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RUSH: Jane in Scranton, Pennsylvania, welcome to the EIB Network. Hello.

CALLER: Good afternoon, Rush.


CALLER: Good to talk to you. Mega dittos.

RUSH: Thank you.

CALLER: Longtime listener. I even went to your show in New York one time.

RUSH: Oh, that was a hoot. I’ll bet you had a great time at that.

CALLER: I did and afterwards we went to Patsy’s for dinner, and you were there.

RUSH: Yeah.

CALLER: So I was following you around that night.

RUSH: Those were the good old days.

CALLER: The good old days. I was calling to tell you that McCain — I won’t go through all the reasons I won’t vote for McCain or I wouldn’t have voted for McCain or why I dislike him. We all know that. It’s been repeated over and over again. But I was listening to you talk before and whether the Republican Party is moving to from the conservative to the more moderates or the more liberal, and we watched the Democratic Party do the same thing. There used to be people like Sam Nunn and that lovely man with the Southern accent, I can’t think of his name from down South that was so well spoken in the Democratic Party, now the Democrat Party, no matter who you run, are all the same. We had a difference in our party —

RUSH: Well, there’s one exception, and that’s Joe Lieberman, except they’ve run him out of the party, for all intents and purposes, and Zell Miller, you know, they’ve —

CALLER: Zell Miller. That’s who I was trying to think of, Zell Miller.

RUSH: — made out to be a kook and a nut now.

CALLER: But we have all these moderates, or liberals — I’m going to say liberal, not even moderates, like Specter from my state, and Olympia Snowe, and all these New Englanders that are definitely liberal. They’re not just moderates, they’re liberals. And what they’re trying to do is drag down the party, and they will all be the same. Do we want to all be the same? I want to stand by my conservative principles ’til I die.

RUSH: Good for you. Good for you!

CALLER: Whatever it takes. And I want to tell you something, I never realized how many things I could get done with the phone in my ear. I’ve been on the phone for two hours.

RUSH: What have you been doing? I thought you sounded a little bit distracted, but I thought it was just nervousness actually speaking to me.

CALLER: No, no, I’m using a cell phone. I’ve been on this phone for almost two hours, and I can’t believe all the things I accomplished.

RUSH: Oh, I see, you were on hold that long. I see.

CALLER: (laughing)

RUSH: All right. Well, look, I appreciate the call. Thanks very much, going to stick to the tried-and-true principles. Interesting point, both parties moving in the same direction. Well, the Democrats are kind of holding where they are. They’re drifting further to the commie side and kookville, but there are a bunch of Republicans moving in that direction, they want the party to go more to that direction. There’s no question of the governing class, they’ll just switch parties now and then in terms of who’s in power.

John in Columbus, Ohio, nice to have you on the EIB Network, sir. Hello.

CALLER: Hi, sir. Mega dittos, Mr. Rush. How are you today?

RUSH: Fine, sir. Thank you very much.

CALLER: My question is, I’m a conservative in Ohio, now a blue state I guess since Mr. Strickland won and Sherrod Brown took over for the lying Mr. DeWine. He’s a liberal. Since we’ve lost this election cycle, who do we look forward to in the next?

RUSH: We haven’t lost it yet.

CALLER: Well, conservative-wise we have, because there’s no difference between McCain and Hillary or Obama.

RUSH: As of today, that’s true. I don’t know what’s going to happen down the road. Look, one thing I don’t do is assume in February that things today are going to be like they are in November. I just don’t. Do you realize how much could happen between now and then? I don’t even want to go through all the possibilities. You want me to be realistic in pessimism, say, okay, we’re cooked, we’re doomed, what do we look forward to, and I’m not prepared to go there yet, because what we look forward to is what we always look forward to, and that is being who we are and attempting to change our culture as best we can, stand up for our values and empower them wherever it’s possible to do so. By the way, you talk about the election cycle is over, don’t forget the House, don’t forget the Senate. The White House is one thing, but it doesn’t exist by fiat. What goes on in the White House, whatever the executive decides, does not always happen, so there’s plenty of stuff to stay focused on here and stop looking at this is a lost cause and we don’t have any possibility of anything good happening until 2012. That’s ridiculous. Lots of stuff here still ahead. You never know what’s going to happen. One of the reasons, folks, I’m so optimistic, is I love waking up every day because I don’t know what’s going to happen, and it’s always exciting. Not just in the news, in my life. I don’t know who’s going to come popping into it, wanted or not. (laughing) Getting up is the most exciting thing in the world. I certainly am not going to pretend it’s November the 20th in this year and I’m down in the dumps.

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