RUSH: I've never seen people who are more angry in victory than this bunch. I don't care if it's the elected officials or Democrats in general out there. Barbara Boxer hit below the ovaries yesterday with Condoleezza Rice during the hearings that they we're conducting on the president's new strategy. Listen to this. Condoleezza Rice says, "I could never and I can never, do anything to replace any of those lost men and women in uniform or the diplomats, some of --"
BOXER: Madam Secretary, please. I know you feel terrible about it. That's not the point. I was making the case as to who pays the price for your decisions. Now, the issue is: Who pays the price? Who pays the price? I'm not going to pay a personal price. My kids are too old and my grandchild is too young. You're not going to pay particular price, as I understand with an immediate family. So who pays the price? The American military and their families.
RUSH: That is... I don't know where to start with this. Folks, this is unbelievable. This is... (sigh) How can you even describe this kind of thinking? Here you have a rich white chick with a huge big mouth trying to lynch, diss, an African-American woman right before Martin Luther King Day, hitting below the ovaries here. What about the childless Gloria Steinem? Drum her out of the feminist movement? I'm going to tell you, I was joking the other day about setting up a lobbying group for the childless. This kind of thinking is exactly where we're headed with Democrats: if you haven't done anything, you can't comment on it; you can't participate in it. So according to Barbara Boxer, since Condoleezza Rice has nothing personal at stake in this, then her policy can't be trusted. I guess the same thing would have to be said about Barbara Boxer, but, see, she's on the right said of this because she doesn't want any nasty old war; she doesn't want anybody being killed; she doesn't want victory. She doesn't want any of this.
This is, I think, a great illustration of the anger and the arrogance of who these people are -- and I told you, it wouldn't take long, and this implosion is happening even sooner. I thought they'd at least get through their first 100 hours without this kind of mess, but there's so many messes that are starting. Have you heard about this guy Kagen? This is hilarious, but it's like also, as well, illustrative here. A guy named Kagen, Steve Kagen, is freshman congressman from Wisconsin, and he went up to the White House during the little orientation they had there, the reception for arriving freshmen, and this is how he described it himself. "While meeting last month with a group of area peace activists, then Congressman-elect Steve Kagen told a story of his first visit to the White House ... He told the group one of the first lessons he learned in Washington is to never pass up a rest room because you don?t know when you?ll see one again.
"He?d already had a long day of freshman orientation when he and his wife, Gail, were expected at the White House. Upon arrival, he asks a Marine where he can find a rest room, and is sent down a long flight of stairs, to another Marine, who directs him to a rest room. 'It?s a small room ? two spots on the wall, one stall one sink. I see in the mirror the door opens, and who walks in, Karl Rove ... After Rove washed his hands ('At least he?s a hand washer,' Kagen said), he attempted to leave, but Kagen prevented his departure by holding the door closed and said, '"You?re in the White House and you think your safe, huh? You recognize me? My name?s Dr. Multimillionaire and I kicked your ass."' Kagen expected to make Rove squirm, but said [Rove] acted like it was a tennis match and simply said, "Oh, congratulations." 'We?re walking up these long steps, I stopped him and said, "Look, the race is over. We?re here to do the people?s business. I want you to join me on something, but you can?t steal it, I?ve got the trademark: No patient left behind."
"'He goes, "I like the sound of that." We get to the top of the steps and there?s Vice President Cheney with a glass of white wine and a hand in his pocket. So I wasn?t going to miss this opportunity. Gail wasn?t there to hold me back. "Mr. Vice President, thank you for your service to the nation, and thank you so much for coming to Green Bay and campaigning against me. I couldn?t have won without your help." He then asked Cheney to enunciate his vision for Iraq. He says that Cheney said: '"Well, I'd like to see a stable government that could take care of itself and its people." I said, "At what price?" He said, "I don?t understand your point." I walked away. Then we had an opportunity to take a picture with the president and his wife. I was feeling real good at this point. I said to my wife, "Honey, just follow my lead." She said, "Steven, it?s the president." I said, "Yeah, but he?s not any taller than I am." So the cameraman?s here. We?re introduced by a Marine.
"'I said, "Mr. President, thank you for coming to Green Bay. My name is Dr. Multimillionaire. That was before the race. Now they call me Doctor Thousandaire. I couldn?t have won without you coming."' He said Bush gave one of his smiles and said, '"I?ve lost a lot of money in my life, too." Then I go to his wife, "Hi Barbara, how are ya?" I did that because I learned on the campaign that the meanest thing you can say to another gentlemen is, "He?s a fine fellow," and you then refer to his spouse by a different name.'" This is what passes here for Democrat civility and Democrat class. Again, this guy's name is Steve Kagen, he's a freshman from Wisconsin, and this is the story that he's bragging about. John Fund has written about it as well in his political diary at the OpinionJournal.com website, so you couple this with Barbara Boxer. Even Democrats in the hall yesterday in the room were appalled at the way she was treating Condoleezza Rice and what she said, but let's not forget what that thing was really all about.
Before Barbara Boxer started hitting below the ovaries, you have to go back to the start, which was the foreign relation committee hearings. The media is watching. They are covering what they think is oversight of a serious Senate committee, looking at Iraq, but in truth what they were watching yesterday -- what everybody else was really watching -- is a gaggle of second-tier politicians with illusions of getting nominated for president in 2008, and they were all on display, and they were all pontificating as campaigners and as presidents, because when they look in the mirror and then see themselves, they see a president. That's part of ego, apparently, of being a senator. So what happened yesterday was not a search for wisdom; it was a search for television face time, for name recognition, for campaign donors -- and, of course, for the all-important fawning Drive-By Media coverage. So the rules of engagement in this hearing are, the lower you go, the more bucks the kooks will kick in. Biden suggested that Cheney knows the war is lost. Dodd called the plan "a fool's paradise." Obama got off an oh-so-clever tasteless, "We're not going to baby-sit a civil war:" but all the sound bites from all the second stringers, including John Kerry -- who served in Vietnam 00 and the shameless Chuck Hagel, none could get as low as the statement from the San Francisco Treat Barbara Boxer: the mouth that shall live in infamy. If no children disqualifies Condoleezza Rice, does no brains, no class, and no taste disqualify Barbara Boxer?
RUSH: By the way, this Kagen guy, this Democrat freshman, Steve Kagen of Wisconsin, now that his comments are out there (they're out there all over the blogosphere) he's clamming up. He's not talk about this, and the theory is that he either said it and is this boorish, rude, classless, typically angry, enraged Democrat, or he made it up, or he is a fantacist who's telling everybody that he did all this, but he didn't. I've been to the White House, and I know those steps that you have to walk down to get to the bathroom, and I've been in that bathroom, and I have to tell you, the idea that Karl Rove would be in that bathroom... When I read that, I said, "This doesn't make sense." That bathroom, they sent this guy way down two flights of steps. I was at the White House Christmas party a couple years ago when I saw this. I didn't go this year. Been there, done that. But it's just hard to know. The guy is either a fantacist, a liar, he makes it up, a braggart, or he's classless and a boor and enraged, and probably a little bit of both.