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Rush: Hillary Won New Hampshire, Because of the Oprahfication of American Women

Rush Limbaugh nails it again, as everyone else is getting it wrong. The question is whether all the bloggers and pundits and media members are deliberately getting it wrong in order to sway the election or if they are just this ignorant and stupid, that they cannot figure it out. Probably a combination of both…

RUSH: Now, let me give you an example, ladies and gentlemen, of… creating sympathy for Mrs. Clinton among women. The tears worked, whether they were fake, whether they were real, they worked. Whether she was acting or not when she said that it hurt her feelings to be asked a question about people disliking her, why so many people dislike her and so forth, when men are perceived to be behind this, women will rally, it doesn’t matter. I’ll give you an illustration of how I, on this program, could create the same effect that I think happened in Iowa. Let us play a sound bite from Mrs. Clinton last night in her acceptance speech in New Hampshire.

HILLARY: I come tonight with a very, very full heart. And I want especially to thank New Hampshire. Over the last week, I listened to you, and, in the process, I found my own voice.

RUSH: Stop the tape. Okay, now, if we stop it right there, which we did, okay, Mrs. Clinton found her own voice. Well, I could say, Mrs. Clinton, we found your voice, too, in our archives.

HILLARY (screeching): I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration, somehow you’re not patriotic, and we should stand up and say, “WE ARE AMERICANS AND WE HAVE A RIGHT TO DEBATE AND DISAGREE WITH ANY ADMINISTRATION!”

RUSH: Now, in doing that, you know, we sit here and we laugh about it, but I’ll guarantee you, some women out there just get frosted, that sexist pig Limbaugh making fun of Hillary. She has achieved a victim status again, she’s achieved the status of a sympathetic figure, and it is among people who have been affected by the Oprah Winfrey phenomenon. You don’t have to be sexist for a bunch of wound-tight women to think you are. You don’t have to be. It’s not that I play her words, it’s that I basically am calling her a liar. I played a tape last night, she says, “I found my voice.” Oh, yeah, we have, too, bam. And I play this thing, “You didn’t have to do that, that’s old, that’s old, you’re just making fun of her. You’re just trying to hurt her.” I know what the reactions are out there. I’m telling you, this was fundamental of what happened in Iowa, in addition to the fraud, the potential fraud, the possible fraud. The pollsters are going to have to find out about that. They really are. Their credibility is on the line here, as is everybody in the Drive-By Media who said this was over. Do you realize how few of them are getting this right? Do you realize how few of them are getting anywhere close to being right about this, the way they are characterizing these primaries, the whole contest, the way they’re mischaracterizing, misreporting, all of the results? Folks, it’s an embarrassment.

This goes beyond journalistic malpractice. This is as though these people have never done it before. You could have gone out and hired a bunch of amateurs who watch television and think they can do it just as well, put them on these shows to analyze what happened, and it would be just as good as what we’re getting. We’ve got a sound bite of me back in 2000, June 30th, I don’t want to play this, because I listened to it and this is when I was losing my hearing and my voice is all wacky on this, but I want to read you a transcript of what I said on this program June 30th, 2000.

“This comes under the umbrella of Rush knows women, and I do, I know what makes ’em tick. I know why they do various things they do, I mean, well, no more than anybody else does. I mean I know women as much as possible, which is not really very much, but I got it figured out I think as much as anybody can, let’s put it that way. And the question’s been raised on this program a number of times since I’ve been hosting it, ‘Rush, why is Oprah so popular? What is it about that show?’ If you’ve ever watched it, she cries all the time. I mean the biggest audience is women, the fastest way to a woman’s heart is cry, the emotional, it’s a magnet.” That’s what I said back in June of 2000. And here is Hillary crying Monday morning in Portsmouth.

HILLARY: It’s not easy. It’s not easy. And I couldn’t do it if I just didn’t, you know, passionately believe it was the right thing to do. You know, I have so many opportunities for this country. I just don’t want to see us fall backwards. No.

RUSH: Now, the engaged, informed thinker would have one early reaction to this, and it’s the reaction that I had when I first heard it. It’s not the tears. My reaction is, you have so many opportunities for this country? She said, “I have so many opportunities for this country?” Wouldn’t it be better to say we, as Americans, have so many opportunities in this country? A lot of people were too blinded by the tears and the emotional output to even hear what she was saying. Those that did hear what she was saying for the first time, they think, heard her say, “I want this for you, not me. I want it for you.” And, of course, if you’ve got a dumbed-down electorate on the Democrat side that will buy into all this emotion stuff coupled with a little misty eyes, then you’ve got something here that’s a factor whether we like it or not. On Monday, after hearing this, this is what I said as we go back to our own archives.

