trump is at 32%. Kasich in third place at 19%. Among just those who say they will definitely vote, Cruz’s lead over Trump widens to 13%, 46-33, and Kasich loses three points, down to 16. This is among people who are definitely gonna go out there and vote.
And this is what I was referring to earlier as a huge gender gap. Women back Cruz over Trump by a 19-point margin, 46 to 27. The two candidates are much closer among men. Cruz gets 40% support from men, and Trump gets 35%.
RUSH: I’ll tell you something else about the Republican National Committee. Look at this Politico story: “Trump Makes Nice with RNC — Donald Trump has broken the Republican Party.” This is the Politico. It’s not my words. I’m just reading what the Politico writes here.
“Donald Trump has broken the Republican Party. On Thursday, he took his most visible steps to fix it. With a looming loss in Wisconsin vastly increasing the odds of a contested convention, Trump trekked to Capitol Hill to meet with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, with whom he has had a lukewarm relationship.”
Sure, a lot of assumptions in that opening sentence. Trump has broken the GOP? Trump hasn’t broken the GOP. Trump is the result of a broken the GOP. The GOP broke the GOP. The Republican establishment broke the GOP. “Those close to Trump say, despite appearances to the contrary, he’s interested in coalescing the party around him and reaching out to key GOP figures.” There’s no question he is. There’s no question that anybody running would love to have the party behind him and unify and so forth and go forth as a major, big, powerful force.
But it isn’t gonna happen, so a lot of candidates have the mind-set they have to do this without the aid of the party, and some think even with the aid of the party, that is not helpful. I’d just as soon go it alone without the party behind me. That would be pretty much any conservative.
Karl Rove today, Washington Examiner: “‘Fresh Face’ Might be Best GOP Nominee — One thing that unites many supporters of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz is the suspicion that party elders might try to hand the Republican presidential nomination to another candidate if neither Trump nor Cruz arrives in Cleveland with the 1,237 delegates required to win. … Karl Rove, a man many view as the physical embodiment of the establishment, has poured gallons of fuel on the Republican fire. Appearing on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show Thursday evening, Rove said a ‘fresh face’ chosen at the convention might turn the GOP’s fortunes around and win in November.”
So Rove is of the belief that many of you are just tired and you’re worn out, you’re tired of Trump, you’re tired of Cruz. You don’t want Kasich, so maybe a fresh face.
“Hewitt asked Rove, ‘Who is the most electable Republican … of the people who could be available to run?’ All the current candidates have their problems, Rove answered. But there might be an outsider with just the right combination of attributes who could lead Republicans to victory.”
Here’s what Rove said: “If we have somebody who we think has, has been battle-tested, and has strong conservative principles and the ability to articulate them, and they are nominated at this convention, there will be a lot of acrimony from the people who were seeking the nomination. But if it’s somebody who has, you know, has those convictions that they can express in a compelling way, we could come out of the convention in relatively strong position … And a fresh face might be the thing that could give us a chance to turn this election and win in November against Hillary.”
Well, am I wrong in assuming that Mr. Rove thinks we’re destined to lose, as things stand now? Let me read this again. “A fresh face might be the thing that could give us a chance to turn this election and win in November against Hillary.”
That sounds to me like that Rove and others in his group believe that with Trump we’ll lose, with Cruz we lose, Kasich’s not a factor, at least not in the primary process.
Folks, I was just talking about the passion that exists on both sides here. The passion that Trump voters have for him is equaled by the passion they have in opposition to Cruz, and it’s the same with Cruz people. Cruz supporters are so passionate of Cruz, and they are so, so angry and frustrated with Trump supporters for not seeing the light. And the Republican Party had better be careful, because if they end up tiring a fire hose on the passions of all of these voters, there is no way the party survives, and that’s what this is.
You’ve got this burning passion. You’ve got a significant segment of Republican voters, it’s a large group of people, all of the energy in this primary season is on the Republican side. Look at that turnout. That turnout is through the roof. The establishment doesn’t have a single person that could generate that type of turnout. There’s not a single person they can choose from their fresh faces that would come anywhere near equaling this kind of excitement. Nowhere near maintaining this kind of excitement leading to continued turnout records, which are happening in primaries.
If they do what these stories indicate they’re thinking of doing, it’s the equivalent of turning a fire hose on these passions and potentially on both groups of voters. And if just one of these groups of voters decides to sit it out, then it doesn’t matter what fresh face they come up with. And that’s why there are some people who think that the Republican establishment is totally cool with that, totally cool with maintaining the establishment, but losing to Hillary, because at least they maintain themselves. They sustain in their jobs, they sustain in their lifestyles, they remain entrenched where they are. But I don’t know how you quell these passions and then convert this passion to somebody who has not run or somebody who has run and has been shellacked, but apparently it’s what they’re plotting or planning.