RUSH: And greetings, ladies and gentlemen. Great to have you here. This is Rush Limbaugh. We are in Los Angeles. This is the EI… what is it again? What’s the name of the network? I can’t… mental block. Jeez. Well, you know, it slipped my mind here. What is the last letter of my… B! That’s it! It’s the EIB Network. Oh, man, how embarrassing was that, folks. Oh, my gosh, I don’t know that I can continue the program. Nothing went wrong today, everything’s smooth as silk, but look, I forgot the name of my network. Just not a slick talker and I resent the fact that radio stardom is dependent on being a… gotta be good at it… see, what was I gonna say? Debate society. Yeah.
Anyway, how are you, folks? I hope everything is fine and dandy. It certainly is here. I’m a little bit disappointed. I realize that I started the program yesterday in a fit of rage unlike I have experienced on previous broadcasts in a long, long time. I’m not feeling a fit of rage, anything of the sort. But we got lots of good stuff here today. (interruption) What? No, don’t screw anything up on purpose. I’m being asked by helpful staff, highly overrated staff, if they want me to have them screw up, if I would like for them to screw up. No. Look, it’s going to happen anyway. Don’t try it. Just let it happen naturally because it does every day. I just never tell people when you screw up. I always take it on myself. Anyway, here’s the telephone number. It’s 800-282-2882. The e-mail address, ElRushbo@eibnet.com.
Perry, can he survive? Yeah, he’s still alive, he’s breathing today, and he’s laughing about it. I checked my e-mail on this and it’s running the gamut, but if you can believe, and of course I do because I received it, people are thinking, “You know, it makes him look more human.” Everybody who is a rank amateur has those moments of fright. You’re up there speaking to a group large or small and you have a brain freeze. It happens to everybody. (interruption) Yeah, it does, happens to me all the time. It’s just when it happens to me nobody knows it because I start talking about something else. I don’t stand there. Even doing this program, if I forget what I’m talking about, you likely will never know it. You might think that I’ve lost my place somewhere, forgot to finish what I was talking about, but I just move on to something else.
But look. I’m a highly trained broadcast specialist and communicator. And this is an important point. Perry, that’s not what he does. He’s a governor. He’s an executive. I’m not excusing him here or trying to make excuses, but we live in a television age, and it is what it is. Some people say sadly, some say it’s undeniable, but this is how we judge people who seek high office and other positions of power. How do they look on TV? How do they behave on TV? We’d rather get comfortable with the TV personality of them than know who they really are. If you look at Perry he’s obviously a damn good governor. The people of Texas love what he does as governor. He wins reelection after reelection, but he doesn’t come across on television particularly well. There’s something about people coming out of Texas, there’s this deer in the headlight thing when they show up on television.
It happens to lot of people from Texas. Not everybody from Texas, don’t get mad at me down there, but it just does. I think the reaction people are having, “Makes him look human,” others are saying, “Ah, it’s over.” What I find fascinating is the news media. They are treating Rick Perry’s memory lapse… it’s laughable. This is the most serious breach, why, you woulda thought somebody actually put 2,000 guns in the hands of Mexican drug cartel people and ended up killing US border agents. That’s how mad the media is over this. You woulda thought that the attorney general of the United States in a hearing on this program called Fast and Furious had nonchalantly, cavalierly said, “No, I’ve not apologized to the family. You know, excrement happens.” You woulda thought that happened.
The media, it’s laughable how they are treating Perry’s memory lapse, and even some of the people who are supposed to be on our side — oh, and, by the way, I’ve done some deep digging. There are some things that I thought that I had the answers to, and I do, but it goes even further than I was aware, what’s motivating establishment Republicans to be so anti-conservative. I shoulda thought of it. It’s one of these things that should have occurred to me. It didn’t occur to me ’til I talked to a particular person about this. Now it makes total sense. Essentially there are a bunch of people who are still ticked off that Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell got the nominations or won primaries and ran for the Senate and they’re still ticked off that conservatives or Republicans supported them and they were out there saying, “Okay, you think you know how to do it, fine, you go get ’em elected. I’m telling you they can’t win, none of them can,” instead of getting behind them and trying to help.
The reason that there is now a never-ending refrain of criticism of conservatism, it’s from people who still have or still harbor an anger over Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell, and they’re still in an “I told you so” mode. And they’re still trying to get even and they’re still trying to say, “See, you guys aren’t the experts. You don’t know what you’re doing. We warned you about them.” Now, they’re not saying this. This is what’s motivating them. It’s in their bloodstream, if you will. Sort of like an egomaniacal need to prove that they were right about Christine O’Donnell and Sharron Angle and establish themselves as the experts again in an “I told you so” way. One of the many reasons that there is criticism of conservatives from the Republican establishment — and Rick Perry, as I was saying, classic example here, you probably think I forgot where I was going. No, haven’t forgotten a thing. I’m just stream of consciousness broadcasting today, whatever comes to my mind. It’s like my brother does that.
