RUSH: Here is Tim Kaine. This guy is as big an empty suit as Obama. I watched Obama this morning. He had a little town meeting there at some place in Virginia with Tim Kaine who is the governor there. The Eyebrow is what we call him here, his nickname. And, you know, for a moment I got a little worried ’cause Barry sounded like he got him. He started out talking about how he loves America and he started off talking about how great America is. He started off talking about how great Americans are, and then he was talking about all the hundreds of thousands he’s met, and all the hundred thousand he’s shaken hands with and all the hundred thousand babies he’s kissed and hugged and so forth, and, ‘Uh oh, somebody got to him, he’s gotta start saying great things.’ Then it didn’t take 30 seconds and here it came. We are just in a world of hurt. There’s so much pain and suffering out there. We need to go back to the nineties. We need to bring back Clintonomics.
He just blew every bit of attempted upbeat, positive message. They just can’t help themselves. I know what happened. He’s going through this riff, talking about how great the country is and it just didn’t feel right to him. He was kind of giving it a try. It just didn’t feel right. ‘Gosh, I’m going to come off as a phony on this.’ Do you know what I found out? They’ve been putting teleprompters at town meetings. This guy is so bad off the prompter it’s even worse than we knew. They’ve got prompters at town meetings with bullet points that scroll on the screens, and sometimes the prompters have malfunctioned, and sometimes they’ve locked, and he’s lost. He’s literally lost without some words in front of him, and that I think is a large part of the, ‘Uhhh, ahhhh,’ which of course the left is telling us is nothing more than nuance. Anyway, this guy Kaine, folks, I watched this thing with Obama, I thought they let the cast of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest outside. Here is Kaine this morning on CNN, John Roberts said, ‘There’s a tremendous amount of discontent with the Bush administration. You know, even though Obama is still slightly ahead, McCain seems to be doing very well in the polls, so I mean are you surprised at that given the track record of the Bush administration with people’s discontent with it, what does Senator Obama need to do to kind of reclaim the mojo here?’
KAINE: I understand that Senator McCain was asked yesterday this question: ‘How many houses do you own?’ And he couldn’t answer that question. He couldn’t count high enough, apparently, to even know how many houses he owns. We’ve got Americans who are struggling with foreclosures, skyrocketing in Virginia and elsewhere, gas prices, jobs slowing down, the deficit at a record level. We’ve got to have somebody who can change the direction of this economy.
RUSH: Yeah, and you guys are certainly not the ones to do it. The Washington Post portrays both this guy and Mark Warner as these moderate kind of guys. They’re full-fledged full liberal tax increasers, which is what Tim Kaine’s done there. But this business about McCain not knowing how many houses he got, folks, it turns out that Obama already knows, Obama did an ad, he’s got seven houses, they’re worth $13 million, that wouldn’t even pay for one of John Kerry’s houses. The second thing I have to point out to you is I don’t care how many houses McCain got or has, he and his wife did not get a sweetheart deal from a fraud embezzler like Tony Rezko to buy their houses. But The Messiah did, The Messiah got all kinds of sweetheart deals with Rezko and who knows who else. McCain knows how many houses he has. He’s wondering whose name they’re in as he gets this question. He knows there’s a prenup. (doing McCain impression) ‘I’ll have to get the staff back to you because I don’t know. I don’t care about that.’ The question isn’t how many homes McCain has, but how many homes does McCain have where he got a sweetheart deal involving Tony Rezko and his buddies. If Obama wants to talk homes, let’s talk homes. He got a special deal in Hyde Park. He got a special deal on a prime piece of land adjacent to his home. His preacher, Jeremiah Wright, $10 million property for nothing. Let’s talk homes. Maybe Obama’s butt-kissing sidekick, the eyebrow, Tim Kaine, can add his one cent worth. One Flew Over Cuckoo’s Nest this morning. Here is Barack Obama, Chester, Virginia, they hadn’t given him the house line yet, still stuck on the Saddleback five million dollar line.
OBAMA: Some of you saw the Saddleback Forum with Rick Warren, he was asked, ‘Well, who do you consider rich?’ And he thought about it, saying, ‘I don’t know, maybe if you make $5 million. Five million dollars then you’re rich.’ Which means I guess if you’re only making three million a year, then you’re middle class. I guess that’s what he meant.
