RUSH: Mary in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania. Hello.
CALLER: Hello, Rush.
CALLER: Thanks for taking my call.
RUSH: You bet.
CALLER: You’re brilliant, and you’re my hero.
RUSH: Well, thank you so much.
CALLER: My comment is on the report by General Petraeus to the Senate, which I watched on CNN. After it was over, I was switching channels to get some feedback, and I happened to catch Anderson Cooper on CNN —
CALLER: — taking General Petraeus’s report point by point and challenging each one with a video clip and report from a reporter in that area. I. Was. Furious. First of all, for them to challenge a four-star general is appalling to me, and, for what reasons, if not for political ones?
RUSH: Yeah, I didn’t see this, but I know it’s infuriating. This is what they do. Everybody in a Republican administration is a liar. You have to understand: that was the narrative this week, as far as the Democrats and the Drive-By Media are concerned, Mary. Petraeus was a liar, and Bush made him lie. Bush was making him a puppet, and so their whole modus operandi was not to listen to what he had to say for any reason other than to try to find some video, for some of their ‘correspondents’ to provide out-of-context reports to indicate that the Democrats on the committees who were saying that Petraeus is lying, are right. But it didn’t work. The polling numbers in the Wall Street Journal, NBC poll, the number of people supporting the surge continues to climb. The president’s approval number is flat at 30% in this poll. But that didn’t work. Look, there’s a reason why CNN is sitting there sucking air at the bottom of the list of cable news channels. Well, they go back and forth with PMSNBC. I understand your frustration. It wasn’t just at CNN. We have a montage here of Chris Matthews on Hardball last night. His assessment of the Petraeus hearings….
MATTHEWS: Petraeus and Crocker, this whole dog and pony show…
MATTHEWS: I’m watching this dog and pony show….
MATTHEWS: What do you make of the pony? You’re speaking well of the dog. What about the pony?
MATTHEWS: It really is a dog and pony show.
MATTHEWS: The hypocrisy and the dog and pony show…
MATTHEWS: The Petraeus dog and pony show…
RUSH: Not one of those is repeated. That’s Chris Matthews on Hardball last night referring to a decorated, four-star general in full dress as a ‘dog and pony show.’ Look it, folks, there’s an alliance — you know it; I know it – between Democrats and the media, and it is to fulfill and project and advance a specific agenda.
RUSH: Bob in Grovetown, Georgia, who is now on his cell phone. Bob, welcome back to the EIB Network.
CALLER: You got it? Can you hear me now?
RUSH: Yeah, I hear you much better now. You’re a Swift Boat Veteran for Truth?
CALLER: Yeah. I’ll tell you how it happened. I joined later. I wasn’t a member, a regular member when he wrote the book, when John O’Neill wrote the book. I only got involved when my kids told me I should get involved. After all these Democrats were saying about how the guy is lying and all didn’t happen, they weren’t lying.
CALLER: That’s what got me out of the Democratic Party. I was a Democrat. And then what also got me to join the swift boat guys, because they all know me —
RUSH: Wait. You left the Democrat Party when they started attacking John O’Neill about his book?
CALLER: Yeah, because they lied about it. See, I was on the 43 boat, on Kerry’s operation, most of his operations.
RUSH: What boat was he on?
CALLER: Ninety-four boat.
RUSH: How far away from him would that have put you in the formation?
CALLER: When one of his — got the guy in the water, he was right in front of me.
RUSH: So you saw it. Did you meet Kerry?
CALLER: I knew the guy. I didn’t know his name, but I knew the boat and all. He did a lot of stupid things, I know that.
RUSH: Well, apparently so. He’s never refuted anything. They keep complaining about all the complaints, or all the charges, but they never refuted any of them. Anyway, I don’t want to relive that. You’re calling for some other reason about that. I know you just identified yourself as a swift boat veteran.
RUSH: What was the reason you called?
CALLER: Petraeus, about the general. I didn’t like the idea of what they were doing to the guy. I mean, they pull this stuff all the time. I get a little tired of it.
RUSH: I’ll bet especially when you heard Kerry commenting on it.
CALLER: Yeah, that even made it worse. He’s no one to comment. Comment on anything.
RUSH: Well, I’m glad we stuck with you. You know, most shows, bad phone line, would have said, ‘Hey, it’s not your fault,’ even though it was, and we just did, ‘the phone call is not working,’ but we endeavored to get back in touch with you, Bob, and congratulations on using a cell phone. They’re really amazing. It sounds much better. Bob, if you don’t mind my asking. I shouldn’t do this.
RUSH: Where did you get your portable wireless phone there? Not the cell phone.
RUSH: No, not the cell phone, the one that we couldn’t hear.
CALLER: Oh. At Wal-Mart, I think.
CALLER: Yeah. Either Wal-Mart or Sam’s Club, same thing.
RUSH: Wal-Mart or Sam’s Club. Yeah, that’s six of one and half dozen of the other. Well, that’s not the best phone for you. If you’re going to call us back here on the EIB Network.
RUSH: If you call back, use your cell phone.
CALLER: I think that’s a good idea.
RUSH: Okay, all right, Bob, thanks so much, I appreciate your call, I really do, and your service. Every time we hear from somebody who served in the military we get lumps in our throats here, especially with the way you all have been maligned, and mistreated, and the thing with the general this week, and so forth. We all share your anger, and I’m glad you called.