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Senator McCain Thanks Democrats

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RUSH: Listen to this, Snerdley. Listen to this, all of you. A portion of Senator McCain's victory speech.

MCCAIN: I want to thank all of you here, all the Republicans, independents, and independent-thinking Democrats in all parts of the country who supported our campaign for the nomination and have brought us across the finish line first, an accomplishment that once seemed to more than a few doubters, unlikely.

RUSH: All right. So apparently McCain can thank the Democrats for making him the Republican nominee, can thank independents for making him the Republican nominee, and yet they say we, I am subverting democracy by suggesting that our side vote for Mrs. Clinton in Texas and Ohio. McCain is praised because he's a maverick, he attracts Democrats and independents. See, it's a two-way street. I should have played this sound bite earlier on in the program to put all this in perspective.

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RUSH: Last night, as many of you were, I'm sure, flipping around watching the various analysis of the returns that came in last night, Bill Kristol on the Fox News Channel said that this campaign is nowhere near as divisive as McCain-Bush in 2000. And while that was true, I think it misses the point by a long shot. In 2000, McCain versus Bush, it was the candidates who were deeply divided. In 2008, our candidate is deeply divided from the base of his party. That is a problem. Last night in Texas, I think when it all was said and done, what did Senator McCain get, 52, 54% of the Republican vote in Texas, when he really has no opposition. In Ohio and Texas, the conservative and very conservative vote split 50-50 between Senator McCain and Governor Huckabee. But you can look at it and say, "Our guy McCain lost something like 44%, 42% of our voters in a race where he has no real opposition. The Fox boys were trying to spin this as some great victory that had just been achieved. That's wishful thinking. Hope it turns around. I really do. Listen to Senator McCain himself. This is Senator McCain last night in Dallas, a portion of his victory speech, thanking Democrats and independents.

MCCAIN: I want to thank all of you here, all the Republicans, independents, and independent-thinking Democrats in all parts of the country who supported our campaign for the nomination and have brought us across the finish line first, an accomplishment that once seemed to more than a few doubters, unlikely.

RUSH: So once again we, ladies and gentlemen, subverting democracy by suggesting that Republican voters vote for Senator Clinton in Ohio and Texas, Senator McCain thanking independents and Democrats for voting for him. We're mavericks, too. We just don't get the credit for it.

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RUSH: Now, moving on to the Charlie Rose Show on PBS last night, David Brooks of the New York Times was a guest. Charlie Rose said, "What is McCain's answer to those Democrats that want to wrap George Bush around him?"

BROOKS: He does have to run against Bush, and to some extent run against the Republican Party, and believe me, he owes the elders of the Republican Party, and by that I mean the Rush Limbaughs and some of the Washington interest groups, he owes them absolutely nothing. And so I think he should feel some freedom to do what he needs to do and what is actually in his nature to do. He is not an ideological orthodox Republican by any means. He's never been one.

RUSH: That's exactly right. But I am an elder of the Republican Party? The elders of the Republican Party got their nominee. This is absurd! It's surreal. The elders of the party got their nominee. But listen, this is David Brooks, who is the author of the thought that we need a new political party, the McCain-Lieberman party, advocating that McCain run against the Republican Party and run against the elders, the Limbaughs, doesn't owe us anything. He should feel some freedom to do what he needs to do and what is actually in his nature to do. He's not an ideological orthodox Republican by any means, and never has been one. And that's why we support him.

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