RUSH ARCHIVE: This is the sympathy play. This is the gender card again. I’m going to tell you exactly what this is. This is the latest version of invading my space. This was a reenactment of tears with the Rick Lazio moment, ladies and gentlemen. Should a man get away with bringing Mrs. Clinton to tears? Should a man, be it me, be it Obama, should a man get away with bringing Mrs. Clinton to tears? She says, “I have so many opportunities for this country.” I have? How about we have so many opportunities together, Mrs. Clinton, rather than I have so many — I this, and I that. Emotional blackmail. This is calculated, make no mistake about it, folks. This is not spontaneous, because nothing with the Clintons is coincidence.

RUSH: Doesn’t matter, on the left, and with women who are inclined in this matter. I’m telling you, do not underestimate the undergirding, if you will, of this. It is the “screw you, mister,” aspect, the “screw you, pal,” you know, angry women thinking that men are holding them down, keeping ’em back, and now they’re trying to with Hillary and making her cry, and Hillary came back. And that’s worth a reward. She could only do this one time. She can’t get away with this again and again and again. This was a one-time ploy. But there will be other one-time ploys as we head on. The bottom line, folks, before we go to the break and come back with your phone calls is nothing’s over, we just started. We’ve got two states. The next time you hear — I don’t care if it’s one of our guys in the punditry or one of the other guys — next time you hear them say this candidate is out, if he doesn’t win New Hampshire or Iowa, Michigan, blow it out. Ignore it. Nobody knows what’s going to happen.

Nobody can read and predict and tell the future. And these people, these so-called wise men and ladies on television have no clue, either. They’ve just got too much time to fill, they got too much time trying to appear to be the smartest people in the room, and the irony of that is they end up all parroting each other, because once somebody does go out on a limb, the others are afraid not to go out on a limb in case that person is right, so they all go out on a limb, and it falls out because of all the weight of their inaccuracy. Just chill. Just cool out, let things play out as they do, and, by all means, understand that politically we want a long, drawn-out fight between Hillary and Obama. That is to our benefit.


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RUSH: Well, it is what it is. So here we have even a conservative woman in Spokane who has a little lump in her throat here. (interruption) Now, Mr. Snerdley, you’re going to have to change your approach on this. He’s in there shouting at me, “Don’t you understand how pathetic it is?” Right now I’m not going to characterize it. I’m just trying to tell you what is, because everywhere else in the media is not getting this, and it is crucial to understand how to go forward here and understand what we’re dealing with! This is not women supporting women because of a monolithic support for gender. This is women, particularly on the liberal side — but here you had Susie who’s a conservative, who’s been there — saying the odds are stacked against them. We’re talking about attitudes here. It’s a woman thing, Snerdley, and you, of all people, should know this. You’re the expert, you claim. You should know this. Somebody made her cry — and there’s not another woman in the race, and you got a bunch of guys running around saying, “Iron my shirt!” People… Look, I’m telling you, it’s only on the conservative side you’re going to find women that are going to be able to laugh at things like this and not take it personally. I’m just trying to help people to understand here, because what’s happening in the attempts by the Drive-Bys to explain what happens in New Hampshire is so off the path; they are all so wrong. I’m simply sharing my intelligence guided by experience, coupled with my wisdom. You want to know something else? When all is said and done, the Democrat machine candidate wins. It wasn’t Bill Bradley in 2000, it wasn’t Howard Dean in ’04, and it ain’t going to be Obama in ’08.


RUSH: It’s a good thing that I am confident. It’s a good thing that I am grounded. I just got an earful from Snerdley. He thinks I’m so wrong on all this. I’m into my 20th year. I’m not wrong. I’m always shown to be right. Yet it is when I come up with explanations for things which are such wide variance with the conventional wisdom, it’s such a trap. Everybody gets caught up in the old CW, and I don’t. In fact, I look for the opposite when I see the CW form, and when I come up with my explanation that’s opposite the CW, even people who have known me for 20-plus years and know full well I’m going to end up being right, still get in my face and tell me I don’t know what I’m talking about here. (sigh) So I go back to Snerdley’s office, and he says, “I don’t know. I just don’t understand. I can’t say I understand how you’re saying this. The woman is 60 years old, and all of a sudden I saw Ann Lewis,” and, by the way, Ann Lewis, ladies and gentlemen (Barney Frank’s sister), is the chairman of what Monica Crowley calls the Clinton Ladies Intervention Team, and Ann Lewis was on television last night, and Snerdley was watching, and she said Hillary had “a very human moment.”

Snerdley thinks, “You’re falling for this, Rush. You’re falling for their spin!”

I said, “No, I didn’t hear Ann Lewis say that. I don’t need to hear Ann Lewis say anything to analyze any of this.”

“But the woman is 60 years old.” Snerdley is shouting at me and pounding his desk. “She’s 60 years old. A human moment? Who’s falling for this?”

I said, “Look, when you move from Nurse Ratched to human in ten seconds, that is an achievement,” and it is!

