RUSH: Nancy Pelosi. Last night on the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC, Pelosi was asked, "You feel it's a clarifying moment even if it has become some sort of extreme issue?" This is the whole social issues thing, the contraception that's new entered the presidential primary on the Republican side. Well, actually, Obama and the Democrats introduced it, but Pelosi's being asked if she thinks it's "a clarifying moment."
PELOSI: It's been extreme all along. But people didn't believe it when you'd say, "No they really don't believe in family planning and contraception." Well, they believe in the rhythm system but no contraception and the like, and they'd say, "Well, that can't really be because overwhelmingly women -- Catholic women -- of childbearing age, uh, they, uh, uh, uh, admit that they practice birth control.
RUSH: What is the number? The Democrats throw the number around: 98% of Catholic women are on birth control. If that's the case, why is there a need to give away contraception? If 98% of Catholic women are using contraception, why they have to be given the pills? But anyway, you see, Pelosi says apparently the Republicans go for the rhythm method. Snerdley, do you even know what the rhythm method is? (interruption) Oh, you do? You do. Okay. Well, up next it David "Rodham" Gergen, who was on CNN, the special postdebate edition of Anderson Cooper 44, they had a discussion of the debate, and this is what David "Rodham" Gergen said.
GERGEN: There are a lot of women out there tonight on Twitter who believe that these candidates really live in the past, that they're men who sort of don't understand the women's rights movement. And it will be interesting to see how that plays out.
RUSH: So David "Rodham" Gergen said that women on Twitter hate the Republicans, that they're saying a bunch of guys -- Republican guys -- "who don't understand the women's rights movement. And will be interesting to see how it all plays out." Keep in mind all of this manufactured. Every aspect of this issue manufactured by the Democrats. And it's been brilliantly conceived and flawlessly executed, I have to give 'em credit for it. It starts with Stephanopoulos in that debate, and the Democrats put this out there, and as is their usual bent, the Republicans see the need to defend and explain which takes everybody's attention away from the economy and Obama. The Democrats don't have one thing they can run on. There's not one aspect of Obama's first term that they can say, "If you want four more years of this, vote for us." They have to create fear, hatred, loathing, impugn the character, all that, of Republicans -- and that's what they do. And they've got a very helpful media making it possible.
Who's next? Kathy, Austin, Texas, I'm glad you called. Welcome to the program.
CALLER: Hello there.
CALLER: How are you doing?
RUSH: Very well. Thanks very much for calling.
CALLER: Well, here's what I would like to say. First of all with regards to what you just immediately said: I don't think the Democrats are "impugning" the character so much as are exposing the character of what the -- the old component of the Republican Party right now, that far-right component. And I gotta say, Rush, I've listened to you since --
RUSH: Wait, wait, I want a definition of the terms. What do you mean "far-right component being exposed"?
CALLER: The far-right component. I guess I would have to call them "the evangelical right." The Christians that think that only they are Christian enough to be called Christian. Yes, that's what I would call "the far right."
RUSH: Don't know who those people are.
CALLER: Well, let's say, um... (pause) Yeah, the evangelicals! A Mormon is not a Christian in their light.
RUSH: Oh, so there are Christians who say, "Look, we're the only Christians. You can't be a Christian unless you do X and we're the real Christians"?
CALLER: Yes, those, but the... But the more fundamentalist Christians. The ones that say, "If you don't believe all of these things like we do -- like in contraception or such -- then you're just not Christian enough, or you're not even Christian."
RUSH: I don't know any of those.
CALLER: Or you have a weird theology.
RUSH: I don't know --
CALLER: Like Obama's not Christian enough because he doesn't have the same strident beliefs as they do.
RUSH: I don't know who's saying that.
CALLER: That's not even my main point.
RUSH: Who is saying that.
CALLER: Oh, my gosh!
RUSH: Who is saying that? I don't know anybody who's saying that.
CALLER: Um, yeah. There are priests that are saying that, that come out and support Santorum.
RUSH: The priests have gone all in with the Democrat Party!
CALLER: What's that...? What's that other minister whose son is now out on the morning shows and the talk shows? This minister's son is out there saying that Obama's not a Christian, or he doesn't know if Obama is?
