Rush Limbaugh Not Supporting Republican Nominee?
Radio talk king Rush Limbaugh told his audience yesterday that he might not support the Republican nominee for president this year. Rob Port has the audio and the relevant transcript:
CALLER: Earlier you had mentioned that when the time comes, you’re going to announce or get behind somebody, and I’m just wondering, what’s your selection criteria for picking a candidate, and two, how do you decide when that time is that you’re going to announce? I’m more interested in how you pick a candidate. Because especially this year with—there’s really not a true conservative. How do you narrow it down?
RUSH: That’s an excellent point. I don’t have a time frame, just to address that first. I don’t have a time frame.
CALLER: All right.
RUSH: And I also, I can see possibly not supporting a Republican nominee.
RUSH: And I never thought that I would say that in my life.
I explained yesterday, in my responses to Steve Bainbridge (Fred Thompson Loss Ends Republican Party and Does Losing Focus the Attention?) why this stance is self-defeating. In this particular case, though, I tend to agree with commenter Lestat, who quips, “Don’t worry, Rush won’t end up standing on principle, he never does. He will end up ‘carrying the water’ of whoever the Republican nominee is.”
My preference is somewhere in between: Expressing one’s honest disagreement with the nominee but nonetheless choosing the best of the available choices. One doesn’t have to pretend Romney or McCain or whomever is the second coming of Ronald Reagan to decide you’d rather have him running the executive branch than Hillary Clinton.