Skip to comments.Why Are So Many House Republicans Retiring?
Posted on 09/05/2019 7:09:34 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
RUSH: Look, youll tell you something else is happening out there, folks. I saw Have you noted all the Republican members of Congress that are again retiring? I think one of the reasons we lost the House in 2018 is that there were a huge number of Republicans who retired. Now, we were told the reason was, Well, theyre being term limited out of their committee chairmanships, Mr. Limbaugh, and they dont want to go back to just being regular members of the House. Whats in it for them? Once you become a committee chairman, you cant go back to being a regular bencher.
Okay. Fine. So they quit. Time to cash in. Time to use that experience to make real money, provide for your childrens future, defense contracts, whatever. But its continuing. Another guy, another Republican member of Congress (five terms, Texas) is retiring. Now, folks, I tell you something. I ran into a guy, a friend of mine some months ago who is from North Carolina. (Thats how they say it there.) Well, Irksome Bowels did. I love my North Carolina. Anyway, I was talking to this guy from North Carolina. I said, Man, its not looking good. The Democrats appear to be taking over the state.
What are you talking about? The Democrats aint doing nothing in North Carolina! We own North Carolina. I said, I dont think you do. Have you checked whats going on in the cities and in the towns? You may think you have the governorship. You may think youve got a congressional seat. Have you seen whats going on in your local towns? Ah, who cares whats going on in a town unless you live in it. Well, see, thats the point.
Something North Carolina is not true red Republican; I dont care what anybody thinks. The Democrats are going in and taking over these local communities. All politics is local. Thats where they can have really tremendous impact on culture and a number of things because nobodys paying attention. Now, in Texas, the Democrats are dying to take over Texas cause if they get Texas and the electoral votes of Texas, then (sigh) its not good. The Republicans need the electoral votes Texas to counter New York and California.
But yet another Republicans retiring. Retiring! Why? Now, people will say, Well, Rush, Ill tell you what it is. The truth be known: Theres a bunch of Republicans that just cant stand Trump. Thats not what it is. Thats what they want you to think. Thats not what it is. You know what I thinks going on? I think and dont doubt me on that. I cant prove this cause this is just a supposition. But I think based on how I have seen Democrats and their operatives act, I think and that given that nobody, no human being is clean and pure as the wind-driven snow.
Weve all got something in our closets. Weve all done something that we dont want people to know about. I think the Democrats are finding dirt, and theyre going to these Republicans, and theyre saying, Do you want people to know about this? We are glad to publicize this about you. Oh, no, no. No, no! Please dont. Well, okay. Then you gotta retire. Now, I cant prove it, but some of this stuff and some of it may be legitimate. I mean, people retiring after ten years, they may think its enough. Its five terms.
But its a lot of power to be giving up. But it just seems to be that these retirements are predominantly Republican, and its all happening under the radar. You hear about another retirement here, retirement there. They never add up in your mind. Theyre all indiscriminate, little isolated stories and whats odd? Nothings odd about somebody retiring from Congress. But it seems theres an exorbitant number of Republicans doing so, and I just have my suspicions about it. Thats all.
RUSH: Let me grab a quick phone call. Somebody from Arlington, Texas, wants to weigh in on whats happening with these retirements. Its Deborah. Im glad you called, Deborah. How are you doing?
CALLER: I am well. I heard you mention about the Republicans and this is actually a Republican issue. We had our speaker, Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen, who threatened other Republicans. He wanted 10 Republicans targeted, and that is what the issue is and why we have so many retiring. He went to What is the name of it? (sigh) Uh
RUSH: Well, just tell me. Forget Tell me, why are Republicans retiring? Because, what? A bunch of RINOs are being outed? What is it?
CALLER: No. Because our speaker of our House, Dennis Bonnen, threatened ten Republicans. He wanted them targeted to attack. So this was an inside job. It wasnt even the liberals. Its a RINO, and he is attacking em, and he got caught because it was audiotaped and went public in Texas, and
RUSH: What is he attacking them with?
CALLER: He wanted a
RUSH: These are members of Congress. What does a state politician have over members of Congress?
CALLER: He doesnt have anything. He went to a media forum, Texas Scorecard, and told them, Well allow you to have credentials, but I want you to go after these 10 Republicans. He didnt want em back in office because they were attacking him, or they were calling him out as a RINO. Well, there were several other Republicans that knew about it and were going along with this. This has been a huge issue down here. Huge.
