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October 17, 2011

What A Difference A Couple Of Years Makes

Here is Rush Limbaugh on Mitt Romney in 2011.

The reason is simple: Romney is not a conservative. Heís not, folks. You can argue with me all day long on that, but he isnít. What he has going for him is that heís not Obama and that he is doing incredibly well in the debates because heís done it a long time. Heís very seasoned. He never makes a mistake, and heís going to keep winning these things if he never makes a mistake. Itís that simple. But Iím not personally ready to settle on anybody yet ó and I know that neither are most of you, and I also know that most of you do not want this over now, before weíve even had a single primary! All weíve had are straw votes. You know that the Republican establishmentís trying to nail this down and end it. You know that thatís happening, and I know that you donít want that to happen, and neither do I.

Now, as for Romney ó and you should know, by the way, that Iíve met Romney. Iíve not played golf with him but Iíve met him, and I like all of these people. This isnít personal, not with what country faces and so forth. I like him very much. Iíve spent some social time with him. Heís a fine guy. Heís very nice gentleman. He is a gentleman. But heís not a conservative ó and if you disagree, Iím open. The telephone lines are yours. Call and tell me what you think it is that makes him a principled conservative, what exactly is it. Is there something that he has said that shows conservative, principled leadership? What did he say? Iím open to it. Now, weíre told that governors are better than legislators when looking for presidents for a host of reasons.

However, what does this say about the conservatism of someone who endorsed Mitt Romney in 2008 -- one Rush Limbaugh of the EIB Network.

: I think now, based on the way the campaign has shaken out, that there probably is a candidate on our side who does embody all three legs of the conservative stool, and thatís Romney. The three stools or the three legs of the stool are national security/foreign policy, the social conservatives, and the fiscal conservatives. The social conservatives are the cultural people. The fiscal conservatives are the economic crowd: low taxes, smaller government, get out of the way.

So which is it, Rush? Is Romney a conservative or not? Has Romney changed since 2008, or has Limbaugh? I'll be the first to concede that Mitt Romney is not the most conservative candidate in the race for the GOP nomination, but that does not mean that he is not a conservative. I'll concede that Romney is not the darling of the Tea party set -- but that does not mean that he is not conservative. After all, as you noted in 2008, Romney is conservative on the three major areas of conservatism -- social, fiscal, and national security/foreign affairs. Is it today your position that this is not enough?

In other words, was Rush Limbaugh wrong in 2008, or is he wrong in 2011? Or worse yet, is this switch in positions merely a play at keeping his fan-base happy? What has changed?





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All I can guess is that the first statement about Romney was more an anti-McCain statement. Of course, that begs the question as to whether this statement is sincere or a veiled cut at another candidate.

|| Posted by armstrmb, October 17, 2011 01:15 PM ||

Interestingly, a couple of days after Limbaugh made these statements, Romney withdrew from the race and endorsed McCain. Rush claims that he didn't actually endorse Romney, but if it sounds like a duck ...

I think that this was more of a slap at McCain than a hat tip to Romney.

Compared to McCain, Romney IS a Conservative.

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