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RUSH: Brett in Sand Point, Idaho. Welcome to the EIB Network. Hello, sir. How are you?

CALLER: Hi, Rush. I’m doing well, how are you.

RUSH: Ahhhhh. It worked! It worked. Great to have you on the program there, Brett, babe, how are you.

CALLER: I’m doing well. Rush, the reason I’m calling is I’m outraged at the racism against Herman Cain. When Clinton was in office, Americans accepted his sexual indiscretions so much so that they reelected him as president. Now when a black man is accused of what a white people freely admitted to, we are making an enormous deal of it.

RUSH: Yeah. Well, no, no.

CALLER: Rush —

RUSH: No, hold it. Hold it, hold it, hold it. “We” aren’t. The media, the Democrats are. You know, they keep telling us, they keep telling us, Clinton is the right way to handle this. Well, what did Clinton do? He stood up there and he wagged that finger that’s about eight inches lock, at us, and he said (impression), “I did not have sex with that — with that — that woman, Ms. — Ms. Lewinsky, not a single time ever.” Everything he did was a total lie. Everything! And he’s held up as the landmark. “This is the way you do it.” So you’re exactly right.

CALLER: But the difference between Herman Cain and Bill Clinton is Herman Cain is a black man. Rush, this is racism in its worst possible form.

RUSH: Well…

CALLER: Herman Cain has said he has not done anything, and they’re railroading him. Clinton admitted to it and they reelected him.

RUSH: Yeah?

CALLER: That is racism.

RUSH: Well, it could very well be racism and it’s also in addition it illustrates what happens to you when you’re conservative and black. Conservative alone is enough to get you. Black conservative then you’re a huge target, but I don’t think you’d have too many people disagree with you. Brett, thanks for the call. I appreciate it. We’ve proven that that works, so that’s cool.


RUSH: Well, I just sent something to the printer and this Kraushaar babe’s out there saying something and I sent it to the printer 30 seconds ago and it just lit up and said, “please wait.” Now it’s processing it. What am I hearing, what’s the noise? Is it the TV? I didn’t touch anything. It could be my computer. That Trace Gallagher guy on Fox is getting in on our air. Let’s just shut down this piece of garbage. Anyway, did it print? It did. Okay. “Hours after being publicly identified as one of several women to accuse Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain of sexual harassment, civil servant –” oh, don’t you like that? “– Karen Kraushaar told ABC News that Cain could be described as a ‘monster.’ Kraushaar said overnight she had attempted to dodge the media spotlight because she feared retaliation from Cain supporters. Her identity was revealed Tuesday and she has since hired a security team to guard her home outside Washington, D.C.”

So this lady, this Kraushaar babe is now starting to get increasingly aggressive in her characterizations of Herman Cain. From anonymous and media shy, to now saying that Herman Cain could be described as a monster. I have this exclusive AP story on this woman, and it is a random act of journalism. I may get to it. I don’t know. For some reason my instincts have been saying it’s too pockmarked and it’s playing into all the things here that we really detest about this story, so let me put it aside.


RUSH: Moving on to Bill in St. Louis. Bill, welcome to the program. Great to have you here.

CALLER: Thank you very much, Rush. I just want to say that I’m kind of hoping that Herman Cain plays the sex card.

RUSH: What would that be?

CALLER: The sex card says any misconduct, and even assuming he got to home plate with this blonde lady from Chicago, would any of that disqualify him from higher office, particularly president? Even if he scored with her. I mean what would Hillary say? What would John Edwards say?

RUSH: Yeah, I know, see, this is the double standard that’s out there. So you’re saying that Herman Cain ought to come out and say he scored?

CALLER: No, no, he ought to play the race card and say, “Excuse me, are there any Democrats that have a real problem with a presidential candidate who has sexually done something wrong?” Hillary would have to say no, that would not disqualify him at all. I’d even go so far as to say that Joe Paterno might be considered —

RUSH: They would never send anybody to ask Hillary. She would never be asked the question.

CALLER: I’ve asked it, and I’m gonna tell you something, even Joe Paterno could ask Barney, “Barney, would that disqualify you, if you have a ten-year-old in the shower, a male?” I think Barney would have a hell of a time with that question.

