RUSH: I actually don’t believe this. Barack Obama, in my own state raising money for his presidential campaign, called me xenophobic at a fundraiser. He said, ‘A certain segment’s basically been feeding a kind of xenophobia. There’s a reason why hate crimes against Hispanic people doubled last year. If you have people like Lou Dobbs and Rush Limbaugh ginning things up it’s not surprising.’ I thought this guy was the unity candidate, for crying out loud. Calling me a xenophobe responsible for hate crimes! My feelings are hurt here. I mean, his preacher, his spiritual advisor is loaded with hate.
RUSH: Last night in Miami, WPLG-TV, here is a portion of correspondent Terrell Forney’s report on Obama’s fundraising visit to Florida.
PROTESTER: Count our votes! Count our votes!
FORNEY: Just up [state road] A1A in Hollywood, stop two, this time the Westin Diplomat Hotel, where protesters launched their disgust over Florida’s delegate debacle, some even pointing the finger at Obama, who lost Florida’s primary fight.
PROTESTER: I don’t know what he’s trying to prove. And he has the audacity to come into our state and take money from the residents, and we don’t exist as far as he’s concerned.
RUSH: These are Democrats in Florida, south Florida, these are Democrats, and that was a woman, and they’re mad that Obama even showed up, come down here, fleece the people with campaign donations. By the way, I’ve been thinking. You know, something does not jibe here. Every month we hear that Obama is raising 31 million, 41 million or what have you, and this has been the case for how many months now? And it’s happening regardless of economic circumstances. The one economic enterprise that’s not showing any decline is Obama, Inc. Now, folks, I’m telling you, something here is not right. People are altering the food they buy now before they’re altering their driving habits. I just saw a report here that March, for the first time in many, many moons — actually, they’ve got a way to calculate this, I guess — that there was over a 4% drop in the amount people drove in this country in March. That hasn’t happened in a long time. That’s obviously because of fuel prices. Despite all of this, morons keep sending money to Obama?
Now, of course I cannot prove my suspicion, but when I know that there is this gazillionaire, billionaire named George Soros out there who might have the ability — we know these bundlers, I mean this stuff has been happening for a long time. Remember all the Chinese dishwashers in Chinatown? They barely had enough to live in a shanty and yet they’re sending Mrs. Clinton a thousand dollars. Remember that? How does this happen? Well, walking-around money, the people that they work for end up giving them the money to give as a donation and so forth. If Soros is out there feeding or seeding individuals to contribute to Obama, I wouldn’t be surprised. One could never establish it, but we know that this kind of practice goes on. It’s all part of the illusion, while Obama is losing with dramatic proportions in five of the last seven states, his finances keep increasing. Now, these people in south Florida, they are not dummies. Well, certain things. Still haven’t figured out ballots. But Obama comes down here and wants to raise money, and they protest him, ‘Count our votes now!’ Well, Obama, in case you missed the opening of the program, this is from the Palm Beach Post from their blog section: ‘More than 800 donors packed into a Westin Diplomat Hotel ballroom Thursday night to pad Barack Obama’s war chest by another $500,000, according to this pool report of the evening. In a speech to the crowd, Obama sharpened his rhetoric against some of the most vocal voices against immigrant workers and migrant worker programs.’ We haven’t found any audio of this. Cookie is feverishly looking for it, but hasn’t found it.
This is Obama: ‘A certain segment has basically been feeding a kind of xenophobia. There’s a reason why hate crimes against Hispanic people doubled last year, said Obama. If you have people like Lou Dobbs and Rush Limbaugh ginning things up, it’s not surprising that would happen.’ Now, I can understand Obama’s upset at me with Operation Chaos. But to call me responsible for hate crimes and xenophobia, he has really changed his tune. Can we go back to May 2nd of 2007? It’s a little over a year ago, he was on our WJR affiliate in Detroit with Paul W. Smith, and at the time the ‘Barack the ‘Magic Negro” song was in full sway and it was generating all kinds of controversy among morons who did not know who was behind it, who was responsible for it, who came up with the whole phrase, and there were people at various radio stations broadcasting this show going to the general manager, ‘I’m going to quit if you don’t get Limbaugh to stop playing the song.’ Yes, I heard from two or three general managers about it. I had to set ’em straight. But Paul W. Smith asked Obama about this. He said, ‘I have to do this because he’s on our radio station. We’ll see him tomorrow. You’ve heard Rush Limbaugh’s parody song ‘Barack the ‘Magic Negro”?’
