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Peyton Manning and the Colts Split
RUSH: Okay, it's official.  The Indianapolis Colts are parting ways with Peyton Manning.  It is happening right now in a press conference.  Jim Irsay just finished speaking.  Peyton Manning now to the microphones.  He said nobody will ever again wear the number 18 jersey in Indianapolis on the field.  In the office, maybe, but never on the field.  You know, Peyton Manning would be the perfect Republican candidate, and he's used to being drafted.  And he's used to winning.  And we know he is used to carrying the team.  He's been officially released from his contract, and now the race will be on.  The checkbooks will be opened from Seattle to Miami, perhaps Kansas City, Washington.  Who knows where Peyton Manning is going to end up.  What a run.

Kucinich Loses, Joe the Plumber Wins
RUSH:  "Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-Ohio), the two-time presidential candidate and icon of the antiwar left, suffered a bruising primary defeat Tuesday as a new Republican-drawn congressional map threatened to end the career of one of the most colorful figures in Congress." Get this, one of the most colorful.  Notice when an Olympia Snowe splits scene, like when she announced her retirement, Republican Senator, Maine, they frame her retirement totally in terms of ideology.  "Oh, no, another wise moderate compromising Republican is leaving, oh, no," they say, "Oh, no, all we're gonna be left with is a bunch of right-wing yahoos.  It's getting more and more conservative." 

Now, here the Kucinich loss and some other Democrat Party losses, Barney Frank, he's retiring, it's talked about in terms of, "Ah, another raconteur, another character leaving the House of Representatives."  Nothing about the fact that the Democrats are losing some of the most left members they have.  See, my contention is, folks, there's every reason here to actually feel optimistic.  I know it's hard, but look who's leaving politics.  I know you're gonna find some conservatives getting out, you might find them losing in a primary, whatever, but Barney Frank, there's no longer a home for him.  "That's right, Mr. Limbaugh, because they've rewritten his congressional district."  If he thought he could win, he'd stay.  Kucinich loses in a primary.  Moderate Olympia Snowe gone.  The people of this country are not ready to give up and turn it over to Barack Obama and the left by any stretch of the imagination. 

It was Marcy Kaptur, who herself is a pretty hard-core leftist, beat Kucinich 60 to 36%.  But they're really upset they're losing characters.  Oh, we're losing characters, Barney Frank, Dennis Kucinich, this place needs character and characters.  It's just too bad, too bad that we're losing them.  Reuters covers the story.  They don't seem to be able to bring themselves to admit it, but according to the Toledo Blade, Joe the Plumber won the Republican primary for this same district.  So it's gonna be Marcy Kaptur versus Joe the Plumber in November.  But we've lost a character.  Yeah, it would have been entertaining with Kucinich, and some people say it's always great to see Kucinich's wife.  I've never seen Kucinich's wife.  I've had three people say, "I'm gonna miss her more than I'm gonna miss him." (interruption)  Really, she's a babe? 

I don't notice babes anymore.  I have one.  And as such I don't notice 'em.  I bet you I have seen Kucinich's wife, and it just doesn't register.  I bet I have seen her, I just don't know it.  Anyway, Joe the Plumber won his primary, it's gonna be Plumber versus Kaptur.  Guess where we're gonna be on that one?  Joe the Plumber.  This is a guy also attacked by Barack Obama and the Democrat Party.  Well, Snerdley, I know they wrote this district in favor of Kaptur.  I know they did.  I know they did.  What, do you want him to quit?  Are you say saying it's impossible for him to win?  Well, Kucinich's people are mad too.  They're gonna be out loaded for bear against Kaptur, but I am here to tell you nobody has got this November election right. 

Everybody's looking at it through the Obama-can't-lose prism, and the prism you need to look at this through is Obama could very easily lose this election, and nobody knows it better than he, or him.  He's not gonna have a billion dollars.  He's told Pelosi and Reid, (paraphrasing) "I'm not giving you any money. I'm not even gonna fundraise for you. I'm gonna do one event for the House, one event for the Senate, and that's it." He's not gonna fundraise, which they're probably happy about.  He's not gonna be on the campaign trail for 'em, I guarantee, they're gonna be happy about that.  I don't believe these polls that show Obama 50% approval. It's a trumped-up 800 respondent poll of adults, not even likely voters. 

You see the exit polls of Super Tuesday?  Economy, economy, economy, economy, that's what people care about.  There's no war on women.  They asked these Republican women at the exit polls, "Do you think there's a war on women?"  These women are concerned about the economy.  They don't think there's a war on against them, other than Barack Obama doing damage to the economy.  The real war is the one Obama's conducting against us and on our private sector economy.  Seventy, 75% of the exit polls, the economy, the economy, the economy.  Well, guess whose it is?  It ain't Bush's.  They can't lay that one off on me.  Owns it, Barack Obama.  It's his.  After three years, this economy, every bit of it, is Obama's.  And they know that people know it. 

So don't tell me that Joe the Plumber doesn't have a chance.  All this talk about the Democrats taking back the House.  Ha!  I'm not saying it can't happen.  Folks, it's not written in stone.  It's not what's likely.  It's not a given.  None of the conventional wisdom is a given.  Obama's reelection is not a given.  They want you to think it is.  You are assisted in that thinking when you look at the Republican field, and you don't feel inspired.  But you have to understand, this election is going to be about Obama.  And even if the unemployment rate -- I shouldn't say if.  When they report the unemployment rate at 7.9%, it's still gonna be an election about Obama, because that isn't going to be true.  And when they report 250, 300,000 new jobs, that isn't gonna be true.  And even if it is, it's still gonna take close to 600,000 jobs a month for a long time to get us back down to 6%.  Legitimately. 

