People went in droves to Trump supposedly because Republicans were tired of getting a progressive shoved down our throats and being told…screw the base, we need the moderates & independents.
McCain got the nod in 2008 because we needed a “Maverick” that had a history of reaching across the isle…..the base will show up because they’ll go with any Republican over the Democrat and McCain’s moderate position will get the swing voters…..WRONG
Romney got the nod over Santorum because Santorum couldn’t get the swing voters….the base will show up because they’ll go with any Republican over the Democrat (especially a 2nd term Obama) and Romney’s moderate North East bonafides will get the swing voters….WRONG
And the candidate that was supposed to end this cycle for Republicans is yet again a North East progressive that HAD to be the nominee because the guy that could carry the base can’t get the swing votes LOL
 May 5, 2016 at 9:55am
in response to the “media didn’t pick this GOP nominee”…
I disagree. NBC & other news outlets have been sitting on opposition material on Trump for months. If the media can make Romney look like a misogynist because he said he has a binder full of resume’s for women…can you imagine what will be made of Trump after the “piece of a$$” and Howard Stern interviews starts running on a loop?
Trump got more air time than nearly all other candidates combined…and not by just FNC, a typical safe space for a Republican nominee…..but by the likes of MSNBC. He was caught on a hot mic w/ the hosts colluding on softball questions….MSNBC!
In regard to Hannity, he got pissy with and pressed Cruz when he refused to articulate and own a GOP delegate process he had nothing to do with creating, but completely side stepped Donald’s attack on Cruz’s dad as being a co-conspirator assassin of JFK from a tabloid that runs Bat Boy & Elvis sighting stories….who just so happens to be owned by a major Trump supporter.
Do I need to go into Breitbarts coverage of Trump, or the Drudge Report running photo shopped pictures of “Little” Marco….and to be completely fair, yes…even The Blaze’s coverage of Cruz?
Yea…I think the media had a lot to do with the GOP primary pick.
When ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN go guns blazing on Trump after he gets the nomination, you’ll know the rope-a-dope worked yet again.
 May 5, 2016 at 9:41am
Technically true, but it doesn’t mean he has no effect on the perception of real people and real things involved in this process.
Fox News, particularly Sean’s TV and radio shows, reach MILLIONS of people. Many of those people either willingly or don’t have the time to seek out other perspectives to keep some objectivity on the matter. If those trusted news outlets say it’s so…then it must be so.
It’s not all that different than how John Stewart & the Daily Show worked to inform the opinions of millennial Democrats on what’s going on in the world.
When you call John Stewart to the floor for being disingenuous on how he represented a one sided argument on someone or something…..supporters say “he’s just an entertainer”.
Just like how the “I’m just a comedian” card is used to deflect crap that can’t stand on it’s own two feet…..”I’m just a political commentator” is used in the same vein…..both of which absolutely affect perception & reality – especially with the uninformed
 May 5, 2016 at 9:19am
So we need our own megalomaniac to fight the Democrat’s megalomaniac?
You think Cruz’s negatives with left leaning centrists outweighs Trump’s negatives with racial minorities, women and 30% – 40% of the Republican party?
This will come down to who the media picks. There is plenty of material on both of these crooks to absolutely end their political & professional careers….who does the press go after?
 May 5, 2016 at 9:04am
1. He MIGHT….just like how I thought Obama MIGHT have put up that hard left façade during the election to win over the radical lefties (that have gone green / third party in the past) and would then govern as a centrist.
2. Just like how most of the hard core Obama supporters excuse all the crap he’s done during his time as POTUS by suggesting it was someone else’s fault……hard core Trump supporters will do the same. They will blame everyone but themselves.
 May 4, 2016 at 5:47pm
If that’s the case, the voter base is off the reservation in terms of what matters and what doesn’t.
No one has love for the GOP. They designed the screwed up system and every candidate had an equal opportunity to learn, understand and work said system.
Cruz got these delegates from states like Colorado when Donald Trump had not yet received the required number of delegates to be guaranteed the nomination. What do people…expect Cruz to do? Not participate in that system because Donald Trump made a strategic decision not to? That’s ridiculous.
The GOP deserved blame for setting up a delegate process that didn’t involve the popular vote…not the candidate charged with working within that messed up system.
Trump BRIBED the leading Democrat presidential nominee….a Clinton at that…to attend his wedding. He gave political donations that helped re-elect Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid! If that’s not “colluding” with the establishment, I don’t know what is.
