RUSH: To San Mateo, California, this is Eric. It's great to have you here, sir. By the way, Eric, do you know who's from San Mateo, California?
CALLER: No, I don't.
RUSH: And he graduated from Junipero Serra High School.
CALLER: Could be Barry Bonds.
RUSH: Well, yes, but it's not Barry Bonds I'm referring to. Well, actually Tom Brady graduated there, too, but Bill Keller, the editor of the New York Times is from San Mateo. I don't know if he went to Junípero Serra High School.
CALLER: Perhaps he takes steroids.
RUSH: Perhaps he needs 'em.
CALLER: Hey, I've got an interesting perspective, I want your thoughts on it. My first vote was for Reagan, and I've been a lifelong conservative, but in looking at this crop to vote for, I certainly have a very difficult time voting for McCain, and I don't see that any one of them would ever be able to pull the troops out just because I don't think that the Democrats would ever have the cojones to do it because they don't want to hang that millstone around their own neck.
RUSH: That's exactly my theory, too, and they've all said this in debates at one time or another. They have all said they could not pledge to have the troops out of there by 2013 when the first term was over. Well, I think that's true, I don't think that they would pull out, and they're certainly not going to saddle themselves with defeat, the situation in Iraq is such that if somebody wanted to claim victory right now, they couldn't pull 'em out.
RUSH: But, beyond that, did you hear this whopper Obama told last night in the debate?
CALLER: What is that?
RUSH: I want you to listen to this with me, Eric.
OBAMA: I heard from an Army captain, who was the head of a rifle platoon, supposed to have 39 men in a rifle platoon, ended up being sent to Afghanistan with 24 because 15 of soldiers had been sent to Iraq, and, as a consequence, they didn't have enough ammunition, they didn't have enough Humvees. They were actually capturing Taliban weapons because it was easier to get Taliban weapons than it was for them to get properly equipped by our current commander-in-chief. Now, that's a consequence of bad judgment, and, you know, the question is, on the critical issues that we face right now, who's going to show the judgment to lead?
RUSH: Did you hear that?
CALLER: Well, I certainly didn't know that George Bush was personally handing out ammunition --
RUSH: Do you even believe that? He was not asked for one bit of evidence to support it. He was not asked to name the Army captain.
RUSH: Now, the problem with Obama when it comes to foreign policy goes way beyond Iraq, and that is this guy can't wait to work his messianic magic on the thugs and dictators of the world from Ahmadinejad to Bashar Assad, to Putin, to whoever's running the ChiComs when Obama would get there. What's dangerous is Obama thinks his own country is the problem in the world. Not these guys. And he thinks that the power of his personality and his messianic Second Coming aura will be able to convince these guys that we mean them no harm. It's naïve, it's childlike, it's junior high conflict resolution, and he wants to bring it to the oval orifice.
CALLER: Well, my take on him is that, you know, he talks a good game when he's by himself, and he's been, you know, a leader from the point of view of one of many who's never had to make an individual decision, you know, never had to be individually responsible. So these guys always talk a big game when they're hiding in a group. But when they're leader, you know, of the free world, all of a sudden everybody is looking at you and the decisions are for real. And I think that he's highly pliable, both by his party, but also by the American people when it comes to having to do what's needed to be done by the president regardless of all the --
RUSH: Very risky, very risky theory. You don't know that. You're just guessing.
CALLER: Well, you know, I am guessing, but --
RUSH: If we can't take people at their word, if we can't judge them on what -- I went through this in 1992 with Clinton, and people were making up what they thought Clinton would do despite the fact that Clinton couldn't tell the truth to save his life during the campaign, despite the fact he was lying about the economy, lying about pretty much everything. People wanted to look past that because they wanted him to be what they wanted him to be, and they thought he would be once he got to Washington.
CALLER: Are you saying that any one of these three candidates somehow doesn't fall under that same umbrella?
