RUSH: So there I was. I had just gotten home on Friday afternoon, I was eagerly preparing for three days of rest and relaxation, not to have a care in the world. I get home, I fire up the computer, and I see that Operation Chaos has been sabotaged by the intended beneficiary! How many times have I told people, don’t try this at home! Mrs. Bill Clinton should simply stay in the kitchen, barefoot and wait for orders from me, Commander-in-Chief US, Operation Chaos. That Bobby Kennedy comment was just plain stupid. The news media just hyped all over it. She had some allies in the Drive-By Media that said, ‘No, no, no, you misunderstood, you need to see the whole thing in context.’ I don’t care. To say something like that, to talk about the assassination of Bobby Kennedy, it didn’t happen ’til June, as one of the reasons you’re staying in the race, for crying out loud. You people in this audience, you are the troops and the volunteers of Operation Chaos, and you have ten times the IQ of our intended beneficiary here. This is precisely what I mean when I admonish people, ‘Don’t try what I do at home.’ She should have heeded that advice. She was teetering on the legitimacy here, folks.
Operation Chaos was proving masterfully successful, with help she threaded the needle, she was where she needed to be, and then that. That ruined my Friday ’cause why couldn’t that have happened before the program ended on Friday afternoon. Well, I could have tried to save her. I mean, the Drive-Bys just went nuts over this and there was a great line from Michael Goodwin in the New York Daily News: This comment is an X-ray of a dark soul. You know, you have to admit, folks, I don’t care how they try to spin this as the comment was not that big a deal. Yeah, she said this in March to TIME Magazine, why didn’t anybody make a deal of it then? It was just so sad. Here’s what she said. This was in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in Puff Daschle’s state. Sioux Falls, South Dakota, of all places, with the editorial board of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader — nothing against the Argus Leader — but my gosh, if you’re going to say this, say it to the New York Times. If you’re going to get this out there, get it out there. She had this exchange about the campaign. This is Internet quality, by the way.
HILLARY: Between my opponent and his camp and some in the media, there has been this urgency to end this. And, you know, historically that makes no sense. So I find it a bit of a mystery.
REPORTER: You don’t buy the party unity argument?
HILLARY: I don’t, because, again, I’ve been around long enough — you know, my husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary —
HILLARY: Somewhere in the middle of June, right? We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California. You know, I just — I don’t understand it.
RUSH: I don’t care what the excuse is, she’s thinking about it. It’s on her mind. She’s thinking about it. Do you know how horrible this is? Yes, I know, it’s true, I know everything about this is true and there might have been some overreaction. It was stupid to say. I don’t care whether it’s true or not. Besides, her husband had the nomination wrapped up in March, the primaries didn’t begin in Bobby Kennedy’s day until March, and she was talking about the long, protracted conflict of the campaign, and that’s not what they had back in ’68. It was more reasonable back then. Hell, the primaries and the cauci didn’t start until early March instead of the 1st of January. Anyway, then she had to go out and apologize for this later. This is poor quality. It’s from the Internet. This is in Brandon, South Dakota. And you know what was funny about this, this was quite telling. The Drive-Bys on her airplane on the way to Sioux Falls, when they got there, they put the Drive-Bys on a bus and took them to a grocery store because that’s where Mrs. Clinton was going to be showing up after she did this interview with the editorial board at the Argus Leader.
Now, the Wi-Fi connections from the airport in Sioux Falls all the way into the grocery store were very bad and spotty, and so the Drive-Bys who are covering her campaign never saw this, because the newspaper put the discussion that they had with Mrs. Clinton on the Internet. Some guy at the New York Post, not part of the campaign, with a better Internet connection, is watching this thing and broke the story with Mrs. Clinton’s press contingent having no clue what had just happened. Then this guy at the Post put it up there, Drudge found it, and it was all over. This has quite interesting implications for Drive-By Media coverage because here you had this contingent of people running around with her, and they were the last to know what had happened. They were just a couple miles away. So when they got to this grocery store, when Hillary showed up in the grocery store, she had no clue that all hell had busted loose, and neither had the Drive-Bys, and the Drive-Bys are sitting there getting BlackBerry messages from people outside the grocery store and other parts of the country who had heard what happened here and started peppering her with questions. She said this.
HILLARY: In the course of that discussion, mentioned the campaigns that both my husband and Senator Kennedy waged in California in June in 1992 and 1968. And I was referencing those to make the point that we have had nomination, primary contests that go into June. That’s a historic fact. The Kennedys have been much on my mind the last —
RUSH: Oh, play the violins. I’m not buying this.
HILLARY: I, you know, regret that if my referencing that moment of trauma for our entire nation, and particularly for the Kennedy family was in any way offensive. I certainly had no intention of that whatsoever.
