- The Washington Times - Monday, December 8, 2014

Rush Limbaugh, in a rare appearance on Fox News, told host Chris Wallace in no uncertain terms that the Republican Partyought to shake up the White House and stand strong against President Obama’s amnesty plan.

Why? The GOP did win the midterms, after all, Mr. Limbaugh said, Mediaite reported.

Mr. Wallace raised the point that the 2013 government shutdown — sparked by Sen. Ted Cruz’s push to defund Obamacare — was actually a massive public relations and political error for the GOP, according to some polls, Mediaite said. But Mr. Limbaugh denied that characterization.

“[The GOP] won a landslide election 10 months after that so-called shutdown,” the conservative radio giant said, Fox News reported. “You keep talking polls to me. … The essence of a poll is an election, and I’ve got two of them. And we would have won in 2012 if 4 million Republicans hadn’t stayed home.”

Mr. Limbaugh also said that the establishment in the Republican Party was hiding behind the fear of a government shutdown to keep from standing strong and taking action on Mr. Obama’s amnesty push — and doing so because they secretly agree with the president’s views, Mediaite reported.

“The Republicans want what Obama wants on immigration and they are using the government shutdown as an excuse to not stop [him],” Mr. Limbaugh said on Fox News. “Obviously the Republican establishment doesn’t want to stop Obama on comprehensive immigration reform. And very conveniently here’s this government shutdown, ‘Oh, we can’t act, we can’t because they’ll blame us for shutting down the government.’ … I think it’s absurd.”

He went on: “And the American people are being let down here,” Fox News reported.

Mr. Limbaugh also said that “it’s not a government shutdown” because only 15 percent or so of the government would actually shut down.

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