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I Was Warned About Justice Roberts


RUSH:  Okay.  Here we go to the phones to Chuck in South Bend, Indiana.  Welcome, sir.  Great to have you here.  Hello.

CALLER:  Good afternoon, Rush.

RUSH:  Hi, Chuck.

CALLER:  Quintuple caller dittos.  Good to talk to you again.

RUSH:  Thank you, sir.

CALLER:  That would have been fifth time, for those of you in Rio Linda.  I was calling about the justices, but you've gotten to so many other subjects, you said time is flying here.  Can you just remind us all of your anniversary that's coming up real quick and what that anniversary means?  Did you leave Sacramento on a Monday on one station?

RUSH:  You know, I wasn't even thinking it, the anniversary. I assume you mean the anniversary of the program.

CALLER:  Correct.

RUSH:  Yeah, August 1st will be the 26th, and I had somebody ask me about it. We did our 25th anniversary and didn't do a big deal of it. We did a big deal on the 20th, did not repeat a whole big wallapalooza on the 25th, but somebody sent me a note last night. "Rush, are you into your 26th year?"  I had to stop and think.

"Yeah."  I don't.  It all seems like yesterday to me, and when I think back to things that have happened in the program in the past, like '92-'93? That's ancient, but it seems like yesterday to me.  It's just gonna be another day this year. There's nothing noteworthy about the 26th anniversary other than making it there.

CALLER:  But when you say you went national, was it one station that went to 300 or what?

RUSH:  No, we went from one station to 56. 

CALLER:  Okay.

RUSH:  And then we built from the 56.

CALLER:  Would AM 960 in South Bend be one of those?

RUSH:  I forget our original station in South Bend.  It was owned by a man and wife who hosted me on a trip out there.  They said, "We're gonna introduce you to Lou Holtz." They took me to Lou Holtz's office and he wasn't there, so I shook hands with the desk. They were a real nice couple, but they have since sold the station. That's so longing ago... Look I don't want to get in any trouble.

CALLER:  I just want to remind you. I think my partner told me on Wednesday and I listened to you Thursday, so I've been listening since day four.

RUSH:  Okay.  Well, that's close enough. I mean, you can say you were there from the beginning and be accurate.

CALLER:  Yeah, 'cause most people call and tell you the year, and I wanted to tell you the day.

RUSH:  Well, most people can tell us what they were doing at the precise in a moment they first heard this program.

CALLER:  I was on the 11th story of the LaSalle Building across from the Burger King in my building.

RUSH:  See?  People remember.  No question about it.  Okay, so?

CALLER:  So, the justices. 

RUSH:  The justices.

CALLER:  As Tina Fey playing Sarah Palin says, "I can see where Justice Roberts went to high school from my backyard."  He went to school at La Lumiere, and a lot of people in South Bend know him and were proud that he became justice.

RUSH:  Mmm-hmm.

CALLER:  So we're just scratching our heads. In my mind, it seems like he dug and dug to find an excuse to make it legal.

RUSH:  Let me tell you a short story, and I've gotta do this with no names.  Privacy is paramount when people tell me things. If it's off the record, it's off the record.  This was not off the record, but I not gonna mention any names.  But this goes back to the confirmation hearings of Justice Roberts.  I was taken aside by a noted court authority who said, "You know, you guys are all worried about Kennedy being bought and paid for by Washington Post Style page articles. Kennedy's not the guy you gotta look out for.  Roberts is." 

I said, "What are you talking about?" 

"Just keep a sharp eye.  Roberts is the guy who's gonna care what the media says."

That was during the confirmation hearings, and then, lo and behold -- and it wasn't just care about what the media says.  You know, Roberts is a legacy guy. By the way, this was not a criticism of Roberts.  This was not somebody telling me, "Be careful! Don't support this guy." It was not that at all.  It was just somebody telling me and making a prediction himself.

He said, "If you think you're getting a rock solid, rigid, inflexible for the good conservative, that's not who he is, Rush.  I just want you to know."

I can't tell you who told me, I'm not gonna do that, but it was a noted court expert. What does the media say? It's a "close source to the person who's not authorized to speak," talking to me. I took the pledge of anonymity or whatever they say. That's what this is.  It was not the same person who told me that the justices do not collaborate and do not try to persuade each other.  Two different people.  I know a lot of people, folks.  I know it's thought that I'm a hermit, but I know a lot of people, 'cause they seek me out.  I don't bother anybody. 



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