Rush Limbaugh: "The way I feel is this: I feel liberated, and I'm going to tell you as plainly as I can why. I no longer am going to have to carry the water for people who I don't think deserve having their water carried. Now, you might say, "Well, why have you been doing it?" Because the stakes are high! Even though the Republican Party let us down, to me they represent a far better future for my beliefs and therefore the country's than the Democrat [sic] Party does and liberalism."
"I'm a radio guy! I understand what this program has become in America and I understand the leadership position it has. I was doing what I thought best, but at this point, people who don't deserve to have their water carried, or have themselves explained as they would like to say things but somehow aren't able to? I'm not under that kind of pressure." Huffington Post
"After the Republican defeat in 1992, National Review rightfully proclaimed radio-talk show host Rush Limbaugh as the ”leader of the opposition.” In his Wednesday, Nov. 8 broadcast, Limbaugh announced that his days of carrying water for a philosophy-deprived GOP are over. With President Bush giving early signals that his days as party leader are nearing an end, Limbaugh’s return as the voice of conservativism, regardless of what the party establishment thinks, will keep the GOP’s base energized." huntingtonnews.net
"Later in the day, I'm listening to Rush Limbaugh. Two callers, in rapid succession, were joining the Buchanan Brigades and saying that this election meant that Conservatism, as an ideology, was a loss and would never again see the light of Congressional day. Rush, in a foul mood that didn't help matters, proclaimed that he was relieved to not be carrying water for wishy-washy Republicans anymore." redstate.com