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RUSH: Discouraging polling data all over the place for Obama-Biden, and the talk continues to percolate out there, started here, started by me, of Biden being replaced on the ticket sometime in October. I keep hearing little whispers about this. I don’t know how likely it is, but there are people talking about it, and the people talking about it are on the Obama side. Now, in Ohio, let me set up Ohio for you just to show you the Palin impact and to once again demonstrate for you the impact of McCain’s campaign making a definite turn to the right, with some glitches, but still we’ll take it. Ohio. After 2006, there was no way the Republican Party, McCain anybody, was going to win Ohio. The governor there, Taft, left office in scandal, 20% approval numbers, some such thing, a member of Congress went down the tubes in the Abramoff scandal, Bob Ney. Ohio was written off by the Republicans. Now McCain leads in Ohio in a bunch of polls within the margin of error. He’s like up three in Ohio when you want to be up in the margin of error rather than down in the margin of error, but there’s another poll that is even more fascinating. Public Policy Polling, and I’m not sure, PPP, but I think this outfit is very Democrat oriented.

Listen to a couple highlights from their poll. ‘McCain and Obama had been tied in last month’s Ohio poll. White voters who had been undecided are breaking strongly for McCain. Where he had an 11 point lead with them last month, it is now 18. The Republican nominee has also greatly improved his standing among independent voters. He has an eight point lead with them now after Obama had a 17 point advantage with them in the August poll.’ Do you realize the turnaround there in independent voters? McCain’s up eight after Obama had a 17-point — that’s a 25-point shift in one month in Ohio. What is it about the one month? Dare we say Sarah Palin? This is why the left continues to mount smears against her. The Palin campaign yesterday, by the way, released all the memos and documents from this Troopergate thing, and not only is it exonerating, it makes you wonder how this guy lasted as long as he did. But the Drive-Bys are not going to report any of this. The Drive-Bys are not going to report any of the damning information on Obama. They’re not going to report any of the exonerating information on Sarah Palin. It is time to destroy her.

Those of us who have played professional sports, particularly football, it’s down to nut-cracking time here. Let me just be wide open out there, folks, this is pedal to the medal, this is rubber meets the road time now. Dean Debnam, the president of Public Policy Polling said, ”There is a troubling trend for Barack Obama of undecided white voters in many of the swing states moving into John McCain’s camp. He’s going to be in trouble if he can’t get that turning back in the other direction.’ One factor that may be helping McCain to move up in the polls is his selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate. 43% of those surveyed said her presence on ticket made them more likely to vote McCain, while just 30% said the same about Obama’s choice of Joe Biden. There’s a significant gender gap in the state’s results right now, with Obama leading by five points among women but trailing by 16 with men.’ Which, that’s the all-important number in this, as well as independent voters and white voters. I’m just telling you if Obama is not up 10, 12 points going into this, it’s all academic, despite what anybody wants to say.


RUSH: As I said, ladies and gentlemen, it is a clear Drive-By Media gearing up for this October Surprise. I think they’re hoping for multiple October Surprises, but this phony trooper issue in Alaska is their focus now. First of all, this trooper still has a job. Sarah Palin fired the official that she had appointed. He was an appointed position. He was in the process of undermining some of her budget proposals and other things. I’ll tell you what this Troopergate’s all about, I’m going to tell you exactly what it’s all about. It’s about the good old boys of Alaska being upset that a woman had upset the applecart, got rid of Murkowski, got rid of the other Republican opponent in the primary. This is all about the good old boys in Alaska saying, ‘We’re not going to sit here and be run by a damn woman! We’re going to take care of this woman.’ That’s all this is. And, of course, this guy is working, it doesn’t matter, when the boys don’t like the girl, Democrat and Republican boys will line up, and then they’ll fight each other later after they get rid of the girl. And that’s exactly what is happening here.

This is pure sexism in Alaska on the part of these old boys trying to get rid of Sarah Palin, and she didn’t put up with it and she didn’t bend over and let them have their way. She got rid of this guy and it’s amazing he hung on as long as he did. In fact, this whole thing, she released the e-mails and some documents about this yesterday, a clear case of insubordination. It’s not just that this clown is running around Tasering ten-year-olds, he was in clear violation of his responsibilities, disobeying her agenda items, but of course all the media reports have taken what this disgruntled official and his lawyers are saying and reporting that as fact. The media had no intention here, folks, of explaining to the public all the Democrat connections and efforts that are going on to turn this into an October Surprise. No problem. We’re up to the task, those of us here in the New Media. They’re just laying back, and they’re getting ready to regurgitate whatever the Democrat state senate hack Hollis French has to say once he finishes his investigation timed to be released just prior to the election, five days before the election in November, is what this guy’s very openly, honestly saying.

They are desperate, battleground states all show McCain in the lead within the margin of error and way up in Florida, huge lead in Florida, but he’s turned it around in Colorado, turned it around in Pennsylvania. I mean, none of this was supposed to have happened, none of this was supposed to have happened. Now, folks, I don’t know how many of you watched that football game last night. I don’t know how many of you have heard about it, ’cause I’m coming up with a football analogy here, I don’t know how many of you heard about or happened to see San Diego at Denver on Sunday afternoon. We are heading out of the third quarter and into the fourth quarter of this campaign. We are in a relatively even game. We have made great strides since the first quarter. We have come back and we have wiped out the lead, and we’re essentially tied but up in the margin of error. So in military operations, football games or what have you, politics, outcomes can never be assumed. The same applies to this campaign. Every battle must be engaged, and you engage them to win them. This matter up in Alaska is hanging around. The enemy, the other team, plans to use it. We need to be ready for it. We need to nuke it before they finish with their investigation, before they put out their pap that they’re going to put out. We need to make sure that when they throw that bomb, when they run that play, that everybody’s seen it, that everybody’s heard it, and that nobody is going to believe it, and when the news hits, as presented by the Drive-Bys, that the vast majority of people in this country are going to have already heard about this and are going to doubt the Drive-Bys, not believe them.

You crush the opponent. You don’t let the opponent back in the game. This is not naysaying, and I’m not trying to get an incorrect characterization here. This is common sense. It’s based on historical and political experience, based on knowing the opponent, and we know who the liberals are. We know how they operate in and out of the media. We know that the Daily Kos and these kook fringe liberal websites are going to mount the most outrageous lies about Palin and her family, which they already have, all of that will be accepted without question by the Drive-By Media.


RUSH: These people are desperate. That probably means they will make mistakes. When they make mistakes, we’re going to expose them and exploit them, but don’t let your guard down. Despite all of this polling data, despite the fervor, you know the liberals live and breathe this stuff 24/7. We all have lives.

At the end of the day, we take a couple or three hours now and then to enjoy Little League or soccer or child hockey or what have you, and sometimes we even spend time with our spouses, rather than girlfriends and boyfriends. We get back to it eventually, but we also have real lives. These people live and breathe this stuff 24/7. They plot and scheme. I am convinced that when they dream, they telepathically are able to share their dreams with each other so that when they wake up in the morning the battle plan already happened while they were already asleep. They never, ever go away. In fact, there’s a story out there today on some blog. I’m going to get to all this in great detail. There’s a story out today about how violent and vicious it’s going to be if Obama loses. It’s going to be worse than when Kerry lost because nobody on the left really liked Kerry personally, but everybody loves Barry. And if Barry doesn’t pull this off, they’re already thinking, a lot of people are immersed in negativism now, a lot of their side’s immersed in pessimism, talking about getting rid of Biden, talking about how rotten it’s going to be if they lose, promising all kinds of fireworks if that happens, so you sit tight.

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