RUSH: See, the liberals have to blame this Russian attack on Georgia on Bush, and then, by association, McCain, otherwise Obama has no chance. I don’t think he has much of a chance, and I think the dirty little secret is that McCain could win this in a landslide. I actually do. I think there is so much huff and puffery here about Obama, and the bloom has long ago gone off that rose. It happened during the Democrat primaries. Thomas Sowell has a great column. He once attended a course taught by John Kenneth Galbraith, the noted liberal economist, and he came in and did his first lecture to the class, and it was so good they all stood up and applauded, but every other lecture was just more and more generalities on the first lecture, and as the course went on, the class kept dwindling in size and finally people stopped showing up because there was no substance. That’s exactly what’s happened to Obama. His first speech, his first series of appearances: ‘Oh, man, new, unique, messiah, change, hope, future.’ But now there’s no substance. You can revive the old Fritz Mondale question of Gary Hart(pence), ‘Where’s the beef?’ And it’s happening, folks. I’m telling you, it’s happening. There are all kinds of doubts throughout the Democrat Party about this guy, 143 days in the Senate, for crying out loud. He’s a neighborhood activist; he’s a street activist that they have nominated. By the way, ladies and gentlemen, the Georgian Security Council today says it has filed a lawsuit in the International Court of Justice for alleged ethnic cleansing against Russia. Well, there you go. Right alongside the House Democrats’ suit of OPEC for selling us oil in the first place. Man, oh, man, the libs get exactly what they want here, take every one of these things to court?
RUSH: We go to Aston, Pennsylvania. This is David. You’re next on the Rush Limbaugh program. Hi.
RUSH: (drumming fingers) Dee-doo-bee-doo-bee-doo. David in Aston, Pennsylvania, are you there?
CALLER: Yes, Rush, how are you?
RUSH: Fine, sir. Thank you very much.
CALLER: Good. Thank you very much. Listen, this kind of has to do with Obama and the Georgian conflict and all these things. My question was, if we were on his energy plan of we’re not allowed to drill for oil, we can’t do anything at all, how would we ever wage a military campaign against Russia? Would we be having like destroyers running on sunflower oil?
RUSH: Let me see —
CALLER: How can we do that?
RUSH: You miss the point. We wouldn’t need to wage military campaigns because with Obama there wouldn’t be any more.
RUSH: He would talk everybody out of them.
CALLER: Of course.
RUSH: Like according to Tim Kaine, the governor of Virginia, Obama is the one who got the ceasefire in Georgia and South Ossetia because he asked the Russians to stop it, and Tim Kaine said he’s happy that the Russians listened to Obama, so… I mean, that’s what the Obama camp is saying.
CALLER: Do you understand where I’m coming from? I mean, how can he possibly think this?
RUSH: It’s called the audacity —
CALLER: I have no idea what he’s talking about.
RUSH: It’s called the audacity of audacity. And what it is is Tim Kaine, who’s trying to be selected as Obama’s veep. He’s just groveling.
RUSH: But, no, your rhetorical question is just right on the money. If we’re not going to have our own independent sources of energy, how in the world are we going to maintain our status as a superpower? See, this is the problem. We’ve been in a jocular mood for much of the day today, but I’ll tell you, I made a speech last night in Aspen, Colorado, which is why I was not here yesterday. I had to fly out there in the afternoon to get there in time for the speech, and I spoke about what we face here. There’s a war going on in our country for the definition of our country and its structure in the future. On one side of the war is us, and we want to preserve this nation as it was founded.
On the other side are people like Obama and the leftists, who don’t like this country as it was founded. They have a problem with too much individual liberty and freedom. They want bigger governments, higher taxes and more individual control over as much of the way people live as they can get. It’s very, very serious, and our legislators on our side, we do not have any elected leadership in Washington. Our legislators do not understand that we’re in a war. It’s like this Gang of Ten thing that happened last week. The Republican senators in that deal do not understand how they just almost took away the one winning issue Senator McCain has and that we have over the Democrats, because they believe — mistakenly so — that what the American people want is for Republicans and Democrats to get along. As I told Senator Chambliss last week: That’s not what the American people want.
What the Republicans, what conservatives in this country want is to mop the floor with Democrats! We are tired of accepting their premises and then going along with them to show that somehow we’re not the bad guys. We are the good guys. We just don’t have any elected leadership. So this is going to be a grassroots, a series of grassroots operations that build conservatism back. For example, this is not a big deal, but it was announced today that three Republicans have decided to endorse Obama. They are former Iowa Republican Congressman Jim Leach, former Rhode Island Republican Senator Lincoln Chafee, and lawyer and former White House intelligence advisor Rita Hauser. Now, Obama is out there, and the Democrats are saying, ‘Woo! Wow! We’ve got three Republicans endorsing Obama.’
But come on, Jim Leach? Chafee stopped being a Republican a long time ago. Jim Leach was never a Republican, he was a moderate; and this Hauser babe, nobody ever heard of. The dirty little secret about this, the way I see it, is these are exactly the kind of moderate Republicans in Name Only that, McCain courted all these years. Jim Leach, Lincoln Chafee, Rita Hauser, why, they ought to be the first to be endorsing…McCain! That’s the exact kind of Republican he’s going after. And look, they’ve signed up with Obama. It’s pathetic, but it’s funny at the same time. So, we’re in this war for what kind of country we’re going to have and what kind of future people’s children and grandchildren are going to have. We are a nation, a great nation, at great risk in a dangerous world, with a bunch of sophists who want control.
The Democrat Party has actually nominated a neighborhood activist, a street activist, as its presidential candidate who is clueless. The man doesn’t think. He simply is able to reiterate what he had been taught, and if you look at the people he’s hung around and the people who have taught him, it’s all the Blame America Crowd that you find in academia. You’ve got Jeremiah Wright poisoning his mind. He’s got his wife. He hangs around with his wife, and she’s mad every day of the week, too; and then you’ve got this lunatic Father Pfleger, and then you’ve got this terrorist guy Bill Ayers. That’s why these people’s associations matter. It’s why their character matters. If you look at who apparently has structured the Obama character, it’s…
How else do you explain this guy telling a 7-year-old kid who wants to know why he wants to be president, because my country is ‘not what it once was’? Where in the hell…? When has it been better? When has it been worse? When’s it been better, either way? He’s just mouthing these things because that’s what he thinks people want to hear, he thinks people are like him. This is the arrogance and the condescension. He thinks most people look at their country and find immediate fault with it. But I’m just telling you: All these people that did not vote for him in these late state primaries, these blue-collar white traditional Democrat voters? I’m going to tell you something, folks. They’re not being interviewed on television; the Drive-Bys around talking about them.
But these people, I don’t care if they’re Republicans or Democrats or whatever. They do not want to see a rookie presidential candidate in Berlin or anywhere else in the world run down their country, especially a Democrat presidential candidate who ought to be thanking God that he is an American, that he lives in this country, and that it has provided him and his wife such a wonderful life and a great opportunity. He’s running for president, for crying out loud, and he still sees fit to criticize this country! I’m just going to tell you: All of these blue-collar white Democrats, Pennsylvania, Ohio, you name it — wherever Obama was unable to close this thing against Hillary — they heard it, they saw it, and they don’t like it. They may not tell a pollster that, but when they get a chance to vote, I guarantee you, it is not going to be for The Messiah.