RUSH: Steve in Lansing, Kansas, I’m glad you waited, sir. Welcome to the program.
CALLER: Mega dittos, Rush.
RUSH: Thank you.
CALLER: Longtime listener since the eighties. First time I’ve gotten through. I’d like your guidance relating to the general election and today’s Drudge headline. My question is about what kind of weight we’re putting on, or should be putting on, electability for general election. I mean, whether it is the DNC or Romney behind the Drudge headline about Huck, do you think it’s possible the Dems are using reverse psychology and they are actually scared to death of a likable Huckabee, who won 48% of the black vote in 2002; he gets the union endorsements; he can bring out the social conservative base en masse probably. It would be the return of the Reagan Democrats. Do you think that could be what’s going on?
RUSH: It’s possible. When you’re talking about politics, particularly the Democrats, anything is possible. They could genuinely have fear of Huckabee. I doubt it, but I think it’s possible. I love the way people think, and I know that this program is largely responsible for inspiring thought in previous skulls full of mush. But sometimes you can outsmart yourself by being too smart by half. All this reverse psychology, I can understand the theory, with it coming from Democrats, okay so they put out a story on Drudge, ‘We can’t wait for Huckabee to be the nominee. We’re so excited we’re going to hold all of our fire. We’ve got ammo to destroy the guy, but we’re going to wait ’til he gets the nomination in the general election.’ And the reverse psychology, ‘Wow, we’re really afraid of Huckabee,’ but the reverse psychology in that circumstance is that, ‘Gosh, Democrats could cream Huckabee, we can’t have Huckabee,’ when, in fact, Democrats are really scared of Huckabee. I think to understand, or put this in perspective, I don’t think the liberals, the Democrats, their elitism and arrogance does not permit them to be scared.
Now, their lunatic fringe voters are. Folks, I have to tell you something, the biggest problem the Democrats have right now is not a Republican candidate. It’s this sense of entitlement this election’s already over. They thought that in 2002, they thought it in 2004, and they think it again. What nobody’s asking, what happens if they lose the House and Senate? What happens if they don’t win the White House? Can you imagine?
RUSH: Ed in Milford, Connecticut. I have a couple of minutes, but I wanted to get to you because you’ve been holding on for quite a while. Thank you. Ed?
CALLER: Hi, Rush. The optimism that you’re showing, I appreciate it most of the time, but it’s making me a little nervous, and what it is is, we had a lot of optimism last election. We got our butts handed to us. A guy called up, I think it was yesterday, and said to you, ‘Which Republican can Hillary not beat, is that what he said?’
CALLER: Oh, I’m sorry, I must have got it wrong. I thought you suggested she couldn’t beat any of them.
RUSH: He gave me two Republican names, didn’t he, and said, which one would be easy for Hillary to beat? I said neither.
CALLER: Okay. Well, I disagree. I think that woman —
RUSH: The key word was ‘easy.’
CALLER: Well, I think that woman could walk away beating anybody given if the wind blows correctly —
RUSH: Why are you so afraid of this woman? She puts her pants on one leg at a time like every other guy does. Why are you so afraid of her?
CALLER: It’s not her that I’m afraid of her. I’m afraid of ourselves because we don’t seem to have the balls to go after this woman. You got speeches like Oprah made yesterday —
RUSH: Time-out. Do not delete that — talking to the engineer — we’re going to let that stand, since it’s talking Mrs. Clinton, it’s truth, so…
CALLER: There was a speech the other day by Oprah, she made all these messianic —
RUSH: Platitudes; that’s right they’re trying to make Obama out to be messianic.
CALLER: That’s right, so why don’t we go out and start making arguments about the separation of church and state and be as ridiculously childish as they are?
RUSH: Look, I will agree with you. I can tell you for a fact I know this. Republicans in Washington, elected both sides, are dispirited as hell because they’re leaderless. They’re leaderless. They need a leader. Don’t mistake my optimism for the fact that I plan on enjoying my life regardless who wins. I’m not going to make myself miserable. I’m going to do everything I can to see that my guys win — guy, girl, whatever — but you’re mistaking optimism for the fact that I’m genuinely happy most of the time. In fact, I never have been happier. But I do think if we get a leader and something cracks the right way, we don’t have to concede defeat already.