RUSH: This is an illustration. We’ve been telling you how the State-Controlled Media really doesn’t like Axelrod and Obama accusing the Chamber of Commerce of being foreign agents. They really were uncomfortable. They’re trying to get ’em to stop this. So this morning on NBC’s ‘Lean Forward, it Won’t Hurt a Bit,’ Morning Joe show, they had Mark Halperin on there from TIME Magazine, and Scarborough said, ‘Mark Halperin, this is their strategy now. They’ve adopted this strategy attacking the Chamber of Commerce and talking about foreign sources.’
HALPERIN: I’m not sure how they think this appeals to voters, to call out the Chamber of Commerce for allegedly using foreign money. It also seems a little strange to be demonizing the ‘foreign.’ No one’s advocating lawbreaking, but boogie word that they’re using, ‘foreign,’ as if somehow anything that’s foreign is bad, it’s just not relevant to voters. And for the president of the United States, the vice president of the United States to keep up a lie with no basis where they say, ‘Well, the Chamber has to prove they’re not using foreign money,’ it’s really mystifying.
RUSH: Really? Don’t like it. They’re mystified. The Chamber has to prove they’re not using foreign money. It’s mystifying. Why? Mark, they’re Democrats. This is common, it’s SOP, it’s standard operating procedure. Schieffer said, ‘Is this the best you can do?’ And Axelrod says, ‘Well, Bob, do you have any evidence that they’re not taking foreign money?’ Schieffer, ‘Do you have any evidence that they are?’ And Axelrod, ‘Do you have any evidence that they’re not, Bob?’ Yesterday afternoon on CNBC’s Power Lunch during the Power Grid segment the cohost Tyler Mathisen spoke with Eamon Javers, the Washington correspondent, about foreign donations to political parties in the 2010 midterms. Question: ‘Foreign companies, US subsidiaries having their own PACs. Who have those PACs supported, generally?’
JAVERS: President Obama might want to look up the statistics, because they’re favoring Democrats. More than $6 million has gone to Democrats, and more than $5 million has gone to Republicans from those subsidiaries, US subsidiaries of foreign companies. So clearly that group favoring the Democrats by a pretty healthy margin.
RUSH: Right. And this is one of the reasons why the media is saying, ‘Will you guys kind of back off on this? We all know where the foreign money is going.’ We remember John Huang. We remember Charlie Trie, the Chinese restaurateur from Little Rock delivering thousands and thousands of dollars in money orders. We remember Algore and the no controlling legal authority with the Buddhist nuns contributing to the Clinton campaign out in California, Los Angeles. Here’s Jake Tapper last night, ABC’s World News Tonight. This is a report on foreign donations to the US Chamber of Commerce.
TAPPER: Is there any proof that foreign money is funding political ads or activities? No. The Chamber says that no foreign money is used to fund our political activities. But you’re asking the Chamber to prove a negative, prove that you’re not doing such-and-such accusation.
AXELROD: It’s not proving a negative, Jake, because all you have to do to clear up the questions is reveal who your donors are from.
RUSH: There aren’t any questions, there weren’t any questions until you raised them. So the whole point is moot until the White House says, ‘Where’s this money coming from?’ All of a sudden, because you ask a question, they have to respond, they have to reveal where the money is coming from. They don’t have to reveal this. So no, it’s not proving a negative, Jake, all you have to do is clear up the question and reveal your donors. This is seriousness of the charge versus nature of the evidence. Let’s go back, on Sunday, here’s the mantra for the rest of the campaign from the Drive-By Media.
SCHIEFFER: Do you — I guess I would put it this way. If the only charge three weeks into the election that the Democrats can make is that somehow there may or may not be foreign money coming into the campaign, is that the best you can do?
RUSH: I still love this. Bob Schieffer got Axelrod on Sunday. He’s thinking he’s gonna hit a home run. He’s going to show up, he’s going to deliver a knockout punch, it’s gonna make it a sure shot that the Democrats hold the House and hold the Senate, the White House. This is the Obama campaign, they got something, and I got ’em on my show and they’re gonna come here and they’re gonna announce the blockbuster, and they leak out this business of foreign money, Chamber of Commerce, a corrupt representative of foreign interests. And Schieffer is just as let down as anybody could be. This is like, you know, wanting a train set on Christmas Day and your parents give you a fish or a rubber band to go out and kill mosquitoes with. He says, ‘Is this it? Is that all there is?’ Now, Chris Matthews didn’t like what Schieffer did, but for a different reason. Here’s what he had to say about foreign donations to the Chamber of Commerce in the 2010 midterm elections.
