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RUSH: Mike Huckabee’s ‘floating cross’ ad. The Drive-Bys are going bonkers over Huckabee’s latest ad in Iowa and New Hampshire.

HUCKABEE: Are you about worn out of all the television commercials you’ve been seeing — mostly about politics? I don’t blame you. At this time of year, sometimes it’s nice to pull aside from all of that and just remember that what really matters is the celebration of the birth of Christ and being with our family and our friends. I hope you and your family will have a magnificent Christmas season, and on behalf of all of us, God bless and Merry Christmas. I’m Mike Huckabee and I approve this message.

RUSH: A montage of Drive-By journalists and their reaction.

COKIE ROBERTS: He’s stating the fact: It’s Christ’s birth, doing it in a very low-key way and the people talking about it is us. I think if you’re just watching TV ads, that that one is faaaar nicer to look at than all the attack ads.

JOHN HARWOOD: …a stroke of genius.

JOE SCARBOROUGH: This is the genius of him.

RUSH: Yeah. Why the Drive-Bys like this. Normally, the Drive-Bys, you start mentioning Christ — it’s bad enough to say you’re a Christian, but you start mentioning Christ, the birth of Christ — the Drive-Bys and the liberals run for the hills. ‘Separation of church and state!’ But in this case? It’s brilliant, brilliant. I know why. I know why. They hope Huckabee gets the nomination. They can’t wait! (laughing) They just cannot wait. ‘Then we get him, then we get rid of all this evangelical stuff once and for all!’

Ron Paul. (laughing) You’ve gotta hear this. Fox & Friends. This is this morning. Steve Doocy talking with Ron Paul. Doocy says, ‘Congressman, I’m interested in what you think about Mike Huckabee’s Christmas ad.’

RON PAUL: Well, I haven’t thought about it completely but, you know, it reminds me of what Sinclair Lewis once said. He said, ‘When fascism comes to this country, it will be wrapped in the flag carrying a cross.’ I don’t know whether that’s a fair assessment or not, but you wonder about using a cross like he is the only Christian or implying that subtly. So, I don’t think I would ever used anything like that.

RUSH: Oh, Huckabee is a fascist! (laughter) (interruption) What do you mean thanks? (interruption) Why didn’t you want me to play that? It doesn’t matter. The show’s over. You don’t have to worry about the Ron Paul calls. Snerdley… (interruption) Snerdley, you gotta understand something. I know I’m not down there and I know it’s the Christmas season, but how this show affects your calls is not how I’m going to do it. I am not going to avoid talking about Ron Paul just so you don’t have to deal with Ron Paul callers. I still run this show! What is it about this day? This has been one of the strangest, oddball days.

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