On his radio show, Rush Limbaugh claimed that Sen. Hillary Clinton is "in the Northeast ... surrounded by her good old ... white female new castrati male base, while her husband, Bill, pays penance -- left to deal in South Carolina, while she's up with her people, the whites and the less-than-blacks." Other media figures have also used various forms of "castrati" in reference to Clinton and her supporters, including Chris Matthews, who once questioned people who have endorsed Clinton, saying, "[A]ren't you appalled at the willingness of these people to become castratos in the eunuch chorus here or whatever they are?"
On the January 24 edition of his nationally syndicated radio show, Rush Limbaugh claimed that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) is "in the Northeast. She is surrounded by her good old, white female -- white female new castrati male base, while her husband [former President] Bill [Clinton] pays penance -- left to deal in South Carolina, while she's up with her people, the whites and the less-than-blacks." Later in the broadcast, referring to Clinton, Limbaugh asked: "How did that woman go from inevitable, to down-and-dirty, to the testicle lockbox, to her red-faced husband showing that even he, too, gets PMS?" As Media Matters for America has documented, Limbaugh has referred to Clinton's so-called "testicle lockbox" numerous times in the past. His comments, along with other "misogynist" discourse in the media, were the subject of an episode of PBS' Bill Moyers Journal in December.
Like Limbaugh, other media figures have also used various forms of "castrati" in reference to Clinton and her supporters. MSNBC host Chris Matthews has questioned people who have endorsed Clinton, saying, "[A]ren't you appalled at the willingness of these people to become castratos in the eunuch chorus here or whatever they are?" Likewise, Matthews' MSNBC colleague, host Tucker Carlson, said of Clinton: "[T]here's just something about her that feels castrating, overbearing, and scary."
Limbaugh made his comments during a monologue on what he called the "uncivil war" between the Democratic presidential campaigns of Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama (IL). Later in the show, Limbaugh said, "I think one of the best ways to expose Hillary is to show how far she fell in the real world," and called her "the most cheated-on woman in the world." He later said: "Her big success has actually been the 35 years of bimbo eruptions, ruining the reputations of the pretty girls who'd bopped up and said that they had had affairs with Bill Clinton. ... The 'Bimbo Eruption Operation,' that was pretty successful out there."
During the January 24 program, Limbaugh also claimed that Clinton "has an army of battle-tested pollsters and spinners, investigators, hit men and hit women. She has an under-the-radar gang of 527s with names that include the word 'America' in them. Like Media Matters for America, that really should be called Media Matters for Hillary. " In fact, Media Matters, which is not a 527 group, is an independent progressive organization, neither funded by nor affiliated with any candidate or political party.
From the January 24 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Rush Limbaugh Show:
LIMBAUGH: And finally, there's this -- The Washington Post: "Some in the Democrat [sic] Party are bristling at Clinton's attacks; anti-Obama ads heighten unity fears in the Democrat Party." It's by Alec MacGillis and Anne Kornblut, and it's a pretty hard-hitting piece on the Clintons. There's also a story in the Financial Times today from Davos, Switzerland, talking about how Clinton is damaging his national brand by not being in Davos and by conducting the campaign the way he is doing so. Meanwhile, Mrs. Clinton is where? She's in the Northeast. She is surrounded by her good old, white female -- white female new castrati male base, while her husband, Bill, pays penance -- left to deal in South Carolina, while she's up with her people, the whites and the less-than-blacks. Clinton is in South Carolina, going door-to-door, knocking on those doors and begging for votes. But who are these people in South Carolina? While Mrs. Clinton hobnobs at tea parties in the Northeast with those people, her husband, Bill Clinton, makes the rounds in South Carolina with the people of color.
And what does he do when he leaves the homes of the people of color? He disses 'em! He's running around, knocking on the doors. He says, "Hey, babe. You know me, first black president. I am here to help you. I'm here to tell you that we're going to do more for you, we care more for you, we love you more than anything. We need your vote. Hillary loves you. You know it; I know it." And as soon as he leaves, he goes to USA Today; he goes to The New York Times' door: "I know Obama's going to win. Hell, it's just a bunch of black people down here voting. That's why Obama's gonna win, 'cause black people are gonna support black people."
