RUSH: Snerdley is all excited for me to get to Mary Landrieu, and it’s coming up. Let me repeat something I said during the show open because the Open Line Friday musical theme was playing. I’m still a little hoarse. I don’t know if you can hear me over the theme. I couldn’t hear myself over it, so let me just repeat something.
Here we have the hip, the modern, the cool Democrat Party. They have had to turn their playbook back to 1963 in a last-ditch, panic-filled effort to get out the black vote. Charlie Rangel says that Republicans still believe in slavery, still treat people in the black community as though they are slaves. I watched specifically cable news networks this morning for Democrat analysts, and they’re all acting embarrassed as hell.
There’s no way they can defend it. Even the most strident, ardent, racist leftist would not even try to defend Rangel. Rangel is living in the past. He doesn’t know anything but that. He’s not cool. He’s not hip. He doesn’t live in the moment. He can’t relate to things that have happened in America. He cannot get the black vote other than to pretend it’s still 1963. In his case, 1863.
Mary Landrieu. (sigh) Insulting, pathetic, incompetent. The previous governor was a woman, the current governor is a minority — Bobby Jindal, dark-skinned, Indian-American, immigrant [parents]. And yet Louisiana doesn’t like people of color, and Louisiana, and doesn’t like women — even though they’ve elected Mary Landrieu — and that’s why they don’t like Obama. And that’s why he can’t go to Louisiana is because people in the South just don’t like black people.
She’s just gotta be honest. They just don’t like black people in the South, and they don’t like uppity women in the South. They just don’t, even though she’s been elected… What is this, her third term? Kathleen Blanco got elected governor. She is living in the past. They’re clueless, folks. These Democrats are not these invincible cool, hip, in-with-it people that the low-information crowd idolizes.
It’s just one of the biggest myths in the world. These people are actually out of ammunition. They cannot, they cannot offer one reason why you should vote for them. (interruption) Yeah, right there on top of the iPads. That’d be great. Just put ’em right there on top of the iPads and I’ll just hurry for the show to end so I can go see what you got there. That’s great. Thanks. Just right there on top of the iPads. That’s cool.
I just had a delivery. Don’t sweat it. Everything’s fine. I haven’t lost my place. What was I saying? (interruption) I know I was talking about Landrieu. I’m joking here. These people are totally stuck in a politics that’s 50 years old. Furthermore, as Rangel describes Republicans, he’s actually describing Democrats! Landrieu talks about how the South is unfriendly to blacks? It was Democrats in the South unfriendly to blacks.
It was Democrats, Bull Connor and these guys with the fire hoses and beating people upside the head and so forth. It is just breathtaking to watch this. They’re showing their idiocy. It’s so bad that you don’t even have Democrat analysts on television trying to defend this. They’re stuck 50 years ago. I think you look at this and you wonder so many things.
How in the world have these people continued to get elected all of these years when they’ve got nothing to offer? They haven’t done anything for their constituents. They’ve made their lives worse; they’ve busted up their families. Talking about minorities here. And now, who knows? We may be at a seminal moment. I don’t want to grasp at…
Well, not grasp at straws. I don’t want to maybe grasp at something that isn’t there. But, man, is this a teachable moment? Is this a teachable moment? I mean, even the most strident, extreme, radical black leftists do not think that we live still in the era of slavery! Most of them, no way do they think there hasn’t been any progress.
What Rangel and Landrieu are trying to say is that there hasn’t been a shred’s bit of progress. All of this after the first African-American president gets elected in this country, and they still run around and say this? Can I remind you, ladies and gentlemen, what I predicted on this program on February 22, 2008? February. This is like seven, eight months, 10 months before the election of 2008.
RUSH ARCHIVE: “If Obama gets elected president, wouldn’t it be good to just get this done, Rush, then we could end those civil rights squabbles that we’re having?” It wouldn’t do that, folks. It wouldn’t do that. It might even exacerbate them. … You know that the race industry can’t wait for this. Any criticism of Obama, the first black president, is going to be met with charges of racism by the likes of the Reverends Jackson and Sharpton.
It will make their race business all that much more prominent. It will operate on the premise that half of this country is seething, can’t believe this has happened and they’re going to fix this somehow, cannot believe there’s a black man in the White House and a black woman in the residence. That will be the theme that the race business operates on. It will be full of presumptuousness and projection, but it will propel it.
