RUSH: I was talking to Mr. Snerdley — the official call screener, Bo Snerdley — during the break here at the top of the hour, and I said, ‘Mr. Snerdley, I’m curious. Yesterday you had one wacko liberal after another on the phone, and today there are none. Are you just screening ’em out?’
He said, ‘No. I’m not hearing from them.’
I got to thinking about that. I said, ‘Well, there’s probably a very good reason for this.’
I’m sure that many of the anti-war libs and the Democrats today are walking around with heads hung low. Many of them probably called in sick, those that work. After last night’s debate, you would have to expect the anti-war libs to be truly dejected. Let me describe for you what has happened to them. Make this about you. You have a date to the prom with the woman of your dreams. You love this woman, and this woman has accepted your invitation and pretty much said that she wants to do whatever is necessary to make you happy. So you go to the prom and you’re all excited and can’t wait for what’s to follow the prom because she made the reservation at the hotel. So you go through the prom and you go to the various things that happen at the prom, and you’re building with uncontrollable, near-orgasmic excitement as this relationship blossoms and evolves — and the prom comes to an end and it’s time to go to hotel, where she made the reservation, and when you get there, you find out she has canceled the reservation, and you look around, you’re at the front desk, you look around, and you see her walk in with your worst enemy. George W. Bush and Hillary Clinton are heading up to another room that she made reservations for, dumping you!
This is how they feel. Now, why did I say Hillary and George Bush? Because of my suggested list of possibilities for why all these Democrats make me look like a genius last night: They said that they’re not going to pull any troops out there before 2013. Remember the little ditty that we had earlier this week about Bush advising Democrats to be careful? Through back channels, behind your back. George W. Bush — Satan personified in your world, George W. Bush — is in back-channel talks with not just Hillary, but all the other Democrat presidential candidates, and saying (paraphrased), ‘Look, I understand you gotta be political here, but one of you may end up sitting where I’m sitting and you’re going to have a whole different worldview, and I’m just asking you — I’m just advising you — do not lock yourself into positions in this campaign that you’re not going to be able to maintain once you sit where I’m sitting,’ and don’t think that the rejected libs out there don’t remember that. Now their world has fallen in on them. Mrs. Clinton has effectively told them that they are pond scum and that she was leading them on from the get-go; that she never intended to get into that hotel room with them after the prom. She was already huddling with George W. Bush.
Do you anti-war leftists understand what happened here last night? George W. Bush is now in charge of the Democrat presidential candidates’ Iraq war strategy, and the worst thing about this is that Bill Clinton doesn’t care that any of this is happening because it opens up his world even more. He’s been seen with his own dates, who are not canceling the reservation. So I understand that you are just dejected: heads hung low; knuckles may be scraping the sidewalk as you go to the Starbucks today, and I want to help, because I have known this day was coming, and I have tried to warn you. I’ve only been trying to help you libs, and what do I get for it? Some of you called me yesterday, called me a liar. You insult me. I’m used to it. I can handle it. It’s a badge of honor when you do, but you’re human beings and you’re Americans, and I want to help you. If those of you who no doubt feel the way I have described today — and I know you do. The sellout that you got last night is major. This is likely to be among the most hurtful, harmful heartbreaks of your life — including your first puppy love that told you to take a hike. It’s not enough just to ‘put some ice on’ this, which is the usual Democrat operative’s advice to abused people: ‘Just put some ice on that. It’s swelling up.’ You have been abused. You’ve been used. You’ve been robbed. You gave these people your money, your hard-earned money, and how did it end up?
George W. Bush is advising your candidates on their Iraq war policy. I’m here to help. If any of you libs want to call here and discuss this, I can get you through this. I’m a great counselor. I know you all love therapy, and I can do it. I would love to help out. We’re all in this together. I’ve not been hurt like you have been hurt and I’ve not been abused like you have been abused, and I’ve not been rejected like you have been rejected — and it happened in one night! You got an inkling of it on Sunday with Mrs. Clinton, but you refused to believe it, because you had these high hopes and high expectations. You thought, ‘Maybe Mrs. Clinton is just navigating through a little minefield here,’ but last night Mrs. Clinton not only confirmed what she said on Sunday, all the other top-tier Democrats did as well. The only Democrats that said they wouldn’t keep troops there are schlubs that don’t have a prayer of lasting after the first primary (and some will get out even before that). So… (sigh) I hate seeing people in pain, but what you must understand, you Democrats and you liberals, is that your feelings are yours, and you need not grant anyone else the power to destroy your feelings or hurt your feelings. And that’s what you’ve done here, by investing so much in these Democrats who I told you all along were lying to you and misrepresenting what they said, just to keep you from protesting at their rallies and just to keep you giving them money. I make this offer in total compassion, sincerity, and seriousness. If any of you libs are dejected and want to seriously talk about this and try to take the next step towards recovery, I, Rush Limbaugh, am here to help.
