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Low-Info Crowd Thinks They Know It All

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We move on to Lucy, San Pedro, California.  Hi.  Welcome to the EIB Network.

CALLER: Hi, Rush.  Thank you for taking my call.  I'm so thrilled to talk to you, but I'll make it short 'cause I don't want to take up your time.  In the focus group -- I didn't watch the Obama speech.  I couldn't stomach it.  But I did watch Hannity, as you said, and watched the focus group.  There was one gentleman in the back, an elderly man, that said, "We are spending too much and we're gonna pay the piper," or something to that effect.  And the other people, I couldn't get over how they voted for Romney yet they liked Obama.  I'm like you, I'm really puzzled.  But you cleared it up, you really did.

RUSH:  Thank you.  I was puzzled, too.  I'm not puzzled now.  But I have a new source of puzzlement, now.  I mean, this clears one thing up, but it clouds a lot of other things.

CALLER:  By the way, bless you, health and happiness to you always.  You're a great man.  You made me interested in politics.

RUSH:  Thank you.  I appreciate that, thank you so much.

CALLER:  I live in liberal California union town and everyone I deal with makes fun of me for what I believe, my friends, my family, and I'm really so glad to hear you every day.  You give me hope.

RUSH:  It's hard to live that way, I know. 

CALLER:  I know it is.

RUSH:  See, that's what the Republicans in Washington go through.  They're made fun of and they're laughed at. Compromising your beliefs so that people won't laugh at you and make fun of you, that's the easiest route.  Washington is a town that, you know, the Democrats, the liberals run the business side, they run the political side, they run the social side, they run every aspect.  And the Republicans in Washington are just like you in San Pedro, laughed at, made fun of, thought of to be nerds and hayseeds, that Bar Refaeli doesn't want to have anything to do with, unlike the nerd in the Super Bowl commercial.  Many of them just decide they don't want to be laughed at and made fun of anymore.  So they become RINOs.  It doesn't happen overnight, but this is one of the explanations for it.  Thank you so much for your nice words, Lucy.

We will be back.

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RUSH:  Mike, Flint, Michigan.  Hello, sir.  Great to have you on the program.  Hi.

CALLER:  Hi, Rush.  Great to be with you.  I just want to say, I love my wife but I also want to say, in addition to constantly campaigning, Democrat politicians create a Flint consciousness in low-information voters that keeps them confused by saying things like they want to promote entrepreneur for the little guy while at the same time demonizing successful entrepreneurs.

RUSH:  Yeah, now, you say that they are creating a split by keeping them confused.

CALLER:  Right.  They don't lead. They don't say what's right or wrong.  They say, we want to help, we want to tolerate everybody, but we don't tolerate people who don't believe the way we do.  So like you were saying, a lot of the politicians want to be loved, so they try to bend towards them.

RUSH:  No, I'm just wondering how confused the low-information -- I don't think they're confused at all.  I think they think they understand it.  I don't think they're confused.  You think they should be confused, and they ought to be.  I mean, here comes Obama, who runs around and rips entrepreneurs who have been very successful to shreds, and then in the next sentence promotes the concept.  He rips entrepreneurs, they're not paying their fair share, they're acting against the best interests of the society at large, and then in the next breath he's telling you how you can become one. 

I don't think that they end up being confused.  I think that they do think there's a bifurcation. That the evil rich are exactly as Obama described them, but the people who Obama's talking to, they can become entrepreneurs, they never think they're gonna become those evil people.  They're not gonna become mean to people. They're not gonna deny them health care. They wouldn't deny them a job. So I don't think they're confused.  I know what you're saying.  I don't mean to nitpick, but I don't think that they end up being confused. 

I talk to these low-information people.  They think they understand everything.  They think they know it all.  They think I'm the one that doesn't know what's really going on.  In fact, I am part of the problem, because, A, I'm a conservative, and, B, they think I've been this wildly successful guy that doesn't understand what life is like for them, all this racism, sexism, bigotry cliche stuff that attaches to conservatism.  As I run into these people, they don't know they're low-information.  It's like when Romney made his 47% comment, the people he was talking about don't know that it was them he was talking about.  They had to be told that Romney was insulting them.  Because most people don't think of themselves as victims.  Well, not true.  A lot of people do, but for specific activist reasons.  But I appreciate the point and I understand what you mean.  I appreciate the call. 

This is Bill in Lady Lake, Florida.  Great to have you on the EIB Network.  Hi.

CALLER:  Hi, Rush.  This is a real pleasure.

RUSH:  Thank you.

CALLER:  What you've been talking about today, I've got the perfect example, and that's Benghazi.

RUSH:  Yeah?

CALLER:  When Panetta told Obama what was going on, he tells them, "Do what you gotta do," then he runs and hides.  He didn't want any part of that.  He didn't want to make a decision.  He just took off and not to be heard from 'til the next day in Las Vegas, I guess.

RUSH:  Right.  Exactly.  And of course that's perfectly fine.  You are exactly right.  Benghazi, a classic, perfect example.  So Benghazi is happening and Panetta testifies under oath, "Well, Obama told me and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs to do what was necessary to save lives."  Well, who could oppose that?  I mean, that's wonderful.  So Obama says, "Yep, do what you have to do." 

"Did you hear from Obama the rest of the night?"  No, no.  Oh, okay.  Well, therefore, Obama, he did everything that was called for.  He told these people to do whatever they had to do to save lives.  And they tried.  They tried.  And they still had to go to these funerals.  It's a sad thing.  And then that video, that video got everybody all worked up.  See how that works?  You send Susan Rice out there to tell people on six different Sunday shows, "It was the video."  Nobody can find Obama.  Doesn't matter 'cause he's already told people, "Do what you have to do."  But he didn't want to be tied to what happened, and he still doesn't. And you go back to the campaign, it's why we were all pulling our hair out. 

How in the world does he escape accountability for this?  He's the commander-in-chief.  Well, we now know.  He doesn't want any accountability.  It's Susan Rice's problem or Hillary's problem or now Panetta's problem, 'cause he told 'em, "Do what you have to do."  Again, you can't pull this off if you're Obama unless you have a totally compliant, slavish media.  This Benghazi thing, you couldn't pull this off without the media.  But all of this is like Reagan said, "It's not what people don't know that's the problem.  It's what they know that isn't true that's the problem."  And that really is what we are up against. 

The Democrats think the low-information voters aren't gonna notice any of the oddities or inconsistencies of any of this.  And they're probably right.  It's us.  It's the high-information voters who notice.  But we're outnumbered.  Just like the wealthy are outnumbered by the middle class, high-information voters are vastly outnumbered by low-information voters.  And the low-information voters don't even think they are low-information voters.  But it's not what people don't know.  It's what they know that isn't true that is the problem.

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RUSH: Here is another classic illustration of what I have been discussing today: Marco Rubio last night issued a truth. He said that Obama has created more debt than George Bush did in two terms. There's no question it's true. Bill Maher of HBO tweeted, "Wow, what a shameless liar this Rubio guy is. Obama created more debt than Bush? Well, if you don't believe in science, why not math, too?" That's another classic illustration: a low-information TV host who thinks he's smarter than anybody else in the room.

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