RUSH: Jeff in Reading, Pennsylvania, welcome to the EIB Network, sir.
CALLER: Thank you, Rush. How you doing?
RUSH: Fine, sir, very much. Thank you.
CALLER: I’m probably one of the 50 remaining Republicans in Reading, Pennsylvania, and, uh, my wife and I have actually both switched our registration to Democrats, but here’s — here’s the twist today. And a lot of your criticism was to blame. We’re actually doing this to vote for Obama. You know, you’ve gone out of your way to attack Reverend Wright, who, granted, he — he has a very firebrand style but, you know, he’s been preaching for 40 years, and the most anybody could find was — was three sound bites that some people consider offensive, and biblically he’s head-on.
RUSH: I’ve been doing what I’ve been doing for 20 years.
CALLER: I know, and I’ve been listening to you probably for that long.
RUSH: (laughs) You really want me to believe that I made you mad enough with this criticism of Obama, that as a Republican you changed your party registration from Republican to Democrat to vote for Obama because of me?
CALLER: That’s correct.
RUSH: Well, now —
RUSH: — if you loved Obama so much, why did you have to wait for me to get involved here before you switched your party registration?
CALLER: Well, I also think he’s more beatable than Hillary. Out of — out of the two evils, you know, if one of those should win, I definitely don’t want Hillary.
RUSH: Wait a second. I’m confused, Jeff. You said you like Obama. You like Jeremiah Wright. You think he’s being criticized a bit too much.
CALLER: No, I didn’t say I like him. I said you’re going out of your way to attack him, and it almost seems — and I can’t stand her, but it almost seems– like Joy Behar’s statement of you supporting Hillary you’re guaranteed four more years of ammo for your show.
RUSH: Now, now, now.
CALLER: It actually is (garbled) credibility.
RUSH: You’re giving yourself away here! You’re a smarter guy than this. None of this makes any sense. Jeff, I have to tell you: I think you’re a seminar caller. Because the point of your call is to blame me for rotten things, blame me for what you’re doing. I haven’t been any harder on Jeremiah Wright than a lot of people have, but this is funny. ‘Yeah, Rush, I’m registering. I’m changing from Republican to Democrat but that’s to vote for Obama because of your criticism of Obama. Joy Behar is right! You just want somebody in the White House to give you ammo.’ If you’ve listened to this program for 20 years, Jeff, you know that that’s not why this program takes place. On this program, we don’t care who wins elections. This program doesn’t depend on it. My success doesn’t depend on who wins elections. I’m not trying to engineer any victory here for any reason other than the future of the country. By the way, we’ve finished some research here. A lot of you might be fearful in Pennsylvania that you can’t go back and reregister Republican before the general? You can.