RUSH: Yesterday on this program, I was advising Romney how to get down and dirty with Obama. Since Obama is getting dirty, and the aggressor sets the rules in these fights, this is one of the things I advised Romney to do...
RUSH ARCHIVE: (New Castrati impression) "Okay. So, Mr. Limbaugh, since you have the answer to everything, what would you suggest that Romney do if he's doing this wrong?"
You say, "Look, pal, when I was out creating jobs, investing in businesses, and growing this economy, you were at Columbia smoking weed and snorting coke. You write about it in your book. You talk about how you got into Columbia and the Harvard Law Review, and you didn't have to do anything. That's what was great about it to you! You loved getting into Columbia 'cause all you had to do was go to class, get your grades, and smoke a little weed! Well, I was out building the country when you were doing that."
That's the kind of stuff I'd say!
This is the Chicago barroom guy who doesn't care about the aftermath as long as he wins.
RUSH: Now, last night on MSNBC, I'm told they said, "Limbaugh's racist. You start talking about a black guy doing drugs, that's racist!"
"Oh, no, no, no! Obama wrote about it in his book!"
"Well, but Limbaugh should know that Obama just did this to try to deal with the pain of losing his father. That's the only reason! It's just racist. It's Limbaugh being racist here by bringing this up."
And, by the way, that is one of the reasons Romney won't go there. They don't want that charge.
No, I've not been told that. I'm just convinced. One of the reasons that they're not going there is race. It's, like, the same reason McCain wouldn't. A lot of people are starting to ask, "Where is the way you dealt with Santorum and Newt?" And the answer coming back is, "Well, those guys are conservatives. It's okay to hate conservatives. It's okay to be mean to conservatives. You don't do it to Obama."
Well, Sununu, John Sununu, didn't get the memo. This morning on Fox News Channel's American Newsroom, Sununu was on with Martha MacCallum, who said, "Do you think the Romney campaign has done a good enough job coming out with their own take on that statement Obama made about business owners not building the business themselves?"
SUNUNU: [Obama] has no idea how the American system functions, and we shouldn't be surprised about that, because he spent his early years in Hawaii smoking something. He spent the next set of years in Indonesia -- another set of years in Indonesia. And, frankly, when he came to the US, he worked as a "community organizer," which is a socialized structure, and then got into politics in Chicago. There has been no experience in his life in which he's earned a private sector paycheck that meant anything.
RUSH: Now, Sununu, in every one of his TV appearances, takes no prisoners. So I think Sununu has been appointed with the task of going out and performing the duties that I am suggesting need to happen. 'Cause that's it: "[I]n Hawaii smoking something." He's doing it. Never had a paycheck, Chicago politics... The only thing he left out was that Obama's been mentored, educated, bent and shaped by a bunch of communists. Marxists.
OBAMA: Somebody else made that happen!
RUSH: Right. Now, Karl Rove was asked about this last night on Special Report with Bret Baier. He said, "Look, Karl, there's this growing conservative voice out there that seems to be saying to the Romney campaign, 'You need to go on the offensive.'"
ROVE: Here's the conundrum: Obama wants them to fight back in the same way that he's attacking. He wants them to get down in the gutter with him. So when they go back and refute this, they need to flip this to a higher level. They can't take the bait and fall into the mud with President Obama. Because at the end of the day, if this is a battle between two sort of mud-slingers, neither one of them looking presidential, people will tend to go with the guy who is already president.
RUSH: We're finding out here why the Bush White House never responded to anything. It's the assumption in this case that Obama will win because he's got incumbancy on his side. Well, they didn't think that when... I'm just lost. Anyway, here's Joe Trippi. Joe Trippi was also on the same show with Bret Baier, and after Rove said that Romney's campaign shouldn't get in the mud with Obama's campaign, Bret Baier turned to Joe Trippi said, "Joe, do you agree with that?"
TRIPPI: I think care-to-be-cautious candidacies always don't do very well. And Romney's a care-to-be-cautious candidate, and they're running a care-to-be-cautious campaign. It's not gonna work. They've got... I think they've gotta get proactive and get aggressive and start defending or deflecting these attacks a lot better than they've been doing.
RUSH: Now, Trippi's a Democrat. Obviously his sympathies are with Obama. So you have to factor in that maybe he's trying to rope-a-dope the Romney campaign into getting down and dirty. But I just want to point something out to you. It was only last week that the economic roof of Obama's house caved in. It was economic news that should have ended his candidacy, and now what are we talking about? "How does Romney recapture the offense here?" Remember the long discussion we had here about how the economy, as traditionally used in a campaign, isn't gonna work this time?
In a sane world, Obama doesn't have a chance in heck of getting reelected because of the economy.
And yet what are we talking about here?
"How does Romney recapture the offense?"
That's how out of whack all this is.
RUSH: Okay, so the Democrats always have a war room. But we are not supposed to go to war. No, we're supposed to stay above the fray and surrender, essentially. Stay above the fray. If we go to war... We can't go to war because the press will not treat us fairly, so it doesn't make any sense to go to war.
And that's where we are.