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RUSH: I have a funny little audio sound bite here as the liberals try to figure out why they love Bill Clinton. It happened last night on Hardball with Chris Matthews. Guests are Elisabeth Bumiller of the New York Times and Houston Chronicle’s Julie Mason. Matthews says, ‘Elisabeth, Bill Clinton says that Hillary did not follow him to Arkansas because he looked like a political winner. He had nothing to do with her calculation.’ This is where he said — in fact, grab number nine, because then he’s talking about me here when he says ‘somebody.’ Grab number nine even though we’ll go to number ten. This is what Clinton said that they’re reacting to.

CLINTON: When she came down here and we got married, I was a defeated candidate for Congress with a $26,000 salary and a $42,000 campaign debt. Now, if she were half as calculating as somebody says, that’s a really great way to run for presidency, isn’t it? I’ll go to a state I’ve barely seen and marry some failed politician with a $26,000 salary and $42,000 debt.

RUSH: Had he been a failed politician yet when they moved to Arkansas? That’s not a big deal, but he’s talking about me there. Matthews asks his guests here, ‘Bill Clinton says Hillary didn’t follow him to Arkansas because he looked like a political winner. It had nothing to do with her calculation. Why does he say things like that?’ Chris, the answer is because he’s got me on the brain, because I’m out there saying this whole relationship is a calculation on her part to take over when he gets where he’s going, and she’s admitted it, and you are in the media and you don’t even know it. The only reason he brought this up is because he’s getting bugged that I keep saying it. Of course these clowns don’t know that, so now they gotta get a little discussion about why they love Bill Clinton.

BUMILLER: What do you expect him to say?

MATTHEWS: Nothing. If you can’t tell the truth, shut up. How is that for a concept? Why does he keep saying stuff that’s so transparently ridiculous? Of course she loves the guy. Nobody’s questioning that. But she thought he was a winner. She told everybody he’s a winner.

BUMILLER: He’s also a charming person. He’s a charming man.

MATTHEWS: But that’s not the point.

BUMILLER: She talks about how he looked like a Viking when she first met him.

MATTHEWS: Why does she say that she thought he was this loser making, as if 45 wasn’t a good salary back then? It’s always a good salary. Why is he out there Julie, help me here. You’re laughing. Why does Bill Clinton keep saying the incredible: ‘I did not have sexual relations with that woman.’ ‘I was against the war in Iraq from the beginning.’ Why does he keep laying on this malarkey? This Southern bull.

MASON: Because he keeps getting away with it.

RUSH: Because he’s getting away with it. Amen, bro, western Massachusetts, Pam, nice to have you on the EIB Network. Hello.

CALLER: Lonely Republican greetings from Kennedy-Kerry country.

RUSH: Yeah, I can imagine. Thank you.

CALLER: While we’re on the subject of Massachusetts, I just want to say that Romney is everything that he appears to be. He took our state, which was in debt with our Democratic Congress and he put it into the black in three years, not in four years, but in three years. He did it by eliminating bureaucracy, by combining administrations, and he reduced the size of our state government. He reduced our taxes. He did everything he said he would do, and he brought some of the representation, the taxation closer to the town —

RUSH: Whoa, whoa, I don’t mean to interrupt here, but I thought you were going to talk about Obama.

CALLER: Oh, I have something to say about that, too, but I just wanted to say that Romney is everything that he appears to be. He’s wonderful. But Obama —

RUSH: (kissing sound)

CALLER: Yeah. I’ll tell you. Obama’s appeal, unfortunately, to the masses is that he says absolutely nothing, and that’s what the masses understand. His campaign, his domestic policy is, ‘together we can,’ and his foreign policy is, ‘we are better.’ He has said absolutely nothing. It’s sort of like you fill in the blanks with whatever it is you want to hear, and that’s his policy.

RUSH: Well, they are saying some specific things on health care, but even that’s somewhere vague. You’re right. I agree with you about this. Obama is running almost a messianic campaign. He is the messiah. He has been brought forth in the midst of the partisan rancor, and with the power of his appealing, charismatic personality, he is going to heal the wounds of a broken nation. With what? Nobody cares, because The Oprah doesn’t care. It just matters that he’s charismatic. So empty suits, they’re all empty suits.

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