RUSH: Where are we now, folks? Is this not exactly what has happened? Here we are a few days, just a precious few days before a midterm election in Barack Hussein O’s sixth year as president, and his party is running an entire campaign on race in which the opposing party still believes in slavery. In every state, in every campaign, these pathetic, embarrassing, brain-dead, mindless Democrats are out crying racism.
And I knew.
That’s the point playing the sound bite.
This was easily predictable.
The election of the first black president was not gonna end racism in America. The racism business was not gonna tolerate that. There’s no way the race industry ever goes away. Too much money in it, too much power. It’s the reason that Sharpton and Jackson have seats at the table of power in the Democrat Party. But even besides that, it was easily predictable. So here we are six years after the election of the first black president, and the Democrat Party wants you to believe it’s worse than ever?
RUSH: Hey, folks, it’s not just Mary Landrieu. My nickname for her is “Cute Little Baby Fat” because she still looks like she’s got some baby fat. It’s not just Mary Landrieu. It’s not just Charlie Rangel. Spike Lee is out. He was on the Fusion TV network website. I have the sound bite coming up. I don’t have time to play all these bites; rather, I’ll just give you a little heads-up.
“Post-Racial America is B—S—.” Wendy Davis, in Texas, running an ad says that Greg Abbott does not want blacks to vote. The Forehead, Paul Begala, on CNN today said, “Democrats are in trouble in states where they hunt Democrats down with dogs.” Thirty-, 40-year-old playbook pages are being utilized by the Democrat Party. They’ve got nothing else. I hope all of you remember something.
I hope every last one of you remembers something. So many people back in 2008 voted for one reason. They voted for the first African-American president, not caring about his politics, not interested in his ideology. The only thing that mattered to them was they hated the fact that there is racism in the country. They’re sick and tired of being called racists. They’re sick and tired of the racial divide.
They want everybody to get over it, and they thought voting for the first black man to run for office — if he won — we could finally erase it and move on and move forward. I think people voted for Obama with the best of intentions, and a lot of people voted for Obama hoping that it would send a signal that this country isn’t the way the Democrat Party describes it. And look what’s happened. It’s gotten worse. I hope people will realize: symbolism over substance loses.
RUSH: It’s Open Line Friday, Rush Limbaugh, and the Excellence in Broadcasting Net. A thrill and a delight to have you here. All right, let’s go to the audio sound bites and we will start. This is Spike Lee yesterday on the Fusion TV network. They posted a video of America with Jorge Ramos. Jorge Ramos is interviewing Spike Lee, and Jorge Ramos said, “What do you tell your kids about race in America?”
Now, this is a guy that’s filthy rich because he’s made movies. He’s got courtside seats to the New York Knicks. He’s running around talking about racism and post-race this and post-race that. I’ll tell you what we have here, folks. What we’re seeing is post-racial racism. This was supposed to be a post-racist America, a post-partisan America, meaning, Obama was gonna end partisanship.
Remember all that? Obama was gonna be the end racism. The election of the first black president, that alone, no matter what else he did, no matter what he believed in, just his election was gonna end racism once and for all. People actually hoped that. People actually believed that. All it’s done is get worse. We are in a post-racial racism, almost all of it coming from the left, almost all of the racism in this country coming from the Democrat Party. Almost every single racist comment, racial aspect of every story, sexist, racial, whatever it is, it’s all coming from the Democrat Party.
By admission, the Republicans aren’t saying anything. And I have to tell you, I think this is one of the reasons why the Democrats are so discombobulated. The Republicans have, whether you agree with the strategy or not, the Republicans have instituted omerta, silence. They are not saying anything about anything. They are not articulating their own agenda. They’re not criticizing Obama’s, other than within the context of campaigns, and that’s really not so much about Obama directly. The Republicans are dealing with the candidates they oppose. And the Democrats have nothing. There aren’t any silly statements Republicans have made to focus on that they can amplify and say, “See, America? This is who these Republicans are.” They’re at a loss. They’re in panic city. All they know how to do is go back in time 50 years. Here’s Spike Lee and his effort at it.
LEE: People get in trouble are the people who forget theyÂ’re black. You just canÂ’t think, well, though I’m successful then IÂ’ve just reached another realm and IÂ’m in this so-called post- whatÂ’s the term again?
AUDIENCE: Racial America.