RUSH: This is weak. Folks, all partisanship aside here, this is the second day in a row this guy’s near bottoming out. It is becoming more and more apparent to me that if it’s not written down and if he hasn’t studied it beforehand he’s just wandering aimlessly in vain search of coherent syllables strung together to equal a meaningful thought. (doing Obama impression) ‘You saw the Saddleback Forum, Rick Warren, yep, yep, five million, got three million, middle class, that what he meant, that what he meant, ha-ha.’ Uh, Obama, he was joking, and he said so later, and he predicted exactly what you just did. (doing McCain impression) ‘I expect that comment is going to be distorted.’ And Obama has just run with it. But it’s so ineffective. They shoulda given him the house line. They shoulda given him the line they gave Tim Kaine. Letting back to Monday night, Bill Hemmer hosting a special 2008 presidential character and conduct documentary here on Obama. They played this bite from March 14th, 2008, Chicago Sun-Times interview with Obama about his land deal with Tony Rezko.
OBAMA: My view was I either paid the appraisal price or one-sixth of what Tony paid for land, whichever was higher. So I paid one-sixth of the price, which was approximately $104,000. At that point it was clearer that he was going to have some significant legal problems. I think there’s no doubt that this was a mistake, uh, I said it was a boneheaded move.
RUSH: Yeah, but there’s just so many of them. So many boneheaded people he hangs around, so many boneheaded things that his people have said that he has to say he never heard them say over 20 years. Anyway, we’re a little long here. There’s a new feature at the Zogby website, an audio feature called the Zogby Minute. It’s not Zogby himself, but I took a listen to it this morning, and one of the things that Zogby says in his poll is he does not think this is going to be a Democrat sweep. This year is not going to be the big sweep everybody thinks, that for the first time — and is this is interesting, if this is accurate — for the first time, not only is all opinion of Congress negative, I mean 9%, for the first time people are saying they don’t even like their own congressmen. And normally, in opinion polls and approval polls of Congress, people love their own guy but hate everybody else. Now they’re saying they hate their guy, too, according to Zogby. And this goes against that long-held trend that we hate the institution but we like our person in it. I told you yesterday, panic has set in, and it really has. Leon Panetta is out there saying, ‘I don’t like the way this is going. He’s gotta get tougher out there.’ Joe Klein, TIME Magazine, ‘Where’s the passion, Obama? Can’t you say something that makes us feel like you care about it?’ You know, when your campaign has to be taken over by Joe Klein at TIME Magazine, it ain’t a good sign.
RUSH: I predict to you, ladies and gentlemen, that this whole business of Obama’s campaign focusing on McCain’s houses is going to come back. It’s going to boomerang them like they don’t know. See, this is when they get into trouble. They just instinctively follow their own class-envy narrative. They do not remember how they got cream last time with the haughty John Kerry and his wife’s five homes and his wife’s corporate jet and so forth. So here comes a media question. By the way, did the media ever ask John Kerry, haughty John Kerry (who served in Vietnam) how many houses he had? No. They did ask McCain, and he says, ‘I don’t know. The staff will get it. Prenup. I don’t know.’
So the question is asked; McCain doesn’t know the answer, and the instinctive reaction are from all the libs, ‘A-ha-ha-ha! A big, rich Republican, seven houses. Ha-ha, out of touch! He can’t relate to the blue-collar.’ They just fall in line. So they run all this stuff. They’ve even got an ad running on this now. The problem is, if they want to bring up houses, if they want to bring up homes, then we are going to be happy to remind everybody all over again about Mr. Tony Rezko — and we’re going to have graphics and we’re going to have pictures, and we’re going to have pictures of Obama’s house, and then that little strip of land right next to his house that he got for below market value from Mr. Rezko. The guy is a felon. We want to talk about houses, we can talk about houses.
Here’s old Obama over there trying to make himself out to be some guy like Clarence Thomas, who came up from nothing, just gets back from the week on the beaches up in Hawaii, out in Hawaii. Oh, yeah and let’s not forget, you want to talk houses? How about the sweetheart deal from Countrywide that Chris Dodd got while a member of the committee that oversees the kind of business Countrywide does? Ah, this is fabulous. If these people want to bring this stuff up, go right ahead, and Obama, they’ve finally got the line to him out there. They somehow managed to get it on the teleprompter at his deal today in Chester, Virginia, and here’s what he said.
OBAMA (shouting): Somebody asked John McCain, how many houses do you have? And he said, ‘I’m not sure. I’ll have to check with my staff.’ True quote! ‘I’m not sure, I’ll have to check with my staff.’ (fake laugh) So they asked his staff, and he said, at least four. At least four. Now, think about that. I guess if you think that being rich means you gotta make $5 million, and if you don’t know how many houses you have, then it’s not surprising that you might think the economy was fundamentally strong.
