Rush Limbaugh: Palin 'Tour de Force,' Took Matt Lauer 'to the Cleaners'

National radio host Rush Limbaugh praised former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for taking TODAY show host Matt Lauer "to the cleaners" Monday by refusing to buy progressive media's talking points about Americans losing insurance and Republicans needing to appeal more to moderates than their base to win elections. 

Regarding the five percent of Americans that the White House conceded were losing their health insurance plans after President Barack Obama had promised that would not happen under Obamacare, Limbaugh said these were merely just the "first wave of cancellations," and eventually Obamacare will impact "everybody," because all of the plans will eventually not qualify "by design." 

“Where do you get this five percent?’’ Palin asked Lauer. 

It’s not five percent. It’s most Americans will not be able to keep the healthcare policy and programs that they had desired. The new programs that are being forced down our throat are unaffordable. Some of them are still being told, "Well if you like that insurance policy and that coverage, you still will be able to keep it, it’s just going to cost you a little bit more." That’s the point. If it’s going to cost you more, then it’s not the same policy.

Limbaugh praised Palin for her response and then said she took Lauer "to the cleaners" for also calling him out on the misguided "trick" the mainstream media always use on Republicans to get them to nominate candidates who will lose in the general election. 

"Remember that old saw what the Democrat consultants always used to tell the Republicans and they would believe it?," Limbaugh said. "The Republican Party gets tricked so easily. They get tricked into not criticizing Obama, they get tricked into not being for what they should be for, and they even get tricked into campaigning for only 20% of the vote."

Limbaugh blasted consultants for turning candidates "into squishy, linguini-spined moderates, on the theory that's how you get the independents."

"So the Republicans have been tricked into shutting up, and every four years they've been tricked into campaigning for 20% of the voting public, the independents," Limbaugh said. "They're winning the independents and they're losing elections. You know why? Because they are abandoning their base, and the assumption is the base is always gonna be with you, but the Tea Party is not the case."

Limbaugh made the point that now that independents are abandoning Obama, the media are calling them "moderates."  

"The independents—and I know who you are, and you independents know who you are, and you were made to feel special by the media. You were portrayed as the really smart people," Limbaugh said. "You weren't ideologues. You decided things issue by issue. You had open minds, not closed minds. You weren't bigots like the Tea Party. Oh, no, no, no! You independents, you were the cream of the crop—until you stopped voting for Democrats. Now you're dirt. Now you're scum."

He praised Palin for her response to Lauer, whom he blasted for repeating mainstream media talking points that his producer gave him. 

“When you stand in the middle of the road, you’re going to get hit on both sides of the road,’’ Palin said. “We need to take a stand, especially on this Obamacare, and support those who are just fulfilling their campaign promises. So many politicians ran for reelection and for election saying they would do anything in their power to de-fund the statist socialized medicine program called Obamacare."


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