LEE: Yeah, that bull– (bleeped) Because now we have a black, African-American President, that race no longer matters. There are times, even today itÂ’s hard for me to catch a cab sometimes in New York City. There a lot of people who believe that when our President but his hand on Abraham LincolnÂ’s bible and did the oath that hocus-pocus, abracadabra, poof! WeÂ’re in a post-racial world.
RUSH: That’s exactly right. That’s exactly what people thought was gonna happen. That’s what many people, many white people, hoped and prayed would happen. Yeah, Spike Lee complaining again. But here’s the thing. It was the Republicans. I’m convinced a lot of Republicans voted for Obama in 2008 hoping and praying that it would be the end of all this silly racism everywhere-you-turn business. I believe the American people want to unify on that. The American people want to put this behind us. We’ve dealt with it and move on, rather than have our politics and our daily culture dominated by it and the only reason it is is because the Democrat Party can say or see or do nothing else.
Spike, hire a driver if you can’t find a cab. What are you doing taking cabs anyway? Call Uber. Get with it. I thought you were a hip Democrat. Ever heard of Uber? Get an Uber account, put it on your phone, call ’em up. They’ll be there in five seconds after you order the car. Can’t get a cab in New York? Who does he think he is? Danny Glover? Okay, so that’s Spike Lee. So we find ourselves now that post-racial racist America, and here is Mary “cute baby fat” Landrieu.
LANDRIEU: To be very, very honest with you, the South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans. It’s been a difficult time for the president to present himself in a very positive light as a leader. It’s not always been a good place for women to be able to present ourselves. It’s more of a conservative place. So we’ve had to work a little bit harder on that.
RUSH: So she just calls the entire South racist and sexist, and she doesn’t even live there anymore. Did you know that? The latest controversy with her is she doesn’t have a house there, or doesn’t live in it. She lives in Washington. She couldn’t find her own address in New Orleans if she had to. She’s forgotten it, hasn’t been there in a long time. But even beyond that, people are greeting this with jokes, laughter. Nobody’s taking this seriously because this is embarrassing. You don’t even have any Democrats out trying to defend this.
The governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal, is dark-skinned eastern Indian. Kathleen Blanco, a woman, former governor. There isn’t a mayor of New Orleans who isn’t black in the last who knows how many terms. The president of the United States is black. Mary Landrieu blames Democrat problems on Southern hostility toward blacks and women. You know why Barack Obama’s in trouble in Louisiana? Because of Barack Obama and his policies.
Ever heard of the Keystone pipeline? Louisiana can’t get by without oil. Louisiana is an oil economy. Barack Obama has done his best to make sure that oil flowing to Louisiana from the would-be Keystone pipeline isn’t happening. There are policy reasons why Barack Obama is opposed everywhere, not just in the South.
But what a thing to say. What an absolutely desperate, crazy, literally lunatic thing to say in 2014. “You know, it’s been hard for women. Not a good place for women to present ourselves, either.” Well, how many times have you been elected? How many times did you win elections down there, Mary? How is this possible with you in the US Senate and Barack Obama in the White, how is all this racism and sexism even possible?
Folks, not only are these people not hip and cool and all that, they’re not even smart. They can’t even improvise. And what they’re really penalized by, their own policies are abject failures. Look at it this way. First black president, major, major, major step in American history. One of the biggest historical events ever. After six years, the country is in bad shape. I mean, it’s in worse shape than maybe in most people’s lifetimes. You don’t think that has an impact on people’s view of Barack Obama and the Democrat Party?
Democrat Party policies matter. Democrat Party policies are damaging people. Democrat Party policies are damaging the United States, damaging health care, damaging jobs, damaging the economy. We have no immigration law being enforced, for all intents and purposes. We got 92 million Americans not working. We’ve got people losing income. They’re not seeing incomes rise. We have people, because of Obama’s health care policy, being converted from full-time to part-time work. It makes every bit of sense in the world that people would oppose this man. Black, white, green, from Mars, it doesn’t matter.
Common sense says you don’t want any more of what Barack Obama and the Democrat Party are offering. And because the Democrats cannot tout anything they’ve done, there isn’t one Democrat Party policy that any Democrat could run around and say, “Want more of this? ‘Cause I got it for you,” ’cause nobody wants more of it. The only thing they can do: play the race card, the War on Women card. But they can’t even do that well now because they have to go back 50 years. They have to try to create a mental image of an American that no longer exists.
