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RUSH: Ellen in Chattanooga. You’re next. Hello.

CALLER: Hey Rush. Big orange dittos from the Volunteer State.

RUSH: Thank you.

CALLER: I was calling to see if by any chance you caught the Tim Russert program yesterday where he interviewed Bill Cosby on his new book: Come On People: On the Path from Victims to Victors.

RUSH: Yeah, I’ve got a couple of sound bites here from Cosby on that show. He’s having a tough row.

CALLER: You mean promoting the book it’s been a tough road?

RUSH: Well, no, not promoting the book, he’s going to find an audience for a book. He’s having a tough row to hoe in his message from the people to whom he’s aiming the message.

CALLER: Well, that’s true. And that’s why I called. I was wondering, do you think that there is a Democrat candidate who’s kind of launching him forward, for instance, on Tim Russert’s show, orchestrating it to maybe use this fight for black America as part of their platform on the home front?

RUSH: I have no idea about that. Cosby’s been saying this long before this year’s campaign got going.

CALLER: True. It just seemed unusual.

RUSH: There’s not a Democrat candidate out there that would say this stuff, Ellen.

CALLER: Well, you’re probably right. That’s why I was just curious. It seemed like an interesting interview for Tim to all of a sudden do, so I just wondered if somebody else was pushing him out there and we’re going to try and fight the cause with them.

RUSH: You think this doesn’t fit what Russert would normally do?

CALLER: The way he introduced the program just seemed like it was an out-of-the-ordinary interview, and so that’s why I wondered if somebody was pushing it forward.

RUSH: Well, no, I don’t think there’s any conspiracy going on here. Cosby’s been talking about this stuff for a long, long time. There’s a book out. Russert was probably looking for a change of pace from the usual political stuff. What Cosby’s basically doing, and the two bites — I don’t have time to play them right now — so I’ll hold ’em over for tomorrow. But he basically describes 40 years of liberalism in a nutshell: trying to make abnormal behavior normal; trying to justify abnormal behavior by refusing to be judgmental against it, no standards. I can’t imagine that any Democrat presidential candidate would want to share a stage with Bill Cosby right now.

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