OBAMA: (laughing) You know, I have not heard it, but I’ve heard of it. I confess that I don’t listen to Rush on a daily basis. On the other hand, I’m not one of these people who — who takes myself so seriously that I get offended by — by every — every comment made about me. You know, the — you know, what Rush does is entertainment, and although it’s probably not something that, you know, I listen to much, I don’t —
PAUL W. SMITH: But you said not every day, so you do listen a little then, and why wouldn’t you?
OBAMA: I don’t mind. I don’t mind — I don’t mind folks poking fun at me. That’s part of the job.
RUSH: My, my, my, how things have changed over the course of a year. Why, a little over a year ago he was able to laugh at it, no big deal, Rush is a good guy, just an entertainer, now I am sponsoring hate crimes and xenophobia. Don’t talk about his wife; don’t talk about his ears; don’t talk about his mother, his father, his grandmother. Don’t talk about his voting record; don’t talk about his attendance anywhere. Don’t call him liberal; don’t talk about his preacher; don’t talk about the mobsters he ran around with; don’t talk about the terrorists he runs around with. Don’t talk about anything. Xenophobe and racist. By the way, last night on CNN, Lou Dobbs Tonight, Dobbs interviewed the Senate minority leader in Florida, Steven Geller. Dobbs says, ‘What do you expect to happen as a result here, if Florida’s vote doesn’t count? What are you going to do?’
GELLER: I’m hoping that they’re going to read the lawsuit and say, oh, my God, I can’t believe they’re going to win this so we better, on May 31st, move the lawsuit and seat their full delegation. If not, if they don’t do it voluntarily, I expect a federal judge will tell them to seat our full delegation. There have been three polls done, one of which I commissioned that, in Florida, all showed that between 25% and 30% of likely Democratic voters would either stay home or vote Republican if they don’t seat our delegation. The DNC wants a chance to carry Florida and carry our contested congressional seats, they must seat our delegation.
RUSH: Operation Chaos. This is exactly what I suggested and Mrs. Clinton and her campaign are carrying it out and now Florida Democrats have gotten in gear by also going a route I suggested: litigation. Democrats, Algore started this whole thing. He set the precedent for suing over election results. The Democrats have been conditioned in his image. He went about it a different way than they are, but still they are using the courts. Lou Dobbs then said, ‘Senator Clinton has said in effect that a veiled straightforward — to me a threat, saying that Democrat voters in both states will be entertaining going to McCain and the Republicans if the Democrat Party does not reinstate and recognize their votes. Today we have seen a remarkable unexpected escalation in this battle for the presidential nomination between these two candidates, have we not?’
GELLER: Well, all I’m saying is count our votes. I happen to agree with Senator Clinton to count their votes but I’m not supporting Senator Clinton or Senator Obama. I want our votes counted, but I’ll tell you, if they don’t count our votes, they won’t get our votes in November. That’s an accurate statement.
RUSH: How can this be? I thought Obama was the unity candidate, and here you have renegade Democrats, the Senate leader in Florida, saying that Florida Democrats will not vote. Thirty percent, 20% Florida Democrats will not vote in the general election if their delegation is not seated at the convention. And here’s Bill Nelson. He was on MSNBC Live this morning. The cohost Mika Brzezinski said to him, ‘There are now lawsuits being filed. How does this go down in a fair and balanced way, sir?’
NELSON: The way it goes down, this shouldn’t be about a candidate. This ought to be about the voters of Florida. And we are very sensitive in Florida, and we’re tired of having our votes taken away. The memories are fresh of 2000. And then it was the Republicans that were taking away the Democratic votes, and lo and behold the tables have turned. Now it’s the Democratic National Committee that has been taking away the Democratic votes. People are astounded, 1.75 million Florida Democrats turned out. Twice as many as ever had turned out in a presidential primary, and they want to make those votes not count.
RUSH: Folks, can you believe this? I mean, they are practically using my script from last week, or May the 7th is when I suggested this. (laughing) Greatest violation of Voting Rights Act since 1965, disenfranchisement, Democrat Party. (laughing) This is fun. I just have to tell you.