RUSH: The Clintons are about to turn that convention into a war zone.
Obama is going on vacation without having named a running mate, and the Democrats all in a tizzy about that. Here. We got two sound bites. Ann Lewis, from the Clinton team, who was on DNCTV Live with the anchor Andrea Mitchell, NBC News, Washington; and Andrea Mitchell, NBC News, Washington, said to Ann Lewis, ‘I talked to so many people yesterday. There’s a gender divide. All the men who were Clinton supporters said, ‘What are they doing? Why are they pushing this button? She’s going to be embarrassed? She’s going to be humiliated if it becomes a roll call because at the end it’s going to be Obama and she won’t have as many people as we want to have.’ All the women said, ‘We want to be heard. We want to have a resolution. We want to have catharsis. We want to have closure.’ What is it about the distinction now in the Clinton camp between the men and women?’ This is all about having the roll call vote at the convention that the Clintons want to turn into a war zone. Here is Ann Lewis’ first answer.
LEWIS: We could probably spend an hour talking about what you’ve just identified because it’s really very interesting. But, again, aside from the small fact that those women we are talking about will be the majority of people who cast their votes in November, I don’t want to make anybody unhappy at any stage of this campaign. But for sure, I want to know that those people who are watching this so closely — and many of them, as you heard — say, ‘In many ways this is about my voice being heard. This is about my being recognized.’
RUSH: I’ll tell you, these gals cannot take losing. Men lose all the time. These gals just can’t take it. They want their voices heard. They want to blow this place up! You mark my words. The reason they want to do this is because they want to blow it up because they don’t think that Obama can win. There’s another story out there, a big story coming Monday in the Atlantic Monthly. Some reporter there got hold of 200 or so internal memos written by Clinton staff people during the campaign — and the Clinton staff people are nervous as hell about it, because it’s not flattering. I have obtained three electrified phrases here from internal memos. One Clinton staffer said, ‘Obama is just unelectable.’ Another Clinton staffer said, ‘Obama has a lack of American roots.’ Another Clinton staffer wrote in an internal memo, ‘Obama is unelectable except perhaps against Attila the Hun,’ and there’s more. We know a lot of these are written by Mark Penn, we’re told. He was fired by the Clinton campaign because the staff didn’t like the guy. This is deep. Here’s one more bite from Ann Lewis because we gotta go to the break here. Andrea Mitchell then says, ‘Well, it’s the anniversary of events in Seneca Falls. Will there be a women’s organizational march that will become a Hillary march at the convention?’
LEWIS: I’m seeing a number of releases about events that are going to taking place that we are not planning.
MITCHELL: But —
LEWIS: The night that Hillary Clinton, right now — tentatively, and nothing is final, but the night that she might speak — Tuesday, August 26th is, of course, the anniversary of the day when the suffrage amendment, the amendment to the Constitution that guaranteed women would have the right vote finally was added to the Constitution.
LEWIS: I can’t think of a better way to celebrate.
LEWIS: That was a historic achievement.
LEWIS: Her campaign was a historic achievement.
RUSH: Oh, yeah.
LEWIS: So there are steps along the way —
RUSH: Right. That’s right
LEWIS: — as people watching, whether they are there or watching at home, and they say, ‘Yes. We’re being heard. We’re being recognized. We’re part of this.’
RUSH: Okay, three things. The night Obama speaks is the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s speech, the ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. Now we’re told the night Hillary speaks is the anniversary of women getting the vote, which is what started the welfare state that now strangles us, by the way. If women had never gotten the vote we wouldn’t have a budget deficit, but that’s another story. The third thing is — the third thing is, ladies and gentlemen — the reason Obama is it not want a roll call count is because the world will see exactly how close that race was. They will see how narrowly he won. That’s why they don’t want the roll call vote. By the way, Mrs. Clinton’s out there saying, ‘You think your candidacy, Barack, is so historic? Well, so is mine,’ and that’s what really bugs the women. Okay, so a black candidate, that’s more historical than the first woman candidate? There’s a war brewing here, folks. Actually, it’s been going on for a long time. It’s just now effervescing up there to the surface.