SNERDLEY: So The Limbaugh Letter is going to be fair, and we’re
not going to try to hit you with any “gotcha” questions. If you want to
revise and extend any of your remarks, just let us know.
RUSH: What the heck is this? Are you implying there’s usually trick
SNERDLEY: No. [Laughter] But there are a lot of questions about the
election, as you can imagine. This Trump victory has been called “the
greatest upset in the history of American politics.” Do you see any evidence that the Republican establishment has learned anything from it?
RUSH: No. I don’t think they want to, in terms of changing who they
are, or adapting to become more understanding of the voters. I think
an election like this steels their resolve to not change, and to all the
more resist the change expressed by voters. They see an election like
this as the voters having a temper tantrum, exercising emotional im-
maturity and a lack of understanding of the way the world works. They
will come up with ways of speaking publicly to make people think they
“get it” and are responding to it, but privately it offends the heck out of
them. It makes them mad. It tells them they have to do even more to
lock down what they have, to keep people out of it, and away from it,
and from overturning what they have. That is, their club.
SNERDLEY: The donors who wanted to win the election without
RUSH: The Republican consultant class. There’s just deep resentment. Their reaction will be, “This country is a bigger bunch of boobs
than we thought, so we’re going to have to revise the way we approach
it, but we’re not changing who we are and the way we operate to let
them in. No way, no-how, Jose.” The Republican consultant class will
remain as resistant to the base as they always have been.
SNERDLEY: Wait a minute. So you’re saying they can’t see the map
that everyone else saw on election night, that big map that expanded
the Republican states?
RUSH: They see it, but they’re not interested in the democratic process. They’re not. It’s the same with the Democrats. The Democratic
Party is not going to change who they are because they lost this election. They’re not going to look at it and say, “Wow, are we ever out of
touch.” They’re offended by it. They believe the voters are even stupider than they thought. They, too, will have to come up with ways to
resist this change while making everybody think they’re adapting to
it. But they’re not going to change friends. The banks, Wall Street,
corporate America are still going to be their friends. Cronyism is still
going to be the game of the day.
SNERDLEY: How about on policy? Are the Republicans going to rethink the so-called “autopsy” after Romney’s 2012 loss? “You can’t
win without the Hispanic vote. You have to have ‘comprehensive immigration reform,’ amnesty.”
RUSH: You watch — they’re not going to change. That’s a great
example. Despite this win, we will still continue to hear that if Republicans want to cement this victory, if they want to make it more
than a one-off, they’re going to listen to us and understand we’ve
got to reach out to Hispanics, we have got to implement comprehensive immigration reform.
They won’t change, because they’re loyal to the people who give
them money. The donors aren’t going to change what they think because of this. It just makes them angrier. They’ll be more motivated to
win the next election without the base than they were this one.
Bo Snerdley’s Conversation QA &
The Limbaugh Letter editorial department made a plea
for me to choose myself as this issue’s interviewee. It was
unanimous: I was the only person whose analysis they
wanted to hear after the election. Of course, the staff is
always sucking up to me. And rightly so.