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RUSH: This is Donna. This is Donna in Merritt, North Carolina. Hi.

CALLER: Hi, Rush. My conservative smoker’s heart is going pitter-patter. I thank you for taking my call.

RUSH: You bet.

CALLER: I am from North Carolina, and I wanted to let you know that there is a remnant of conservative folks here. I also want to say that John Edwards is a disgrace, and I appreciate you keeping track of all this.

RUSH: Yeah, but he was actually a carpetbagger. He was actually born in South Carolina.

CALLER: Oh, really? Well, he has given us a bad name, and I just wanted to speak that. I missed the tail end of the show yesterday where there was a comment about North Carolina. I just wanted to let you know, we’re not all all liberals.

RUSH: I know that. I know that. I didn’t get a chance because of the timing of all this to explain what happened on this.

CALLER: Uh-huh?

RUSH: I have a friend, my mistress, who lives in North Carolina. She sends this e-mail. Snerdley had taken three calls from North Carolina yesterday. She sends me an e-mail, ‘Wow, you’re getting a lot of calls from North Carolina today.’

CALLER: Uh-huh?

RUSH: I said, ‘No, it’s not that we’re getting a lot of calls. We get calls from all over the country. It’s the ones we choose. Some of the best people calling today just happen to have been from North Carolina.’

CALLER: Uh-huh. Well…

RUSH: I wrote her back, and right after I fired that e-mail off, we got the guy you’re talking about, who thought that Congress had ‘passed’ Roe vs. Wade and all this, and I think it was too Inside Baseball, and I made some remarks about North Carolina. I was just sending a private little note to the mistress there via the microphone.

CALLER: Uh-huh.

RUSH: That’s why I apologized for it because you know that’s not my style. I do not lampoon states. The only time that this has happened was in the first six months of the program, and I had to ban all calls from Reno, Nevada.

CALLER: Ooooh!

RUSH: I did it for a week because it was pretty bad.

CALLER: Well, you know, ignorance knows no boundaries, and there are a lot of ignorant people here, and we also have tobacco and tobacco farmers, and, you know, we own two businesses, and I believe in personal responsibility —

RUSH: Well, good.

CALLER: — and I don’t believe that the government should be doing everything for us.

RUSH: Well, good.

CALLER: I think the folks that do are lazy and they have no work ethic, and —

RUSH: You’re getting all defensive, here. It’s not necessary. Nobody thinks that North Carolina is full of a bunch of bumpkins and ignorant people. There are ignorant people all over the place. Our job here is to keep ’em off the radio. Umm. (sigh) I just stepped in it here again, didn’t I?

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