RUSH: McCain’s campaign strategerist, a guy named Steve Schmidt, says that he’s been contacted by a bunch of big-time Drive-By reporters demanding paternity tests for the Down syndrome child. The Drive-By Media has called Steve Schmidt of the McCain campaign and is demanding paternity tests for the Down syndrome child! I am not making this up. That’s what Steve Schmidt is saying. They don’t believe it. These far-left fringe bloggers are defining the template of the Drive-By Media now. They are defining the template. They have sunk to a low that was previously unsuspected, and there’s plenty of room for them to go straight down to hell — and they’re on their way. They are destroying an entire industry, and I’m content for that to happen, but, boy, it’s painful to watch as they flail about, trying to hold on and save what is so desperate to them: and that is liberal socialism, reforming and running this country.
He didn’t name them. He didn’t name the reporters, but he said he’s had a bunch of A-list reporters demand paternity tests for the Down syndrome child ’cause they believe that it actually is the daughter’s child, who is now pregnant, and that Sarah Palin covered by faking being pregnant to protect her daughter and so forth; even though the 17-year-old daughter is five months pregnant. They want a paternity test on that Down syndrome kid because their standard mode of operation is: ‘Whatever a conservative or Republican says is a lie, it isn’t true,’ or it’s worse than that. Folks, they’re not even interested in the truth. If we get down to the bottom line here, it’s rumor, rumor, rumor, and establish rumor as fact — and that is the modus operandi.
Just put any rumor out there, and when you know that sycophant vacuum cleaners in the Drive-By Media are going to be entertained and intrigued by whatever fringe insanity they read on these fringe kook websites — if those websites understand that whatever they write is going to be picked up and investigated as a legitimate news source. All the while these people complained about the New Media, the conservative media, which has ‘no editing process,’ which has no ‘filters.’ We, of course, in the New Media pose a great risk to democracy and freedom because we’re just a bunch of wild asses shooting from the hips — and it’s just the exact opposite. Some of the most extreme, insane, insulting, lunatic stuff now approaches the mainstream; reaches the mainstream; and becomes rumor/fact of the day.
And then you keep pounding it and you keep pounding it and you keep pounding it. You can’t blame these kooks on the left-wing blogs if they discover that the Chris Matthewses of the world — and all these other reporters at CNN, the Campbell Browns of the world — are going to read that stuff and believe it and then make it part of the daily template, part of daily narrative. Why wouldn’t you do it? They don’t care about truth. They don’t care about anything other than defeat and victory. We’re dealing with people who are miserably unhappy, and they’re dealing out of fear when it comes to Sarah Palin. Let me illustrate. Let’s go to the audio sound bites. Sally Quinn, CNN’s Newsroom with Soledad O’Brien late yesterday. Question to Sally Quinn. She’s married to Ben Bradlee. She’s ‘the Washington social doyenne,’ the hostess that threw all the great dinner parties that everybody bowed down and did everything to be invited to. She’s also a reporterette, occasionally still writes for the Washington Post. The question, ‘Folks can find your article in the Washington Post. Is it a swipe at working mothers, if you extend it outside of Sarah Palin and the VP pick and you say anybody who isn’t around 24 hours a day watching their kids is not enough of a hands-on mother?’
QUINN: I’ve been a working mother for 26 years and practically every friend I have is a working mother and works full time. So, uh, I think we are so far beyond that issue of whether women should work or not, in — uh, certainly in your world and my world. But in the world of evangelicals, that’s not the case. Women are supposed to be subservient to their husbands and they are meant to be stay-at-home moms. And women, in fact, are not allowed to be pastors in the Southern Baptist church.
RUSH: So now we have this. This is Sally Quinn, who is an extreme liberal feminist, now defining for us who evangelicals are and how they live, and getting it entirely wrong. Women are supposed to be subservient to men. By the way, now, you can sit and get mad at all this stuff. It’s not going to do any good to get mad. You’ve gotta do something. You’ve gotta understand this, understand where this comes from. They’re totally frightened. They live a lie. They do not understand half of what they believe, or more, and they act on it; they create policies based on it; and they exist in hate. They exist in hate. So it’s a double standard. If you’re Sally Quinn or Soledad O’Brien — who has a bunch of kids, by the way.
