RUSH: Let me tell you something. The Washington Post, ABC -- I think it's them -- they had a poll out today that shows Obama's approval numbers are coming back. And I want to remind you that I have warned you this kind of thing is going to happen. The unemployment number is going to precipitously drop and it's going to get close to 8% by next November. Just mark my words. That's in the can. It's in the cards. Also, Obama's approval number now is up five points over the last three months or some such thing. Not sure of the time frame, but it's up the highest since last summer, and this is being heralded. Now, clearly, if you go through, if you look at the story reporting this, you find that there is still overwhelming disapproval with Obama's policies, profound disapproval of his policies, but his overall job approval number is up five points.
Now, the purpose for this, let's assume it's not legitimate. You might be saying, "Well, why would you assume it's not legitimate?" We have discovered, there's an allegation out there that the North Carolina governor, Beverly Perdue, has been given, in advance, nationwide unemployment numbers. Now, this is entirely illegal. The Bureau of Labor Statistics is said to be 100% insulated from every outside source, that not even the White House can get the advance numbers, that nobody can get them. And the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this story says, very, very, very careful about maintaining this august reputation that they have, that their numbers are sacrosanct and that they are not influenced by anybody and that they are not given to anybody and not even the White House can get them.
Now there's a story that they have been leaked a couple of times to staffers for the North Carolina governor. It is said that the purpose of this is to allow her to craft a press release in advance of the numbers that would be favorable to her somehow. It's not that she has any influence over the numbers, it's not that the numbers are illegitimate, it's just that she's given advance notion of them. It also happened when Bush was president, happened in 2007, so it's assumed that it's not a political appointee, that it's somebody in there that has Democrat leanings that's been there for a while. My only point in bringing this up is that while they have this august reputation and this holier-than-thou clean and pure as the wind-driven snow reputation, we find out now that somebody in there is accused of leaking numbers to the North Carolina governor.
I'm just telling you that the unemployment number is gonna get down to close to 8%, however they have to do it, if they have to reduce the overall universe of jobs, which they have been doing. For example, if the same number of people were looking for work today as were looking for work when Obama was immaculated, the unemployment rate would be 11%. And now what is it, 8.9? And that's because they have simply wiped out two million plus jobs. And they have wiped out accordingly two million plus people who are no longer looking. The job market has just shrunk. Therefore the number of people out of work as a percentage of available jobs, obviously that number is gonna come down. So that's gonna happen, and you're going to have -- remember that Yahoo News story where they accidentally got an invitation to listen in to that conference call between the Tarrance polling group and the RNC?
The RNC was seeking device from Tarrance, and they do this with a lot of polling groups, on how best to go after Obama. And this was the group that said, "Don't go after him personally. Don't be critical of Obama. Don't do that, he's loved, he's liked, he's adored, people even feel sorry for him," remember that? So here we go, approval numbers up. Disapproval of his overall policies, though, very strong, but his personal approval numbers are up, and so it's gonna given credence, the Republican Party thinking that they have to go at Obama with kid gloves. So I'm just warning you now not to get dispirited. I'm warning you now not to think that the actual emotion or passion for changing course, defeating Obama, repealing Obamacare it is ratcheting up. It's not weakening. It's not tiring. It's not getting lazy. People are not giving up, but you are not gonna see that evidenced.
You're not gonna see evidence of that passion or energy that you have and that your fellow citizens have for change. You're not gonna see it. What you're instead going to be told is that, "Wow, look at Obama's approval numbers, wow. And unemployment, look at the number, coming down, oh, it's all coming together." That's gonna be combined with Obama as he's saying now, as I predicted he would say, "It's worse than we thought it was. They didn't tell us how bad it was. But we can't change the horse in the middle of the stream." The thing to add to this now is that Axelrod is out there accusing the Republicans of sabotaging the economy in order to get Obama.
That Washington Post/ABC Obama poll, by the way, they oversample Democrats and independents absurdly, in order to get Obama up five points, Democrats 32%, Republicans in the poll 25%, Independents 37%. So the sample group, Democrats and independents, widely out of proportion to reality. Now, this Axelrod thing, as you will hear, as the program unfolds, last summer I believe it was, there was a piece by a blogger in the Washington Post named Greg Sargent. And I predicted after reading this piece to you, and I've got the transcript here, that they would accuse the Republicans of sabotaging the economy. I made this prediction last summer, and Axelrod did it yesterday, continued today, and, by the way, brought back that quote about Newt, the higher the monkey climbs on a pole, the more of his butt you see. He's using that now a second time.
Yeah, the Washington Post is claiming there are more independents, registered independents in America than there are Republicans and Democrats, 37% independent, 32% Democrat, and only 25% of Republicans were sampled in the Washington Post poll. So I'm just warning you again and again, don't get dispirited. That's gonna be the primary purpose of the Drive-By Media from here on out. When they talk up Ron Paul in Iowa, that's to dispirit you. When they talk up Ron Paul, when they talk about maybe somebody going third party, that is to dispirit you. That's all they got, folks. They can't tout Obama's virtues.