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RUSH: Here is Mrs. Clinton on her website Saturday announcing what everybody knew.

HILLARY: You know, after six years of George Bush, it is time to renew the promise of America, our basic bargain: that no matter who you are or where you live, if you work hard and play by the rules, you can build a good life for yourself and your family.

RUSH: She doesn’t believe that.

HILLARY: So let’s talk. Let’s chat. Let’s start a dialogue about your ideas and mine —

RUSH: Yeah!

HILLARY: — because the conversation in Washington has been just a little-one-sided lately, don’t you think?

RUSH: What the hell is she talking about? The Democrats just won the election! When was this thing recorded? I know the spin is that it was recorded last week, but the trees are green; the flowers are blooming outside the window there in her Washington home. We don’t know whether the background is real or in a TV studio or what have you, but, for crying out loud! “Let’s talk. Let’s chat. Let’s start a dialogue about your ideas and mine”? Can I tell you what that’s really all about? I’ll tell you right now. You remember her Senate campaign? She had a “listening tour,” and she went around the state, and she listened to what the people of New York wanted and wanted to tell her. Do you know what the purpose of the listening tour was? It was to avoid questions! It was to avoid questions from reporters and anybody else so that she wouldn’t have to pin herself down issue by issue by issue.

If you can maneuver that, if you’re a political candidate and you can get away without taking firm positions on issue after issue after issue, then your approval numbers are less exposed to erratic movements. So this “let’s have a chat; let’s have conversations” is no more than an extension of the listening tour nationwide. She’s going to talk with people and they’re going to tell her what they think, and she is going to receive kudos and credit for caring what the people of America think — while all the while never having to explain herself, and never having to entertain hard-hitting questions from reporters. In fact, when was the last time Hillary allowed reporters to actually ask her questions about anything they wanted without trying to control the situation with the testicle lockbox? It hasn’t happened! She doesn’t get tough questions. (interruption)

What if they wanted to? When did they? That’s the point: they don’t want to ask her tough questions. They don’t have any questions, as far as she’s concerned! The dirty little secret is the Drive-By Media doesn’t really have any questions about her issues. They don’t have any questions. She’s not going to be subjected to the typical media anal exam, like everybody else is. She may get a little dose of it to make it look good, but she’s a protected species. “Let’s change the conversation. It’s been a little one-sided in Washington lately?” Man! That’s what makes me wonder when this thing was actually — if not taped, her announcement — when it was actually written. But the Democrats are promising this “New Direction for America,” and Hillary is basically saying here that “no matter who you are or where you live, if you work hard and play by the rules you can build a good life for yourself and your family.”

They’re really not crazy about that; no leftist is. They think you really can’t do that. They look at most people with sort of a condescension and a contempt. Let’s survey the domestic situation, shall we, leaving aside the war in Iraq, which is making a lot of people nervous, understandably. Democrats are promising a new direction for America. Where is unemployment today? It’s at a 15, 20-year low, something like that? Taxes, where are they today? Taxes are at near 20-year lows. Federal tax revenues? Revenues to the treasury are at an all-time high. Oil prices are plummeting. The federal deficit is down almost 50% because of the surging revenues. Home valuations in the past 3-1/2 years have gone up over 100%. Even though there may be a downturn in the market now, look at the progress that was made there. Inflation? There’s hardly any to speak of. We haven’t had a terrorist attack on our soil since 9/11. The stock market is setting all-time highs. Your 401(k)s have bounced back.

Bin Laden doesn’t seem to be a factor anywhere, and we have thwarted several terrorist attacks thanks to British and US intelligence agencies. Just what is this “new direction” that the Democrats keep talking about? I know that when you go through your daily life, all of these facts that I just mentioned don’t really register because there’s this disquiet out there. There’s this sense of unease, and it exists for a whole bunch of different reasons depending on who you talk to. The liberals are uneasy because we’re in Iraq and they’re still not in the White House, and Bush is still there. The conservatives and Republicans are ill at ease (laughing) because they’re wandering in the desert all of a sudden with no hope in sight to ever get back in power anywhere, and they don’t see anybody out there that’s inspiring them to think that that will happen any time soon. All of this comes under the umbrella of the instability and insecurity (the “unsurety, if you will, uncertainty) of the situation in Iraq.

But the domestic situation here couldn’t get much better. Despite the fact that its strength may not permeate your daily mind-set, it’s hard to imagine what the Democrats are going to do to make you all feel better in terms of the domestic agenda and this new direction. Any new direction — I went through all of it. Any new direction from unemployment, taxes, federal tax revenues all-time high, oil prices plummeting, federal deficit down almost 50%, home valuations up tremendously, inflation in check, no terrorism on our soil, stock market at an all-time high. The new direction for all those has to be what? Worse! How can it get any better? A lot of people you people say, “Well, how can it get any worse?” Well, in this case, can it get much better? I happen to think it can, but I don’t think that’s what the Democrats have in mind when they’re talking about their new direction or Mrs. Clinton. Now, we have a montage of Hillary from last Saturday when she made her announcement. She wants to have a conversation, right? Well, 10-4, good buddy. Let’s have a conversation. Generally, when you have a conversation with Mrs. Clinton, you get screamed at. This is a montage of Hillary from last Saturday, her announcement, and from April 28th of 2003.

HILLARY January 20, 2007: So let’s talk. Let’s chat.

HILLARY April 28th of 2003: I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration, somehow you’re not patriotic!

HILLARY January 20, 2007: Let’s start a dialogue about your ideas and mine, don’t you think?

HILLARY April 28th of 2003: We should stand up and say, “We are Americans, and we have a right to debate and disagree, with any administration!”

HILLARY January 20, 2007: So let the conversation begin.

HILLARY April 28th of 2003 (repeats): With any administration! With any administration!

RUSH: There you have it: Hillary Clinton and her new conversation with America, which is designed to keep her from getting and answering any questions. Now, get this. I previously pointed this — oh! Oh! Where is this? Here it is, folks. I’m glad I put this in the top of the stack or I would have had trouble finding it now. You have heard my theory as to why Hillary is the presumptive anointee of the Democratic Party presidential nomination, right? Brian, do you remember my theory? You don’t remember the theory? See, I have to repeat it. Dawn, do you remember my theory as to why Hillary is the anointee? (sigh) Oh, this makes it so frustrating, and it’s such an opportunity. Mr. Snerdley, do you remember my theory as to why Hillary is the anointee of the Democrat Party? He’s scratching his head, too.

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