Soledad O’Brien’s got at least three, I believe. Two of them are twins, I think. I’m not quite sure. I confuse these Drive-By info babes. But if you’re Sally Quinn or Soledad O’Brien, well, it’s all fine and dandy to have kids and go to work and have the husband do whatever he does. Hire the nanny, get day care, because you are sophisticated and you understand the realities of the world. But these evangelicals? They don’t buy this! Women are supposed to have babies; be barefoot, pregnant, in the kitchen; never to be heard from, subservient to men. And thus Sarah Palin is disqualified because she has violated the rules of evangelical religious beliefs. It’s absurd! It is insane! And yet it is not challenged. Here’s more if you want to hear more. She added this to the comment.
QUINN: It’s one thing to have one or two or three children, especially if they’re healthy children, and everyone knows that women and men are different and that moms and dads are different and that women — the burden of child care almost always falls on the woman. But I think when you have five children — one a four-month-old Down syndrome baby, and a daughter who’s 17 who’s also a child and who is going to need her mother very much in the next few months and years with her own baby coming — that I don’t see how you can not make your family your first priority.
RUSH: When did you start caring about that, Sally Quinn? When did these people start caring about the family? When did they start caring about putting family first? When did these liberal feminists, Sally Quinn of Georgetown, start being concerned about that? So now Sarah Palin, she’s not going to have time. She’s not going to have time to govern. She’s not going to be able to do it right because she had too many kids — and here again, Snerdley, you lose the bet. She should not have had one that had Down syndrome. Well, no. You could have two or three. We haven’t got to the Chinese one baby policy yet.
You could have two or three if you’re Sally Quinn or Soledad O’Brien. But you can’t have any if you’re Sarah Palin and go to work, and you can’t have any if you’re Sarah Palin and are not subservient to your husband, and you can’t have any if you’re Sarah Palin and you’re going to run for governor. Of course I know how infuriating it is! I’ve been boiling all night. I’ve been boiling all morning here. The point here is that the anger, you know, after awhile, then what do you do? All we can do is expose this stuff, add the appropriate commentary to it, and let people take it and digest it for what it is, because it speaks for itself. Of course it’s outrageous, but I maintain to you that what’s driving all of this is something very simple.
They know Sarah Palin exposes the frauds they are. She exposes them by virtue of her American life. She exposes them by virtue of her essence. She exposes them by virtue of her existence. She exposes them as the 100% lying frauds that they are: the Sally Quinns, most of the women in the media, all of the so-called feminist leaders. I told you yesterday, this is nothing more (well, it actually is more) but it’s the same approach that they took to destroy Clarence Thomas, the same approach that they took to destroy Robert Bork and all the others I mentioned in that list. They destroy people who are threats. They destroy people who are threats to their template, to their narrative, to their power. They take no prisoners. They have the Drive-By Media with them, the Washington governing class, as well as the Democrat Party. It’s a troika. It’s a three-headed beast. That’s what we’re all up against.
RUSH: I’ll tell you, the e-mail account is smoking as I’m sure the phone calls are smoking with reaction to the ditz Sally Quinn. Let’s not forget Sally Quinn is of Georgetown. Sally Quinn is known mostly thanks to her husband. Sally Quinn has never subjected herself to public approval, therefore can make claims without measuring them against what the public actually thinks. She would be outraged if anyone began any kind of an investigation of her, to find out what her childhood was like, other than what she’s written, to find out what she’s done in her life that we don’t know about. To have media demand that she prove her kids are her kids, by doing paternity tests. She would be outraged, she’s too sophisticated; she would be insulted. If I’m not mistaken, wasn’t Bill Clinton a Southern Baptist? I know Jimmy Carter was a Southern Baptist. I think they both were. And, by the way, the Democrats loved ’em. The Democrats still love ’em, two Southern Baptists, the Democrats and Sally Quinn fawning all over themselves for both. Was Hillary not subservient enough? I mean, here you’ve got a Southern Baptist president, Bill Clinton, and I don’t think he’s married to anybody subservient.
I’ll tell you something else, Sally, old babe, you talk about Sarah Palin not having enough time with all those kids to run around. Last I checked Bill Clinton had more relationships on the side while he was in the White House, plus a daughter in the White House, plus a wife running around. Bill Clinton was as busy as he could possibly be. Were you going to be demanding the paternity tests for John Edwards? Where’s the investigation into his affair? Where’s the investigation into whose kid it really is? This was a guy with no experience, nothing to recommend him to be president, and you didn’t do one thing to do anything about exposing who John Edwards really is, because you didn’t care to because he’s a fraud just like all the rest of you are. And let’s not forget Nancy Pelosi. Nancy Pelosi has five children, and she has grandchildren, and do you remember when she was sworn in as the speaker of the House? She brought all that family in there, she brought her kids, she brought grandkids, she had grandkids on the knee, she said it’s time for a woman to clean the House, she said she could do it all with her kids, her grandkids, her husband, Paul Pelosi, running around.
