RUSH: Obama doesn’t want to get out of the way, and the Democrats don’t want to get out of the way. Earlier this week on Monday I spent a lot of time on this program dissecting a Politico piece. And there was one quote from an unnamed Democrat operative complaining about Obama, saying he’s a movement guy. He’s not really a politician, doesn’t really understand rolling up the sleeves and getting political things done. He’s a movement guy. So I run across a piece by well-known liberal professor and philosopher Sean Wilentz that appears today in the New Republic. And it’s headlined: ‘Live By the Movement, Die By the Movement,’ and this story is about how Obama has blown it and how Obama has blown it because he’s a movement guy. And all of his supporters were movement people, and they expect the magic of the movement and the charisma of the movement leader to make everything happen. And of course the exact opposite, it bombed big time. I’m gonna dissect this as we go ’cause it relates to what I was saying on Monday. It’s about the movement or the organizing that happened to get Obama elected and how it fell apart after he was immaculated. The movement ceased to exist.
Mr. Wilentz details how and why it was successful until the election and how it now has failed. It’s a long piece, but that’s what I’m here for, to make the complex understandable. It relates to what we were talking about. And then if you listen to the sound bites, which we have, and if you dig deep in the news you find the liberals circling the wagons around whom? Pelosi. The Democrats are not circling the wagons around Obama. The news stories that we’ve gotten this week are like this one, and Sean Wilentz is a Clinton guy, but he’s also a big Obama guy. We’re getting all kinds of stories, Politico, Obama blew it, something wrong with Obama, he’s just not right, can we make this happen with Obama? There’s more going on than we know. At the same time, the progressives, the far-left wackos are circling their wagons around Pelosi. And you can find, if you dig deep as I have, you can find stories written by the left to each other, they’re happy. They’re talking about the ecstatic election results ’cause they got rid of their centrists. They got rid of the Blue Dogs. They are now pure, no matter how small they are, they are pure.
They are pure revolutionary leftists. They got rid of all of their pollution. They got rid of their Tea Party, so to speak. So they’re all happy, because now they can move forward as a unified bunch, and there’s no ambiguity about what the Democrat Party is anymore. The Democrat Party is full-fledged Marxist socialists, and they’re happy about it ’cause it gives them a jumping off point. And as they circle their wagons around Pelosi and not Obama, it just tells me that there’s much, much more going on in the bowels of the Democrat Party than most people realize, people who are not in it. Anyway, all this I will try to make clear as the program unfolds. We will get to your phone calls. Also predicted the fight for number two in the House, the rich white guy versus the black guy, Steny Hoyer versus Clyburn. Looks like Clyburn is indeed gonna have to go back to the back of the bus. It’s an amazing thing here to watch. All the stuff that supposedly happens with Republicans and conservatives is on display, as it almost always is, right there in the Democrat Party.
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From The Politico today: ‘Two Democrats Call for a Delay in the Pelosi Vote — A pair of disaffected Democratic survivors are calling on the party’s top brass to postpone House leadership elections until December — a move that could give potential challengers to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her top lieutenants more time to gather their forces.’ This is the letter we shared with you yesterday that was leaked out there. ”Following the loss of our majority, we should fully understand the causes of our historic losses before we begin the process of rebuilding. If we do not to learn from our losses we will remain in the minority until we do learn,’ Reps. Marcy Kaptur of Ohio and Peter DeFazio of Oregon wrote to colleagues.
”We are not endorsing or opposing any leadership candidate with this letter, but we are seeking more time for a more thoughtful discussion with everyone in the same room. …’ The body of the letter calls on Democrats to ‘spend more time to understand these historic losses’ before voting on leaders.’ All right, so let’s hang in there. Let’s make sure we don’t… This is a couple people that really do not want Pelosi to be reelected leader. We go to the audio sound bites. This morning on MSNBC, Chuck Todd spoke to George Miller (Democrat-California) and they had this exchange about Pelosi. The reason I want you to hear this is because the Democrats are circling the wagons for Pelosi and not Obama.
TODD: As somebody who is a big supporter of Speaker Pelosi —
TODD: — 161,000 different TV ads separately ran going after her. Does she need to provide a blueprint, do you think, to House Democrats now to say, ‘Look, I will fix my own image,’ because clearly she was used as a punching bag for Republicans?
MILLER: We’re talking about one of the most talented and smartest political figures certainly in this town and in this nation, and she understands what just took place. But I think what you see is the overwhelming number of members of the caucus believe that she is the right leader with the right talent with the right savvy to help rebuild this caucus and to take back the House for the Democrats.
RUSH: Do you hear this? Now, you might be saying, ‘Rush, I don’t care about the Democrats.’ You’d better care about the Democrats. Republicans got their own problems. They’re having their own civil war over earmarks right now. I cannot believe this on one hand, and then the other hand I can believe it. But they are circling the wagons. You don’t hear them talking about Obama this way, but you hear them talking about Pelosi. George Miller just admits it: Pelosi is the face of this shellacking. Nancy Pelosi — Barack Obama, too, but Pelosi — is the face of this wipeout, and they are circling the wagons to protect her. Chuck Todd said, ‘Well, look, is there something you say, spoken maybe, Speaker Pelosi?’
