RUSH: The chaos continues in the Democrat Party. New York Times, ‘Racial issues bubble up again for the Democrats.’ By the way, I was very prescient on this. Way back in the summer of 2002, somewhere around there, there was a story in the Atlanta Urinal-Constipation newspaper and it told of the friction between black and Latino factions in the Democrat Party because Latinos, it was being reported, were becoming the largest minority in the Democrat Party. Black politicians and special interest groups didn’t take kindly to splitting power, splitting pork, and the focus that they once dominated in the Democrat Party. And I said, ‘This is gonna lead to tensions that you and I will witness down the road. Hispanics and blacks in the Democrat Party going at each other for the title and the right and the honor to be the largest minority in the Democrat Party.’ At the time, ladies and gentlemen, I said that it would pose problems for liberals and that the Democratic Party had to get its identity politics and race-based act together or this would be a large problem for them.
It is coming to pass now. This is another example of being on the cutting edge of societal evolution. We’ve seen the Clintons pull the race card in South Carolina before the primaries took place in California, then Texas, large Latino populations. There are polls in stories today that say race matters to me and my vote. Ohio was won by Hillary. It was attributed to white blue-collar voters and the Limbaugh Effect. Now race is an issue, been re-injected before voting in Pennsylvania, and guess who are the targets? White blue-collar voters in Philadelphia, and people like Al Sharpton and the Drive-Bys are not happy about it. That story is coming up here in the Stack of Stuff. Race is tearing this party apart. The Uncivil War in the Democrat Party, this is the chaos, our master plan, folks, unfolding exactly as we saw it, brilliantly conceived, flawlessly executed, Rush the Vote, Operation Chaos.
New York Times: ”Racial Issues Bubble Up Again for Democrats.’ In addition to Ms. Ferraro’s remark, Mr. Sharpton cited Mrs. Clinton’s decision not to fire her top ally in Pennsylvania, Gov. Edward G. Rendell, for saying in February that some white voters there were ‘probably not ready to vote for an African-American candidate.’ ‘When you hear the lack of total denunciation of Ferraro, when you hear Rendell saying there are whites who will never vote for a black, one has to wonder if the Clinton campaign has a Pennsylvania strategy to appeal to voters on race,’ Mr. Sharpton said in an interview. ‘I would hope Mrs. Clinton would make it clear that she is not doing that.” I guarantee you, Reverend Sharpton, she will tell you whatever you want to hear, and then keep focusing on race. Why should they stop now? You gotta look at it this way, Al. They see it as working. And then, of course, from ThePolitico.com today, ‘Ferraro Cries Reverse Racism,’ and Jake Tapper is referenced here in this story. ‘In a city with a history of racial tensions between working-class whites,’ i.e., blue-collar union types, ‘and African-Americans, I can hardly think of a better wedge issue for the Clinton campaign to use than this one — this notion that Obama has benefited from some sort of political affirmative action.’ That’s Jake Tapper of ABC News. He wrote this recently, he’s talking about Philadelphia, and the Clintons are out there, affirmative action, that’s what Ferraro’s job was, she got it done, now he’s the affirmative action candidate. That’s the theme going into Pennsylvania, specifically Philadelphia, which is where Fast Eddie is from. He was mayor there, I think. Now he’s governor.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, Dick Polman, columnist: ”Archie Bunker at the Kitchen Sink.’ Now consider Ferraro’s remark. By attributing Obama’s strong position to the color of his skin, she is denigrating his rare political gifts — all of which have actually enabled him to transcend the de facto color barrier that, until now, has prevented black candidates from ascending to the top tier. Or look at it this way: If Obama is indeed well positioned in this campaign primarily because he is black, why is it that no black has ever achieved this position before? It’s tragic,’ writes Dick Polman. I love this. These people are imploding all around. ‘It’s tragic for the Democratic party that one of its pioneer feminists would sound like Archie Bunker in his easy chair on All in the Family, grousing about affirmative action, about how blacks are getting a leg up solely because of their race. Because this is the message of reverse racism, widely embraced by whites who believe that they’re getting a raw deal in an unfair modern world. (Witness Ferraro’s anger at being criticized for her Obama remark; her latest retort is, ‘I really think they’re attacking me because I’m white.’)’ Gosh, folks. Do you understand how wonderful this all is?
