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RUSH: Here is Sarah Palin and the future of American politics, as I would describe it.

PALIN: We were so blessed in April, Todd and I welcomed our littlest one into the world, a perfectly beautiful baby boy named Trig. You know, from the inside, no family ever seems typical, and that’s how it is with us. Our family has the same ups and downs as any other, the same challenges, and the same joys. Sometimes even the greatest joys bring challenge. And children with special needs inspire a very, very special love. To the families of special needs — (applause) to the families of special needs children all across this country, I have a message for you: For years you’ve sought to make America a more welcoming place for your sons and daughters. And I pledge to you that if we’re elected, you will have a friend and advocate in the White House.

RUSH: That’s a home run, folks. That’s a missile seeking dead aim in the hearts of every American family, and it hit the target.

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RUSH: I’m sitting here laughing, you know, yesterday the Obama campaign said, (paraphrasing) ‘We’re not going to attack Sarah Palin personally, but we’re going to let the blogs and the media do that.’ So Palin speaks last night, here comes Obama’s campaign firing right back because they got nailed. Greetings, my friends, and welcome, Rush Limbaugh, the Excellence in Broadcasting Network, meeting and surpassing all audience expectations on a daily basis. The telephone number is 800-282-2882, and the e-mail address, ElRushbo@eibnet.com.

It was really hard pulling audio sound bites today ’cause the temptation was just to play her whole speech. I mean, what do you leave out of this? My favorite lines, I don’t remember it exactly, but she dug Michelle Obama. She was talking about her town, her little town and so forth, and other places like her little town all across America, where regardless the circumstances, the people who live there love and are proud of their country every day. (laughing) Zingo. And then, as it was pointed out to me, the military veteran from Lancaster, Ohio, to whom she blew a kiss, totally natural. This woman can be soft, cuddly, and then before you know it you have a fist buried in your gut. Mrs. Clinton I don’t think could pull that off.

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RUSH: Last night at the Republican convention, Sarah Palin slamming the Drive-Bys.

PALIN: I’ve learned quickly these last few days that if you’re not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone. (boos) But here’s a little news flash for those reporters and commentators. I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion; I’m going to Washington to serve the people of this great country! (wild applause and cheering)

RUSH: You don’t know what music to the ears of Republican voters that is! Yes, you do, because you are Republican. That is the sweetest music: I’m not going there to be liked; I’m not going there to be approved by these people. I’m going there to do what I said I was going to do during the campaign. There was one point during the speech when she ripped the media, and the audience started shouting, ‘NBC, NBC.’ We have time to squeeze one more in here before the break. Drill, baby, drill.

PALIN: Our opponents say again and again that drilling will not solve all of America’s energy problems — as if we didn’t know that already. (audience laughter) But the fact that drilling, though, won’t solve every problem is no excuse to do nothing at all. (cheering) Starting in January, in a McCain-Palin administration we’re going to lay more pipelines and build more nuclear plants and create jobs with clean coal and move forward on solar, wind, geothermal, and other alternative sources. (cheering) We need American sources of resources. We need American energy brought to you by American ingenuity and produced by American workers. (cheering and applause)

RUSH: All right, all right, all right. Now, remember that part of the speech. The Obama campaign last night, put out this panic fundraising e-mail saying that we didn’t get one word from Sarah Palin on the energy problem in America today. Blatantly mischaracterizing, lying about her. Why do we all love Sarah Palin? ‘Cause we all know her. These kinds of women are all over our neighborhoods.

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RUSH: Sarah Palin last night, not only does she have more experience, she’s a better speaker than Obama.

PALIN: I’ve noticed a pattern with our opponent, and maybe you have, too. We’ve all heard his dramatic speeches before devoted followers, and there is much to like and admire about our opponent, but listening to him speak, it’s easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or even a reform, not even in the state Senate. But when the cloud of rhetoric has passed, when the roar of the crowd fades away, when the stadium lights go out, and those Styrofoam Greek columns are hauled back to some studio lot, when that happens, what exactly is our opponent’s plan? What does he actually seek to accomplish after he’s done turning back the waters and healing the planet?

