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In a Nation of Children, Santa Claus Wins
Rush ^ | November 7, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh

Posted on 11/07/2012 1:49:49 PM PST by Kaslin


RUSH: Hey, any of you guys in there want to come sit in my chair today? Anybody? Nobody wants to come sit in my chair here? None of you? I mean, I'm giving you a golden opportunity to speak to, what, 50 million people.


I can handle it. Okay, all right. So nobody wants to come sit in my chair today. Greetings, my friends. What happened? That's what we're going to try to find out. We're not gotta be able to explain this away in one day. We're gonna get close. We are not gonna be able to come up with all the answers and solutions in one day, but I want to try to take you through the night for me last night, various thoughts that I had as things happened, beginning with my getting and receiving the exit polls at five o'clock.

But first, let me tell you, small things beat big things yesterday. Conservatism, in my humble opinion, did not lose last night. It's just very difficult to beat Santa Claus. It is practically impossible to beat Santa Claus. People are not going to vote against Santa Claus, especially if the alternative is being your own Santa Claus.

Now, everybody is jumping on Romney's chain today, getting in his chili. Look, he may have not been the most optimal candidate, but he's a fine man. He would have been great for this country. Mitt Romney and his family would have been the essence of exactly what this country needs. But what was Romney's recipe? Romney's recipe was the old standby: American route to success, hard work. That gets sneered at. I'm sorry. In a country of children where the option is Santa Claus or work, what wins? And say what you want, but Romney did offer a vision of traditional America. In his way, he put forth a great vision of traditional America, and it was rejected. It was rejected in favor of a guy who thinks that those who are working aren't doing enough to help those who aren't. And that resonated.

The Obama campaign was about small stuff. War on Women, binders, Big Bird, this kind of stuff. The Romney campaign was about big things, was about America. It's mind-boggling to go through these exit polls. You want to hear a statistic that is somewhat surprising? Romney received two and a half million fewer votes than McCain did. Now, who would have called that? Who in the world would have? I think Obama's vote tally was down ten million from 2008, and we still lost. We lost 50 to 48 nationally. We were not able to build a turnout model that looked like 2004. Very puzzling.

Something else. Just stream of consciousness here. The usual suspects are out, and they're saying, "Rush, we gotta reach out now to the Hispanics and reach out to the minorities, blacks." Okay, let me remind you of something. Just ask you a question. And we will be getting your phone calls of course today, you weigh in on this, 800-282-2882 is the number. Let me take you back to the Republican convention. We had Suzanne Martinez, female Hispanic governor, New Mexico. We had Condoleezza Rice, African-American, former secretary of state. Both of those people imminently qualified, terrifically achieved. They have reached the pinnacles of their profession.

We had Marco Rubio. We had a parade of minorities who have become successful Americans. And they all had a common story: up from nothing, hard work, their parents sacrificed for them. Now, why didn't that work, folks? The answer to that is our future. Why didn't it work? Some people say, "Well, Rush, we pandered." No, we didn't pander. Everybody says that we need to reach out to minorities. We have plenty of highly achieved minorities in our party, and they are in prominent positions, and they all have a common story. They all came from nothing. Their parents came from nothing. They worked hard. They told those stories with great pride. Those stories evoked tears. It didn't work. And don't tell me that people didn't watch the convention or people didn't see it. I mean, there's a reason it doesn't work.

I went to bed last night thinking we're outnumbered. I went to bed last night thinking all this discussion we'd had about this election being the election that will tell us whether or not we've lost the country. I went to bed last night thinking we've lost the country. I don't know how else you look at this. The first wave of exit polls came in at 5 p.m. I looked at it, I read the first two pages, and I said to myself, "This is utter BS." And I forwarded the exit poll data that I had to three or four people, and my message to each of them, "This is utter BS, and if it isn't, then we've lost the country." Let me take you through some of it.

Based on early exit polls, Obama is locked in a tight race with Governor Romney. Nationally we believe the race to be as tight as it could be, and to the extent that Obama is running strong and can win, it is because they see him as someone who cares about people like them. They feel he did a very good job in the response to Hurricane Sandy. When I saw that, I thought this thing is starting to read like a Democrat campaign speech, this exit poll data. Hurricane Sandy and the aftermath and the way Obama handled that, what did Obama do? He showed up one day, he bear hugged Chris Christie, and then he left. The situation on the ground is devastating, and yet Obama triumphs in the exit polls with that.

