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RUSH: All right, folks, I need to ask you a question, personal question from me to you. Do I sound like I need cheering up here? I’m getting e-mails from friends, ‘Boy, you sound like you could use a little cheering up.’ And they’re sending me these stupid little Internet jokes, ‘for you to smile,’ like an Internet joke would cheer me up. Spam would cheer me up. But do I sound like I need to be cheered up? I can’t wait ’til the Drive-Bys get hold of my thought, my consideration of helping Hillary raise money. They’ll miss the reason. They’ll just publicize, ‘Limbaugh is so upset at Romney getting out, he’s thinking of raising money for Hillary, period.’ But the reason for raising money for Hillary is because that apparently my party is relying on fear and loathing of Hillary to get the nomination, to unite Republicans, who are, some of them, off the reservation. The Republicans do not seem to be relying on leadership in their party to unite the party. They seem to be relying on all these external things, nobody is going to vote for Hillary, negative turnout factor. What if she’s not the nominee? We’ve got make sure she’s the nominee if the Republican Party is to be unified. What more loyal thing could I do than to run a fundraiser for Mrs. Clinton? You watch, though, you watch how that will be questioned.


RUSH: I’m dead serious about considering this. I mean, you may think this is a joke, but it is obvious. I’ve read things. I’ve seen things. I’ve heard people say things, pundits on our side, ‘Don’t worry about McCain, Rush. Hillary is so hated and despised and loathed and so forth. That alone will unite our voters: the fear and loathing for Hillary Clinton.’ It appears that may be what our strategy is. Rather than get leadership, conservative leadership for our own party, it may well be that that’s the thing — and she’s in danger of losing the nomination. Folks, here’s this rookie who’s been in the Senate for two years, and he’s smokin’ her on fundraising? He is doing everything that he can and is succeeding, and she’s had to borrow money and so forth? If our electoral victory in November requires her being in the race, we gotta stop him; because there’s no fear and loathing on Obama. You can’t run against Obama fearing him or loathing him or dissing him. It isn’t going to work. He doesn’t have the personality that makes any of that fit. So we need to keep her in it so we can win it. I’ll have more on this as I give future thought to this.


RUSH: For you Drive-By Media types that end up talking to Mrs. Clinton, you know, she’s had to borrow $5 million from herself to fund ongoing campaign, it might be wise to just point out to her or ask her, ask her a question: Mrs. Clinton, you’ve borrowed $5 million from yourself. Do you appreciate the lower tax rates that you and your husband are paying that helped you amass that $5 million?’ Because a higher tax rate, I mean, she’d have had to earn more money to get this $5 million. So it was the Bush tax cuts that helped Mrs. Clinton amass the $5 million she could loan herself. Now, this will never occur to her, but an enterprising reporter, if a reporter is going to go out and ask her, ‘Mrs. Clinton, do your unpaid staffers have health coverage?’ ‘Do you realize, Mrs. Clinton, that Bush tax cuts enabled you to amass this $5 million easier than otherwise?’ I also want to go back to this piece — I missed this, but Snerdley caught it — I want to go back to this Politico piece by Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen, ‘The Five Reasons Hillary Should be Worried’ piece.

Listen to this opening sentence: ‘Hillary Clinton survived a Super Tuesday scare. But there are five big reasons the former first lady should be spooked by the current trajectory of the campaign.’ Now, in certain quarters of America, that’s code language. And these white reporters — I’m sure this is inadvertent and does not indicate any latent and institutional racism — ‘Hillary Clinton survived a Super Tuesday scare. But there are five big reasons the former first lady should be spooked by the current trajectory.’ Who’s on the trajectory of the campaign? Obama. She should be spooked by Obama. It totally slipped my mind because I don’t think in these terms. Mr. Snerdley, who is an African-American, very, very, very, very much attuned to this stuff, and he is offended by this blatant Drive-By racism, referring to Mrs. Clinton’s opponent with code language, ‘spooked.’ Thank you. I had missed this.

All right, we have a campaign slogan here for Mrs. Clinton, because obviously the best shot for Republicans winning the White House is Hillary as the nominee, so I’m thinking of doing this fundraiser, the slogan: ‘Stay in It So We Can Win It.’ Well, now Obama needs a slogan. If our slogan is, ‘Stay in It So We Can Win It,’ Obama’s slogan is, ‘A Vote for Hillary Is a Vote for McCain.’ It would work. It would absolutely work. The Republicans want her to be the nominee since that’s the best shot for Republicans. How is that any different from McCain wanting Huckabee to stay in because that was his best shot at beating Romney? So if I was advising Obama, I’d tell him that by adopting, ‘A Vote for Hillary Is a Vote for McCain,’ as his slogan over the next couple of months, he could increase the chance of beating Hillary while constantly reminding disgruntled Republicans of the similarities between McCain and Hillary. We’ll see. I’m not running anybody’s campaign here, just thinking about this fundraising effort. She loaned herself $5 million. We all know that the Clinton Library and Massage Parlor is a virtual Fort Knox of donations and so forth, and, of course, there’s obviously a Hsu deficit, that would be Norman Hsu deficit in the Clinton campaign. He’s out there, this rookie is raising all this money; she’s borrowing $5 million from herself? Folks, if the Riadys won’t float her any money, if the Lippo Group won’t come forward, there’s obviously something seriously wrong inside that campaign. And how about the dishwashers and the janitors in Chinatown? What happened to all that money?

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