Listen: Bob Dole, George H W Bush And Republican Party discussed on Rush Limbaugh
"Two minor correction van Jones called the Trump victory on election night. A white lash not a white out. Same difference. Whitelash backlash. Ladies and gentlemen. I just saw something that you are going to see later on TV. And I want to try to help you understand its importance. I took a little break here at the top of the hour and got back down in the chair about ninety seconds before the program beginning in the minute. I walked back in and check TV. I saw Bob Dole being helped up out of his wheelchair. To pay respects to George H W Bush. A casket was where it is in the rotunda. And they had they had steered Bob Dole's wheelchair as close to the rope line as possible and he insisted on standing up. He can't stand. It. It is impossible. What people don't know is that Bush and dole had an incredible rivalry and at one time in their lives. There was real serious acrimony. It was a political rival. It wasn't personal. Bush was chairman of the ours are in see at some point, and it really involved the presidential nomination presidential politics. And despite all that we're hearing about civility and sophistication the rivalry between Bob Dole and George Bush. For primacy in the Republican party. When it happened was as deep and filled with rancor as most any rivalry. You've ever heard of it didn't get a lot of notice. However, but for people who who knew it was a serious one. And there was no love lost between the two and for for many years. Dole believed that things that. I use the word entitled, I don't mean it in a in a sense undeserved the things that Bob Dole thought he had worked for and earned routinely saw Bush get. Yourself be undercut. And while I say, it's not personal some of it was, but it was all about their lives and politics. It wasn't rivalry born of personal acrimony having to do with things outside politics. But for Bob Dole to show up. And he demanded that is a pick him up. And his aide was propping him up by the armpits. He was literally hugging him and holding about Bob Dole could not stand. It was the most incredible thing he insisted on it. He insisted on standing he insists that no matter that he couldn't do it. He demanded even when he began to fall back shake his head, and and and tell his aid. No. And they they propped him up, and it it appeared he was. Gonna stand on his own for whatever split second time. He could. The honor George H W Bush and didn't take long, and he was back in the wheelchair. And you could see that it took everything he had to do this. And I I know both of these people and they do come from the media's getting some things half right today. But for the wrong reasons, the wrong motivations. But a lot of things are singing about George H W Bush do happen to be true. In terms of his class and his statesmanlike carriage. When they call him a patrician. They mean it as an insult they mean born to wealth, but he genuinely was a well mannered decent person who did not see other people down the bridge of his nose. The word patrician is meant to imply that he looked down on people thought he was better than others by virtue of genealogy birth. He was not that Bob. Dole didn't come from anywhere near the background, George H W Bush did Bob Dole came from Kansas. Bob Dole was injured in World War Two, but was never treated as the conquering hero, George H W Bush was. Bob Dole lost the ability to to write and to use his right arm in a war injury. George H W Bush lost nothing when he was shot down was rescued and saved. It was these kinds of things that made up the rivalry. But throughout it all there was a mutual respect. I remember doing the TV show was sometime between one thousand nine hundred ninety six remember the exact year, but Bush. Was somewhere. And and something happened to cause him to do a tribute to Bob Dole. Bob Dole was not there. Somebody had asked him a question about Bob Dole or Bob Dole had done something in the news and Bush stopped when he was doing and gave the greatest tribute. To somebody that you could possibly hear talked about his heroism is patriotism is devotion to decency and goodness at and again, people didn't realize how deep this rivalry went. I just saw Ed Rollins talking about it, and he was even glossing over. And he said it had to do with the RMC. It was much deeper than that. But the testament to the character of both is what Bob Dole today had the situation been reversed circumstances been reversed. George H W Bush would have been at Bob Dole's casket and attempted the same effort to honor and say goodbye, it was really touching thing. If you know how deep the rivalry was between these people. And dole felt. Well, he was getting the short end of the stick virtually every comparison that was made between the two of them. And know bolt dole ran for president after Bush dead dole ran in nineteen Ninety-six against Clinton. And that was largely a a nomination Republicans knew that Clinton was going to get reelected. Nobody really thought Clinton could be defeated. So it was it began this actually begin to the Democrats began it, but but it began this tradition of honoring a lifelong value devoted Republican letting them have the nomination when you know, they're gonna lose the Democrats did that for Walter Mondale in nineteen Eighty-four when they knew that Reagan was gonna win reelection Mondolfo had been a loyal warrior. So let him be the nominee. Let him go out and have relationships with fundraisers, and they get some money in this kind of thing. But he's gonna lose the same thing with Bob Dole in nineteen Ninety-six. You know, who is campaigning with him. The last two weeks side-by-side, George H W Bush. They both called this program. About a week before the election. In nineteen Ninety-six. They were on the road, and they both called here. And they both said there's something happening out here rush. That's what people destined to lose. Always that Trump said it. At his rally sort of the end of the week. There's something happening. Something happening would tell anybody to something happening out here. And sometimes you think there is is see big crowds at a rally any kind of external evidence that maybe the polls are wrong. Maybe it's not gonna be as bad as we think something's happening out here, but they both called together on a conference call same phone line. And it was. It was a touching moment. But to watch Bob Dole who cannot I can't if it cannot stand up. He is forever. Relegated to his wheelchair insisted on it. You could tell that. He's a didn't wanna try you can tell that the aid was mildly uncomfortable. It did not. It did not look anything other than what it was impossible. And even after the aid got Bob Dole out of his wheelchair. And he was standing he couldn't it was you can't feel his legs. He began to topple immediately even being held onto. But he insisted on it. He insisted on showing you could see the determination on his face. And you could see the sense of accomplishment. When he was back in his wheelchair was really touching. It was really something to see if you have. I hope somebody on cable news replaying list today knows something of the back story to make this little incident. They what it's worth. So can explain why it's important to people watching it? This is not just some. Elderly Republican Senator showing up to honor a fallen Republican president. Because that's what you do. This was deeply personal. It was a sign of the respect. They both had for one another after all of the wars. And after all of the battles were over and had been spent and there was no morning need for the rivalry. It was a mutual respect relationship and dole personified it today. But the kind of determination to the showed and the kind of commitment that he showed the look on his face. He was utterly defiant of the impossible in getting out of his wheelchair today to honor George Hw Bush brief timeout will be back with more after."