He successfully painted Romney's policies as caring primarily about the rich. He successfully convinced roughly half the country that his policies will favor the middle class. Now, measure that against reality. The reality is that the economy of this country is crumbling. The unemployment situation is worsening. The debt situation is worsening. Everything for the very people who think Obama's gonna help them is getting worse, and yet they told the exit poll people that they thought Obama's the best guy to handle

A majority of people like Obamacare in the exit poll. That goes against everything we've ever heard in any poll. Voters trust him more than Romney in an international crisis. What? How in the world can that be? In a rational, intelligent world, how can that be? "He's running very strong with African-Americans, Latinos, and women. If he wins, this data will be consistent with stories about the changing nature of US demographics."

And I saw this next one. This is the one that made me think this exit poll was BS. I just, intellectually, had trouble with this one. "More than half the people who voted yesterday said that they still blame Bush for the economy." More than half the people who...? After four years! Well, now, what is the answer to this? How in the world do you deal with this? There are ways, and we didn't do them. There were too many assumptions made about what the American people thought, about what they knew.

Too many assumptions were made. But look, I don't want to nitpick the campaign today. That's not the point. There are larger things here at work. "Roughly half voters want the health care law as it is or expanded, and they are voting for Obama." Really? I haven't seen a poll like that anywhere. Every poll -- every poll! -- I have seen on Obamacare features a majority and close to 60% who don't like it, but this is an exit poll of people who voted.

"People who say they are looking for a strong leader and someone who has more of a vision for the future support Romney. Romney even wins among voters voting for 'a candidate who shares my values.' Voters believe the economy's weak and Romney will be better able to manage the economy." Now, this is for people the exit pollers say, this is the reason if Romney wins. This is why. Well, obviously, those people were vastly outnumbered, which is where we are today.

We're outnumbered.

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One of the greatest misunderstandings in this country, if you boil all this down, is what creates prosperity. The Romney campaign was essentially about that, and the Romney campaign was devoted to the traditional American view and history -- vision, as well -- of what creates prosperity. The old capitalism, the old arguments of hard work, stick-to-itiveness, self-reliance, charity, helping out in the community.

All of these things that define the traditional institutions that made this country great, that's what the Romney campaign was about. It was rejected. That way, or that route to prosperity was sneered at. That route to prosperity was rejected. The people who voted for Obama don't believe in it. They don't think it's possible. They think the game's rigged. They think the deck is stacked against them.

They think that the only way they're gonna have a chance for anything is if somebody comes along and takes from somebody else and gives it to them. Santa Claus! And it's hard to beat Santa Claus. Especially it's hard to beat Santa Claus when the alternative is, "You be your own Santa Claus." "Oh, no! I'm not doing that. What do you mean, I have to be my own Santa Claus? No, no. No, no, no. I want to get up every day and go to the tree. You're the elves," meaning us.

You throw Hurricane Sandy in here. I must admit, I am genuinely puzzled that Hurricane Sandy and the aftermath helped Obama and hurt Romney. But it did. According to the exit polls. I mean, what they say is what they say. The polls were right on the money, as it turned out. But until people understand why and how big government reduces prosperity for all, they're gonna continue to be fooled by little things.

By marketing, by smooth talkers, by faux compassion. So we'll see what happens with the economy as we go forward. Some people think, "Hey, Rush, the economy is resilient in this country, and it's gonna naturally rebound. No matter what." There are people today scared the economy is going to rebound despite what's happening in the stock market today and Obama's policies are gonna get credit for it.

A bunch of libs are salivating over that. They think the economy is gonna come back no matter what, and that Obama's big government is going to end up being the explanation for the rest of our lives as to how that happened. Just like in Japan, just like in Greece. But look, you bring up Greece and you bring up Europe, and they're where we're headed. Their problems are acute.

The difference is that none of those European countries are anywhere near the leading economy of the world like we are. The world depends on what happens here. The world does not depend on what happens in Spain or Greece or Italy. Not to put them down. But regardless, wherever you go... Look at Greece. Whenever necessary austerity measures are proposed, what happens?

"No, you don't! You're not taking it away from me!" There is no rising to responsibility. There is no accepting responsibility. There's just a demand that the gravy train continue, and we have an administration that's promising an endless gravy train. All you have to do to stay on that gravy train is vote. But it doesn't matter.

The thing that's mind-boggling is that there is no new prosperity in America. There is no improved standard of living. It's all going down. "But Obama cares. He really cares! He cares much more than Romney. He really, really cares. In fact, he cares so much, we're gonna give him a do-over. We're gonna give him a second term to do what we know he wanted to do in the first term but wasn't able to for whatever reason."


