RUSH: James in the United Arab Emirates. We got a call from the UAE?
CALLER: Hi, Rush. Tons of conservative commander-in-chief, strength and honor mega dittos.
RUSH: Thank you, sir, very much.
CALLER: Hey, I’m a 24-year Air Force veteran, 18-year listener, first-time caller, and I am proud of President Bush, our commander in-chief. He threw a true stun grenade today into the Obama Hussein campaign, and now they’re running around trying to defend him. That’s my first point. Good on the president. My second point is, let’s start winning the Republican campaign today. I nominate you to run the campaign. You’re the best thing we got out there to run a conservative campaign. I was looking for McCain to talk about what our platform is, to talk about lower taxes, smaller government, life, liberty, freedom and the free market. But I really didn’t hear it. It was ethereal.
RUSH: Well, we didn’t play all the sound bites, but in the portion of the speech where he went forward and looked backward 13 years and described what the last four years of America would be, the first four years of his first term —
RUSH: — he didn’t get specific on how, but he said tax rates are lower, going to have a flat tax, one or two pages to fill out your tax form. He was describing this utopian set of circumstances. The problem is he can announce all that, but there was no philosophical underpinning for how it’s going to get done. I mean, this is a typical Hollywood trick. The Hollywood trick is to do a movie four years in advance and show what would have happened if you weren’t around or show what did happen when you were around. But to make those things happen is going to take specific objectives, philosophies, goals and strategeries because the people opposed to that are going to have the most numbers in the House and Senate. So it would be helpful if Senator McCain would tell us how he’s going to get this done rather than run some magic speech creating this utopian picture where it has gotten done.
CALLER: Exactly. You run a campaign against the enemy, and we’ve got two enemies, foreign and domestic. Our domestic enemy is the liberal social Democrats. I don’t want any social Democrats on our cabinet when we win this. I don’t want a Pelosi or a Reid or a Kucinich there. They should be in jail. They went out and met with foreign enemies during wartime. I want conservatives on there so that we can lead this country the way it needs to be led, through conservatism and back to our basics of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
RUSH: Okay. Let me propose a hypothetical for you, and you tell me what you think would happen. Because I hear this, too. Rush, you need to have a secret meeting with McCain, nobody needs to know what happened, you need to have a secret meeting with McCain, and you need to tell him these things. Now, James, where in the Emirates are you, can you say?
CALLER: Abu Dhabi.
RUSH: You’re in Abu Dhabi. The emir of Abu Dhabi. Happens to be very pro-American.
CALLER: Yes. If you live anywhere, Abu Dhabi is the place to live here in the Middle East.
RUSH: Not Dubai?
CALLER: It’s too busy there.
RUSH: Okay. Sort of like the difference between Vegas and New York.
CALLER: Yeah, exactly.
RUSH: Without the casinos. Well, that you can see.
RUSH: Anyway, imagine McCain and I have this meeting, whoever sets it up, nobody knows about it, and I say, ‘Senator McCain, really, if you want to win big and you want to be two terms and if you want to own, here’s what you gotta do, A, B, C, D, and E.’ What do you think the result of the meeting would be?
CALLER: That’s a good question.
RUSH: John McCain is 72 years old now. That’s a little hint.
CALLER: My hope would be that he would listen —
CALLER: — because he says that he’s going to listen to everybody, but —
RUSH: He’d listen. I don’t think he’d be rude. He’d listen. I think he’s made it very clear that people he’s closest to and listens to most are people on the other side of the aisle.
CALLER: Well, but that’s the problem. He needs to get some conservatives on the side like Newt Gingrich and his plan for winning the future. Start with a conservative plan so he’s got a base to excite to get out there and get the vote out for him. If he doesn’t get our base excited, we’re going to lose this, and those two things you talked about earlier are a nightmare.
RUSH: Yeah, but one of them is better for conservatism than the other. The question is which one?
CALLER: Which is the lesser of two evils, I don’t know.
RUSH: Sadly, yeah, I know people are getting tired of voting for the lesser of two evils, too, they want to vote for somebody, and that’s something that makes ’em mad. There’s nobody to vote for. It’s a crapshoot, you roll the dice, okay, who’s going to harm us the least so we have the less to rebuild? But no, here’s my next question to you. Let’s say that McCain does hold true on his tax cuts, and he tries to do that, and let’s say that he does really try to rein in federal spending, and let’s say that there’s a third thing that people say he might — the judges, the judges, the spending, and the tax cuts. Then he embraces every liberal socialist he can find to advance his global warming agenda, the cap-and-trade agenda, the expansion of government, putting taxes on the use of carbon, does that ameliorate the things you would support him for on the other three?
CALLER: He just canceled out the other three because this bogusness, you know, about global warming is, you know, he’s lost his mind. I don’t know where he’s thinking. Again, he needs to surround himself with good people. A good leader surrounds himself with good, sound people and values, and that’s what he needs to do. He’s lost his mind on this global warming thing, in my mind.
RUSH: Okay, see I don’t think he’s lost his mind. He might have left a little bit of himself in that prison cell in Hanoi, and I don’t mean that in a critical way.
CALLER: That’s a little harsh, I mean, I respect the senator. He’s a great American and an American hero, but I just think he’s dead wrong on the global warming issue.
RUSH: It’s obvious, isn’t it? But it’s obvious to us; it’s not obvious to him what’s going on.
CALLER: How do you change his mind?
RUSH: Nobody’s going to change his mind on that, James. I mean, he’s out there now. He went to Oregon. He went to the belly of the environmental beast. He stood next to a Democrat governor. There’s no talking him out of that. The only hope is he’s lying to everybody and isn’t going to do diddly-squat about it once he gets elected president. He’s just saying this stuff to line up his independent and Democrat votes here. You hate to have to count on that kind of stuff, too. At any rate, James, I appreciate the call. He’s calling from Abu Dhabi.