Who’s Surprised Biden Bombed Out?

RUSH: Plugs is fleeing New Hampshire, folks. Listen to this.

BIDEN: We're gonna fight for every vote we have here, and then I’m getting on a plane and heading down there, doing a little rally in South Carolina to get going, and then get in a plane and going in...


BIDEN: ...Nevada. (reporters all talking over one another)

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: (crosstalk) Are you concerned about the message that you're sending to New Hampshire by going...

BIDEN: No, I'm not.

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: ...to South Carolina?

BIDEN: Not at all. Not at all. They know we've worked our heart here. We're continuing (cheers start) we're going to go all the way to the end.

RUSH: We're not even waiting for the results. We already know we're gonna get shellacked. We're heading down to South Carolina. We're gonna save the black vote. No. No. Ain't gonna happen there or in Nevada.


RUSH: Grab sound bite number 6. We've got time to squeeze this in. This is Andrea Mitchell, NBC News, Washington, on the Today show today, and it's just more evidence that it's not looking good for Joe Biden.

MITCHELL: Not at all! And they could place fifth, certainly fourth. And the fact is, they're beginning to have that feeling of a loser. Mike Bloomberg has moved into position, and having lost so much of the African-American support, Joe Biden is almost on fumes, really. This is a real problem for their campaign.

RUSH: I hear this stuff and I wonder, "Where have these people been?" They believe their own conventional wisdom, inside baseball stuff. Biden hasn't... It was never going to happen. Beginning to lose African-American support? Guess I'm gonna have to explain that too.


RUSH: Now, I mentioned in the previous hour that one of the mistakes that Plugs made was mentioning me. The Democrats believe that they can fundraise off my name. They believe that they can get cheers and accolades by mentioning my name and that it's gonna redound to their benefit. I want to demonstrate here via audio sound bite that that's not how this happens. We're at audio sound bite number 7.

Now, this is Friday night in Manchester. This is live on ABC. It's during the Democrat presidential debate, and Biden is talking about Trump (I can't wait to talk about this) frog marching Vindman out of the White House. "O say can you see you later, by the dawn's...?" This guy... We all know an Alexander Vindman. We've all had at least two of these guys in every class in high school. We've all had a guy like this somewhere where we work.

This guy turns tail on Trump, participates in an impeachment hearing in an attempt to get Trump thrown out of office, and now people think it's outrageous that Trump would fire the guy? "This is unheard of! This kind of retaliation is unheard of." What do you mean, retaliation? What about what Vindman did? "He's a decorated military man, Mr. Limbaugh. How dare you assault his motive." What do you mean, decorated?

I can assault his motives all I want! It doesn't matter what his medals are! It matters what he did, and he made up a bunch of stuff, sitting there saying Trump didn't follow his talking points. He doesn't set foreign policy! Trump never even met this guy. Trump doesn't know this guy produces talking points. But Vindman's taking it personally. "He did not follow the talking points that I wrote! I produced the talking points for that phone call.

"I do U.S. national security for Ukraine." In your dreams, dude, do you do national security for Ukraine. You might have in the Obama years with your buddy Eric Ciaramella, the whistleblower. But Vindman's gonna be okay. He's back at the Army somewhere, some Army War College. I just marvel at all these people. (sniffling) "It's so unfair what happened to Vindman. This retaliation has gotta stop!" Yeah, like you can sit there, and anybody can shoot at you and take potshots at you.

And you just have to sit there and take it, and then you've gotta thank 'em after you survive it then you gotta walk up and shake their hand and say, "Nice try." Nope. It isn't how it works anywhere. You take a shot at the leader, the king? If you miss, you're history -- and everybody in this game knows that. Anyway, anyway, Biden's being asked about Vindman and being fired, walked out of the White House, and this is what Plugs had to say.

BIDEN: Colonel (sic) Vindman got thrown out of the White House today, walked out. I think we should, and -- and at the same time, he should have been (sputtering) pinning a medal on Vindman and not on Rush Limboll.

