RUSH: So yesterday Colin Powell goes on CNN and tells the nation that the Republican Party, which hasn’t been listening to me for years, needs to stop listening to me. I’m not a party man. I am not a Republican. I don’t do what I do for the Republicans who listen to me. I do a radio show that has its own requirements for success, which do not include getting certain people elected or having a certain political party be something. But nevertheless, in spite of all that, after Powell says I’m the guy that supported the candidate he liked. He wanted a moderate, stand-for-nothing candidate. We got one. We got McCain. I’m the guy that supported him. Powell sabotaged him, stabs him in the back, endorses Obama, and I’m the one that has to stop being listened to. And then, with all this Blagojevich stuff going on, that wizard of smart, McCain, is out there attacking Republicans for criticizing Obama and Blagojevich. He’s out there attacking the Republican National Committee. I guess the Republican National Committee should stop listening to itself. The Republican National Committee ought to stop being who it is.
‘In a surprising rebuke –‘ it’s not surprising, ‘In a surprising rebuke to the warriors who fought for him through tough times, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Sunday sided with President-elect Barack Obama and scolded the Republican National Committee for fanning the Illinois corruption scandal. George Stephanopoulos asked: ‘The chairman of the Republican National Committee, Mike Duncan, has been highly critical of the way President-elect Obama has dealt with this. He’s had a statement every single day, saying that the Obama team should reveal all contacts they’ve had with Governor [Rod] Blagojevich. He says that Obama’s promise of transparency to the American people is now being tested. Do you agree with that?”
And, of course, McCain right on cue, ‘I think that the Obama campaign should and will give all information necessary. You know, in all due respect to the Republican National Committee and anybody — right now, I think we should try to be working constructively together, not only on an issue such as this, but on the economy stimulus package, reforms that are necessary.’ It’s just mind-boggling. I, ladies and gentlemen, in the midst of all this, remain the problem.