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RUSH: Obama is getting desperate, ladies and gentlemen, as are his supporters. His problem is that the race card, which they are desperate to use in a big way, would clearly harm him in places where he hopes to win votes. If McCain doesn’t do something stupid like pick a liberal vice president, McCain ought to be able to hold on here. The Obama thing is amazing to watch because it is falling apart, and everybody in the Democrat Party that’s got any sense at all is very much concerned about this. You know, this is where Chicago political tactics could not work nationwide. I mean, here’s Obama who moves to the south side of Chicago to practice race politics. He ran in Illinois where Chicago and its inner suburbs reign politically supreme these days, but now in trying to appeal to other voters, the race card becomes more problematic for Obama.

There’s an interesting piece today from PajamasMedia.com. ‘Obama and Color-Coded Racial Double Talk. In his color-coded article, ‘The Color-Coded Campaign,’ John Heilemann doesn’t just hint that racial prejudice will prevent Barack Obama from winning the White House. He states it directly and without equivocation. The reason America’s first black major party presumptive presidential nominee hasn’t blown out the intractably boring and uninspiring John McCain in the polls, given ‘surging’ Democratic voter registration and voters’ disenchantment with Republicans, is his skin color.’ This is a lib writing this stuff. ‘It wouldn’t have anything to do with Obama’s liberal beliefs, inexperience, gaffes, and inconsistencies,’ or anything like that, ‘would it?’ No, no, no! Of course not, ’cause the country so desperately wants to vote Democrat.

I keep hearing this. In 2000, the country so desperately wants Democrats and they’re registering them in record numbers. In 2004, we heard the same thing. Every year we hear this. Every year they think it, which is why this year they’re all asking, ‘Why didn’t he have this giant lead,’ and now they’re coming to decide and tell themselves — rather than deal with this head up, rather than deal with the flawed, fraudulent candidate they nominated — they have to try to persuade the American people that he’s being undermined by Republican and conservative racism. ‘Obama may want to ignore ‘the elephant in the room,’ says Heilemann, but since his racist detractors are ‘intent on blackening him,’ he can’t avoid it. Instead of ignoring race, which is impossible, Obama needs to ‘talk about race … without talking about race.” This is advice from a liberal, Heilemann. ‘[T]alk about race without talking about race.’

Isn’t that what the Democrats try to do on everything? Talk about X without really talking about it? What kind of double talk is that? Can the other side talk about Obama’s race without talking about Obama’s race? The other side is who brings up his race all the time! Folks, I’m not trying to be overly optimistic here. I’m just readying the tea leaves as they exist today, and the Obama campaign is in trouble, and this thing on Saturday night, this forum on Saturday night just focused everybody’s attention on why. You know, it doesn’t look like it’s going to improve any, because he’s who he is. He only can be nuanced because he doesn’t have the experience, and he doesn’t have the guts to be specific about what he wants to do. He’s more and more on that thing Saturday night demonstrated something that I firmly believe and that is he’s not a thinker.

He may have a high IQ and he may have the ability to absorb a lot of things like a sponge in the brain, and I think that’s all he’s done. I think he’s absorbed everything he’s been taught by the people he’s hung around that don’t like this country, from Jeremiah Wright to William Ayers to whatever professors he’s had in college, to the people he hung around with while he was agitating street people in Chicago as a ‘street organizer.’ I think it’s patently clear that he can’t think on his feet. You know, Boone Pickens he’s gotten together with him. I guess we’ve lost Boone Pickens, well-known Republican, but he had a meeting with Obama, and they asked Obama a question about Pickens and his wind plan and natural gas.

Obama did his usual, ‘Uh, well, and, uh, and, uh, uh, well, we need, uh, a coherent policy,’ blah — and Pickens was reportedly just smiling very awkwardly as Obama went through his answer. Once again, to those who saw it, and even reported on it, it is abundantly clear that we’re dealing with an empty suit here who poses a tremendous risk to the country. Even Zbigniew Brzezinski, the national security advisor for Jimmy Carter expressed disappointment in Obama’s original answer blaming both Georgia and Russia for Russia’s invasion of Georgia. He said, ‘I thought it was a little too general. I thought it was not…’ Of course, Obama then got it right after four more attempts. They’re nervous on the Democrat side.

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RUSH: By the way, something I noticed in this forum on Saturday. I watched it in high definition. I watch everything I can in high definition, and his hair is grayer than before he went to Hawaii. Now, we’ve been through this with a previous Democrat candidate, Clinton, who would dye his hair to comport with the age of the audience to whom he was speaking. Now, I don’t know if Obama’s gray hairs are due to the stress of the campaign or due to hair color, but I’m telling you, there was something different about the shade of his hair. Once again, the phoniness is on display of the Democrat Party in general and its presidential nominee. Sunday, New York Times:

‘Seeing Tougher Race, Allies Ask Obama to Make ‘Hope’ Specific — As Senator Barack Obama prepares to accept the Democratic presidential nomination next week, party leaders in battleground states say the fight ahead against Senator John McCain looks tougher than they imagined, with Mr. Obama vulnerable on multiple fronts despite weeks of cross-country and overseas campaigning,’ and, they don’t add: and despite weeks of Drive-By Media sycophancy boosting and reporting of Obama! That’s what really frosts them. What really frosts them is that they have gone out of their way. They have done more to promote this candidate at this stage of the campaign than they have ever promoted any Democrat candidate, and it ain’t helping.

In fact, it’s hurting. It’s like all part of the backlash that I knew would happen, because people don’t like the Drive-By Media. They’re already suspicious of them, and it’s so obvious is that they’re not being, quote, unquote, ‘fair’ in this, that people are having a negative reaction to it. ‘These Democrats — 15 governors [these battleground states], members of Congress and state party leaders — say Mr. Obama has yet to convert his popularity among many Americans into solutions to crucial electoral challenges…’ What popularity? They’re living on myths here. He might have at one time had this big 15- or 18-point lead over McCain, but it’s gone. What popularity? So he hasn’t been able to convert the ‘popularity’ among all these Americans ‘into solutions to crucial electoral challenges: showing ownership of an issue, like economic stewardship or national security; winning over supporters of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton…’

That’s a laugh. Supporters of Senator Clinton are lining up here to create a war zone at the Democrat National Convention next week in Denver. The Democrats are also upset that he has not ‘minimized his race and experience level as concerns for voters. He hasn’t been able to…’ Right, because he can’t get specific, because if somebody doesn’t tell him what to say, if it’s not on the prompter, it’s a roll of the dice as to whether or not Obama is going to be able to come up with anything. ‘[B]lunter words of Gov. Phil Bredesen, Democrat of Tennessee: ‘Instead of giving big speeches at big stadiums, he needs to give straight-up 10-word answers to people at Wal-Mart about how he would improve their lives.” So once again, we’ve had another issue that’s been thrown into our laps. The first was gasoline prices and energy.

It is an issue that the Republican Party could own and ride to sweeping victory, and now the second issue has been handed to us, and that is the apparent and obvious incompetency of the Democrat Party’s presidential nominee and all that goes along with that. The incompetence is combined with arrogance and condescension. Obama, when he was accused of lying about this abortion business, or was accused of fabricating his answer that he never got the issue he wanted in those three bills that permitted the killing of babies who had survived abortion attempts. Eventually — and details are coming up — the Obama campaign had to admit that the ‘critics’ were right, and then the Obama camp went after the critics as being mean-spirited! So all you have to do to be ‘mean-spirited’ or mount a ‘personal attack’ is to be honest in criticizing a liberal Democrat.

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