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Monday, September 26, 2016

Top GOP Message Guru: Rush Limbaugh And Talk Radio Are ‘Killing’ Marco Rubio [AUDIO]

During a speech to College Republicans at his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, GOP messaging guru — and the evil mastermind behind such go-to Republican terms as “death tax,” “job creator” and “illegal immigrant” — briefly went off the record to explain that conservative talk radio is destroying the establishment’s one hope for stopping the decline with Latino voters — Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL):

And they get great ratings, and they drive the message, and it’s really problematic. And this is not on the Democratic side. It’s only on the Republican side…[inaudible]. [Democrats have] got every other source of news on their side. And so that is a lot of what’s driving it. If you take—Marco Rubio’s getting his ass kicked. Who’s my Rubio fan here? We talked about it. He’s getting destroyed! By Mark Levin, by Rush Limbaugh, and a few others. He’s trying to find a legitimate, long-term effective solution to immigration that isn’t the traditional Republican approach, and talk radio is killing him. That’s what’s causing this thing underneath. And too many politicians in Washington are playing coy.

Mother Jones‘ David Corn received the recording of the comments from Aakash Abbi, a junior at Penn. The student said that Luntz was egged on to go off the record about the talk-radio giant.

“To me, a man whose career is built on being viewed as the ‘Master of Words’ should be willing to always stand by what he says,” Abbi told Corn. “If he can say it to a hundred-plus Penn students, the rest of America deserves to hear it.”

Limbaugh has previously accused Luntz of trying to “dumb down” the Republican message.

Talk radio, along with Breitbart, Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin and The Daily Caller‘s Mickey Kaus, have been waging a war of words against what they see as “amnesty” in the comprehensive immigration reform bill Rubio created as part of the Senate’s “Gang of Eight.”

They’re even willing to brand Rubio with the dreaded slur, “RINO.”

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The Daily Caller’s Matt Lewis has called these opponents of reform a “new sort of ‘Gang of Eight,'” since the opposition to reform seems to be limited to the extremes of the party. However, the base of the party — roiled by talk radio — defeated a similar bill in 2007.

And they may do it again if, even if the establishment recognizes that doing so may eventually lead to the end of the GOP competing as a national party.

Photo: @DaveWeigel via Twitter

  • Lynda Groom

    Every once in a while Frank says something not in the realm of fiction…this is one of those rare occasions.

  • FredAppell

    I love watching the right wing eat their own. This is what happens when you allow the crazies to run the asylum. The reason they can’t ever get their message out is because
    they can’t ever agree on the message and their take no prisoners approach is turning
    good sensible people away. Several weeks ago, Marco Rubio was being touted as the next superstar of the Republican Party, what a difference a few weeks make.

  • charleo1

    If there were one Republican, with the backbone to stand up to bully,
    Limbaugh, he wouldn’t be driving their message. But since he’s not a
    woman, or young high school girl fearing deportation, or a minority,
    they can’t muster the up the guts.

  • Rush Limbaugh Returns

    Rush Limbaugh is once again in the national media spotlight, this time for saying, among other things, that he hopes Obama and his economic program will fail. What other incendiary comments has Limbaugh made about the president?
    “Now, I’m not saying that Barack Obama’s a Muslim. But I do think he masterminded the 2004 Madrid terror attacks.”
    “America should be terrified of Barack Obama’s skin color—whoops, I mean socialist agenda.”
    “The president’s so-called energy plan is nothing more than a carefully crafted initiative that clearly reflects his thoughtfulness and high level of education.”
    “What is it with these black presidents, anyhow?”
    “Rahm Emanuel had my keys stolen. I swear, they were right here this morning.”
    “Each night I pray that a released Gitmo inmate will kill thousands of Americans in a bloody massacre, just to teach Obama a lesson.”
    “If I saw Barack Obama’s children walking down the street, I would hide behind a mailbox or a tree or something and then jump out and scare them.”
    “I wouldn’t advocate overthrowing the government, but I would certainly not object if some of my dumber listeners picked up arms and stormed the Capitol.”
    “Let me make this absolutely clear: Obama! Taxes! Abortion! President! Hussein! Socialist!”

    • Mikey7a

      Wow, how can this stuff not be considered treason?

      • Garry Owen Ault

        Good question. Obviously some is and the rest is just a form of passing gas. And the aroma is just as foul as treason.