MATTHEWS: If the US Chamber of Commerce raises millions and millions of dollars from it’s corporate sources, including overseas sources, and funnels that money right into these Republican campaigns, what was illegitimate about what Axelrod and the president are saying? I don’t understand Schieffer’s question. What’s wrong with the basic charge?
RUSH: So there’s a little internecine battle going on here. Clearly Matthews doesn’t like the way Schieffer said (imitating Matthews) ‘What’s wrong with it? What’s wrong with it?’ So there’s a circular fire squad going on. How much foreign money pours into General Electric, which owns NBC, which owns CNBC, at least for awhile. They got stimulus money. It’s a story in the stack here. GE got 24, $25 million in stimulus money, and they still laid off workers. Yeah. I’ve got it here. GE got stimulus money and still fired a bunch of people. How much foreign money goes to the paycheck of Chris Matthews? How much foreign money actually ends up in the budgets to run ‘Lean Forward, It Won’t Hurt That Much,’ MSNBC, CNBC, and NBC? And Matthews doesn’t even get the basic facts right, which is not a surprise. The Chamber of Commerce has not raised millions and millions of dollars, they raised $100,000. GE laid off all those workers making incandescent lightbulbs. That’s who lost their jobs because of Obama policy, and they got a grant to go after whatever the green energy stuff. So it was a double whammy.
RUSH: Richmond, Virginia, Alan. Welcome to the program, sir. Hi.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. Mega dittos. Quick point. It reminds me of a commercial that’s on TV now. It’s some insurance company that’s probably soon to be gone by the government where the rattlesnake is sitting there, and the rabbit’s scared, and then all of a sudden it’s got a fake rattle tied to its tail. That’s what Obama and Axelrod are looking like, and that’s why Bob Schieffer sitting there going: Y’all are turning into snakes with rattles on your tails, and it’s hilarious to watch. I hope they keep doing it.
RUSH: Well… (laughs) Is that the Travelers Insurance ad you’re talking about?
CALLER: Yeah, that’s it, and we’re all out there — the conservatives, the Tea Party guys — as the jackrabbits running up in the field to look at Imam Obama with a rattle on his tail.
RUSH: Excellent point, sir. Our audience is observant. And who says our audience is not steeped in the popular culture? Have you seen that Travelers ad, Snerdley? Have you seen it? (interruption) It is hysterical. It’s hysterical — and I think to have Axelrod and Obama, and Bob Schieffer (laughing), compared as playing roles in that ad is terrific.
All right, I have to take a brief time-out. It’s a sad note but it’s only three minutes or even less, and it won’t feel like it’s that long anyway.
RUSH: You see the lead story on the Drudge Report last night and…? Yeah, it’s still up there today. George Soros: ‘I can’t stop a Republican avalanche.’ This is the danger of putting all your eggs in one rich guy’s basket. ‘George Soros, the billionaire financier who was an energetic Democratic donor in the last several election cycles but is sitting this one out, not feeling optimistic about Democrat prospects.’
(playing of Soros spoof)
RUSH: (whispering) ‘You’re on your own, Barry.’ You know what’s kind of funny is that Soros is sitting this out, and this bogus charge against the Chamber of Commerce came from a Soros front group! The… What is it? It’s Think Progress. Soros pays for that bunch. All right, back to the phones. Tracy in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, it’s great to have you on the EIB Network.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. It’s an honor to talk to you.
RUSH: Thank you very much.
CALLER: I love the subject. This is so disgusting. It’s with regard to the hypocrisy and outrage by the president, the Democrats, about the foreign money influencing and stealing our democracy. However, Rush, they don’t seem to have issue with, nor is any media outlet reporting on the fact that many foreign countries, including Mexico, are participating with our government in a lawsuit against Arizona claiming human rights violations. They have both amicus briefs… They’re participating with our government suing Arizona.
RUSH: Of course. I mean the hypocrisy is rank. I mean it’s all over the place.
CALLER: So it’s okay for foreign governments to screw Arizona but not the Democrats, I guess. (giggles)
RUSH: Speaking of all this immigration, I have a story here, and I mighta just thrown it away. It’s interesting. I go through the stack now and then, and I find things that I thought I might use before the show starts. The show gets underway and I say, ‘Nah, I need to shrink the stack. I’ll throw that away.’ Now she calls and I can’t find it. I don’t know what I did with it, but I’ll paraphrase it. It’s a story about how the Mexican people are all fed up that Guatemala will not stop their people from immigrating to Mexico. Guatemalans are going to Mexico and stopping. They’re not continuing on to the United States. So while the Mexican government is mad at us for trying to stop the illegals from crossing our border and they want to sue Arizona so forth, they’re upset that the Guatemalans are coming into their country and won’t keep going to the United States. I find this kind of irony hilarious.