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RUSH: Here’s Michael in Columbia, Maryland, you’re next, sir, on the EIB Network. Hello.

CALLER: Hi, Rush. I’m really glad I had the chance to talk to you. I wanted to talk about Senator Kennedy for a minute. I know he had some bad news this weekend, and I would ask people to pray for him, but I hope that Barack Obama doesn’t see this as a kind of political opportunity or some kind of sympathy vote. I think that would be wrong.

RUSH: What do you mean?

CALLER: Well, I think about eight years ago — you’ll have to refresh my memory — I believe there was some kind of tragic incident with the Minnesota —

RUSH: Oh, yes, Paul Wellstone.

CALLER: Yeah. And I wouldn’t like to see something like that, you know, happen again.

RUSH: You wouldn’t?

CALLER: Well, I think that would be wrong, basically.

RUSH: Yeah, you’re right, it was 2002. It was right before the midterm elections in 2002, Paul Wellstone was unfortunately killed in a plane crash, I think on a campaign stop, campaign trip. The Democrats held a memorial for him after the funeral in Minneapolis, and a bunch of Republicans from the Senate, his colleagues went, and they were booed out of the place. And then Tom Harkin got up there, and it ended up being a campaign rally to elect Democrats because that’s what Paul would have wanted.

CALLER: Exactly.

RUSH: And to enact this legislation because that’s what Paul would have wanted, do it for Paul, do it for Paul. Look, the Democrat Party, they’re funeral crashers. We’ve done our share of parodies on this. But who else, the Clintons went down and crashed somebody’s funeral. Coretta Scott King, the Clintons went down there and they crashed her funeral. They turned that into a political event.

CALLER: I forgot about that.

RUSH: She was a woman, and of course they exploited her. So it’s hard to tell what Obama will do here. But I wouldn’t even want to make a prediction. I would hope like you that these circumstances are not exploited for political gain. That would be terrible.

CALLER: Yeah.

RUSH: That would be horrible, absolutely right. Thank you, Michael, for the call.

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