This bunch of liberals, George Neumayr said it perfectly yesterday in the American Spectator, they are being devoured by their own policies. They gave us the concept of affirmative action, and now, the Clintons, the rest of the party hierarchy, bigwigs sitting around in their private rooms, and they can’t believe, ‘What the hell, we got a rookie black guy, and we can’t say anything,’ and they’re cursing up a storm and they’re devising stratagems and strategeries to get rid of this guy. If they were true to their word, if these liberals really meant all of this, Hillary would have got out of the way, Edwards would have never got in, and they would all be unified behind Obama, and they’d be carrying him around on a throne to see to it that he was elected president, because that was their promise to so many in their party and so many of their voters, particularly black voters, ‘We’re going to emancipate you. We’re going to save you. We’re going to get you from out under the thumb of those racist Republican white bigots. We’re going to make sure you get a fair shake. We’re going to make sure you don’t get pulled over at three in the afternoon because you’re driving a car that looks like you can’t afford.’
All the promises, nothing changes, nothing changes. Bill Clinton has morphed into Bull Clinton. We named him after Bull Connor. Now they want a Jim Crow election. Only the blacks should go for Obama, only the women should go for Hillary. This party is demonstrating exactly who they are and what they’re all about. They are just being devoured by their own policies. I can’t tell you, to see Geraldine Ferraro be so offended. It’s tragic. It’s tragic. Here, we have some Ferraro sound bites. Why, what timing. These things just don’t happen by accident, folks. This is the result of broadcast excellence, highly trained broadcast specialties that I have learned. Last night, Hannity & Colmes, Fox News Channel, Alan Colmes says in reaction to Hillary Clinton’s comment, ‘I don’t agree with it, it’s regrettable that one of our supporters said this.’
FERRARO: That’s fine. You know, I have to tell you, she had to respond. They were linking her to me. I was exercising my First Amendment right. I had nothing to do with the campaign. And the fact that I was on her campaign committee, I think that David Axelrod saw this as, this is an opportunity. They made this a divisive issue, not me.
RUSH: (laughing) I love this. Geraldine, if you’d been a Republican for the last 20 years, you would have known not to say what you said. We’ve been dealing with this kind of stuff, false accusations, political correctness, us being made the issue. Welcome to the club, Geraldine, you ought to switch parties. Yeah, there she is on Fox right now. This is the worst thing they did was throw her under the bus because now she’s not going to shut up. In fact, I don’t even believe she was supposed to shut up. I think this whole thing is part of the Clinton master strategy. She’s supposed to stay out there and keep talking, now that she’s no longer part of the campaign, nobody can tell her to shut up, Hillary’s already denounced her. Here’s more. Hannity asked her, ‘Why do you think we see this divide: 90% of black voters for Barack, 78% of women for Hillary.’
FERRARO: You tell me why. I’m not going to say another word about this.
HANNITY: I’m asking the question.
FERRARO: I’ve been 40 years fighting discrimination, and all of a sudden being considered racist. Is it because he’s better on issues than Hillary was, who was married to the first black president? I don’t think so. I’m going to tell you what, it hurts, it really hurts. I’m sorry that people think I’m racist because I’m just not.
RUSH: Oh, no, that’s tragedy, tragedy in the Democrat Party. An absolute tragedy, ladies and gentlemen. Geraldine Ferraro’s been called a racist, and yes, it just rolled off her lips like it was fact, Hillary Clinton married to the first black president? (laughing) The chaos is unbelievable. Here’s one more from Ferraro. On the Nightly News last night, Ann Curry interviewed her. ‘If the Hillary campaign is ultimately hurt by your comments, will you regret them?’
FERRARO: Let me just say to you this. I personally think that this is the last time that the Obama campaign is going to be able to play this type of a race card, because I think that’s what it is. They should apologize to me for calling me a racist.
RUSH: (laughing) Meanwhile, we’ve got Obama’s preacher who makes Geraldine Ferraro look like a nun! Geraldine Ferraro’s comments are nothing. They have about the impact of a feather hitting your head compared to this hatemonger lunatic racist that passes as a pastor in Obama’s church. Obama’s out there acting offended and Obama, by the way, you still owe me an apology. You still have not apologized to me for lying about me and saying I wanted to round up all those illegals and deport ’em.
