RUSH: Okay, the freshmen Republicans, the Tea Party people and the freshmen Republicans are soon to descend on Washington. In fact, they’re already there going through orientation, some of them. This morning on MSNBC, The Politico executive editor Jim VandeHei appeared, and the host, Joe Scarborough, said, ‘Jim, what would be your one big, overarching piece of advice to new members of Congress?’ Now, as you remember, I once spoke to the freshman class of 1994 during their orientation, and it was in late November of 1993. It was at Camden Yard. And I remember when I told ’em. I said, ‘The biggest thing you’ve gotta know is the media in this town does not want you here. The media in this town is not happy you won. The media in this town is not gonna want to take you to lunch, to figure out what you care about, how to advance your agenda. They’re gonna figure out how they can ruin you. They’re going to get to know you so they can figure out how they can do you harm. They don’t like you here.’ That was my advice. Joe Scarborough today asked The Politico exec editor, Jim VandeHei, ‘What’s your one big overarching piece of advice to new members of Congress?’
VANDEHEI: I’ve covered the Hill for about 16 years, and amazing the effect that this place has on especially men, men who come to Washington who are away from their families and the behavior that you see at night as a type of behavior you often saw from our friends in college. Especially unattractive members of Congress who have not had women show attention to them maybe since college, they come here, power is an aphrodisiac, suddenly they have women who are interested in them. It’s a temptation that some just can’t withstand.
RUSH: The executive editor of Politico, Jim VandeHei, is warning ugly Republicans: be on the lookout because women will still hit on you, doesn’t matter if you’re ugly or not. Men come to Washington, away from their families, the behavior you see at night, they act like it’s Animal House, especially unattractive members of Congress, especially the ugly guys. They’ve not had women show attention to them maybe since college, but they come here, and power is an aphrodisiac. And suddenly they have women who are interested in them. It’s a temptation that some just can’t withstand. Now, can I ask you, when is the last time we ever heard any reference to any of this kind of activity going on in Washington, DC? Did they ever tell us about the Chris Dodd, Ted Kennedy waitress sandwiches? What is this? What about great looking conservative women, what happens to them when they show up? Are men gonna start paying attention to them when they’re away from their families, what do they do? Does this mean that Politico is gonna be on the lookout, particularly for ugly Republican freshmen, and if you get hit on by women and if you make time with them, is Politico gonna rat you out? Especially you ugly Republicans? It’s what he said.
RUSH: I’ve always said that politics is show biz for the ugly. I say that every year at the White House Correspondents Dinner when I watch it on TV. I don’t go there. It’s kind of like the warnings they used to give spies, intelligent agents, ‘Don’t get seduced by the good-looking foreign spies over there in Russia, the Svetlana’s and all that, just stay away from ’em.’ Of all the things, of all the pieces of advice: ‘You ugly freshmen, look out for women showering you with attention, ’cause it isn’t real, it’s only because you have some power.’ Fascinating.
RUSH: So, I checked the e-mail during the spot break: ‘Rush, come on. How do you know that VandeHei is talking about Republicans? He’s talking about incoming freshmen. How do you know he’s talking about only ugly Republicans?’ Well, how many incoming Democrats are there? Maybe four? There four Democrat freshmen? I guarantee you VandeHei is not concerned about them. He’s happy they’re there. Let me go at it another way. At one time Henry Waxman was a freshman. Do we really think somebody hit on him? At one time Jerrold Nadler was a freshman. At one time Alan Grayson was a freshman. Do we really think women hit on them? I mean, folks, the fact that these incoming freshmen are Republicans is why this so-called helpful-hint warning has — (laughing).