RUSH: All right. Dave Weigel (‘Why-Gell,’ I think is how you pronounce the reporter’s name at Slate). Now, Dave Weigel — you may not know this. Some of you might. Dave Weigel was recently canned by the Washington Post. He was a blogger who reported on the conservative movement. He was a blogger who reported on conservatives. He was supposedly a conservative hired by the Post. I think this guy was also a Journolister. At any rate, he made a controversial post. He said something. I don’t even remember what it was. I’ll find out pretty soon, but it was insulting. It was such that the Washington Post felt pressured to remove him from the blog at their website where they analyze conservatives, because you know we’re a bunch of circus acts. They have to have specific experts assigned to analyze us and what we believe, and they had to get rid of the guy.
Now he has surfaced at Slate. Do you know who owns Slate? The Washington Post. So they didn’t fire the guy. They just moved him, and he is not a conservative. He’s never been anywhere near a conservative. I didn’t read any of his stuff. I mean, why should I listen to some liberal tell me about me? It’s a total waste of time. Mr. Weigel has a post today entitled: ‘The Ghost of Willie Horton — Will the GOP play the Race Card on Rangel and Waters?’ Here’s how his piece begins: ‘The commercial that keeps Democrats up at night does not exist yet. If or when it does, they expect it to look like this. Fade-in to black-and-white image of Rep. Whiteguy Bluedog, looking sleazy and pale as he messily eats a sandwich.
‘NARRATOR: What is your congressman trying to hide? (Images of Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., appear behind the congressman, looking just as sleazy, but much less pale.)
‘NARRATOR: Why hasn’t he returned the $1,000 he took from Harlem Democrat Charlie Rangel, who’s facing a trial for cheating on his taxes? Why did he oppose investigating Democrat Maxine Waters, who got a tax break for her husband’s business and says that American spies invented crack cocaine? (The images of Waters and Rangel fade and are replaced by slow-motion footage of two members of the New Black Panther Party, stalking outside of a polling place in 2008.)
‘NARRATOR: Why did he support Barack Obama’s lawyers when they dropped a case against the racist New Black Panther Party, a hate group that threatened voters in the last election? (The image of the Panthers fade, and the congressman morphs into Barack Obama.)
‘NARRATOR: What is he trying to hide? Is there something about him we should know?
‘Since last week’s double shot of rotten ethics news — the investigations into Rangel and Waters, both of whom refuse so far to settle — Democrats have contemplated two potential nightmares. The first is that Republicans will use the troubles of Rangel and Waters to try to depress the Democrats’ African-American base, making them less likely to come to the rescue of endangered incumbents. The second is that Republicans will use the embattled committee chairs the way that they once used Willie Horton, as Halloween masks in TV ads. ‘In 2006, the Democrats could have put out ads about Mark Foley, and it wouldn’t have made a difference whether they used pictures of him or not,’ says [the irrelevant] Bob Shrum, a Democratic strategist for multiple presidential campaigns [of losers] who now teaches at New York University and warns of Republican race-baiting in the weeks ahead.
”In 2010, if Republicans put up photos of Rangel or Waters, they’re putting them there to elicit another kind of response. That would be fear among white voters.” So you see where this is going? So we have two disgraced Democrat members of Congress — totally ethically challenged — and the Democrats and this Weigel guy now writing a piece: The Republicans, they are going to Willie Horton these two people! Well, who is Willie Horton? He was a murderer who was furloughed and committed murder while on furlough, furloughed by ‘The Loser’ Michael Dukakis. It was an accurate commercial, but it was said to have played on racist fears. ‘The Democratic angst comes, in part, because they know they’re facing a whiter, older electorate this year than they faced in 2008.
‘The electorate that put Obama into office and pulled in new, vulnerable Democrats was 74 percent white, and 53 percent were older than 45. In 2006, the last midterm election and a fine year for Democrats overall, the electorate was 79 percent white, and 63 percent were 45 or older. Will an older, whiter electorate in Nov. 2010 be susceptible to a racially-tinged message from the GOP? ‘You’ll notice that [conservatives] always refer to him as ‘Harlem Democrat’ Charlie Rangel,’ said one Democratic congressional aide. … [G]et it?” they ask. GET IT? Get what? Does he represent Harlem or what?
Now, Mr. Weigel, you should have been listening to this program yesterday. If you had been, you would know that the Congressional Black Caucus is upset not at me and not at the Republicans. They are upset at Obama. It was Obama who said, ‘You know, Rangel, he served a long time; time to retire with dignity.’ It is the Obama White House not showing solidarity with either Rangel or Waters because both of them endorsed Hillary. The Congressional Black Caucus has people who are speaking publicly about their being upset with the Obama regime, not about Republicans. The racism that exists, as it always does, is to be found in the Democrat Party, and now here comes… There’s not a commercial yet. We don’t have a commercial, and already they are in panic and fear at Slate worrying about the next Willie Horton.
Why? Because it worked. The Willie Horton ad was effective, and it was effective because it was true. But they said it ‘incited racist fears.’ Let me tell you something, Mr. Weigel, and the rest of you at Slate and the Democrat Party, you have a bigger problem than whatever the Republicans do. The latest Gallup poll shows that Obama has got an approval rating of 41%, 38% among whites. President Obama is in trouble with the people of this country. He’s even lost 10 to 12% of the black vote. Where is the number? Yeah, in yesterday’s Gallup poll: Obama’s job approval rating averaged 88% among blacks. That’s off about 10 to 12%. Obama is losing the support of human beings in America. Now, a child of 26, Mr. Weigel, could easily predict that the Democrats and their lapdogs, in the partisan political operative media will portray any black Democrat lack of ethics as alternately Republican racism.
