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RUSH: George in South Windsor, Connecticut, you're first on the phones. Great to have you here, sir, hello.

CALLER: Yeah, Rush, you know, the first and only time I did order your tea, by the way, was during the last contest, and I have to say: It was everything you said. Taste, the packaging, how quick it came. So I like it.

RUSH: I'm glad to hear that. It is. (chuckles) You know, people would expect me to say it's the best simply because it's got my name and my visage of Rush Revere on it, but it is. It's just it's every time we taste it ourselves... We're really proud of it. Let's just leave it at that. We're very, very proud of it and I appreciate your comments on it.

CALLER: Yes, it is good. You give a lot of things away but that's when I'd choose if I got a gift from you but I'll tell you why I called: Like you, I don't like the media picking my candidate. There's so many issues out there, you can't find one candidate, one Republican candidate stands for all. So I say the three most important that are a winner for any Republican candidate are: One, jobs and the economy; two, energy independence which gives you jobs and a better economy; and, three, repealing Obamacare -- and again he's into the first one in terms of jobs and the economy. Just those three things, and I don't care what Republican you put out there, but running on just those three items, don't get sidetracked with Social Security and all that other, if you run on those three, and you will win hands down.

RUSH: Well, those are three really important things to stay focused on. They all are related economically. They can all can be boiled down and put under that umbrella, every
 aspect that you mentioned. Now, I'm like with you: I don't like the media picking our candidates, either, and I actually don't think that's going to happen. You'd make a great campaign manager: Keeping people focused on what's important. The Social Security and Ponzi scheme stuff was important when it was referred to as a Ponzi scheme, and everybody dumps on Perry. It was important to point out all the other people throughout history who have referred to it that way, and I also think that sometimes some people look at illegal immigration as a sidetrack issue in this campaign.

"No, don't go there. Stay focused on the economy." But even illegal immigration is an issue that comes underneath that economy umbrella. But there's a more important aspect to illegal immigration. I touched on it last week, and this cannot be said enough. As far as presidential politics is concerned, it boils down to 235 electoral votes. However you get there, you need 235 electoral votes. Now, the Republican Party surrenders before a vote is even cast two huge states: New York and California. They are lost. Now, New York 9 and the election results there could be a harbinger of potential change in New York state, but you can't count on it -- and I don't know how much money Republicans are gonna spend campaigning in New York during the presidential race.

California, for all practical purposes, is gone. Therefore we can't lose Texas. From a presidential politics, Electoral College point of view. You just can't. If the Republicans cede New York, California, and Texas before the election even starts -- if those three states are thrown out -- we're cooked, and it doesn't matter what issues we're running on. It doesn't matter. They could nominate Alfred E. Newman, and as long as their voters show up and vote for Alfred E. Newman as long as he's got a (D) by his name, that's all that's gonna matter. No issue is gonna matter.

So how does this relate to illegal immigration? Well, Texas has a lot of it -- and Texas politics, from the governor on down, is its own separate animal on this issue because of the length of the border and all the other issues that come with it. Perry and his in-state tuition business is simply his way of trying to get Hispanic votes in Texas. Now, most people look at that and they just can't abide it and some people are willing to throw Perry overboard and off the bus because of it. George W. Bush was, in a political sense, in bed with as many Hispanic organizations as he could in order to get some of that vote in Texas. So there's all kinds of compromises have to be made down the road.


RUSH: I want to give you an example here of what I'm talking about, 'cause I don't want to be misunderstood about this. I don't want anybody to think that I am softening my position on illegal immigration here. Don't think that. But presidential politics is what it is. Barack Obama is counting on attracting and getting the vast majority of the Hispanic vote, and we know how. You know, you look at the story that the Politico has today about Obama and the independents not liking what they're hearing and seeing, the independents running away from Obama. He doesn't really care at the end of the day. What he's focused on is dependents. He needs and wants to create as many dependent-on-him people as he can. And that's how he looks at Hispanics, it's how he looks at every minority.

Here, listen to sound bite 28. This is Obama. Remember, now, this is an annual address, the president always addresses the General Assembly of the United Nations. Traditionally this speech is always a lecture from the United States to the rest of the world about freedom and human rights, standing up for freedom, defending liberty, and spreading it. That's traditionally been the message. And presidents have not shied away from warning the thugs and the dictators around the world that they have an enemy, that they have an obstacle in their way, that it is the United States. I mean heavy, weighty, serious matters of grave concern that have to do with tyranny, torture, the basic squalor that most humans encounter in their daily lives, the unabashed pride in describing American exceptionalism, which this president does not share. This is traditionally what this address to the General Assembly is all about.

