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RUSH: This is Debbie in Austin, Texas. Great to have you on the program today.

CALLER: Thanks, Rush. I got a question.

RUSH: Yeah.

CALLER: It needs an honest answer.

RUSH: Well, you’ve called the right place.

CALLER: Yes, that’s why I wanted to ask you.

RUSH: Yes.

CALLER: I wanted to know what the problem with Mormons is. We already know they’re like big Christians, and is it just because they don’t smoke and drink?

RUSH: Oh, I don’t know what it is. I mean that’s the honest answer. I don’t know what it is, but it’s not that they don’t smoke and drink. Look at Mitt Romney. I said that I thought Romney did well last night. I got some e-mail from people saying, ‘Rush, Rush, he’s a Mormon. You know better than this.’ No, I don’t know. I’ve known plenty of Mormons, and I’d rather have a Mormon than a liberal. I’d rather have a Mormon than John Edwards, the next Jimmy Carter, I’d rather have a Mormon than Hillary whatever — well, not Rodham anymore — Clinton.

CALLER: I just — I see —

RUSH: Frankly, I don’t know. I can tell you — the roots are — look, I would have to guess here, and it’s a pretty educated guess. The guess is that it’s rooted in religion and the people that do have a problem are rigid. You got all kinds of religious people, and some of them are more in-depth than others. But it’s not just the people who have had a problem with Mormons. In the past in this country it was a big deal when JFK was elected as a Catholic.

CALLER: Yeah.

RUSH: It is still is. The country would never elect a Jewish president, it is said. We haven’t moved that far. But the specifics with a Mormon, I don’t know. I’m seeing all kinds of news stories about Mormons with these numbers of wives they’ve got, and there’s a new movie out that Robert Novak reviewed about some slaughter the Mormons engaged in 140 years ago, I think. I’m remembering this in a very surface fashion. All I know is that of the Republican candidates in the upper tier, Romney’s the only one that hasn’t been divorced. I’m not trying to be ignorant, but I don’t understand it either.

CALLER: Well, I never knew. I heard people that were afraid of Mormons, ‘I’m never going to vote for a Mormon.’ And I just thought, wait, how come?

RUSH: I hear it, too. On this one I have to admit, I’m woefully uninformed. I’m sure that in the next break when I go to the e-mail I’m going to get reams and reams of answers to this question.

CALLER: Okay.

RUSH: I don’t know how much of it I’ll be able to repeat. This is not a pulpit here. We’ve never discussed theology on this program. I’m not a preacher, and I don’t do that. I stay away from it. People should go to church for that, not come here. It’s really a big curiosity to me, too.

CALLER: Yeah, because we’ve heard Mitt Romney even say his personal testimony of Jesus Christ. So we know they’re Christian. And a lot of Christians —

RUSH: Well, see, you’re going to have problems if you say that.

CALLER: Well, he already did.

RUSH: Well, but there are some Christians who are going to say you can’t be a Christian and be a Mormon, they think there’s huge differences.

CALLER: Well, on that book right in the in front of that book —

RUSH: What book?

CALLER: The book of Mormon.

RUSH: Oh.

CALLER: Another witness to Jesus Christ. I mean that sounds Christian to me.

RUSH: Well, I’m warning you. (Laughing.)

CALLER: Uh-oh. I’m getting in the wrong territory.

RUSH: Yeah, be very careful. Well, nobody wants to end up in a religious argument, because there’s no winning. You’re arguing faith. That’s why I’m not going to argue faith. I’m not going to sit here and tell people their faith’s wrong, when it’s not my purview to do that. Not on this program. It’s just a philosophy I have, and again, I’ll say it, I’m woefully uneducated on what the problem that people have are. Now, Debbie, I could have told Snerdley, ‘I don’t want to take this call because I’m going to sound bad.’ But, no, I am perfectly willing to admit when I don’t know something because it’s so infrequent. I think it humanizes me to admit that there’s things I don’t know. Well, like last night. Some people ask me all the time who I like in the Republican field. And I said, ‘Well, sort of like the buffet at Denny’s.’ I think somebody in the front row said, ‘There is no buffet at Denny’s.’ And I said, ‘Well, see I just proved I’m out of touch.’ People that go to Denny’s know there’s no buffet there. I should have said the menu at Denny’s, some of it you like, but not everything. You can use any restaurant. Okay, anyway, Debbie, thanks for the call. Kansas City, this is Deonne, you’re next on the EIB Network. Hello.

CALLER: Hi. Mega dittos. I’m so excited that I got through.

RUSH: Thank you.

CALLER: I just wanted you to know, I have a political blog and I have a Rush babe emblem right there on the front to show everybody my support —

RUSH: That a babe, that a babe.

CALLER: So I wanted to let you know I was listening to your response to the ‘we can’t win’ guy on Wednesday and I was just cheering the whole time. It just expressed my views on the war to a T, and I feel like you do in that I’ve been a little discouraged by some of the people in our own party that seem to have the same we can’t win attitude, and especially Bill Buckley wrote this piece, you know, recently about the waning of the GOP saying that —

RUSH: Yeah.

