“Why would an undecided voter vote for a candidate of a party who the party is not excited about?” This is something the Republican establishment often overlooks. Okay, the Republican base has a problem with any candidate. Candidate A. If that candidate happens to be the establishment’s choice, the establishment says, “Yeah, but we need that candidate to go get moderates.” Yeah, well, fine and dandy. You go get the moderates. So what if you’re not gonna get your base out of this? This is one of the big problems that the Republican establishment has now.

And Santorum is exactly right here, folks: The 2010 midterms saw independents flooding to the Republican Party. By the way, that election was not about anybody but Barack Obama. There wasn’t a Republican name that was attracting these independents. It was total opposition to what Obama was doing. It was anger and opposition at Obamaism. The Republican Party should have understood. I’m even hearing Republicans and some consultants say, “Ah, the 2010 midterms have nothing to do with the November 2012 election, Mr. Limbaugh. You just… You’re not a professional like we are, and you don’t understand elections. You may be good at radio, but you don’t understand elections. And the 2010 midterms had nothing to do with the president.”

Really? Nothing to do with the presidential race?

“No, totally separate issues, individual congressional races, no national mandate.”

The hell you say! No national mandate? The independents that you covet abandoned the Democrat Party in droves, and there wasn’t a moderate Republican for them to go to? It was the pure abandonment of Obama. Why? They didn’t want what Obama is doing or stands for. Wouldn’t it stand to reason if you keep pounding that message, that those independents will stay with you? But there’s such a defensive posture, there’s such fear that the Republicans think to hold onto those independents in a presidential race, we gotta moderate. Nominate a moderate, somebody that’s not offensive, somebody who’s not conservative.

The consultants told me, “But, Rush, you’re missing the boat. Those independents that voted Republican, they weren’t voting for conservatism.”

Really? They weren’t voting for the purpose conservatism?

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