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RUSH: I guess what we’re to understand here is that we have to destroy our health care system, and thereby destroy our health, in order to deliver Obama a political victory so we can tout an achievement in a State of the Union show next year. It’s all about Obama. It’s all about Obama. Not the American people. Not the health care system. It’s about Obama. We gotta do this for Obama, the embattled Obama, who is cratering in the polls now, 46% approval in the Marist poll.

Here is Dingy Harry not backing down, doubling down on the race card and the slavery comment. Reporter said to him yesterday, ‘Can you comment on Republican demands to make you apologize for your comments about slavery, civil rights, and women’s suffrage?’

REID: At pivotal points in American history, the tactics of distortion, delay, have certainly been present. They’ve been used to stop progress. That’s what we’re talking about here, that’s what’s happening here, it’s very clear. That’s a point I made, no more, no less. Anyone who willingly distorts my comments is only proving my point.

RUSH: Doubling down on it. And once again, the way they defend these things is to come back at you twice as hard and say, ‘You didn’t hear me right. In case you didn’t — let me say it again,’ and then accuse everybody of distorting what he’s talking about. Because I pointed out yesterday, the Republican Party was the born on slavery. It was Southern Democrats who filibustered the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act, it was all those Southern Democrats; one of them still in the Senate, Robert Byrd, who opposed all of those things and did their best to stop them. The Civil War was about freedom. The whole health care bill is not about freedom — it’s limiting freedom. The analogies that he made are just wacko. Here. Here’s his original remark. Let’s go back and listen to it. This happened Monday on the Senate floor.

REID: Instead of joining us on the right side of history, all Republicans have come up with is this: Slow down, stop everything, let’s start over. If you think you’ve heard these same excuses before, you’re right. When this country belatedly recognized the wrongs of slavery, there were those who dug in their heels and said, ‘Slow down, it’s too early, let’s wait.’ When women spoke up for the right to speak up, they wanted to vote. Some insisted they simply slow down. When this body was on the verge of guaranteeing equal civil rights to everyone, regardless the color of their skin, some senators resorted to the same filibuster threats that we hear today.

RUSH: They were Democrats! But the problem is the Democrats filibustering civil rights were trying to deny freedom to people. The people that are trying to stop health care today are trying to maintain the freedom and liberty of the people of the United States of America.

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RUSH: Bottom line is, the American people do not want this. So Dingy Harry, why are you doing this? You’re doing it to empower yourself, you’re doing it to reward the trial lawyers, or the unions and the pro-abort groups. You’re doing it to empower Obama. And you claim you’re doing it for people when the people say ‘no.’ Harry Reid is a disgrace, and Harry Reid is a liar.

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