RUSH: Well, yeah, Mrs. Clinton is probably a known quantity, and that suggests we don't vote for her.
RUSH: Very much a known quantity. Senator McCain, sadly, is also a known quantity, especially the last eight years. Now, the years prior to that, Senator McCain behaved in a totally different way, ideologically and politically, but after he lost the presidential primary in 2000, I mean, you go look, Ann Coulter did this, they boast about his 82% American Conservative Union rating, but it's in the low sixties or high fifties in the last eight years.
CALLER: My take on it is that, you know, you can call him a known quantity but I think that the known quantity for all of them is that they're driven by their egos, not by principle.
RUSH: Well, yeah, okay, in these three guys' cases, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. That's bad, too.
CALLER: It is. It's the worst crop I've ever seen.
RUSH: Yeah. Two of them say it's my turn, and the other one is saying, God's anointed me.
CALLER: Let me ask you this. And this is a strange --
RUSH: Ten seconds.
CALLER: Okay. Is it worth it to have Barack Obama be president in order to get the civil rights issue off the table once and forever?
RUSH: That's a great question, because it won't get the civil rights issue off the table. I had some black voters tell me that earlier this week. "Don't think you're going to be so lucky, Rush."
RUSH: Our last caller asked a really good question: "If Obama gets elected president, wouldn't it be good to just get this done, Rush, then we could end those civil rights squabbles that we're having?" It wouldn't do that, folks, it wouldn't do that. It might even exacerbate them. Let me explain how. It takes somebody like me who can read the stitches on the fastball. Let us fast forward to January of 2009, Obama has been inaugurated president and he proposes his first bit of legislation. Let's say that it's -- I don't know -- some civil rights-oriented thing, and a bunch of people start howling. You know that the race industry can't wait for this. Any criticism of Obama, the first black president, is going to be met with charges of racism by the likes of the Reverends Jackson and Sharpton. It will make their race business all that much more prominent. It will operate on the premise that half of this country is seething, can't believe this has happened and they're going to fix this somehow, cannot believe there's a black man in the White House and a black woman in the residence. That will be the theme that the race business operates on. It will be full of presumptuousness and projection, but it will propel it.
We aren't going to get rid of the civil rights squabbles in this country in our lifetime, folks, I don't care if Obama is elected president, isn't going to happen, until the Democrat Party -- and this isn't going to happen, either -- until the Democrat Party decides to tell Jackson and Sharpton, you're out. Until the Democrat Party doesn't need 90% of the black vote in order to win the presidency we're always going to have the civil rights movement and we're always going to have the Democrat Party pandering. (interruption) Well, that will be the first week, Snerdley, yes. He's talking about, remember when General Dinkins was elected mayor for life in New York City. Was it actually when he won the mayoralty, or was this primaries? Yeah, I'll never forget this. All the tabloids in New York -- I was there -- Dinkins wins, and the morning after the election the newspapers were filled with stories such as, the birds are chirping louder today, the panhandlers are nicer, the sun seems brighter. I'm not kidding. This and more was in the papers. Then General Dinkins started being criticized. Oh... and exactly what I said will happen with Obama started happening with General Dinkins. History will repeat itself.
So as long as the Democrat Party thrives on the civil rights movement, which is made up of much more than just African-American issues, by the way, then there will always be civil rights problems. They manufacture 'em. They invent them. Don't you understand, the Democrat Party exists to keep people mad. The Democrat Party exists to keep this country in chaos. That's the only way the Democrats think that they can profit, is from chaos. Don't forget it, folks. A happy country is the worst thing that could happen for the Democrats. What's good for America is bad for them. What's bad for America is good for them. Look at how they're running. They're running on a platform, a stool that's got one leg: America sucks. America has failed. America is over. America is not exceptional. America is the problem. There's always been the-blame-America-first-faction in the Democrat Party. It has now gotten close to securing the party's nomination for the presidency of the United States.