Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said Friday the reason why the mainstream media is not visibly celebrating Kevin McCarthy’s decision to drop his bid for House Speaker and the ensuing Republican Party implosion is because the perception is that conservatives have won a victory over Washington insider establishment individuals like McCarthy.
Limbaugh told listeners:
What it should tell you is that McCarthy obviously is a Washington insider, and his fall from grace as future Speaker obviously is bad news to the insiders or the establishment in Washington, both parties. And the reason for that is it is perceived that Ted Cruz and the House Conservative Caucus are behind this, these Tea Party yokels, and it is viewed as these upstart conservatives taking control of the House, and they’re outsiders.
So you see that the insider elites are bound together not by ideology, but by class. If they were bound together by ideology there wouldn’t be a Republican in the establishment in Washington, there wouldn’t be a Republican lead allowed in. But the establishment in Washington is made up of people of both parties. The people not in it are conservatives, but Republicans, moderate level Republicans, liberal Republicans, communist Republicans, and all Democrats are in the establishment. Conservative Republicans aren’t.
Cruz, a 2016 contender, delivered the same sentiment in New Hampshire last weekend at a forum on federalism.
“Washington despised Ronald Reagan,” he said. “By the way, if you see a candidate who Washington embraces—run and hide!”
“Washington is broken, and I’ve said many times that the biggest divide we have is not between Democrats and Republicans,” Cruz continued. “The biggest divide we have politically in Washington is between career politicians in Washington—in both parties—and the American people.”
Cruz explained that Washington establishment politicians of both parties “get in bed with” the special interest lobbyists, forming a “cartel.”
“If we’re going to turn around what’s wrong with Washington, we’ve gotta have leaders willing to take on the Washington cartel,” he said.
“How do you break the Washington cartel?” Cruz asked. “The best example we’ve seen is in 1980. The Reagan revolution—that came from the American people who stood up to Washington and changed the path we were on—that’s how we change Washington. It’s gotta come from ‘we the people.’”