CROWD: (smattering of applause)

BIDEN: (coughing) And I think...I think we should be doing now... I think we should all stand and give Colonel Vindman a -- a -- ashow of how much we supported him. Stand up and clap for Vindman.

CROWD: (smattering of applause)

BIDEN: Get your... Get up there!

RUSH: Right, stand up for Vindman. Stand up! Right, stand up for Vindman. (interruption) No, no, no, I'm not playing this 'cause it's about me. I'm telling you, Plugs thought that he was gonna score big my mentioning me, by pitting Vindman against me and so forth. Here's how it fared. We'll get back to sound bite 8, sound bite number 9. This is David Axelrod and Joe Lockhart, and they are talking about how phony and practiced and ill-delivered Biden's line was.

AXELROD: This had all the earmarks of something that was planned, that he wanted to do. Um, and that -- and it was effective. But it also, you know, he -- he just getting... Getting the whole thing, laying it out is not his. He's.. He's not smooth in doing it, and so, um, it could have been a -- amore effective moment than it was.

LOCKHART: David has hit on, uh, a point which is when you try to script Joe Biden, it doesn't work, and he kind of stepped on his own line.

RUSH: Well, in the first place he mispronounced my name, "Rush Limboll." But the whole thing was ill-conceived and the amount of... I was actually surprised at how little applause Biden got for it. Anyway, there's a staccato or an exclamation point to this.


RUSH: The Drudge Report has a link to, "Record Turnout in New Hampshire?" I didn't click on it. Look. I gotta run fast here. Sound bite 10 and 11. Now, the point here is Biden invokes my name -- he liked it so much, he did it again -- and after doing it, he has fled New Hampshire, conceding defeat, and this has happened before. This what I want to illustrate. So here is Biden yesterday in Manchester.

BIDEN: (shouting) Are you ready to get rid of president who pins a Presidential Medal of Freedom on Rush Limboll?

CROWD: (applause)

BIDEN: Are ready get rid of a president who has marched a decorated war hero out of the White House for telling the truth and who was a real hero and has real courage and escorted him out?

RUSH: Right. So there he is: Me versus Vindman again. Of course, Vindman, more on him later. Now, when has this happened in the past? It happened in... Let's see. This was 2004, and this happened... It's either Iowa or New Hampshire. This is actually a montage all of the times Howard Dean tried to revive his faltering campaign using me.


DEAN: I am tired of having Rush Limbaugh lay claim to the American flag. We aren’t under the thumb of the Rush Limbaughs. We are taking our country back piece by piece from the Rush Limbaughs. We have the power to take back the United States of America so our flag is not owned by Rush Limbaugh. You have the power to take back our country so that the flag no longer represents solely Rush Limbaugh. You have the power to take back our country. So that the flag never again is the sole property of Rush Limbaugh.

The flag of the United States doesn’t belong to Rush Limbaugh. So the flag of the United States of America is no longer the sole property of Rush Limbaugh. This democracy and the flag of the United States do not belong to Rush Limbaugh. We have the power to take back our country so that the flag of the United States is no longer the sole property of Rush Limbaugh. This country does not belong to Rush Limbaugh. I want my country back, Mr. President. That flag belongs to every single American, not to Rush Limbaugh. Move over. I want my country back again, because the flag of this country does not belong to Rush Limbaugh. You have the power to take back the flag, so it does no longer belong solely to Rush Limbaugh.



RUSH: This guy flamed out. Howard Dean flamed out. It was one primary he was supposed to win. I think it was either Iowa... He was supposed to win the Hawkeye Cauci real big and came in 23rd, and it was over. I don't even remember why he got on this roll thinking that the flag was mine or why anybody else in the Democrat Party thought the flag was mine. This is so funny to go back and listen to that. But this is what happens. They think they're going to skyrocket mentioning my name, and it doesn't end up helping them.