When everybody’s impression of you is this cold, calculating, inhuman, unfeeling little automaton, and all of a sudden you get human, that’s big; and then the quasi-tears and so forth? Folks, I’m telling you, this is a big deal. Now, what’s she going to do next? She can’t do this again. She can’t do the crocodile tears. She can’t go out and say her feelings are hurt. These are one-time things. But are there other opportunities that she might have to bond with woman in the future? Yes. Let me offer one, and it’s something I think a lot of men wouldn’t understand, but I, ladies and gentlemen (laughing). The things I do understand about women (sigh), I’d trade for other things to understand, but I understand what I understand, and I’m telling you, I won’t be surprised — it’s not going to be soon; it will be at the next moment of crisis — when Mrs. Clinton shows up to make a speech, and there’s a blemish, a pimple, zit, whatever you want to call it, prominent on her face.

We’ll all look at it and say, “Whoa! What is this? Was the makeup bad?” No. The message will be to women: “The hormones are out of control, and that’s due to stress, and that Mrs. Clinton is courageous and brave enough to show up in public and allow this imperfection to be seen,” and they will understand the hormones raging. It’s going to be stuff like this. Once they do something that works, it’s like anybody else: You keep going back to it in ways that are different, but the same. (interruption) I don’t think she can cry anymore. I don’t think she will, not unless something happens. There would be no other natural reaction other than to cry. (interruption) Well, like… (interruption) No. Like, if somebody asked her in a debate down the road, “By the way, we understand Bill was running around with Belinda Stronach up in Canada last night,” I don’t think that would make her cry. Well, you don’t have any proof of Belinda Stronach. Belinda Stronach is a rumored name. I don’t know. It was a long time ago. But pick any named or unnamed. I don’t think that would cause tears. Well, in Hillary it might. Folks, you’re going to have to just sit tight and let this stuff unfold before your very eyes and understand that nothing that happens with these people is coincidence.


RUSH: I mentioned before the break of the last hour that Mrs. Clinton’s tears, the choked-up moment, was a little calculated — and I believe this, using intelligence guided by experience. Nothing that happens with the Clintons is coincidence. But the night before the tearful moment, she appeared on Access Hollywood — also part of the new strategy. She’s appeared on Fox twice. She’s sitting down doing interviews with people she used to give no time to whatsoever, and she was on Access Hollywood with the info babe Maria Menounos, and Menounos said, “You’re not made of steel, are you? You have feelings.” Now, remember: This is the night before the choked-up moment.

MRS. CLINTON: It’s that difficult position that a woman candidate is in, because if you get too emotional, that undercuts you. A man can cry. We know that. Lots of our leaders have cried, but, you know, a woman, that’s a different kind of dynamic. You know, I may get a little passionate and carried away from time to time, and maybe somebody says, “Well, you know, women shouldn’t do that.” Well, I disagree with that. It may take some getting used to because we haven’t had a woman president, but, um, I’m confident that people are going to say, you know, “Wait a minute. I want a fighter in the White House.”

RUSH: And the next day, after having set the stage the night before and sort of giving away little hints here at the future, she has the choked-up moment. Been thinking about it. She was thinking about it before she did it. I wouldn’t be surprised if she was rehearsed for this, or she had rehearsed.


RUSH: First audio sound bites. Mrs. Clinton today was on the Today Show with Meredith Vieira, who asked her this question: “On Monday, you were asked how you get up in the morning and your eyes began to mist over when you talked about that. You came close to tears. Do you think that that affected the voters, that that made a difference, that moment?”

HILLARY: Well, I think that the whole sequence of events starting from the debates through the last voter I talked to about 5:30 on Tuesday night, because, you’re right, there was a feeling on the part of a lot of voters in New Hampshire that they were getting to know me. I mean, that’s what the New Hampshire primary process is about. There is just this extraordinary feeling that I had, in the incident you refer to where, you know, we were all in it together. I was doing my part to try to tell people what I wanted our country to be like, and when the woman said to me, “Well, how do you do that?” I really felt touched by that, and I think we did connect at a very, you know, personal level.

RUSH: She has a lot of detailed memory of this, to be able to explain a spontaneous moment, doesn’t she? Let’s move on to audio sound bites, something else I’m telling you, this had an impact, it’s hard to measure how much, but it no question did, and I think this was staged, in Salem, New Hampshire, on Monday night. This is the protest with the male protester there running around with a sign that said, “Iron my shirt,” and shouting the same thing.

HILLARY: People think you bring about change by —

UNIDENTIFIED MALE PROTESTER: Iron my shirt! Iron my shirt! Iron my shirt! Iron my shirt!

HILLARY: Can we turn the lights on? It’s awfully dark here for everybody.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE PROTESTER: Iron my shirt! Iron my shirt! Iron my shirt! Iron my shirt!

HILLARY: Ohhh, the remnants of sexism, alive and well. (cheering)

RUSH: And, of course, there were a lot of cheers from the audience there, ladies and gentlemen. Everybody plagiarizes me; everybody takes my ideas. Snerdley, you haven’t heard a Rush to Excellence Tour show in a long time, but I always open it up with a story of when I met Mrs. Clinton. It’s a true story, but then I delve into a joke off of the true story, and I did this in Sacramento on September 21st, and after telling the true element of the story, we pick up with the joke element.