My brother has the most amazing ability, whatever he’s thinking, he’ll tell you. If he’s constipated, he’ll tell you he’s constipated and ask you if you are, and doesn’t it feel horrible. Well, I don’t go that far with my stream of consciousness, but I do it sometimes and I’m doing it now. This business with the Republican establishment, people that are supposed to be on our side are just ripping into Perry ’cause they want him gone, they want him out of there. They don’t think he can win, and they are the experts, they told us about Sharron Angle, and they told us about Christine O’Donnell, and Perry can’t win and get him out of there and any opportunity they have to say that, make that point, they’re taking it, and this brain freeze last night is an opportunity.
The New York Times article on this cited more Republican strategists than the Times has ever cited since the glory days of Watergate. They went out and they found every Republican strategist they can find, maybe even made some up to pile on to Rick Perry here. One of them said, “It was a political death knell that happened to Rick Perry. There’s just no recovering from a moment like that.”
And then on CNN this morning, another expert said that it’s impossible to believe how Perry survives this. Perry forgot the name of a government bureaucracy that he wants to eliminate, for crying out loud. That’s a crime. (Clinton impression), “I didn’t have sex with that woman, not a single time ever, and I’m gonna lie about that all the way up to the grand jury and I’m gonna be the biggest political star the Democrat Party’s ever had!” Rick Perry? “Scum! He forgot the name of a federal bureaucracy. He’s dead; he’s out of there. He has no chance.” This is how we eat our own, and they eat… Well, never mind. They elevate theirs. I bet you he has recited the name of that bureaucracy hundreds of times. He just had a brain freeze. It doesn’t mean that his IQ dropped 30 points at that moment.
It doesn’t mean that his IQ dropped at all. We’re being told now, and even from people on our side, it disqualifies him from being president. It’s just a little bit over the top. I remember… Cookie, see if you can find this. I just remembered this. See if you can find this in our wonderful archive you created of audio sound bites. I happen to remember Obama was being talked to or interviewed by Bob Schieffer of CBS (the anti-smoking crusader) during a presidential debate in 2008 about what federal programs he would cut. Obama talked and talked, and he insisted he would cut programs, but he didn’t — I remember talking about this — didn’t name a single place or thing or program.
He didn’t name a single thing, but he goes on and on and on in that debate. (Obama impression) “I’m gonna cut! Of course we’re gonna cut. Nobody’s better at cutting than I cut! I’ll cut and cut!” He didn’t name anything he was gonna cut, and then Schieffer asked McCain the same question and McCain gave specifics. Not nearly enough to please Schieffer, though. Obama zilch, zero, nada specifics; McCain gave all kinds of them. But Schieffer thought that McCain had botched it. Then Obama got a chance to speak for a few more minutes, and he did not name a single program he would cut the second opportunity he had to talk about it.
But I don’t remember Bob Schieffer — in fact, I know. Bob Schieffer and the rest of the media did not say anything about Obama’s lapse. He couldn’t think of one! At least Perry got two out of three, but Obama couldn’t think of one. They didn’t seem to notice that he couldn’t name a single program. And the media, folks — I don’t know if you’ve probably noticed this, too — the media is practically beside itself that Herman Cain is still breathing. They were hoping that Herman Cain would get water-boarded last night. You know what? I guarantee you: If Herman Cain’s still viable next week… I’m just gonna make up a hypothetical here. If he’s still viable next week, the Democrats are gonna be so ticked off that somebody is gonna burn a cross in his front yard in Atlanta and the media is gonna call it an early holiday display.
RUSH: Speaking of stupidity, you know what I remember during the break out there, folks? Remember during the 2004 presidential campaign (it’s hard to believe about seven years ago), CBS had a sit-down interview with John Kerry (who served in Vietnam) and he couldn’t get it right? They gave him how many takes to get it — remember, we’ve got the tape, or we had it. They shot it over and over again. He couldn’t get his answer right, so they gave him three or four opportunities. Yeah, like Clinton got on the Gennifer Flowers thing, exactly right. It’s up at RushLimbaugh.com. It’s in our archives. I just keep remembering all of these examples the Democrats cover for their own student or whatever in the media and so forth. It just helps to go back and remind people these things.
RUSH: Let’s grab a phone call. I want to start in Mobile, Alabama. This is Mike. Welcome, sir. Great to have you on the EIB Network.