RUSH: (laughing) Speaking of which, legendary coach Joe Paterno said today that he’s absolutely devastated by the sex abuse scandal that has rocked the school and announced that he will retire at the end of this season. He said, “I am absolutely devastated by the developments in this case. I grieve for the children and their families, and I pray for their comfort and relief. … This is a tragedy. It is one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more. … That’s why I have decided to announce my retirement effective at the end of this season. At this moment the Board of Trustees should not spend a single minute discussing my status. They have far more important matters to address. I want to make this as easy for them as I possibly can.” So he’s gone, he’s out of there, and the New York Times had it yesterday, said it was only a matter of time.

Now, you bring up Barney Frank. We all know Stephen Gobie. There was a gay prostitution ring being run out of Barney’s basement. Now, Barney said he didn’t know, didn’t know it was going on. Barney was also getting parking tickets for Steve Gobie fixed. Steve Gobie called this program, confirmed all this, years ago it happened. There clearly is a double standard. Again, the media is demanding some sort of strategy. Look at Carville. We had the sound bite yesterday. Carville said that the reason Clinton got away with it is because he’s a good leader. People didn’t care what Bill Clinton was doing. But you can’t put Clinton and Cain in the same category. So the double standard is there, it exists.

I think this is one of the reasons why people are standing by Herman Cain among his supporters. I think it’s why there’s so relatively little attrition, and it has people shocked. I guarantee, the media thought that he’d be gone by now, and they’re frustrated. They’re terribly frustrated that he’s not. (interruption) What do you mean, did Hillary know about Bill’s sexual acts? She ran the bimbo eruptions. If anybody wants to get to the bottom of this, they all talk about Betsey Wright, it was Hillary that ran the bimbo eruptions, and what Hillary got mad about with the Lewinsky thing was not that it happened, was that he was stupid enough to get caught. I mean, look, folks, common sense has got to prevail here at some point. She’s married to the guy for how long? There’s Gennifer Flowers out there; there’s Paula Jones out there; there’s Kathleen Willey. It’s not a secret. It’s something that they tried to manage, and Clinton, when it came to Lewinsky and some of these others couldn’t keep it private for whatever reason, and that’s why Hillary got mad.

But look what happened. She goes on the Today Show with Matt Lauer and starts blaming it on a vast right-wing conspiracy. Herman Cain has done somewhat an impression of that, said the Democrat machine’s out to get him and they’re laughing at him. When Hillary went out and said there’s a vast right-wing conspiracy out to get my husband, the media went (panting) tongues on the floor, started lapping that up, couldn’t wait to run with that. And they went out there and they tried to make it look like I arranged for Monica Lewinsky to get hired and then deliver pizza while Clinton was down to his underwear in the bathroom off of the Oval Office. That’s what they were asking people to believe happened.

But Hillary was in on the cover-up of these things. She knew what was going on with this stuff. That was part of the deal. She kept quiet about that stuff in exchange for her shot at the presidency. And then some guy, Obama comes along and blew that all up, and I’m sure it’s not been happy hunting up in Chappaqua for many, many moons. In fact, I don’t know that they’re ever there together at the same time.


RUSH: Here is the Dylan Radigan show, once again PMSNBC, this is late yesterday afternoon, and there’s a fill-in host on this show, Thomas Roberts is his name, and he had a guest, Get Money Out Foundation Executive Director Jimmy Williams about allegations of sexual harassment against Herman Cain. And the guest host said, “Jimmy, if there is no specific charge, these allegations are from over a decade ago, in reference to Sharon Bialek. Does he really need to respond to them in kind or can he say that, without anything specific, why do you need me to?”

WILLIAMS: When Bill Clinton shook his hand, his little finger at the nation and said, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman,” everybody in the country knew he was lying. You could smell it: This guy is lying. There’s no difference between Herman Cain being accused of sexually harassing woman after woman after woman — we’re now at five. By the way, there are five flags behind that podium. I just want to point that out. There’s no difference between that — why should Herman Cain, if he’s even accused of one of these and found guilty, that man should have to register as a sexual offender.

RUSH: (laughing) So you start out by hoisting Clinton up, “Hey, when he shook that little finger at the nation everybody knew he was lying.” No, I don’t think so. Remember Madeleine Albright, they had a cabinet meeting, Madeleine Albright and a couple other cabinet people came out and said that they all trusted the president, he told ’em it didn’t happen, everything was gonna be fine. They all gathered out there in the driveway outside the West Wing. The whole point of that was to lie and get away with it. Harry Thomason and Carville, they wrote the script for that, they planned it. I mean who knew Clinton was lying? Nobody in the media said he was lying. The media was hoping and praying he wasn’t lying. With Bill Clinton, Ted Kennedy, you know, we got victims. You got real victims.

