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Limbaugh Ridicules The GOP Establishment For Being ‘Shocked’ At Rick Santorum’s Victories

Limbaugh Ridicules The GOP Establishment For Being 'Shocked' At Santorum's Victories

Last night was a huge night for Rick Santorum with caucus wins in Missouri, Minnesota, and Colorado. Many were fairly shocked by the strong showing for the GOP candidate (some quite amusingly so). However, there’s one guy who isn’t showing any surprise whatsoever. That guy, of course, is Rush Limbaugh. Not only is he not surprised, he spent time on his show to knock those in the Republican establishment who were unprepared and didn’t see the Santorum coming.

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“I’ve taken a gander throughout the Republican media, conservative media, and all over the place, and they are shocked. They’re literally shocked. The Republican establishment had no idea this was percolating out there. I can’t believe how insulated they are. I mean I know they’re insulated. I know they’re inside the Beltway. I know they have their own world in which they live, but to look at the reaction they’re having today, to see how shocked they are that Rick Santorum has come out of what they thought was an impossible position equivalent to nowhere, is an incredible thing.”

Influential Republicans weren’t the only ones getting Limbaugh’s scorn. He also took shots at anyone foolhardy enough to lay the credit for the victories at his door.

Last week, some were wondering if Limbaugh had slipped a secret Santorum endorsement into his show by ending a broadcast, right before the Florida primary, with the assertion that all of the GOP candidates were “guilty of some transgression somewhere against Conservatism…except Santorum.” Already there are media figures theorizing that this could have contributed to last night’s results. Over at The American Spectator, Jay D. Homnick put it in no uncertain terms, writing a column called “Thank Him, Santorum!”

Limbaugh wasn’t going to accept this though, positing that this line of thinking didn’t give enough credit to Santorum or Limbaugh’s listeners:

“Of course, the Drive-Bys are crediting me for this.

It can’t be the candidates. It can’t be that Santorum’s connecting with voters. It can’t be that, no, no, it can’t be that Santorum’s resonating with Republican voters, the conservative base. It can’t be that the conservative base just isn’t happy with Romney. It can’t be any of that. No, no, no. It has to be that the Republican base is a bunch of mind-numbed robots sitting out there waiting for marching orders from me.”

Limbaugh argued that the reason for Santorum’s win was simply that Republican voters are “engaged” and can tell that he is the “least corrupted,” not because Limbaugh told them to vote that way.

Of course, Limbaugh wasn’t going to turn down all of the credit. In the end, he agreed that it was probably a “mixture of both.”

Listen to the clip below:

(h/t The Daily Rushbo)

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