RUSH ARCHIVE: I decided to leave and make my way toward the elevators, because I’d been there a long time, and as I got in the elevator, the door is about to close, Mrs. Clinton gets in it. She gets in the elevator, she hits the stop button. She says, “I never thought that I would meet you, especially in a place like this.” She said, “Do you know how long it’s been since I have felt like a real woman?” (laughter) Well, to myself, I’m thinking, yeah, but didn’t want to say so. So she said, “Would you make me feel like a real woman?” I said, “I’d be honored.” So I started taking off my clothes and I got down to my underwear and I stopped, and I just piled the clothes on the floor of the elevator, I said, “Mrs. Clinton, if you want to feel like a real woman, fold ’em.”

RUSH: So these guys running around at her press appearance, her rally, saying, “Iron my shirt! Iron my shirt!” folks, all this is my fault, I’m telling you, every aspect of this is my fault, on purpose. I don’t want her out of the race. I don’t want her defeated in the primaries. I want her to stay in this. I want her and Obama to have a protracted fight on this. I want it to go as long as possible. I don’t know how long that’s going to be. But we need that to happen.

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CALLER: Yes. I would disagree a little bit. I don’t think Oprah actually cries that much on her show, but she certainly causes everybody else in the audience and everybody watching it to cry.

RUSH: All right, six of one, half dozen of the other. She’s dropped her share of tears on the floor.

CALLER: Yes. But I felt not one iota of sympathy for Hillary Clinton when she cried because, I agree with you, I think it was calculated, it was meant to cause a reaction, and it worked.

RUSH: It did amongst most of the others of the Oprah audience and I think liberal women in general who have an us vs. them attitude when it comes to men, and the men made her do this, the men made her cry, and they love women’s vindication, they love women validation, they love women getting even, they love the “screw you, mister” aspect.

CALLER: Well, it’s not only that. I think The Oprah audience, and up until the time that she started backing Barack Obama, I never felt like she was preaching it to me so I was okay with it. I’m a little worried about this now, and I’m having to rethink of whether I’m going to TiVo it every day, but I think she thinks she can save the world not using government, and I think that is something women definitely agree with. But now that she’s backing Barack Obama, coming to my state with him, I don’t know, I had to throw out my Dixie Chick three CDs; I may have to stop watching her, too.

RUSH: If you like the show, you’re smart enough to watch the show and not be affected by all this extraneous stuff she’s doing unless it genuinely makes you mad.

CALLER: Well, what makes me mad is that other women I don’t know as well, my good friends pretty much are with me and they would never vote for Hillary Clinton just because she’s a woman, but people I don’t know as well or who aren’t as tuned in will start asking me because we’ve got our primary coming up, “You know, who are you thinking about voting for?” and I start talking about Huckabee and Romney and they look at me like I’m crazy, “What do you mean, it’s only between Clinton and Barack Obama.” That’s what bothers me.

RUSH: Wait a second. These are your Republican friends?

CALLER: These are women in general, back to the women, how right I think you are —

RUSH: Wait a minute, South Carolina is not open, right, independents can’t cross over — you can’t vote for the Democrats in South Carolina, can you?

CALLER: No. But I’m talking about more general women that I see in the workplace that I don’t really know their political affiliation.

RUSH: Oh, okay.

CALLER: And it’s a scary thing to me that they automatically assume because I’m a woman that I’m, number one, going to vote in the Democratic primary, and number two, that I’m going to be choosing between those two candidates.

RUSH: See, that’s my whole point, the kind of women that you’re talking about, that’s the way they look at things. By the way, Allison, thanks. Allison, one of my all-time, top-ten favorite female names, by the way. Love that name, Allison. But nevertheless, one thing that some people are concerned about, I of course am not yet concerned about, but the conventional wisdom is out there saying, “You see all the energy on the Democrat side? See all these Democrats can’t wait to get out there and vote? Where is the similar energy on the Republican side?” And of course everyone is, “Whoa, we’re in big trouble out there, Rush, we’re in big, big trouble, those Democrats really care, they are so fired up they ran out of ballots in New Hampshire.” Yeah, in an election where the Clintons are involved. Ha-ha-ha. Where you can bus people in from neighboring states and all you have to do is say, “Yeah, I plan to live there someday.” Ha-ha. Ran out of ballots.

Folks, it’s just too early and too soon in this process to start creating all this self-induced suffering, which is based on telling yourself stories about the future with outcomes you cannot possibly know. I know it’s tough to avoid the conventional wisdom, it’s tough to avoid getting caught up in the way the Drive-Bys and their polling units are handling this, but you have to get a grip. If you’re going to watch it, you have to constantly remind yourself to doubt everything. The evidence is clear. The smart thing to do is doubt everything they’re telling you.


