Rush Limbaugh proclaimed on his syndicated radio show Monday that if the Republican establishment embraced “rise of the Tea Party,” the results would be more favorable for Republicans.
Limbaugh was discussing an article published in Politico Monday detailing how establishment incumbents in the Senate, notably Pat Roberts of Kansas, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Thad Cochran of Mississippi, overcame Tea Party challenges to win the Republican Party nomination in their home state.
“But the Politico story says no, the real celebration in a victory over Tuesday would not be taking control of the Senate. No. And of course you know what’s next.
‘With growing confidence as Election Day approaches, Republican leaders are preparing to argue that broad GOP gains in the House and Senate would represent a top-to-bottom validation of their party’s mainline wing.’
“And what that means is that Republican leaders are preparing to argue that a broad Republican gain in the Senate, a broad Republican gain in the House, would represent a total repudiation of the Tea Party.
“And that, ladies and, is what these people — this is a Politico story, but the Politico wouldn’t have a story if it weren’t for sources talking to them. And I don’t think these particular sources are Democrats here.”
Limbaugh continued, arguing the Republican establishment “attempted to diminish and impugn the Tea Party.”
“If the Republican Party had embraced the most amazing political event of our lifetime, and that’s the rise of the Tea Party — ah, you might want to say the fall of the Berlin Wall, but that also had foreign policy connotations.
“But out of nowhere this massive political movement rises. Out of nowhere in 2010 it arises precisely because of its opposition to the Democrat president, the Democrat Party, and what they are doing to the country, and to this day the Republican Party has refused to embrace it. In fact, it’s the opposite.
“They’ve [the GOP establishment] attempted to diminish and impugn the Tea Party to the point now we’ve got a Politico story, which says that the real thing the Republicans are gonna celebrate if they take the Senate is not taking the Senate but vanquishing the idea that the Tea Party is needed for Republicans to win.”
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