On his talk radio show Friday, "the Big Voice on the Right" provided what he argued is the biggest takeaway from the third Democratic presidential debate — and it's not what many conservatives might think, he suggested.
"So I said to myself last night, I haven't seen a movie in a while, I think I'm gonna watch 'Dumb and Dumber.' And then I remembered I can't watch a movie, I gotta watch this debate," Rush Limbaugh said of the debate held in Houston, Texas on Thursday night (transcript via RushLimbaugh.com). "So I turned on the debate, and it turns out I watched 'Dumb and Dumber.'"
But while Rush agrees with many debate viewers, including Snerdley, that the Democrats took their radical leftism to the next level of "stupid" on Thursday, he doesn't agree with people being particularly happy about that.
"I'm just gonna tell you this like I told Snerdley today," said Limbaugh. "Snerdley came in here, he's all excited. 'Those people are committing suicide. Do they not know how stupid they sound?'"
"Folks, that's not the way to look at this," said Limbaugh, raining a bit on fellow conservatives' parade. "The way to look at this is that millions of Americans were cheering this last night, the same way millions of Americans were cheering Trump in 2016."
Limbaugh then took a moment to explain his argument that Democrats are doing a left-wing version of what they accuse Trump of doing: engendering fear to gain popular support.
"These people have scared a big portion of the population," Rush said. "They're scared to death. The Democrat agenda is to scare everybody. The picture of America they painted last night, there's nobody I know who is sane that wants to believe that’s America, that does believe it's America, but the Democrats have created a constituency and a base who believe all of that and more. All of that pessimism, all of that apocalyptic stuff, the doom and gloom."
He noted that his wife, Kathryn, commented on that very thing last night, noting that the audience appears to really think the Democrat candidates "care so much" and "want to help people so much, giving everybody health care and getting rid of student loans."
"It may look like there's no unity in that party right now, but don't pay any attention to that now," Rush warned, noting that he said this very thing back in July when he said, "the Democrats are already unified against Trump," and urged his listeners not to be fooled by "this circular firing squad they’ve got going on."
Limbaugh then provided some sub-takeaways about the debate, including that "Julian Castro obviously is angling to be Elizabeth Warren’s vice presidential-running mate," and his primary purpose was to "take out Bite Me."
As for Biden, Rush noted that he had "more energy last night than he's had in the previous debates combined." Limbaugh also took some time to mock Beto O'Rourke's declaration that "Hell yes," he's going to take away Americans' "weapons of war."
"Donald Trump has taken the number one electoral issue off of the table — and it’s not just the economy," said Limbaugh. "He's taken a lot of things off the campaign table, and the reason is that Trump fixes things. So the Democrats are left with their clown car agenda and their extremist agenda and scaring everybody to death."