On the political necessity of removing President Obama and the Democrats from power.
We must replace Barack Obama with a conservative Republican President. We must have as many conservative Republicans in congress, House and Senate, as we can. The way you increase jobs and growth and opportunity and wealth is through capitalism. We’ve just been through 29 months of Socialism. It’s miserable. It’s depressing. It’s stifling. It destroys the national mood. We need to contain the government. As long as Obama’s in the Oval Office – or on the golf course, or in some diner eating greasy hamburgers, or in charge of the Executive Branch – as long as his party controls any part of Congress – this nation can not recover. We do not have a chance... this country does not have a chance. With Barack Obama remaining in the Oval Office.
On the rules of engagement for Republican presidential candidates.
Let’s just stipulate that all Republicans who are running are gonna be asked “Why do you hate Obama’s guts? Why do you think the President is such a dreadful, horrible, America-hating slob?" They may not phrase it exactly that way, but that’s the tone, and every Republican candidate will have to reveal a certain amount of graciousness by saying “I think the President’s a lovely person, delightful father, good husband, I’m sure he loves America too – but here’s why I think every idea in his head is wrong, and here’s why I think we can’t take another four years of him..." ... on you go, down to what you really need to say for your campaign. And I want every Republican candidate to be. That. Gracious. Being ungracious? That’s a liberal thing. Bush is Hitler? That’s a leftist thing. Okay? I want to be gracious. I want to be civil. And then I want to wholeheartedly, and aggressively, go after an agenda that is flat-out dangerous to America. I don’t for one minute think that those are mutually exclusive.
On the primary obstacle between Herman Cain and the Presidency.
Herman Cain probably represents everything the news media says does not exist. Herman Cain is articulate, he is very – highly – successful. He is a conservative Republican who is black, and that is what they tell you doesn't exist. And that is a primary problem that Herman Cain has. You identify yourself as a black conservative, and you may as well be admitting that you're a whore, or a prostitute, an Uncle Tom, you've been bought off... you aren't real. It's not possible for a black person to be conservative. The way the media and the left look at this country, a black person who is conservative is a black person who would agree with the whole notion of slavery and would want to be a slave owner.
On Democrat party plans to accuse Republicans of intentionally inflicting economic harm on the country to improve their electoral chances in 2012.
Obama and the Democrats: You own this, kids! You have done this. Your fingerprints are all over it. The unemployment. The home foreclosures. The stock market. The coming inflation. The massive deficits. The subprime mortgage business. The fact that peoples' homes are underwater. You did this, there is no question you did it, and you are going to pay a huge political price for it in November of 2012. You can try and blame this on the Republicans all you want. In the process you are indicting yourselves…
On the Obama Administration’s decision to stop handing out Obamacare waivers.
The reason they’re not going to grant any more waivers is because they don’t want the Republicans to be able to have the issue going in to the election. Well that’s all fine and dandy, the Republicans have the issue. The people, the companies, all these Union buddies of Obama, these people who’ve gotten these waivers – unions, Pelosi’s friends, Harry Reid’s entire state, they’ve already gotten their waiver. And that issue isn’t gonna go away... It’s still a big issue for the Republicans. The question is, will the Republicans nominate anybody with the guts to use it?
On the relationship between the rich, the middle class, and the poor.
Somebody who is rich is not hurting somebody who is poor. Or middle class... A rich person is not hurting anybody. You take all the money away from the rich, where do the people who work for them go? What happens to them? Somebody who's rich is not hurting anybody who's poor, or middle class. Some politician (or) government bureaucrat can destroy your job. Somebody in government can destroy your profession, regulate your profession out of existence. Somebody in government can take your assets, or drive up your costs and prices and do more harm to you than any other person or people. And we look at them as the great equalizers?
On the government's role in the subprime loan fiasco.
It was a giant scam, rooted in, on the surface, "social justice", "fairness", "everybody should have a home". The American Dream. And underneath the surface, it was get-rich-quick for people that worked at Fannie Mae, to an extent Freddie Mac, and people that worked on Wall Street... these people walking in, to get a loan... wouldn't have walked in the door in the first place if the government hadn't wanted them in there. Remember the government was demanding that lending institutions loan money to people who were not qualified... the government wanted people in there borrowing money, and they didn't care if they lied (on the loan applications).
On the media's failure to find any dirt in the 24,000 emails released from Sarah Palin's time as Alaska's Governor.
What a spectacular backfire it was. I mean, 24,000 emails. How many? How many people could withstand a media analysis of 24,000 of your emails, replete with volunteers looking for any syllable of dirt on you, and nobody finds anything. What a giant backfire. Speaking of course of Sarah Palin, and the media – terribly distraught, looking for the knockout shot that they have been unable to deliver.
On the release of 24,000 emails from Sarah Palin's time as Alaska's Governor.
The New York Times and the Washington Post both are begging readers to help them sift through 24,000 emails of Sarah Palin's, from her time as Governor of Alaska... I don't recall this happening when we had that email release from the Hadley Climate Center, University of East Anglia... that foretold the hoax that is man-made global warming. There was an effort to bury those emails. But now, the New York Times and Washington Post want their readers to help them sift through these 24,000 emails. This is an obsession. It is an obsession. And I tell you, this is all going to end up backfiring on these people. It's just too much. You watch.
On a Sarah Palin presidential candidacy.
Now for all of the stated Republican opposition to Sarah Palin, if she gets in the race – and you heard it here first, and don’t doubt me – she is going to end up being the one to beat.
Mark Belling is guest-hosting for Rush today.
On President Obama and the anemic U.S. economy.
The reason there hasn't been more of a recovery and the reason we may be headed for another recession... is because of the policies of Obama. This isn't Bush's economy. And this is not the '07/'08 recession. This is Barack Obama's economy.
On the media and Sarah Palin.
They hate her, they despise her, they are frustrated that they haven't destroyed her. They can't believe she's still smiling, they can't believe she's still drawing crowds, they can't believe that she's enjoying life, they can't believe her family is still together, they can't believe her husband hasn't walked out on her. They can't believe any of this. Folks, you know this as well as I do. When they set out to destroy you, they mean just that. And Palin's not playing along with the script. She's not acting destroyed, she's not asking for forgiveness, she's not begging them to leave her alone, she's not changing in order to make them lighten up or anything. She's just looking at 'em and smiling, saying "Oh you want some more of it? Here it is."
Mark Steyn is guest-hosting for Rush today.
On the vote in Congress against raising the debt ceiling, in which prominent liberals joined Republicans and voted no.
We're winning this argument. We've won it with the Republican party – there were no defections on this issue. Republicans understand that raising the debt ceiling unconditionally is a disaster... Now obviously Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz – they don't care about the debt ceiling one way or another... but they understand that for the moment it's politically problematic for them to be seen to be approving more out-of-control spending.