RUSH: Becky in Houston, I’m glad you called. You’re next on the EIB Network.
CALLER: Hello, Rush. First of all I want to say that it’s really good to talk to you, okay?
RUSH: Thank you.
CALLER: I know there are a lot of issues. I’ve been listening to you since I was a senior in high school in 1992, and driving home, just listening, my dad and I listening to you some election coverage back when. And I listen to you now faithfully. I’m working out and I’m listening to you every time I exercise. And I just wanted to make a quick — quick sort of reference to that. And that’s that, you know, we may not always agree on a lot of the things. You know, some of the things that you propose and some of the things that you subscribe to. But it’s kind of like working out right now. I feel like if you don’t exercise and I don’t feel the burn right now, I don’t feel my muscles aching, I’m not really making my body any better. So I feel the same way. I just want to make a point about intellectual consumers, I mean Darla, your caller. I think that what she said was really — I mean, I kind of disagree with a little bit of the melodrama that her commentary veered into, but I want to say she said toward the end of her comment that she listens to both liberal and conservative. Well, I want to tell you the same way. I feel like if I don’t work out my brain and listen to views and, you know, that I don’t entirely agree with, then I feel my mind isn’t growing.
RUSH: Wait a minute, now. Slow down a minute, Camille. Feel like I’m talking to Camille Paglia here.
RUSH: You are lightning fast here with your tongue.
CALLER: I’m sorry. I just had a Red Bull, and like I said I was on a treadmill.
RUSH: Just said —
CALLER: Every time I exercise, I listen, and like I said, even though you say some things I don’t agree with —
RUSH: Okay, okay.
CALLER: I gotta keep listening. I gotta keep the dial on, because I may not agree with it, because it’s like the burn I feel in my muscles when I’m working out.
RUSH: I’m going nuts here.
CALLER: (giggling) Sorry.
RUSH: You took a Red Bull and you got on a treadmill, that’s how you deal with things I say you don’t agree with?
CALLER: (giggling) No. I’m saying if I don’t agree with it, rather than I resist the impulse to tune out if I don’t agree with you —
RUSH: Okay, what I want to know is this: Give me an example of something I say that you don’t agree with.
CALLER: Okay, well, this is something I don’t agree with. I’m going to propose a radical, you know, theory that I have now and theory is: What if the reason why Scott McClellan is writing this book is because he just genuinely is having a crisis of conscience, you know, and thus the disparity, between what current White House staffers remember and don’t remember and that’s the reason why he’s writing the book is because — I mean, I just remember watching all the preferences during 2006, and I remember that, you know, I was a fan of his I thought: poor guy.
RUSH: Wait a second. By crisis of conscience you mean he’s telling the truth finally?
CALLER: I mean it’s, like, what if he just didn’t feel he was in the loop, what if he was truly an embattled White House secretary, you have to give the guy props for really, really going out there —
RUSH: Some of the excerpts did a —
CALLER: — and trying to make everything sound cogent.
RUSH: Never. I have never —
CALLER: You didn’t think so?
RUSH: I have never, ever — and I’ve talked to a lot of women. I have never spoken to somebody that speaks as fast as you do, and never stutters.
CALLER: (laughing) I’m sorry. I’m working out. I’m sorry. I’m nervous. My heart’s beating fast, talking to you but like I said —
CALLER: I talked to you once before when I was a —
RUSH: Ah, ah, ah.
CALLER: — kid back in 1992 and also I talk about the evolution, a little bit about intellectual consumerism.
RUSH: No. No, you still haven’t answered my question. Name something that I’ve said you disagree with.
CALLER: I disagree with your reason for Scott McClellan coming out with his book and his primary motivation is the culture of Washington and just trying to be liked and trying to, you know, maybe it’s because he’s trying to cash in.
RUSH: No, but that’s only half of it.
CALLER: He doesn’t need… I’m from Texas.
CALLER: Scott McClellan doesn’t need any money.
CALLER: You know, his mother, his mother was state comptroller here, you suggested one reason it was kind of a cheap shot, that maybe he was doing this because Bush didn’t support his mom’s independent run.
RUSH: That’s just somebody’s theory.
CALLER: Well, one of the theories that you proposed that you threw out there, you said a lot of people are — one of the things that you threw out for supporting why he might be doing this. Well, one of the — What I disagree with the answer to your question is that he’s doing this sheerly out of reasons that have to be disingenuous. Maybe he really is just ’embattled White House press secretary Scott McClellan,’ and this is the frustration of an embattled press secretary really just coming out on these pages.
RUSH: I’m sorry, folks. I couldn’t do anything about it.