The double standard here is striking. It’s not new. It’s nothing surprising. It is just glaring how overt it has become. And, by the way, none of what Clinton did interfered with his job. Bill Clinton’s out there admitting to lying under oath. Bill Clinton is out there having all these different affairs, and you said it didn’t affect his job performance, why, it’s sex, everybody has sex. But it didn’t affect how he led the country. They’re just scared, folks, they are frightened as they can be. If your blood’s boiling, let me turn up the temperature. Soledad O’Brien to Sally Quinn: ‘Why wouldn’t she make the choice that many working mothers with more than one or two or even three kids make and hand that sick child off to their dad and go answer the phone? Why would that not be sort of in the realm of possibility?’
QUINN: We’re supposed to say, at least in the old feminist world, that women and men are the same and they should be equal and that, you know, we have double standards. It’s extremely time-consuming. We are talking about John McCain, who has chosen a woman with five children, one with special needs and a daughter, 17-year-old child who’s pregnant. That is a distraction, and when you are in a position like that, suppose she became president in the next several months, she would have an enormous number of distractions on her hand. And I can’t believe that she would be the dad and her husband would be the mom.
RUSH: Uh, have you heard of nannies? I go back and I recall the Bill Clinton experience. How did Bill Clinton not get distracted, Sally? Sally Quinn of Georgetown. It’s a distraction to have five kids? You can have two or three. Let’s go through the list, let’s find out how many kids all these Drive-By Media babes have and find out how it is they still do their jobs and not be distracted by their families, because they think they’re just as important as the vice president. They think they’re just as big a part of government as the vice president is, maybe even more powerful than the vice president. So let’s go look, let’s do a little list of every female Drive-By, find out how many kids they’ve got, how old they are, who takes care of them and what kind of wonk husbands these people have. Of course it wasn’t a distraction for Bill Clinton to have all of his affairs. It wasn’t a distraction for Bill Clinton to have all these investigations into his affairs. It wasn’t a distraction for Bill Clinton to be impeached because he lied under oath. See what we’re up against here?
Let’s go the phones, this is Chris in Fargo, North Dakota, you’re first today. Hello.
CALLER: Rush, what a pleasure.
RUSH: Thank you.
CALLER: I’ve listened to you all since the day you came on the radio. I’m just so tickled to talk to you, but I had to call you, my friend, my mentor.
RUSH: I appreciate that.
CALLER: I’m a 51-year-old mother, grandmother, I live in Fargo, North Dakota, and God help me, I’m a Baptist. And I am not subservient to my husband. I respect my husband. My husband is a wise man. You know, this is the problem that feminists have, Rush. They see themselves as being smarter than men, and I don’t mean that in a derogatory way. Women are sharp and we are smart, but, you know, our men, our husbands, are wise. That’s the way they’re built. And if you are wise, if you have a good husband, and you are wise, you’ll listen to the counsel of your husband. You don’t bow down to him, no. And that has nothing to do with being a woman. And this business with what they’re doing to this poor soul, I am not a feminist, I’ve never bought into that, but I grew up in the day when all of this nonsense was going on and the bras were burning and we were marching and Helen Reddy was singing, and good God. And the women are confused, they’re confused. They don’t know why they’re even doing what they’re doing.
RUSH: No, they’re not confused at all. They have a plan. They are out to destroy traditional values that have defined this country’s greatness. They’re angry. They’re not confused. They’re angry as they can be. They’ve been left out. They’re angry at a whole bunch of things, the whole left, whether it’s women, whether it’s the civil rights coalitions, they’re just enraged, they’re angry all the time. They don’t get their way all the time. They’re angry at people who have different values than they have. They can’t get over the fact that there are people like you who believe in God. That’s where they think you’re stupid, that’s where they think you are an idiot and unsophisticated. They don’t believe in things like you do, they don’t believe in things larger than themselves. The world rotates around them, whether it’s feminists, whether it’s the civil rights coalitions, whether it’s the Drive-By Media, and people like you, Chris, who have faith in something larger than yourself, in something that you cannot prove, that’s what makes you an idiot. They’re not confused about a thing. Now, you may, in your charitable way of looking at them think they’re misguided and so forth and you might want to say that it’s worth extending charity to them on that basis. But don’t misunderstand the threat that these people pose to the way you live, to the values that have built your country and the values you want to hand down to your country. And that is what this election is all about. I appreciate the call.
This is Bruce in Columbia, South Carolina. Hello.
