The ebay auction for the Harry Reid smear letter has ended…with a winning bid of $2,100,100. This means that because of Rush Limbaugh’s efforts, $4,200,200 will be donated to the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation (and that’s not counting donations made by people who couldn’t afford to bid on the letter itself).
I stated in my post yesterday, and I still believe, that this move by Rush is one of the most brilliant political maneuvers of our time…and today, Harry Reid himself tried to take credit for it.
Earlier this month, I came to the floor discussing comments made by Rush Limbaugh. Following my remarks, more than 40 of my Senate colleagues and I cosigned a letter to the chairman of Clear Channel, Mark May, telling him that we wanted him to confer with Rush Limbaugh regarding the statements he made. I’ve since spoken to Mark May about this. Mark May in fact called me regarding this letter.
This week, Rush Limbaugh put the original copy of that letter up for auction on eBay. Mr. President, we didn’t have time or we could have gotten every Democratic Senator to sign that letter. But he put the letter up for auction on eBay. And I think very, very constructively, let the proceeds of that to go to the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation. What is the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation? It provides scholarship assistance to children of Marines and federal law enforcement personnel whose parent dies in the line of duty, as well as health care assistance for disabled children of fallen troops. What could be a more worthwhile cause? And I think it’s really good that this money on eBay is going to be raised for this purpose.
When I spoke to Mark May I think that he and I thought this would probably not raise much money, a letter by Democratic Senators complaining about something. This morning, the bid is more than two million on this. We’ve watched it during the week. It keeps going up and up and up, and there’s only a little bit of time left on it. But it’s certainly going to be more than two million. Never did we think that this letter would bring money of this nature. The cause, Madam President, extremely good.
Now, everyone knows that Rush Limbaugh and I don’t agree on everything in life, and maybe that’s kind of an understatement. But without qualification, Mark May, the owner of the network that has Rush Limbaugh, and Rush Limbaugh should know that this letter that they’re auctioning is going to be something that raises money for a really worthwhile cause. I don’t know what we could do more important than helping make sure that children of our fallen soldiers and police officers who have fallen in the line of duty have the opportunity for their children to have a good education. Think about this. More than $2 million, this is going to really help. And that’s, again, an understatement. There’s only a little bit of time left.
So I would ask those that are wanting to do more, that they can go to the Harry Reid, search — actually go on say “Harry Reid letter,” this will come up on eBay. I encourage anyone interested in this with the means to do so to consider bidding on this letter and contributing to this worthwhile cause. I strongly believe that when we can put our differences aside, even Harry Reid and Rush Limbaugh, we should do that and try to accomplish good things for the American people.
So, let’s get this straight: earlier this month, Harry Reid, in response to a smear campaign perpetrated by a left-wing attack organization, sent a letter to Mark Mays in an attempt to intimidate Mays into restricting just what Rush will and will not be allowed to say on the air. This letter was signed by Reid and 40 other Democrat senators.
Basically, the Senate tried to censor Rush Limbaugh, a private citizen.
In an act of defiance specifically aimed at embarrassing Harry Reid, Mark Mays gave the original copy of the letter to Rush, who in turn auctioned it off for charity.
And then, Harry Reid stood on the floor of the Senate and made a pathetic attempt to wipe the egg off of his face and fry it into an omlette. The way Reid talks, you’d think his purpose of writing the letter in the first place was to raise money for charity, and Mays and Limbaugh played along with his scheme.
The truth is that this campaign by Reid has been a lie since the beginning: the original smear by Media Matters was a lie, Reid and other Senate Democrats perpetrated that lie, and Limbaugh, who has been in the right on this from the beginning, threw it back in their faces…Harry Reid did nothing more than attempt to censor Rush Limbaugh, and now Harry Reid has the audacity to try and take credit for Limbaugh’s raising money for charity!
When I first heard Reid’s comments (as I was listening to Rush this morning), my head almost blew clean off of my shoulders, I got so angry. Harry Reid and 40 other Senate Democrats tried to weasel their way around the First Amendment and restrict a citizen’s right to free speech, all based on a lie. Rush unmasked their lie and auctioned off the letter as concrete proof that the smear was false, and now Harry Reid is acting as though it was his idea from the beginning.
I’ve always thought of Harry Reid as a liberal blowhard, but how he’s exposed his true nature: not only is he a liberal blowhard, but he is a despicable human being. His presence as a member of the US Senate is a stain on our nation.
The lies continue: ABC News has credited the Democrats with raising the money for the charity. So now not only has the left lied about Rush’s comments and Harry Reid insinuated that the auction was his idea, but ABC News is turning Harry Reid’s insinuation into yet another lie.
What’s more, they make no mention of the fact that Rush is matching the donation.