RUSH ARCHIVE: It’s certainly designed to get people speculating that she’s in, and it’s clear, Greta, the thing about Sarah Palin to me is that she has now learned to relish and to profit from all of the attention, be it negative or positive, and she certainly knows negative attention. She has suffered slings and arrows, she’s got the media anal exam unlike any other Republican candidate. And I’ve never met her, it appears to me her skin is very thick, and I think that she now has come to grips with the fact that that’s part and parcel of the process, and I think that one of the things she enjoys is just rubbing it right back in their face. She knows that they are trying to intimidate her into silence, not running perhaps, being quiet or shutting up. Here comes the bus tour. I think she’s mastering the things that she’s going to have to master if she indeed decides at some point to run.
RUSH: Brian, I got a question, broadcast engineer. Whose fault was it that I can’t say my S’s in that sound bite? I didn’t watch the show last night, so this is the first I’ve heard it. Is it their phone quality up there or is it — (interruption) Oh, they were able to fix it halfway through the interview. Joe who? Oh, Oh. But Joe works for us, not Fox. All right, never mind, never mind, never mind. I’m the only one that can communicate here. I’m now more confused. All I know is I’m on Fox last night and I can’t say my S’s and nobody can tell me why. Anway, she then said, “Well, look, if you were President Obama, who would be the Republican you would not want to run against, and why?”
RUSH ARCHIVE: If I were Obama, I would not want to run against Palin. Contrary to what everybody says, I wouldn’t want to. You know, when they tell us that’s what they hope for, it’s just the opposite. I wouldn’t want to run against Chris Christie, if I were them. I wouldn’t want to run against Santorum. I wouldn’t want to run against Rick Perry. I think the truth of the matter is in the White House — the truth of the matter is — if you could get hold of their internal reelect polls, I will bet you that they are bad; and I think what they believe is that they have gotta do everything they can to make sure that whoever the Republican nominee is is not a conservative. They think they can beat a moderate Republican. They know they can beat a liberal Republican. They know they could beat a Republican who’s afraid to be Republican. But they are mostly afraid of a genuine, full-throated, passionate, articulate conservative.
RUSH: Don’t ever doubt me on that, and don’t forget that.
RUSH: You know what I hope. I actually hope that the Democrats run Obama for reelection. You know all this talk about who’s the Republican nominee gonna be? Sarah Palin has her bus tour starting, and the media’s rubbing their hands together with glee, “Oh, goody, oh, we at the White House, goody, gee.” They hope Sarah Palin’s the nominee, oh, it would be a slam dunk. Let me tell you something. I hope they run Obama, folks. I mean just wind him up and he says it’s my fault. Here we’ve got a sitting president who cannot run for reelection by saying, “You want more of what I’ve already done?” They can’t promise more of the same, because nobody wants more of the same. They can’t run on the record. They cannot. They’ve gotta turn this election about something other than Obama.
They’ve gotta turn it into something like, “Well, we didn’t know how bad it really was. It’s much worse than we even knew. Our policies are the right ones, but it’s gonna be a while before they fully kick in. We don’t want to change horses in the middle of the stream. We really don’t want to turn this country over to some lunatic like Sarah Palin.” Well, the truth of the matter is, if I’m running the Republican Party — I’m serious here, folks. This is why I’m telling you about attitude all day. No way do make yourself feel like you’re in the minority on anything. You’re not. You may be in the minority in terms of pop culture or on college campus, whatever, but in terms of the American people and issue by issue by issue, you and I are in the majority, and we’re proving it not just in polls, we’re proving it in elections.
We gotta stop being so defensive. We gotta stop accepting the premise that these guys put forth. I’m telling you, if I’m chairman of the Republican Party, I’m out there saying, “Gosh, I hope there’s no challenge to Obama. Gosh, I really hope they run President Obama for reelection.” Put them on defense. Make them so incredulous, make them start scratching their heads, “What are these guys doing? Asking for Obama?” ‘Cause they think Obama’s still The Messiah. The people in the White House actually still buy all of that “The One” stuff. I mean what a target, political target. There’s nobody that wants more unemployment. There’s nobody that wants higher taxes. There’s nobody that wants more of the same in the housing market, is there? There’s nobody that wants higher gasoline prices. There’s nobody wants what’s happening with food prices to continue. Well, let’s say not figuratively.
