RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, for the first time in my life I am proud of Massachusetts, as I paraphrase Michelle (My Belle) Obama. For the first time in my life I am proud of Massachusetts. I seem to remember some hack saying you never want to waste a crisis. Some hack in the White House said that. I think his name was Rahm Emanuel. That’s exactly right. Well, they are in a crisis right now, and turnaround is fair play. So let me say, ladies and gentlemen, you never want to waste a crisis, especially when it’s the libs experiencing the crisis. So keep up the pressure. Now is the time to keep hammering away. This is not just one election. This is the third blowout involving two — or actually three — dark blue states. It is not about Coakley’s campaign or Corzine’s problems or Creigh Deeds being a lightweight. The common thread here is Obama. This one’s for you, Mary Jo. This one’s for you, Judge Bork.
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And welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the one and only Rush Limbaugh program and the EIB party zone today. The telephone number if you want to be on the program, 800-282-2882. E-mail address, ElRushbo@eibnet.com. So much to comment upon today, and I’m going to relish every moment of it, ladies and gentlemen. So many wonderful sound bites. It is perfectly fine to gloat today. It is called for. This is a day of celebration. But, it is also a beginning. It is not by any means the end of anything. There is a common theme that I am seeing through State-Controlled Media, from Howard Fineman to Jonathan Alter to a guy named Tim Rutten here at the Los Angeles Times: ‘The Lesson of Massachusetts? Anger.’ Yes, it’s angry white voters, they’ve gone back to that mime, they have revised that template. Even had Donny Deutsch on MSNBC today saying, (paraphrasing) ‘Well, you know, Scott Brown, voters were just comforted by Scott Brown’s white maleness.’ This was substance, Mr. Deutsche. This was issues. They continue to group people in victimization status. They continue to see people by the virtue of the color of their skin or their gender, sexual orientation, or what have you.
Now, this guy in the LA Times: ‘The Lesson of Massachusetts? Anger. — The electorate is increasingly restive, and it’s not just about the Democrats.’ See, my friends, this is the danger. LA Times, voters are mad at both parties. This is the danger, that we not allow the liberals and the Democrats to reinterpret what took place here. Conservatism won. Statism, liberalism lost. If you are a Republican and you run against government run health care; if you are a Republican and you run against massive spending and deficits and taxes; if you run for smaller government, you will win. You do not need to throw Ronald Reagan overboard. You do not need to cross the aisle. The independents came to us, big. Rasmussen’s numbers are incredible. Like 69, 70% of the independents went for Scott Brown, and that was an issue-oriented campaign that he ran. These are Reagan Democrats that crossed over. Conservatism is the answer. The era of Reagan is not over. We don’t dare use this as a launching pad for a third party. We have shown it’s totally unnecessary. Just get back to Reagan conservative roots.
We don’t need any more people like David Brooks or Frum or any of these people in the middle who got this all wrong. One year ago they’re telling us we had to cross the aisle, we had to hope Obama succeeded, we had to work with him, we had to show the electorate that we were for larger government because they were, we had to show the electorate that all the services we want are gonna require a lot of high taxes — that’s what our pundits, that’s what some in our party were actually saying one year ago. There was one man, ladies and gentlemen, who stood tall and opposed every aspect of that, and I don’t mind saying it was I, your host, El Rushbo, at 800-282-2882. Do not make the mistake that there’s anger at both parties. There need not be any anger at the Republican Party if they finally learn the lesson of what happened last night and the past three weeks in Massachusetts.
You understand, despite how you’re seeing Democrats on television, folks, this is the Berlin Wall coming down. This is a Ted Kennedy seat. They’re still calling it that, and they’ve lost it. And they lost it to a rookie, and they lost it to a rookie who was talking anti-Washington, anti-government, anti-spending, anti-Obama. He was talking conservatism. He may not be a full-fledged conservative. In fact, the press conference today that he had, the first question: ‘Why are you so eager to get down to Washington?’ He said he’s gonna make a courtesy call. The next question: ‘What are you going to do concretely to prove that you are an independent?’ The third or fourth question: ‘You ran as an independent. How are you going to prove to voters that you are an independent?’ What they’re trying to do, what the press is trying to do is get this guy to say he’s not a Republican, and he’s not a conservative, he’s a moderate, they want the Republican Party to continue to fall for the things that got them in trouble, that we gotta be like Democrats, that we gotta be more moderate, that we gotta cross the aisle, we have to work with Obama. The lesson is right front of us. This is no time to let up, folks, this is pedal to the metal time. Keep the hammer down.
The health care system that extended Ted Kennedy’s life may have been saved. The health care system that extended Senator Kennedy’s life may well have been saved. This was a great victory for all Americans who desire the same quality health care that Mr. Kennedy received during his life, and especially during his courageous and well-fought battle against cancer. If Obama’s health care succeeds, the great health care system that sustained and elongated the life of Senator Kennedy will be fini, it will be over. Peter Wehner today writing a piece at Commentary, the blog, number six, this is important: ‘There is a slew of bad data for Democrats to pour through in the aftermath of Scott Brown’s victory. But here is the most frightening data point of all: Mr. Brown won unaffiliated voters by a margin of 73 percent to 25 percent, according to pollster Scott Rasmussen. This 3-to-1 margin comes after independents broke for Bob McDonnell and Chris Christie by 2-to-1 margins in Virginia and New Jersey, respectively. This is a stunning, and, for Democrats, an ominous development. More than anything else, it explains why they now face the prospect of losing both the House and the Senate in November.’