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1 posted on 11/07/2012 1:49:53 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Well,the Liberaltarians are ecstatic, wait until they get their way, their next goal is decriminalization of kiddie porn.

2 posted on 11/07/2012 1:55:35 PM PST by GeronL (
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To: Kaslin

Being poor is supposed to be unpleasant.

3 posted on 11/07/2012 1:56:48 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (Gluttons for punishment.)
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To: Kaslin

Rush hit it on the head with this analogy. The oppositions plan is to hand out lots of goodies, get their votes, and then make it someone else’s responsibility. This is not at any time a recipe for a successful society. It is criminal that the media and the Democrat party are teamed up to produce this very result. I think it is Galt time in America. This is unsustainable, and the fact that a candidate for president ran on it’s sustainability and won is time for alarms to go off very loud.

4 posted on 11/07/2012 2:03:42 PM PST by ilgipper (Obama supporters are comprised of the uninformed & the ill-informed)
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To: Kaslin

I’m just scared that someone is going to start shooting left-wing media types.

5 posted on 11/07/2012 2:05:14 PM PST by SF Geo (arnold-jones, non-voting citizenship)
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To: ilgipper
This is unsustainable, and the fact that a candidate for president ran on it’s sustainability and won is time for alarms to go off very loud.

The ordinary American doesn't see any evidence that "this is unsustainable."

Until they do, it's sustainable.

6 posted on 11/07/2012 2:08:13 PM PST by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Kaslin; nutmeg

Elections have consequences

7 posted on 11/07/2012 2:11:57 PM PST by NautiNurse (BOHICA)
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To: SF Geo
I’m just scared that someone is going to start shooting left-wing media types.

That would be just so tragic.
8 posted on 11/07/2012 2:19:49 PM PST by Dr.Zoidberg (John Winthrop's "City upon a Hill" just became a midden heap. Infested with rats and other vermin.)
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To: SF Geo
I’m just scared that someone is going to start shooting left-wing media types.

Please help me. The downside of that would be.....?

9 posted on 11/07/2012 2:22:36 PM PST by Rockitz (This is NOT rocket science - Follow the money and you'll find the truth.)
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To: Kaslin

If those who would be robbed to fill Santa Claus’ bag had showed up in equal quantity, we’d not be in this fix.

10 posted on 11/07/2012 3:04:19 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (cat dog, cat dog, alone in the world is a little cat dog)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

A biblical view is learning to be content whether abounding or living on a shoestring.

11 posted on 11/07/2012 3:07:11 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (cat dog, cat dog, alone in the world is a little cat dog)
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To: Rockitz

In the short term, this would be bad for giving ammo to the anti-gunners. But if a media entity or media figure visibly takes sides, they will be considered political operators and face all the risks that go along with being a political figure. Just stating a fact.

12 posted on 11/07/2012 3:12:28 PM PST by coydog (Time to feed the pigs!)
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To: SF Geo
"I’m just scared that someone is going to start shooting left-wing media types."

The "shooting" part would worry me, from a RKBA perspective. Any other method would have me wildly cheering. I personally like Honey Rider's idea from Dr. No (even though daddy longlegs' are far more common and venomous)
13 posted on 11/07/2012 3:19:13 PM PST by Windcatcher (Obama is a COMMUNIST and the MSM is his armband-wearing propaganda machine.)
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To: Kaslin
TOMMY AND JIMMY WERE RUNNING FOR CLASS PRESIDENT..... Each would be givin a chance to address the class asking for their votes. On election day JIMMY spoke to the kids for 30 minutes, carefully outlining several steps he would take to make the class better and help the children learn at their best level. Then it was JIMMY'S turn. He spoke but one sentence


Then he sat down. The teacher then questioned Jimmy about this in front of the class 'But how will you pay for all their ice cream?' Jimmy shrugged and said 'I don't know.' The ballots were cast and 25 of the 30 kids voted for JIMMY. The teacher then asked the class why they voted for JIMMY since he didnt' know how he was going to get them free ice cream that he could not pay for.


