Tuesday, March 4, 2008
No.1 radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh went on Fox Newsâ€™ â€œThe Oâ€™Reilly Factorâ€ and reiterated his call for Republicans to vote for Hillary Clinton in Tuesdayâ€™s primaries in Ohio and Texas to keep Barack Obama from wrapping up the race.
If Hillary Clinton does remain in the race and drags the primaries out to June or even to the Democratic Convention in August, Democrats may end up spending $200 million to $300 million more in attacking each other.
The prospect makes the Republican-leaning Limbaugh giddy.
As Newsmax reported earlier, the influential conservative has urged Republicans in Texas and Ohio to â€œpimp themselvesâ€ for just one day vote by voting for Hillary to keep the Democratic Party â€œat war with itself.â€
On Friday night he told Laura Ingraham, who was filling in for Bill Oâ€™Reilly, â€œI want Hillary to stay in this, Laura. This is too good a soap opera. We need Barack Obama bloodied up politically, and it’s obvious that the Republicans are not going to do it and don’t have the stomach for it.
â€œAs you probably know, we’re getting all kinds of memos from the [Republican National Committee], saying not to be critical there. Mark MacKinnon of McCain’s campaign says he’ll quit if they get critical over Obama.
â€œThis is the presidency of the United States you’re talking about. I want our party to win. I want the Democrats to lose. They’re in the midst of tearing themselves apart right now. It is fascinating to watch. And it’s all going to stop if Hillary loses. So yes, I’m asking to cross over, if they can stomach it. I know it’s a difficult thing to do to vote for a Clinton, but it will sustain this soap opera, and it’s something I think we need. It would be fun, too.â€
Ingraham noted that Rush and Hillary and Bill Clinton make â€œvery strange bedfellows.â€