RUSH: And then she turned in the knife.

PALIN: My fellow citizens, the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery. This world of threats and dangers, it’s not just a community, and it doesn’t just need an organizer. And though both Senator Obama and Senator Biden have been going on lately about how they are always, quote, fighting for you, let us face the matter squarely. There is only one man in this election who has ever really fought for you. There is only one man in this election who has ever really fought for you in places where winning means survival and defeat means death. And that man is John McCain.

RUSH: It’s impossible to pick out the best parts of the speech. I didn’t want it to end. That’s the best description I can give you. I did not want the speech to end. I did not want the night to end.

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RUSH: Andy in San Francisco. Andy, thank you for the call, sir.

CALLER: Rush, thank you, man. Hey, I don’t know if you caught Sam Donaldson last night. I was amazed at how incensed he was that Sarah Palin got past him and all his cronies in the vetting process. At the end of the day, you got done listening to Sam Donaldson, you would have thought the only way somebody could become a VP or a president in our country is if they went on some Sunday program on one of the Drive-Bys.

RUSH: That’s what they all think. That’s what they all think, Andy.

CALLER: It’s amazing.

RUSH: Eleanor Clift from the McLaughlin Group said, ‘Nobody knows this woman. I’ve never been to lunch with her. How could she be a nominee?’

CALLER: I was listening to Sam, it was the funniest thing. He could only be semi-biased for about five minutes, then he gets animated and he has to say something vitriolic; and then it was like, ‘Oh, funny! I’ve been able to release,’ and then he’d be semi-biased for a little bit and then he’d get all animated and have to say something mean again. These guys just cannot cover themselves up for what they really are: just very biased idiots. Blithering idiots.

RUSH: It’s gone beyond bias. They’re openly now advertising their agenda. They’ve always been. What’s really bothering you about them is their arrogance, their arrogance and their sense of self-importance and their sense that the country can only survive if they approve everybody who wants to lead it. They don’t have any idea, like you, what we’re reacting to. They have no idea how offensive that is, ’cause the American people say, ‘Who the hell are you people? Who are you to decide who our candidates are going to be? Who are you to decide who we’re going to nominate? Who are you? You’re just a bunch of liberals, and you have a view of this country that doesn’t reflect the view of a majority of people. Who the hell are you people?’ That’s the reaction that they’re getting and that’s the reaction that you had to Sam Donaldson. I didn’t know Sam Donaldson was still doing this stuff. I don’t watch the networks. I can’t handle it. I know they bring him out I guess on a consultant basis. Cokie Roberts comes in now and then, too, to back up the Junior League that they’ve got over at ABC now.

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RUSH: Brent in Ohio, welcome to the EIB Network. Hello.

CALLER: Hello, Rush, mega lipstick wearing pit bull dittos from Ohio.

RUSH: Thank you. Thank you, sir.

CALLER: I just wanted to say that in the afterglow of Governor Palin’s speech last night, I haven’t felt this way since 1980 and 1994, and it just leads me to believe that this country is really blessed, that we always come up with ordinary people that do extraordinary things.

RUSH: Yep.

CALLER: The list is endless. You’re on that list. It’s just amazing. This is the future of the Republican Party. When people talk about Rush Babies, Governor Palin is a Reagan Baby, and you can just tell, everything about her, her self-confidence, her delivery. Without being groomed for this job, she was groomed for this job.

RUSH: Because she’s a natural?

CALLER: A natural, just totally a natural.

RUSH: She’s authentic.

CALLER: Yeah. And every issue that liberalism has forced upon this society since the sixties is coming to the forefront in this campaign, and Sarah Palin is representing what’s right about this country.

RUSH: I want to warn you about something. You make a good point. Up until now they felt like this was in the bag, coronation, just a matter of time. Now they’re in a state of fear. They know it isn’t going to be easy. They’re going to get vicious. This is what they always do. Just be prepared to be offended royally at what Democrats say and do and the Drive-Bys amplifying it and reporting it, ’cause now they feel threatened, and they can’t beat this woman and John McCain on ideas. They can only try to destroy them. Mark my words. It’s going to be tough out there.

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