Folks, this is bigger than 1994. The level of outrage and disgust with the statism, the expansion of government, the accrual of wealth or debt that is being piled up, it’s worse. The public outrage, the fright, the fear, the demand for something different is worse than 1994 when the Republicans took the House. The Boston Globe editorial page today, Brian McGrory has a column. I’m thinking about reading it to you. It is a column that somebody who got date raped would write about. Voters were date raped by Scott Brown. I kid you not. I kid you not.
‘I’m going to need some Advil and a cold compress, please. I’m the Massachusetts Electorate, and I have what is bar none the absolute worst hangover of my entire voting life. Seriously, I was so drunk on power, so caught up in the moment, so free of any of my usual inhibitions, I can’t remember what’s gone on these last two weeks. Think, Electorate, think. What did I do? This much I’m starting to remember. Martha and I walked into the party and everything seemed to be going fine. She wasn’t talking much, but she never really does, and she wasn’t exactly pushing me to bare my soul, either. That’s what I’ve always liked about Martha: She’s a low-maintenance politician. And now I’m vaguely recalling that stranger across the room, the one in the barn jacket who kept smiling at me and seemed to know my name. Martha vanished for a while, and — is it bad that I’m saying this? — I didn’t really care.
‘Suddenly, that tall, handsome man was standing at my side doing something that Martha rarely did — offering to pay for drinks, chatting me up, curious what was on my mind. Every time I ever tried telling Martha about my day, my hopes, my dreams, she shushed me and said she was preparing a legal brief or watching ‘Law & Order.’ And now there’s a stranger telling me he could change my entire world. Scott! That was his name. Lived near the outlet stores. Talked a lot about being smarter with money. I know, not like Martha, who always had some expensive home renovation project up her sleeve. And then, I remember that time itself seemed to stop. The mundanity of everyday events gave way to the exhilaration of my suddenly unpredictable existence. No more Martha taking me for granted. No more Martha calling all the shots. I was living the moment, immersed in the life I always wanted before caution overwhelmed desire.
‘We were on the dance floor, Scott and I, moving to the music, his hands all over my body politic. Everyone was watching, and I mean everyone — fellow partygoers, bartenders, passersby staring in the windows. Look at me, the Massachusetts Electorate, the bellwether of America! I think I took my shirt off. I think I didn’t care. I remember something about Scott in a pair of Calvin Klein jockey shorts, but it may have been a picture he showed me from his wallet. Out of nowhere, there were video cameras filming us from every angle. Analysts were describing the events. Scott’s important friends were texting and calling my cell. Get this: Curt Schilling, talking to a regular old Electorate like me. … And just like that, there she was, back at the bar, giving me that aloof prosecutorial look I knew all too well. I went back to her, sweaty and out of breath. Amazingly, she didn’t seem angry. She didn’t really show any emotion at all. She just pretended like nothing ever happened and tried to continue on.
Oh, but something did happen. I knew it, she knew it, and so did Scott, who was still beckoning from the other end of the bar, asking me to take a walk outside. And now it’s coming clear: I did. He was talking nonstop, but I noticed he was repeating himself over and over again — 41st vote, and drawing boards, and being a ‘Scott Brown Republican.’ He was starting to lose me until we were standing in front of a GMC pickup and he said, ‘This is my truck.’ Oh, you bad boy. You bad, bad boy. I remember catching my breath. I remember pulling a curtain shut. I remember having to make a really important choice. I needed to send a message. I don’t know much about Scott, and I have no idea how long he’ll be in my life, but I do know that nobody will ever take me for granted again.’
This is a metaphor column for being date raped. Can’t remember what happened, but you ended up liking the guy, you ended up with the guy but you’re fuzzy on the details. You woke up with a hangover. I mean it’s unreal. It is unreal. We double-checked and Mr. McGrory is purported to be a male. We double-checked on this. But I mean this is hilarious. Even according to the Globe standards, these people on the Democrat side and in the State-Controlled Media, ladies and gentlemen, are literally flipping out and losing it. They have lost it. And we have only just begun. Rush Limbaugh and the EIB party zone today. Mary Jo, this one’s for you.
RUSH: A lot of Democrats are running for the tall grass, ladies and gentlemen. Bill Delahunt, in the House for Massachusetts, says let’s break this health care bill into a whole bunch of smaller bills. Jim Webb from Virginia made an incredible, incredible statement. Let me find what Jim Webb had to say, because it’s just great. He said, ‘In many ways the campaign in Massachusetts became a referendum not only on health care reform but also on the openness and integrity of our government process. It is vital that we restore the respect of the American people in our system of government and in our leaders. To that end, I believe it would only be fair and prudent that we suspend further votes on health care legislation until Senator-elect Brown is seated.’ Ladies and gentlemen, there are a number of Democrats coming out of the woodwork.