RUSH: Reverend Wright said that?
CALLER: Not Reverend Wright. No, no, no, no, no. The Baptist one. Um, I can't think of his name right now. But his son --
RUSH: Uh, Sharpton? He's a Baptist.
CALLER: Nnnnnot on the left. You know who I'm talking about.
RUSH: I don't. I don't. I don't know what you're talking about.
CALLER: He was on the morning talk shows just a couple of days ago, and he's met with all of the presidents, he's a reverend, he's like a Baptist minister, he's a televangelist --
RUSH: Oh, I know, Billy James Hargis.
CALLER: Billy who?
RUSH: Billy James Hargis. He's a big Texas evangelical.
CALLER: There's a number of them. It doesn't really matter. We're talking about a category of beliefs that think that the most strident beliefs are the only ones that actually qualify. It's all moot anyway because it's ridiculous, and you are no longer able to claim you are on the cutting edge of societal evolution. You have now moved into the camp of those old guys who have no idea what's coming down the road.
RUSH: Whoa. Now wait a second. What did I do?
CALLER: Well, let's just talk about this whole thing about contraception.
RUSH: What have I said about contraception that's old-fashioned? Wait a second. What have I said about contraception that's old-fashioned?
CALLER: Well, let's see, you are supporting Santorum. You are fending and contorting yourself every which way to support Gingrich and Santorum. Meanwhile, you're -- (crosstalk)
RUSH: So that's what this is about.
CALLER: -- of Romney every chance you get.
RUSH: All right, I get it.
CALLER: Don't try to twist that Romney is my candidate because Romney is the one that I'm now left with, but I'll tell you what, if Romney is not the nominee, in other words, if Gingrich or Santorum is the nominee, I predict, and you can put money on this, that there will be a mass migration away from the Republican Party because people who have been willing to go along with the Republican Party because they agreed on economic issues with them and they would, you know, plug their nose at the social issues are finally and ultimately gonna say, "I wash my hands of you. I am embarrassed to be thought of as just like you. I can no longer walk around and call myself a Republican." 'Cause that's where I am right now.
RUSH: You know, that's very sad.
CALLER: They are so strident, and you know what Rush? I have to tell you this. The ridiculous and asinine things that I have heard Gingrich and Santorum say, especially about birth control --
RUSH: You know what's very sad?
CALLER: -- they have exposed themselves for --
RUSH: You know what's very sad?
CALLER: -- ignorant and backwards.
RUSH: Let me tell you what's very, very sad.
CALLER: They are ignorant and backwards --
RUSH: No, sadly, and with all due respect, I am talking to somebody who is the most glittering jewel of colossal ignorance I've spoken to in a long time, and that's you. You are falling for every stray scrap of BS conventional wisdom about Republicans and social issues that has ever come down the pike. You are one of the biggest vacuum cleaner sponges of BS that I've spoken to in a long time. There is one threat to religious liberty in this country, and his name is Barack Obama. Barack Hussein Obama is the single largest threat to religious liberty, to economic liberty, to personal liberty, to freedom at large.
Rick Santorum,Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich want to take away absolutely none of your precious freedom to do whatever you want to do. They will not create one government program to stop you from engaging in whatever kind of sexual activity or post-pregnant activity you want to get into. They might try to persuade your heart, but they're not gonna create a government program that limits your freedom. Barack Obama will not even wait for legislation. He will dictate from the Oval Office, as he has just done, who must pay for and provide contraception regardless what their moral convictions on those things are. He does not have the authority, the constitutional authority to write and pass Obamacare or to implement it, or this contraception stuff.
All of this is in the news because of Barack Obama. Rick Santorum didn't start this. Mitt Romney didn't start this. Newt Gingrich didn't start this. The Democrat Party started this. And you think you're so smart. You are among the biggest dupes running around with your head so high in the cloud thinking you're smarter than anybody else and you're one of the biggest dupes running around this country, and it's a danger that people like you pose to the future of this country by getting so caught up in cliche and conventional wisdom rooted in lies. We would expect better of you because you sound like you're intelligent. But you're just a sponge for lies, conventional wisdom, and cliches. It's embarrassing.
