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RUSH: I just love the way the Drive-Bys and the Democrats have been popped out of their gourd over the fact that Bill Ayers has now entered the mainstream. The New York Times had a piece, what was it, Sunday? Was it Sunday? I think it was Sunday. They had a piece on Sunday about Ayers and the relationship, and they concluded they only met twice. It was just chock-full of absolute lies. The New York Times did its best to deflect all this but they failed and the Drive-Bys, the Democrats, are beside themselves now that this has finally come out and that’s why they’re saying that for McCain and Palin to hit this, it’s going to hurt them and Obama is saying (paraphrased), ‘Well, you know, McCain’s just having one of these tirades, losing control of himself and so forth.’ They’ve done everything they can to hide the real Obama from everybody. It’s starting to come out.

Sarah Palin, from the Washington Post blog today: ‘Palin Adds Fannie Mae Execs to List of Objectionable Obama Associates.’ She is taking it to them. By the way, this is the whole story about Palin. The crowd estimate in Jacksonville today was 10,000 people at 10 a.m. to hear Sarah Palin. Seven thousand people were in the landing; 3,000 people were outside. This is what has the Drive-Bys, the Democrats beside themselves. Because, you know, this big crowd business, why, that was wholly owned by Obama — the Most Merciful Lord Barack Obama! He was the one drawing all the big crowds. He was the one generating all the excitement. Now it’s Sarah Palin. She said, ‘Now our opponent’s campaign is claiming for the first time Obama was not aware of Ayers’ radical background. Maybe he just thought…’

She goes on to say, ‘He didn’t know he launched his own political career in the living room of a domestic terrorist? What’s next? Claiming he didn’t know that two of his biggest supporters were running Fannie Mae? Maybe he just thought they were guys in his Washington neighborhood.’ Now, she didn’t name Franklin Raines or James Johnson yet, but I hope she does. ‘Two former Fannie Mae execs who are Obama supporters, but the crowd cheered loudly as she sought to connect Obama to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. She’s talking about character, Obama’s lack of character, in vague terms. She outlines on her running mate’s proposals on economic issues, freezing increases in most domestic spending to balance the federal budget, cutting funding for earmarks,’ and so forth. ‘But much of the rhetoric was about character. She said, ‘Tonight it’s town hall time. We’ll see the difference between a man who puts his faith in government and a leader who puts his faith in you, a politician who observes and analyzes us and a leader who knows and understands us, the difference between a guy who makes promises and a guy who get things done.”

The Post concludes this: ‘While Obama and McCain have occasionally had days on the campaign trail in recent weeks with only one or two events, Palin had a packed Tuesday schedule with a speech and a fundraiser in Jacksonville, a rally in Pensacola, and then a speech in Greenville, North Carolina. She also did an interview with Greta Van Susteren, who was cheered loudly as she walked into the Jacksonville rally with the press.’ So Palin, we were asking a couple weeks ago, ‘Where is she? How come they got her under wraps?’ and then we said, ‘Turn her loose and let her be who she is! Please have her stop mirroring McCain.’ What’s happened is McCain is mirroring her now, given his remarks in Albuquerque yesterday. And the Drive-Bys are flummoxed. They don’t dig it. They’re not happy. Here, listen to this. This is last Saturday. We’re at sound bite number 6-B. This is last Saturday in Carson, California, campaign rally, Governor Sarah Palin speaking on Madeleine Albright.

PALIN: I’m reading on my Starbucks mocha cup, okay, the quote of the day. You’ll never believe what the quote was. It was Madeleine Albright, former secretary of state and UN ambassador, and Madeleine has as her quote of the day for Starbucks — now, she said it; I didn’t — she said, ‘There’s a place in hell reserved for women who don’t support other women.’

RUSH: That’s Sarah Palin last Saturday in Carson. Meanwhile, she goes to Starbucks, she really goes to Starbucks. There has been a lot of fact-checking now on some of these things that Joe Biden said in the debate, he said one of the things, ‘You go down and have breakfast at Katie’s restaurant…’ He hasn’t been there in years! He hadn’t been to Katie’s restaurant in years and he put it in the wrong place when he did talk about it. This guy, he tells a story about Home Depot. Nobody can ever remember seeing Biden in a Home Depot, unless he was in there before the plugs. You know, people don’t recognize him when he goes in with the plugs, goes in as a Chia Pet. Here’s Gwen Ifill. Now, this is great. This is on Meet the Press yesterday, Tom Brokaw. Oh. Something interesting I just learned about the debate tonight, the town hall meeting. Both candidates agreed there would be no follow-up questions, but nobody told Brokaw. So Brokaw’s not agreed to no follow-ups. So tonight one of the tune-in factors is to follow up or not follow up. The candidates both agree to no follow-ups, but nobody told Brokaw, or Brokaw claims he doesn’t know this, so he may not be bound by it. Anyway, on Meet the Press on Sunday, Brokaw talked to Gwen Ifill about the veep debate, and he says, ‘You know, you asked her a question. She completely ignored it.’

