RUSH: Now, I want to go back to me on this program. See, you people are very lucky. You get to listen to this program. You get to experience one of the greatest things in America, and that is listening to me on the radio. I never get to do that ’cause I am me on the radio. I mean sometimes I listen to tapes of myself, but very, very rarely. It’s not the same as listening when you don’t know what’s coming. It’s one of life’s pleasures I don’t get to experience, but you do. So occasionally I will go back and play tapes of me on this program to remind people of what I said. I want to go back to January 6th talking about Mitt Romney and the establishment Republican thoughts, the opinions that they had about Romney as the only electable candidate.
RUSH ARCHIVE: They really think Romney’s the only guy that’s electable because he’s the most handsome and because he sounds the smartest. I mean, a lot of people on our side have really lowered their requirements this year. This is what I heard from my friends and people I know, that Romney was electable because he’s the only guy that looked handsome and could speak. It has nothing to do with the way the media’s gonna treat him.
RUSH: Now, this was one of many times I made this observation. And you’ve heard it, too, that we had to support Romney because he was electable. This is the only guy that could beat Obama. Again, I warn you: I’ve not chosen anybody, and this series of sound bites does not mean that I’m anti-Romney or pro anybody else. That’s not what this means. This stuff is all out there in the public square, so to speak. I do love pointing out when I’ve been right about something, and when I was doubted at the time. So I’m just reminding you. The Republican leadership, establishment, said, “Ah, it’s gotta be Romney ’cause Romney’s the only guy that can get elected. He’s the guy that can save the House, maybe help us win the Senate. He’s the only guy that can do that.”
Yesterday in Birmingham, Alabama, on the radio, Romney was interviewed. Question: “How important is it for you, Governor Romney, to pick up a southern state?”
ROMNEY: I realize that it’s a bit of an away game, but I also think we’re gonna pick up some — some support in these — in the states that remain this month. We’re gonna get some delegates. That’s, of course, what this… (chuckles) what this is all about.
RUSH: He was trying to be funny there, saying that campaigning in Alabama is like an “away game” for him. That’s like the Drive-Bys, you know, we joke about them needing a visa to get into Missouri. Okay, so Mitt says: I admit, I admit, getting votes in the South for me; it’s an away game. And he gets pummeled for this. I think he was trying to be funny. I think it’s just his personality. “Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know.” It’s his way of trying to be creative with the way he speaks, but Thursday night in Pascagoula, Mississippi, at a campaign event, former Governor Romney accepted the endorsement of Governor Phil Bryant, and this is what he said.
ROMNEY: He is now turning me into an — I don’t know, an unofficial southerner and I’m learning to say, “Y’all,” and I like grits, and the things are… Strange things are happening to me.
RUSH: Now, he’s trying to be funny, but people are beating him up over this. “He is now turning me into an — I don’t know, an unofficial southerner and I’m learning to say, ‘Y’all,’ and I like grits, and” so forth. This is his way of relating to people. He’s not lording it over them, but he’s being pummeled for this. He’s being pummeled today for being out of touch and phony. Let me show you phony. Romney, this is just his way of connecting. He’s just trying to connect to people here. He’s trying to relate, he’s trying to be funny. He’s trying to laugh at himself is what he’s doing here. He’s being a little self-deprecating. But this is phoniness. This next bite, this is a blatant phony, a classic illustration of arrogance on parade. Remember this is John Kerry (who, by the way, served in Vietnam), the haughty John Kerry. In October 2004 in Ohio, he walked into a sporting goods store and said…
KERRY: Can I get me a huntin’ license here?
RUSH: John Kerry, the Boston Brahman, Mr. El Perfecto, Turnbull & Asser shirts. You know what distinguishes a Turnbull & Asser shirt? They have three buttons on the cuff. It takes you three times as long to get dressed. They have three buttons on the cuff. I’ve had one Turnbull & Asser shirt. At any rate, “Can I get me a huntin’ license here?” He doesn’t speak that way. He was not trying to be funny. He was actually speaking down to those people. “Can I get me a huntin’ license here?” That’s how he really thinks they speak. In Ohio! Simply because they were hunters at a sporting goods store. “Can I get me a huntin’ license here?” That’s what they think.
RUSH: I’m not gonna play you the sound bites, but Mark Halperin and some others say, “Ah, this Romney. He’s really stepped in it now. It was bad enough when he said he likes to fire people, and it was bad enough when he said his wife drives two Cadillacs, but now he’s really stepped in it,” and so the Republican establishment is really, really nervous now with all this talk about being an away game and he likes grits and learning to say y’all. And I just, again, point out these double standards. They’re doing a celebration today of the Selma March, and when they did this in 2008, four years ago, during the Democrat campaign, both candidates were there. Hillary and Obama.
And Obama, who had nothing to do with Selma and probably couldn’t find it on a map for the first 25 years of his life, talked about how what happened there made him who he is. And there was still talk in the LA Times, there was still talk in the left-wing media, “Well, Obama’s not really authentic. He doesn’t have slave blood.” They said, not me! They said it. All this talk about “authenticity.” And then Hillary got up there. Cookie, you don’t need to have get the sound bite. Hillary got up and said, “I ain’t no ways tiiiired.”
Remember that? And she was quoting James Cleveland, who was famous for saying the civil rights movement and all the strife and opposition. “No, I don’t feel no ways tired.” (Hillary impression) “I ain’t no ways tiiiired.” So once again they can go out; they can do anything they want. They can laugh at, make fun of, they can appear foolish as they want. Romney was just trying to relate to these people. He keeps hearing he can’t connect to people. He was just being convivial with them with that. He was not making fun of them and he was not insulting anybody when he said what he said about grits.