RUSH: We go to Philadelphia. Carl, I’m glad you called, sir. You are up next.
CALLER: Rush, Rush, Rush, Rush, Rush, Rush. This Operation Chaos that you have is really ridiculous, and it’s stupid, and it’s what we call in sports, ‘unsportsmanlike conduct.’ Now, Rush, when the Democrats win the election — I’m a Senator Obama supporter; I campaigned with him, when he wins the election — in November, you are going to be partially responsible. You and all these other idiot Republicans who decide to switch over. You are going to be 10% responsible for putting him in the White House, so the more you keep this up, the more it’s putting us closer and closer to the White House. I appreciate you doing this.
RUSH: Well, I was going to say, Carl, you call up here and you start ripping me, saying that I’m being a bad sport and it’s ridiculous and it’s stupid, unsportsmanlike — and now you say you hope I keep doing it.
CALLER: Yeah. I hope you keep doing it, because what you’re doing is you’re edging us closer and closer to the White House, because we all know —
RUSH: Let me tell you something. If you want us to keep doing it, Carl, you don’t call the people doing it idiots. You have just insulted the people doing this that are going to put you in the White House. You’ve just called ’em idiots. You better take it back.
CALLER: The Republicans that you have switching [sic] over… Look, if I’m a Democrat. I’m voting for my man. I ain’t switching over. And so all these people that are switching over are, Rush, when Hillary or Barack is in the White House, we gonna call and thank y’all, because y’all are really helping the cause. You should stop this, Rush, really. This is really, really out of bounds. It is really, really stupid, and —
RUSH: You’re not making sense, Carl. I want you to know, you’re not making sense. If this is going to help you, you should not be telling me to stop it.
CALLER: We don’t really need for y’all to do this because we can beat McCain.
RUSH: I was going to ask you, how in the world is Operation Chaos going to guarantee the election of Obama?
CALLER: Because people eventually are going to get tired of y’all coming on the radio bashing Obama. You, Hannity, Beck, all you guys are bashing Obama. The American people — y’all have already put disinformation out about Jeremiah Wright, and you’re still pounding on him. What you shoulda done is let the people, let the people make that decision.
RUSH: We are.
CALLER: The American people are going to get tired of hearing this stuff over and over. There are other issues bigger to be talking about.
RUSH: Wait a second. Wait a second. You’re just telling me that you’re really bugged by Jeremiah Wright, and you know it can hurt Obama?
CALLER: No, I’m not saying that. I’m saying that the American people are going to get tired of y’all talking about this.
RUSH: You are attempting the usual intimidate-the-host tricks, but I’ve seen all these tricks. You call here and you say, ‘Stop doing what you’re doing. It’s going to get us elected. Oh, really I want you to keep doing what you’re doing because –‘
CALLER: All I’m saying is, Rush —
RUSH: You call people idiots.
CALLER: I know. I gotta go, Rush.
RUSH: You’re all over the ballpark here. Jeremiah Wright is Jeremiah Wright. I didn’t put the words in his mouth.
CALLER: Rush, I only got 30 seconds because I’m out here campaigning. What’s going to happen, Rush —
RUSH: Wait a second.
CALLER: — the American people are gonna get tired of you and Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck. Ya’ll keep bashing Obama because there’s more issues to be talking about: the economy, oil. People want to talk about the gas crisis, SUV —
RUSH: We haven’t played any Jeremiah Wright sound bites since last week, but we’re going to keep talking about Obama because Obama will wreck the economy, Carl, and so will Hillary Clinton. Any liberal Democrat who has a liberal Democrat Congress will be in position to wreck the economy. That’s serious stuff. I don’t want that to happen.
CALLER: Rush, I wish you would stop the Operation Chaos. It’s ridiculous.
RUSH: You’re confusing me.
CALLER: Please stop the Operation Chaos. Please stop and talk about the economy. Talk about why I have to put $70 in my SUV every three days. Talk about other issues, because other issues are more important to the American people. This Jeremiah Wright and all the other people —
CALLER: — talking about Operation Chaos is not (unintelligible). People are eventually going to get tired of you and Hannity and Glenn Beck and all you guys bashing Obama.
RUSH: You are a testament, Carl, to the effectiveness of Operation Chaos, and I can’t thank you enough.
CALLER: Watch what I tell you, Rush.
RUSH: Well, you’re telling me how it’s working by asking me to stop it.
CALLER: Rush, in about two weeks, people are going to get tired of y’all bashing Obama. Obama came up with a great speech, most eloquent speech in US history. He clarified and he defended everything that y’all have been talking about —
CALLER: — y’all are still bashing him —
CALLER: — I mean, y’all did y’all’s job, y’all —
CALLER: — put the information out there. Let the American people —
CALLER: — make their decision.
RUSH: The criticism of Obama hasn’t even really begun. Wait ’til he gets the nomination and the presidential campaign, the actual general election unfolds and the criticism of Obama starts. This is nothing compared to what’s ahead, and the same thing is headed for Senator McCain. It’s the nature of our politics. Now you’re putting all this gasoline money in your SUV. I want you to think about something: gasoline prices did not start skyrocketing until Democrats took over the Congress in November of 2006.
RUSH: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Tom, welcome to the Rush Limbaugh program. Great to have you here, sir.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. Thanks. I just wanted to make a quick comment. I think Carl from Philadelphia must be affected by global warming, but if I were a betting man — which I know it’s illegal so I’m not — that sure sounded like Charles Barkley to me.
RUSH: You know, you’re the third or fourth person that I had mention that to me. I checked some e-mails, ‘That Carl sounded just like Charles Barkley.’ Barkley would use his real name if he called here. I know he probably did sound like Barkley, but he would use his real name.
CALLER: I don’t know. You never know what happens with global warming. You were just reading the Stack. I have a feeling it was him.
RUSH: (laughing) By the way, you reminded me of something here, Tom, and I appreciate it. Mike, I want you for tomorrow’s program — and for ad infinitum — to roll off Carl begging me, ‘Rush, you gotta stop Operation Chaos.’ Just him, not with me talking over him, if you can find one of those, because I love that. ‘Rush, you gotta stop Operation Chaos,’ at the same time thanking me for doing it because it was guaranteed to elect Obama.