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RUSH: Go back and play audio sound bite 19. This is the sound bite of the week. This is John Avlon, who’s a columnist at The Daily Beast out there with Jessica Yellin who was sitting in last night for Anderson Cooper on his show, and they’re having a discussion about politics in Washington, and what the hell has gone so wrong.

YELLIN: We’ve isolated some of the key culprits who some say have done more to bring the business of the nation to a standstill than any others. Rush Limbaugh.

AVLON: Four words: I hope he fails. He ended up starting the entire Republican strategy at a time President Obama was on honeymoon. He set the gauntlet down and ended up showing that talk radio now has more influence than party leaders when it comes to strategy.

RUSH: There you have it. Rush Limbaugh, four words. In fact, that’s what I said to the Wall Street Journal when they asked for 200 words on Obama: ‘I don’t need 200, I just need four: I hope he fails.’


RUSH: Now, I want to go back to this Jessica Yellin and John Avlon piece, because I don’t deny it, I did say I hope he failed, but more to the point, I knew in the end his policies would fail because they’ve never worked anywhere else they’ve been tried. I knew his policies would damage the nation. But the point is that he is a failed president, and he’s the one that did that, not me. I’ll gladly take the blame, credit, whatever your point of view is for daring to tell the truth when nobody else would about what we all needed to happen here, and that was for him to bomb out. But he’s the one failing. Not me. I’m the opposite of failure. I’m sitting behind a microphone in Florida, and I brought Washington to a standstill, like a blizzard. I’m a human blizzard out there, according to these people. And again just to remind you that this whole thing today is just theater to set up reconciliation on Monday.

‘After a brief period of consultation following the White House health reform summit, congressional Democrats plan to begin making the case next week for a massive, Democrats-only health care plan, party strategists told Politico. A Democratic official said the six-hour summit was expected to ‘give a face to gridlock…” What it’s doing is giving a face to stupidity and incompetence and inexperience, and that face is our young president’s, Barack Obama, ladies and gentlemen. ‘Democrats plan to begin rhetorical, and perhaps legislative, steps toward the Democrats-only, or reconciliation, process early next week,’ because the American people are tired of the process. And yet, from Gallup… whoa, Americans don’t want this, folks. They didn’t want health care in August, hence the tea parties. They still don’t.

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