Rush Limbaugh last week blistered Republican establishment consultants like Mike Murphy and Steve Schmidt for getting "rich no matter who wins or loses" and enhancing their profiles with the mainstream media and the permanent political class by publicly denigrating conservatives.
Limbaugh quoted establishment Republican consulted Mike Murphy, who said:
The biggest problem that Romney had was the Republican primary. That's what's driving the Republican brand right now to a disaster, and we've got to get, kind of, a party view of America that's not right out of Rush Limbaugh's dream journal.
He then quoted failed Republican consultant Steve Schmidt:
We would have been much better off running against the real President Obama as opposed to the sinister pretend President Obama. And the total lack of credibility with some of this stuff, I think is just absolutely repellent to the middle of the electorate. And then when you look at the demographics, who is Rush Limbaugh talking to? He is talking to a demographic that's white, 65 plus, and rural. It's not what the country looks like anymore. So you have these talk radio hosts making millions and millions and millions of dollars a year driving a message of complete and total ludicrous nonsense into the electorate, a lot of it poisonous.
Limbaugh then railed against Schmidt's failed record as a consultant for moderate candidates:
Steve Schmidt, in addition to running the losing campaign of John McCain, Steve Schmidt managed the losing campaign for Kentucky Attorney General Will T. Scott. Schmidt also ran California state Senator Tim Leslie's unsuccessful race for lieutenant governor of California. Steve Schmidt was the communications director for California State Treasurer Matt Fong's unsuccessful campaign to unseat Barbara Boxer, and in 1999 he was the communications director for Lamar Alexander's unsuccessful presidential run. I don't know if there are any victories in there. This is just what I have found. We know Schmidt knows how to lose and we know that Murphy knows how to lose. And so it's quite natural to blame somebody else.