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Stephen Hayes with Our Meme of the Day

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RUSH:  What we're doing here today, folks, is we've got a theme that has been established for the day, and that is: "The race is over." Yeah, Romney gave it a pretty pathetic shot, but it's over.  All the economic news is good.  Obama's a net job creator now! AP says so.  Right here, it's coming up.  Obama is a net job creator now.  That's how good the economy is.  Besides, it is said the reason for Obama pulling ahead in these polls is the Clinton bump from the Democrat convention, that he made sure everybody understood that Obama cares. 

He really, really cares about people, and he's working really hard, and there's nobody who coulda done any better.  Not any former president, including Clinton himself -- nobody -- coulda done any better.  I've had some e-mails.  "I haven't heard that, Rush. What, are you just making this up trying to tick us off?" No.  No.  Here it is.  This was on Fox News Channel at about, I don't know, since the 11 o'clock hour this morning.  Steve Hayes from the Weekly Standard was a guest.  He's talking to fill-in host Gregg Jarrett.

HAYES:  There's no question that President Obama came out of the conventions with a -- a -- a little bit of momentum.  And you talk -- you know, it's not only showing up in -- in the public polling that we're talking about here today, but you talk to Republican pollsters who are polling on Senate and House races, and they will talk about what they call "the Clinton bump."  They've seen it across polling in various parts of the country that voters who are -- are -- are asked the question about, "Is the country on the right track; is the country on the wrong track?" w-w-which most pollsters believe is the single best determinant of who will win in November, there was a jump in the "right track" number on the general question of whether we're on the right track.  They think we are. And it's because, I think, in part Democrats have successfully pressed this message that nobody could have done better than President Obama's done.

RUSH:  So that's Steve Hayes of the Weekly Standard citing Republican pollsters in House and Senate races.  There's the Clinton bump and on the right track number, the country's now headed in the right track.  That's what the polling all shows, Republican polling. We're headed on the right track.  It's because of the Clinton bump, it's 'cause nobody coulda done better than Obama.  Nobody coulda done better than Obama did. 

It was that bad.  It was that big a mess.  I haven't been making this up.  I'm not trying to stir things up.  I'm telling you this is the operative narrative out there.  That's on the Fox News Channel this morning.

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RUSH: Here. Stack of Stuff. Stack of Stuff.  What I'm doing here is I'm just peeling off the top.  I haven't put anything in order.  Just random news for the heck of it. This is NBC News: "President Barack Obama leads Republican presidential nominee [Governor] Mitt Romney in New Hampshire, and the two are locked in tight contests in Nevada and North Carolina, according to a new series of NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls released Thursday.

"Obama is ahead of Romney, 51% to 44%, among likely voters in New Hampshire. He also edges Romney in Nevada and North Carolina, but within the margin of error." As usual, by the way, I should point out, all three of these polls oversampled Democrats even among likely voters.  The oversampling generally takes place in the registered voter poll. In the likely voter poll that usually doesn't happen, but they did it here.

In New Hampshire they oversampled Democrats by 5%. 

In Nevada they also oversampled by 5%. 

In North Carolina, they oversampled Democrats by 6%. 

But in this story, there's a hidden second story that the headline doesn't really cover. The headline: " Polls: Obama Leads in NH, Tighter in Nev., NC." Now, hidden in this story... Actually it's not hidden in this story.  I made a note. It's in a separate story, but Fox News is reporting that voter registration in Ohio is down by 490,000 people from four years ago, and 44% of those 490,000 people is Cleveland.  Now, who lives in Cleveland?  Democrats. 

And this woman, who wanted a phone from Obama and got one.

WOMAN:  Obama!

REPORTER:  You got an Obama phone? 

WOMAN: (screaming) Yes!  Everybody in Cleveland, low minorities, got Obama phone.  Keep Obama in president, you know?  He gave us a phone!

REPORTER:  He gave you a phone? 

WOMAN:  He gonna do more!

REPORTER:  How did he give you a phone? 

WOMAN:  You sign up.  If you're... If you on food stamps, you on Social Security, you got low income, you disability...

REPORTER:  Okay, what's wrong with Romney, again?

WOMAN:  Romney, he sucks! Bad!

RUSH: Obama! I got an Obama phone! I got an Obama phone! Obama! I got an Obama phone.  I'm one of 12.5 million with Obama phone and 250 free minutes!  So,

"Voter registration in [Ohio] is down by 490,000 people from four years ago. Of that reduction, 44% is in Cleveland and surrounding Cuyahoga County, where Democrats outnumber Republicans more than two to one. ... An August study by the left-leaning think tank Third Way showed that the Democratic voter registration decline in eight key swing states outnumbered the Republican decline by a 10-to-one ratio.

"In Florida, Democratic registration is down 4.9%, in Iowa down 9.5%. And," get this: In New Hampshire, where this NBC poll says Obama is pulling away now, Democrat voter registration is down 19.7%. (New Castrati impression) "So, Mr. Limbaugh? What does that have to do with it?"  I'll tell you what it has to do with it, Mr. New Castrati.  It means that oversampling of Democrats in these polls is ridiculous. 