IFILL: More than ignored it. (laughs) ‘Blew me off,’ I think is the technical term. The understanding was that we were going to have a debate. Joe Biden decided that he was going to debate John McCain, and she decided she was going to give a stump speech to the American people. There’s very little a moderator can do other than say, ‘No, no, no. Listen, I asked a question. Please, please answer.’

RUSH: She did answer. She said, ‘I may not answer these questions the way you want me to, but I’m going to speak to the American people.’ Bullseye. Bingo. These Drive-Bys are flummoxed; they can’t handle it. They are still discombobulated over the fact that Sarah Palin is who she is and that she’s a Republican and she’s on the vice presidential ticket and will be very, very close to the Oval Office in a lot of ways. They just are beside themselves over this. They’re getting defensive now. These polls. Now, you can look at these polls. We got CBS with four-point spread for Obama, we’ve got Zogby with a three-point spread — actually, 2.4 spread for Obama with likely voters. Now, you can — you can analyze this one of two ways.

You can say, ‘Well, you know, the Drive-Bys are just showing this so that after the debate tonight that Obama is going to be given a huge surge later in the week on the basis of his performance,’ and you know, I’m not so sure that Zogby does this, but we do know that Washington Post, ABC, AP whoever they use, and a lot of other polls, have markedly changed the percentages of Republicans and Democrats as respondents in the polls. So, for example, after the Republican convention, they took a poll with an equal representation of Republicans and Democrats, and it showed McCain and Palin with a huge bounce. But then a week later, ten days later, another poll, and they reduced the percentage of Republicans, and they said, ‘Look, look, the bounce is gone,’ while they reduced the percentage of Republicans; and that’s the way they take away the momentum.

They perceive to take away the momentum when the momentum actually hasn’t shifted. So you could also say, ‘Well, maybe these two polls are a sign that Obama’s peaked.’ We’ll just have to wait and see what these future polls have to say. But I wouldn’t discount the possibility that these two polls showing a tight race now are consigned to show an Obama lead later in the week after tonight’s debate. Because this, of course, is what the media wants, and the media are the polls. Well, Zogby is with Reuters, so he does have a media partner. Now, about Obama, to show you how discombobulated he is and his campaign is, all of his buddies have gone underground. We never hear from Wright or Ayers anymore. You can’t find them. He’s locked his wife Michelle (My Belle) in the closet with some duct tape on her mouth so that she can’t scream her rage and anger, be heard through the closed door.

Obama knows that he needs to keep silent those that actually know him best. He’s got to keep silent, those who know him best and those who do not like this country — and this is a post-racial candidate, he says. He’s a post-racial candidate. But he has been successful using the race card to his full advantage. So far, he has labeled Bill Clinton, Geraldine Ferraro, Sarah Palin, John McCain, and me all racist. All those white people in Pennsylvania, Missouri, and Ohio who voted for Hillary? They’re racist, too. Those are the bitter clingers. All those Democrats who might vote for McCain? Racist! And, of course, if you register Republican you might as well be a member of the KKK, racist all, according to Obama. But when he’s pressed about it, he denies any of it.

He’s a uniter! He’s postracial! Hell, he’s even post-partisan! He doesn’t even know these things are being said in his name, he doesn’t even know who these people who are his best friends really are. He’s asking us to believe an awful lot. You know, Reagan — this is interesting, folks, an interesting observation which is why, of course, you tune to this program. You remember Reagan used to say, ‘There’s no limit to what can be done so long as people don’t care who gets the credit.’ Obama obviously doesn’t believe that. Obama wants the credit for things he has never done. He wants the credit for things he has never advocated. He wants the credit for anything good that occurs. But, he loves to assign blame for events and behavior that goes sour. He assigns that blame to his opponents. He uses clever phrases; twists of logic; old, worn class warfare platitudes and tactics. He feeds on the anxiety of the people during challenging economic times or challenging international situations, always looking to exploit them, draw out their fears. And then, like magic, offers himself as the answer to troubles or concerns! He says, ‘I warned about this two years ago,’ But he’s done nothing. He has done diddly-squat. He talks. He takes credit for things he had no participation in. He warned two years ago, three years ago about this problem. Nobody listened to him. We should start listening to him. His fingerprints and the fingerprints of his associates are all over this subprime mortgage business, which is responsible for this economic freefall that’s taking place on Wall Street. This is brought to you by, exclusively by, the Democrat Party scandal.

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