"Make no mistake, the Republican establishment has been relying on the media to be a premier agent in destroying Trump. And they can't....To the Republican and Democrat establishments, the media holds coequal position in the entire power structure of the ruling class."
12/4/15, "The Republican Establishment Hates Trump Because He Owns the Media," Rush Limbaugh
"Rush: There's a new CNN poll out that shows Trump with a 20-point lead now, and Ted Cruz is in second place. And the Republican establishment is barely keeping its grip....Because what they've figured out is that, okay, let's say that Trump does implode like they think he's going to...who's in second place now? Somebody they hate more! (laughing) Ted Cruz!... I'm watching Republican consultants actually lose it on TV....
Trump is doing something that has, in my lifetime, never been done. He's pulled something off that I have never seen pulled off. And it is, I think, at the root of the frustration that Republican consultants and the Republican establishment and anybody else in the Republican Party has that is anti-Trump, and that is: Donald Trump owns the media.
The media have literally no negative effect on Donald Trump. No matter what he says, no matter how he says what he says, no matter what he does, it gets covered. When there is any criticism of Trump, what does he do? He doubles down, and that gets covered.
Donald Trump has the media wrapped around his little finger. And this is a contributing factor to why so many people are bothered and upset, because even in the Republican establishment, the media is looked at as a legitimate player in the power arrangement of politics....You and I make the mistake of assuming the Republican Party is as suspicious and distrustful of the media as you and I are, but they're not.
The Republican establishment, the Democrat establishment agree and accept that the media is an equal player in the ruling class. Trump has blown all of that out the window. As such, the normal ways that people in politics are controlled, the normal way that people are contained -- the ways people are promoted, punished, destroyed, what have you -- are all out the window where Trump is concerned....The media is considered by the ruling class to be one of the great leveling factors.
But none of that is in play with Trump. Trump has his own audience, which is in many cases as big as or bigger than the media covering him. He doesn't need the media. He enjoys them being around. He likes toying with them. He likes being provocative around them. To him, the media is a plaything. To the Republican and Democrat establishments, the media holds coequal position in the entire power structure of the ruling class. Put simply, the media can't take Trump out, and that scares the heck out of everybody, particularly in the Republican side.
Not only can the media not take Trump out, the media can't even hurt him. And when they try, he gets even more powerful, or more popular. And this fact, this phenomenon of a single presidential candidate owning and controlling the media is one of the greatest upsetting, out-of-balance aspects of this whole campaign that the entire establishment is having a hell of a time coming to grips with. They can't explain it. They envy it and are jealous of it.
And because of all this, it just adds to the animosity that they feel....He's breaking every rule and getting more popular. He rises in the polls with every rule break that he engages in. As such, there is a growing, gnawing feeling in the establishment that there's nothing they can do. The media is the great middleman. Trump doesn't need a middleman to get his message out. Trump's crowds are five blocks long....
They would love to be able to ignore him, but they don't dare....They've done everything they can that they usually do when they try to take a candidate out, or anybody else they want to take out. None of it works. And make no mistake, the Republican establishment has been relying on the media to be a premier agent in destroying Trump. And they can't. Ergo, there's panic....
In these two memos I've got, we've got elected senators and others in the RNC both on record saying they would vote Hillary if Trump is the nominee. But, ladies and gentlemen, it isn't just Trump that has them upset. I played you the sound bite moments ago. The Republican consultant criticizing me, claiming that I have been a fraud for all these years. I've never really been a conservative. I've never really been a Republican...I've only been in it for me. And proof of that is that I will not denounce Trump. Why? Because I secretly want Hillary back in. Why? Because that's where I made my fortune, writing anti-Clinton books.
But these same Republicans criticizing me are also saying Ted Cruz will not get their support, either. They're saying the same thing about Cruz they say about Trump....If there's one candidate of all that I have actually quote/unquote "promoted," it would be Cruz, not Trump. I don't know if this consultant that lost it on CNN today knows that or not....
When you ask me, the Republican establishment has more experience electing Democrats than I do. [Listed below, in 2012 GOP E and its partner US C of C lost 10+ US Senate races, including Florida, Montana, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Virginia, Wisconsin, Maine, Ohio, Massachusetts. ed.] They've shown they know how to do it, in presidential races. And you know what's even more frustrating when you add this to it? Look at all these midterm elections where the Republicans have just smoked the Democrats....
The Democrats have lost a thousand electoral seats in this country in midterm elections, 2010, 2014. The people of this country are clearly willing to vote against Democrats. They [GOP voters] are clearly willing to vote for Republicans. But when you get to the presidential election, it better be somebody that's not just part of the establishment. That's the message, and that's what they're not getting....
If they were being honest with themselves about why Trump has such broad-based support, and it is broad, most of Trump's support is not the conservative base. It's all over the spectrum. He's got support from women, Hispanics, blue-collar Democrats, the old Reagan Democrats. The demographic support that Trump has is what the Republican Party claims it wants. Meanwhile, the Republican Party is running around saying they want to win the nomination without the conservative base, without the pro-lifers, without the social issues crowd. Well, that's Trump....
They do not appear to have even taken the time to understand why Trump's as big as he is....You probably know it better than I do 'cause you're out there making it happen. Trump is popular, Trump is big precisely because Republican voters are angry at establishment Republicans. And establishment Republicans keep giving these people reason to be mad by continuing to insult them, and by appearing to agree with Democrats on key issues a majority of Americans disagree with, from amnesty to whatever, economics, Obamacare, take your pick."...images above from RushLimbaugh.com
Added: In 2012 the GOP E and its partner US Chamber of Commerce lost 10+ key US Senate races (listed below), adding to disastrous results of 2006 and 2008.
Ten+ 2012 US Senate races lost by GOP E selected candidates:
- In Montana, Romney beat Obama by 13.7 points. Chamber supported GOP Senate candidate Denny Rehberg still lost.
- Republican Dean Heller was the incumbent having been appointed to the seat after scandal-compromised Republican Senator John Ensign resigned. Heller lost by 1.2 points to a democrat under an ethics investigation.
- Heather Wilson lost an open seat to a democrat by 5.7 points.
- In North Dakota Romney beat Obama by 19.6 points. GOP establishment and Chamber supported Senate candidate Rick Berg still lost to a non-incumbent democrat.
- Tommy Thompson lost to a non-incumbent democrat by 5.5 points. Tammy Baldwin “authored a provision included in the Affordable Care Act that allows young adults to stay on their parent’s insurance until age 26.”
- Angus King won by 22 points.
- The incumbent democrat won by 6 points.
- Incumbent Republican Scott Brown lost by 7.5 points to democrat Elizabeth Warren.
- Scott Brown's 2012 Karl Rove robocalls if anything turned off voters who elected Brown in 2010.