Conservative radio giant Rush Limbaugh said the strategy that GOP RINOs, the ruling elite, and the news media are using to blame former Gov. Sarah Palin and the tea party for being a detriment to the Republican Party during the 2010 midterm elections won’t work. On his national radio show Thursday, Limbaugh said the record number of House seats picked up by Republicans was due in no small part to Palin, who targeted 20 Democrats for defeat, 18 of whom lost.
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“What's going on here, folks, is very simple,” Limbaugh said. “They want to establish a lie very firmly in the minds of the public that the tea party hurt the Republican Party in these elections. They want to use this to stop Sarah Palin. Republican insiders are trying to figure out now how to stop Sarah Palin.”
Limbaugh said he received several e-mails over the last few days from “so-called insiders” denying the GOP is trying to derail Palin’s chances at winning the party’s presidential nomination in 2012. “A bunch of the people named as trying to stop Sarah Palin sent me a note [saying], ‘It's not me, don't blame me.’ Well, fine, I don't care who it is, we know it is happening.”
Limbaugh said the ill-advised plan to blame Palin and the tea party for splintering the GOP after a record pickup of seats by Republicans in the midterms turns reality on its head.
“If anybody is an obvious winner here . . . it would be Palin. Look at the grief and the mockery that she got for putting what the media claimed were targets on 20 Democrat incumbents on her website. Look at the grief that she's got ever since she was named McCain's running mate. Eighteen of those Democrats she targeted lost. That's a pretty amazing and impressive record. Sarah Palin targeted a bunch of Democrats for defeat, and 18 of them lost. That's more than any Republican elites are doing.”
Limbaugh said the Republican Party blew its chance to win a Senate seat in Nevada, where tea party favorite Sharron Angle had a chance to unseat Democratic incumbent Harry Reid, when it decided to throw all its ground money to Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who lost a senate bid to another candidate embraced by the tea party movement, Marco Rubio.
“We [the tea party] didn't have any ground money in Nevada because we gave it to Carly Fiorina,” Limbaugh added about choices the GOP made in which candidates to support. “That's where a lot of the so-called ground-game money went. We didn't have any.”
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