CALLER: Well, hello, Mr. Limbaugh.
CALLER: I want to say I haven’t talked to you for about five years, but your show has become very irritating to me and I felt that I had to call you and call you on this one thing. You’ve preached for years, and I’ve known you since ’88, abstinence, abstinence, just say no to sex and whatnot, now you’ve got your own Republican Party, a 17-year-old girl of a Republican governor of Alaska gets pregnant, and granted, she’s human like everybody else and had sex, but suddenly you’re talking out of both sides of your mouth.
RUSH: No, I’m not.
CALLER: Of course you are.
RUSH: I’m not talking out of both sides of my mouth. You are an ass, and you know you’re an ass. You’re being a provocative ass. You know that we believe in abstinence, yes, as opposed to birth control for teenagers, promoting the activity, but we don’t support abortion. We know that people aren’t perfect. We know that they make mistakes. We know that we love them when they do, and we try to correct their mistakes and not abandon them and rip them to shreds, unless we’ve tried over and over again, and they simply don’t get it, and even then, when they’re family, we still love them. I’m not talking out of both sides of my mouth. I’m as consistent as anyone on this side of the issue can be. It is half-brains like you who simply want to be provocative who illustrate your abject ignorance by calling this program and putting on display for the entire country to see. You have got guts, I’ll give you that.
RUSH: You know, it’s a sad shame we’ve got so many stupid people in this country that we have to deal with, but we do. Talking out of both sides of my mouth? Look, I believe in abstinence. I believe in all kinds of moral standards, but I also know most Americans believe in moral standards. Another thing that has the left totally outraged! They wish America was as value-less as they are except they can’t bring that about, and they can’t bring that about because they can’t defeat God — and that frosts them, because it is from God — it is from religion — that morality descends. It is where we are instructed in our morality, and I think in a general sense, we’re all born with an understanding of right and wrong. We have to be taught this, unlike other beasts and beings.
We have to be raised. So parents and families are crucial, they’re important. But even lousy families have produced great leaders, great people, and so forth. So it’s not axiomatic that you have to have a great family in order to end up with an understanding of right and wrong. We all have that little voice in our head that tells us what not to do, shouldn’t do this, don’t say that. We don’t listen to it a lot, but we all have it. We all know the difference between right and wrong, particularly those of us who have had solid families to instruct in these things. But we all fail. Everybody’s imperfect. Most Americans believe in the standards that I’m describing here.
Most Americans fall short of them, on occasion, not constantly. But life’s a process of trying to improve, trying to reach a better level, learning from mistakes, finding the good in everything that happens no matter how shattering it might be; because there is good, there is opportunity, in everything that happens. Liberals attack these standards. Liberals attack these morals. They attack the culture. They lecture us that if you try to set standards and try to meet standards, you’re going to be condemned when you’re imperfect. See, they have a free pass on this. They have no standards for themselves in the sense that you and I are discussing here, and so they can’t fail them. They can live lives of total debauchery and be rewarded for it in their careers.
They can live lives of just unbelievable wretched excess, and they’re applauded for it because they do not want to be hypocrites. They therefore do not want to be held to standards, but they in their own hearts know that they are wrong. They have guilt and they have anger and they have rage. They wish they could get rid of standards everywhere. But they can’t because they can’t defeat God. Lord knows they are trying to defeat God. That’s what this attack on Sarah Palin really comes down to, if you ask me. Who makes Sarah Palin the way she is? Sarah Palin has a value base that scares the hell out of these people because it reminds them of their failures to destroy values that create families, like Sarah and Todd Palin’s, and McCain.
This is an assault, and this idiot that called here accusing me of talking out of both sides of my mouth on the concept of abstinence? Believe me, there are plenty of idiots, and they’re multiplying out there just like this guy. This is an assault on humanity. It’s an assault on individuality. This is how the left thinks. This attack on Sarah Palin embodies everything about the left; it is as intense as I have ever seen it because they are more frightened than ever. Remember their starting point. This election was going to be a slam-dunk. All they had to do was show up. Doesn’t matter, it was either going to be Hillary or Barack, but it was going to be a slam dunk. Now they’ve got Barack and they’ve got The Messiah! They think they have someone who is anointed.
They buy into this. They believe this garbage. And now all of a sudden, reality once again intrudes on the myth and on the fiction of liberalism. So they have to continue their assault on humanity. They have to continue their assault on individuality. It’s just who they are; it’s how they think. In the case of Sarah Palin it is even more perverse. They are attacking the mother for behavior of one of her children. They want you to believe that both the child and her mother are unworthy. It is genuinely sick.