RUSH: There’s only one man, ladies and gentlemen, apparently — and I don’t even really think this is possible, but if it is possible, there’s only one person — that could heal the Democrat Party right now on the basis of race. Obama can’t do it, not with this preacher out there. (interruption) Jesus? Jesus can’t heal the party. Jesus? No. Can’t do that. It’s David Paterson, the new governor of New York. Nobody’s got anything on him yet other than he’s a nut. (interruption) I know, ‘Watch it.’ We’ll wait, we’ll wait. But this guy’s… This guy’s…a nut. The happiest Democrat in Washington over this thing with Spitzer is Charlie Rangel, ’cause Paterson is his protégé. (laughter) Next Monday when Paterson is sworn in, I guarantee you the sun’s going to be brighter, the birds going to be chirping louder, the street swindlers are going to stop swindling. The subways will be clean. It will just be a wonderful day, and the patronage that’s going to go on between Rangel and Washington and Albany? (laughter) At any rate, I just love this. Dan in Tiburon, California. What a beautiful place this is. Nice to have you here.
CALLER: Mega dittos, Rush.
RUSH: You bet.
CALLER: Back to Ferraro’s comments.
CALLER: I’m just wondering. Since we know that Obama has Edwards’ old campaign manager, and many of the things he said are from Edwards himself, what did Ms. Ferraro mean by her comments? If Edwards’ campaign went down the toilet, what’s the difference between the two? So, was she a racist or were those racist comments?
RUSH: Well, you see, in our politically correct world they are interpreted as racist comments. She has just found out what it’s like to be a conservative Republican.
CALLER: Yeah, yeah.
RUSH: Now, in the real world is what she said racist? What do you think? You tell me.
CALLER: Only she knows that. I can’t speak for her. I’m just going by what she said. I’m questioning that. Just on the basis of, you know, what is she basing it on? Is she basing it on, you know, we know Edwards is —
RUSH: No, I think what she’s saying, if you want to do this seriously — which is tough to do when we’re having so much fun here with this bunch, but if you want to deal with it seriously — I think what she’s saying is, ‘Okay, we’re being told this is a historic campaign and a historic candidacy. Well, what’s historic about it? Are his ideas historic? No, because nobody knows what they are, other than pure socialism.’
RUSH: What’s historic about it? The color of his skin is what makes this campaign historic. If he wins he’s the first black president of the country.
RUSH: Is that racist to point out?
CALLER: Unbelievable. I would have you continue to create chaos by Operation Chaos by pointing out the fact that Obama was the first one to espouse his middle name and to proclaim it, so…
RUSH: I mentioned that. Yep, yep, I mentioned that.
CALLER: I know you did, but mention that to the Clinton campaign, maybe.
RUSH: Oh, the Clinton campaign has a whole room assigned to this show.
CALLER: I know.
RUSH: They’ve heard it.
CALLER: They’re having fun with that. I think it’s great. Keep it up.
RUSH: I’ll do that. Thanks very much, Dan. I appreciate it. How long you lived in Tiburon?
CALLER: Twenty-six years.
RUSH: Man, that’s a beautiful place out there.
CALLER: Yep. I’ve been listening to you since ’85.
RUSH: ’85. Whoa! You go back to the Sacramento days, then.
CALLER: Last time I talked to you was about the Persian Gulf situation, and I don’t know if it was ’85 or ‘6.
RUSH: Yeah, well, we ended up winning that for a while.
RUSH: Sean in Indianapolis, I’m glad you waited, sir. You’re next on the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Rush, how are you, sir?
RUSH: Good. Thank you.
CALLER: We don’t always agree, Rush, but I’ve been listening to you for years now.
RUSH: Thank you.
CALLER: I think you have to listen to different points of view to be a well-rounded person. I don’t consider myself left or right. I’m just in the middle here. It’s a mess what’s happening with the Democrats, but it’s utterly predictable because you’ve got —
RUSH: Wait, wait, you’re in the middle?
