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They’re writing the pre-obits, but there’s a piece. I have it here. Some guy… Where’s he from? This guy is not even American. This is so typical. Hang on here. It’s from Chile. Chile. Ariel Dorfman has written a piece that John Kerry is just too smart to be president of the United States. It’s because you people, all of us, the American people, are a bunch of dolts. We’re a bunch of dunces. We are too stupid to understand him. We are so stupid we fall for this Protestant/Catholic/Christian evangelism. Oh, it’s just perfect. So sit tight. But this is Kerry, going in for a hunting license yesterday in Ohio. He’s going into a sporting goods store. This is what he said.

KERRY: Can I little me a hunting license here?

RUSH: Did you hear that? “Can I get me a huntin’ license heyah?” Can I get me a hunting license here? Now, ladies and gentlemen, we all know that John Kerry doesn’t speak that way. We know it. But that’s what he thinks the people in Ohio will judge him as a real guy, if he walks in there and says: “Hey, can I get me a hunting license here?” But he blew it because it’s not, “Can I get me a hunting license?” If he really wanted to carry this off, he should have said, “Hey, can I get me a huntin’ license in here, dude?” or some such thing as that. So, I mean, if there’s any doubt, folks. The whole thing was a put on photo op. The Democrats today are even admitting that’s what it was. But Kerry has to go in and say, “Can I get me a hunting license here?”

They’ve abandoned the South. They have now totally shifted ad resources to the southwest, like out in Nevada and I guess New Mexico, wherever else. But they’ve totally abandoned the South. For the first time in recent memory the Democratic Party has totally abandoned the South as a region. Now, this might have been part of Kerry’s original plan out there during the debates, but it also says that John Edwards has been absolutely worthless to Kerry in this campaign. Not one state in the South, and probably very few, if any, along the Mississippi River all the way up to the northern — maybe Illinois will go his way, but — We’ll go through the polling data here in due course because it’s starting to see some trends here, and Kerry’s doing some things that do not…

I mean, he’s making a pitch today. We’re 12 days away from the election; he’s out there making a pitch for women in Wisconsin, the traditional Democrat voting block and he’s not strong in women. But I don’t want to leave this “Can I get me a hunting license?” bit here because Jay Leno picked up on this and it happened last night on the Tonight Show. Ta-da, ta-da, ta-da, and here’s Leno. We’re going to go to sound bite 2 and 3 here, Mike. Leno’s question to James Carville, who was a guest. Leno says, “Kerry went hunting today, and then when he went to get his license, he said, ‘Is this where I get me a huntin’ license.’ [sic] Now, this is a very educated man, Mr. Carville. He knows how to say ‘get a hunting license.’ Why did he talk that way?”

CARVILLE: Let me explain it to you. Where — in a place like Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, the Democrats sent these blue-collar guys to us and sez, “If you vote for the Republicans, you’ll lose your job.” Then the Republicans send these guys a letter saying, “If you vote for the Democrat, you’ll lose your gun, ” and it’s kind of 50/50: My job or my gun? You know what I mean? I don’t know. (Laughter) So the Kerry campaign actually had a brilliant idea. It says, “How about you vote for me and you get to keep your job and your gun?” and that was actually kind of a smart thing to do.

RUSH: Uhhh, didn’t answer the question. The question is not about why did he go to Ohio, but in the process of the answer, Carville reveals the strategy behind the photo op, and once again, the strategy relies on the stupidity of people in Ohio to fall for this. But question was: Doesn’t he know how to speak? He doesn’t say, “Can I get me a huntin’ license here?” He knows not to speak that way, and Leno says, “But these little tricks like hunting or, you know, President Bush loading something on a truck, does that stuff work?”

CARVILLE: It’s to send a signal: “I care.” It’s to send a signal. Kerry sent a signal, “I’m not really a waffly, weak Massachusetts liberal; I’m a guy that can knock a goose, you know, out the air,” or whatever it is. (Laughter) So, I mean, “Look at me,” and they kind of — carrying the goose by the neck and —

LENO: Well, no, but see, he wasn’t carrying it. They have somebody else carry the goose so the animal rights people don’t see you carrying a dead animal. (Laughter) I mean it’s all —

CARVILLE: Okay. Well, okay.

LENO: It’s all kind of —

CARVILLE: You know what? It’s all political.

RUSH: There you have it. So even Carville doesn’t try to really defend this as John Kerry being who he was. Not trying to defend John Kerry’s as being a real guy. “It’s all political,” doesn’t dispute the fact that Kerry didn’t carry the goose, and you know this is the case. Kerry wasn’t carrying it. They asked him why he didn’t carry the goose. He said, “Oh, I’m lazy. I was up late watching the Red Sox.” He wasn’t carrying the goose because he didn’t want to offend people who might be appalled at the sight of a bunch of guys in camouflage gear happily walking out of a farm or of a cornfield, whatever, smiling, carrying dead geese bodies around. So it just keeps adding up, here. “Can I get me a huntin’ license here?” Listen to this a couple more times. Just give me three or four of these right in a row here, Mike, if you can.

KERRY: Can I get me a hunting license here? Can I get me a hunting license here? Can I get me a hunting license here? Can I get me a hunting license here? Can I get me a hunting license here? Can I get me a hunting license here?

RUSH: You realize his friends in the salons of Manhattan on the Upper West Side and in Boston at Harvard and at Cambridge and in Washington, D.C. hear this, can you imagine how embarrassed…? Maybe they’ll think it’s brilliant because maybe that’s what they think of those people. (Effete liberal snob impression) “Well, we know that’s what they think of you in flyover country, but it’s got to be embarrassing to hear one of their very own, do we have to defend these hard depths to actually appeal to these, these plebes out there whose votes we must have? Good God, after that, can we wash our hands of them? I don’t believe we actually live in a country where people talk that way.”


RUSH: I’m not going to let go of this can-I-get-me-a-hunting-license thing just yet. I want to do a side-by-side comparison. We have — what is this? Let’s go back to 1971, shall we? 1971. This is audio from Jean-Francois testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. We’ll let you hear what he says there, and then we’ll back it up, with when he went into a sporting goods store yesterday in Ohio, and asked for a hunting license.

KERRY 1971: How do you ask a man to be the last man to die in Viet’naaam? How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?

KERRY 2004: Can I get me a hunting license here?

RUSH: Okay. Let’s do it again because I want these back to back, bam, bam, bam, bam, so you can hear the contrast. This is Kerry in 1971 — again it’s the Senate Foreign Relations Committee — testifying about the Vietnam atrocities followed with his trip to the sporting goods store to get a hunting license in Ohio this week.

KERRY 1971: How do you ask a man to be the last man to die in Viet’naaam? How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?

KERRY 2004: Can I get me a hunting license here?

RUSH: There you have it. The new Jean-Francois Kerry, ladies and gentlemen, as he attempts to appeal to all of you Midwestern hicks. You Midwestern hicks that got gun racks in the back window of your pickup truck out there. It’s just amazing. They cannot… You know, once they are identified as liberals — and that’s happened in this campaign — once they’re identified as liberals and they have to start proving to you that they’re not liberals or trying to establish to you that they’re not liberals. They think they have to show you that they’re conservatives. They then tell us what they think of conservatives. Kerry has just told us what he thinks of the people whose votes he needs: “Can I get me a hunting license here?”

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