In response to several emails he received from listeners on why he did not discuss the Ryan/Murray budget deal hours before its announcement, Rush Limbaugh explained Wednesday that there was "nothing I could have done, there's nothing I could have said on the radio yesterday, there's no interview I could have conducted that was going to change what happened."
"I had a number of emails from people who thought that I dropped the ball yesterday, because I didn't mention the upcoming budget deal. People thought, the 'stick to the issues crowd' thought that I had dropped the ball. I was spending too much time on jockularity and frivolous, fun things when the Republicans were about to give away the bank in budget negotiations with Patty Murray and the Democrats."
"And I didn't drop the ball, I just didn't discuss it for a very simple reason. There's nothing I could have done, there's nothing I could have said on the radio yesterday, there's no interview I could have conducted that was going to change what happened. There is a simple fact, folks. The Republicans in Congress, and I would say that this is probably true of the Republicans in Washington, they are suffering shellshock. They are not moved at all by Obama's plummeting poll numbers. They are not moved at all by the problems people are having with Obamacare. They are in shellshock. I've described it as post-traumatic stress disorder, whatever. They are literally afraid of one thing, and that is being blamed again for the government shutdown. And that was the objective. To make sure there wasn't a government shutdown, and it didn't matter what was required."
"If it meant funding Obamacare, which has happened, it's this simple: the Republicans didn't like the idea of defunding Obamacare, they didn't like the idea of a partial government shutdown - they're living in a different world.
"They believe that the country despises and hates them. They believe that Obama is still universally loved and adored and there is nothing they can do to overcome that. They think that anything that goes against Obama's way is going to result in them being blamed, and it's an election year next year, and they don't want to get anywhere near another government shutdown, no matter the principle involved, no matter the issues involved. They just weren't gonna go there. I've never seen anything like this."