And they’re the smart ones? They are the compassionate ones? They are the tolerant ones? These people are embarrassing. They’re embarrassing to their own analysts. All right. Here is an ad being run for this empty suit in Texas, Wendy Davis. It’s a radio ad attacking the Republican gubernatorial candidate, Attorney General Greg Abbott, who’s in a wheelchair, don’t forget. Here is that ad.
NARRATOR: Have you heard about this guy running for governor, the Republican Greg Abbott? Well, listen up because Greg Abbott is bad news. As Attorney General, Greg Abbott tried to overturn the Voting Rights Act. Take a guess about who Abbott doesn’t want to vote.
RUSH: Wow, see, so now the Republican attorney general and gubernatorial candidate, he doesn’t want blacks to vote. Yeah, he doesn’t want black people to vote. I’ll tell you what’s an embarrassing thing, is how many African-American voters still get sucked into this and believe this. These are worse than abject lies. You know, this goes to character assassination, character destruction. But it’s baseless. Greg Abbott doesn’t want black people to vote. The point is none of it’s working. That’s the bright side.
According to the all the early voting data, none of it’s working. Try to put yourself in their shoes, first African-American president, I mean, messiah, utopia, it’s here, and the guy’s bungled everything. He has not given the Democrat Party a good name here. He’s not given socialism a good name. This guy has practically destroyed everything he believes in, I mean from the standpoint of popular consumption. As far as he’s concerned, I think he’s been overwhelmingly successful. I think he’s doing exactly what he intended to do.
Most people don’t look at it that way. They look at him as just the latest Democrat to get elected and things aren’t going well, so it’s time to vote for the Republicans. The man’s been very successful with his agenda, in my opinion. But most people, as I say, are just gonna look and see him as failure. I’d kind of be upset, too, if I were Democrat, African-American.
“Oh, my God, finally we got a messiah and he turns out to be an incompetent joke? Everything we thought we believed in has been implemented and nobody’s happy. Everybody’s mad. Nothing works. There is no fairness. There is no equality. Not everybody’s gotten rich, and the rich are still rich.
“We haven’t been able to make ’em poor. We haven’t been able to take everything away from them.” Damn, I’d be pissed off, too. Here’s The Forehead, Paul Begala, on CNN’s New Day today. Alisyn Camerota said, “The New York Times in an op-ed calls this the best general election in a decade ’cause there are a dozen super-close Senate races and a dozen super-close governor races. What’s gonna happen on Tuesday,” Forehead?
BEGALA: I understand why the Democrats are in trouble. First off, the map. We’re runnin’ in states where they hunt Democrats down with dogs. I mean, my goodness the president lost in Arkansas by 24 points, lost Louisiana by 17 points. He lost Alaska by 14.
RUSH: Where do they hunt Democrats with dogs? In no state are Democrats hunted with dogs. Now, you can go back in time and you can find a time when Democrats hunted African-Americans with dogs, but you can’t find Democrats being hunted by dogs.
RUSH: We’re gonna start in Dayton, Ohio. This is David. Great to have you on the program, sir. Hi.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. Thanks for taking my call.
RUSH: You bet, sir.
CALLER: I just wanted to make a comment about something that I’ve seen in a lot of my liberal friends and also in Democratic campaigns about their strategy of getting people to vote for them. And I think it applies to playing the race card, and that is they feel like if they just put out there that they’re concerned about an issue — they bring up an issue and say they’re concerned about it — and then that’s their policy without really even bringing up any real or specific solutions to the problem. They just kind of have a slogan like, “Oh, there’s a race issue in the South. Vote Democrat.” You know, without really offering any real solutions.
RUSH: That’s a good point. We have discussed this on previous occasions, and I have a description for it, what you just described, and that is getting credit for being a good liberal by simply identifying the problem, and then people think you care. You got a conservative and a liberal walking down the street and they encounter a homeless guy.
The liberal goes, “Awwww, look at that! So sad. Oh, my God, what is our country coming to?”
The conservative says, “You know what? Maybe the guy needs to go find a job. We need to help this guy get one.”
“Oh, easy for you to say! Typical Republican cold-heartedness. Why can’t you just have a little sympathy? Don’t you see the man? He’s living in a shopping cart.”
“Yeah, and it repulses me, and I want to get him into something more productive.”
“You hate-filled SOB.”