RUSH: Now, does this not sound like somebody…? They’re either coaching him to get passionate so now he’s starting to yell, which does not equal passion. This sounds desperate. Hey, Obama, you think I should know how many houses I’ve got? Let me count. I have to count ’em up. I don’t care to tell you off the top of my head. Let’s see, one… two… three, four… I lost track. One: New York. One, and then two, three, four…seven. I, too, ladies and gentlemen, have (interruption) Snerdley, you have three houses, Snerdley? You have three houses? Snerdley has three houses. All right, so (laughter) I’m sure McCain knew. It’s just the prenup, folks. He’s got a prenup with his wife. He doesn’t know whose names they’re in, and he probably being a little bit too technical. Here’s the ad. This is the ad that the Obama campaign put together today in response to this question about how many houses does McCain have.
ANNOUNCER: Maybe you’re struggling just to pay the mortgage on your home, but recently John McCain said the fundamentals of our economy are strong.
RUSH: They are.
ANNOUNCER: Hmm. Then again, that same day when asked how many houses he owns, McCain lost track. He couldn’t remember.
ANNOUNCER: Well, it’s seven. Seven houses! And here’s one house America can’t afford to let John McCain move into.
RUSH: There’s a picture of the White House. It’s natural for these people to go for this, but it’s a mistake. It’s going to boomerang on them, and it’s not something that says… You know, McCain’s honor and his character are intact. McCain’s never made himself out to be something he’s not, like John Kerry has or like Obama’s trying to do. The fraud and phoniness is always on the left in these kinds of situations, and they’ll never figure that out.
RUSH: Hey, here’s another thing that we could do here, folks, Obama wants to talk about numbers and houses: talk about how many babies have died because of Obama’s support for infanticide. They’re trying to do anything they can to get away from that, and they’re not going to be able to. This is something. You know, a bunch of things that have centered and appeared now in this campaign that the Democrats have no desire to show up, and I’ll tell you, they don’t want the abortion debate. They don’t want it back, especially with the candidate they’ve got. Now, the McCain people have issued a response to Obama and his henchmen there, The Eyebrow, Tim Kaine on this number-of-houses business. McCain camp says, ‘Does a guy who made more than $4 million last year, just got back from vacation on a private beach in Hawaii, and bought his own million-dollar mansion with the help of a convicted felon really want to get into a debate about houses?
‘Does a guy who worries about the price of arugula and thinks regular people ‘cling to guns and religion’ in the face of economic hardship really want to have a debate about who’s in touch with regular Americans? The reality is that Barack Obama’s plans to raise taxes and opposition to producing more energy here at home as gas prices skyrocket, show that he is completely out of touch with the concerns of average Americans.’ This is true, and that is the essential definition of elitism.
RUSH: By the way, how many homes does Jay Rockefeller have? How many homes does John Teresa Heinz Kerry have? How many homes does Nancy Pelosi have? How many homes does Harry Reid Land Deal have? How many homes does Jon Corzine, the governor of New Jersey, have? See, these questions are never asked by the libs. Doesn’t Algore have a bunch of houses, too? How many houses does Algore have? We can play this game, if they want to. How many homes does Howard Dean have? How expensive are all these people’s homes? How expensive are Jay Rockefeller’s homes? How expensive are Corzine’s homes? How expensive are Howard Dean’s houses? Howard Dean’s wife is in New York, he used to live in Vermont, now he lives in the DC area. How many homes does Howard Dean have, and who bought them, by the way? Who bought these homes? There is something so phony about a candidate like Obama flying around on the best jets, asking billionaires and millionaires in San Francisco to support his campaign, having almost everything he has handed to him, attacking the McCains for the assets they’ve accumulated over the years. It’s a perfectly predictable, understandable thing for a bunch of little whiny socialists to do.
See, the real Obama is coming out now, folks. All of this mythology is starting to fade away, there’s panic all over. I mean, you ought to read ABC’s The Note today. ABC’s The Note is a compilation of all the stories on radio and TV the past 24 hours chronicling the panic that exists inside the Democrat Party. So the real Obama is coming out now, and that’s good. We all saw McCain joke about that five-million-dollar figure being rich at Rick Warren’s place and Obama is using that now against McCain. Predictable. Absolutely predictable behavior. Nothing, nothing at all, ladies and gentlemen, is surprising, new, unique, about Obama.