A concerned conservative accused radio host Rush Limbaugh of not doing enough to motivate the GOP faithful during his show on Monday.
“Whatever you’re trying, Rush, is not working,” said the caller, who identified himself as a Michigan Republican named Ted. “You keep giving us hope, and we get our clocks cleaned. Five million less Republicans voted. We’re losing!”
Limbaugh responded that he was not trying to motivate the party, because he felt their candidates were only running to hang on to committee chairmanships.
“I don’t think the Republicans want a smaller government at all,” he said. “I just think they want to run it for a couple of years.”
“If you motivated us four years ago, four more million people may have voted for the Republican agenda,” Ted replied.
“This is my fault?” Limbaugh asked.
“I’m upset,” Ted fretted. “You want to be our leader. I’m not getting much motivation from you that we’re gonna win this time.”
The caller was apparently upset because Limbaugh cited a poll saying Republican turnout declined by 4 million voters in 2012, paving the way for President Barack Obama’s re-election. Limbaugh defended the reference, saying it was “incredible.”
“Despite Obama falling apart, the Republicans aren’t taking advantage of it,” Limbaugh argued. “Have you not been listening the past six weeks?”
“I’m a very loyal listener, Rush,” Ted retorted. “I’ve been listening since 19-whatever –”
“I’ll tell you what, Ted — I’m as frustrated as you are,” Limbaugh said.
Listen to the conversation, as aired on Monday, below.