By Duncan Smith

Conservative talk king Rush Limbaugh took a bit of a turn for the worse last week, developing an infection which is not good for a guy going through chemotherapy for lung cancer.

But he was back on Monday to give his perception of President Trump’s closing RNC speech and it’s the kind of analysis that we’ve come to expect — and appreciate — from Limbaugh.

Here are some excerpts from his website:

We got a guy who was self-assured, who was confident. I couldn't tell when he was on the prompter and when he wasn't. He was funny in a deadpan, slow-stated or downplayed kind of way — and he was unthreatening. You know, the prepublicity on this was, 'Well, this guy, he's gonna come out firing both barrels! You better be prepared! He's gonna launch everything.' It wasn't that way at all.

It was calm, it was reasoned — and for those watching Trump to learn a little bit about him, there wasn't anything about it that was threatening. …

Look, folks, I also have some other observations about things that have happened while I've been away. I want to take the opportunity here of this occasion just to get some of those thoughts in, in preparation for my return to the Golden EIB Microphone on Monday. I loved Ivanka's speech last night. One line particularly stood out: 'Washington didn't change my father. My father changed Washington.'

Boy, is that true. It is right-on-the-money true, and it continues to be the case, and it explains why they continue — in the establishment, deep state, whatever — to be so outraged and indignant and irrational. It just… They're incapable of being rational when Trump is around, precisely because he is changing where they live. He's changing where they work. …

It's been the most diverse political convention I've ever seen, including Democrat conventions. And as I've watched it, it has occurred to me that Trump isn't just running for reelection. The story that is being told at the Republican National Convention is about saving America. It's about saving America from a race war that the Democrats are out there actively trying to promote. They're trying to foment it.

They want this country to be black versus white, immigrant versus native, male versus female. That's what they want. They want that chaos. They want this constant us-versus-them aspect of daily life. And Trump is making it clear that he's interested in people who are constructive, productive, generally happy. He's not interested in parasites, the generally miserable.

He wants everybody to join in this project of making America great again, to restoring America's greatness where we had contentment and happiness and people sought happiness. The fact that all of that is controversial still amazes me. But I think it's an… If you look at the Republican convention, it is astounding, the understory or some of the themes underneath the surface that are, I think, extremely powerful.

There's another thing, folks, that is undeniable, and that is the Republican Party is no longer the party of the McCains or the Bushes or the Romneys or take your pick. I mean, all the Koch brothers, all the big donors and so forth. This is clearly a Republican Party now that is Donald Trump's, and he's got 92 to 95% Republican loyalty.

It's one of the most amazing transformations of a political party, and it's taken place in less than three years. At this convention, George W. Bush was nowhere to be found. None of the old Republican elders. Romney was nowhere to be found. Not that they wanted to be there, but that's the point. So I just… I think that there is a lot, folks, to be optimistic about, particularly if President Trump wins.

Rush nailed it, as usual. Listen to the whole monologue here.

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