On the January 12 edition of his nationally syndicated radio show -- in response to comments Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) made to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during Senate hearings on President Bush's Iraq troop increase that "[Rice is] not going to pay a particular price, as I understand it, with an immediate family" -- Rush Limbaugh said: "Here you have a rich white chick with a huge, big mouth, trying to lynch this -- an African-American woman -- right before Martin Luther King Day, hitting below the ovaries here." Additionally, Limbaugh called the exchange "a great example of the anger and arrogance of [the Democrats]," and claimed that the "implosion" of the Democratic Party is happening "sooner" than he anticipated.
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From the January 12 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Rush Limbaugh Show:
LIMBAUGH: Barbara Boxer hit below the ovaries yesterday with Condoleezza Rice during the hearings that they were conducting on the president's new strategy. Listen to this. Condoleezza Rice says: "I could never, and I can never, do anything to replace any of those lost men and women in uniform, or the diplomats, some of --"
BOXER [audio clip]: Madame Secretary, please, I know you feel terrible about it, that's not the point. I was making the case as to who pays the price for your decisions. Now the issue is: Who pays the price? Who pays the price? I'm not going to pay a personal price; my kids are too old, and my grandchild is too young. You're not going to pay a particular price, as I understand it, with an immediate family. So who pays the price? The American military and their families.
LIMBAUGH: That is -- I don't know where to start with this. Folks, this is, this is -- well it's unbelievable. This is -- can you even describe this kind of thinking? Here you have a rich white chick with a huge, big mouth, trying to lynch this -- an African American woman -- right before Martin Luther King Day, hitting below the ovaries here. What about the childless Gloria Steinem? Drum her out of the feminist movement? I'm going to tell you, I was joking the other day about setting up a lobbying group for the childless. This kind of thinking is exactly where we're headed with Democrats; if you haven't done anything you can't comment on it, you can't participate in it, and so according to Barbara Boxer, since Condoleezza Rice has nothing personal at stake in this, then her policy can't be trusted. Only if -- I guess the same thing would have to be said about Barbara Boxer, but see she's on the right side of this because she doesn't want any little, nasty, old war, she doesn't want people getting killed, she doesn't want victory, she doesn't want any of this. This is, I think, just a great illustration of the anger and the arrogance of who these people are, and I told you, it wouldn't take long. And this implosion is happening even sooner; I thought they'd at least get through their first 100 hours without this kind of mess.