Did Rush Limbaugh endorse Ron Paul back in February just after CPAC? (Transcript)Submitted by rhino on Wed, 06/15/2011 - 20:43
He didn't care about that. He went to CPAC and said, "We gotta take over the Republican Party. We need to reform it. We need make it a Conservative Party." He wanted it to be one of the vanguards in advancing the conservative cause. He reached out to all traditionally conservative people, including people of faith. He reached out to all of them. He didn't ask 'em to put aside their principles, he didn't ask 'em to shut up. He asked everyone if they were conservative to embrace him. He said they had a candidate in him who would promote them. He wanted to win. He wanted to win by running as a conservative, not some hyphenated conservative, and not a special interest conservative. He understood that if the culture crumbles, the society crumbles. And that includes fiscal and national security issues. So he set out a strong, simple agenda of across-the-board tax cuts and spending cuts, rejected the limitations the ruling class and the GOP establishment tried to place on him.
You don't need to agree with all the things that he says, but you knew he was faithful to the Constitution's principles. He could be trusted to do what was right or at least try to. Now, when you have candidates or would-be candidates telling conservatives to park their principles at the door, to check their principles at the door when they come in, who are not fully understood on a host of issues, they're not gonna be trusted by voters at large. To the extent that people who voted in November paid attention to CPAC and told that this is conservative political action conferencing, I wonder how much conservatism they actually saw as measured against what they were expecting, if they watched it. You had a candidate promoted by the Republican establishment who didn't write off conservative voices on the radio but says we're gonna move beyond that.
Now, nobody would disagree that for a movement to grow you need people from all over the place to join the movement. It's in fact smart but in the process of doing so, you don't diss the people who are already audiences of those shows, you don't say that they're irrelevant or unnecessary, who won elections for your party year after year after year, and all this, of course, done to impress the mainstream media.