We don't get anything like that from Barack Obama. We get a collection of "I did this" and "I said that" and "I am going to this" and "I made that happen" and "I caused this to happen" and "I'm going to cause that to happen." On the one hand he goes out and tries to take credit for the Arab Spring. On the other hand he blames the Arab Spring for the current economic malaise our country. So he's all over the board. There is no sincerity, not even any seriousness. What we got today from Obama was a campaign speech. Here's a little sound bite of 15 seconds that illustrates it.

OBAMA: No country should deny people their rights to freedom of speech and freedom of religion, but also no country should deny people their rights because of who they love, which is why we must stand up for the rights of gays and lesbians everywhere.

RUSH: Now, I'm not opposed to that, but this is not the forum for this. This trivializes what the United Nations is about. And once again a potentially really good forum for a president of the United States to establish, set an agenda and so forth, has been corrupted here and used as a campaign opportunity. So Obama is intent on, I think, around the world creating as many dependent people on him, his party, as he can. And the Hispanic vote, it's clear, it's how he looks at it. He's not interested in their prosperity. He's not interested in their economic growth. He's interested in how they vote, pure and simple. And that's true of every other constituency in the Democrat Party, and you look at the those constituency groups and you tell me where they're making any economic progress.

Once the Democrat Party has put you under their wing, you are in trouble. If they become your official defenders, you don't have a prayer. So it takes me back to this whole point
 about not losing Texas. Now, people got ticked off at Perry for his in-state tuition policy for children of illegals in the state of Texas. It's a tough thing because we can't afford to lose Texas and those electoral votes because Florida is not a lock and Ohio is never a lock. But Texas right now is for us. We can't lose it. We can't lose New York and California and Texas, 'cause then nothing else matters, it's over.

I remember when I lived in Sacramento there was a senatorial race out there, Alan Cranston, the incumbent, who, if he were alive today, would fit right in with the extremist bent, the Marxist leanings of today's Democrat Party. He was a forerunner, a front-runner. The guy that won the Republican primary that year to run against him was a guy named Ed Zschau, and he lived in the Bay Area, and Ed Zschau was not a full-fledged conservative. He was better than a RINO, though, but he was pro-choice. This resulted in a lot of Republicans just not even showing up to vote. So Cranston won reelection. And the Republicans, "I can't vote for a guy that's pro-choice." That mattered to them. Turnout on the Republican side was low, Cranston was reelected.

Shortly thereafter, I forget, it might have been the Bork confirmation hearing, something came up. If we had had another Republican vote in the Senate -- might have been Bork, this is the eighties now, my memory on this is a little foggy -- but if we had had Zschau in the Senate and not Cranston, and Zschau could have won if the Republicans had shown up and voted, it was that close, then we wouldn't have had a bunch of grief that did ensue from being one vote shy. I forget specifically what it was. I think it was the Bork. It'll come to me at some point. I'm not saying that I changed my mind on illegal immigration. I'm trying to explain why a guy like Perry might have a policy. And, by the way, George W. Bush, you'll recall that Bush and Karl Rove both thought meaningful comprehensive immigration reform was the way to make the Republican Party a majority party forever, and that was one of their motivations behind their comprehensive immigration reform objectives.

And people said, "Why does Bush have such affection, adoration for the Hispanics?" And Jeb Bush in Florida, same thing. Bush is governor of Texas, it's an issue there that's higher on the priority list than it is in other places. Well, yeah, look at Prop 187, is another example, too. That's California where the people of the state, in California, en masse, voted, and said we're not any longer gonna use our tax dollars to provide the education, welfare, health care and all that for the children of illegals, just can't afford it. Federal judge threw it out saying that people basically didn't know what they were doing and it was unconstitutional and who do you think you are, we in the judiciary run this country, not you voters, (raspberry) you.

It really is tough and all this stems from this caller saying, "Look, there are three issues," and all of the issues he mentioned are all related about economics, and illegal immigration of course has economic implications as well, but there's far more, cultural, border, security, all kinds of things. I'm not defending Perry. I'm just saying that there is something to think about in all this. We desperately have to get the Democrat Party out of power. That is at the top of the priority list and there's nothing else close to it because so much is associated with it. We've got to have control of the Senate, and we have to get rid of Obama. There cannot be somebody with a D next to their name as president. If that happens, if Obamacare isn't repealed, if a number of these agenda items that have been put into place are not stopped and rolled back, we're gonna be dealing with a different country than you and I have ever seen. And it's one that we have never envisioned, we've feared, but we never envisioned it as actually something coming to pass, and it's in the process of coming to pass.


RUSH: We constantly have to try to put things in perspective here, folks. Even here at the EIB Institute for Ideological Purity, we gotta face some realities. I just got an e-mail: "What do you mean? How could we ever lose Texas?" How could we ever lose California? We used to own California! Ronald Reagan was governor, then coming out of there as president, the eighties. It wasn't 30 years ago we owned California. How could we lose Texas? It does seem like a stretch right now, but, for crying out loud, to think that it's not possible is a little shortsighted.



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