RUSH: It must be, because its leading to a lot of retirements, and its not Well, I knew it was something.
RUSH: Everybody wants to chalk it up to the fact that people dont like Trump. And there may be some of that, but theres clearly something else going on. And it does involve people being called RINOs and so forth. I mean, well dig deep into this. But I just wanted to call your attention to it. Its, like she said, a big issue in Texas. But its not You have to be paying attention to this kind of thing before it will cross your radar screen because its not something thats all over the daily media and its happening in some other places too.
What I really think is going is that a lot of this is being done as opposition research, dirty tricks, what have you, by Democrats, who are hell-bent on taking back Texas or converting Texas to their column. And, you know, the Democrats Keep one thing in mind. After Obama was elected People forget this. Barack Obama was a Death Star for the Democrat Party. After his two presidential elections, the Democrat Party lost over 1,000 seats total. Not just in the Congress, of course, but were talking statehouse, state senate, governorship, any number of offices. He was just horrible.
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Of course, the Drive-Bys didnt talk about any of this. I remember James Carville. After Trump won in 2016, James Carville was running around complaining that the Democrat Party had never, ever in his lifetime had so little electoral power. Well, my contention is that theyre doing what they can to bring it back at this super local level where they lost it with the election of Obama. Look, the Republicans can play the game, too, and they may well be. I just dont know. You just dont hear about a lot of Democrat retirements. But we will keep a sharp eye on this.
RUSH: Well stick with Houston. This is David. Were gonna get another stab here of whats going on in Texas. Hi, David. Great to have you with us on the EIB Network.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. First-time caller. I love it. Thank you.
RUSH: Uh Yeah, I do. Thank you. We got limited time here so race on.
CALLER: So weve got something here we call the Beto Effect. So it relates to your discussion. There is a ton of local elections that had gone to Republicans for decades that suddenly got wiped out in the last election cycle. A lot of us looking at it said, Theres huge external money coming from California, whatever, to support Beto. And this We call it the Beto Effect. It basically ripped out dozens and dozens of local elections. I think thats part of the conversion process you just talked about.
RUSH: Well, but that wouldnt Is that why Republicans are retiring, because theyre afraid of Democrat money coming in because of Beto?
CALLER: No, that isnt
RUSH: I mean, Betos a joke! Betos fading away to, what, two points in the Democrat primary?
CALLER: The amazing thing in Texas, as much of a joke as he is, is how did he get so close to Ted Cruz? I think that scared the pants off of some people.
RUSH: Youre kidding. This is why theyre retiring? They saw what happened, how close Beto got and so theyre scared to go on?
CALLER: I dont think this is why theyre retiring. I apologize. I was probably on hold. It explains why a lot of these conversions happened. I dont know if these local conversions can be sustainable going forward without outside Beto money.
RUSH: Wait a minute. What do you mean by conversions?
CALLER: Local Uh, this is at the local level, a lot of Texas districts judges places that have been Republican for decades actually lost to Democrats for the first time in decades.
CALLER: And so thats what Im talking about.
RUSH: This is still not what Im talking about. Not your fault. Its not what Im talking about. Weve already chronicled that. I have noted the congressional districts on the Texas border with Mexico, and theyre all turning blue. Now, this is illegal immigration in part, immigration in another part. Democrats targeting Texas is another reason for it. Its very alarming. I mean, Texas used to be solid red. Now you look at those counties on the Mexican border, and they are starting to turn shades of blue. But Im specifically here referring to retirements. These are people not even choosing to contest elections. Theyre quitting.
RUSH: Our last caller from Texas and you gotta say Texis if you want to have Texins know that you get them. You dont say Texas. I dont say it lazily. Texis. Texis. Theres an I in there at the end of it instead of an a. One thing that he pointed out The Beto stuff is one thing, but the way the Democrats are doing this in their efforts, theyre going for dogcatcher and up. The Democrats are kind of like the old Soviets. The Soviets didnt have two-year plans and four-year plans based on elections.
