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RUSH: Art in DuPage County, Illinois, you’re next, sir. Great to have you here.

CALLER: Hi, Rush. Greetings from the People’s Republic of Illinois.

RUSH: Yes, sir.

CALLER: I’m standing here in line, and I’m getting ready for your next operation, Operation Get Over It, to give Mr. McCain a backbone, because I think the other two are nonentities and they dug a grave that they’re never going to climb out of.

RUSH: Operation Get Over It.

CALLER: Well, isn’t that what you said at some dinner date you were at where we’re not going to get over it?

RUSH: Yeah, one of the guys in the audience said, ‘Get over it.’

CALLER: Yeah, we’re not going to get over it. But I’d like to let McCain know ahead of time that if he even thinks of closing down Club Gitmo and closes down my source of T-shirts and caps that we’re going to go after ’em with demonstrations even worse than —

RUSH: I’ll tell you, if I were to tell Senator McCain, ‘I don’t care what you do, buddy, but you don’t close Gitmo because I got a thriving merchandise business,’ he would move to the top of his agenda. (laughing) You know, but your larger point here, your larger point is, hey, how we gonna keep McCain in check? How are conservatives going to keep McCain in check? I hate to tell you this, folks, but John McCain is 70 years old, and, you know, they don’t advertise beer to 70 year olds. They advertise it to 14 to 15, 16 year olds who haven’t made up their mind yet. No, they do. That’s why advertising, 18 to 24, that’s when they’re impressionable. Somebody 70 years old, they’re set, their politics is set. McCain is very, very confident of himself. He has a very high opinion of himself, and, you know, ‘Who are they to tell me what I have to think? I think what I think. I’m going to do what I’m going to do.’ There might be some possibility with that on the economic side, since he’s admitted he’s a little weak on that.

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