RUSH: Here A.J. in Chicago. Hi, A.J. Welcome to the program.
CALLER: (badly garbled) Hello. How are you?
RUSH: Well, A.J., I'm pretty good.
CALLER: I'm on the Rush Limbaugh Show. This is my first address to the nation, as a famous man once said at CPAC.
RUSH: As a famous...?
CALLER: ...man once said that CPAC.
RUSH: I can't understand what he's saying. What's he saying?
CALLER: This is my first address to the nation.
RUSH: Oh, as a caller, this is your first address. Well, that's not what callers do. Callers don't get to address the nation on this program.
CALLER: Well (unintelligible), I have a small bone to pick with you, Rush.
RUSH: (muffled mumbling) "What are you saying, A.J.? I can't understand a word you're saying! I'm sorry, I can't understand, A.J. I don't want to talk to you anymore, A.J. I just don't want to talk to you." Our transcription couldn't keep up with him. I don't know. I could not understand what he was saying. To the audio sound bites we go. No, I know what he was going to say. I'll tell you what he was gonna say. I didn't have the patience to stick with it.
I'll tell you what he told Snerdley. He was going to say in his first address to the nation that since I "never" criticized George Bush's spending that I'm not a real conservative; I'm not a legitimate conservative. That's what he wanted to say. Where do you take that? "Okay, A.J., when did you last beat your wife?" You know, where do you go with that? Sit here and document for him all the times I criticized Bush?
Recount all the times I criticized Bush for a whole host of things, for not responding to the Democrats, for creating a brand-new entitlement? What is that, if that's not criticizing Bush for spending? Medicare Part B! I can't tell you the number of times I had emissaries from the Bush administration call me and come down here trying to get my mind right. Immigration?
They sent old Tom DeLay! They had him call me. "You're understanding this wrong, Medicare Part B."
I said, "Tom, it looks like it's a brand-new entitlement. It's just not what Republicans do."
"It's not! It's market based. It's private sector."
"It's the federal government mandating it, Tom! It's a new entitlement. This is not what we do."
Well, I'd just as soon tell you that rather than try to muddle through (muffled mumbling). It sounded like he stars on The Bridge. No offense, A.J. It was your phone line. It wasn't you.