They had lifetime plans. However long it took them to accomplish was however long it took them. Now, our elections run in cycles, two years and four years. Like CEOs have, you know, the next quarterly report to get the stock price up. But these Democrats have become more socialist and, in some cases, even slash communists and their goals and objectives are long-term. And theyre starting down at the essence of local level. And they are just funneling money. The Beto example is a great illustration of it.
Beto ORourke could not have survived if he had relied only on money from Texas, because there wasnt that much. This is what George Soros and his buddies have been doing, and the objective here is You know, they want to win the White House, and they want to win the Congress as well. But let me tell you something. If they keep this up, if theyre able to convert states from red to blue, then they can survive losing the White House to Trump in 2020. I mean, theyll go batty if they do, but their long-term planning
Theyre not paralyzed is the point. Theyre not sitting there It makes it look like that all theyre focusing on is getting rid of Trump and that all of their eggs are in that basket, and thats not the case. Now, whether or not this influx of money is causing Republicans in Texas to quit, to retire? Thats a whole nother thing. Its no doubt daunting. But incumbency is the greatest tool that an incumbent has. You know what the return election rate is for incumbents in the House of Representatives? Its 95% of them win!
Its really tough to come in and beat an incumbent. Thats why there was such news about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. But she did it in the primary when the turnout was 2%! This is Thats why its alarming that so many of these guys are quitting. Theyre giving up almost automatic reelection. Theyre giving up the seat. And some people, Well, Rush, theyre retiring cause theyre not Make America Great Again people. They really dont like Trump. That could be a factor for some of it.
But do not doubt me when I say that no human being is free of embarrassments that have accumulated over the course of his or her lifetime. I wouldnt doubt some of these Democrats digging this stuff up Look at the tweets that people write as teenagers that are coming back and destroying them five and six years later which, by the way, I predicted. When I knew this was gonna happen Remember the name Krystal Ball with a K? Some thought she was attractive. She was running for Congress, and she got elected, and some tweets came out.
She posed nude when she 14 or 15. She was outraged. How dare you! I said, What do you expect to happen? You put a picture of yourself nude on Facebook or MySpace or, you know, My Butt, whatever it is. Somebodys gonna find that stuff. I think some of that is going on, and its being used to Dare I say the word blackmail? But threaten members. Now, as I say, the Republicans can do this, too, and they may be doing it in certain places. I dont know.
RUSH: This is Joe in Fairfield, Connecticut. Joe, great to have you on the program. Hello.
CALLER: Good day, Rush. Id like to extend your theory as to why potential incumbent Republican candidates are not running, and I (crosstalk).
RUSH: Wait, wait, wait, wait. Let me be specific. Retiring. Yeah, theyre not running
RUSH: They are quitting. Q-u-i-t-t-i-n-g. They are quitting. Okay. So
CALLER: Yes. Quitting. Well, if we look at the potentials of blackmail where would it come from? Would it come from social media? Is there a connection between Google and maybe a connection to China that controls a lot of this? Could they get that information, research information from those sources? And why, if the Republicans try that, they might not have that advantage cause they dont have that connection. Schmidt, didnt he have a strong connection to the previous White House? Didnt he have a room in the West Wing or somewhere? (pause)
RUSH: I guess we lost him.
CALLER: Is that possible?
RUSH: Wait a minute. Who is ? Schmidt did not have a previous ?
CALLER: Well, Google, the leader
RUSH: Oh, Eric Schmidt. Google. Google. Google. Okay.
CALLER: Yeah, Google.
RUSH: Well, were not unfortunately, here advancing the ball. Youre just saying that you Youre citing sources where the blackmail is coming from, Google, whatever. Its the Democrats. The Democrats run Google. The Democrats run Facebook. But its something that There may be other reasons for it. I mean, I think theres a MAGA connection. I do think theres some Republicans that dont believe in the Trump agenda. Look, theres a whole host of reasons why.
Its just struck me that it seems like every week theres another Republican retiring, and I dont hear about Democrats quitting. So I began Ive begun to think, you know, why it is. Then you look at Texas and the map and you see those counties on the border with Mexico are beginning to turn stages of blue. Let me try Lets see. Give me line 3. This is James in Chipley, Florida. Im, Im glad you called. Welcome to the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Yes, Rush. Its an honor to talk to you. I think I have an answer to your question. The threat of violence, violent coercion from the left. Youve got Steve Scalise being shot for wearing a red shirt to baseball practice. Youve got Sarah Huckabee Sanders being run out of a restaurant and called all kinds of named in front of her family. Youve got people lining up outside of Mitch McConnells house shouting threats at the windows. Youve got Julian Castro doxing Republican donors in Texas. I think that a lot of people especially since Republican representatives tend to come from lucrative fields in the private sector are saying, Why would I go into politics and subject my family to this kind of thing?
