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RUSH: Well, some of you people are gonna love hearing about this story. It’s from The Politico today, by Mike Allen. And the headline of The Politico story: “GOP Elite See Daniels as 2012 Savior — Top Republicans are increasingly convinced that President Barack Obama will be easily reelected if stronger GOP contenders do not emerge, and some are virtually begging Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels to add some excitement to the slow-starting nomination race. It’s a sign of the GOP’s straits that the party is depending on the bland, wonkish Daniels for an adrenaline boost. But interviews this week with longtime party activists and strategists,” and, by the way, not one person is named in this piece. So we don’t know who these Republicans speaking to Mike Allen at Politico are.
“But interviews this week with longtime party activists and strategists made clear that many in the Republican establishment are unnerved by a field led by Mitt Romney, who could have trouble confronting Obama on health reform; Tim Pawlenty, who has yet to ignite excitement; Jon Huntsman, who may be too moderate to get the nomination; and Newt Gingrich, weighed down by personal baggage and a sense that he is a polarizing figure from the 1990s. Despairing Republican lobbyists say their colleagues don’t ask, ‘Who do you like?’ but instead, ‘Who do we back?’” A central player in the GOP money machine,” again unnamed, says, “It’s not that they’re up in arms. It’s just that they’re depressed.”
So we have a story here about the RINOs. We’ve been talking on this program about the Republican Party whose convinced that Obama can’t be beat. Mike Allen found ‘em, whoever they are. We know they’re out there. It’s absurd to believe that Barack Obama can’t be beat. Look, nothing personal meant here, and even Mike Allen refers to it. Republicans are increasingly convinced that President Obama will easily be elected if stronger Republican contenders don’t emerge. They need Mitch Daniels to show up and add some excitement. And Mike Allen says, now, that is a sign of how bad it is for the Republican Party when they’re depending on a bland, wonkish guy for excitement.
Here’s a pull quote: “There is one other scenario, and it terrifies Washington Republicans. That is the possibility that some very conservative, insurgent candidate will become the Romney alternative: former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum or former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.” So, folks, the word’s gone out, the inside-the-Beltway Republican elites, the RINOs, they are scared to death that some conservative is gonna get the nomination, and they want the exciting Mitch Daniels to ride in, announce, and save the day.
Let me throw a name at you out there, and this person’s toying with getting in the race. And there are some Republicans who are trying to convince this person to get in the race, and there is a lot of excitement attached to the possibility that this person will get in the race. Well, who do you think I’m talking about? You have a look on your face in there as though you know who I’m talking about. Texas Governor Rick Perry. Texas Governor Rick Perry is lurking out there, and he has the potential to light this up.
If Rick Perry decides to get in this, folks, then you can wipe away all the conventional wisdom that’s out there heretofore and to date, ’cause it’s a brand-new day, and it starts all over again. And the Republican elites do not like Rick Perry. The Republican elites do not like Rick Perry. (interruption) Who said endorsement? No, I’m not endorsing anybody here. Don’t do that. Look, Drudge has the story that Rick Perry’s being asked to consider and that he’s thinking about it.