Okay. So you’ve got Rangel as ethically challenged, Maxine Waters is ethically challenged, and what do we have? We have Republican racism! Yet we don’t even have it yet. We don’t even have the ad. So you are talking about genuine ethics violations on the part of Rangel and Waters and that equals what? Republican racism, or a Republican attack machine powered by the racist tea party or both? The first person, Mr. Weigel, to mention the Massachusetts furlough program in the 1988 presidential campaign was Al Gore, a Democrat during a debate at the Felt Forum sponsored by the New York Daily News. It was Al Gore who brought up Willie Horton. So now they’re panicked out there and all of a sudden Republican racism is rearing its ugly head when the Republicans haven’t said anything.
It’s Obama that’s effectively throwing Waters and Rangel overboard, throwing them under the bus. Members of the Congressional Black Caucus — we’ve had stories in the Washington Post, New York Times — say that Obama is not one of them. It wasn’t I. It was the LA Times, that wrote, the column ‘Obama the ‘Magic Negro” because he’s not down for the struggle. It was you Democrats in the campaign of ’08 wondering and speculating about Barack Obama’s authenticity. It wasn’t us. We simply reported what you said. Here’s an audio sound bite from yesterday, Talk of the Nation on NPR. The fill-in host Tony Cox was talking to Princeton professor of African-American studies, Cornel West, during a discussion of Obama and the black community, and the fill-in host Tony Cox said (whispering), ‘Have you communicated, Professor West, with Obama personally?
WEST: I hadn’t seen him for two-and-a-half weeks but he made a beeline to me, though, brother, and he was deeply upset. He talked to me like I was a Cub Scout and he was a pack master. You know what I mean? I respect my dear brother, but I don’t like to be demeaned and humiliated in that way and I didn’t get a chance to respond to him and I hope maybe at some time we can. But it was a very ugly kind of moment, it seems to me. And that disturbs me because then it raises a question for me: Does he have a double standard for black critics as opposed to white critics?
RUSH: Mr. Weigel, this is Cornel West, esteemed professor of race at Princeton saying that Barack Obama made him feel like a Cub Scout and Obama was the ‘pack master,’ ‘a very ugly kind of moment’ that disturbed Cornel West. ‘[I]t raises a question for me: Does he have a double standard for black critics as opposed to white critics?’ Cornel West is black. Where I sit, Mr. Weigel — and what I hear, what I’m reading — the racial friction that erupted during the 2008 presidential primary on the Democrat side has not abated. It’s still there big time in the Democrat Party today.
RUSH: I remember who this Weigel guy is now. This Weigel guy, the reason he got canned, well, moved from the Washington Post is he said he hoped Matt Drudge set himself on fire or burned up in a fire or some such thing. When I was in the hospital in Hawaii, this Weigel guy said he hoped I ‘failed,’ and that was okay with them. But when he said he hoped Drudge set himself on fire that was too much for the Washington Post. They couldn’t keep him at the Washington Post, so they moved him over to Slate, which they own. He was a Journolist guy. So now here we have this wizard of smart Dave Weigel equating Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters with Willie Horton and dares to call us racists. Now, Obama has plunged to 41% approval, 38% among whites and the Republicans haven’t run a single ad against Obama yet. The Republicans are spending most of their time ripping up on Michael Steele, for crying out loud. The Republicans haven’t run a single ad against Obama, whatsoever.
So Rangel and Waters apparently break the ethics rules with all kinds of self-dealing. They are investigated by a Democrat Congress and it’s the Republicans who get blamed in the end? And, of course, they shouldn’t say anything about this. No, no, no, the Republicans must not say a word. The Republicans should not link this to Democrat corruption. No, no, no. Only Democrats can say Republicans are corrupt. But Republicans can’t say Democrats are corrupt. Do I have this about right? I think I do.
I’m sure that Weigel, the disgraced former Washington Post blogger, now demoted to Slate.com, was very upset when the Democrats were using corruption against the Republicans’ 2006 gay bashing and all the rest, i.e. Mark Foley. I’m sure Weigel was terribly upset about that. This is the guy that the Washington Post assigned as a blogger to report on conservatives. So now he equates Rangel and Waters with Willie Horton in an ad that has not even been written or produced except by him. He wrote the ad. He wrote the ad he claims we’re working on. Somehow we’re racist for an ad we haven’t written, we haven’t produced that he’s conjured up in his own perverted mind. This is how it works. Dave Weigel, W-E-I-G-E-L, Journolist, a partisan political operative disguised as a reporter.
RUSH: I want to settle something once and for all today on my own program here in the Excellence in Broadcasting Network and behind this, the golden EIB microphone, I, Rush Limbaugh, am not a racist. I dislike Mr. Obama’s white half just as much as I dislike Mr. Obama’s black half.
Now, moving on, here we have Dave Weigel who decides whatever he wants to call racism is racism, and he creates an ad. He writes it. An ad has not been written yet. He compares Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters to Willie Horton, a convicted rapist, purse snatcher, murderer, what have you.
RUSH: By the way Mr. Weigel at Slate.com, Maxine Waters and Charlie Rangel have not just been thrown overboard. They have been thrown on the scrap heap of history by President Obama, not by us. We don’t have the ability to get rid of Waters or Rangel or any other Democrat any way, shape, manner, form.
You know, speaking of patents, imagine how rich one of us could be if we had patented blaming Bush. That’s become a cottage industry.