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RUSH: Let’s go to the audio sound bites. We’re up to number five. I want to skip number four. This was yesterday on This Week. It was during the roundtable. Jake Tapper, our buddy Jacob, again, the fill-in host there. I guess Christiane Amanpour has gone back to foreign affairs.
She gone back to CNN? Is that what she did, or she staying at ABC? Whatever, she’s back on the foreign affairs beat. She just wants to get back in that trench coat. You know, that’s the uniform of foreign correspondents. You gotta wear a trench coat. They want to look like secret agents out there, spies. The only thing missing now is the cigarette. You know, they’re hanging around in the alley with your cameraman and your microphone reporting on the latest from Beirut. You remember Peter Jennings doing that. That’s where Christiane Amanpour’s headed. So Jacob Tapper is sitting in because Stephanopoulos a full-time guy. Jacob Tapper said to Donna Brazile, “Donna, who do you think Obama would rather face here? A lot of people seem to express some skepticism that Gingrich would be the preferred one. But it would be so easy to use the Warren Buffett Rule and this tax code changes to go after Romney, here’s a multimillionaire several times over, only pays 15% tax rate.”
Before I play you this bite, I think I was among the early voices who offered the counter-theory that it was the regime’s choice to run against Romney. I thought that’s what Occupy Wall Street was all about. They wanted to run against a wealthy Republican. They want to run against Romney because of health care. I mean, Romneycare takes that whole issue (they’re thinking) off the table. I mean, you’ve got Romneycare as basically the junior version of Obamacare, that Romney will not distance himself from. So I’m sure the regime thinks that takes that issue off the table, and they want to run against this 1% and 99% stuff, and that’s Romney. I’ve oven thought that the regime was trying to take out everybody else. You’ve forgotten but up until recently the regime and the Democrats were not attacking Romney at all. Everybody else, but not Romney. So Donna Brazile is asked about this: You know, the regime, what’s your thinking here who they want to run against?
BRAZILE: There’s no question that Mitt Romney in his record — his record (stammering) at Bain Capital, his — his taxes. Uh, the fact that he has to now amend his financial disclosure form. Eh, eh, Mitt Romney would be a great candidate to run against in terms of the economy because, uh, all of the so-called assets he had in terms of “I’m a businessperson. I know how to run things.” I mean Newt Gind’rich has exposed him. He couldn’t even come up with a — a good precise number on the number of jobs created.
RUSH: This goes back to New Hampshire and in South Carolina where Newt was ripping Romney from the left. Ripping capitalism. Remember how everybody was upset with him, including me? “Oh, my God. Newt, what are you doing? What…?” Even Giuliani said, “Newt, what are you doing here?” But Newt was fuming because all the negative ads that Romney’s super PAC had run against him in Iowa. Here’s Axelrod. He was over on Meet the Depressed, David Gregory. David Axelrod, who runs Obama’s operation. Gregory said, “You think that this goes on particularly because of the split between the establishment and the Tea Party?”
AXELROD: Well, I think it could. I’ve always thought that, uh, Governor Romney was a weak front-runner. I still think he’s a weak front-runner. He’s overpowered Gingrich in Florida with, uh, you know, five-to-one spending advantage and a very negative campaign. When we had a long primary process with, uhh, Senator Clinton, it strengthened us. We didn’t see our numbers erode the way Governor Romney’s numbers, uhh, have eroded. Independent voters are fleeing Governor Romney now, and his numbers, uhh, are — are fall. He’s underwater, uh, nationally. This process is not helping him.
RUSH: And they seem happy about it over at the regime. So it could go either way. The bottom line is the regime is gonna go after whoever our nominee is. But it also stands to reason the regime would love to pick our nominee, just as the media has always tried to pick our nominee. And they’re always going to pick the one they think is the easiest beaten. Sarah Palin was on Fox, Justice with Judge Jeanine Pirro on Saturday night Judge Jeanine said, “How can Newt distance himself and say that he’s not an insider? There are those who would say he’s the consummate Washington insider. He was Speaker of the House. He was in Congress for 20 years.”
PALIN: When both party machines and many in the media are trying to crucify Newt Gingrich for bucking the tide and bucking the establishment, that tells ya something. And I say, “You know, you gotta rage against the machine at this point in order defend our republic and save what is good and secure and prosperous about our nation.” We need somebody who’s engaged in sudden and relentless reform and isn’t afraid to shake it up. Shake up that establishment. So if for no other reason: “Rage against the machine: Vote for Newt! Annoy a liberal: Vote Newt.” As more debate happens, Judge, we’ll here more from Newt and from the other candidates who will oppose his position as he claims that he’s not part of the establishment. Let’s hear more about it!
