RUSH: Mr. Snerdley asked me this morning if I was outraged over the comments that Senator McCain made about former Defense Secretary Rumsfeld. I said I was not outraged. He was amazed that I was not outraged. I explained to Mr. Snerdley, and I explain to all of you that I am beyond being outraged by Senator McCain. This is typical Senator McCain behavior. Here he is running for the Republican presidential nomination, and he rips Rumsfeld. What’s new about that? He has little to say about the Democrats. All he has said is that the resolution in the Senate is disingenuous. Besides that, other than that, he hasn’t had much to say about the Democrats, Jack Murtha or any of these other people who are plotting happily for our defeat in Iraq. There he is on the Republican presidential campaign trail willing and ready to criticize Rumsfeld, who’s not even there anymore. This is purely gratuitous, and it’s obviously a play for the moderates and the so-called leaners, the sacred undecideds or what have you.
I don’t know about you, but in a contest between Donald Rumsfeld and any Democrat other than Joe Lieberman, if you ask me, Rumsfeld was far more interested in victory and trying to secure it than anybody in the Democrat Party is today. Why in the world a Republican presidential candidate, at this stage, would go out and start trashing Rumsfeld is beyond me, other than it’s typical. It sounds like it’s a little bit personal. You know, it’s obvious that the target out there is these great undecideds and so forth. Hating Rumsfeld is like hating Big Oil. People don’t even know why they do. They’ve just heard, “Rumsfeld’s bad, Rumsfeld’s horrible” for so many years by the Drive-By Media. They just think Rumsfeld is the mistake; Rumsfeld is the bad guy; he’s equivalent to Big Oil or any other liberal troll or goon out there. I don’t know that it’s desperate or whatever, but it just reminded me of all the times that Senator McCain has sucked up to the Drive-Bys out there by attacking members of his own party, members of the administration. So I wasn’t surprised.
In fact, a couple audio sound bites here of Vice President Cheney. More with Jonathan Karl aboard the USS Kitty Hawk. The question: ?Because Congressman Murtha and Nancy Pelosi made it clear that what they would like to do is they would like to stop the surge. Can they do it, do they have the power to stop the surge, Mr. Vice President??
CHENEY: I think he’s dead wrong. I think in fact if we were to do what Speaker Pelosi and Congressman Murtha are suggesting, all we’ll do is validate the Al-Qaeda strategy. The Al-Qaeda strategy is to break the will of the American people. In fact, knowing they can’t win in a stand-up fight, try to persuade us to throw in the towel and come home, and then they win because we quit.
RUSH: Yeah, that’s exactly right. They win because we quit. And then the next question: ?You probably heard John McCain again come out and say that your friend Rumsfeld was perhaps the worst secretary of defense ever. What do you make of that??
CHENEY: I disagree with John. John said some nasty things about me the other day and then the next time he saw me he ran over to me and apologized. Maybe he’ll apologize to Rumsfeld.
RUSH: Now, what does that say? I don’t think the vice president is lying about this because if he were, McCain could go out there and say, (McCain impression) ?I didn’t apologize! I never apologized to anybody, you got that, sailor?? But he hasn’t said that. So he went out there and ripped Cheney the other day and then after ripping Cheney goes to Cheney and apologizes. (McCain impression) ?It?s the campaign, I gotta do these things, you understand, right? Huh, huh?? Enough said.