Limbaugh: ‚ÄėI am the primary reason‚Äô Mitt Romney lost
Republican shock jock Rush Limbaugh said Tuesday that he accepts responsibility for Mitt Romney‚Äôs loss in the 2012 presidential election.
‚ÄúJust as I predicted, ladies and gentlemen,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúThis election was lost because of your host, Rush Limbaugh. I am the primary reason.‚ÄĚ
While that‚Äôs not exactly correct, Limbaugh was in fact the first big target of one of President Barack Obama‚Äôs principle reelection strategies: winning with women.
When he called Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke a ‚Äúslut‚ÄĚ and a ‚Äúprostitute‚ÄĚ in March, prompting a personal rebuke by Obama, it ignited a rhetorical fuse that burned straight through election day.
It‚Äôs a long held addage in American politics that if you cannot win with women, you cannot win at all. And after high profile Republicans made a series of idiotic comments about rape, birth control, abortion and other issues of importance to women, Obama ultimately took 55 percent of the female vote versus Mitt Romney‚Äôs 44, even though Romney won among Caucasians and married women. As the Gallup polling firm explained, it was the largest gender gap in U.S. electoral history, and its beneficiary was primarily President Obama.
Of course, that‚Äôs not exactly how Rush sees it.
‚ÄúThere are others, but I‚Äôm the primary reason the Republican Party lost,‚ÄĚ he added. ‚ÄúAnd I am, by the way, the primary reason the Republican Party will keep losing, until I am denounced by the Republican Party.‚ÄĚ
The longtime radio talker explained that the GOP‚Äôs ‚Äúruling class‚ÄĚ now believes their only shot at winning future presidential elections is to appeal to Latino voters as much as possible despite his wishes, which he claimed to be representative of what he called the ‚Äúcountry class.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúDo you really think that the democrat party will ever allow you Republicans to be seen as pro-Latino and pro-immigration?‚ÄĚ Limbaugh asked. ‚ÄúIf you do, you are incompetent and unqualified.‚ÄĚ He added: ‚ÄúThe media and the Democrats will always find a way to say that you are anti-immigrant.‚ÄĚ
Of course, in order for the media or Democrats to accomplish that, all they‚Äôd have to do is play some of Limbaugh‚Äôs old clips.
The Obama campaign even previewed this strategy in 2008, cutting a Spanish-language ad tying Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to some of Limbaugh‚Äôs more extreme anti-immigrant quotes, like the time he called undocumented workers ‚Äústupid and unskilled.‚ÄĚ
As the Republicans eye a drastic policy flip-flop from promoting ‚Äúself deportation‚ÄĚ to potentially backing a pathway to citizenship, the perception of Limbaugh as a liability is only likely to grow. That‚Äôs especially true given Obama‚Äôs overwhelming victory with Latinos, 72 percent of whom voted Democratic in the last presidential election.
This audio is from ‚ÄúThe Rush Limbaugh Show,‚ÄĚ broadcast Tuesday, November 13, 2012, as snipped by Mediaite.
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