RUSH: You know, I think that there is something to this. I had not considered this before I looked at the summary of what you wanted to talk about. But, James, thanks very much. I want to expand on this, and tell you a personal story. You know, one of my big bugaboos that Ive shared with you over the course of many broadcast years has been the laziness or the intransigence or the lack of desire to really mix it up with Democrats by supposed RINOs who have thought whenever I would talk to them and warn them that this kind of stuff was coming They would pooh-pooh it.
Thats crazy, Rush. This stuff is never gonna happen. Abortion after the babys born? Its never gonna happen! Well, here we are, and theres been a sizable contingent of the Republican Party thats made up of people whove never wanted to mix it up with the left, and theyve anybody who does want to mix it up with the left get down into the mud with the Democrats, actually have a political fight Oh, no, thats beneath me! Thats not called for. Thats not where we are.
Now, the way this manifested itself in many years I know a lot of these people cause Im a powerful, influential member of the media. I know all of them; a lot of people want to know me. I go into places, they come up to me. I cant tell you Well, I have told you. I cant count the number of people who have chided me over 20 years, Rush, you gotta get these Republicans to stop talking about abortion! You gotta. Were gonna get creamed. My wife wont stop nagging me about it. You gotta shut up about it yourself, and you gotta get these people to shut up!
Cause were losing votes! Were sending votes to the Democrat Party. Were losing women.
I said, No, were not. You dont really know whats going on here. Do you have no concern over what is happening? There are 1.3 million of these a year. Do you have no concern about the impact of this on our culture, on our morality?
No, I just want my wife to stop nagging me about it. Stop it! Were losing.
They have not wanted to go anywhere near it. And every time the Republicans lost an election, they came to me and said, Nah-nah-nah! See? Thats why. Youre losing us. Youre losing us the elections with abortion. Remember? This was all through the nineties and into the 2000s. Well, those people are still there. Theres just something new they say instead of abortion. You know what it is? (impression) I wish Trump would stop tweeting. Im tired of tweets. Trumps embarrassing me.
I cant defend Trump when he starts tweeting. I wish hed stop attacking people. Its amazing to me, folks! The same crowd that wanted nothing to do with abortion as Republicans and they became RINOs. They became (impression), I am socially liberal and, uh, uh, economically conservative. Thats the way they describe themselves because the public test in polite society was you could not be pro-life. If you were, you were a hayseed southerner hick. You had a pickup truck and a shotgun in the gun rack in the back window.
They didnt want to be thought of that way, and it was my contention that thats losing. To take that attitude, to cede that issue to the Democrats is to lose the foundational pinning of the Republican Party or the conservative movement. I kept telling them this. I said, Theres gonna be a price to pay for you not being willing to get up to speed on this, and were here now! So now this guy calls and (hes gotta good point) says, These Republicans are afraid, Rush. Its what hes saying. They see Sarah Sanders get heckled out of a restaurant; theyre afraid.
They see Betsy DeVos get heckled out of a restaurant; theyre afraid. They see Scalise get shot at baseball practice Now, thats something to be afraid of, Democrats running around shooting people. But all of these doxing efforts, the Julian Castro making public all of the Trump donors (and outing some of his own, by the way). The callers theory is that these people and some of them are elected people, theyre scared. They dont want to fight anybody over anything, which means theyre not committed to any of these issues really.
If youre not willing to fight for them, youre not committed to them. So I think this is partly whats happened. The same crowd that been telling me to shut up about abortion, to get everybody to get the Republican Party to drop it. I cant I would go to a football game in Pittsburgh. I would go to play golf somewhere. It would never fail. You gotta get these Republicans to stop talking about abortion, Rush! I even had one guy say, What are you gonna do about the Christians, Rush?