Lindsay Graham says Ted could be murdered on the Senate floor and not be convicted, Boehner calls Cruz Lucifer and a miserable SOB, and Cruz called out McConnell on the Senate floor…but Ted is an establishment shill? LOL
This was a media snow job and a brilliant effort of social engineering / manipulation.
 May 4, 2016 at 5:28pm
I’ll agree with you in that Rush was likely a Cruz supporter, but he did parse those words VERY carefully. He chose to play the long game and put business over his personal convictions….but was at least much more convincing at “playing the middle” than Hannity.
 May 4, 2016 at 5:24pm
Which speaks to the media narrative & power they have over perception.
Cruz didn’t have momentum because the national media never allowed it. The one place where I heard Trump get a hardball interview was on Wisconsin talk radio.
 May 4, 2016 at 5:22pm
If you listened to Rush carefully, I think he was a closet Cruz supporter. He mentioned today that someone, who he thought was a friend…likely a fellow media person….sent him a text during Cruz’s concession speech that read something to the effect of “Thank god Cruz is over, I can’t stand to listen to him a day longer”, which pissed Rush off to the point he was steaming.
That said, Rush made a calculated business decision, and that wasn’t to burn bridges. Does that make him a hypocrite, yea I guess it does….but I wouldn’t put Rush & Sean Hannity in the same category. Sean was a straight up sell out and was at least MUCH less convincing as being objective between the two as Rush has.
 May 4, 2016 at 5:16pm
Agreed…perception is reality and that is the stock & trade of a 24/7 news cycle.
Cruz didn’t loose momentum because he didn’t campaign in states he wouldn’t have won anyway. Trump did the same thing with those states that didn’t have public primaries or caucuses. (See Colorado)
When a supposed conservative stallwort on THE news network for right of center politics (Fox News) gets pissy at Cruz for deflecting a request to explain the GOPs delegate process in Colorado, but allows Trump to repeat an unsubstantiated “Elvis sighting” caliber story from the freakn’ National Enquirer about Cruz’s dad being involved in the assassination of JFK, you know something stinks.
The only difference between this primary, and the ones where we got Romney & McCain is that the people begged for this progressive running as a Republican.
 May 4, 2016 at 5:04pm
About the only part of Rush’s analysis I agree with is the part about momentum…Cruz didn’t have it, but it had nothing to do with Cruz choosing NOT to compete in the NE states.
Cruz didn’t have momentum because the media shapes reality for the majority of people in this country that either don’t care or don’t have the time to pay close attention to everything everyone does or is about. They read headlines here, and watch a few news opinion shows there. What they know about a candidate is largely based on how they are covered.
That said, Donald Trump was on every news network with regularity and was never challenged or forced to explain himself on anything. I don’t think there has been a Republican presidential nominee that has spent so much time on MSNBC…much less one that got a free pass and softball questions like he did.
You can come up with a dozen different reasons why Donald Trump got so much favorable press, but in the end Trump won, despite himself, because of the media’s coverage.
If the media allows you to look tough, you look tough. If the media allows you to look mean, they will make you look mean. If the media wants to make you look unelectable, they’ll do that too.
Root cause….people are ignorant and worship celebrities. All this progress and we still have serfs worshiping their king.
 May 4, 2016 at 9:43am
I think, at least some of us, understood the Trump phenomenon all too well. We just don’t agree on what the prescription is for the state of the union.
I think Ann Coulter said it best – Donald Trump can perform abortions in the White House, so long as he builds the wall.
People supporting Trump applied a healthy serving of cognitive dissonance by ignoring / deflecting a mountain of facts & evidence that he’s full of crap because they were deeply & emotionally invested on a few single issues that he sold you on. The problem is though that Trump himself has said those very issues people are so invested in are negotiable and on the table….or otherwise was an act to get to the next phase of the election. But no matter….see cognitive dissonance.
There are another group of Trump supporters that are fully aware this whole thing was a huge act, and went along with it because they think the majority of the Republican party are a bunch of rubes that needed a bully that has their back to get enough support of the “uneducated”….to get to the next phase. The ends of getting to the general justified the means of running a dirty slanderous campaign – and are okay with it.
In both cases, facts and proof be damned, they will march off the cliff.
