PALM BEACH, Florida – In the wake of Jeb Bush’s announcement that he’s actively exploring a run for president, radio host Rush Limbaugh revealed what he calls the “perfect ticket” to win the White House in 2016.
“The ideal, the perfect ticket for the 2016 election: Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush,” said Limbaugh sarcastically on his top-rated broadcast Wednesday. “Now they can figure out who’s on top of the ticket on their own.”
Limbaugh did not say he was supporting the ticket, but selected their names based on recent trends in American politics of the two major parties being so similar on key issues.
“This is a ticket made in heaven. I can’t recall a time in my life when a presidential and vice presidential candidate are so close to each other,” he explained.
“When you compare their positions – Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush – on the key important issues, they are two peas in the same pod.”
“And by the way Barbara Bush loves Bill Clinton. Says so publicly. … The Clinton family and the Bush family are very tight. They are very close. There is never a negative or critical word uttered by a Bush of a Clinton or of a Bush by a Clinton.
“This is made to order, the way both parties want amnesty – Jeb Bush wants it, Hillary wants it. Both parties want to win the nomination – Hillary by running away from the Democrat base, Jeb by running away from the Republican base. This is an ideal combination. When it comes to Obamacare, national health care, both parties care about their donors more than their voters. Both parties have the exact same donor class.”
“The moderates in the Republican Party are scared to death of Hillary Clinton? They’re petrified. What better way to deal with the fear of Hillary Clinton than to put her on your ticket? The Democrats probably have the same kind of fear as the Bushes.”
Limbaugh said with such a dream ticket, the political system would see incredible “bipartisanship, crossing the aisle, united government, no more gridlock, key agreement on all the important issues that people vote on. Clinton, Bush 2016, you choose the top.”
On Tuesday, Limbaugh said of Bush’s likely GOP run, “He’s … being looked at as savior by the big-money donor class and the consultant class – the establishment of the party – to head off the tea party. They’re gonna pull out all the stops to make sure that a tea-party-type conservative doesn’t get the nomination.
“It could be a sacrificial run just to make sure that a conservative doesn’t get the nomination in 2016. There’s a whole bunch of stuff under the surface here that’s percolating and effervescing, and it’s all about us being the No. 1 enemy of these people.”
Limbaugh said Bush is going to run “in a unique way.”
“He’s going to do it by ignoring the base. Jeb Bush is out telling donors … that he is not gonna compromise his principles like others have in order to get the nomination, meaning he’s not gonna pander to the tea party. Nope. He’s not gonna pander to conservatives. He’s gonna show that you can win the Republican Party nomination without securing the base.”
“The Republican Party is dominated now by what is called in the parlance of the day, the donor class … the big, big donors,” Limbaugh continued.
“So when you hear Jeb, or anybody else, seek the Republican nomination and start talking about doing it without winning the base … they’re trying to all come up with a way to win the party nomination without owing anything to the tea party. Their wildest dream is to render the tea party, conservatives an irrelevant factor.
“And one of the primary reasons for that is that’s what the donors want. The donors rule the roost. The donors are the big money. And the donors determine in large part what the party does. Clearly that’s what happened here in this budget deal. It’s clearly what’s happening with amnesty. …
“A lot of this talk about the Jeb candidacy is an attempt to see if they can actually, once and for all, in a primary setting, relegate the tea party and members of it who are elected – such as [Sens.] Ted Cruz and Mike Lee – impotent.”
On Wednesday’s show, as he analyzed potential Republican presidential candidates who are actually “conservative,” Limbaugh said, “If the Republic Party has a success story, it’s [Wisconsin Gov.] Scott Walker.”
But he wondered aloud if the GOP leadership thinks Walker is “a tea-party kook.”
“I just wonder if they think Scott Walker is too tea party at the Republican establishment,” he said. “The excitement at the Republican establishment is Bush, Romney, Christie. That’s who they’re getting all jazzed about.”