of the media. I don’t think it’s the other way around. It used to be
the media would take its hints, its leadership, its marching orders
from the Democrats. Now the media is the organizing power
behind the American left.
The Democrats keep losing elections, Senator. They’ve rarely had
less electoral power. They haven’t been this low since the 1920s. But
the media doesn’t stand for election, and I think they are dictating
the entire opposition to Trump. So if he’s going to fight back, he’s
got to fight back against the orchestrators or the leaders of this. Like
you say, we could argue about technique, but at least he’s doing it,
and it’s something they’re not accustomed to. They’ve not found
themselves in this position before, and as such I think they’re
illustrating who they are in ways that the people have never seen
before. It’s ultimately a positive.
CRUZ: One of the best illustrations of the political agenda being
driven by the media is the disconnect between national reporters in
Washington and people back home in Texas. When I’m in
Washington, virtually every question from national reporters
concerns Russia, impeachment, some effort to drive scandal. When
I’m home in Texas and visiting with local news reporters or visiting
with Texans, few ask about Russia, impeachment, or the latest
tweet du jour. What people ask about back home is repealing
Obamacare. It’s tax reform. It’s when are we going to lift the regulations that are killing small businesses? It’s rebuilding the military.
It’s the Supreme Court. People are focused on issues and substance,
and on us delivering on our promises.
The national media is driving a fundamentally different agenda,
and that disconnect has never been wider. It’s why virtually every
national reporter was astonished at the election outcome in November. For many of them it’s like the old line when Richard Nixon was
elected, “How could Nixon have won? I don’t know anyone who
voted for him.” For many national reporters, they don’t know anyone who voted for the Republican, and it’s because there’s a disconnect between the Northeast’s “Acela Corridor” and working-class
men and women across the country.
RUSH: Precisely the people the Democrats have abandoned. It’s
shocking to see, but they’ve done it. I’m starting to now see some
stories from very worried leftist journalists that Trump’s on the road
to re-election. The panic is already starting to set in, because they’ve
seen the ineffectiveness of the opposition. They thought they
would’ve had him out of office by now. They thought they would’ve
had him on trial, or that the Republicans would be making moves
to get rid of him by now. This was supposed to have happened long
ago, and they’re no closer to it than they were the day he was
inaugurated, and I think they’re beside themselves with frustration
and panic. They get more extreme.
CRUZ: In the first few weeks of the Administration, I called the
President and said, “Mr. President, if we deliver on Obamacare
repeal, on tax reform, and reg reform, the economy will take off. If
we’re seeing four, five percent GDP growth, nothing else will matter
and you’ll be re-elected in a landslide.” If we deliver on what we
promised and millions of jobs result, at the end of the day that is
what makes the difference.
RUSH: Exactly right. He would be unstoppable if those agenda
items actually happened. They could convene whatever articles of
impeachment they want. They could try to prove this nonexistent
Russian collusion. None of it would matter if that agenda happens.
It’s great that you have that kind of access to him, Senator. I’m
really glad you’re there. I think you are the anchor of the Senate for
conservatives, and for people who hold traditional values, and by
that I just mean the way America used to be.
CRUZ: Well, thank you.
RUSH: I do, and I continue to pray for your effectiveness and desire
to do what you can, even if it takes you beyond the Senate, because
you’re really an MVP in there. I really hope you continue to have the
energy level to pursue all this. You’re young enough to, and you have
access to the President. That’s got to be encouraging for you, and if
there’s anything we can do here to help, feel free to let us know.
CRUZ: Well, thank you, Rush. That’s a very kind offer. Every day
you have a huge impact. You’ll recall when we had breakfast several
years ago, you were expressing dismay that the country may be lost,
but one of the things you and I talked about is your 20 million
listeners. If each one of them talked to two other people, that was
enough to decide a Presidential election, and November showed
that that was not entirely theoretical.
RUSH: We’re up to 26 million now, by the way.
CRUZ: Oh, wow. Sorry to shortchange you. [Laughter] For anyone
else, that six million would be a big chunk of listeners.
RUSH: Actually, it’s phenomenal to gain audience after an election.
That’s generally when things taper off, but more than ever are engaged. I think there are fewer low-information voters out there now.
CRUZ: I will adjust what I said over breakfast. At 26 million, if
every one of them talks to two, the next election doesn’t have to be
a squeaker. It can be a landslide.
RUSH: Senator, thank you. I appreciate it. It’s always nice to talk to
you, and I mean it: your being there is a confidence booster for me
each and every day.
CRUZ: I am grateful for the chance to be in the arena, and I’ll give
you my word I’m committed to the long term. I hope we can break
bread again sometime soon, because that would be fun and I think
RUSH: Let’s do it. We’ll have a steak instead of an omelet.
CRUZ: Done. I’m a Texan. You don’t have to ask me twice. n
Cruz Statement on Fate
of Senate Health Care Bill
“I think we’re close. There’s a lot of common
ground. We came from that meeting with a renewed
commitment to keep working, to keep negotiating,
to get to yes. Failure is not an option. For seven years
Republicans have promised we would repeal the
disaster that is Obamacare. We’ve got to deliver on
that promise, and I think we can.
“hhs says the Consumer Freedom Amendment
would increase insurance coverage by over 2 million
people, and decrease premiums by over $7,000 a
year. The way you lower premiums is through
competition, giving consumers the freedom to choose
their own health care.” — Senator Ted Cruz, after gop
senators met with President Trump, 7/19/17