RUSH: Here's Greg in Nashua, New Hampshire. You're next on the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. Based on what you're saying about the Republican Party abandoning a large chunk of the American population -- including conservatives -- or even being any real opposition to the Democrats on Obamacare and apparently everything else, I'm wondering whether Sarah Palin's recent gambit that if the GOP... I think she calls them the GOP brain trust on the Greta show. If the GOP is indeed abandoning her as well as a large swath of American voters, she's going independent. Palin is a prominent Republican. Even beyond what Ted Cruz or Mike Lee has said, she's broached the topic of going outside the GOP if need be, and maybe she's right on target there. Maybe she can lead the way out of this conundrum of the Dems and the GOP, apparently, being joined at the hip, at least on Obamacare and probably a lot more.
RUSH: Well, you mean by going third party?
CALLER: Yeah, or thing if... Turn the party over to her she'll go third.
RUSH: Now, wait a minute. I think I mighta missed something. Nobody is gonna turn the party over to anyone.
CALLER: Well, what I mean is she's saying if they don't give the party to the conservatives to run this, then the GOP is gonna run into another disaster like they did with Romney, like they did with McCain, like they did with Bob Dole. And that basically this is a time, she's saying, laying down the gambit (sic) now saying that she'll go third party. She'll go independent, and maybe this is a time when an independent third-party run can win.
RUSH: Oh. Oh. I see. Back to that. There is no evidence that a third party wins.
CALLER: Rush, can I tell you something? Maybe don't call it a third party. Call it "the new second party." Just like when the Republican Party was born, when the old party went the way of the Whigs, that basically the conservatives... What you really got here is --
RUSH: You know what that is? That would be taking over the Republican Party --
CALLER: That's what I was just kind of saying.
RUSH: -- which is what has to happen.
CALLER: That's what I was saying initially. In other words, you really got Washington, the establishment, against the American people. The current Republican establishment is tied at the hip with the Democrats. So basically you've got a new second party, really forming around what Sarah Palin is saying, and she could be the titular leader. She's the head of it.
RUSH: So you're excited about Sarah Palin maybe providing the impetus and the leadership at least titular for a new Republican Party?
CALLER: I think she's the most prominent one. I keep saying if she gets out there, like when she was on the Greta show the other day talking about it... If she can get out there, I think... I mean, obviously she provokes a lot of emotion in people pro and con, but if she can get out there and get her message across, I think they're afraid of her in Washington.
RUSH: I don't doubt that.
CALLER: Republicans and Democrats are afraid of her and what's got a new --
RUSH: They're not gonna cede -- c-e-d-e -- anything to her, or to anybody else, for that matter.