There’s nobody that wants more of what Obama has gotten. There’s nobody that wants more of what Obama’s policies have led to, is there? And yet they’re gonna throw this guy up, we can’t get by without four more years of Obama. What, we want four more years of slow economic growth? We want four more years of a lousy job market? We want to go even trillions more in debt? No. We don’t want any of this. Why, he couldn’t even come up with a budget that got one Senate vote, not even one vote from his party. Yeah, I hope they run him again. Darn right, folks, I kid you not. It’s another reason why the Drive-Bys so fear Sarah Palin. And it’s not just Palin, although Palin’s gotten the lion’s share of it, but they’re now starting to do opposition research on Chris Christie and Michelle Bachmann and so forth, but you know one of the other reasons why? They are scared to death. The ruling class is really scared to death of a middle class that is not obedient.
Now, the Democrat Party loves a middle class and a lower middle class that is totally obedient. And by obedient, I mean willing to accept what is, and willing to accept what they’re given, willing to accept their food stamp benefit and be grateful for it, willing to accept whatever assistance they get in health care and be grateful for it. That’s the kind of obedience in the middle class that the Democrat Party likes and wants, and ditto Obama. But Sarah Palin is middle, mainstream America who is not gonna take it anymore, not obedient, not subservient, not willing to live life as an indentured servant, and neither are you. And neither are all the rest of the middle class. The news media, the Democrats view Sarah Palin as the living, breathing embodiment of a middle class, flyover America that’s not gonna put up with it anymore. And they fear it because of the numbers.
There are far more people in the middle class than any elite group that you can name. There are far more, quote, unquote, average Americans than there are elite Americans. And that’s why the elites, the ruling class need a middle class that’s obedient, and Palin isn’t. Look at the extremes they have gone to destroy Sarah Palin. What other potential presidential candidate has been accused of being an accomplice to murder? Sarah Palin, accomplice to murder, Gabby Giffords. Me, accomplice to murder. What other talk show host has ever been accused of being an accomplice to murder? That is hate, and that is fear. They hate her that much and they fear her that much because she is not obedient. She is not a member of middle class that’s gonna say, “Yes, sir, yes, ma’am, thank you very much for my food stamps.”
Nobody hates or fears powerless people, ladies and gentlemen. Nobody hates Joe Biden. They laugh at him. Nobody fears Joe Biden. Hell, even Bin Laden didn’t fear Joe Biden. Bin Laden made it clear Biden wasn’t even worth spending any time on in terms of a mission. So unimportant. What would have happened to, say, Valerie Jarrett or any of Obama’s czars or cabinet people if they had gotten even 1% of the media scrutiny that Sarah Palin has gotten, or any other Republican has gotten or will get? The Democrats and their media minions spend most of their time trying to convince us, the majority, that we are the majority, that we are the lunatic fringe, the oddballs, something wrong with us, we’re the real screwy ones. When in reality it is they who are the fringe and in many cases lunatic.
Do you realize Palin almost beat Obama before? It was an election you might recall, 2008. Palin almost beat Obama last time. She almost managed to drag McCain across the finish line. Now, the Democrats must realize that election should have never been that close, and it wouldn’t have been that close were it not for Palin, and this they know. I got a slogan. I remember playing golf here at my club, member-guest tournament. One of the guests, good old guy, I really like the guy, he’s a full-fledged Democrat from North Carolina. And he wears, you know, the pink pants with the pink shoes and it’s really the Doug Sanders whole thing, nice guy. But he loves to jam me about politics. This time I’m talking about was 2007, 2008, the member-guest is always in March.
He’s a smart guy, he’s not your average mind-numbed robot, but he is a loyal Democrat. I remember talking to him, “What in the world, you’re a smart guy, this hatred you have for Bush is irrational. I can understand maybe you not liking Bush policy; what’s this hatred?” And he shouts, “It can’t get any worse, Rush, it can’t get any worse.” And I’m thinking, “God, it can.” And Lord, it has. But, folks, what more good can Obama do? We’ve got the perfect Republican campaign slogan if they run Obama: “We can’t do worse.” Sorry, we can’t do any worse than you guys. That’s our slogan is we can’t do worse than that. That’s our Republican slogan. Put it on T-shirts. Put it on mugs. They nominate Obama. We say, well, we can’t do any worse than that. I’m talking offense here, folks, total offense. What more good can Obama do? (laughing) Yeah, as far as Palin’s concerned, she’s really ticked ’em off now. Not only does she refuse to sit at the back of the bus, she now has her own damn bus.
RUSH: I got another slogan. I got another slogan for the Republicans to use in the upcoming campaign. “Bin Laden is dead and gone. What more can Obama do?”
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