RUSH: We’re going to move on now to Operation Chaos and the current status of the operation as it affects the Democrat Party. Los Angeles Times today: ‘Howard Dean Says Superdelegates are Free Agents.’ This is a huge development in Operation Chaos. ‘Citing Democratic rules, national committee Chairman Howard Dean on Tuesday said that the superdelegates who are poised to select the party’s presidential nominee are free to back whomever they wish at the end of the primaries, regardless of who leads in the popular vote or pledged delegates. ‘They should use whatever yardstick they want,’ Dean said in an interview at party headquarters. ‘That’s what the rules provide for.’ … He also said superdelegates were free to weigh the disputed primary results in Florida and Michigan,’ also announced today, by the way, they are going to seek the Florida delegation. Well, that ought to shake up the Obama campaign. It will please the Hillary campaign.
In a related story, New York Times today: ”Democrats’ Turmoil Tests Party’s Low-Key Leader’ — The turmoil in the Democratic presidential race has presented a sharp test of Howard Dean’s low-profile approach to leading the Democratic National Committee, bringing calls from many Democrats for him to take a more aggressive role in defusing,’ the chaos that’s happening here. ‘In an interview, Mr. Dean said he was taking steps to pave the way to a smooth convention. … ‘I’m making calls all the time to people,’ he said. ‘I’ve spoken to a great number of leaders who are not aligned.” Can anybody name for me the chairman of the Republican National Committee? That’s low-key. Operation Chaos rolling right on. Ruth Marcus today, Washington Post: ‘Too Soon To Stop This Movie.’ Woman, pro-Hillary, resents people telling her she needs to get out of this. ‘The unyielding arithmetic of the Democrats’ delegate selection rules makes Hillary Clinton’s prospects of winning the nomination dim — and that’s the rosy scenario. The prolonged primary contest, with candidates and aides bickering like cranky toddlers partway through a long, hot car ride, is bad for the Democratic Party. Still, Clinton shouldn’t drop out. Not yet, anyway. The party adopted procedures for picking the nominee that no one expected would matter. Now, having worked hard and played by those rules, to employ a Clintonian phrase, Clinton is under pressure to quit before the game is over. Why should she? Clinton trails Barack Obama by at least 133 delegates. At a comparable point in the 1984 race, Gary Hart was more than 600 delegates behind Walter Mondale. At this stage in 1980, Ted Kennedy lagged Jimmy Carter by nearly 1,000 delegates.’
And neither Hart nor Teddy Kennedy pulled out then. See, the two guys didn’t pull out. The Democrats weren’t telling the guys to pull out and quit, and they were way far behind the leaders back then, further behind than Hillary is now. ‘The clamor for Clinton’s departure stems from Democrats’ well-founded fear that they will manage to blow what should have been an easy win. Even if the campaigns were playing nice, continuing the fight imposes political costs. The way it’s going, McCain’s admakers need only follow the candidates with video cameras, then splice in the relevant footage once the nominee is chosen.’ It would be great if McCain was going to do that, but I don’t think he’s gonna allow that. (doing McCain impression) ‘That’s right. That’s right, Limbaugh, we are going to run an honorable campaign, meaningful, honorable campaign reform, led by me and my team. I don’t care if it disappoints you or anybody else on the far right. We’re still going to do an honorable campaign. And I’m going to appear on Letterman as often as I have to to make him like me, cuz everybody should like me.’
‘The Order Sons of Italy in America has called on the Rev. Jeremiah Wright to apologize for remarks he made in an article published in the church’s November/December 2007 Trumpet Newsmagazine. Wright wrote in a eulogy for the late scholar Asa Hilliard–‘ and we told you about this last week, ‘– ‘(Jesus’) enemies had their opinion about Him. The Italians for the most part looked down their garlic noses…’ So the organization here headed up — the Sons of Italy — headed up by Philip Piccigallo, said, ‘We were in a quandary. We did not want to become immersed in a political media circus, and we did not want to appear to be siding with anyone, but we could not stand idly by. As the story was being discussed or managed or reviewed in various ways, the Italian American aspect of it was omitted. Clearly, (Wright’s remarks) were aimed at Italian-Americans,’ their garlic noses. Well, see, that’s the thing. I think to you in the Sons of Italy, you need to understand where Reverend Wright’s coming from. All of us who are of European heritage, we need to take a step back. We need to understand the roots of black liberation theology and we need to understand their rage, and because of the original sin in this country of slavery, we need to allow for these people to say whatever they want, whenever they want because we can’t by any way, shape, manner, or form relate to their experiences, the oppressed and so forth. That’s what we’re being told.
If we are to believe the polling data — and I think the polling data is highly suspect, by the way, because of the Wilder Effect and perhaps even the reverse Wilder Effect. There is a reverse Wilder Effect possible here, too. I’ll explain both of those in a second. The polling data says that the Wright business, all those sermons and speaking of those, Obama is out there talking about, ‘Well, you take sound bites here from 30 years or 20 years of work or whatever and you loop ’em on television, of course you can present him out of context.’ Hey, Barack baby, there was no great work done to find those sermons. They were on the DVDs produced by the reverend’s church. The reverend’s church wanted that stuff seen. That’s what they put on the DVDs. Nobody went and dubbed anything over. At any rate, the polls say that Reverend Wright has not hurt Obama at all. He’s gaining ground in Pennsylvania. Now, here’s the Wilder Effect, and it’s named for Doug Wilder, who ran for governor of Virginia. It’s also sometimes called the Bradley Effect for Tom Bradley in Los Angeles.