RUSH: Back to this “iron my shirt” business. Why not? Why not have the government iron our shirts? I mean, Hillary planned to do everything else for us: universal health care, universal pre-K, have a baby and get five grand, she tabled that, open a savings account, get $1,000, free babysitting in Iowa so you can vote for her. She’s going to take all the profits from evil Big Oil and give those profits to the government, Christmas presents under the tree are government programs. She’s got so many plans for us, why not universal laundry?

January 9, 2008 , 11:53PM Posted by | 2008 Presidential Election, Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey | Comments Off on Rush: Hillary Won New Hampshire, Because of the Oprahfication of American Women

Rush Limbaugh on John McCain, Disciple of the Goracle


And right there in that picture is one of the biggest reasons why John McCain will never get my vote. Anyone who is a Goracle disciple of the religion of global warming will never get my vote. He also earned my ire when he came to Michigan and bragged about owning Toyotas, while pontificating about global warming. Sorry, Senator, anyone who is either (1) naive enough to believe this junk science/big government control scam or (2) power-hungry enough to deliberately take advantage of this issue for political gain will never earn my respect or my vote.

Now, Rush has made no bones about his distaste and contempt for John McCain. But he says something interesting here. He says that he believes that John McCain may have made a backroom deal with Mike Huckabee, such that Mike Huckabee stays in the Primary race in order to take out Mitt Romney.

RUSH: Now McCain. This is funny. This is from Jonathan Martin, our old buddy the blogger at The Politico. “Styrofoam coffee cup in hand, John McCain came back toward the press section of his charter jet to indulge questions and allow the photogs to get some shots. Asked what he would say to conservatives still suspicious about his candidacy, McCain interrupted the question. ‘I say a very large portion of it, the conservative base, voted for me yesterday — I thank you,’ McCain said… ‘I will continue to expand that base.’ McCain cited two reasons — one old and one new — to make his case as to why Christian conservatives should get behind him. ‘A very large portion of the evangelical community is becoming more and more concerned about climate change because of our biblical obligation to be good stewards of our planet,’ McCain said. ‘That clearly is an issue that I’m in complete sync with the evangelical community on.'” Okay. Stop laughing, because this was a calculated statement — and the evangelical community? Why, I thought that was Huckabee’s!

But make no mistake: Governor Huckabee, at this stage, in my opinion, is in the race to take Romney out of the way for McCain. Just to hit off on this evangelical business, the thing Huckabee’s gotta understand is if you have made a deal with McCain behind the scenes, under the table, understand it’s one way, because McCain is going to throw you overboard as soon as he has to, Governor (laughing), when the time comes — and he’ll not remember the deal or it will get reshaped in his mind or somehow changed. McCain “also said he’d point out something that he’s not always been comfortable doing — that he’s voted the anti-abortion line for his whole career. ‘I’ll also try to make them remember that my social conservative record has been consistent and unchanging,'” and in that way he’s going to take out Rudy. So he’s going to try to get the Huckabee vote with the global warming route and try to get the evangelicals. He’s going to try to take Rudy out with his consistent abortion stand, which he’s not fabricating. He has been consistent on the pro-life issue.

January 9, 2008 , 11:49PM Posted by | 2008 Presidential Election, Global Warming, John McCain, Rush Limbaugh | Comments Off on Rush Limbaugh on John McCain, Disciple of the Goracle

Rush Limbaugh: New Hampshire Results Were Not Upsets

Rush was back on the air today, after being gone yesterday, and thank goodness he was. I have gotten so tired of the media and the blogs and their endless ridiculous campaign coverage and negative attitudes and sensationalist pontificating. Rush is a great antidote to all that nonsense.

RUSH: [ … ] The Drive-By Media ought to be so embarrassed that they ought not have the courage to show up today and start pontificating and predicting, but they are ignoring that and they’re making the same stupid type of predictions about Michigan that they made about Iowa and that they made about New Hampshire. The big loser last night was the Drive-By Media. The only thing is they haven’t conceded yet. But it was I, ladies and gentlemen, it was I will, El Rushbo, who begged Mrs. Clinton, who implored her to carry on, to not give up. When all these stories were out there that she’s going to get out of the race after one state and that her team was sending out résumés and abandoning her and that the Hollywood crowd was going to sign up for Obama, I begged her, I implored her to carry on, to not give up, and I think she took that to heart and she called out the flying monkeys to bus in some voters. Well, you know, the wicked witch, the flying monkeys in the Wizard of Oz? Here came droves of first-time voters in New Hampshire.

I want to know the numbers. How many people that voted in New Hampshire were first-time registered voters that registered yesterday? We had the story way, way back long, long time ago, it was November the 27th, about how you can vote in New Hampshire. And that is, you can go in from out of state, and all you have to do to get a ballot, about which they ran out of, I wonder why, on the Democrat side, all you have to do is go in and say, “Yeah, I’m thinking about moving to New Hampshire, I might be moving here,” and so forth, and so you can vote. We have had this confirmed. Even the Clinton people all day yesterday thinking they were down in the dumps by five or ten points. Ha-ha-ha. But I think Mrs. Clinton was so overwhelmed by my advice and by my heartfelt plea to remain in this race and to not give up that she sort of cried. And look what happened? The tears worked. The tears worked, folks. I was up ’til two o’clock in the morning trying to sort all of this out. You look at the Republican polls, they were right on the money, within one percentage point of the outcome. The Democrat polls were way, way off.

