RUSH: Hey, I like this, folks. CNN: "Bill Clinton's speech at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night reminded at least one Republican of another time the former president stepped before the microphones. Former California Gov. Pete Wilson said Thursday at a fundraiser for GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan that Clinton's finger shake was reminiscent of the time he denied engaging in sexual behavior with a White House intern."
Remember him shaking that bony finger? He's up there shaking that bony finger at the convention. It bothered me. And Pete Wilson's right. (imitating Clinton) "I never had sex with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky, not a single time, and I never asked anybody to lie, not once." This is the guy doing character references for Barack Obama, and Pete Wilson of all people, doesn't matter, it's great. Finally somebody out fighting back against the Clinton speech, which supposedly owned the convention, it was the greatest thing under the sun.
This is the kind of stuff that's gonna have to happen, folks. We can't rely on my perception that I just shared with you carrying the day. It's gonna have to be told. The Romney campaign is going to have to campaign. The Romney campaign is gonna have to burnish Obama's record in the minds of every voter in this country. They're gonna have to highlight this unemployment news. They're gonna have to broadcast it. They're gonna have to focus on it: the dismal economic performance; the drop from 55 to 51,000 in average family income; the number of people on food stamps.
The campaign can't go lax. The campaign can't count on talk radio to carry the day. They can't count on public perception of the Democrat convention, because I don't know how many people saw it the way I did. I'm just telling you how I saw it. I know a lot of people still live in fear that no matter what the reality is, the left can spin it so that the public is lied to and believes the lies. I know people believe that. I know that no matter how bad Obama's speech was, people on our side still think that it can be spun and presented as the best speech he's ever made.
Although it isn't being spun that way.
Nobody's even trying that.
I mean, not even Debbie "Blabbermouth" Schultz went there! She didn't even try it. But that's great opportunity. They had all that time last night to go out and make the best case, to seize the moment, to try to redefine this race to be anything they want it to be -- and what did they do? It was stunning how incompetent it ended up being last night. How un-smart, how un-cool. It was striking to me. It really was. I can't emphasize enough that I literally felt physically ill before it started. It was new. I've not felt that way before.
RUSH: You know, I tell you, I like the idea of Pete Wilson calling Clinton out. I like the Republicans calling Clinton out. And the unemployment numbers have given the Republicans an issue now to get energized on, and they're doing that. But, folks, you watch Bill Clinton, and a woman says to you, like she says to Alex Castellanos, "Golly, you know what? I watched Clinton last night, and I want to vote for Clinton, and I want to sleep with Clinton." That is the actual War on Women and an insult to their intelligence. Here is a guy, when you boil it all down, who has mistreated women, from interns to his wife, and the Democrat Party throws him up as somebody to fawn after and admire.
RUSH: Tom in Orlando, as we go back to the phones, Open Line Friday. Thank you very much for waiting. Hi.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. Longtime, first-time. Unlike your earlier caller, I was feeling good last night and fully prepared just to relax. I knew we were gonna hear nothing but BS, lies, distortions. And we didn't even make it through the introductory video for Barack Obama before I was out of my chair yelling at the TV. Bill Clinton, in talking about Barack Obama and the Osama bin Laden decision, actually said that when he heard about it, he sat there and thought, "Gee, I wonder, when I was in office, if I was presented with the same opportunity, if I woulda had the guts that this Barack Obama had in pulling the trigger on Osama bin Laden." I was screaming at the TV saying, "You did! You did! In 1999, you could have taken him out, and you specifically did not, and 3,000 of our fellow citizens died as a result." So, I figured, "Just leave it to Billy Jeff to send you out of your chair."
RUSH: I must admit, I didn't see the introductory video. I missed it. I knew it was gonna have the same character witnesses. I really, unlike you -- I'm not exaggerating -- was feeling ill, sick to my stomach. I just felt like I could go to sleep, blah, depressed. Because I knew what was coming like you did. I was worried about people believing this crap. It means that there are so many damn morons in this country, and that just depresses me, but I did not see Clinton. Did Clinton actually say (impression), "You know, I wonder if I'd have the guts to have pulled the trigger like this brave president did when I was presented with the opportunity to get bin Laden"? Did he say that?
CALLER: He said that. It's in the introductory video.
RUSH: You've gotta be kidding! He had two chances. The Sudanese offered us bin Laden without firing a shot, and Clinton turned them down. And then if you remember the movie The Path to 9/11 that Disney edited on Clinton's demand -- and they've never released the DVD of this movie. Now, I (a powerful, influential member of the media) have the DVD because I know the screenwriter, Cyrus Nowrasteh.
That movie makes it clear that they had Osama dead to rights. Our guys had Osama dead to rights. We had him in the shot, had him in the sights, and because there were women and children at the mosque or wherever bin Laden was, Richard Clark told Clinton, "Don't take the shot." So you're right. But let me tell you what Clinton's doing with this. This is being a loyal Democrat. I think Clinton's doing everything to set Hillary up for 2016.
Make no mistake: One of the happiest guys in this country would be Bill Clinton if Obama loses. Now, Obama doesn't have to lose to set Hillary up for 2016. But it would make it a lot easier if she's running against a Republican incumbent. If Obama wins, at that point people want a change of party no matter what's going on, usually. It's a rare exception when that doesn't happen. I can understand why you jumped out of your chair on that. Thanks for the call, Tom.