RUSH: So typical, it’s so typical. So I get this note from my North Carolina mistress. Even mistresses try to take over, and control you, and tell you what you’re doing wrong, and so forth. She said, ‘You’re giving the libs way too much credit here on this. They don’t care about these flip-flops the Democrats are making. They know that these Democrats are such whores that they’re going to end up in their room eventually when they need to get there.’ (laughing) Let’s see if we can bear that out.
Bill in Westfield, New Jersey. Welcome to the EIB Network. Sir, hello.
CALLER: Hey, Rush. Good afternoon.
RUSH: Afternoon, sir.
CALLER: Yeah. I just am not buying it. I think you’re trying to muddy the waters by putting everybody in the same tent, and thereby eliminating the referendum of the voters in ’06 in saying we want outta here.
RUSH: One of the things I always counsel people, Bill, is to deal in the moment and to deal with reality. It’s time to throw the ’06 election results out because whatever they meant has not mattered. If indeed the election results in ’06 were to get us out of Iraq, has it transpired? The reality, Bill, is that every Democrat candidate that has a legitimate chance of winning the White House just confirmed last night that they will not pull troops out of Iraq before 2013; they will not commit to doing that. That’s the reality you have to deal with. I’m not muddying any waters. I’m clarifying them.
CALLER: I would have to go back and look at what everyone said. It would be responsible, however, if they said, we’re not going to make promises this early.
RUSH: You can’t do the what-ifs. You want to listen to what they said?
RUSH: Mike, grab sound bites one, two, and three. Let me grab my page one, two, and three, my sound bite roster so I can follow along. You and I, Bill, will listen to this. Don’t forget Mrs. Clinton said on Sunday in a much larger answer that she wouldn’t pull out because she doesn’t know what she’s going to find there, there’s no way she can commit to this. Now, here’s Obama. Question from Russert. ‘Will you pledge by January 2013, the end of your first term, more than five years from now, there will be no US troops in Iraq?’
OBAMA: I think it’s hard to project four years from now. And I think it would be irresponsible. We don’t know what contingency will be out there.
RUSH: Okay, how do you interpret that, Bill?
CALLER: Well, I call that noncommittal with a capital N. I think that he doesn’t want to alienate any potential voters who might be on the fence right now. That’s just smart politics.
RUSH: I think the North Carolina mistress is right. You are not hearing what is being said. We’ve had Obama promising to get out. We’ve had these people promising to get the troops out, and then, all of a sudden last night, they’re noncommittal.
CALLER: Well, you’re avoiding what I see as the ‘blow-back,’ if you want to use a word for it, for the elections coming up, is the people are war-weary — that’s a fact. If you look at any of the polls —
RUSH: See, but Bill —
CALLER: People want us out.
RUSH: That’s the point, people want us out, but they’re not going to say they’re going to come out. They’re saying just the opposite of what they have been saying. This is the point. They had a chance last night to mirror the American people, as you point out in the polls. What did they do? They sound like George W. Bush. They sound like Republicans on the war. Here’s Hillary. ‘Senator Clinton, you have said that you will not pledge to have all troops out by the end of your first term, 2013, why not?’
HILLARY: It is very difficult to know what we’re going to be inheriting. You know, we do not know, walking into the White House in January 2009 what we’re going to find.
RUSH: Bill, I want you to listen to her from this past Sunday on Stephanopoulos show. It’s a little longer answer. It’s basically the same question.
HILLARY: You know, I’m not going to get into hypotheticals and make pledges, because I don’t know what I’m going to inherit, George. I don’t know, and neither do any of us know, what will be the situation in the region; how much more aggressive will Iran have become; what will be happening in the Middle East; how much more of an influence will the chaos in Iraq have been in terms of what’s going on in the greater region. Will we have pushed Al-Qaeda in Iraq out of their strongholds with our new partnership with some of the tribal sheiks, or will they have regrouped and retrenched?
