RUSH: All right, Darrell in Sacramento, my adopted hometown. I’m glad you called, sir. Thank you very much for waiting.
CALLER: Hey, Rush, how you doing?
RUSH: Just fine, sir. Thanks.
CALLER: Yeah, this is Darrell from Sacramento. I’ve listened to you since 1992 when Bush ran against Clinton the first time.
RUSH: I appreciate that.
CALLER: Anyway, I was just wondering if there’s a good chance that John McCain is going to be the nominee tomorrow, are you going to be able to get behind him this November?
RUSH: If there’s a good chance McCain will be the nominee, am I going to be able to get behind him in November?
CALLER: Yes, sooner or later, I mean, will you come around and…? Because it’s — out here we got a saying, ‘ABC: Anything But Clinton,’ and anybody but Clinton. We’ll take anything, even Obama over Clinton.
RUSH: I understand that sentiment.
RUSH: I understand that sentiment is very strong. I understand that sentiment is making people look past what they might get instead of Clinton, which might be pretty much the same thing, with some variations. But, yes, my decision on who to vote for in November is not going to be made tomorrow. It’s not going to be made tonight. It’s not going to be made in March, which is the point of saying it’s a long campaign to go. This quote that people have me saying, that I said to Howard Kurtz is being misinterpreted, because when I used the word ‘if,’ I meant the future. If down the road I think that our candidate’s going to be no different than Hillary or Obama, I’m just content to let the Democrats take the hit for the mess they’re going to make of the country. I stand by that, but I haven’t made that decision now. Who knows what’s going to happen between now and November, regardless who wins the party nominations. Thanks for the call, Darrell.
RUSH: Charles in Lenexa, Kansas, outside Kansas City, hello.
CALLER: Rush, it’s absolutely wonderful to talk to you.
RUSH: Thank you, sir.
CALLER: Longtime supporter, listener. My Rush, the maverick.
RUSH: Yes, I appreciate that.
CALLER: I just have a — call it a theory or what have you, but the media obviously, you’ve been talking about it all day, they support McCain, or at least they’re not against him. I just have the feeling that if he becomes the nominee for the Republican Party that after that, that they’ll kind of turn on him and try to utilize the conservatives in the Republican Party and his past record, his voting record, to get their Democratic nominee in.
RUSH: Really? You think the Drive-By Media will turn against McCain after he’s the nominee?
CALLER: I would see it as a very good possibility.
RUSH: Stories about his temperament, stories about his age, can he hold up, things like that, you mean?
CALLER: Could be.
RUSH: Wow, you’re really on to something there.
CALLER: And the other thing, I think they really look at this as an opportunity to have kind of a safety net, because if they don’t accomplish what they want, at least they’re getting McCain, which to at least us, might as well be Obama or Hillary.
RUSH: I think you’re right on the money. McCain’s insurance policy, if their lib doesn’t win, our lib will. They got an open borders lib in there, somebody that’s not going to really cut taxes, you’re very perceptive, Charles, I’m glad you called. Who do we have next? Fisherville, Kentucky, Leah. Hi, Leah.
CALLER: Hi, Rush.
CALLER: Hi. This is so awesome. Mega dittos.
RUSH: Thank you very much.
CALLER: I’m very excited to talk to you. Listen, I voted my very first presidential election, the 1980 presidential election, walked into the voting booth, cast my vote for Ronald Reagan, and there was a sense of pride there. It was awesome to be able to do that and then to watch over the next four and then eight years to see what he accomplished. I’ve got an 18-year-old son who’s going to be voting in this election. I don’t know what to say to him. I don’t know how to — not that I’m going to tell him what to do, but I don’t know how to advise him. I don’t know what direction to help him, and I need your help on that.
RUSH: This is assuming that McCain’s the nominee.
CALLER: True. My thought, if it’s McCain, I don’t know — I have the thought that I just won’t even vote this time, and I never thought I’d say that. You know, I’m the ‘if you don’t vote, don’t complain.’
RUSH: This is pure anecdotal, but I’m getting lots of e-mails over the course of weeks, lots of e-mails from people saying that. I don’t know how much faith to put in that, how much stock to put in the fact that people won’t vote. I’ll just tell you, there’s far more apathy or anger out there than the Republican establishment knows. Look it, one question I asked myself, if, if, if, if down the road you think that the election of Obama, Hillary, or McCain is going to result in very bad things happening to the country, who would you rather get the blame for it?