Over the weekend, Republican strategist Mike Murphy appeared on "Meet the Press," where he had some advice for the Republican Party. Murphy said that the GOP must reject radio host Rush Limbaugh's approach if it wishes to, once again, become victorious. The commentator called for a "party view of America" that doesn't come from "Limbaugh's dream journal." On Monday, the popular radio host hit back, launching into a pointed, on-air response.
After playing the soundbite of Murphy speaking about the Republican primary, which the strategist said is driving the party to disaster, Limbaugh candidly dismissed the commentator's claims.
Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh speaks during a secretive ceremony inducting him into the Hall of Famous Missourians on Monday, May 14, 2012, in the state Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. Credit: AP
"What, folks, did I or any of you have to do with the Republican primary?," Limbaugh asked listeners. "Did not Murphy get the candidate he wanted? All these consultants, do you realize they get rich no matter who wins or loses? Little-known secret."
The radio host then indicated that Murphy's real issue was with the conservative candidates who ran in the Republican primary, noting that the strategist apparently felt that "there were too many conservatives in it saying too many stupid things." Limbaugh then accused Murphy of calling for an end to conservatism.
In addition to Murphy's comments, the host also took aim at a speech that GOP political operative and 2008 adviser to Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign Steve Schmidt recently gave at the University of Delaware. In it, Schmidt told the audience that Limbaugh is speaking to a demographic that is "white, 65 plus, and rural."
The strategist (whom Limbaugh referred to as "the architect of McCain's defeat") contended that this isn't what America looks like any longer and that the radio host's message is "complete and total ludicrous nonsense."
"Okay, so you people are all white, 65 and over, and you live in the sticks," Limbaugh responded. "And you are screwing up the Republican Party, because you are believing what I say. This is their explanation for having lost."
Listen to Rush's response, below, and hear exactly what he had to say to those strategists trying to pin blame for Obama's re-election on him: