Rush Limbaugh contends that the Republican establishment is grasping to find a presidential candidate outside the current pool because it doesn’t want a conservative to run. And the media are propelling the idea that Republicans don’t like their candidate, he said.
Limbaugh said on his show Wednesday: “I know this is going to shock many of you, and maybe disappoint a lot of you. But when you talk about the Republican establishment — and you've read their pieces today —you know what I'm talking about: The columnists, the magazine directors, editors, publishers, whatever, they are reaching and searching for a counter to the conservatives.”
That’s why the search goes on beyond businessman Herman Cain, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and Rep. Michele Bachmann, Limbaugh said.
“They don't want Herman Cain getting the nomination; they don't want Perry getting the nomination; they don't want Bachmann getting the nomination. The Republican establishment does not want a conservative getting the nomination,” he said.
“If Chris Christie can come along, catch fire, see to it that Palin, Bachmann — Palin not in, she might get in, who knows, doubt it, but still too soon to say — if they can co-opt any conservative getting the nomination, they will do it.
“Nothing's changed. ‘But, Rush, but, Rush, Christie's a big conservative,’” Limbaugh said skeptically.
Referring to the New Jersey governor’s address at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library the night before, Limbaugh said: “I heard a lot of John McCain in that speech. Well, maybe not a lot, but I heard enough to send up a red flag or two.”
The media fuel the idea of Republican dissatisfaction, Limbaugh said.
“The media would love the perception out there that there's genuine widespread unhappiness with the Republican field, and that's what Christie and the reaction he's getting represents. And depending on where you go, there probably is unhappiness with the field.
“If you go to the Republican establishment, if you go to the people in the establishment who are really singing Christie's praises today, you can conclude that the Republican establishment is not happy with the field, think it's weak. The media, of course, would love for that perception to be furthered.”
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