 May 4, 2016 at 9:27am
No, not exactly. With Trump hitting above 50% in many states, this wasn’t a matter of sabotage “Operation Chaos” style. This was an inside job from within the party – from folks that let their emotions override logic & principle.
Republicans no longer have the moral / ideological high-ground over the Democrats. We have just as many people that want to get down in the mud in a fist fight as the other side.
May 4, 2016 at 9:08am
What if your understanding of the state of the union, and supporting either Trump or Clinton are being part of the problem?
In my humble opinion (which I recognize is worth zilch to anyone other than me) the solution to progressive stateism is returning to a constitutionally limited government and maximizing freedoms to an educated & unified people.
What ever you think Trump will or won’t do….his plan was never about dismantling the monster that is the growing government state. His plan was never about limiting the role & influence of government. He just thinks that we’ve had the wrong people in charge.
In that regard, Trump will sign just as many executive orders as HRC will (both more than Obama). Trump will leverage the power & influence of the government to make deals with private & public organizations and with leaders of other countries…just like HRC will.
They are a distinction without a difference….with the distinction being which people at the top get their pockets lined. I cannot look at his body of work and feel comfortable that what he is saying today will be what he will do once I’m not longer useful as a voter. As I mentioned above, he & his campaign managers have said themselves that all the policy promises & anti-PC shtick is negotiable and an act to get to the general election.
That’s THEIR words, not my conjecture.
All that said, supporting either of the candidates IS being part of the problem.
 May 4, 2016 at 12:01am
Any hope to returning to a constitutional republic is done for.
Both Trump & Hillary will tear it to shreds…just with slightly different benefactors.
 May 3, 2016 at 11:55pm
No, sorry….your choice for the Republican nomination doesn’t get to run a dirty scorched earth campaign that alienated nearly half of the Republicans and most of the Democrats and then put the blame for him not being elected on the shoulders of the Republicans that are tired of having to vote for progressive Democrats running as Republicans.
If this were between two candidates that had at least some similarity in their political ideology, I’d align behind the other guy but Cruz’s policies and Trumps are nothing alike.
None of you have any idea what Trump will actually do as a president. His campaign manager told establishment Republicans that this whole “Build the Wall”, “Screw China” and “Tell it like it is – anti-PC” stance was all an act to get through this phase of the competition. Trump’s said himself that all of the red meat policy he’s been feeding people is all negotiable and on the table….and you still voted for the guy.
All this talk about “anti-establishment” and being tired of getting a liberal progressive shoved down our throat every presidential election cycle and you idiots made this guy the Republican nominee….the same person who paid off the leading Democrat nominee to attend his wedding. Good job!
 May 3, 2016 at 10:00am
Yea, the 1 term Senator who pissed off the Bush family by fighting against G.W. in the Supreme Court, who pissed off the leader of the Republican establishment in the Senate by calling him a liar on the Senate floor, and pissed off the leader of the Republican establishment in the House to the point he likened Ted Cruz to Lucifer. Total establishment shill for sure! /sarc
But please, let’s put in the private sector businessman that has been on the receiving end of the political establishment his entire private sector career….the guy that paid off the Clintons to attend his wedding, the guy that paid off the Pelosi campaign, the Harry Reid campaign, and greased government palms to gain advantage in the private sector.
 May 3, 2016 at 9:52am
Wow….IF you aren’t a paid shill who doesn’t actually believe the things you post, it’s depressing as hell to know THIS is where we’ve arrived to
Suggesting Ted Cruz is the “establishment” after the former leader of the establishment wing of the Republican part called Ted Cruz Lucifer by giving Boehner a pass because he is no longer serving as a congressman / speaker is so ignorant and out of touch, it’s literally depressing.
The man-child could actually shoot someone on 5th Ave, and not loose support. His supporters would sooner question the whether or not the person that got shot deserved to live before questioning the guy that shot them.
Good job, you’ve outdone the Obama sycophants
 May 3, 2016 at 9:41am
They might if Republicans are vigorously divided among each other and half of the 50% R votes take their ball and go home…..see what one particular “insurgent” candidate has done?
Checkmate – Well Played
 May 3, 2016 at 9:16am
The problem is that too many states are dependent on fed money to keep their states funded.
Like there are too many people dependent on the fed gov to throw out the bums paying folks off for votes, the states are similarly dependent.
In addition to that, the GOP & DNC will threaten state legislators to tow the line or else they will fund their opposition.