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RUSH: Barack Obama has decided to open up. He ripped Hillary yesterday ‘for planting easy questions among supporters at her campaign events out of fear — continuing a broader attack on her cautious ‘triangulation’ in a fiery speech Saturday night. Sen. Obama accused Sen. Clinton of running a ‘textbook Washington campaign’ in which ‘you don’t answer directly tough questions. You don’t present tough choices directly to the American people for fear that your answers might not be popular.’ … In his speech, Obama said ‘not answering questions because we’re afraid our answers won’t be popular just won’t do it. Triangulating and poll-driven positions because we’re worried about what Mitt or Rudy might say about us just won’t do it,” or get it done. Here’s Mrs. Clinton, by the way, this is Saturday night in Des Moines during the 2007 Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.

HILLARY: I ask you to go and stand for me in the caucus on January 3rd. If you will stand for me for a night, I will stand and fight for you every day in this campaign and every day in the White House, because together we’re going to restore America’s leadership, rebuild a strong and prosperous middle class, reform the government and reclaim the future for our children! Let’s do it, Iowa Democrats! Let’s make sure that we turn up the heat and turn America around! Thank you and God bless you!

RUSH: She’s off script again. They have been trying to rein in this maniacal ex-wife rant, and here it just came surfacing again. Do you want four years of that? (laughing) Do you want to hear four years of that? We’re going to keep that bite standing by because she lost it. You know, that’s the ex-wife rant, or could be the current wife rant, for all that matters. I’m sure the campaign is trying to rein that in after the last time it happened a little over a year ago. She sounded off in Des Moines Saturday night, 2007 Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, a little quick ten-second bite here.

HILLARY: I’m not interested in attacking my opponents, and I believe we should be turning up the heat on the Republicans!

RUSH: Ahhhhhh. Okay, now, that sounds like a pretty fiery speech to me, yet it was Barack Ubama who was credited for the fiery speech. But you gotta hear this. This is also Saturday night in Iowa, in Des Moines, the 2007 Jefferson-Jackson Dinner. Here is Nancy Pelosi’s introduction of — dadelut dadelut dadelut dadelut — Barack Ubama. Queen Bee Syndrome, anyone?

PELOSI: My fellow Democrats, please welcome the next president of the United States, Barack Obama!

ANNOUNCER: And now from our neighboring state in Iowa, a six-foot-two force for change, Senator Barack Obama!

OBAMA: Thank you!

RUSH: Thank you! Did that not sound like a title fight in Las Vegas? Let’s get ready to rumble! Nancy Pelosi introducing Barack Obama as the next president of the United States. We predicted this, we predicted this when Pelosi was trying to position herself as the most powerful woman in Washington. I told you it wasn’t going to sit well with Hillary because Pelosi’s agenda is far left off the charts to satisfy the kooks and the lunatics in the Democrat base, and Hillary’s out there trying to be a centrist and a moderate. Pelosi’s botched her job as speaker so Hillary is not all that concerned about it, but did you know that Pelosi had endorsed Obama? I had no clue about that. So what about all of this change that Mrs. Clinton talks about? What about women are going to vote for her because she’s a woman? They played the gender card. They’re going to attract all these women to vote for her precisely because she’s a woman. Here you’ve got Pelosi, who is a woman, and she’s a big-time Democrat, and she’s speaker of the House, and you would think that women, who all think alike and who are all monolithic, would want another woman in the White House as president for the sake of the sisterhood. But it appears here that Mrs. Pelosi has a different agenda, such as slicing Hillary off at the knees here with Barack Obama. (interruption) Who wears the pantsuits? Hillary wears the pantsuits. Pelosi doesn’t wear pantsuits.

Here’s Mike in Salt Lake City, Utah. Welcome, sir, to the EIB Network. Great to have you with us. You’re up first.

CALLER: Hey, Rush, how in the world are you?

RUSH: Fine, sir, thanks very much.

CALLER: Well, you deserve it. I was calling because I —

RUSH: No, no, no, no, no, no. You know, I hate to nitpick here, but I hate birthdays, because I have not done anything. I mean nobody’s done anything except survive for another year and I guess that’s worth celebrating but there’s no achievement, really, because we’re not trying to die, and surviving the effort, we’re trying to live and we pull it off so we have a big birthday. It embarrasses me because there’s no achievement. The same when people say ‘You deserve it.’ I don’t deserve anything. I’ve earned it.

CALLER: I agree. I say you deserve it because your attitude is such that you bring it to yourself, so you earned it.

RUSH: I agree.