RUSH: That’s Saturday night. So Sarah Palin’s done a South Carolina here. In South Carolina she endorsed Newt. “If I lived there, I’d vote Newt.” This is as close as she’s gonna get to it. “Rage against the machine: Vote for Newt! Annoy a liberal: Vote Newt.” She’s clearly sending a message to Florida and other primary voters. Keep this campaign going, keep it running. She keeps talking about the need to have everybody vetted here, the desire to have conservatism debated front and center, full-fledged media attention for as long as possible. Saturday night at the Lincoln Day Dinner, the Palm Beach County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner, Herman Cain endorsed Newt.
CAIN: I hereby officially and enthusiastically endorse Newt Gingrich for president of the United States!
AUDIENCE: (cheers and applause)
CAIN: Speaker Gingrich is running for president and going through this sausage grinder. I know what this sausage grinder is all about.
RUSH: That’s Herman Cain Saturday night, West Palm Beach endorsing Newt. Then yesterday on the syndicated program, the McLaughlin Group, John McLaughlin spoke with Pat Buchanan about the Republican primary. McLaughlin said, “Has Newt overstated his role in the Reagan administration, Pat? You were there.”
BUCHANAN: In the Reagan White House, Newt Gingrich was considered — quite frankly — by a lot of folks, to be something of a political opportunist and who was not trusted and would play no role whatsoever. He was a Rockefeller Republican in the great Goldwater-Rockefeller battle where conservatism really came of age. I don’t think he has a fundamental ideological and political core. I think… Look, he moves. He was a Rockefeller Republican. He comes up… I remember meeting him in ’78 when he came to town. You know, he’s knocking Reagan. I don’t think he has an ideological core. I think he moves from one issue to another and another and another.
RUSH: So it’s just all over the place out there — and again, I didn’t know that in ’68, that Gingrich was a Rockefeller Republican. I only learned that last week when I heard the sound bite, played the sound bite. But my memory is that there was nobody defending Ronald Reagan like Gingrich was in the eighties in those special orders. That’s my memory. All this other stuff is stuff that I didn’t know ’til now. And, of course, some people would question Buchanan now. I mean, nobody is clean and pure as the wind-driven snow when they come forth with these assessments of everybody. I think it’s all feeding into this monster that the voters are out there saying, “Enough of this! And I’m gonna tell you: If you people who keep up all this negative conservatism, we’re gonna vote against you.”
I wouldn’t be surprised if Newt does a lot better tomorrow in the Florida vote than what the polls indicate. (interruption) What are you laughing at in there, Snerdley? (interruption) Oh, of course, I know. I’ve seen the Romney ad. Reagan didn’t know who Newt was, only mentioned him once in a while in the Reagan diaries. I don’t care about any of that. All I know is what I saw Newt do! They’ve got it out there now that Newt was against repealing the Fairness Doctrine in 1987. Do you know that? I got that e-mail last night. I forget who. But Newt was against repealing the Fairness Doctrine 1987. (interruption) Yeah. It’s what said, that opposed Reagan on that. I did not know that, for crying out loud — and I still don’t know if it’s true! That’s one of the things about all this stuff flying back and forth is you have no idea whether any of this is true or what of this stuff is true. But the Fairness Doctrine is kind of important to me. The Fairness Doctrine being repealed is what made this program possible.
That was from the Club for Growth, I’m told, that put out that Gingrich opposition research. (interruption) Yeah, “They’re reputable,” Snerdley says.
Here’s George Will. Let’s go back to ABC with the guest host Jacob Tapper. During the roundtable, Tapper said, “George, just in the last few minutes here, we’ve got some new polls out of Florida. Marist poll got Romney at 42, Gingrich 27, Santorum 16, Ron Paul at 11. Romney opening up the gap even more than the Miami Herald poll. What’s going on out there, George? Tell us.”
WILL: I don’t know if you’ve ever told Longfellow’s nursery rhyme to your four-year-old daughter, Alice.
TAPPER: No, not yet.
WILL: “There is a little girl who had a little curl right in the middle of her forehead. When she was good, she was very good indeed, and when she was bad, she was horrid.” And we’re at the horrid stage with Newt Gingrich.
RUSH: Whew. Whew. Whoa! Whoa ho-ho-ho, folks. So Herman Cain’s out there in the sausage grinder. By the way, what kind of sausages were those that grinded Herman? Herman says he’d been in the sausage grinder. What were his sausages, or what kind? And so here we got George Will and the Longfellow nursery rhyme. We’re at the horrid stage with Newt. Now, Brit Hume on Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace said, “The president saying, ‘Brit, our policies, we Democrats will protect the middle class. Republicans will protect the rich.’ One, is that true, and two, is it smart?”
HUME: A lot of Republicans think Obama is so weak that they ought to nominate the most conservative person they can find because they can’t lose. I think they can lose if they nominate somebody who can be successfully painted as an extremist or an exotic character not worthy of the trust needed for the Oval Office. So I think that the argument that the president makes on class warfare and rich versus poor and all that may rally his base, but it’s not gonna win this election.
RUSH: I think he’s right about that. I think this country is way too sophisticated. This country is not majority sympathetic to Occupy Wall Street, not what they’re doing in Oakland.