RUSH: It was rather obvious yesterday, ladies and gentlemen, at the Petraeus hearings that the… (sigh) Well, it was like a mature adult being bullied by a bunch of zit-faced, self-absorbed, yapping teenagers in the sandbox. Of course, Petraeus is just so far above that. Remember, it was just seven months ago in September that the Democrats were literally foaming at the mouth. They ran the General Betray Us ad in the New York Times, as they frantically searched to find anything — anything at all! — that would prove to the world (especially our enemies) that the United States, the United States military, the surge, and General Petraeus; were horrible, stupid failures. For the treasonous Code Pink, the MoveOn.org Democrats, General Petraeus proved to be intellectually assured, honest, factual, powerful, and calm; authoritative, lyrical in fact, in his presentation. The best part is that by training and temperament, he’s incapable of being aggravated by a bunch of little ankle biter Chihuahuas called US senators. You just have to know for the last month, the staffs of these idiot senators were having a contest to see who could come up with the one zinger question that would embarrass Petraeus and force him to reveal the truth: that he’s all lies, that Bush is all lies, and that Iraq is an ultimate decimal failure! You just know the Senate staff were having a contest: Who could come up with the one question? But the free commercials that these senators got yesterday only proved to the world that they are ill-prepared, self-promoting gum flappers. They make people’s hair hurt. I mean, the contrast was that striking. Here, listen to David ‘Rodham’ Gergen, who was on Anderson Cooper 360 last night on CNN. He said this about the Senate Armed Services hearing in Iraq. Number five. We’re staying in order here. Five follows four.
GERGEN: What I found really interesting, though, on the Democratic side, there’s no push for timetables in this hearing, and both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were talking about Barack saying a ‘measured’ withdrawal. And Hillary Clinton was saying an ‘orderly ‘withdrawal. Both of them I think are now setting themselves up to be the president and commander-in-chief who had pushed want to go us out. Not to be irresponsible, but clearly the Democrats want to push, push, push to get out, but they’re no longer saying we gotta do it in six months, we got enough — don’t have to do it like that. I think — I think they’re being more sensible in that sense, and I think voters will find that more appealing.
RUSH: Whoa ho-ho! Be still, my beating heart! ‘Voters will find it more…’ Does this mean that every sentiment that these Democrats have expressed for the last four years — ‘Out now! Get out now! Bring them home!’ — all of these rank ads, all of these rank websites, all of the waving the white flag of surrender by Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, does David ‘Rodham’ Gergen mean to tell us — that that was unreasonable? Damn straight he does. The only thing is, why didn’t he say it while they were doing it? Because of course David ‘Rodham’ Gergen only wants to focus on their positives. ‘What I found really interesting on the Democrat side, there’s no push for timetables this hearing, no push to get us out now.’ Right! I told you. I hope you remember. I was the first in your life to articulate to you that no matter what happens in Iraq, if the Democrats are elected president, they aren’t pulling out. They are not going to saddle themselves with the collar of defeat. They’re not going to do it. So he has a little pan here. He says, ‘Well, clearly the Democrats want to push, push, push to get out, but they’re not saying we have to do it in six months. We don’t have to do it like that. I think they’re being more sensible than that. I think voters will find that more appealing.’
Wait a minute, David! I thought the polls all showed: Get us out! I thought the polls all showed the American people were fed up with 4,000 soldier deaths? I thought the American people wanted us home. They never have. The polls have never said it. It’s shaping up exactly as I told you it would. It’s not even the number-one campaign issue, and the Democrats didn’t want to make it a campaign issue yesterday. They had a chance to bring it back front and center as a campaign issue, and they didn’t. That was one of the most boring hearings, other than listening to General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker, and they could have taken care of business there in one-tenth the time that they took.