3 Times Rush Limbaugh Said Conservatism Can’t Lose, When It Lost
For a long time I admired conservative message discipline and their habit of sticking together in order to further their goals.
While I still wish progressives would inherit some of those habits, the cult of conservatism is a pretty weird thing. They nominate conservative candidates, but when they lose they lack even a shred of the self-recrimination that often plagues liberal electoral losses.
Conservatism just can’t ever lose, even when it does lose.
Mitt Romney tacked to the far right, away from his center-right positions as governor of Massachusetts, and even went further by selecting a right-wing crackpot as his running mate.
Still, President Obama’s re-election was not seen by the right as a repudiation of conservatism, even as Romney tried to undo his primary season rightward lurch in order to cover up his pledges to the far right.
Here are three instances of clear conservative losses spun by the right’s defacto leader, racist Rush Limbaugh:
“Republicans lost last night but conservatism did not, and that is, to me, one of the fundamental elements of last night’s results. Conservatism did not lose; Republicans lost last night.” – Rush Limbaugh, 11/8/2006
“Conservatism did not lose last night. Conservative was not on the ballot.” – Rush Limbaugh, 11/5/2008
“Conservatism, in my humble opinion, did not lose last night. It’s just very difficult to beat Santa Claus.” – Rush Limbaugh, 11/7/2012