In the case of Juanita Broaddrick you’ve got a rape victim, and her testimony is that Clinton, on the way out the door, said, “Hey, you might want to put some ice on that lip.” And they want Herman Cain to register as a sex offender? I think they jumped the shark a long time ago, but they’re not gonna stop. They’re going to not stop this until they see erosion sufficient in his numbers for them to say they’ve succeeded, just like they didn’t stop with Sarah Palin. They didn’t stop. It didn’t stop until she said she’s not running, and now do you ever hear about her? Do you hear about her anymore? Not at all. And it will be the same thing with Cain.

I’ll guarantee you Newt is gonna be the next one targeted if he keeps this slow creep back up. This is how the left works. And then the same losers on our side will start piling on, “Newt’s got some explaining to do there.” It’s the most amazing thing to me. Political enemies go out and level charges against people on our side, and some people on our side, “Yeah, yeah, yeah, you may have something there. Yeah, well, our guy may have to respond to this.” The Clinton allegations, it should be pointed out, are exactly as old as the Cain accusations. The Clinton acts, I mean this stuff Clinton did, they’re exactly as old as the things Herman Cain’s being accused of doing. This is the big-time politics of personal destruction.

David Gregory, the host of Meet the Depressed on NBC. He was on Today show today. And the cohostette, Ann Curry, said, “He’s not stepping down,” talking about Herman Cain, “He’s not stepping down. He’s continuing to suck the air out of the narrative,” you know, when Ann Curry starts talking about sucking the air, that makes me nervous, that makes me real uncomfortable. I don’t like that. I’m sitting there, I’m just realizing how offended I’m getting. See, I didn’t see this. I’m just now reading that’s what she said. She’s accused Herman Cain of sucking the air out of the narrative. That makes me nervous. That makes me very uncomfortable. I’m almost offended. ‘Cause, you know, I can just visualize it. I can see Herman Cain sucking the air out of the narrative.

I feel abused by Ann Curry of NBC News and I didn’t even hear it. I am just reading it. Imagine the shock, imagine the pain, imagine the suffering of actual viewers of the Today Show that had to see her say this and then envision either Ann Curry sucking the air or Herman Cain sucking the air or both of them sucking the air out of the Republican narrative. Now, you people in Rio Linda wondering what is a narrative — ha — think the dirtiest thought you can and you’re close. And that’s what Ann Curry is suggesting that Herman Cain is doing, and she’s asking Gregory about this. “Does the party now wish,” because he’s sucking the air out of the narrative, “David Gregory, does the Republican Party now wish that Herman Cain would just go away?”

GREGORY: Well, there is no, you know, Grand Wizard in the party right now who can really force the issue. I’ve talked to Cain’s advisors in Iowa. They think their support is still strong there, that it’s not falling. There may be some cracks in the foundation, according to pollsters I’m talking to, that his numbers may be starting to shift. But right now core support remains there.

RUSH: Yeah, yeah, yeah. Grand Wizard. Grand Wizard, as in the Ku Klux Klan. Cain being an African-American it’s a poor, poor choice of words, and so he apologized. (paraphrasing) “I don’t know what I was thinking. Grand Wizard, you think grand pooh-bah, I didn’t mean anything by it.” We’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. I just wonder because I didn’t see it, did Ann Curry, did she gesture when she said that Herman Cain was sucking the air out of the Republican narrative? Because if she gestured then it could be even worse. Do you realize how personally people could take that? Do you realize how nervous that could make people, how uncomfortable, how offensive that might be? I mean, did she make a circle with her mouth, did she raise her eyebrows like Peter Jennings used to do? Did she look incredulous; did she look excited; did she look jazzed when she talked about the Herman Cain sucking the air out of the Republican narrative? I guess nobody on my staff saw it.

One more here before we go to the break. This is a flashback. This is a flashback after Client No. 9. Go back and remember how they treat Democrats caught up in these scandals. Remember there has been no sex alleged in the Herman Cain case. Do you realize that no sex has been alleged. In the original Politico story the gestures were not of an overtly sexual nature. Only words are alleged here. Very few specifics. Yet Herman Cain’s a monster, he should register as a sex offender. So here we go March 10th, 2008, we got a montage here of former Senator Al D’Amato, James Carville, Mara Liasson of NPR, John King at CNN, Hank Sheinkopf, Democrat strategerist, Eric Shawn of Fox News, Alan Colmes of Fox News, Wayne Barrett, The Village, there’s a bunch of these people talking about the allegations against then-governor Eliot Spitzer.