CALLER: Mega dittos, Rush.
RUSH: Thank you.
CALLER: How are you doing?
RUSH: Very good, sir. Thank you.
CALLER: Um… (silence) The point I was gonna try to make … was I have the same problem Rick Perry did last night, um … and deciding out of all the many agencies, which are the top three that need to be shut down first.
RUSH: Well, but he has a list of three, and he had a brain freeze on the third one. He wasn’t trying to think of any three.
CALLER: I understand that. It’s just that when you’re in a debate like that, your mind is thinking a thousand miles per hour, and it’s —
RUSH: I don’t know about that in his case.
RUSH: You’re going like a bat outta hell, there’s no question. Your reaction is the same that a lot of people are having, and it makes him human, we all do this. I mean, that’s basically what you’re saying. It’s happened to you. Some would say it’s happening to you now in this call. So —
CALLER: That’s true.
CALLER: But —
RUSH: It tends to humanize him.
CALLER: Well, I’m having to see that he didn’t have trouble listing the 57 states.
RUSH: Exactly. Yeah, and they zoom past that one. That’s just one of Obama’s many gaffes, and let’s not even go there when discussing Joe Bite Me. To a guy in a wheelchair: “Hey, Chuck, stand up! Stand up and let ’em see you! Oh, God love you. Oh, God, what happened? Let’s all stand up for Chuck.” They say, “That’s just Joe. That’s just Joe.”
Here is Sandy in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Glad you waited. Welcome to the EIB Network.
CALLER: Thank you. How are you, Rush?
RUSH: Well. Very well.
CALLER: Glad to get to talk to you.
RUSH: Thank you very much.
CALLER: Want to thank you for being there on a daily basis and helping us — teaching us — to think for ourselves.
RUSH: Appreciate your saying that. Really do. I —
CALLER: My point I wanted to make was similar to your last caller in that we have somebody in office now who the media thinks is supposed to be so eloquent and yet you can’t speak without a prompter.
RUSH: That’s right.
CALLER: And somebody writes those speeches for him.
RUSH: But he is smart. It doesn’t matter. Even if he’s stumbling around in vain in search of a thought, they think he sounds Ivy League-educated smart. He doesn’t have a weird accent like Sarah Palin, and he doesn’t sound like a (impression) “good old boy from Texas in the duck blind” like Rick Perry does.
RUSH: It’s all this phony baloney surface stuff. I mean, how much more ridiculous can it get when you have a conservative (quasi-so-called conservative) columnist in the New York Times proclaiming him qualified to be president because of the crease in his pants.
CALLER: Yeah. Well, we don’t know whether he’s qualified. We didn’t vet him enough.
CALLER: Well, that was my point. It’s just irritating to see them tear people apart who they probably couldn’t hold up under the same pressure.
RUSH: You know, that’s the thing. The media, most of them are so thin-skinned, they couldn’t take one investigative report into their lives — and they would fight it and they would oppose it. “That’s not any of your business! You can’t do that! That doesn’t matter! Look, I’m just a reporter! I don’t matter. Who I am is irrelevant! My 15 abortions and convictions is not relevant to my credibility as a reporter. I look into the lives of other people. You can’t look at mine!” That’s how they view their own lives. Okay, 10 abortions; 15 was excessive. I’m sorry.
RUSH: Rochester, Michigan. Oakland University. Live on CNBC, the Republican candidates for president debate. During the debate while talking about regulating big business, Governor Rick Perry of Texas sought to identify the three agencies that he would whack.
PERRY: I will tell you, it’s three agencies of government when I get there that are gone: commerce, education and the — what’s the third one there? Let’s see. (laughter)
PAUL: You need five.
PERRY: Oh, five, okay.
PAUL: You need five.
PERRY: So Commerce, Education, and the…
PERYY: EPA, there you go. (laughter/applause)
HARWOOD: Seriously, is the EPA the one you were talking about?
PERRY: No, sir, no, sir. We were talking about the agencies of government — the EPA needs to be rebuilt.
HARWOOD: But you can’t —
PERRY: There’s no doubt about that.
HARWOOD: But you can’t name the third one?
PERRY: The third agency of government I would — I would do away with, Education, uh —
PERRY: Commerce and, let’s see. I can’t. The third one, I can’t. Sorry. Oops.
RUSH: Mitt Romney was helping him out there. That’s who was helping, Commerce, you talking EPA, Rick? EPA? I thought it’s kind of funny, frankly. It’s like Obama can’t remember anything about Solyndra, and Holder can’t remember anything about Fast and Furious. But, anyway, they’re just looking for ways to edge out these people.