”’This is the transcript from the Rush Limbaugh show on a segment entitled “Howard Dean Heads for Showdown with Hillary” aired on July 27, 2006”’
RUSH: Try these headlines. (story) Dean calls Iraqi prime minister an anti-Semite. (story) Howard Dean compares Katherine Harris to Stalin during stop in West Palm Beach. (story) Howard Dean calls for end to divisiveness. (Laughing) Let’s go to the audio sound bites. This is a speech at a Democrat Professionals Forum, actually, and here’s the first of two bites.
DEAN: The president made a big deal about bringing the Iraqi prime minister to address Congress and met with him yesterday. The Iraqi prime minister is an anti-Semite. We don’t need to spend 200, 300, and $500 billion bringing democracy to Iraq to turn it over to people who believe that Israel doesn’t have a right to defend itself and who refuse to condemn the Hezbollah.
RUSH: It’s right here, Mr. Snerdley, this happened right across the bridge, right over there in West Palm Beach and I didn’t even know he was here. Well, Howard, let me tell you something. You got a problem. ”If you’re going to call Maliki, the prime minister of Iraq, if you’re going to call him an anti-Semite, shall we also say that John Dingell is an anti-Semite? Should we say that John Conyers is an anti-Semite? How about Fortney Pete Stark, could we call him an anti-Semite? How about Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii? What do those three people, those four guys have in common? They all voted against House resolution 921 condemning the Hezbo attacks against Israel last week. So, Howard, some of the most prominent Democrats in the House of Representatives must also be anti-Semites, because they have also refused to condemn the Hezbos.”’
Let’s go to the next sound bite from the Democratic Professionals Forum. Dawn, did you know where this was yesterday? Where was the Democratic Professionals Forum? What building was it in? Kiwanis Club someplace? Anyway, here’s what he said.
DEAN: Thank God for Bill Nelson, because we’d have another crook in the United States Senate if it weren’t for him. He’s going to beat the pants off Katherine Harris. Didn’t understand that it is ethically improper, if you’re the chairman of the campaign, to count the votes at the same time. This is not Russia, and she is not Stalin, and she will go back to wherever she came from and Bill Nelson will be reelected to the United States Senate.
RUSH: Talk about holding a grudge. Man, well, she wasn’t heading up the campaign when she was counting the votes and she didn’t count the votes. She certified the count. She was the secretary of state. But you know what’s interesting? He sits here and he condemns Katherine Harris, “This is not Russia and this is not Stalin,” so he compares Katherine Harris to Stalin. Now, the real Stalin and the real Soviet Union, they loved! (Laughing.) They loved Castro, they loved Hugo Chavez. I mean, those guys are cool. The real Stalins, the real Lenins, they love these guys. Their political enemies, fellow Americans, are the real bad guys. George Allen had this to say in response.
ALLEN: This is the typical sort of thing that you’re getting out of the Democrat leadership. He is not an anti-Semite. You know who is an anti-Semite? His predecessor, Saddam Hussein, who was paying families, parents, 25, $35,000 to send their son or a daughter into these murderous bombings in Israel. So it is just an absurd statement and this is unfortunate, because our country ought to be united, trying to help this government, this fledgling democracy stand on its own two feet.
RUSH: Before it’s all said and done there’s going to be a knockdown drag out between Hillary Clinton and Howard Dean over the fate of this party when we get to presidential election time.
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