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RUSH: Michael in Austin, Texas. Welcome to the EIB Network. Hello.

CALLER: Hi, Rush.

RUSH: How are you?

CALLER: (Unintelligible) caller dittos, Rush.

RUSH: Thank you very much, sir.

CALLER: I saw Barbara Boxer on Fox this morning talk about McCain suspending his campaign.

RUSH: Yeah.

CALLER: And she’s mouthing the Obama line about how presidents should be able to do more than one thing at a time, and I was just wondering: How many times have I heard Democrats — Michael Moore, whoever — complaining about how Bush, you know, took seven minutes to read My Pet Goat on the morning of 9-1-1?

RUSH: Oh, yeah, he ‘fled Washington,’ fled Washington and stayed aboard Air Force One because he was a coward.

CALLER: Exactly. How many times, you know, do they keep a running tally of how much time he spent in Crawford?

RUSH: No. Look. I understand how this frustrates you, but I’m going to try to give you an illustration.

CALLER: Tell me, Rush.

RUSH: I had a guy from Sioux City, Iowa, call. Did you happen to hear that yesterday?

CALLER: As a matter of fact I didn’t.

RUSH: All right. Well, what it was, there was a story in the New York Times yesterday, which was a fabricated, 100% lie, saying that Rick Davis of McCain’s campaign staff was being paid by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

CALLER: Oh, yes. I did. I did hear it.

RUSH: Okay. The McCain camp issued a refutation denying it, factually, every which way but Sunday. So the guy calls up, and he starts quoting the article to me. No, he didn’t quote the article. He starts telling me, ‘Hey, this looks really bad. You got McCain’s guy.’ I said, ‘No, no. Here are the facts.’ I gave him the facts. It didn’t matter.

CALLER: Right.

RUSH: It’s like do you ever go to one of these batting machines?

CALLER: (laughing) Not this week.

RUSH: They just keep throwing baseballs at you.

CALLER: Right.

RUSH: Or how about, if you play tennis, and these things just keep launching tennis balls at you, no matter what you do.

CALLER: Uh-huh. Doesn’t matter.

RUSH: You could knock the ball out of the park and the stupid machine’s going to throw another one. That’s what liberals do. It doesn’t matter what you do with their pitch. It doesn’t matter. They’re just going to keep launching them. So when you start refuting Barbara Boxer, I guarantee you, this is the mantra: ‘Presidents have to be able to do more than one thing at a time, or have to be able to do two things at a time.’ Mike, sound bite 1 has the montage of the Drive-By Media talking about this being a ‘Hail Mary.’ Here. We’ve got another montage of how the media got together and decided how to describe McCain’s announcement of suspending his campaign.

BROWN: … a smart move or maybe a Hail Mary pass on his part.

STEPHANOPOULOS: The longest Hail Mary pass….

YELLIN: …a Hail Mary pass…

BLITZER: He’s looking for a Hail Mary.

COOPER: … a Hail Mary pass…

CROWLEY: The Hail Mary.

KRAUTHAMMER: How many Hail Mary’s can one guy throw in one game?

MADDOW: …throw the ultimate Hail Mary pass.

TODD: McCain is throwing a Hail Mary.

SAMMON: McCain loves to throw these Hail Mary passes.

MATTHEWS: It’s the longest Hail Mary pass in history of football, or Hail Mary’s!

RUSH: So it’s no longer even funny. You know, just… Well, it’s funny, but it’s no longer something you just shake your head over and say, ‘How does this happen?’ because we now know how it happens. There’s an echo chamber. They all think the same way: Hail Mary pass, Hail Mary pass, Hail Mary pass. ‘How can he do two Hail Mary passes in one campaign?’ That was Krauthammer, by the way.

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