CALLER: Okay, I’ll go with you earned it. First I want to say thanks to a good friend of mine, Ed, that turned me on to you about 15 years ago. I can’t thank him enough. You’re great. Right to the point. I love that you’re keeping the heat turned up on Hillary, but I really hope that the media continues to carry her water, because I want to face her. I want our Republican candidate, whoever it is, to face Hillary. I’m very comfortable with whoever will be running against Hillary because I think she’s a train wreck.

RUSH: Yeah.

CALLER: But I’m a little bit more concerned about running against, you know, Obama.

RUSH: We had a call last week on this, Mike, from a guy who told me to go easy on Mrs. Clinton. He said, ‘You know, if you’re not careful, you’re going to trash her candidacy. You, Rush, have the power to do it. Look at what you did here, you forced a question in the debate, that question is still alive and kicking, and it’s caused a few other little eruptions out there,’ you know, speed bumps and other kind of bumps — ha-ha-ha — in the campaign.

CALLER: I agree. I agree with that in the general election. I think you’d clobber her, but I think in the primaries, I mean, liberals are going to do the opposite of what Rush said. If you say don’t vote for Hillary, they’re going to say, ‘Oh, well, Rush Limbaugh, he doesn’t like Hillary so I’m going to vote for her.’ I think it’s great that you’ve got the heat on her because you’re going to serve the purpose —

RUSH: No, this guy was talking about the primaries, like he wants Hillary to win the primary —

CALLER: Yeah, me, too. Me, too.

RUSH: — and he’s afraid that all this attention that I’ve started will cause her some problems, and that she might actually even lose.

CALLER: I hope not. I really hope not. But I don’t think that will happen in the primaries, because, again, I think Democrats are going to do the opposite of what Rush says because they’re like little children, and, you know, you’re like dad telling them what’s right and they’re, ‘Oh, I don’t want to do what Rush says, I want to do the opposite of what he says.’

RUSH: Well, the key here will be the Drive-Bys. The Drive-Bys will have to assume, the smart money would be, that get down to nip-and-tuck time, that it will be the Drive-Bys circling the wagons to pull Hillary’s feet from any fire that she’s still in going into Iowa, because you have to assume the Drive-Bys want Hillary. But up until that time, they want excitement. So they’re writing all these stories, ‘Obama coming on strong, fiery speech.’ ‘Edwards and Obama teaming up to do what they can to drive Mrs. Clinton out,’ and so forth. But you have to assume, folks, that the fix is in. The Drive-Bys and the Clintons are the same generation. The Drive-Bys have nothing in common with Edwards. The Drive-Bys look at Obama and say he’s not experienced enough, he’s not of our generation and so forth, too dull, too boring.

But for the meantime we have seven Sundays to go until we get to the Hawkeye Cauci. I think it’s seven, I added them up earlier. Quick question, by the way. The Hawkeye Cauci is on January 30 this year, that’s a Thursday night, I’m going to have to look this up. What if there’s a college bowl game on that night? Probably not. I think by the time they get to that period all the bowls are finished except the national championship game which would be that weekend or the Monday. I just haven’t looked at the college bowl schedule. Anyway quick time-out there. I appreciate the call out there, Mike. We’ll be back — oh, before I go, let me play — we’ve got one Barack Obama bite here from the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner on Saturday night, and this is an example of his fiery address.

OBAMA: When I am this party’s nominee, my opponent will not be able to say that I voted for the war in Iraq or that I gave George Bush the benefit of the doubt on Iran.

RUSH: Now, I guarantee you, we play sound bites of this, and Hillary with the current wife, ex-wife rant, this guy comes off a little bit better. You hear that applause skyrocket there after he talked about Iraq? I mean, the kooks and lunatics are the ones that show up for these Jefferson-Jackson Dinners in Iowa.


RUSH: By the way, a correction, and this really disappoints me. Nancy Pelosi has not endorsed Barack Obama. She introduced everybody — grab the sound bite. This is what I have to correct. It’s sound bite number eight. This is Saturday night in Des Moines, the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner. This is Pelosi introducing Barack Obama.

PELOSI: My fellow Democrats, please welcome the next president of the United States, Barack Obama!

ANNOUNCER: And now from our neighboring state in Iowa, a six-foot-two force for change, Senator Barack Obama!

OBAMA: Thank you!

RUSH: So Pelosi introduced every speaker as the next president of the United States, which is stupid, but nevertheless she did, so she hasn’t endorsed Obama. I knew it was too good to be true. Can you imagine the fireworks? I should have been suspected something, because there would have been fireworks if that had happened.

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