If the vote on the Senate bill today took place, five Democrats would vote against it. That’s the extent of the fallout, and what this tells me is that there have been a whole bunch of Democrats (privately) totally uncomfortable with this whole process: Thumbing their noses at the American people, not listening to them, passing legislation that nobody wants, having it done behind closed doors. There are, apparently, a few Democrats who are breathing a sigh of relief over this — and let’s not forget, ladies and gentlemen, as President Obama himself has sung…
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RUSH: That’s ‘white comedian Paul Shanklin’ and The Day National Health Care Died.
RUSH: My friends, who knew — who knew! — that there were so many racist, redneck, bitter clingers in Massachusetts? Even in Hyannis Port! Well Obama, when he was at that fundraiser in San Francisco, was talking about the bitter clingers and when things weren’t going well they picked up their guns and went to church and so forth. He was talking about people that didn’t agree with him. Who knew there were so many racist, redneck, bitter clingers in Massachusetts! I mean, I’m just throwing their reasoning back on them.
I have here a letter. It’s an op-ed, maybe, from Andy Stern who is the president of the Service Employees International Union and you know where this op-ed is published? It’s in the People’s World magazine. It’s the Communist Party USA’s magazine, and it carries a theme that I have seen throughout State-Controlled Media and some Democrats today. ”Massachusetts Voters’ Message to Washington: It’s Time for Action — Service Employees International Union President Andy Stern released the following statement after Scott Brown’s victory in Massachusetts. ‘Today is no different than yesterday or the day before or the day before that. Pat DeJong will still wake up in Libby, Montana.
‘Pat is still mourning the loss of her husband and the selling of his family’s ranch because of his medical bills. And, Pat will still go to the bedside of her patients each day, providing excellent care, still lacking coverage of her own,’ said SEIU President Andy Stern. ‘Pat’s reality is the reality millions of working people face every day. … The reason Ted Kennedy’s seat is no longer controlled by a Democrat is clear: Washington’s inability to deliver the change voters demanded in November 2008. Make no mistake, political paralysis resulted in electoral failure,’ Stern said.’ What he’s saying is — and I hope they believe this; I really hope they believe it and I hope they keep saying it (and we must encourage them to) — that the reason this happened is because they have not passed health care. They really believe it!
These people are delusional, but let them keep thinking it. They really believe this. This was a repudiation of the attempt to nationalize one-sixth of the economy. This is a repudiation of a president who has destroyed the private sector on purpose. This is a repudiation of a president — who, by the way, has just announced yesterday that he’s going to appoint a special commission to make it easier for Congress to raise taxes. He is going to appoint a commission to make it easier for Congress to raise taxes. (interruption) You don’t believe me on that, Snerdley? He also has announced today his intent to nationalize the student loan program, which he has already done. They own the student loan program. We had that story for you back in December. But on the day after this shellacking… He said he was gonna double down. He said that he was going to get serious, fight back twice as hard. So he is announcing the nationalization of student loan program.
By the way, Brian McGrory, Boston Globe, who thinks that he got date raped? Put some ice on it, Brian. Just put some ice on it. That’s Bill Clinton’s way of dealing with it. (doing Clinton impression) ‘Hey, just put some ice on that, Brian, and, uh, go away.’
RUSH: Let us remember, ladies and gentlemen, success has a thousand fathers. Failure is an orphan. Scott Brown deserves all the credit in the world for turning Washington upside down. But we must also recognize the contributions of the following people. David ‘Rodham’ Gergen for asking the question that inspired Senator Brown to respond, ‘It isn’t the Kennedy seat. It’s the people’s seat.’ Thank you, Mr. Rodham Gergen. We must also thank President Obama who came to town for Coakley and added to the energy of the pro-Brown supporters. Thank you for that trip, Mr. President. And, of course, we have to thank Nancy Pelosi and Dingy Harry without whose bad ideas and bad leadership and even worse tactics this would not have been such a triumph. And, of course, my friends, we must also thank the State-Controlled Media, who did everything in their power to push Obamacare, Obama cap and trade, Obama banks, Obama automobiles, Obama takeover of everything. I could go on forever in thanking so many people on the left for contributing mightily to the result in Massachusetts yesterday. But I can’t, ladies and gentlemen. I must pause for an Obscene Profit Break. We’ll be back.
RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, we have exclusive tape. Our microphones and our wiretaps are everywhere. We have the phone call between President Obama and Martha Coakley.
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RUSH: Happy Feet. Happy Feet. Love it. Paolo Conte, from the Grooveyard of Forgotten Favorites. Did you hear all those voice mail messages to Coakley’s phone? Obama telling her to take a blue pill and never call him again? Senator Kennedy calling from the grave saying he’s still rolling over? Whoa ho-ho. I guess I’m admitting that we wiretap phones. We’ll wait for a call from the Fibbies.