Conservative talker Rush Limbaugh was optimistic about Tuesday’s presidential election until the votes were counted, but came to a dramatically different conclusion after Barack Obama was re-elected.Â On his Wednesday show, Limbaugh declared the country had been transformed, just as then-Sen. Barack Obama had promised to do in 2008.
“Look, I’m in favor of optimism as much as the next guy, but we are living in the midst of the Democrat Party transforming this country,” Limbaugh said.Â ”I don’t deny and I don’t doubt that race is a central factor in what happened, but it is not the sole explanation. There are additional substantive reasons. You can’t minimize the woman in Cleveland — ‘Obama phone! He give us a phone, Obama phone!’”
“You realize: Do not underestimate the importance of what I am saying — Â a misunderstanding or disagreement or what have you — of what creates prosperity in this country.Â There are clearly now two schools of thought on that.”
Limbaugh credited, or blamed, the Democratic Party’s ability to convince voters they need government to level the playing field and correct past injustices.
“The fact of the matter is the people gathered at McCormick Place last night do not believe that,” Limbaugh said.Â ”They do not think they have a fair shake. They have been educated, mal-educated, ill-educated.Â They don’t believe they’ve got a fair shake.Â They think the deck is stacked against them.Â They think the Democrat Party corrects that.Â They think the Democrat Party’s going to punish the people who have unfairly gotten stuff that they shouldn’t have.Â They got more stuff than other people have stuff and that stuff’s got to be redistributed.”
“That’s the sad reality here. There isn’t a work ethic in this country, anymore, that’s universal. Get a college education and that means magic is supposed to happen for a lot of people. And if it doesn’t, if you don’t get stuff, if you don’t get success that they tell you you’re going to get if you do these things, then the game’s rigged.”