Obama's not a slam dunk.  The election is not over.  Either Santorum or Romney can win.  You just have to ignore Republicans that live in New York or Washington and you'll be okay.  If you talk to Republicans in New York or Washington, you are gonna be as depressed as Republicans were after 1964.  I know a bunch of 'em, and they are depressed.  They can't help it.  They live in the sphere of the New York Times.  That's everything to them.  Well-meaning Republican conservatives, they think there's no hope.  If you talk to them, they will convince you there's no hope.  That's why ignore talking to them.  I mean I'm about ready to delete e-mails from New York and Washington Republican friends.  They're just too damned depressing and they're not realistic.

Entitlement Mentality: Lottery Winner Still Using Food Stamps
RUSH: If this is not indicative of our times and the entitlement mentality that has taken over some in our country, I don't know what it is.  This is a story from I don't know where.  I am getting really tired of people... never mind.  I know the story is legit. "24-Year-Old Lottery Winner Buys New House and Car But Still Gets Food Stamps ... 'I feel that it’s okay because I mean, I have no income and I have bills to pay,' she added. 'I have two houses.'"  No, no, no.  Not making it up.  "Last fall, 24-year-old Amanda Clayton struck it big when she won $1 million playing the Michigan lottery. That’s life-changing. And in many ways, it was: she bought a new house and car. But in at least one way, it wasn’t: hidden cameras found she’s still using food stamps to pay for her meals.
 
"WDIV-TV got a tip from a viewer saying Detroit resident Clayton -- who took a $500,000 lump sum payment -- was using the taxpayers to foot her food bill. So the station followed her. Sure enough, she was. And the reporter confronted her about it.
'I thought that they would cut me off, but since they didn’t, I thought maybe it was okay because I’m not working,' Clayton, who gets $200 a month from the state," not part of the lottery winnings, "said when asked if she thought it was right. When asked if she thinks she has a 'right' to the food stamp money, she said yes. 'I mean, I kind of do.  I feel that it’s okay because I mean, I have no income and I have bills to pay,' she added. 'I have two houses.'"

She feels entitled to food stamps.  We owe her food.  Forget winning the lottery.  We owe her food.  (imitating Clayton) "Yeah, I mean, I have a right to food stamps."  There's a political party that's made this possible.  They're called Democrats.  The Democrat Party's done this.  This is music to the ears of Barack Obama, music to his ears.  This is a voter.  This is a voter.  From the NBC affiliate in Detroit, WDIV-TV.  It's a great illustration of the entitlement mentality that has taken hold.  What are you laughing at in there?  You think it's funny?  You're laughing at me?  You know, they're all in there saying, "I can't believe..." they expect me to be a little timid here for a while.  The staff is expecting me to maybe go use food stamps myself for a while. 

Apple Releases New iPad
RUSH: Everything that I thought was gonna happen in the new iPad is gonna happen. It's quadruple the pixels so it's HD. They're not calling it anything. It's just "iPad," third generation iPad, but it is a retina display. It's four times the pixels. It's got greater resolution than a 27-inch flat screen. It's got more pixels than a 27-inch flat screen. Yeah, that's indisputable. 4G LTE speeds. Faster processor. They have released a slew of software: iPhoto, updates to the iWork suite (which is Pages, Keynote, and Numbers). They've updated GarageBand. They have a bunch of new games. I'm doing all of this off the top of my head, and I'm not sure that they're through.

There's new software today, new Apple TV 1080p. Not a TV set, but the little black box unit, 1080p movies now at the iTunes store. Let's see, what else? It'll be out March 16th. Preorders start today. New iOS software 5.1 available today. The new iPad will also have voice dictation. It won't have Siri but it will have voice dictation. It will be a keypad with the microphone button just like the iPhone. It has the same battery life, even though this thing is gonna burn battery like crazy. That 4G chip is big, powering that display is big, so this thing is practically all battery in there to give it the same battery life. And the same price, same configuration: 16, 32, 64. They're gonna keep the iPad 2 at a $299 or $399 price point. They're gonna keep the current iPad with a smaller storage capacity inside.

Yeah, yeah. But they're not through I don't think. The thing is still going on. They're claiming nine-hour battery life if you run 4G, ten-hour battery life if you use Wi-Fi. It's got built in dictation. Anyway, it's pretty much everything people expected. There is just one thing. There was a late rumor today that it was going to have new haptic technology where you would feel the keyboard. You would feel the screen. You would have interactivity so as you navigated the screen, you'd get feedback from it so that you wouldn't have to look at it. For example, iPad is not a really good TV remote control because you have to look at it not the screen, because you can't feel the buttons. Haptic is a touch pad that touches back, but so far they haven't announced that, and that was the late rumor this morning.

UK National Health Service Rejects Surgery for the Fat
RUSH: If you are in Great Britain, and if the government says that you are too fat for surgery, you will be refused treatment unless you change your lifestyle. I'm not kidding. If they say you're too fat, no surgery. Can you say "Michelle Obama in Obamacare"? Yep. National Health Service. If you're too fat and they determine you're too fat, you won't be treated unless you change your lifestyle to what they tell you.

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