RUSH: We have a montage here, ladies and gentlemen. This all took place during the lame duck period in December of 2010, last year. The voices that you will hear: Senior White House advisor David Axelrod; Democrat Allyson Schwartz, Pennsylvania; Chris Matthews; Erica Paine from something called The Agenda Project; Senator Debbie Stabenow (Democrat-Michigan), Wolf Blitzer; Senator Claire McCaskill, Missouri; Dylan Ratigan, MSNBC; Loretta Sanchez (Democrat-California), Senator Chuck-U Schumer (Democrat-NY), Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, (Democrat-Texas), formerly of CNN, Client No. 9, Eliot Spitzer; Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi; Senator Bernie Sanders, Vermont; representative and partisan political hack Chris Van Hollen (Democrat-Maryland), Senator Bob Menendez (Democrat-New Jersey), and President Obama talking about Republicans and the extension of the Bush tax rates.
AXELROD: Now they want to hold those middle-class tax cuts hostage.
SCHWARTZ: Republicans are holding these middle-class tax cuts hostage.
MATTHEWS: ...holding hostage the unemployment benefits!
PAINE: ...hold that hostage in order to keep tax breaks going.
STABENOW: They're willing to hold tax cuts for middle-class families hostage.
BLITZER: ...holding the Senate hostage.
MCCASKELL: Will they hold the middle class hostage?
RATIGAN: The GOP is holding key legislation hostage.
SANCHEZ: We're held hostage over here.
SCHUMER: Hold it hostage! Hold it hostage!
JOHNSON: Extension of these taxes have been hel' hostage.
SPITZER: We are being held hostage. Every one of us, we are hostages... being held hostage.
PELOSI: Those initiates are being held hostage.
SANDERS: The Republicans are holding hostage.
VAN HOLLEN: Republicans were holding middle class taxes hostage.
MENDENDEZ: Do you allow yourself to be held hostage? Do you negotiate with terrorists.
OBAMA: It's tempting not to negotiate with hostage takers unless the hostage gets harmed. In this case, the hostage was the American people, and I was not willing to see them get harmed.