CALLER: — we can’t win the war, the Republican Party might even suffer from this. And I know you love Bill Buckley, and I’m just wondering where is he coming from with this?

RUSH: Well, I can only speculate, because I haven’t spoken to him about it. I got e-mail about that. ‘Hey, Rush, you love Buckley, did you see what he wrote? How can you still like Buckley?’ You people are not aware of the pressures I’m under because of the things that I admit. There’s a branch of conservatism that holds we ought go nowhere where our national interests are not threatened. We cannot be, quote, unquote, policemen of the world. I can’t tell you for sure that I know that Bill Buckley has been on board and then got off the train. I don’t know if he started out being for this or if he didn’t. I think what he’s assessing is the bungling of this as he sees it, and he thinks that the bungling of this is going to really, really decimate the Republican Party, because it’s looking incompetent. It could well be that Mr. Buckley has fallen prey to what we’ve been talking about the last couple days, the media bubble. But he’s not the only one. There are quite a few others —

CALLER: Right.

RUSH: — who I know at the outset were very supportive and ready to go, and simply don’t like the way it’s been, and I think in his view his criticism is based on incompetence of the whole thing. No, he’s not rooting for defeat. It’s a big difference out there, Deonne. He’s not rooting for defeat. He’s ruing it, and he’s worried about the impact that it might have on the Republican Party and of course the future.

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RUSH: You know, the question about Mr. Buckley that I just got and his recent column saying Iraq’s lost, we can’t win it, going to ruin the Republican Party, I actually think it’s the other way around. I think the Democrats are the ones doing themselves in over this. Now, again, my usual caveat, I don’t know that that’s going to show up in the ’08 elections. Folks, I am telling you, we’ve discussed this at great length, so I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but these people boxing themselves into a corner on this, that it’s going to be very, very difficult politically for them to win, no matter what happens. The worst thing that could happen is that we do win this thing big time, definitively. They’re totally shut out there. The second worst thing is, they win the White House in ’08 and we’re still there, and they will not bring the troops home, and then they create chaos in their own party. There are some adult Democrats who know this. Ted Koppel wrote of it, David Broder wrote of it, in a piece about Dingy Harry. And, lo and behold, look at this.

Looky here. Another Washington Post story. This was by Dan Balz and David Broder. By the way, Mr. Broder, we salute you on still having a job at the Washington Post. Fifty Democrat senators sent a letter to the editor of the Washington Post after what he said about Reid. I thought they might try to get him fired. They have a presumption. The Democrats presume that the big Drive-By Media is on their side. They’re not used to getting this kind of criticism. David Broder launched at ’em and they sent this big letter to the editor, they had all 50 of them sign it, in defense of Dingy Harry. Now, the headline of this story: ‘Democratic Field Seeks New Moves to Halt War.’ Now, I’m not going to read the whole story to you, and I’m not even going to read excerpts, I’m just going to summarize this for you. You know the media has devoted reams of paper and hours of busy broadcast time discussing the ways the Iraq war has been hurting Republicans and will hurt Republicans, been destroying George W. Bush. But here is another. There are still too few of these, but still here is another article in the Washington Post no less that says Democrats may have their own political headaches with this war.

I’m beginning to wonder if these reporters are actually doing something they don’t do, and that’s listen to me because so much of what I have said about the potential problems they face is here in the story. It’s all about the fact that there’s a split in the presidential field over how hard to take out after Bush, who is not on the ballot. Now, Mrs. Bill Clinton and Barack Obama are said in the story to favor less confrontation than the other candidates. That’s because they’re forward-thinking, they’re thinking beyond the primaries and thinking about getting elected in the general election. But why? The question, why are they going easy on Bush compared to the other candidates? We’re told the polls say the American people are totally behind everything the Democrats say and do. The will of the people. The people may as well be 75% Democrat, if you believe the polls, if you believe the Drive-By Media. So why in the world, if Bush is so hated and his approval numbers are 39 or 36 percent, then why are the two front-runners going easy on him?

It’s going to be interesting to see how much this debate — you know, how hard to hit Bush — strains the window dressing unity that the Democrats are trying to fake. Now, this is a chilling thought and it’s probably unlikely, but it’s something to consider. If both Obama and Mrs. Bill Clinton continue on the less extreme course of hitting Bush, that’s going to displease the kook fringe, and who would it open it up for — and this is really unlikely, but I mean anything can happen. The Breck Girl can wind up in the top tier and have a serious chance of being the nominee because — I know it’s not likely, probably won’t happen, but this kook fringe base is as wacko as anything I’ve seen in a long time, and they are totally consumed with the notion of getting out of Iraq yesterday. If Mrs. Bill Clinton and Barack Obama are going to go light on this and the other parts of the rest of the field are going to start hitting Bush, like they have been, and this story is warning about going after Bush. He’s not on the ballot. You guys are the majority, it’s time to start acting like it rather than constant whining, little spoiled brats of the minority that you’ve been doing since 1994.

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