RUSH: I’ve got an idea for President Bush. The Democrats are out there saying that they’re doing the will of the people, ‘the will of the people’ in their Iraq pullout legislation. Yet it required $24 billion of pork in order to buy enough votes for the Democrats to pass it. What if Bush turned around and say, ‘Hey, I’ll tell you what. Dingy Harry and Nancy Pelosi, I will offer you this. I will sign $50 billion in pork if you’ll vote for victory.’ Up the ante.
RUSH: Here’s David in central Ohio. I appreciate your patience. Welcome, sir, to the EIB Network.
CALLER: Yes, Rush. I have a simple question. If President Bush had signed this spending bill, how long would it have taken for the goods such as armor or whatever taken to get to the troops before they had to leave six months from now?
RUSH: Uhhhh. Oh, I see what you’re saying. There was a shell game anyway. Because —
RUSH: — the legislation says they gotta start coming out sooner than they would get the aid, if you will, offered by the increased funds?
CALLER: Yeah, that’s basically my question.
RUSH: Answer it yourself. Do a little research here. I mean, we’re talking Democrats. That should give you some clue. (Laughing.) This is a purely political bill! They knew it was going to be vetoed. They wanted it to be vetoed. They want to be able to say now that it’s Bush’s war. Pure and simple. I think putting the pork in it, in order to get the votes, was also added insurance that the president would strike it.
RUSH: Grosse Pointe, Michigan, this is Janet, and you’re next on the EIB Network. Hi.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. Left-handed, Arts and Croissants Crowd dittos.
RUSH: Well, thank you. What a sweet voice you have.
CALLER: Thank you. I wanted to tell you how brilliant you are, and the reason you’re brilliant is because you’re talking about how the Democrats have claimed defeat and how they always go back to their playbook — and what they’ve done by claiming defeat and voting for a pullout and supporting a pullout and saying it’s the ‘will of the people,’ is we’re revisiting the ’92 presidential election when Clinton said the people wanted a tax cut and he would deliver it.
RUSH: Middle class tax cut.
RUSH: Middle class, yeah.
CALLER: And George Bush kept saying —
RUSH: It wasn’t for you people in Grosse Pointe, I guarantee you.
CALLER: (Laughing.) George Bush, Sr., said, ‘I’ve looked at the numbers, and it can’t happen,’ and other reasonable people, thoughtful people, truthful people, said this can’t happen — and Clinton kept saying, ‘It will happen,’ and he was elected largely because of that, I believe. I love it when you do your imitation, ‘I worked as hard as I could for two weeks —
CALLER: ‘– and I can’t give anything.’ Well, they cannot pull out, and everyone knows it. Anyone who’s reasonable knows we cannot pull out, and this was just for them to claim — they’re claiming —
RUSH: Wait, wait. Pull out of what? I mean —
CALLER: Pull out of Iraq.
RUSH: Well, I was going to say, ‘They pull out of a lot of places —
RUSH: — but they won’t pull out of Iraq.’
CALLER: (Giggling.) Yes. No, you’re right. The Democrats cannot pull out. If they think they can, they are far more demented than you’ve ever even alleged! So this is just a leverage that Hillary and the other presidential candidates are using to get the base to —
CALLER: — support them.
RUSH: I’m telling you, they’re boxing themselves into this corner that is going to be really difficult for them to escape without causing riots in their own party. By the way, Clinton said he had worked harder than he ‘ever had.’ He didn’t say, ‘I worked hard.’ He said, ‘I worked harder than I ever have, and I just can’t find a way.’ He never intended to give anybody anything!