Now, let me just go in order here of some thoughts that I’ve jotted down in real time that I want to share with you. In the first place, why all these headlines today about Hillary and McCain pulling upsets? They didn’t. This was what was going to happen up until three or four days ago when polling data shot through the roof on the other side. In fact, McCain in 2000 won New Hampshire by 16 percentage points. He ends up winning it by, what, five percentage points last night? This was not an upset. If you go back and look at what the pre-election polls from way, way back told us. I really do wonder about how many first-time voters registered from Vermont and Massachusetts yesterday. We had all kinds of stories on Monday of Hillary rallies Sunday and Monday that the parking lots at her venues had nothing but Massachusetts license plates all over them. But one scenario after another is out there, and every scenario is based on what happens in one state.
After Iowa, Hillary was finished — talking about the Drive-Bys here and their polling units — after Iowa, Hillary was finished, and after Iowa, Romney has to win New Hampshire. If Romney loses New Hampshire, he is done. Now they’re saying Romney has to win Michigan. I thought Romney was out if he lost New Hampshire? But now they’re saying Romney has to win Michigan. What if this goes to the convention, and he has a goodly chunk of delegates? It’s getting increasingly difficult to read this stuff. There are just too many people with too much space to fill on too many blogs, too many people on television with too much time to fill with endless parades of predictions that are baseless. And they have been dead wrong. And when they’re dead wrong, they ought to be embarrassed and unable to show themselves in public the next day, but not the case. They continue to show up and embarrass themselves even further. I don’t understand these people. I really don’t. You have a very close contest. You have battles in state after state. What is the goal here? The goal here is amassing enough delegates in each of these primaries to be able to secure a victory at your party convention. If Romney doesn’t win in Michigan, he’s done? They said Romney would be done if he lost New Hampshire. Maybe, maybe not. But how can anybody say so at the beginning of the process? Which this is.

Romney, by the way, you want to hear the delegate count after two states? On the Republican side, Mitt Romney, 24 delegates because he won Wyoming, which has as many delegates as New Hampshire. In number two the delegate race is Huckabee at 18, and number three is McCain, at ten, McCain, because of the margin of his victory in New Hampshire. So Romney, after three states, leads in delegates. Now, I know this is all going to change, but you can’t come up and say, “Well, if he loses New Hampshire, he’s out. If he loses Michigan, he’s done.” This is mindless! It’s irresponsible! It’s not even based in any kind of thought. It’s just a bunch of individuals predicting things on one particular event after one particular event. This is not a momentum election, folks, this is important to understand. This is not a momentum election, because nobody has any momentum right now. The momentum shifts, we’ve had two states, we’ve had two sets of winners in both states. Where’s the momentum? It’s impossible to say that there is any momentum.

I do believe that New Hampshire women were terribly upset about the way Hillary was being treated. I think her tears worked. I think in the debate when this guy from WMUR-TV asked her what she thought about the fact that so many people dislike her, she said, “It hurts my feelings.” I think it resonates with women. I think there’s a whole dynamic here with women that we are missing in this, and it’s not about women supporting chicks, it’s not about women supporting other women, that’s not what it is. I will explain this in detail as the program unfolds. I also think one of the other things that happened as I looked at some of the demographics here, it appears that because of all the pre-election polling that showed Obama had it in the bag, a bunch of renegade New Hampshire liberal independents abandoned Obama, decided to vote for McCain, and that took away some votes from Obama, and this is partly the result, or the effect, of all of these pre-election polls.
Now, as bad — and I’ve been critical here today — as bad as the Drive-Bys can be, it is really rare for them to be off by double digits like they were on the Democrat side. They’re wrong a lot, but in these polls it was double digits. I think we’re seeing some old-fashioned politics here à la the Kennedys and the Daleys out of Illinois. You got your walking-around folded money spread around, tour buses filled up, brought across state lines, dead people voting, prisoners voting, people voting two, three times. Who knows. Somebody’s got to find this out because right now these pollsters’ reputations are not worth the dirt that you would dig up to bury the polling. They are going to have to find out what happened here. It’s incumbent upon them to do so. I think it’s kind of fascinating. And now let’s go back to me, December 14th, this is what I said on this program.

RUSH ARCHIVE: Until I see the house fall on her — for those of you in Rio Linda, that’s a reference to the Wizard of Oz, when the house finally fell on a bad witch — until I see the house fall on her and those legs curl up underneath the house and the body in the casket, she is not dead, she is not finished. Don’t forget, folks, there’s an old soap opera rule, and she’s a soap opera figure along with her husband, and that is, ’til you actually see the body, the person’s not dead. And in soap operas, villains don’t die, villains don’t get written out. Good guys get written out. The Clintons are a soap opera.

