Radio talker Rush Limbaugh continued his attack on John McCain on Monday, saying his campaign is failing to unify or energize the Republican Party — and suggesting that Joe Lieberman might make a better candidate.
Republicans “are supposed to be unifying behind McCain,” Rush told listeners, but considering Mike Huckabee’s successes in caucuses over the weekend, it’s clear they are not.
“Mike Huckabee is not going away,” said Limbaugh. “He continues to run as if he has a chance to win the Republican nomination.”
Rush cited a headline in Monday’s Wall Street Journal, “McCain Still Dogged by Conservatives’ Ire.”
And he noted that Huckabee had pointed to the Republican nomination race in 1976, when incumbent president Gerald Ford won the nod over Ronald Reagan but failed to energize the party and lost the general election, implying that McCain is a “similar candidate” to Ford.
He also reminded listeners that Pennsylvania Republican Rick Santorum had lost his Senate seat in 2006 by a large margin while espousing support for the troop surge in Iraq, which McCain continues to back.
Limbaugh said he had “many options,” and could support Huckabee, or McCain, or even Ron Paul.
“How about Lieberman for president and McCain for vice president?” Rush mused.
During a break, Limbaugh’s Web site played a song with the refrain “who wants McCain,” sung to the tune of “Who’ll Stop the Rain.”
On the Democratic side, Limbaugh said: “This guy Obama is running away with this.”
Hillary’s campaign “thought they had this thing in the bag,” he added. “This is desperation time for the Clintons.”
Hillary’s situation is so desperate, according to Rush, that last week he even suggested he might run a fundraiser for Clinton to help ensure that she will be the Democratic presidential nominee rather than Barack Obama.
After the withdrawal of Mitt Romney from the GOP race, Rush told his listeners on Thursday: “Mitt did his part today. He got out so as not to fracture the party any further and not to harm the effort to win the war in Iraq.
“Should I do my part, not by joining my liberal friends in the Republican Party, but actually raising money for Mrs. Clinton, and asking you to join me, so that she would have a chance here to once again have a good shot at getting a Democrat nomination so that we win the White House?"
Earlier in the week Limbaugh said in comments reported by ABC News that he believed Clinton is “going to gin up enough anti-Hillary turnout out there to perhaps be a boon to whoever the Republican nominee is,” adding that if Obama is the Democratic nominee, “we are doomed.”
On Thursday he said about Hillary: “We've got make sure she's the nominee if the Republican Party is to be unified. What more loyal thing could I do than to run a fundraiser for Mrs. Clinton? You watch, though, you watch how that will be questioned.”
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