The Democrat simply gets credit for seeing it. “I’m a good person. I saw a homeless guy and felt bad. I’m a good person. I know that blacks are mistreated sometimes.” And that’s it! You don’t have to act. That’s why I’ve always said that liberalism is the most gutless choice you could make. It’s the easiest. You don’t have to do anything. You never have to solve anything.
All you have to do is say you see it and then people automatically assume you care, and maybe even then you know what you do? You go to a nice $10,000-a-plate dinner for the hungry. Yeah, and that shows you really care when you go to a $10,000-a-plate fundraiser, and gorge yourself on five-star food and adult beverages … for the hungry. Who are still outside begging to get into the hotel and eat with you.
Maybe you’ll give ’em a doggie bag on the way out.
RUSH: Since we’re talking about racial things, there’s a story in the Washington Post that is indescribable. The headline is misleading. The headline is: “How Racial Appeals to Black Voters Have Changed — and Worsened — Under Obama.”
Now, without knowing anything else, what would you think that this story is about? You would have to conclude this story is about Democrats and their ads and how they’re appealing to black voters, because, after all, they are the only ones doing so. Republicans are not. But that’s not what the story is about. It’s by Nia-Malika Henderson.
“Making appeals based on race is not new in politics. It can be subtle, like the posters of President Obama sitting in a barber’s chair that hung in black barbershops in 2008. Or it can be overt and bordering on offensive, like the lynching images left on the car windows of black churchgoers in North Carolina. … As the push to get black voters to the polls comes down to the wire in the midterms, Democrats and progressive groups are using such images to engage black voters. Ferguson, Trayvon Martin and kids in bulletproof vests have all shown up in fliers, radio ads and Web videos. The goal behind the appeals — whether subtle or overt — is the same: to spark some sort of emotional connection, either positive or negative, in a voter.”
Got it. So what they’re doing, the Democrats are trying to spark positive emotional connections with photos of lynching, and by lying about Trayvon Martin and Ferguson. This is not race-baiting; it’s fearmongering. The Democrats are running the ads, but they are claiming this is what Republicans want to do. The Republicans, meanwhile, are not doing anything. They’re not saying diddly-squat about anything. They have gone mute. And yet the racial content of the campaign has been ratcheted up. It’s the Democrats running ads just like they did in 2000, accusing George Bush of wanting to lynch blacks in Texas and drag ’em behind cars on dirt roads through rural towns.
So the point of this story, I guess Mary Landrieu and Charlie Rangel, they’re just following a Democrat talking point memo that must have gone out to the newspapers because the Washington Post here says that race relations have gotten worse in the six years under Obama. But you know why? Because of a backlash fueled by Republicans. Yeah. African-Americans are not mad at Obama. No, no. And they’re not mad at Democrats. No, no. Why would they be? No, no. They are mad because the Republicans are fueling this backlash.
It’s the Republicans trying to make the blacks hate the Democrats. It’s the Republicans trying to make black voters not like Obama and suspect Obama. I kid you not, that is what this story says. Therefore, all of these photos that are being used in this article and elsewhere across the country of Ferguson and all of the photos the images of lynchings are being used under the premise that Republicans have brought all of this on themselves with their watermelon jokes and their questioning of Obama’s birth certificate and all that. So all of this mean-spirited stuff that the Democrats are doing is a backlash to what the Republicans think. That’s the point of this story.
So the Washington Post says it only is reasonable that the Democrats would be running these stories trying to scare blacks because this is what the Republicans have sponsored. Meanwhile, the Republicans are doing diddly-squat. They’re not saying anything. This is vile, it’s disgusting, it’s filthy, and it’s typical. It’s predictable. And it’s also the sure sign of panic settling in. The Democrats have to routinely make up what Republicans do. They have to manufacture what Republicans think. They have to lie about Republicans and what they say. But after 50 years of doing it, many black voters believe it. And that’s what they’re relying on now.
What they’re trying to do is gin up black turnout for the cause, for the first African-American president, to not let the Republicans destroy this historic presidency, pure and simple. And note, there isn’t one paragraph, there isn’t one sentence in this story about all the wonderful things for America Barack Obama has done. There is not one sentence. There’s not a syllable. There’s not a word. There is not a paragraph about one thing Obama’s policies have done to improve anybody’s life, much less African-Americans’, not one. This whole story is nothing more than a justification for the lies the Democrats are telling in the campaign, and it’s in your friendly neighborhood Washington Post.