In an interview with Sean Hannity on Friday, Rush Limbaugh said it was no surprise to see roadblocks facing Donald Trump’s agenda. Limbaugh reminded viewers that the GOP establishment had been dead-set against the Trump phenomenon from the beginning, and that it was still in their perceived interests to keep the president from succeeding.
“Look, there isn’t much conservativism in the establishment,” Limbaugh said. “There are Republicans and Democrats, but it’s basically people who are pro-government, pro-Washington, think government and Washington is the center of the world. They’ll give occasional mentions of these things that you mention, these policies to placate voters. But going back to an original question you had here, they don’t want Trump to succeed with his agenda. They can’t afford that. I’m not exaggerating here and trying to say things for a sound bite that Fox replays the rest of the day. They don’t want five days of Rush.
“They don’t want — they can’t afford for him to succeed with his agenda,” he continued. “They can’t afford it. The lid’s blown. The gig is over. The joke is revealed. If an outsider with no prior political experience can come in and fix messes that people have been promised would be fixed for 30 years, how does that make them look? They can’t allow that to happen.”
Limbaugh, as usual, is at least twice as perceptive as your average conservative commentator – one reason that he has remained at the top of the pack for more than thirty years. Here, his analysis is as brilliant as it is simple. Republicans do NOT want this guy to come in from New York City and show them up. That’s part one. But the other part is even easier. These guys are part of a fat, happy club that includes Republicans and Democrats alike. They want to keep the game going. They don’t want real solutions, because that would upset the pretty little apple cart they’ve got going in Washington.
And it’s so obvious when you take a step back. Conservatives have been railing against the same problems for decades. Things never change! If anything, they get worse. They get worse and they get worse, because Republicans know that they will never get so bad that their voters will pull the lever for Democrats. And the ones in actual danger are the ones LEAST likely to pursue conservative solutions. They want to convince their constituents that they’re basically Democrats – and that’s a disguise that they wear quite well, we might add.
That’s why we see the populist uprisings on both the right and the left. The American people are sick of being fed a line of bull from politicians in both parties. Trump was the answer, but now we’re realizing that even Trump was not enough. We have to dismantle the Republican Party step by step, congressman by congressman, senator by senator, until we have a GOP that actually walks the walk.