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RUSH: Robert in Leeds, Maine, welcome, sir, to Open Line Friday. Hello.

CALLER: Yes, hi, Rush, first-time caller, longtime listener.

RUSH: Thank you.

CALLER: I wanted to mention to you about when I first saw the New York Times article about Clinton and McCain, my first reaction was that Hillary had a running mate, and I was a little shocked.

RUSH: (laughing)

CALLER: The second comment I have is about the infatuation the media has with John McCain. And my whole theory is on the fact that I think they’re banking on if a Democrat does not get elected president that their good buddy John McCain will be, and is it really going to be any different? It’s going to be status quo for them.

RUSH: Yeah, that theory has been advanced, because there’s no question, like the Times endorsing McCain, they’re not going to vote for McCain, they’re not going to endorse McCain in the general, and Democrats criticizing Clinton, and so forth are going to vote Clinton. These media people are not going to vote for McCain. They like McCain because he talks to them, invites them on the bus. He’s a maverick because he criticizes President Bush. You gotta understand the Drive-Bys and the Democrats hate Bush. When any Republican comes out and criticizes Bush, they are universally loved. Plus he puts ’em on the bus, talks to them, answers their questions, and so forth. But there’s another reason behind this, and let me put it to you this way. No Drive-By Media newspaper is going to ever endorse a conservative. It’s just that simple, folks.

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