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RUSH: Joan in Ossining, New York, welcome to the EIB Network. Hello.

CALLER: Hi, Rush. Yesterday you mentioned about opponents such as Obama going against the Clinton machine.

RUSH: Yeah.

CALLER: And it occurred to me that the Chicago machine is also very formidable. I was always under the impression that they were the ones responsible for getting JFK into the White House.

RUSH: Yeah, that and West Virginia. Don’t forget the West Virginia machine when it comes to JFK. Nobody talks about that because of the Daley machine in Chicago, but West Virginia waited ’til the last minute, too. They had a little bit of a surprise for people where JFK was concerned. But you are right. The Daley machine in Chicago… you know, Obama’s not this innocent little wallflower that’s floated into politics here and is being assaulted by the Democrat establishment. He’s got his own machine, and he’s played some dirty pool to get where he is. He’s destroyed some people to get where he’s gotten, right?

CALLER: Yes. I think it was Ryan, the congressman, who pretty much had that Senate seat before some kind of —

RUSH: It wasn’t just Ryan.

CALLER: — dirty stuff was pulled on him.

RUSH: There was some woman, I’m drawing a mental block. When he ran for the state senate, there was some woman he ran all over to get her seat. I forget the details of it — and, of course, nobody said, ‘How on earth would he do what he did to this poor woman?’ Nobody said that. Well, somebody might have said it, but it didn’t have any impact. Yeah, it was this Ryan guy, whose divorce files were secret.

CALLER: Right.

RUSH: There were some sort of rumors and stories about, you know, crazy, wild sex life, kids involved, this sort of thing, and Ryan tried to keep the file secret and the judge made him release it, and that launched Obama.

CALLER: Mmm-hmm.

RUSH: It was a scandal, not ‘brilliant ideas,’ not ‘great policy.’ He’s got his own land deal scandal, too, that ABC News is finally going to start looking into. So he’s not one of these clean and pure as the wind-driven snow newcomers that doesn’t have any baggage — and, you know, Clinton, Inc., will find it, at the right time. Are you still there?

CALLER: Yes. (chuckles)

RUSH: Yeah. Your theory is that the Chicago machine will have some surprises for Clinton, Inc.?


RUSH: Yeah. Well, it’s going to be fun. (laughs)

CALLER: (laughing)

RUSH: I’m sure the Clinton machine thinks that they own the Chicago machine.


RUSH: The woman’s name in Illinois that Obama dispatched was Alice Palmer, and when he defeated Alice Palmer in the state senate in Illinois, it won Obama instant attention and alliance with the longtime president of the Senate, Emil Jones. So he’s got a lot of experience taking out female senators — and it was brutal. As I say, he’s not this wallflower that’s waltzing in here. Nobody that gets elected to the United States Senate is an outsider, and they’re not these clean-and-pure-as-the-wind-driven-snow people that are uncorrupted by any of this. This is big business. Like any other business, you ride to the top in a certain way. It is rare that the milkman would be elected to the United States Senate or that the local mechanic would be elected your congressman. It can happen in the House of Representatives a little bit easier than it can, for example, in the Senate, but Obama’s not some waif walking in with pure innocence here ready to clean up the so-called mess.


RUSH: Now, this is going to come as quite a shock to many of you, particularly those of you on the Democrat side, and particularly many of you independents who have an impression of Barack Obama that is false. That impression is largely that he is clean and pure as the wind-driven snow. He’s new. He’s an outsider. He’s lofty, messianic, untainted by scandal; not into any of this for himself. He cares nothing about power. He wants only what’s good for America — and, of course, he intends to end the tyranny of oil. But how did Obama come on scene, ladies and gentlemen? (interruption) No, hope had nothing to do with it. No. It wasn’t ‘hope,’ and it wasn’t ‘change.’ It wasn’t anything as ethereal as that. It was good old-fashioned, brass knuckle politics. ‘Obama had returned to Chicago…’ and this, by the way, Kyle-Anne Shiver in the AmericanThinker.com. ‘Obama had returned to Chicago and practiced civil rights law for 3 years, when he spied an opportunity to run for the state senate. A longtime, widely revered matron of the civil rights movement named Alice Palmer had held the seat for a number of years, but she announced that she wanted to run for Congress. So, Obama seized the opportunity and proclaimed his intention to run for Alice’s open seat.’

So far, so fine. ‘Well, Alice lost the congressional race and decided that she wanted to hang onto that hard-won state senate seat. Most of the community leaders tried to persuade Obama to withdraw and wait his turn; he was a newcomer after all,’ and she was a matron and an icon of the civil rights movement; widely revered. ‘Instead Obama performed his first real act of political jujitsu. He sent his aides to the courthouse to carefully examine all of Alice Palmer’s signatures to see if enough could be disallowed to knock her off the ballot altogether. And indeed, some of Alice’s signatures were fake. The aides also found enough other fake signatures on opponents’ ballot initiatives to knock them off the ballot as well. By the time Barack Obama walked handily into his state senate seat, everyone there knew him as ‘the man who knocked off Alice Palmer.’ Quite a feat indeed for the newcomer, the young whippersnapper with the odd name,’ who practices hope. Now… (interruption) Well, it wasn’t… (interruption) I don’t think it’s disenfranchisement. Why do you think it’s disenfranchisement? Because it’s black voters now they whose signatures were invalidated? The point is… (interruption) Here’s the point of the matter. You might be out there saying, ‘Rush, the woman had a bunch of fake signatures! She shouldn’t have been qualified.’ Ah, yes, but this is the Democrat Party. Fake this and fake that is common. You had here a young upstart who wanted to get rid of an icon, wanted to get rid of a civil rights icon. He dispatched a bunch of goons to dig up whatever they could find to disqualify her.

My only point here is, this is a guy well steeped in politics as usual. He is not some angelic figure that has come floating from the heavens on two wings, with ‘hope’ and revival and renewal and repair and all of that. Now, another thing that you might want to consider about this, we’re talking Chicago, talking Illinois. As we all know, the dead can vote there a number of times, and have been known to do so. So, this is Illinois. This is Chicago. Who are we outsiders to question signatures? Somebody alive had to sign those documents. One thing: The dead people can vote, but they can’t sign. This we know. So the bottom line is, here goes Obama, and he got where he is through good old-fashioned dirty politics, as usual, and this is probably going to stun a number of people. Speaking of civil rights, have you heard what happened to Kelly Tilghman? (interruption) What? I don’t know where the American… (interruption) No, this story is widely known. A lot of people have written about this. That’s the point. The story is widely known. It’s just not talked about because it doesn’t fit the image that Obama is putting forth. Remember, who started these puff pieces of Obama and the image that he’s got? Your memories aren’t this short. Let’s go back to last spring. Remember all these Washington Post, New York Times puff pieces on Obama? We’re all scratching our heads, ‘What is this? What, are they trying to sabotage Mrs. Clinton? What is this? Obama?’

No, no, no, no. This has been a well-crafted image. The story of Alice Palmer has been out there all over this place. It doesn’t fit the narrative of the Drive-By Media. I mean, how could they report this after the image they created of the guy? Remember, the Drive-Bys are as important for what they don’t report as they are for what they do.

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