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RUSH: Nick in Salt Lake City, nice to have you on the program. Hello.

CALLER: Rush, despite our differences, it’s a pleasure to talk to you.

RUSH: Thank you, sir.

CALLER: Hey, I know I don’t fit the mold of a Clinton supporter, but not only am I a Clinton supporter, I’m a very upset and furious Clinton supporter today. You set it up here perfectly. I believe that my candidate, this campaign’s been hijacked by not only the Democratic committee, but also Obama himself, I believe. I’m just furious today.

RUSH: I gotta give you something else to think about here Nick and I know you’re on a cell phone, I can hear a little bit of delay, but, you know, somebody is running Obama, somebody is behind Obama. I don’t mean this in a conspiratorial way, but there’s always a mover and a shaker behind candidates. Reagan had his kitchen cabinet, and so forth. Somebody’s pushing Obama; somebody’s writing the speeches; somebody has figured out that he was the best guy to get rid of the Clintons. There’s somebody in the Democrat Party that really wants rid of the Clintons.

CALLER: Absolutely.

RUSH: We know that George Soros is involved with Obama, but there’s somebody that’s putting the words in his mouth, because you’re right, when he goes off the teleprompter he is a different guy; he does not come off as the messiah; he doesn’t come off as this great unifier. He has trouble articulating with a bunch of stutters and pauses and so forth. But my point in telling you this is there must be real animosity toward the Clintons at high levels of this party to go with a veritable rookie whose only chance of winning is that he’s black.

CALLER: Oh, absolutely. Well, you know what frustrates the most is here you got a candidate, Mrs. Clinton, that’s done her duty, she’s sat quietly for 20 years and been loyal to our party and now look what she gets. I have a proposal that you may not like to hear but you’ll hear me out on this —

RUSH: I love listening to Democrat proposals.

CALLER: Well, you know, I see how Republicans are upset about McCain and how he crosses the party line, but I think that he can do what’s really good for the country and (unintelligible), why not show the ultimate sign of American unity and national unity and join up with an unstoppable ticket: a McCain-Clinton ticket.

RUSH: Well, I’ve thought about that, Nick. In fact, we discussed that last week on this program, the possibility of putting Mrs. Clinton on the ticket with Senator McCain. The basic problem with it is that there’s not enough contrast between the two candidates. McCain is going to have to do something. He can go out and get all the Democrat and independent votes he wants, but if he doesn’t find a way to get some of or all of the conservative base to warm up to him, he’s going to have trouble, he’s going to have trouble winning even against a weakened Obama. He’s going to have to have the Republican Party base, and Hillary is not going to bring him that. He’s already going to get what Hillary could bring him.

CALLER: Do you think Republicans — or conservatives — are going to vote for Obama? I think they’ll vote for McCain just to not vote for Obama.

RUSH: No, no, no. They won’t vote for Obama, that’s the point, but they’re not going to vote for a ticket of McCain-Clinton. They’re just not. If McCain chooses the right vice presidential candidate that appeals to the Republican base, then he stands a pretty good chance of having some of them at least vote for the ticket rather than staying home and not voting. The Republican base would never vote Obama.

CALLER: Well, I agree with that. I know I’m skewed because I’m a Clinton supporter, but I think it could be a great ticket. I think you’d have conservatives who would vote for McCain and a whole slew of us that would vote for Clinton.

RUSH: Why do you like Hillary over Obama? What’s the big deal?

CALLER: I think I speak for a lot of Democrats, I don’t know Obama; I don’t know where he comes from. I don’t know his past.

RUSH: Yes, you do.

CALLER: You’re right. But I also know that the media seems to cover that up, and it scares me. I mean, what’s he done? He hasn’t done much.

RUSH: My gosh, you know, Nick, thanks for the call. Look at how far we’ve come. We’ve had two callers in a row, two consecutive Democrats, and they’ve both been Hillary supporters, and they’ve both been very critical of the media for being unkind to Hillary. Now, that’s chaos. Can we go back to the nineties? All through the two Clinton terms, think back, folks. Get into your own personal cranial archives. Whatever the Clinton White House wanted spun was spun flawlessly and on command. If Ken Starr was said to be a sex-starved pervert, then that’s what he was, throughout the Drive-By Media. If Paula Jones was trailer trash, and you could drag a dollar bill through any trailer park and come up with any number of Paula Jones — that’s what the Drive-By Media’s said. If all of these funny campaign contributions had no controlling legal authority and therefore there was nothing illegal about them, Drive-By Media just spit it right back out, just repeated it verbatim. When Clinton would lie through his teeth, the Drive-By Media would marvel at how well he lied, and then they would write stories about how such lies are actually good for people, because they spare hurt feelings, that Clinton was actually setting a trend here for getting along with one another, little white lies actually help, whatever, whatever the Clinton spin was. (doing Clinton impression) ‘Well, depends on what ‘is’ is. I never had sex with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky, not a single time, ever. I never asked anybody to lie,’ whatever he said, whatever she said, wham, bam, thank you, ma’am, it was repeated.

Now look where we are. Whatever the Clintons say is rejected. I just saw Harold Ickes on DNCTV, and he was trying to explain his case on what happened Saturday at the superdelegate deal with the rules and bylaws committee, and I can see it on his face, he’s just shocked. Years ago, whatever Ickes said, they would be running to the presses right now and it would be the lead story of the news for the next two days. Andrea Mitchell just looked at Harold Ickes and… pffft. The magic’s gone.

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