Ladies and Gentlemen. I GIVE YOU THE 20012 Election.
14 posted on 11/07/2012 3:56:42 PM PST by jimsin (w)
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To: Kaslin

An email I sent to Rush:

Rush, I know that you are down, and I do not like kicking anybody when anybody is down but you are totally wrong about the American people and kind of disappointed in you. This election was very hard for us to win for the following reasons:
1) MOST PRESIDENTS OR INCUMBANTS GET RELECTED…..if the party and supporters are behind him and/or the economy doing good. Incumbency has perks. Obama did not have the good economy but he had a unified party behind him. Ford in 1976 had Reagan, split party, Nixon, bad economy. Carter in 1980 has a split party, primary challenger Ted Kennedy, problems overseas, and the economy really sucked. H.W. Bush had Buchannan in the primary, kind of a split party, kind of a sucky economy and Ross Pereot. Some knew that their party was not behind him, did not run, like Truman and Johnson. Reagan, Clinton, W. Bush, and Obama had no party challenge. With your party and supporters behind you, you can……
2) DEFINE YOUR OPPONANT BEFORE HE DOES. Reagan, Clinton, W. Bush, and Obama all did. W. Bush and the “Swift boaters.” Most people did not know Romney so Obama with Baine Capital and War on Women defined Romney. Obama also picked subjects that would….
3) GET YOUR BASE OUT. Reagan, Clinton, W. Bush, and Obama all did in there reelection. They all pick and command the issues that got their base out. The War on Woman was nothing but to scare Democratic women get out to vote. If you took all the women who voted for Obama, they will vote 95% of the time for a Democrat without this phony War on Women. Why because they are women who are DEMOCRATS! These women would never ever vote for a Republican.
This was 2004, not 1980. There are other factors like “White Guilt” but that another subject.
The first item is a given and nothing we can do about it. Second item we can somewhat control and I’m sorry, Romney did not do a good job, not bad job, and I know it is very difficult to do so because of Item 1.
The third item is Romney and Republicans fault. Turnouts were DOWN for both candidates. There is no question that Democrats were NOT as enthusiastic about Obama this time around. The messiah complex is gone. Even Democrats think Obama is a hack politician, but he’s their hack politician. They were just fighting for the status and for 31 year old coed who go to elite and expensive college to get her birth control paid by taxpayers. Obama lost more votes from 2008 than the Republicans, actual and percentage wise. They had a much better ground game. They did out hustle us.
But was Republicans enthusiastic about Romney? Sorry, we were not. All we had was he’s not Obama. If Romney received as many vote John McCain did we would be talking about President-Elect Romney.
If we are not enthusiastic about Romney, why should Americans be? Why should independents be?
50% of Americans are NOT takers and want Santa Claus, but 51% of Americans who voted yesterday are. Which is 20% of the American people. We failed to get out the other 80%. We failed to get out Republican women and youth vote out. We failed, America did not.

15 posted on 11/07/2012 4:12:59 PM PST by Phineas1962 (Courage!)
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To: Kaslin
You want to hear a statistic that is somewhat surprising? Romney received two and a half million fewer votes than McCain did.

Why is that "surprising"? Romney couldn't even beat McCain in the '08 primary.

Liberal as he is, McCain is less liberal than Romney.

16 posted on 11/07/2012 4:47:55 PM PST by Holly_P
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To: Windcatcher
I personally like Honey Rider's idea from Dr. No (even though daddy longlegs' are far more common and venomous)

True but alas their fangs aren't long enough to pierce human skin, even a liberal's thin skin.

Try the brown recluse, very common(at least in the South) and very deadly.
17 posted on 11/07/2012 4:53:32 PM PST by RedMonqey (America: It was a good run. Last conservative, Please turn off the lights...)
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To: Holly_P
Why is that "surprising"? Romney couldn't even beat McCain in the '08 primary.

I've read so damn many tweets, I can't remember or find this one. Might have been from Dana Loesch - Only 32% of registered republicans turned out yesterday.

That is shockingly bad.

18 posted on 11/07/2012 4:54:01 PM PST by IamConservative (The soul of my lifes journey is Liberty!)
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To: Kaslin
You want to hear a statistic that is somewhat surprising? Romney received two and a half million fewer votes than McCain did.

It has to do with turn-out.

Nixon got more votes in 1960 when he lost than he did in 1968 when he won.

19 posted on 11/07/2012 4:56:01 PM PST by x
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To: Kaslin

When the people find they can vote themselves other peoples money, democracy dies.

Rush is right, we lost the country last night. Hard work is no longer viewed as a recipe for success, in fact it is viewed as foolish at best, and stealing at worst.

So now what?

20 posted on 11/08/2012 4:05:49 AM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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