- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 4, 2013

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh is predicting a surge in tea party turnout for the 2014 elections, and if Republicans were smart, they’d open their arms.

“You could welcome them into the fold,” he said, Newsmax reported. “You could build a movement around them.”


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Tea party activists who fueled a legislative face-change a few years ago have ample motivation to rally again, Mr. Limbaugh said. Why? Things have only worsened, he said.

And meanwhile, the activists have learned a few things in past years — namely, how to navigate the treacheries of a mainstream media that hates them and strategize past a Republican leadership that’s afraid to be seen with them, he said, on his Wednesday broadcast.


Tea party people have learned to work around the awareness that “the Republicans are not really that crazy about them being in the party because they embarrass them, or something,” Mr. Limbaugh said.

The GOP, for its part, should capitalize on this tea party crowd, he said.

“Here you have a made-to-order, motivated, energized, activist willing to donate — millions of people,” he said, Newsmax reported.