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RUSH: This is Paul in Burlington, Connecticut, as we go back to the phones. Great to have you, sir. Hello.

CALLER: Thanks, Rush. Thanks for taking my call.

RUSH: Yes.

CALLER: I take exception to the painting of the Democrats advocating defeat. But I think you know that most of the people, not all of them, there’s a —

RUSH: Wait! Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa! Don’t tell me what I think I know. I know what I know. You won’t till I tell you.

CALLER: Okay. Here’s what I think. Most of these people think that the victory is not attainable, the same way that Ed Meese did and James Baker. I’ll bet you a Club Gitmo T-shirt that at the end of the day when President Bush pulls up stakes, that he will achieve something which no reasonable person will call victory. We will have wasted lives to preserve his legacy. I think the people that want out want (out) because they don’t think it’s winnable, not because they want America defeated.

RUSH: You know, you’re a great call, and I’m actually glad you took the time to call, because you are the role model. You are the microcosm of today’s liberal Democrat. A, you don’t recognize defeat when you want it. You can’t deny they want defeat. They want surrender. They own it. That’s exactly what this is about. It’s so bad that the Democrats cannot afford victory to take place. But beyond that, you know what’s really shameful to me and what is truly, truly disappointing is that you, an American, do not think victory is possible in this for the United States of America. If you don’t think victory is possible, there’s one opposite to victory, and that’s defeat.

You think we can only lose. You want us to lose. You’re telling yourself, you got your brain all tied in knots telling yourself, ‘No, no, no. This is not about defeat, not about surrender. We can’t win. This is about securing Bush’s legacy,’ and so forth. You think anything other than victory is going to secure any kind of a decent legacy for George W. Bush, given who writes legacies these days and who writes the history? You and people like you are truly frightening and sad and disappointing, and I feel sorry for you. When I actually stop to think that there are Americans like you, I get depressed, because you do not represent the traditions and the ideals and the institutions that have defined this country’s greatness.

If you keep propagating (and you won’t because of abortion) and you keep making more and more of you people who think the way you do, our country and the way it’s always been and its future is threatened. If you people get your hands in total control of this country — and you have yourselves convinced that we don’t face an enemy, that we’re at war with the enemy, that the enemy is only the enemy because we’ve made them mad — we are truly in deep doo-doo. I go through this mixture of emotions of feeling sorry for people like you because you sound otherwise intelligent. You can speak and you can do so grammatically correctly, so it seems to me you ought to be able to figure things out, but you’re so warped out there that it’s frightening and saddens me. It’s just very sad, at the same time.

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