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Rush Limbaugh Says McCain's VP Pick Critical for Victory

By Kenneth D. Williams   |   Wednesday, 27 Aug 2008 12:03 PM

Rush Limbaugh was interviewed by phone this morning on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” and he blasted the Democratic Convention as fakery, and labeled those who run the Democratic Party as “fools” and “the b-team.”

‘The whole convention . . . not one night has been believable. This hasn’t gone well. This is the first time since 1976 a convention has been more excited about a loser than the winner. This is a tremendous opportunity for the McCain campaign if they don’t mess it up.”

Fox’s interviewer, Bill Hemmer, asked how that might happen, and Rush answered, “Picking the wrong vice president. Someone who doesn’t excite McCain’s base.”

He added that some of the people whose names have been floated are fine people, but are mostly moderate, and McCain is already a moderate. Rush said that Joe Lieberman, for example, is a fine, fine man, but McCain can already reach across the aisle to work with Democrats, so why pick someone for veep who fits that mode as well?

Rush said Minn. Gov. Pawlenty or Mitt Romney would be fine choices, and that McCain “needs someone who can rally the base, because the base is ready to rally after the [Democratic Convention] fiasco this week.”

Regarding Hillary Clinton’s convention speech, Rush opined, “We saw the end of the Clinton era last night. It was bye-bye Hillary. She de-linked herself from Bill Clinton last night. Did not say, ‘proud wife,’ did not refer to her husband as ‘my husband,’ talked about President Clinton one time . . . both of them need Obama to lose and they’ll do whatever they can after they leave Denver to see that that happens. If Obama wins this thing, she’s frozen out for 2012.”

Then the radio star lit into the Democrats in general: “The reality is that this is not the unified party that everybody made it out to be; Obama’s not the ‘great unifier.’ Last night [Hillary] mentioned the Iraq war one time, and that was supposedly unifying this party. Don’t fall for the myth that the Democrats are this juggernaut that can’t be beaten. They are fractured; they are undecided; they are not excited.”

And then he let loose on the Democratic leadership: “Some of the biggest fools lead this party in my lifetime — Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Howard Dean . . . this is the b-team and they are sitting ducks.

“If the McCain camp continues doing what it’s doing — great ads, quick responses . . . we’re excited about that!”

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