CALLER: I’m in middle.
RUSH: Like a moderate?
CALLER: I would say, Rush, I’m liberal about some things and I’m conservative about other things.
RUSH: Right. Right. Yeah, okay, you’re a good moderate.
CALLER: Yeah. Yeah. I believe in gun rights, I’m against gay marriage, but I’m also African-American, so there’s certain liberal views I have also.
RUSH: Well, give me an example of a liberal view, just a couple, to balance it out here since you’re moderate.
CALLER: Just to balance it out?
RUSH: Yeah, because you gave us two conservative views. To be fair here, you gotta give us two liberal views.
CALLER: Oh, gosh, you know, I would say I’m with some aspects of affirmative action but not others. I think that just because of the roles that we have in this country as far as minority-majority, there needs to be some kind of a check and balance as far as making sure that —
RUSH: Yeah, I know, I totally understand.
RUSH: There are times I like the sun being out and other times I don’t.
CALLER: Exactly. Exactly. But the point of my call is on this whole Democratic, this racist undertone — well, it’s not really an undertone. It’s actually blowing up all over the place right now. I don’t know why this is such a big shock to most Americans, if they inform themselves, because up to the late 1930s, most blacks were Republican. The whole thing with it is that, you’re starting to see that, they’re okay with you as long as you know your place. And now that things are going well with Obama, you see a lot of the beliefs from the feminist movement coming full steam ahead and running into something they did not anticipate, which is strangely black voters supporting a black candidate for president. Who coulda saw that happening? You know.
RUSH: What the hell did they think was going to happen?
CALLER: Exactly. Exactly. And the whole thing with it is that Hillary’s main argument against Obama, and I haven’t declared who I’m going with in this race.
RUSH: I wouldn’t expect you to.
CALLER: But her main argument is that she has experience but she’s ran her campaign as if she was an incumbent —
RUSH: No, no. She’s run it as if she’s an incompetent.
CALLER: Yeah, totally, totally.
RUSH: Really, this whole party — this is a bunch out there, Sean, that wants to run your health care.
CALLER: Yeah. Yeah. Absolutely.
RUSH: They can’t even run their own business. This is a woman who touts her experience, ready on day one. This is a fly by the seat of her pants, or broom, campaign. It’s stunning to watch this, because everybody has always had the impression the Democrats are masterful, that they are organized, and they are forward thinking and they are three and four steps ahead of us, and they are not. This whole campaign, all aspects of it, they are finally having to show the world who they really are.
CALLER: Well, I would say also like, again, this racial aspect of it, Mr. Blackwell in Ohio, Clarence Thomas, they’ve all taken a lot of heat from black leaders on the left, had a lot of despicable things said about them, Uncle Toms, a lot of horrible things.
RUSH: That’s right.
CALLER: So there are things in this party, entrenched in this party that this race, no pun intended, is bringing out. They’re saying it’s a race of historical proportion, and unfortunately, the history of their ideals are running right into each other, and that’s what’s happening right now in front of us. So it’s kind of sad to see, but it has to happen.
RUSH: No, it’s not.
CALLER: It has to happen.
RUSH: It’s not sad to see at all. This has been a long time coming. See, Sean, there are people like us, people like me on our side of the aisle here, we know who these people are, we’ve known it for decades.
RUSH: The media knows who they are but they always get covered up, they always get excuses made for them. Now everybody has a chance to do it, and that’s why I want this to continue through the convention because the convention is when most of the country’s going to really start paying attention, although I think more people are paying attention now than usually do at this time during a campaign season, but it’s time for people to find out that the real racism lives in the Democrat Party, that the real sexism lives in the Democrat Party. It’s time to see that there’s no such thing as unity in the Democrat Party, ever. They are a disparate coalition of different groups that have one or two unifying precincts: High taxes, Big Government. But Big Labor’s got its own agenda, the teachers union has its own agenda, the feminists have their own agenda, the civil rights coalitions have their own agenda, and they’re all vying for power within the Democrat Party.
RUSH: Mr. and Mrs. Clinton think the party is theirs and they’re all for affirmative action except when it’s starting to happen to them.
