Rush Limbaugh took to the airwaves on his radio show Monday to bash Republicans for their bipartisanship on immigration reform, essentially calling them cowards for "fearing" the repercussions of a lost election.
Limbaugh, the king of bigotry, won't stand for any unity or compromise in Congress on an issue that conservatives have railed against for years: Fair immigration reform.
Here’s Rush’s take via transcript in response to a caller:
Gun control is not about guns, health care is not about health care, and immigration is not about immigration. And, by the way, I don't say this lightly, and it's not easy to say. Do you realize the easy thing would be to just say, ‘You know what, folks? There's nothing we can do. We may as well go ahead here and acquiesce and try to secure the bored and move forward.’ That would be the easy thing to do. But what's being talked about here is not really immigration. On the Republican side, after the election when Romney lost, it didn't take long -- a matter of days -- for the Republican consultancy class to start saying, ‘Well, we lost because the Hispanics hate us.’
Limbaugh was at no loss for words on why the Republican Party lost the election and why they are wrong for trying to rebrand the Party, because, according Rush, they are on the ropes and on the defense:
We lost because of our position on amnesty and immigration. We lost because women hate us, 'cause we're too cold-hearted when it comes to abortion, and this kind of thing. So there's a defensiveness here that is propelling a lot of people. Not every Republican, but there's a defensiveness that's inspiring them all. But I keep falling back on one thing that just doesn't make sense to me, and maybe somebody can explain it. It's the Democrats who keep telling us that the reason we're losing elections and falling short is because we're just not reaching out to Hispanics enough.
Limbaugh also smacked down Democrats in an equal-opportunity admonishment:
Too many Hispanics think Republicans don't like 'em and don't want 'em to be here and wanna deport 'em. The Democrats tell us this. The Democrats are saying, ‘You guys are gonna have to moderate your views on this. You're gonna have to become more like we are.’ Now, my problem with this is I just can't believe it. If the Democrats think that their position on immigration (let's use that for an example) is the right one, and if the Democrats' position is what's getting all of that support from Hispanic voters, what I don't understand is why would the Democrats want to give up some of those voters to the Republicans?
“Can somebody help me out here?” Limbaugh asked rhetorically. What Limbaugh fails to understand is that Democrats actually want bipartisanship to get things done for America and for a fair path to citizenship for immigrants. He fails to understand that Republicans willing to work with Democrats to pass legislation for all Americans is what Americans elected them to do.
For whatever reason, Limbaugh felt compelled to bring Sarah Palin’s departure from Fox News into the attack on Republicans:
The Republicans' reaction is sort of what happened to Sarah Palin. The media destroyed her, so the Republicans said, ‘The only way out of this is to kick her out of the party. The only way that we can survive is for us to publicly distance ourselves from Sarah Palin.’ Rather than defend her, rather than do what they could to make the case that she was trying to make, just throw her overboard. Here with immigration they say, ‘Okay! All right!’
Fox News announced on Friday that Palin’s contract was not renewed.
The Team of eight bipartisan members of Congress released their plan at a press conference on Monday. John McCain told Wolf Blitzer on CNN that he thought the measure would pass the senate, but hedged on making a prediction for the Republican and Tea Party controlled House.
In the past, one scathing word from Rush Limbaugh sent conservative Republicans to stand face-first in the proverbial corner. Now that Limbaugh believes he is the only voice of reason to block the current immigration reform effort, what will the reaction from House Republicans be?
Click here for Limbaugh's total transcript.