D’AMATO: This is a tragedy, an enormous tragedy.

CARVILLE: It’s a tragedy.

LIASSON: One of those political tragedies.

KING: A personal tragedy.

SHEINKOPF: This is a tragedy.

SHAWN: A personal and political tragedy, a sadness and a tragedy.

COLMES: This is a tragic thing.

BARRETT: It is just an enormous tragedy.

ZIMMERMAN: The reason I use the word tragedy is he showed such potential as attorney general.

RUSH: It’s just unbelievable. It’s like the memo went out, remember the sound bite we had where Cheney is bringing gravitas to the Republican ticket. “It’s a tragedy, he was showing such potential as attorney general.” Well, that means he was really zeroing in on putting a lot of Republicans in jail. Then this came up, damn it. Such a tragedy. Herman Cain’s gotta register as a sex offender. And I think in all candor, seriousness, this is one of the reasons why people are sticking by Herman Cain. They’re very much aware of this double standard and they’re ticked off.

But the thing that we know, you don’t need sex for there to be a Republican sex scandal. All you need’s words. All you need’s allegations. Don’t have to have sex. A Democrat, sex, rape, sexual harassment, fooling around with intern, it’s not sex. It’s what everybody does, and as long as it doesn’t affect your job, who are you to judge? Everything’s cool. (interruption) Well, I don’t know if I want to talk about the Larry Craig sex scandal. But still, still, I mean, the toe tapping thing, that was very — I’m just telling you that there’s a clear double standard, it’s one of the reasons why people are sticking by old Herm.


RUSH: Shreveport, Louisiana, the home of Hal Sutton and Terry Bradshaw and David Toms and a bunch of great sports guys. This is Steve.

CALLER: Hi, Rush.


CALLER: Thanks for the opportunity.

RUSH: You’re welcome, sir.

CALLER: A few weeks ago you made a comment that conservative principles are based on love, and I believe that to be true except I believe that to be self-love, and it’s about to be demonstrated in the Herman Cain episode as it’s taking place as we’re watching it. The comments this morning alluded to the fact that maybe the media or the Democrats are racist in their attack of Herman Cain. Well, we’re about to see racism in its extreme form as the Tea Party and the conservatives abandon Herman Cain. And we’re gonna watch ’em leave in droves, and that’s gonna be the great sucking sound of 2011.

RUSH: Wait. The Tea Party and conservatives are abandoning Herman Cain?

CALLER: Oh, they will.

RUSH: They will?

CALLER: Right now they’re in denial.

RUSH: And that’s going to be racist?

CALLER: Oh, yes. Oh, yes. You know, a black man rich in America and doing well and espousing about tax reduction, yeah, they all can buy that. But a black man —

RUSH: Don’t you kind of have this backwards, Steve?

CALLER: No, I think you’re wrong on this subject. On this topic right here you are wrong, so it should —

RUSH: Well, what do you mean I’m wrong? What am I wrong about? What did I say that I’m wrong about?

CALLER: Saying that the media is exhibiting racist — they’re just trying to get to the truth, they’re just trying to get people to watch their shows —

RUSH: I don’t think there’s any question that Herman Cain’s race is a factor in this, just as there was no question that Miguel Estrada’s race was a factor in his destruction or Alberto Gonzalez or Clarence Thomas or Janice Rogers Brown. Any conservative person of color who’s nominated or seeks a position of high power is going to be targeted. That ain’t how people of color are supposed to get there. The only route is through the Democrat Party. If you don’t go through the Democrat Party, they’ll take you out.


RUSH: Let me ask you a question here, folks, before we ace outta here. How many white Democrat candidates have been asked to take a lie detector test? Was Clinton? Was Ted Kennedy? Was Barney Frank? Herman Cain was asked yesterday if he would take a lie detector test. You don’t think there’s some sort of racism going on here? You just don’t want to admit it. Okay, we’re in LA. I’ve decided we’re gonna stay and try to redeem ourselves. Well, I don’t have anything to redeem. But a lot of other people do.

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