There are half a million fewer people registered in Ohio, and half of that from Cleveland, and you're oversampling Democrats by ten in polls in that state?  Here's the Fox News headline: "Drop in Ohio Voter Registration, Especially in Dem[ocrat] Strongholds, Mirrors Nationwide Trend." There are eight swing states in which Democrat voter registration is plummeting at a rate of ten to one over Republican registrations falling. 

But, it doesn't matter.  It doesn't matter.  Because the Clinton bump and the American people like Obama, and he really is working hard, and nobody cares about people more than Obama does, and nobody coulda done any better including Bill Clinton.  Plus the Romney campaign is dull, dead, and uninspiring.  I heard that on Fox today.  That's the theme of the day.

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RUSH: We're dealing from the top of the deck today, folks.  I have not organized my Stack of Stuff.  I'm just grabbing things as they come.  Here's the next one.  It's from the New York Times:  "United States Economy Still Weak, but More Feel Secure." (interruption) Don't tell me to stop it.  Is that not the theme of the day?  Did I not tell you?  Grab sound bite 27.  Stephen Hayes on Fox this morning, and they're talking -- on Fox -- about the Clinton bump.  They're trying to explain why Obama's way ahead in these polls. 

Now, I'll tell you what this illustrates. And nothing against Stephen Hayes.  People are gonna call and say I'm ripping Stephen Hayes.  I'm not ripping Stephen Hayes, but this is so-called conservative media.  What do we have?  We have a Democrat-orchestrated and a media-orchestrated narrative today, and you're probably mad at me for repeating it so often.  It is the Clinton bump.  Clinton got a big bump for Obama coming out of convention.

That's because he told people that Obama cares and Michelle told people Obama cares, and everybody knows that Romney doesn't care, but Obama really cares! He cares about us. He loves us. He wants all of us to know that he really loves us, and nobody's working any harder, and nobody coulda done any better.  And you couple that with the fact that the Romney campaign's a wet noodle, and it's over.  It's over. 

Now, rather than fight the narrative... I'm not throwing in the towel on this stuff. I'm not buying into this.  But rather than fight the narrative, they sit here, "We're gonna analyze it and explain it."  And the only way any of this can be true is if the American people are at a record level of stupidity.  The only way this narrative today can be true is if we have lost the country and everybody in it, or a big enough majority that's gonna vote Democrat is just plain dumb now, just ignorant and stupid. 

And so when you see a headline: "United States Economy Still Weak, But More People Feel Secure," the economy's falling apart in front of everybody's eyes, and yet we're on the right track? Obama's the answer?  Well, how stupid do you have to be?  Do you think this would be the narrative if Bush was president? The economy under Bush was three times as healthy as this! Obama was campaigning on the idea that he could fix it. 

The economy was three times this strong, and they were telling us that Bush was responsible for a horrible economy and how rotten it was.  You think we'd-a ever gotten the news narrative: "People love Bush! He really cares about people. He's working hard. There's nobody who could do any better"? It is asinine.  It is an insult to my intelligence.  But here it is, the operative narrative of the day. 

HAYES:  There's no question that President Obama came out of the conventions with a -- a -- a little bit of momentum.  And you talk -- you know, it's not only showing up in -- in the public polling that we're talking about here today, but you talk to Republican pollsters who are polling on Senate and House races, and they will talk about what they call "the Clinton bump."  They've seen it across polling in various, parts of the country that voters who are -- are -- are asked the question about, "Is the country on the right track; is the country on the wrong track?" w-w-which most pollsters believe is the single best determinant of who will win in November, there was a jump in the "right track" number on the general question of whether we're on the right track.  They think we are. And it's because, I think, in part Democrats have successfully pressed this message that nobody could have done better than President Obama's done.

RUSH: There you have it.  See?  It's on Fox.  That's not NBC.  That's not MSNBC.  It's not CNN, ABC, CBS. It's not in the New York Times, LA Times, Washington Post, USA Today.  It's on Fox.  And the Clinton bump! It's Republican pollsters who are providing this information to Stephen Hayes.  It's not him.  He's probably being bombarded with people saying I'm ripping him.  He's just telling us what he's hearing from Republican pollsters on the House and Senate races. 

Yep. You know, our GDP (gross domestic product) under Bush was 3.3% and the media called it a recession. They were trying to create a recession in everybody's minds.  Our gross domestic product is 1.3% now, revised down from 1.7%, and we are on the right track. Again: 3.3% GDP under Bush was called a recession, and we had to get rid of him, and Obama was the guy to fix it.

But 1.3% GDP after three years ago of Obamanomics, and not only are we on the right track, the American people like this track!  The American people feel good about where we're going.  And AP tells us that now that Obama's a net job creator 'cause guess what they found?  An additional 400,000 jobs created last year that they missed! They just found them today.  It's amazing.  They found 400,000 jobs that were created that nobody counted, and you know what that means? 

It means now that Obama's a net job creator. 

So unemployment's fixed, the economy's on a great rebound, and we're headed in the right direction. Nobody could do any better than Obama. Bill Clinton says so! Nobody cares any more than Obama, so all of this economic reality that you're facing each and every day? It's not happening.  I mean, everybody's getting cell phones out there in Cleveland and food stamps all over the place.  I mean, do you realize how many happy people are out there? 

We're on the right track here, folks! 

That's what the media's telling us.

Yeah, 1.3% GDP is the right track. More people feel secure, even though the economy's still weak.  That's in the New York Times. 

Yep. There you have it.  

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