RUSH: This is hilarious, on MSNBC, on a show hosted by F. Chuck Todd and Savannah Guthrie, they dragged out from the wax museum Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky. Now, the name Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky might not mean anything to you. If it doesn’t, here’s a brief bio: Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky used to be a TV anchor in Philadelphia. She then ran for Congress as a Democrat. During the first Clinton budget she was the lone holdout on the Democrat side to put the Democrats over the top and pass the Clinton budget.
They delayed the vote one hour beyond when it was scheduled to be stopped. She was personally lobbied by the Clinton administration, and Clinton himself. She caved inside of an hour. She switched her vote, voted ‘yes’ on a budget, and it passed. She then got creamed in her next election. She was voted out of office in almost a landslide — in Philadelphia! A Democrat place if there ever was one. So they dragged Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky back out on MSNBC today and do you know what the point was for her being there? She was actually saying she was there to have a message for Democrat members of the House who are really worried about their future if they vote ‘yes’ on the health care bill. She said, ‘Listen to me and my story. I am living proof that there is life after Congress. In fact, my life became more prosperous than ever when I left Congress.’
So she’s up there on Mess NBC today with a message Democrats: ‘Hey, life’s only going to get better! Life doesn’t end when you leave Congress. Why, for me it got a hell of a lot better: I’m richer, I’m happier, my son’s marrying Hillary Clinton’s daughter.’ That’s Mark Margolies-Mezvinsky. That’s true. Chelsea Clinton is engaged. They’re getting married sometime in July. Nobody knows where or when, specifically, but, yeah. I mean, that… (laughing) I don’t know what that deal was back in 1993, ’94, but her son is now marrying Chelsea Clinton. She’s on television, ‘Oh, there’s life after Congress!’ In other words: ‘Go ahead, commit suicide. There is an afterlife — and in my case it’s even better than it was in Congress. There’s certainly more to life than Congress.’ I’m just telling you: If they’re dragging her out to go on TV to say this to Democrats in the House, it’s just further evidence they’re not that close on the vote. They just aren’t. They’re nowhere near it.
I’ve often said that Obama is not grounded in reality, that Obama tells himself lies about himself, about his circumstances, about his situation; that he’s very, very odd in this way. From the UK Telegraph (I have the story right here in my formerly nicotine-stained fingers): Obama has issued a threat: Any Democrat who does not vote for his health care bill will not receive a campaign visit by Obama. That’s a threat. He’s actually threatening them. ‘Barack Obama has said he will not campaign for any Democratic congressmen who fails to support health care reform. [He] will refuse to make fund-raising visits during November elections to any district whose representative has not backed the bill.’ He will not help you if you vote against the bill. Well, the reality is this is music to their ears. Obama coming in, especially in November if this thing passes, is as big a death knell as voting for it.
I mean, this is a double whammy. They need to bring Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky back and say, ‘There is life after Congress, and there is life after the president doesn’t come in to campaign for you.’ (laughing) Can you say Virginia? Can you say New Jersey? Can you say Massachusetts? Everywhere he goes! Take any team Obama picks to win. They lose. That’s how I knew that the US hockey team had no prayer in the Olympics. They had no prayer, ’cause Obama picked ’em. Whoever he picks to win it all in the Final Four, the March Madness, they’re doomed. He’s worse than the jinx of being on the cover of Sports Illustrated! He better not welcome Tiger Woods back. He’d better not say, ‘Tiger, we hope you pull it out. Tiger, we hope that you win in Augusta,’ because if he does that, they’ll have to put all the pancake waitresses and pole darkness on red alert.
So Obama threatening not to campaign for these guys is music to their ears. Most people don’t want him there. In fact, Obama went to St. Louis last week and a whole lot of local Democrats didn’t show up. They didn’t want to be there. Why do you think Evan Bayh quit the Senate? It’s not because of ‘too much partisanship’ and all that. It’s because, ladies and gentlemen, if he wants to run for office — national office, president, whatever — he’s gotta distance himself from the Obama agenda and he’s been voting for it down the line. This guy is so unpopular that being anywhere near his agenda is a death knell. So big threats, big threats from President Obama to members of his own party. Proving, once again, this is all about him. It isn’t about health care.
RUSH: Here’s Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky, and this is this morning with Mess NBC and Savannah Guthrie along with F. Chuck Todd. And Chuck said, ‘There are about 37 ‘no’ votes that the White House is trying to switch. Some of these House Democrats, they voted ‘no,’ now they’re tried to be convinced to a ‘yes.’ What advice do you, Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky, have for them? You didn’t survive. What about the politics of this? What advice can you give them?’
MARGOLIES-MEZVINSKY: People don’t call into your office if they like what you are doing. They call into your office when they say don’t go for it, so don’t listen to that. You’re a change agent, listen to the Pericleses of the world who say go down there to lead and not to be led. Now, having said that, it’s coming from me, I wasn’t a good politician. I did a drive-by. I think that we’ve gotta stop telling people what they want to hear, we’ve gotta tell them what they need to hear. We are sucking our children and our grandchildren with a debt, and the deficit, that they cannot handle.
MARGOLIES-MEZVINSKY: But once again, I didn’t last very long.
GUTHRIE: Well, you’ve proven there is life after Congress…
TODD: That’s right.
MARGOLIES-MEZVINSKY: Well, there is.
GUTHRIE: …and we really appreciate getting your perspective.
RUSH: She proved that there’s life after Congress. Go down with the ship. Go down with it. Tell everybody, whether it’s going to result in your defeat, there’s life after Congress.