RUSH: The race is tightening. The pollsters cannot explain it. The Drive-Bys are concerned. Rasmussen down to three, Gallup at two, the Battleground Poll is at three. Greetings, my friends, and welcome. Rush Limbaugh in the middle of the week on hump day. It’s Wednesday on the Excellence in Broadcasting Network, and the telephone number if you want to be on the program is 800-282-2882. Great to have you here, folks. It’s going to take all three hours once again to squeeze everything we have in.
As you know, The Messiah, the Lord Barack Obama, the Most Merciful, making a 30-minute paid stump speech tonight. What are you frowning at, Snerdley? What TV? You watching MSNBC? Forget television. I’m telling you, the polls are tightening up out here. I know you can go to MSNBC and see Obama with 6,000 electoral votes now, McCain with minus 40 electoral votes, you can see all that, but the polls are all over the place. The pollsters themselves are having trouble explaining why this is the case. The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for today shows Obama at 50, McCain at 47, the first time McCain has been within three points of Obama in more than a month and the first time that McCain’s support in the Rasmussen poll has topped 46%. Obama has a five-point advantage among those who plan to vote, but say that something might come up to keep them from voting. Now, this is an interesting aspect, too, we’ll get to in just a moment here, ladies and gentlemen. Hang in there and be tough.
We’ve also got a Palestinian making robocalls for Barack Obama talking about how great he will be for Palestinians and so forth. We’ve got the audio of that coming up. Bill McInturff is one of McCain’s pollsters, a big story in TheHill.com yesterday. McCain’s pollster foresees a tight race on election night, and as the program unfolds I’ll give you the details of what McInturff says. It is very encouraging. In the Washington Post today, pollsters are nervous. They might be out of business next week if they get this as wrong as they make it look like they’re going to be. ‘Accuracy of Polls a Question in Itself,’ is the story in the Washington Post today. Skeptics challenge the assumptions that are being made. ‘Still, there appears to be an undercurrent of worry among some polling professionals and academics. One reason is the wide variation in Obama leads: Just yesterday, an array of polls showed the Democrat leading by as little as two points and as much as 15 points. … Steven Schier, a political scientist at Carleton College in Minnesota, ‘I have been wondering for weeks’ whether the polls are accurately gauging the state of the race. Borrowing from lingo popularized by former defense secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, Schier asked what are the ‘unknown unknowns’ about polling this year: For instance, is the sizable cohort of people who don’t respond to pollsters more Republican-leaning this year, perhaps because they don’t want to admit to a pollster that they are not supporting the ‘voguish’ Obama?’
This is some of the things that they’re pondering. They can’t explain why their own polls are so far off, why there’s so much variance in all of these polls. I was watching PMSNBC this morning, DNCTV, and they had some hipster on there from, what is it, MySpace or MyFace? MySpace. Oh, it’s Facebook and MySpace. They had some hipster on there from MySpace — nothing against you people who want to use MySpace. I don’t know why you want to give up every private detail about yourselves, you’ll learn at some point, don’t know why you’d want to do this, but feel free. Have at it. If you desire fame that much, then go for it. They had this guy on there, ‘Oh, yeah, oh, we’re going to have a youth vote out there and nobody is even calculating, oh, yeah, I mean it’s going to be dynamite, going to be huge, we’re going to have so many people, so many young people going to be out there, it’s going to shock the world,’ the guy was saying.
Then I see the Las Vegas Review-Journal today: ”Three Groups: Forecasts of Voting Lag So Far’ — Record turnout was seen for new voters, young, Hispanics. Analysts have predicted that new voters, young voters and Hispanic voters will turn out in record numbers in this election. But as Nevadans continue to flock to the polls, turnout among those three groups is lagging, at least in the early going. … Traditionally, older people, whites and people who vote consistently tend to turn out at the highest rates overall, said David Damore, a political scientist at UNLV. … ‘What Republicans have been saying is that registration is only half the game, and they have the tried-and-true model to get people out,’ Damore said.’
Now, he’s got a point about this, folks, because every year the Democrats go on and on and on and on and they give themselves fist bumps and they pat themselves on the back over all their new registrations but yet they don’t show up in the predicted numbers. And his line that he used here I remember using in 2004, you can go out and register all the people that you want, if you don’t get them to the polls, if they don’t show up — and you can’t get them all there. ACORN says they’ve registered a million new voters. Don’t know how many of them are legal. Maybe 400,000 of them are legal. And the majority of them are Democrats, of course, but how many of them are going to show up? Now, I’ll tell you what. If all these young people that are forecast to show up because they’ve been registered don’t show up, Obama’s got a problem here. In other words, one of the problems Obama’s got is why bother to vote when Barry has already won? If you’re watching television, this election is over. If you’re watching any of the media on television, it’s over, it’s in the can. Obama’s got it made, so why bother to show up? Why bother to early vote? Doesn’t matter. They have got this a fait accompli. And Obama tonight, it’s going to be an inaugural speak.
The more this guy speaks the better. If you watch this tonight — and, by the way, folks, I will watch it. There’s an interesting dispatch here from the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. They are located in Tucson. They did a survey, and they asked this: ‘Is Barack Obama a brilliant orator, captivating millions through his eloquence? Or is he deliberately using the techniques of neurolinguistic programming (NLP), a covert form of hypnosis developed by Milton Erickson, MD? A fundamental tool of ‘conversational hypnosis’ is pacing and leading — a way for the hypnotist to bypass the listener’s critical faculty by associating repeated statements that are unquestionably accurate with the message he wants to convey.’ Now, who is it that’s most affected by this?
It seems that the people who are most susceptible to being hypnotized this way are the highly educated. That would put me in the risk group, but yet, ladies and gentlemen, I’m going to watch this tonight. He doesn’t hypnotize me. In fact, if you do watch this address — and I should tell you that in the third hour of the program today, I am going to give my prebuttal to the Obama speech tonight. I am going to do my version of an inaugural address, or campaign speech on this program, and it’s not going to cost me a dime. That will come up in the third hour of the busy broadcast here today on the EIB Network. One thing that Obama’s going to say in his speech tonight, ‘We’ve been talking about the same problems for decades, and nothing’s ever done to solve them.’ Well, I have to tell you, in one regard, he’s right. We have been talking about these problems. However, we’ve been doing all kinds of things to solve them, and the things that we’ve been doing to solve them haven’t worked, and that’s what Obama is promising: More of the same that hasn’t worked. That will be a central theme of my inaugural address. These young people aren’t showing up out there, folks, you know, it’s drastic time here. I think Obama better start using some of his illegal campaign stash to give away some free P. Diddy CDs at the polling places.