Rush on Newt’s Debate Zingers: “The Audience Is Eating It Up Off the Floor… They’re Sucking It Up With Straws”

For those of you who missed the show last night. The CNN-Tea Party Debate opened up with Newt Gingrich mopping the floor with John King’s face.

Rush Limbaugh discussed the exchange today on his show:

RUSH: Let’s go to the audio sound bites. This is the very beginning of it. This is John King opening the debate on CNN.

KING: Mr. Speaker, I want to start with that this evening. As you know, your ex-wife gave an interview to ABC News and another interview at the Washington Post, and this story has now gone viral on the Internet. In it she says that you came to her in 1999 at a time when you were having an affair. She says you asked her, sir, to enter into an open marriage. Would you like to take some time to respond to that?

GINGRICH: No. But I will. (cheers and applause) I think the destructive, vicious, negative nature of much of the news media makes it harder to govern this country, harder to attract decent people to run for public office, and I am appalled that you would begin a presidential debate on a topic like that. (cheers and applause.)


…GINGRICH: John, it was repeated on your network. You chose to start the debate with it.

KING: Meh.

GINGRICH: Don’t blame somebody else. You and your staff chose to start this debate with it.


AUDIENCE: (cheers and applause)


AUDIENCE: (cheers and applause)

GINGRICH: Now let me be quite clear.

KING: Okay.

GINGRICH: Let me be quite clear: The story is false. Every personal friend I have who knew us in that period says the story was false. We offered several of them to ABC to prove it was false. They weren’t interested because they would like to attack any Republican. They’re attacking the governor; they’re attacking me. I’m sure they’ll presently get around to Senator Santorum and Congressman Paul. I’m tired of the elite media protecting Barack Obama by attacking Republicans.

AUDIENCE: (wild cheers and applause)

RUSH: Right on, mama!

AUDIENCE: (sustained cheers and applause)

RUSH: Oh, yes, right on! Right on, right on.

AUDIENCE: (sustained cheers and applause)

RUSH: The audience is eating it up! They’re eating it up off the floor. They’re sucking it up with straws! They love it! Now, let me tell you one thing here, folks: You cannot shame the mainstream media. If any of you are thinking that the media learned a lesson — if any of you believe that the media finally had it handed to ’em, if you believe that the media had their eyes opened and they are fully awake now and they understand what they’re dealing with — forget it. John King is proud of what happened last night. John King is a hero in the Main Street media because he didn’t back down, because he continued to illustrate how it is that the media does really control the agenda. That was a demonstration of the power they hold over every public figure’s head, that they choose to hold like a guillotine.

John King… There may even be some jealousy and envy within the journalist ranks (well, not journalists; within the Democrat Party ranks) because John King is a guy that got in Newt’s face, stared him down — and the fact that Newt told him off? It’s a badge of honor. If you are thinking that John King was embarrassed and ran away with his tail tucked between his legs and learned his lesson and it’ll never happen again? Ah, ah, ah, ah. You cannot shame the mainstream media. They are proud of this. They delight in their power to destroy candidates that they don’t like. They revel in the fact that they can keep so many conservatives from even thinking about getting into politics. A lot of the so-called journalists watching this probably were pumping their fists.

A lot of the journalists watching this were doing the Obama cheer: “Yes, we can! Yes, we can!” and do not doubt me. If you think King was embarrassed — if you think he was suffering from an elevated heart rate during the middle of this, if you think he felt shamed, if you think, “Oh, my God, Newt’s beating the crap out of him” — you are dead wrong. He got exactly what he wanted out of this. Do NOT doubt me.

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