(Rush Limbaugh) – RUSH: Folks, I don’t know. What I have to tell you today — I don’t look at it as reporting, I guess it’s what I do — but what I have to tell you is not gonna make you happy. But beyond that, it might really tick you off. But it’s what’s happening, and therefore we gotta deal with it as it is, and that’s what we’re here for, and one situation or another, and for one reason or another, other reasons we’re here as well, but it’s great to have you.
Let me give you a brief overview. NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, brace yourselves. This is key to understanding what will follow. The question in the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, it’s about five days old, just dug it up. Question: He cares about you. Obama up 22 points over Romney. He cares about you. And that is an improvement over April. April it was 52 to 20-something. Now, in the same poll, only 31% think that Obama is doing a good job or what have you. But he cares about you. That’s Obama up 22.
Along those lines, Mitt Romney has told The Politico what the convention theme is gonna be. The convention theme is gonna be “Obama’s a nice guy, he’s just incompetent.” That’s the theme of the Republican convention. Obama’s up 22 points, and he cares about you. (interruption) What? That is the theme. It’s almost word-for-word what the theme of the convention’s gonna be. Obama’s a nice guy, but he’s incompetent. The theory is that the convention will attract people paying attention to politics for the first time all year. And the people who are already paying attention already know what a slime ball Obama is so they don’t have to be told. The theory is that people tuning in for the first time don’t want to hear a negative tone.
So it is apparent to me that the Republican establishment running this show does not think that we are in a defining moment in America. This is just another election cycle. The Democrat national convention theme is Romney killed the guy’s wife. Our theme is, Obama’s a nice guy, he’s just incompetent. And Romney says, look, I’m who I am. I don’t rip into people. I’m not gonna start ripping into people now. I am who I am.
RUSH: F. Chuck Todd… I warned you people. I warned you on Friday. I might have even warned you on Thursday. And on Saturday and Saturday night, I’m warning my friends. And, lo and behold, it’s as I said! F. Chuck Todd of NBC: The memory of Hurricane Katrina and Bush’s failure to deal with it has a cast a pall over Tampa. Because this hurricane, Isaac, is headed right for New Orleans as a Cat 3, and it’s now being written about the track: “Why, it’s almost the same! And it’s the seven-year anniversary. It’s the same track!”
The media’s going nuts with how history is repeating itself almost verbatim. And I discovered that this was happening Saturday night.
I’ll tell you the story when we get back, and we’ll discuss the theme of the Republican convention: “Obama’s a nice guy; he’s just incompetent.” Nice guy. Just incompetent. And Obama leading in the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll. Question: “Cares about you?” Obama plus-22 over Romney.