may be less openly critical of the base. You won’t see the next version
of Jeb Bush say, “We’re going to win this without the base.” They’ll
say, “We love the base, we’re going to do everything we can to win
with the base,” and they may even make it look like that. But they’ll
hate it all along. To this day, do they like Reagan?
RUSH: These people are not going to become big Trumpsters. They’ll
try to bask in the glow for as long as they can. Trump is still a threat
to them. Look, one of the ways they get their power is by being appointed to cabinet posts, being placed in key positions in the regulatory agencies. They’ll all want that, but primarily to make sure Trump
doesn’t get done what they think he wants to get done.
SNERDLEY: How about the Democrats? They saw what happened.
This goes back to something you’ve talked about on the show a lot, the
Thomas B. Edsall column, I think from 2012?
RUSH: 2011. In The New York Times, Edsall reported that the
Democrats, the Obama campaign, decided they were going to write
off the white working class vote, and instead try to build a larger
coalition of minorities.
SNERDLEY: So now the Democrats, as you said on the show, are at the
lowest level of political power in Washington, D.C. since the 1920s. They’ve got
the snot kicked out of them in state legislatures all around the country. Now those
little blue dots have gotten even smaller
on the county-by-county map. So in their
come-to-Jesus meetings over the winter,
what do they do?
RUSH: Blame it all on Hillary, not their
ideas. Blame WikiLeaks. Blame it all on
the fact that people found out what
they’re never supposed to know.
SNERDLEY: Wait, these are supposed to
be political professionals —
SNERDLEY: — who analyze the numbers. Seriously.
RUSH: What do you think, they’re going
to all of a sudden moderate their liberalism and start making appeals
to white working class voters, since they lost a bulk of them?
SNERDLEY: Well, how can they not? If they see the numbers and see
that even their own blue cities aren’t safe right now —
RUSH: It’s called denial. They do not have the type of constitution
that will ever let them honestly confront it. They’ll say they misread
the public, but when they get together to talk, it’s disdain for these
people, it’s anger at the people that didn’t vote for them. Whatever
they may say that sounds like a change in campaign approach, it’s not
sincere. They are who they are, they still resent the people they resent.
Go back to the midterms of 2002, because they really were stunned.
That was the Wellstone Memorial, and they thought that was going to
put them over the top. They ended up losing seats in a midterm with
George Bush, who they were on the verge of getting everybody to hate.
And in 2004 it turned out that “value voters” came out of nowhere. So
they said, “Obviously we’re going to have to do some serious thinking
here about the values that we present.”
That lasted two weeks. Where have they changed their values?
They’ve gotten more corrupt, have embraced more abject immoral behavior, and tried to normalize it. Remember, it’s all about money and
pleasing donors. So to the extent that they modify or change anything,
it’s going to be based on that, not because they think they need to make
inroads with a group of people who are no longer supporting them.
SNERDLEY: There’s a map out there, like the red/blue maps, showing
how the youngest demographic voted. It’s a complete flip. Almost the
entire nation would be blue, Democrat, with little spots of red. The
comments I read underneath this map at one site were hysterical.
Some of these kids were saying, “The old people are going to die soon,
so their votes should mean less than ours.” [Laughter]
RUSH: I think college campi are a sad indication of where we’re headed culturally. You have professors canceling tests after the election
because the little snowflakes could not handle the results. In one case
the class had to be canceled because the teacher couldn’t stop crying.
The culture worries the hell out of me. I used to think it was going to
bottom out from the weight of its own immorality and rebound, but
it hasn’t. It just keeps descending. And it keeps descending commensurate with the increases in participation in social media. The anonymity of social media brings out the absolute worst.
SNERDLEY: You have all these young
Millennials, who don’t know what it
was like to have a booming economy
like we had with Ronald Reagan. Millennials don’t know what it’s like to
actually have a common moral contract in the country, because we had
that at one time. I don’t care what diverse subset that you lived in, pretty
much everyone had a shared view of
what was right and wrong.
RUSH: That’s gone. Now it’s been replaced with, “You don’t have the
right to define right and wrong, you don’t have the right to say what’s
moral and immoral for me.” There’s a huge disconnect. Millennials
don’t have experience with America victorious in war. And the number of people between 18 and 39 who really believe we are destroying
the planet, that it won’t be habitable for human life by the time they’re
65, would astound you. They have been taught nothing else. From the
moment they started watching Saturday morning cartoons, they have
just been propagandized and inculcated with this stuff, and they really believe it. In my little tech blogs, a major reason Trump is hated is
his position on the environment.
SNERDLEY: Do you see a day, maybe even far in the future, when the
tech bloggers, the Hollywood entertainers, sport celebrities, and so on,
question their allegiance to liberalism? If we do have a boom time in
the economy, and they can see what a boom really is, and after another ten years they see the world hasn’t imploded because the temperature went up, will they reconsider? These are smart people, many
of them. Especially the tech ones. They have analytical skills. Will
“The Republican consultant class will remain as resistant to the base
as they always have been.” — Rush