RUSH: Now, when you listen to this, especially that bite, you could be listening to George W. Bush. The point is they are changing their position.
CALLER: Well, ‘regroup and retrench’ for me does confirm the existence of a quagmire over there.
RUSH: Let’s listen to Senator Edwards. The question from Tim Russert: ‘Senator Edwards, will you commit that at the end of your first term in 2013, all US troops will be out of Iraq?’
EDWARDS: I cannot make that commitment.
RUSH: Cannot make that commitment.
CALLER: Well, let’s say it’s smart politics, but I think for you to put everyone under the same tent is, you know, grab my enemy by the belt and there’s no difference between the Republicans and the Democrats then is what you’re saying?
RUSH: No. It’s not what I’m saying. What I’m trying to say is you have been abused; you’ve been sold out; you’ve been used. These people have just kicked you out. If you want to get out of Iraq, they ain’t going to do it. Not when they’re in the White House. I’m going to tell you why, Bill. They are not going to saddle themselves with defeat. I think, Bill, you need more professional help than I can provide because you are suffering from Battered Liberal Syndrome. You are in denial right now, and this is a risky, risky place. You want Mrs. Clinton back; you want these people back even though they continually beat you up. They treat you like dirt, and you don’t see it, time after time. Listen to you. You are equivocating, ‘Why, it sounds like it’s a quagmire, exactly like they’ve been saying.’ It’s a serious problem, and you’re not in the moment; you’re not dealing with reality; you are in denial. I could probably help you if I had more time, but I simply don’t. I’m glad you called, and I wish you all the best. But get started on this. Do not wait. It’s oftentimes the victims of this kind of abuse who are the last to know, and I’m trying to help you here get started. You need to do this quickly. The country is depending on you and others like you, to deal with this head on, in a manner of speaking.
John in Trenton, New Jersey, welcome to the EIB Network, sir, hello.
CALLER: Hi, Rush.
CALLER: Rush, you nailed it. Let me begin by saying, Rush, I don’t know, I guess it works for you and Sean, this black-white, liberal versus conservative, but I just want to tell you, a whole bunch of us are out there that are in the gray zone. For example, I’m far worse on Hillary Clinton than you. I think she’s evil. I think she’s truly an evil person. I didn’t vote for Kerry. I don’t like Bush. I couldn’t stand Algore. And I’m very anti-war. Rush Limbaugh would not have gone into Iraq. Bob Novak would not. George Will would not. Pat Buchanan would not. There’s a litany. Buckley would not. And, you know, Buckley has said we lost. That having been said as an intro, I am disgusted with Obama. I gave him $200. I want it back. 2013!? She didn’t even say that, Hillary didn’t even say that. 2013? What’s he smoking? Is he back in the Harvard days? It’s beyond me. I’m so distraught here that I might have to go with Ron Paul or throw my vote away on, what’s his name from Mexico, Richardson.
RUSH: Bill Richardson.
RUSH: Yeah, I’m just assessing. I’m diagnosing here the circumstance. You sound like you’ve been battered around by these people, too.
CALLER: Then I’ll see it.
RUSH: You have a greater awareness of having been battered than the previous caller. Two battered liberals in a row. He just got through talking about all these libs that he feels sold out by, and is still considering one, Bill Richardson. I’ll tell you, all you libs, you cannot solve a problem, and you definitely have one, you cannot solve one without doing two things first: A, focusing on yourself, and B, admitting you have the problem. If you’re going to stay in denial about how you are being used, abused, and railroaded by your candidates, you are going to continue to be misled. You’re going to end up broke because you’re going to keep sending them money; you’re going to end up abused; and you’re going to end up so bitter that life will not be worth living to you anymore, unless you get a handle on this.
You keep this up, and you are going to destroy every element of humanity in you, or you’re going to allow them to, because your life — already spent in rage — is never going to get a break from that, and you’re going to never, ever, trust anybody. Until you people can come to grips with the fact that you have invested erroneously, and incorrectly, and wrongly in a bunch of people who don’t care a whit about you other than your vote and your money, you are going to be headed for a life of fear, distrust, even on top of what you already feel in those regards on a daily basis. I’m just trying to help you. I know you probably will not listen, but I offer this in sincerity.