The Limbaugh Rule: Vote for Most Conservative Candidate in Primary


Well, the big election in Delaware today is bringing out people on both sides, on the Republican side, on both sides of this. It is most unfortunate what is going on because in my mind, you know, I was telling you about this dinner party I went to on Saturday night where the host threw out the question: “One a scale of one to ten, ten meaning the country’s finished, one meaning, hey, we’re in fat city, where do you think the country is?” And a prominent person said, “I think we’re at an eight.” I was telling the story to other people, who asked me, “What did you say?” I said, “Well, a six or seven,” but I wanted to focus on a different aspect of this, and that is, how to arrest and how to stop this. My point was that we’ve never had, never, ever — I mean we’ve got the Democrats ready to run off a cliff. We have got liberalism and socialism set up to be destroyed, and the frustrating thing is that half the Republicans in this country don’t see it, or they’re afraid of it, or they don’t want to go there, and that’s the thing that bothers me about it. We still have people who want to compromise with these people! We still have people who want to walk across the aisle and be reasonable and get along with them.

We still have people who think that professional Washington politicians are the way to fix this, and clearly it isn’t. Some of these people are citing the Buckley Rule. Now, I can honestly say that I know what the Buckley Rule is. I can honestly say I knew William F. Buckley and Buckley was a friend of mine. The Buckley Rule is, ostensibly, that you vote for the most electable conservative option against a Democrat in November. You vote for the Republican, slash, conservative who can win. To me, this requires clairvoyance, as is being currently applied in the Mike Castle-Christine O’Donnell race in Delaware, to use an example. The polling data is that Castle will win big and O’Donnell will lose big. If she gets the Republican nomination today, if she wins the election she’ll lose big. The polls say she’ll lose by 25 points; that Castle will win by 20 points. But who knows this? The election’s a long time off. In a year like this, it seems to me that Americanism versus socialism can make up 25 points. Why the hell not try to? Is what I don’t understand. Why not try to make up the 25 points?

Okay, let’s just assume that it’s correct. Let’s assume that Christine O’Donnell is down in the polls, Democrat polls, by the way, by 25 points. Okay, fine. If she’s the best option we have to stop what’s going on once she gets to Washington, why not try to make up the 25 points? We got socialism, communism, liberalism on the ropes. It’s too risky? Let me tell you something. It’s worth the risk. We’re talking about saving the [blank] damn country. What do you mean, too risky?

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