RUSH: Yes, my friends, I just want you to remember this. Even on Monday I was begging her not to get out. So in this era where everybody jumps on the bandwagon, somebody goes out and says, “Oh, Hillary’s getting out of the race, ooh, she’s going to lose by five-to-ten points, ooh,” and everybody gets on that bandwagon and starts writing obituaries, it is I, El Rushbo, who remained the lone outpost of common sense and levelheadedness and perspective right here behind the Golden EIB Microphone.


RUSH: Let me tell you what this outcome means. I’m sticking on the Democrat side here for now. There is chaos on the Democrat side, and I cannot emphasize this enough. The Drive-Bys are creating an impression here, as they always do, that is not accurate. The impression is that the Democrats are basking in glory even on the Obama side because they’re smoking. Turnout is going crazy, far greater than the Republican turnout is. People are more energized to vote for a Democrat. They’re all excited. This outcome, both in Iowa and in New Hampshire, is less about what Democrats are for than what they are scared they believe we can exploit. They are scared to death, folks, of having either a black as a nominee or a woman as the nominee, because they think… I’m not telling you they’re right, I’m telling you what they think. You know what they think of conservatives and Republicans: racists, sexists, bigots, and homophobes — and Democrats never think that elections are about issues. They think it’s about marketing and packaging and tricks. So their big fear here is that Republicans (the racist, sexist, bigot, homophobes) are going to be able to either use veiled racism against Obama if he’s the nominee, or veiled sexism if Hillary is the nominee. When, in fact, as we all know, they are the closet racists and sexists.

You check out what Bill Clinton and Hillary have been saying about Obama, and you tell me if any Republican could get away with it. They’ve been insulting his race; they’ve been insulting his experience. They’ve been doing any number of things to tear him down that if any Republican had said, it would be front-page headlines on how America still hasn’t moved forward. “We’re moving back to slavery days, and isn’t it terrible?” There’d be a bunch of hand-wringing by the New York Times, Washington Post, and all of the networks. But you check out what they were saying in code language in rural Iowa about Obama. The bottom line is: They are about nothing. They’re just worried about what we can most easily beat, a woman or a black. That’s where they have their largest concerns here. I’m telling you, don’t doubt me on this. You think that they’re riding and sitting really pretty and believing that they’ve got it in the bag because the first black or the first woman is going to be on the ballot. Their fear is based on BS, but it’s based on the fact that we win elections by being racists, and sexists, and bigots, and cheating and fraud. That’s what their concern is here. They are in chaos over how to proceed here.

Remember, this is not about what they are for when it comes to Obama or Hillary. You’re getting lofty speeches that carry themes of change and all these specious, undefinable things. Don’t doubt me on this, folks. Now, having said that, do not estimate the female attraction here. Women have always played a critical demographic in every modern election. Sometimes it’s overestimated and overemphasized when the votes are all in. No conservative woman is going to be for Hillary. But by virtue of arithmetic there are more women than men, and women are more emotional in general. But the biggest thing for women is not that Hillary is a woman herself. It’s the comeback thing. Women love validation — and I’m exempting you conservative women here because you conservative women are oriented toward ideas. So don’t think I’m lumping all women here together in a monolithic way. But when you get outside of conservative, thoughtful, engaged women — the women that have been affected by Oprah. You know, it was back in the year 2000, maybe before that, that I, El Rushbo created the term the Oprahfication of America, and basically what does Oprah do? She cries! Among other things, Oprah cries. Oprah has made all women watch her and believe what she says, fall into this victim status — and when you’re a victim, you’re an underdog, and Mrs. Clinton became the victim.

These guys out there, “Iron my shirt!” I’m telling you that was staged, and I’m telling you it worked. That’s the kind of thing that will infuriate women. It’ll just infuriate ’em, and these guys parade around, and Mrs. Clinton, of course, looked like she knew it was coming and had this comment about “sexism rearing its head,” da-da-da-da-da, da-da-da-da-da-da. So the biggest thing for women is not that she is a woman but the comeback thing. Women love validation. They love vindication. They love revenge! Do you know what else they like? Now, I’m not speaking of women in general here. I’m talking about the women who — because of the nature of their existence, the way they live, who they are — are impacted by Oprahfication and other such things. They love, “Screw you, mister!” especially if “mister” — if the guy — is responsible for making the woman the victim. So men are making Hillary cry. Men are parading signs around that say “Iron my shirt!” which is a rip-off, by the way. That’s another thing that I think is my fault, because at the Rush to Excellence Tours, I open with a halfway true story that evolves into a joke about Mrs. Clinton, who wants to be a “real woman” in my presence and I tell her how to do it.

