RUSH: No. I don’t see them ever coming to the conclusion that they
were wrong, substantively. They might end up telling themselves that
they were wrong about when the destruction of the climate will happen,
but not that it will happen. Take the Hollywood left. You can’t have a
bigger boom than we had in the last six years under Reagan, which
continued into the 90s. And to this day, people who lived through it still
don’t attribute it to conservatism. They attribute it to Clinton getting
control and raising taxes. It’s confused as hell. You’re really asking,
“Will the definition of what’s cool and what’s hip ever change?”
SNERDLEY: Sometimes all it takes is a person. Sometimes all it takes
is one celebrity. When you were a disc jockey, one record could come
out and it changes everything. Like when Sly and the Family Stone
first came out, or when the Beatles first hit, everything that went on
before it changed.
RUSH: In high school, were you in the big clique? Have
you ever been since?
RUSH: Neither have I. I would never be allowed in,
and I won’t be.
SNERDLEY: But you own the bigger clique.
RUSH: No! In broadcasting I’m an outlier, a freak.
Consultants in radio are trying to get stations to
drop me because of politics, because I’m not in the
clique, I’m not in the club. I’ve not worked with
them, I’ve not kissed their behinds. I didn’t know who
they were when I started this program in 1988 and I’ve
never gone out of my way to meet them. I know them by
name now because I know what they’re trying to do. Ratings
are almost at historical highs now and there are consultants trying to get stations to drop me.
RUSH: I never have been in a big pop-cultural clique. I’m a conservative and that disqualifies me. But as I say, aside from satisfying
the business requirements, all I do is about educating enough people to defeat liberalism.
SNERDLEY: Does this election pull the curtain on the Clintons as
political entities? Are they done?
RUSH: I really hope so. All these people are out there thinking, “The
Clintons are gone, will Rush have anything to say? This could be the
end, because Rush wanted them to win so he can continue to get rich
and have ratings.” I was even going to do a routine based on, “Oh, my
God, what’s Rush going to talk about now?”
You know what? I hope all these donors from Qatar, and the Italian
mob, and whoever it is that expected them to pay off in the White
House, I hope they demand their money back.
RUSH: I hope there are investigations by the IRS into some of the tax
avoidance that obviously has gone on. I just hope Clinton, Inc. falls
apart. Why would anybody give the Clintons money, unless the Clintons can engage in some form of reciprocity? What can they do for
them now? If you’re Goldman Sachs, why would you pay Hillary
$300,000 to have her come and give a speech now?
RUSH: She’s not going to run again. Wouldn’t it be great if, say, in a
month or so we start hearing feelers in the drive-by media about Chel-
sea Clinton running for office? I wouldn’t be surprised. [EDITOR’S
NOTE: Seven hours after Rush said this, The New York Post ran a story
headlined: “Chelsea Clinton Being Groomed to Run for Congress.”]
SNERDLEY: Oh, my.
RUSH: This is all these people know.
SNERDLEY: But according to WikiLeaks, apparently she’s not the
brightest bulb. At least the mother ran on the mythology that she was
the smartest woman in the world. The daughter doesn’t even have that
one, if you believe John Podesta.
RUSH: In fact, WikiLeaks revealed that the Hillary Clinton campaign was talking about the young voter demographic as being a
bunch of young demanding jerks. I didn’t see WikiLeaks stuff about
Chelsea, but you know her dad, Webb Hubbell [laughter], is an order
of fries short of a Happy Meal. [Laughter] Seriously, what purpose
does the Clinton Family Foundation serve? That whole thing was put
together to rebuild Clinton’s image from Lewinsky, and then it was
the way they could get rich. There’s always this component that if you
gave money you’re going to get something back for it. Did you see Bill
on stage with Hillary at her concession speech? His mouth was open.
SNERDLEY: He didn’t look well.
RUSH: I think his salad days are behind him. You were asking me
earlier about the establishment. The one thing I think Democrats will
assess and decide is that their future cannot include the Clintons. Those
people have been an albatross ever since Bill left office. Remember how
mad we were when 4 million people didn’t show up for Romney?
RUSH: Six million Democrats did not show up in 2016.
SNERDLEY: What does that say about Obama? When the smoke clears,
yes they can wave the flag, “We’ve got America’s first black President,”
but when they look at the numbers, he has decimated their Party.
RUSH: Right. But they will never publicly distance themselves from
Obama like they might Hillary. Privately they won’t, either, because of
the racial component. They just can’t. No matter what happens, he has
got to remain historic, vibrant, brilliant, one of the best-ever figures of
the Democrat Party — just to keep the minority base loyal. If they ever
do assess their failures as directly linkable to Obama, they can’t ever
acknowledge that publicly. And privately they probably can’t, either.