And then he goes to the next house: "Hey, babe. You know me. I'm your first black president, Bill Clinton. You know the things I did for you. I kept your church from being burned, and when your church did burn, I showed up and cried." Arkansas forward: "I even sat on the back of the bus one day for you, in 1999, when I could have been driving [inaudible], I purposely moved to the back of the bus. You know that my wife and I, Hillary, we care about you more than anybody ever has. Hell, you called me the first black president, said my life was just like yours. We are beggin' for your vote here in South Carolina."
He leaves, goes to the microphones: "My wife's gonna lose here and it's this Obama guy putting out hit jobs on me. He's gonna win. The black people are voting for Obama; that's what's gonna happen."
Meanwhile, Hillary's sipping tea and scones in the Northeast with Ann Lewis and the others of the non-dark persuasion.
LIMBAUGH: Now, back to Mrs. Clinton. She was inevitable until she actually ran. Have you -- everybody's so caught up in the uncivil war and the -- you know, the entertainment factor here of Bill Clinton claiming that Obama interjected race and is putting out hit jobs on him, but have you noticed what's had to happen here? I think one of the best ways to expose Hillary is to show how far she fell in the real world. Mrs. Clinton wasn't the only one who thought she was inevitable. She actually was. The whole Democrat Party thought she was inevitable until she ran.
She has the last name of a liberal icon: Clinton. She has a first name known around the world: Hillary. She has control of one of the most powerful national political machines in our history. She is the most cheated-on woman in the world. She has the leading Democrat fundraiser. She has the longest database of contributors -- legal and illegal. She was inevitable. She was vacuuming up all of that money way before these other Democrats got in the race. She has an army of battle-tested pollsters and spinners, investigators, hit men and hit women. She has an under-the-radar gang of 527s with names that include the word "America" in them. Like Media Matters for America, that really should be called Media Matters for Hillary. The America Think -- Think Forward Progress -- whatever the -- there's so many Hillary front groups out there. They're actually 527s disguised as think-tanks.
She was inevitable. She even has a rigged primary calendar -- a compressed primary schedule that favored the candidate with the greatest name recognition and money, and also favored the candidate with the most to lose by going out there and opening her mouth all the time. The more she speaks, the more her numbers go down. So they compressed all of this, so that by February 5th, the race would be over.
With all of that -- from the money on down to the machine, to the inevitability of it all, to all of these front groups, to all of the George Soros money, to -- from all of that, look where we are. She went from inevitable to not-so-inevitable -- to maybe not inevitable. And now people are asking: "Who ever said she was inevitable?" She did. She was running on a coronation and a lot of people bought into it.
How did a woman -- I ask you this question: How did a woman who is connected by chromosome to more than half the electorate -- that would be women, for those of you in Rio Linda -- how did a woman connected by chromosome to more than half the electorate, who doesn't have an experienced rival -- don't tell me Edwards, don't tell me Obama. She does not have an experienced rival. How did that woman go from inevitable, to down-and-dirty, to the testicle lockbox, to her red-faced husband showing that even he, too, gets PMS?
Mrs. Clinton says that she bears the scars of her health care plan defeat. Actually, scars are a little too romantic. Warriors bear scars. Cosmetic surgery leaves scars. The most cheated-on woman in the world has emotional scars. This health care plan defeat -- that was not a scar. That was an F: a failed grade. Blew it big time. Same thing with handling the Paula Jones case; same thing with advising on other legal issues in the White House.
Her big success has actually been the 35 years of bimbo eruptions, ruining the reputations of the pretty girls who'd bopped up and said that they had had affairs with Bill Clinton -- a warning to pretty girls who were going to pop up and say that, that they'd better not. The "Bimbo Eruption Operation," that was pretty successful out there. Gets an F.
So, where did inevitable ever come from in the first place? They got it out there, plus she's owed this. As [Washington Post columnist] Charles Krauthammer said: "This is one huge alimony check she is cashing" -- a coronation for the presidency, an inevitable campaign. I'm beginning to wonder, though, will Mrs. Clinton's White House run be as big a failure as her health care plan? 'Cause I really want to know, how do you go from inevitable to people now asking, "Whoever said she was inevitable?" Well, she was inevitable and heading down that path to the coronation until one little grim reality got in the way, and that is she had to campaign.