RUSH: She may not have, it’s just plain stupid. Just plain stupid. Hillary is stupid, Obama is stupid, genuinely an empty suit. I’ve been thinking about this a lot, too, didn’t start thinking about it ’til last night, I took the weekend off, after I got over — I mean Operation Chaos, I don’t know if we can salvage this, folks. We’re going to keep going. When you go into battle plans that you’ve made they never hold true because you never know what’s going to happen in a war, and you never know when your own beneficiary is going to sabotage the effort. But it is what it is. We have to deal with this reality, can sit here and lament it all we want. You know, it’s interesting here. Let’s go back to the nineties. Back when the Clintons were media darlings, somebody else needs to make an apology here, and that’s the Drive-By Media. The Drive-By Media assured the world that the Clintons were the gold standard for politicians. Remember this? Now the media says that the only difference between the Clintons and a bag of dog manure is the bag and that they should be scooped off the political stage. What looks like an embarrassing campaign for both Bill and Hillary is actually a far bigger embarrassment for their guarantors.
The Drive-By Media’s credibility seems to never be the issue. How about some soul-searching on their behalf as to how they could have been so wrong about these two? This whole campaign, one of the great things about Operation Chaos you’ll have to admit is that who the Clintons really are has been on display now for one and all, in addition to Obama. Look at Hillary Clinton, the president of the United States? You know what? She’s been in the Senate since when, 2000? I don’t know, 2002, whenever it was. ’98? I don’t know. There’s not one major piece of legislation, there’s not one major law with her name on it. And you won’t find a major piece of legislation with Obama’s name. And yet we’ve lived ever since 2001 with the presumption that this is the smartest woman in the world, that all she needs is to let some time pass, she’ll be coronated and finally she’ll revitalize the United States, somebody who’s got a brain and some sensibility in the Oval Office. Now they’re saying she’s not fit to be dogcatcher. How-can that happen? How do you go from smartest woman in the world ready to be coronated to somebody not even qualified to be a dogcatcher? Scare the dogs for crying out loud.
Then explore the possibility that they, the media, just might be wrong about the walking gaffe machine that is Barack Obama. Here he is yesterday on Memorial Day, he’s out there: ‘Today we reserve the time to speak of our fallen heroes, some of whom are in the audience.’ He’s talking to cadavers? He says, ‘fallen heroes, some of whom are here today.’ I’ll tell you, if McCain had said half the stuff that Obama has said, they would have run him out of the race already. He’s just as unfit as Hillary is, but they’ve guaranteed him already to be the next Abraham Lincoln.
RUSH: Let’s continue here with the reaction to Mrs. Clinton’s statement. This is ‘The Punk.’ Terry McAuliffe was on Fox News Sunday yesterday. Chris Wallace said, Punk, ‘When you say that the Obama campaign inflamed Mrs. Clinton’s comment, the comment was, it’s unfortunate. Senator Obama yesterday on a plane said I’m going to take her at her word. How did they inflame it?’
MCAULIFFE: That’s great, but Friday they were all part of this process. The press secretary came out and attacked Senator Clinton and got it going so this story would be around for three days. It’s nice to get a story going and then, you know, let it go for three days over the weekend and say, ‘Oh, she didn’t mean anything about it.’
RUSH: Who got the story going, Terry? So Wallace says, ‘Does Senator Clinton understand how tasteless, even how ghoulish it is to even use the word assassination, especially when there have been concerns about Senator Obama’s safety?’
MCAULIFFE: Well, first of all, this was about — all about Hillary Clinton and the reasons why she was in this race and the timeline.
WALLACE: She coulda just said 1968 and Bobby Kennedy.
MCAULIFEE: Sure, she could have.
WALLACE: She didn’t have to say assassination.
MCAULIFFE: And she said, ‘If anyone took offense to what I had said, then I apologize for it.’ Sure. I agree.
WALLACE: Does she understand how tasteless and ghoulish it is to use that word?
MCAULIFFE: She was merely talking about the timeline. She understands if it offended people; she apologized for that.
RUSH: Here’s Obama on his plane reacting.
OBAMA: Well, I — I — I mean, yuh — I think it was an unfortunate remark, uh, but, uh, as I said, uhhhhh, today, I think that when you’re on the campaign trail for 15 months, you know, you’re gonna make some mistakes, and I don’t think that Senator Clinton intended anything by it; and, you know, I — I think we should put it behind us.
RUSH: (sigh) Well, what else is he going to say? He’s gotta take this high road, but you know damn well he and Michelle (My Belle) were as angry as they could be about this. But do you know the first one to bring up this whole idea of assassination was in this campaign? Do you know? Do you know, Dawn? (interruption) No, it wasn’t me! Snerdley, do you know who was the first person to bring up assassination in this campaign? Who was it? It was Michelle (My Belle) Obama, and it was last year with: ‘Barack could get shot going to the gas station in this country.’ Barack could get shot going to the gas station. The next person I know of that brought it up was Harry Smith on the CBS Early Show sometime back in January, I think. It might have been February. Had Ted Kennedy on, and he was asking about assassination and the campaign, vis-a-vis Obama.
And then Hillary mentioned it the first time that I know of in an interview with TIME Magazine in March. The problem is that Mrs. Clinton is the candidate and the rest of these people were media types. By the way, Ted Kennedy was clearly clueless when Harry Smith asked the question, because Harry was trying to ask the question in a very delicate way, and Senator Kennedy had no clue what he was talking about. He had to clarify it, and that’s when the whole thing was said.