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EIB UPDATE: Jenny Ballantine has agreed to be our guest on Thursday’s show at 12:30ET


RUSH: Back to John Edwards. More sound bites here. Edwards in Durham, New Hampshire, at the University of New Hampshire. He held a town meeting. An audience member named Jenny Ballantine stood up. Now, as you listen to this, I want you to remember the brilliant monologues of yesterday, where I described for you why people not see the repeated errors of Democrats? How come Democrats never get chastised for the mistakes they make? They’re wrong about a lot of things but yet they’re continually portrayed in the Drive-Bys as omnipotent and powerful and successful and they’re just always right, and how come people don’t see this? I described for you some average Americans who are just sponges that think. They think everything is about them, and their woes and their guilt and their fears is all they care about, and those fears, those woes, and that guilt is fueled every day by the Democrat Party and the Drive-Bys. I want you to listen to this question at the Edwards town meeting from an audience member named Jenny Ballantine.

BALLANTINE: I need to be able to look to my leader and see words of encouragement, words of hope. I need to be able to trust that person. I need to be able to know that I’m going to be grow in a world that’s not going to be full of hate and prejudice and racism and to know that I matter, that I wasn’t just dumped in this world for no particular reason whatsoever.

RUSH: Stop the tape! Now, ‘I need to know that I matter,’ and of course that’s one of the things that makes the global warming scare sell, because you tell these people that they matter by making them the ones to fix the problem, and so this woman is a prime, prime, prime sponge to soak up all this global warming stuff. She’ll be out there buying fluorescents, compacts, or whatever they are, she’ll be driving a Prius when she can afford one because she wants to matter — and what about this, ‘I don’t want to feel like I was just dumped in this world for no particular reason whatsoever’? This poor woman, where were her parents? She was born into this world. We all have a purpose. We all have a reason. But somebody’s not told her of hers. Nobody has even put the idea in her mind. She just feels like she’s a wandering island floating aimlessly, which is probably true, in her case — and of course here are the buzzwords. She ‘needs to be able to know that she’s going to grow in a world that’s not full of hate and prejudice and racism.’ Has she ever studied any history? Does she know any history? What utopian idealism! She has no concept of basic human nature. Yet she looks at herself already as a victim, and she can’t do anything about this. She doesn’t want to grow up in a world like that — and guess to whom she’s looking for all these problems to be fixed? Here’s the rest of her question.

BALLANTINE: I’m busting my ass in school, I work 25 to 30 hours a week, and it’s just me and my dog. So what can you do for the people that are in my situation, that are trying their damnedest in school, wanting to go to grad school, is going to be hit with the loans — and, uh, I have no idea what I want to do when I grow up. I don’t know what I want to be when I’m an adult. But I’m 22 right now, so people are like, ‘Honey, you are an adult.’ You know what? It’s about me. It’s about me voting for you or supporting somebody who’s going to be the next president. So it’s all about me right now. Just give me something.

RUSH: And there, ladies and gentlemen, is the answer to the question you were asking me yesterday. You think this is not a prime sponge to soak up all of this tripe that she hear and reads? She already has soaked it up. ‘Give me something.’ You, Mr. Edwards, give me something. ‘It is about me,’ she said. She’s not even a baby boomer. You could understand this if it was a baby boomer saying this. Here is the answer that came from John Edwards, and it was pathetic. So Elizabeth has to jump in here and save the day and the answer.

EDWARDS: God bless you. If I were choosing a president, uh, that’s what I’d be doing. I’d be looking for the specifics of what they want to do, because that matters, but I would also be judging them personally, because we need to trust our president.

MRS. EDWARDS: I want to say something, too. I was really impressed with you Jenny Ballantine and I think probably everybody in this room was, and I want everybody in this room who believes that Jenny Ballantine is going to be able to do it to give her a round of applause. (Applause.)

EDWARDS: You see now why I let her tag along to these things.

RUSH: I have to take a break, but this is worth… I could do an hour analyzing this answer, not her question. I could do an hour analyzing Edwards, not even his wife. He just heard this woman say, ‘It’s about me,’ and he turned around, his answer to her was: No, it’s about me. (Laughing.) But let’s go back. This is not a first. Shall we go back to March 30th, 1993, from my Television Show, I played this sound bite from October 15th of 1992. This was the presidential debate, Perot, Clinton and Bush 41 in Richmond, Virginia.

THE PONYTAILED GUY: The focus of my work is domestic mediation, is meeting the needs of the children that I work with by way of their parents and not the wants of their parents, and I ask the three of you, how can we as symbolically the children of the future president expect the two of you, the three of you to meet our needs?

RUSH: That’s the famous Ponytail Guy from the Richmond debate in 1992. These presidential candidates are our fathers, the president’s going to be our father, and what can we expect from our father, you, to meet our needs? This is just another way of wording the same question you just heard from Jenny Ballantine at the University of New Hampshire.


RUSH: I want to put out an all points bulletin for Jenny Ballantine, who participated yesterday in Durham, New Hampshire, the town meeting for the Edwardses at the University of New Hampshire. Because Jenny Ballantine, if you are there, or if anybody in the audience knows Jenny Ballantine, I would love to genuinely discuss your question, your comments to the Edwardses. I don’t have a tape of the entire answer that you got from the Edwardses. Whatever they said is not relevant. This is not going to be about them. Jenny Ballantine says at the end of her question, ‘It’s about me. It’s about me voting for you or supporting somebody who’s going to be the next president, so it’s all about me right now.’ Jenny, if you want it to be about you, I would love to talk to you about you, on the up and up. You represent, Jenny Ballantine, a portion of the population of this country that has a lot of potential, but nobody’s told you, and you’re relying on others for this potential, and it’s a sad thing.

I don’t know if it’s the relativist society that we live in or whatever it is, but if anybody out there in New Hampshire knows this Jenny Ballantine, please get hold of her. We want to talk to her at 800-282-2882. Seriously, non-confrontationally, she deserves to have answers. She’s obviously got questions. She has angst. She has dilemmas. She has a clouded view of her future — and she, frankly, needs a little inspiration, and it doesn’t sound like she’s received much in her life. I would crave, I would welcome the opportunity to talk to her about the things that she mentioned to the Edwardses, and again, the conversation I have with her, if it happens, will not be about the Edwardses, won’t be about Republicans or Democrats, it won’t be about the presidential race. It would have nothing to do with that. I must say, though, that Edwards answer… I don’t even know if he heard what she said.

‘I’m busting my ass going to school. I work 25, 30 hours a week. It’s just me and my dog. I need to know there’s not going to be any racism or sexism, prejudice, or hate. I need to know that I matter, that I wasn’t just dumped in this world for no particular reason whatsoever.’ I can’t tell you how that makes me feel, to read that somebody thinks of herself as being ‘dumped in the world for no particular reason.’ That is… I don’t know. Sad. It’s terribly sad. But Edwards’ answer was, ‘Well, God bless you. If I were choosing a president, that’s what I’d be doing, I’d be looking at the specifics of what they want to do because that matters, because I would also be judging them personally, because we need to trust our president.’ I mean, there’s one cliché after another in this answer, and Elizabeth had to step in there and save the day and make the answer about this woman, because Edwards was making it about himself. He has an excuse. He’s a baby boomer. Plus, he’s running for president. That is one of the most telling exchanges, and it’s one of the most vapid. It’s transparent. It was just totally empty, and it’s left a gnawing in my gut to try to fix it.


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