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Rush Limbaugh on Hillary Clinton:

If you have fallen for the notion that the Clinton machine is sort of upside down and discombobulated and doesn’t quite know what’s going on here, you are falling for more myths from the media, which is designed to make it look like she has real competition so that she can overcome obstacles rather than be this candidate of inevitability — which she is. So she’s trying to make it look like she’s got a serious challenge and she’s up to it, and she can handle it. But I’m telling you, I know the Clinton machine. If you think they are seriously worried about somebody with as little experience as Obama has in these kinds of things, then you’re falling for it.

You’re being sucked in for all this. There is an 80% chance this woman is going to be next president, as things sit here today. In politics, everything can change, and it can change on a moment’s notice. But all of these attacks and all of this budding attempt — and it’s not new; it’s just intensifying now — to discredit conservative information as misinformation reported by liars and racists, is about destroying the credibility of anybody who has anything in opposition, to save the Clintons and their quest to be re-ensconced in the White House. It’s what all this is about.

I love it when he gets all desperate and febrile like that. There’s a visceral need that right-wing honchos–like Rush, O’Reilly and Sean Hannity–have for Hillary inevitability. I think it has to do with a certain nostalgia for the Clinton presidency, when they could sit back, make outrageous claims (Vince Foster assassinated), foment non-scandals (Whitewater), wreak havoc with the Constitution (impeachment) and generally yuk it up (Lewinsky). Isn’t as much fun having to defend the worst president in American history, is it, El Rushbo?

Update: For those who wanted the Limbaugh link.