Basically, what it is is white people lie to pollsters. When the pollsters show up or call you on the phone and ask you if you’re going to vote for whoever in a campaign, if one of the candidates is black, black candidates tend to get a higher percentage of support from white people in a poll, they tell the pollsters, ‘Yeah, I’m voting for the black guy,’ because they don’t want the pollster to think they’re racist. The reverse Wilder Effect has been discovered. Sometimes when pollsters get hold of black people, black people will not say they’re voting for the black guy because they don’t want the pollster to think that the only thing that matters to them is racial solidarity. I’ve got the story here deep in the Chaos Stack. I’m going to have to paraphrase it. Basically what it is is they’ve done surveys: When live human beings from polling companies call blacks, there is the reverse Wilder Effect. They will not say they’re going to vote for the black guy or the black candidate in an actual representative way. But if it is a machine that does the call, a robocall, if it’s obviously a machine, the polling people get different results from the same sample. The point is that black people who were called by a machine from polling company are more honest talking to the machine than a human being. I read the story, and I said, ‘Well, the solution to this is like we’re solving everything in this country. We’re Balkanizing ourselves. Only women can represent women; only blacks can represent blacks; everybody has to hate whites; only Asians can represent Asians. So let’s have the polling companies hire some black people to call black people, if it’s what it takes to get the truth.
RUSH: From the San Francisco Chronicle, Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross, ”Bill Clinton’s Tirade Stunned Some Delegates’ — The Bill Clinton who met privately with California’s superdelegates at last weekend’s state convention was a far cry from the congenial former president who afterward publicly urged fellow Democrats to ‘chill out’. What happened was, everything was going fine, and then a former Bill Richardson delegate, Rachel Binah, who now supports Hillary, told Bill ‘how ‘sorry’ she was to have heard former Clinton campaign manager James Carville call Richardson a ‘Judas’ for backing Obama. It was as if someone pulled the pin from a grenade. ‘Five times to my face (Richardson) said that he would never do that,” and apparently Clinton just blew up, just lost it. He’s doing that more and more in this campaign, and more and more people are seeing this.
Does the name Jerry Zeifman ring a bell? Jerry Zeifman — (interruption) yes, during the Clinton impeachment. Jerry Zeifman was a head honcho during the Nixon Watergate period hearings. He was the guy who hired Hillary Clinton on that committee. He’s also the guy who fired her. He supervised her when she worked in the Watergate investigation. He says, ‘Hillary’s history of lies and unethical behavior goes back farther — and goes much deeper — than anyone realizes. Jerry Zeifman, a lifelong Democrat, supervised the work of 27-year-old Hillary Rodham on the committee. He fired Hillary from the committee staff and refused to give her a letter of recommendation — one of only three people who earned that dubious distinction in Zeifman’s 17-year career. Why? ‘Because she was a liar,’ Zeifman said in an interview last week. ‘She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer. She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee and the rules of confidentiality.’ … The actions of Hillary and her cohorts went directly against the judgment of top Democrats, up to and including then-House Majority Leader Tip O’Neill, that Nixon clearly had the right to counsel.’ She tried to see to it Nixon didn’t get a lawyer in all of this.
‘Zeifman says that Hillary … was determined to gain enough votes on the Judiciary Committee to change House rules and deny counsel to Nixon. And in order to pull this off, Zeifman says Hillary wrote a fraudulent legal brief, and confiscated public documents to hide her deception.’ Now, this is Dan Calabrese at NorthStarWriters.com. William O. Douglas had been brought up when he was on the Supreme Court, and he was granted the right to a lawyer. It’s fundamental in our judicial system. ”Hillary then removed all the Douglas files to the offices where she was located, which at that time was secured and inaccessible to the public,’ Zeifman said. Hillary then proceeded to write a legal brief arguing there was no precedent for the right to representation by counsel during an impeachment proceeding — as if the Douglas case had never occurred.’ She just stole the documents, then wrote a fraudulent brief, and she tried to hide the evidence. ‘The brief was so fraudulent and ridiculous, Zeifman believes Hillary would have been disbarred if she had submitted it to a judge.’ I don’t know if this is going to get wide play, but if it does, it could finish her off. Really only they can finish themselves off, and they’re in the process of doing it.
RUSH: Mike in Detroit, you’re next on the EIB Network, sir. Hello.
CALLER: Mega, mega college Republican dittos, Rush.
RUSH: Thank you, sir.
CALLER: You know, I have to say, my mother had six of us kids, and every day growing up she would have us listen to at least an hour of the Rush Limbaugh Show after school. In fact, if we weren’t such devout Christians, we would probably start our own religion based on your teachings and make you our prophet. That’s how much we love you.
RUSH: Wail ’til the Drive-Bys hear that. Thank you, sir.
CALLER: Well, anyway, I have a question for you.
RUSH: Yeah, yeah.
CALLER: I’m here in Michigan, and our Democrat primary’s already passed. In any case, it doesn’t count anyway. So I was calling to get my marching orders from the supreme commander of Operation Chaos on what I and other Americans like me should do to help out.
RUSH: Well, in Michigan, I realize, you’re in the reserves.
RUSH: We may need you down the road. I don’t know what you could do, but you know the husband of Debbie Stabenow has been caught buying a prostitute for 150 bucks. Have you heard that?
CALLER: No, I have not.
RUSH: Oh, yep, Debbie Stabenow’s husband, Athans, whatever, the guy running liberal talk radio.
RUSH: Paid 150 bucks for a hooker. Of course, she’s issued a statement disapproving of this. But there might be an opportunity here for chaos in Michigan on that regard. I’ll have to think about that. Look, I appreciate your desire. A lot of people, a lot of people want to be part of Operation Chaos. Right now we’re focusing on three or four states, none of them are Michigan, but hang in there. Marching orders will be coming.