RUSH: Now, you heard that Governor Spitzer gave up on the illegal driver’s license thing for illegal immigrants yesterday. Did you also know that he dropped his Internet tax idea that we talked about yesterday on this program? Marcia Kramer at CBS 2 HD in New York reported that the governor reversed course on two major issues in one day, immigrant driver’s licenses and the Internet sales tax. Snerdley, you may not have heard me talking about this because you were screening calls, but he was going to up the sales tax on Internet purchases starting in December for the Christmas season. (laughing) So two up and two down, ladies and gentlemen, thanks to us here at the EIB Network.
RUSH: To Sarasota, Florida, this is Paul. I’m glad you waited, and welcome.
CALLER: Hey, Rush, mega dittos. Thanks for everything you’re doing out there.
RUSH: Thank you.
CALLER: First of all, I gotta say, waiting on hold for you was absolutely awesome, because you get to listen to all the parodies and it really puts you in a good mood.
RUSH: Yeah, gotta play more of these more often, especially some of the most recent ones, they’re a hoot. I’m glad you reminded me of that.
CALLER: Oh, yeah, they’re great. My question, and your call screener said that you probably answered this yesterday. Unfortunately, I clean pools for a living so I’m in and out of the truck all day. My question was, do you think Spitzer’s reversal on this driver’s license issue was the result of the Clinton machine —
CALLER: — and, if it was, do you think they did that on purpose to make it a, quote, unquote, nonissue for Hillary so it would kind of go away?
RUSH: Yes. Yes, yes, yes. The line that I used yesterday was, I asked anybody if they had seen Governor Spitzer on a rowboat in Lake Placid with Don Vito Clintonleone. Because, look, there’s a pattern here. Remember the problem that got Senator Bob Torricelli in trouble in New Jersey?
RUSH: His corruption problem, he was plummeting in the polls and he had a meeting with Don Vito Clintonleone and he resigned and he started crying and he thanked Bill Clinton for all that he had done for him. Why thank Bill Clinton? And then Andrew Cuomo was running for something, maybe mayor of New York, I forget which, and Don Clintonleone asked him to step aside — or else. But it’s not just me. Fred Dicker, who is a reporter for the New York Post in Albany, he’s their head honcho, their bureau chief up there, was on Hardball yesterday afternoon, and Chris Matthews said, ‘Do you know if Hillary Clinton had anything to do with Spitzer’s decision to do his 180?’ Fred Dicker said, ‘Yeah, we believe she did. We were told, I was told at a very high level in New York politics that Mrs. Clinton’s campaign, or some of her top people, signaled Governor Spitzer’s people that he had damaged her. They were wondering what the heck he was up to, why did he bring it to the floor now, made it clear the governor was hurting her and he ought to back down if he wanted to help her, which he says he wants to do.’
Question from Matthews: ‘Is anybody in his office saying that or are you getting that from a third party? Is anybody in Spitzer’s office saying the governor got the word from Hillary to cut it?’ Dicker: ‘In his camp, but not his office, but at the highest levels.’ ‘Well, how does it work?,’ Matthews said. ‘Did she send word through New York politicians that it was hurting her?’ ‘Well, first of all Spitzer is a smart guy,’ Dicker said. ‘He’s aware of what happened. Secondly, they travel in high circles, high-level consultants talk with one another, governor’s political consultants and advisors were advised as to the damage that was done here and that’s how it was relayed.’ Now, you understand here, Paul, what Fred Dicker just said. It was Mrs. Clinton who botched the answers. She gets mad at Spitzer for hurting her.
RUSH: Again, the chickification of the world and of the country, because the bottom line here is, yeah, Spitzer, he was doing what he wanted to do for New York. Mrs. Clinton had gotten away without being asked about it. If she was really that concerned, she should have told him, ‘Get that outta there now, I’m going to be asked about this, and I don’t want to be asked about it.’ So she gets asked about it, is unprepared, doesn’t have an answer, flip-flops, and then puts pressure on Spitzer to pull it because he’s hurting her. Look, folks, this goes on in politics, don’t misunderstand, I’m just saying that this is the kind of use of raw power, and she’s not some demure little girl here that’s being beaten up on by the guys. Here she is beating up a guy. ‘Hey, Eliot, you pull that, you pull that from your agenda. I don’t care if it’s going to help you, I don’t care if it’s going to hurt you, because it ain’t about you, Eliot, it’s about me, so you pull that.’ Now, we’re supposed to sit here and not be critical because Mrs. Clinton is a girl. Thanks for the call, Paul.
Kay in Spencer, Iowa, you’re next on the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. I’ve been listening to you talk about Mrs. Clinton and her position on driver’s licenses for illegals.
CALLER: The thing that I really had enjoyed is watching, you know, Barack Obama pile on her, but my question for you is, what is his position on driver’s licenses for illegals? I really think that this goes to the core of what you’ve been talking about with the girl thing and we need to ask these candidates this, you know, they need to be put on the fire —
RUSH: They didn’t have to be asked because in the October 30th debate in Philadelphia, when Hillary fumbled and mumbled her way through this, they all came out and said it was a stupid idea to give driver’s licenses to illegals. I know that Chris Dodd did. I know that Edwards did. In fact, did you hear the statement that an Obama spokesman released yesterday? Wow, this is fabulous: ‘When it takes two weeks and six different positions to answer one question on immigration, it’s easier to understand why the Clinton campaign would rather plant their questions than answer them.’ That’s a hard-hitting statement. I wonder if Marianne Means or other feminist women are going to get on Obama’s case for being mean to Hillary.
CALLER: You make a lot of good points, too, you know. If she can’t stand up to the men asking her a few uncomfortable questions, then how is she ever going to stand up to some of these tyrannical rulers?
RUSH: That’s the thing. She can stand up to them. She’s just trying to get women, and she’s just relying on this poor, weak, set-upon victim. She’s plays the victim perfectly. She’s got a lot of feminist reporters coming along now helping her establish that image as a victim. You don’t doubt for a moment, do you, that she can stand up to these guys?
CALLER: Well, I really kind of do. I don’t know, I guess I don’t have a lot of confidence in the state of the world, and, you know, some of the enemies that we have in our world right now.
RUSH: Well, the way it appears, that she can’t stand up to them, it’s not because she’s afraid of them. I frankly think she doesn’t like them. I think it’s because she doesn’t want to have to get specific about anything, and that’s where this driver’s license thing really bummed her out because she had to take a specific position, and she’s now in great contradiction. These past two weeks she has said she is totally in favor of amnesty, the comprehensive immigration reform. Now she’s been forced to say, no way should illegal immigrants get driver’s licenses. In fact, she even said, to give you an idea of her arrogance, she said, ‘When I’m president, no illegal will get a driver’s license.’ Well, I’m sure, Mrs. Clinton, presidents don’t have purview over that. The states do.
CALLER: Wow. I don’t know, I’m just glad that Tim Russert actually took that leap and, you know, tried to nail her down on this, because, you know, she’s not the only one that needs to be nailed down about it.
RUSH: Exactly right. This is a bad issue for the Democrats, and more and more Drive-By Media members who advise Democrats, via their Drive-By columns. David Broder is just the latest today. No, this is a huge trouble for them, as is the issue of taxes. Now, your point about how she’ll stand up to these thugs around the world, it’s not that she won’t stand up to them. It’s who among them she will like and admire.