CALLER: And I’ll tell you something Rush, I think what’s going to happen as far as black voters, you’re going to see fracture lines. You’re going to see probably the Democratic Party go largely with Hispanic voters and your feminist voters, and you’ll probably see blacks move more towards the middle, maybe even further to the right —
RUSH: I’ll tell you what I think. I’ll give you a more concrete prediction. If this stuff keeps up the way it is, two scenarios. Obama gets the nomination, I don’t care who else is on the ticket, blacks will vote in even larger numbers for the Democratic Party, rather than being 92%, it will be 95%.
RUSH: Hispanics will not. The Democrat Party has pit Hispanics and African-Americans against each other.
RUSH: Ever since the Hispanic population became larger than the African-American population, they have a competition to be the number-one minority in the Democrat Party, and Hillary Clinton’s playing up that division. She’s doing everything — so the Hispanics either won’t vote, or they’ll vote for McCain.
RUSH: If Hillary gets the nomination, if she somehow blows up the convention, they have riots and whatever, and they can’t find Obama the day after the convention, and she’s the nominee then you’re going to have blacks in larger-than-ever numbers staying at home.
RUSH: Some of them, I think 10%, might cross over and vote for McCain.
RUSH: Hispanics will vote for McCain in larger numbers than they would vote for the Democrats, particularly Obama.
CALLER: Well, and Rush, there’s a problem with a lot of the logic, there’s a lot of illogic going on with this. Ferraro, she had every right to make the comment that she made. I think PC is killing us. But she has a right to say what she wants to say. The only thing about it is that Hillary’s main trump card for experience is being the first lady underneath her husband.
RUSH: Beside. We’re not allowed to put Hillary on the bottom anymore.
RUSH: Beside her husband.
CALLER: Oh, beside her husband, yeah, yeah, that’s right. So basically she has —
RUSH: She gotta be on top, beside, on top. Put her on top. You can’t put her on the bottom. Don’t even think about it actually.
CALLER: That’s all I got, sir. It was nice talking to you.
RUSH: Wait a minute, Sean, before you go, what kind of water heater do you use?
CALLER: Oh, gosh, you know, this thing’s been giving us problems. I think we use —
RUSH: You got a tank, right? I don’t care about a brand name, I just care about the kind, you got a tank.
CALLER: Got a big tank.
RUSH: What kind of problems you having with it?
CALLER: Well, the thing is kind of built on this platform here, this platform has given us a couple problems. We’re in a condo here.
RUSH: Oh, a condo water heater, I’ve been there, I’ve been there, yeah.
RUSH: When you turn it on, you get hot water when you want it?
CALLER: Yeah, absolutely.
RUSH: You do?
CALLER: Oh, it’s too hot.
RUSH: Doesn’t take awhile for the hot water to get there?
CALLER: Well, I mean, I haven’t really noticed anything, I mean it’s not new, so I’m sure it could be better.
RUSH: Well, you ought to think about it. Do you own the condo?
RUSH: You do?
RUSH: Is it the water heater yours, or is it part of the building?
CALLER: It is mine.
RUSH: It is mine. All right. Well, it sounds like this thing is on its last legs, or like this platform is on its last legs, one of the two. I wouldn’t blame it on the platform. I would blame it on the heater. I’m sure if you live in Indianapolis and so forth, very bad winter up there, you want to save money, energy costs are rising, think about this, Sean. A Rinnai Tankless Water Heater heats only the water that you demand. It doesn’t have this big tank full of hot water that you’re never going to use, it’s constantly running to keep it hot. You get one of these tankless water heaters from Rinnai, and you will not waste energy, nor hot water. You’ll never run out of hot water with a Rinnai Tankless Water Heater. I don’t care how many guests, how many showers, how many loads of laundry are going on at once, you will not ever run out of hot water. Now, as a moderate you may want to run out of hot water now and then, but you won’t if you have a Rinnai Tankless Water Heater. You can calculate how much money you’ll save at a website, ForeverHotWater.com. Go in there, fill it all out. It’s very simple and you’ll find out how much you can save, but really the thing is cool. It does not store hot water, it’s there when you want it, and it’s always there when you want it. ForeverHotWater.com. Rinnai Tankless Water Heater. Go get one, Sean.