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Myth of Clinton's Moderation


RUSH: James in Las Vegas. James, welcome to the program. Nice to have you here. Hello.

CALLER: Hi, Rush. You ever noticed when the Democrats are in the White House that it's always "the government" or "Washington;" it's never the administration. It's never like "the Bush administration" when the Republicans are in the White House? Even our own side doesn't say it. Our own side, our own Republicans say, "the White House." They say "the government" or they say "Washington." I mean, when are we gonna smarten up and start knocking the Obama administration and specify it's the Democrats. Not just Obama, it's the Democrats that got us into this mess.

RUSH: Well, who...?

CALLER: Am I the only one that remembers the nineties, '94, with the Contract with America and how we got Clinton elected, reelected?

RUSH: Wait a minute. Contract with America, what was that?

CALLER: That was Newt Gingrich's Contract with America, the hundred days when we balanced the budget? Clinton said, "We can't balance the budget. It will take us 'til 2011."

RUSH: Right.

CALLER: Democrats said, "What's the big deal about the budget?" But no! We balanced the budget, the Republicans.

RUSH: Yeah.

CALLER: For crying out loud, we have Hannity giving Bill Clinton credit for "moving to the center." He didn't "move to the center;" he was dragged to the center! He didn't do anything. We have our own people saying they are giving him credit for welfare reform.

RUSH: Yeah, it's kind of like when's last time you heard about "hamburger-flipping jobs" or when was the last time you heard about the homeless.


RUSH: When the Democrats are in there, you're right, there's a whole different set of rules and a different language.

CALLER: The Reagan administration caused homelessness, caused AIDS. Now, in 2006, nobody brings up that under George Bush in 2006, we had 4.5% unemployment and the stock market was at 14,000. This is before the Democrats took over in 2007.

RUSH: That's right.

CALLER: It's after 2007 that everything in the debt really shot up. When the Democrats took over. Nobody brings it up on our side! Nobody! I mean, maybe you once in a while, but not enough.

RUSH:  No, look, once again I can be assured Snerdley is going to give me a call like you at least once a week.  He's been doing it for 23 years.  Why did the Republicans do this or why don't they do that.  I'll tell you my latest theory, and I think it's a good one.  I think the reason why the Republicans don't use the language you want or they don't satisfy you is because I don't believe that the Republicans in Washington understand thoroughly and fully the New Media.  I believe that they still operate under the premise that they have to get their message out through ABC, CBS, NBC, Washington Post, New York Times.  I think there's some exceptions, obviously, but you have members of the House leadership who will call and appear on New Media programs. 

But the leadership at large in both the House and the Senate believe that they've gotta convince Brian Williams, they've gotta convince George Stephanopoulos. That's who they've gotta get their message out, and there's a certain way you talk to those people, you don't want to make those people mad at you. It's a mistake. I'm not supporting it.  I'm trying to explain to you why it is that they say and do things differently.  You know why the media does it, you know why the media has different sets of terms, depending on who's in office.  But why don't the Republicans... they're not combative, they don't think they're gonna get a fair shake being combative with a media that hates them to begin with, and they think they've gotta get their message out through that media, and that's why they say or don't say whatever it is they say or don't say.  That's my latest theory. 
Anyway, James, I appreciate the call.  Thanks. 

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