RUSH: I want to go back to Todd who called from Los Angeles in the last hour. I meant to say during my answer to him about what will happen if the Clintons steal the nomination and get it, he was upset that Fast Eddie Rendell, the governor of Pennsylvania, said, (paraphrasing) ‘We don’t care about the delegate count. We don’t care about the popular vote. We don’t care about the electoral vote. We’re just going to do what we have to do to win. And if we can win no matter how we do it is justified,’ he said. And of course this rattles the Obama supporters. I’ll tell you what, folks, if you go to some of these left-wing blogs, there is sheer, unadulterated hatred for the Clintons now in the Democrat Party. I guarantee you this is something that is happening throughout the party, beyond just the fringe kooks. What I am learning — and something I always knew, I’m having confirmed something I always knew — this party, they really have not been enamored, they didn’t really love the Clintons, they were just afraid of them. There was a lot of fear, and as long as the Clintons were doing their dirty tricks against Republicans, well, it was fabulous and it was fine, but all these endorsements for Obama, all these abandonments of Clinton administration people for Obama, it’s pretty obvious that there’s no love lost for these two in terms of their being the titular heads of the Republican Party.
And try this from Spike Lee. This is from New York magazine. Weighing in on the presidential race, said Spike Lee, ‘I’m riding my man Obama. I think he’s a visionary. Actually, Barack told me the first date he took Michelle to was Do the Right Thing. I said, ‘Thank God I made it. Otherwise you would have taken her to Soul Man.” Well, does this mean, Spike, that you’re down on the Clintons? Spike Lee: ‘The Clintons, man, they would lie on a stack of Bibles. Snipers? That’s not misspeaking; that’s some pure [BS]. I voted for Clinton twice, but that’s over with. These old black politicians say, ‘Ooh, Massuh Clinton was good to us, massuh hired a lot of us, massuh was good!’ Hoo! Charlie Rangel, David Dinkins — they have to understand this is a new day. People ain’t feelin’ that stuff. It’s like a tide, and the people who get in the way are just gonna get swept out into the ocean.’ Spike Lee speaking on behalf of Obama there.
So there’s no love lost for the Clintons, but I’m here to tell you a new prediction, and I’m going to put a number to it. Small number, but I believe this to be the case. Twenty percent chance Mrs. Clinton gets the nomination. I mentioned this to some friends over the weekend. ‘Twenty percent? I think there’s a good chance, too, but you think it’s that high? I wouldn’t put it that high.’ Twenty percent chance that Hillary gets the nomination because Obama can’t close this out. No matter what he does, he hasn’t been able to close it out. The Clintons are the Clintons, and they’re making it plain that delegates can vote for whoever they want, and that they’re not getting out of this, they’re going to a credentials fight at the convention. I mentioned there was a huge fight, that giant cocktail party with Clinton and Obama donors, big bundlers at the home of Maureen White and Steve Rattner. Rattner’s a finance guy in New York, used to be at Lazard Freres. He’s Little Pinch Sulzberger’s best friend, or one of his best friends. I think they’re Clinton people. Doesn’t matter.
Howard Dean was there to try to quell a riot and both sides ended up getting mad at Howard Dean, and a lot of people walked out because they said Dean’s not showing any leadership here in getting this thing over with. The Obama people want it ended; the Clinton people want it to go on. They tried to come together, they tried to compromise, they tried to unify, and it was it was a knock-down, drag-out. It was a gunfight at the OK Corral on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan on Thursday night. Unity, the Obama people couldn’t bring anybody together. This is all such a smoke screen, unity and all this rotgut, which takes us back to the Drive-By caller we had that couldn’t hang on, or didn’t hang on. And that is, ‘Sounds to me, Rush, like you don’t want to work with Democrats.’ I don’t want to work with Democrats, unless they change their mind. If they change their mind and understand that our vision for the country, rooted in our nation’s founding, is the best way for the future, fine, bring ’em in. But I don’t want to go have meaningless talks with them, where the end result is that I have to give up what I believe in order to say we’re working together. It’s been going on for way too long.
I’ll make you another prediction. There’s an 80% chance the Democrats are going to have 60 seats in the Senate following the November elections, eighty percent chance. But, folks, even if they don’t get 60 seats, there are enough liberal Republicans that if they only get 56, 57 seats, there are enough liberal Republicans to give them 60 votes on any issue, which means that let’s say Senator McCain does win, doesn’t matter what judges he appoints. Not going to matter what he does on tax cuts. Not in the Senate. They’re going to have 60 votes and be able to defeat any legislative initiative he wants unless it’s something they want. Now, in the House, they’re going to expand their margins, but they’re going to have not quite the power in the House that they will have in the Senate. I mean the Senate’s looking really, really bad. I gotta prepare you for this. All’s not lost as we sit here today, the snapshot of the picture is that it looks very, very bad. If the Democrats get 60 seats then it really doesn’t matter who the president is, to a certain extent.