What are you gonna do? Until you tame the Christians, Rush, were never gonna win. This is 15, 20 years ago. Well, here we are now. So now the Democrats are able to intimidate people into quitting elective office because they might be heckled at a restaurant or worse? There may be something to it. If were talking about people that havent been willing to fight for what they believe in, that could be a partial explanation.
Sometimes I think Rush can't hear what the caller said completely and he misses some of it, but he caught on and finished the caller's point very well.
People want pro-Trump GOPers.
“A house divided cannot stand.................it will be all one or all the other.”
Folks our current times should help us in understanding Lincoln.
There is going to be a fight. Let’s get it started and over with.
I’m guessing pics of them with dead boys or live goats.
These bunch of wastes of oxygen have been placating the middle-masses with BS fluff bills and kabuki theater, show votes which they get to point to during election time and say, “See we ‘tried’!”
Now that they see We the People are wanting RESULTS, and Trump is getting those results, but he is having to fight tooth and nail for them, they don’t have the balls nor brains to succeed and they are jumping ship. Hell they don’t want to be the ones who upsets their own or anyone else’s apple cart!
These useless mushy middle gop and GOPe idiots have spent the last 6-8-20 years rearranging chairs on the U.S.S. Titanic, but now that the passengers are demanding the crew actually do something - the crew are looking for the closest exit and life boat!!
The Cheap Labor Express is desperately trying to stymie the President from enforcing the laws and borders.
They previously had control of both parties.
Thr Republicans should fight back the same way. Surely there is much more dirt on democRATs, but maybe they don’t care anymore. Their dirt is like perfume to democrat voters and the media won’t cover it or will twist it around anyway.
Could it e that a retired congressman has too many benefits? That he is too comfortable in retirement? I don’t know, just asking.
It’ll be more like the balkans meet Spain with a little El Salvador and troubles from northern Ireland mixed in for good measure.
I think Rush is on to something. Rats are masters of dirty tricks. Time for the GOP to learn a few.
The Democrats are willing to do anything to win, the Republicans are not. Rush may have something here. The power of the surveillance state can be used to target individual members and show them what will happen to them if they don’t retire or go along with the the Rat drive for absolute power. If we lose the 2020 election, that will be the last real opportunity to use the ballot box. After that it would be the fascist boot in the face and any correction will be more like the breakup of Yugoslavia.
We now have a fighter in Trump.
You’d think the GOP would learn something.
They disgust me.
If we lose the House and Senate, it is the GOP who lost, not Trump.
And we will forever remember it.
The Democrat politicians are arrogant and think they can ride out the coming storm.
They like the big money and really cant do anything else that would give them so much money for so little work.
Even with half his brain (and hearing) tied behind his back, hes still spot on-nailed it
You nailed it!
They know not what they sow. They’ll reap the whirlwind.
It does no good whatsoever to learn the “dirty tricks” if nobody puts them in action.
The general knowledge in regards to schemes to thwart the will of the electorate have been around for years or decades, some of them probably going back to the time of the Roman Empire, and most of the counters to these schemes have been worked out over and over, but there is still apparently little incentive to apply these corrective measures. Might not be prudent or gentlemanly, you know.
Republicans need a new Lee Atwater.
Retiring or leaving
In all so far, 13 GOP House members and four senators are forgoing reelection
next year without declaring their candidacy for a higher office, while just three
Democrats in the House and one in the Senate are retiring outright. More than two
dozen Republicans retired ahead of the 2018 midterms, foreshadowing the blue
wave that swept in a Democratic majority.
What is going on is the changing demographics in these districts: 109 U.S. counties have become majority nonwhite since 2000-these are out of the 250 high population districts in USA-Hispanic population is fastest growing in USA-up to almost 19% of population
I saw it happen in a long time GOP district in Orange County CA-used to vote 75% GOP 20 years ago-now it is less than 45% white and for first time in 80 years ,after a retiring GOP congressman, it is a Dem district
so these retiring are reading the tea leaves instead of taking argument to “people of color” - especially Hispanics who vote 30% GOP -remember Dems majority of their vote comes from “people of color” Black (93% DEm) , Hispanic (70% Dem), Asian (69% Dem) these 3 groups are 2/3rds of Dems voters
True, sometimes taking the high ground is best but it comes with a cost if you are completely quiet and don't respond to the attacks.
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