That got stolen as well. But more than the tears, folks, or at least equally, was the “That hurts my feelings in the debate.” That’s (whining impression), “You know, nobody wants to get their feelings hurt. It’s unfair for Mrs. Clinton to be asked that question and have her feelings hurt,” and she sounded like her feelings were hurt. She got all girlie and so forth. I’m telling you, it was magnetic to the kind of women who are going to think that Hillary Clinton is being wronged and they want to stand up and help her get even. Also, don’t discount the fact that Clinton was practically on his knees out there (no pun intended) for his wife. Plus, the polling was off. The Wilder Effect. Do you know what the Wilder Effect is? Sometimes called the Bradley Effect; sometimes called the Dinkins Effect, but basically it is that people in a poll will tell a pollster, “I’m supporting the black guy,” so the pollster won’t think they’re racist. But when they get in the privacy of the voting booth, they have no intention of voting for the black guy. They vote for the white guy.

Now, Iowa could have been the reverse Wilder Effect, because in Iowa you not only have the pollsters asking you who you’re going to vote for, and say, “I’m going to vote for Obama. I’m going to caucus for Obama.” In Iowa when you caucus, you caucus with your friends watching you. So, “Yeah, I’m for Obama,” because people don’t want to be thought of as racist, especially liberal Democrats and these kind of people that get all concerned about political correctness. So the Wilder Effect might have had an effect on the polling. There’s any number of things at work here. Ladies and gentlemen, but don’t forget also that these independents leaving Obama to vote for McCain because they thought that Obama had it in the bag — and, of course, with the Clintons running around talking about dropping staff and maybe getting out of the race. You know this stuff came from their camp. It creates the impression in the minds of New Hampshire independents, “Ah, even they think it’s over. Okay, we’ll I’m going to have some fun and go vote for McCain.” So you shifted artificially in favor of McCain, away from Obama. There were any number of things going on here; none of it seen by the Drive-Bys.

January 9, 2008 , 11:48PM Posted by | 2008 Presidential Election, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Rush Limbaugh | Comments Off on Rush Limbaugh: New Hampshire Results Were Not Upsets

Rudy Giuliani’s New Tax Plan

Is it time to take another serious look at Rudy Giuliani for the GOP Presidential nomination? This is a very convincing argument for those of us who are fiscal conservatives: Rudy’s New Tax Plan Unveiled

As Rudy’s campaign manager told me the other day in New Hampshire, Rudy Giuliani has a strategy to stay relevant between now and February 5th. Today he unveils his tax plan — and boy what a plan it is!

Here are a few of the things Rudy’s plan would do:

… Make permanent the bush tax cuts NOW… not in 2010

… Permanently index the alternative minimum tax (AMT) and then eliminate it when practical (no timetable).

… Get rid of the Death Tax

… Lower the capitol gains and dividend rate to 10% and index to inflation. (Here is where he could go further and actually eliminate the capitol gains tax).

… Lower corporate tax rate from 35% to 25%.

… Trio of tax free savings accounts – Roth style – available to ALL income classes.

… Tax simplication strategy – one page tax return

… Three rates – 10% (40k), 15% (150k), and 30% (150k).

It’s an optional tax plan. You can pick it or the current tax code. Unlike Thompson plan, you can opt in and out any year. For major deduction remain:

* Mortgage
* Charitable
* State and Local taxes
* Child tax credit

According to one economic expert I talked to: “This plan would be huge. It would be 4% of GDP. By comparison, GWB tax cut was 1.3% of GDP. Reagan’s was 1.9% of GDP.”

In my opinion, Rudy Giuliani is wrong on abortion, wrong on the homosexual agenda and wrong on the 2nd Amendment. He is also wrong on illegal immigration, a BIG no-no when it comes to my vote.

BUT… this is something that will make me take a serious 2nd look at Rudy Giuliani and weigh the pros and cons of him leading the Republican Party. I’m still not convinced, but what would be highly intriguing would be a Thompson/Giuliani ticket. That would be pretty, strong in my opinion.

January 9, 2008 , 10:03PM Posted by | 2008 Presidential Election, Rudy Giuliani, Taxes | 1 Comment

The Case Against Loose Cannon John McCain

From Thomas Sowell: What Does It Mean?

[ … ] Temperament is far more important for a President than for a candidate. A President has to be on an even keel 24/7, for four long years, despite crises that can break out anywhere in the world at any time.

John McCain trails the pack in the temperament department, with his volatile, arrogant, and abrasive know-it-all attitude. His track record in the Senate is full of the betrayals of Republican supporters that have been the party’s biggest failing over the years and its Achilles heel politically.

The elder President Bush’s betrayal of his “no new taxes” pledge was the classic example, but the current President Bush’s attempt to get amnesty for illegal aliens, with Senator McCain’s help, was more of the same.

President Ford’s pardon of Richard Nixon probably cost him the 1976 election and cost the country the disastrous Carter years.

McCain’s betrayals include not only the amnesty bill but also the McCain-Feingold bill that violated the First Amendment for the illusion of “taking money out of politics.” His back-door deal with Democrats on judicial nominations also pulled the rug out from under his party leaders in the Senate.

The White House is not the place for a loose cannon.

January 9, 2008 , 12:29PM Posted by | 2008 Presidential Election, John McCain | Comments Off on The Case Against Loose Cannon John McCain