RUSH: You know, some of you people are forcing me into these positions that you end up not liking. You call here and you tell me that Rick Santorum and Newt are these wacko social issue Christians who are gonna be hunting you down, and if you've had sex with anybody, they're gonna march you off to jail, they're not gonna give you a birth control pill, all this rotgut. But somehow Mitt Romney never ends up in the mix. I thought I heard Mitt Romney last night talking about what a champion he was in opposing gay marriage. Is that not a social issue? Is it? It's a social issue. And Mitt Romney talks about how he is pro-life. And that's supposed to scare the independents over to east Jesus. And Romney, he's pro-life and he's anti-gay marriage, and boy, we just can't have these social issues in the campaign. They're gonna be the death of the Republican Party.
You are forcing me into saying some of these things when you come up here with these irrational allegations. I'm beating my head against the wall trying to remind you -- not all of you, you know who I'm talking about -- who's responsible for all this being discussed. The Republicans haven't once brought this up as a primary point in the campaign to beat Barack Obama. Social issues have not been at all a focus in any of these candidates' agendas, other than to talk about gay marriage or other than to talk about pro-life when it comes up. All this talk about the women on Twitter hate Republicans. I wonder why is that? Who the hell brought up the phony issue of contraception in the first place? There wasn't a single Republican talking about it. Nobody cares. Been there, done that.
Democrats put this into the public square, and the media picks right up with it, and just like Obama is creating a virtual economy that is rosy with great future and everybody's happy and hunky-dory, so have they created a virtual campaign where the Republicans are out there campaigning on the fact that if you get pregnant, you're having the baby, we're gonna put you in a home for wayward women, and you're gonna give birth and the punishment is you gotta raise that child and you're gonna have to stick with it no matter what happens, no matter if it gets drugs or whatever, you're gonna have to stick with it. Where did this stuff start? None of this part of the Republican agenda. None of it. The Democrats put it out there, specifically Obama, who is the architect of trampling on religious freedom and liberty, Barack Obama, the man to whom the Constitution of the United States is the single greatest obstacle to what he wants to accomplish.
That's right, my friends, our beloved man-child president, Barack Obama, he looks at the Constitution and sees a problem. He knows he's got everybody so cowed that when he violates it, nobody's gonna say anything. So if he's gonna mandate the Catholic Church or its schools provide contraception, fine, he'll do it. When they complain, "Okay, okay, I'll make the insurance companies do it." He doesn't have the power, constitutional or otherwise, nor does he have the right to do it. You think Republicans are gonna take your freedom away? Well, it's happening to you in every aspect of your life, every day, and it has been going on for three years. Wake up!
RUSH: Charles in Philadelphia. You have one minute but I wanted to get to you, sir.
CALLER: How you doing, Rush?
CALLER: Listen I love your humor and I catch it and the Democrats don't. First of all, that woman that called in there a little a while ago, you know what? Snerdley and them guys need to ask this. I think she's a Democrat operative. They need to ask these people: What do they think of the Patriot Act? That's how you sniff out the coneheads, you know what I mean? The Romney supporters are all mad, I mean they gotta get behind whoever.
RUSH: How would you ferret...? Okay, how would you ferret out if you're Snerdley a Romney supporter? What would you ask a Romney supporter?
CALLER: Just say, "What do you think of the Patriot Act? "
RUSH: Oh, a Romney supporter, too, will go ape?
CALLER: Yeah, I would just say -- if you think that someone's a Democrat, you just gotta say -- what do you think of the Patriot Act, okay? I mean, that's just a little --
RUSH: Okay. I'll have Snerdley do that. If you think you've got a Romney seminar caller, you ask him either about the Patriot Act or are they cool with Ron Paul being a vice president. You ask them either of those, and then for seminar caller liberals. The Patriot Act might work there, too. Anyway, I appreciate that. See, this is how this works. That woman gets through, causes me a lot of grief, I ended up yelling at her -- she deserves it and so forth -- but see how it works? Snerdley's to blame for this. It's his fault that it happened. That's what happens.