MILLER: When the president is of your party, you lose your ability to message. When the president is of your own party, you go to the White House for the message. They fail to understand the level. I represent a very blue-collar district.
MILLER: Every meeting I go in — friend, foe, mixed, however you want to do it — that economic insecurity underlies everything that’s being said. We passed dozens of jobs bills, dozens of tax credits for small business. The Republicans chose not to vote for any of them. (growing angry) They didn’t want us to succeed on jobs. They made a decision to sacrifice that in the name of pulling down this president of the United States! They wanted him to fail, and that’s their mission today!
RUSH: So you want Pelosi back in charge to stop that with these phantom tax cuts that you supposedly passed? These people are living in a total dream world.
RUSH: Here’s Anthony Weiner, back to MSNBC’s ‘Hardball’, Chris Matthews last night. Question: ‘Is it smart to stay with the same team after you have been battered?’ This is about Pelosi. ‘I mean, you lost seats. You got shellacked, you want to stay with the same leadership team?’
WEINER: You can make a list as long as your armed about why that would happen. Of all the people that deserve blame here, I think Nancy is the last of them. The president didn’t do a good job, the health care took too long, the Senate jacked us up more times than I can imagine. It —
WEINER: — certainly wasn’t Nancy Pelosi.
RUSH: Right. So just more evidence here that they’re all circling the wagons around Pelosi, the far left libs — which is, for all intents and purposes, the mainstream of the Democrat Party now. So all this love and adulation for Obama, it’s gone. It isn’t there. When we get to this piece by Sean Wilentz, ‘Live by the Movement, Die by the Movement,’ you’ll see even more that to which I refer. Here’s Luke Russert also on MSNBC last night. ‘Nancy Pelosi wants to stay in charge. How much has she done if she’s in charge and wants to stay in charge? How much has she done, can she put an end to this fight?’ This is about Clyburn and Hoyer.
RUSSERT: They both represent factions of her caucus. Clyburn represents African-Americans, as Hoyer represents moderates. If you look at the people who are endorsing Hoyer, Lawrence, you have guys like Henry Waxman, Howard Berman, who are pretty much California Democrats — Pelosicrats, if you will. If they are endorsing how are you, it almost looks like Nancy Pelosi is giving the-go-ahead that, ‘Okay, we’re not gonna try and stop Hoyer. We’re not gonna try to get behind Clyburn.’
RUSH: Now, the joke here is that these are a bunch of moderates. If you’re supporting Pelosi, you are a lunatic fringe leftist, and they’re lining up behind Hoyer, exactly as we predicted. Now, here you have a very able black guy — in their terms, did a good job — but all of a sudden they’re all circling the wagons around the white guy. Imagine a bunch of liberal Democrats all circling the wagons around a white guy! Another black Democrat being thrown overboard, cast aside just to twist in the wind from the party of compassion — the party that doesn’t see people in any way, shape, manner, or form as racist or groups or what have you. Bunch of hypocrites, phony baloney, plastic banana, good-time rock ‘n’ rollers.
RUSH: John in Centerville, Ohio, welcome to the program. Nice to have you here, sir.
CALLER: Hey, Rush. Good to speak to you again.
RUSH: You bet.
CALLER: Hey, the last time I talked to you, the media had proclaimed you the leader of the Republican Party, and I called in to say the real fear was that you were fast becoming the leader of the independents and the Democrats also, you may remember that.
RUSH: I do remember that, yes.
CALLER: Well, since that time, with all of the calls that you have been getting with Democrats leaving the party and the election, I would say their fears have arrived.
RUSH: Well, you may have a point. A lot of independents did flee and move to the Republican side. I can’t in all humility give myself all the credit. Obama deserves quite a bit.
CALLER: Yeah, but you deserve a lot of the credit, Rush.
RUSH: Well, if you want to. I’ll be glad to take it.
CALLER: I’m giving it to you.
RUSH: (laughing) All right. Thanks very much. I appreciate that.
Derek in Fort Myers, Florida, nice to have you on the program, sir. Hi.
CALLER: Rush, thank you for taking my call. You’re the anti-toxin for so many of us. My question to you is do you think in a last-ditch effort to get reelected Obama will play the war card against Iran, possibly somewhere else, but especially Iran? Do you think he would do that in order to get reelected? ‘Cause I know he dithered when the population had that uprising before the election in 2009, he did nothing. Maybe he thought that they would be a —
RUSH: Let me tell you where I am on this. My mind-set right now is that Barack Obama’s got no prayer of getting reelected. I’m not contemplating scenarios in which he does. I don’t think there’s anything he can do. If we have anything to say about it, there won’t be anything he can do to be reelected. Iran, war, what have you.