RUSH: I have to read some of this stuff from the blog that exposed CNN’s duplicity and phoniness and fraud in portraying six people as undecided, independent registered voters. That whole debate was totally in the tank. We know that Wolf Blitzer was warned by the Clinton campaign not to do a Russert, and that means don’t ask her any substantive questions. They didn’t follow up one time on the driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants. But this is Doug Ross @ Journal, which is his blog, ‘CNN hits bottom and digs: All six debate questioners appear to be Democratic Party operatives. So much for ‘ordinary people, undecided voters.’ To paraphrase Junior Soprano, CNN is so far up the DNC’s hind end, Howard Dean can taste hair gel. In a nutshell, CNN’s six ‘undecided voters’ were: a Democratic Party bigwig, an antiwar activist, a Union official, an Islamic leader, a Harry Reid staffer,’ who’s not even old enough to vote yet, and ‘a radical Chicano separatist,’ and it goes on, and on, and on, the story. Much too long to read to you here, but it’s got pictures and some of the graphics that CNN used to describe the undecided voters. A lot of them were students, of course, some of them, but they’re all operatives one way or the other.
All right, let’s go to the phones. Stacy in Temperance, Michigan. Never heard of it. Where’s Temperance, Michigan, Stacy?
CALLER: Temperance, Michigan is just about five miles — just a couple miles north of Toledo, Ohio, so we’re just over the border.
RUSH: Well, great. Okay, well, great to have you with us.
CALLER: Rush, listen, I’m a public high school teacher, and I just want you know I’ve been listening to your program since I graduated from high school in 1989.
RUSH: You’re a Rush baby!
CALLER: Well, I guess so, yeah, my dad turned me on to you and I spoke with you ten years ago and I am the teacher who uses your dad’s Fourth of July speech in my government class.
RUSH: Oh, wow, really?
CALLER: I use it every year when I’m teaching about the Declaration of Independence and my students love it.
RUSH: Well, thank you very much. I’m glad that lives on in that way.
CALLER: Yes, it does. Listen, I wanted to talk to you about the debate. I watched the whole thing the other night, and —
RUSH: My condolences.
CALLER: I wanted to be entertained, and I was. I really thought that the audience was very favorable towards Dennis Kucinich, and every time he spoke, when he had the opportunity, the audience loved what he said.
RUSH: Well, that’s true, but there are two reasons for this. Number one, an audience at a debate like this in the Democrat Party debate is going to be made up of the base, and the Democrat Party base right now is really fringe lunatic.
CALLER: That’s true.
RUSH: And so Kucinich is speaking their language. Now, here’s another thing, and this is more important reason. Kucinich was the only — well, maybe Biden a little bit — Kucinich was the only guy who was authentic. Kucinich, you had no doubt what he believed, did you?
CALLER: No, I didn’t. In fact, I thought that he was — like you said, he and Biden were the guys who really were who they are, and John Edwards, what a phony. That guy makes me cringe.
RUSH: Yeah. But Mrs. Clinton is inauthentic, too. And none of this matters. Mrs. Clinton is going to be the nominee, but I had a lot of people tell me they thought Kucinich was the most interesting to listen to, despite what he was saying, doesn’t matter. What I’ve always said, folks, passion, you can listen to people talk about something you would consider the most boring topic in the world. If two people are talking about it passionately, you will be drawn to it. It’s like a magnet. Kucinich was passionate because he was talking about what he believed in. He wasn’t trying to camouflage it, like Mrs. Clinton does. He wasn’t trying to shelter it from anybody. He wasn’t masking who he was, and he wasn’t trying not to offend. He was just open, and when you’re talking about things you really believe, and people ask, ‘Rush, do you still get butterflies when you make a speech?’ No, because I know what I’m going to say, and I’m very confident that I know what I’m going to say. I’m very confident what I’m going to say is right, and I like hearing myself speak, so no. I might get little butterflies hoping the performance aspect of it is okay, but passion and knowledge of subject and so forth is automatic in making people listen to you. That’s what Kucinich had, but it’s not going to translate to votes. We’re getting to the point where he’s not going to be in some of these debates. They’ll narrow ’em down after some the first series of Hawkeye Cauci and the New Hampshire primary.
RUSH: Bob in Jackson, Michigan. Welcome to the program.
CALLER: How you doing, Rush?
RUSH: Fine, sir. Thank you.
CALLER: Thank you. When I watched the first hour of the Democratic debate, I didn’t catch the second hour, I noticed that Bush-bashing didn’t go over very good. Democrats in front of Democrats, they just got sparse applause and didn’t — I’m one of those Democrats that is starting to realize, hey, this is real, do these guys really know what they’re doing, who does know what they’re doing, who do I really want to vote for? I noticed there wasn’t much reaction — good reaction towards Bush —
RUSH: Ah, look, I’m gonna tell you something. That debate was interesting for only one reason, and it didn’t happen so the debate turned into a disaster, and a bore, and a bomb. Four million people watched it, but you know why? Because they were waiting for the Hillary Clinton train wreck. Wolf Blitzer had been warned by the Clinton campaign that he should not do a Russert, which means ask tough questions, or just ask questions, period. And so the people were waiting for Mrs. Clinton to see if she could do her comeback, which she did. The whole thing was just a — CNN went in the tank for the Clintons. That’s why Dennis Kucinich was probably the most popular guy there, as we talked about earlier, because he’s the one that was most passionate, the most articulate, and the most authentic. Mrs. Clinton is not authentic at all because she’s trying to hide what she really intends to do, her agenda, and her plans. Whether they bash Bush or not, that’s going to keep up, at least through the foreseeable first quarter of next year.
I have a prediction that these Democrats that are running around now trying to secure defeat in Iraq, once they have their nominee — and it may happen by February 5th; there’s so many front-loaded primaries, it may happen by mid-February — once they have their nominee, don’t be surprised if the Democrat Party tries to turn into the biggest pro-American foreign policy country that you have seen under the banner of Hillary Clinton. Don’t be surprised. They might continue to run against Bush, but that’s primary period stuff. You’re going to see a marked change. I predict you will see a marked change in direction in a lot of issues once Mrs. Clinton has secured the nomination and is out trying to secure the votes of real people, not the lunatic-fringe kooks that populate this primary process or attend these debates. They’re all plants anyway. The six kids, people that asked questions in the second half, the hour that you didn’t see, they’re all Democrat Party operatives. One of them is an actual intern for Dingy Harry, she’s not even old enough to vote and she’s portrayed there as a registered independent undecided voter. She may be 18 by the time the election comes around.