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Thursday, February 10, 2005
LOVEABLE LITTLE FUZZBALL UPDATE
Rush slams Democrats, receives cheers
Preaching optimism and slamming Democrats, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh was greeted like a rock star by a packed San Jose Civic Auditorium audience Tuesday night.
``We are in the midst of a seminal historic shift in this country,'' Limbaugh, 54, told a crowd that paid $40 a ticket and welcomed him with a standing ovation. ``The Democrat party and the media have lost their monopoly. They don't rule the roost anymore.''
He told the 2,700 in the audience they had nothing to fear from Sen. Hillary Clinton and an ineffective Democratic Party, while tossing out the Clinton name almost as frequently as Bush used the word ``freedom'' in his January inaugural speech.
Most of the time Limbaugh's show follows Republican party lines, but the host got his biggest applause by questioning the administration's softness on illegal immigration.
He said he was afraid of ``the Republicans' failure to understand the American people's building rage on illegal immigration'' and feared that a third-party candidate, like Ross Perot, who would take a stronger stance, could split the party.
Other than that, the message was optimism.
He said he couldn't understand how people could see things negatively in a country where so much is possible.
``I'm doing better than ever before. Every year is better,'' he said, adding, ``I wish everything that has happened to me could happen to you.''