RUSH: This is Tim in San Diego. Tim, thank you for calling. You’re next on the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. Okay, you just brought up the topic I’m calling about. I called about McCain, but can I make a quick comment about Sarah Palin’s baby?
RUSH: Go for it.
CALLER: Okay. I think that one reason —
RUSH: You mean the five-month-old?
CALLER: Yes, uh-huh.
RUSH: Yeah, yeah.
CALLER: I think that one reason liberals don’t want Sarah Palin on the ticket is because if she were elected it would mean that there would be a Down syndrome baby in the White House, and that’s exactly the same kind of baby that Obama voted against protecting if they survive an abortion, because he said he didn’t want to grant personhood status to those babies.
RUSH: That’s a good point. The very existence of that baby gives Obama a problem, because of his stand in favor of infanticide.
CALLER: Exactly. And here would be a vice president raising a Down syndrome baby before the eyes of the whole country. And so what better illustration could there be of the chasm between the culture of life and the liberals’ culture of death. So that’s my point on them.
RUSH: Good point, I didn’t think of that.
CALLER: Okay, now, the real reason I called is to implore you to please not use the phrase John McBrilliant when describing McCain, and let me lay out why. I feel McCain is the same guy he’s always been. Now, he may be a clever strategist, but, you know, a few smart moves don’t make him brilliant. Remember, it was only a few months ago that this guy was saying that he will proudly sign the Kyoto accords, something Clinton wouldn’t even do and you, my friend, were saying, ‘We are so screwed.’ Do you remember that?
RUSH: We were. Past tense, past tense. We were.
CALLER: Well, hear me out, hear me out here. This is the same guy who didn’t get the nomination last time he ran for president because of his disparaging remarks against Christians. This is John, you know, Gang of 14, McCain-Feingold, I approved this message McCain, who even in a speech last night talked about putting Democrats in his administration. And this is a guy who just two weeks ago was seriously considering putting a liberal Democrat — Lieberman — in the number two spot on the ticket.
RUSH: But he didn’t.
CALLER: Yeah, that’s true, I agree. There was a time in the distant past when you used to refer to him sarcastically as President McCain, you remember that?
RUSH: Yes. And Vice President Graham.
CALLER: Yes. And you haven’t used that phrase for a while, and I know why you haven’t, because it’s distasteful.
RUSH: Wait a minute. Look where it got us.
CALLER: Okay, no, I agree, and I’m going to vote for McCain. And I hope that —
RUSH: You just don’t want me to say that he is brilliant. You don’t want me to call him McBrilliant. Just the relationship to the choice of Palin. That’s a gutsy choice —
CALLER: I agree. I agree. But that doesn’t make him brilliant. It just means that he made a smart move. Before I hang up, can I get you to promise me that you will not refer to him as John McBrilliant? You can say an act that he did is brilliant, but before his first 100 days in office are through could you please not do that? Because otherwise, I swear, I will barf when I hear you say it.
RUSH: I can’t make the pledge.
CALLER: Oh God.
RUSH: I can’t make the pledge.
CALLER: What do I have to do to get your vote on this one, friend?
RUSH: Well, you got to understand, part of the genius and the wizardry behind calling him McBrilliant is to tweak the media. Don’t forget what we do here, we love to keep them confounded and off stride. We know who McCain is. We know what he’s going to do. He’s 72 years old. We have what we have here and we have a reality that has to be dealt with, and I just have a personality type, once something’s settled you move on. You don’t whine about what you can’t change and you don’t start telling your stories about disasters that are going to happen down the road. You’re going to be miserable. You start talking to yourself today about what McCain’s first hundred days are going to be about, to me you’re whining. I don’t know what they’re going to be about. I have no clue if they’re even going to happen. I don’t know that he’s going to win. I try to live in the now. Somebody has to stand for the now. There are too many people living in the future, and those that do that are always negative. They’re always telling themselves the worst. I know it’s a natural human tendency. I no longer do it. I used to like everybody else, I do not do it.
Folks, if I were like some of you I wouldn’t be here today. I can’t tell you what it is, it’s not a big deal to you, but today, I have been waiting for this day since April the 3rd. I can’t tell you why. Over the past six months, well three or four months, I coulda spent these last three months, ‘It ain’t going to happen, it ain’t going to happen, I’m miserable, I’m going to run around complaining, it ain’t going to happen,’ and I could be bugging the people who are in charge of making it happen and they’d hate my guts by now, because no amount of whining and complaining can change what’s going to happen. This is like three Christmases rolled into one to me today, and I still don’t know if Santa Claus going to make it down the chimney even though I was told I would know an-hour-and-45 minutes ago. Now, if I dwelled in the future and focused on the negative, I could not have done the brilliant show I have to date done today. It would have been miserable; I’d have been distracted; I would have been this or that.
Things are what they are. And the future, we don’t have the slightest clue, we don’t know. And to start living in the future, you can prepare if you want, a lot of people try to prepare for either eventuality, or multiple eventualities if they’ve got something big coming down the road, I understand that, but to go into the future, which you can’t possibly know and then start telling yourself stories about how rotten it’s going to be, why make yourself miserable? I have no idea what’s going to happen next week on the campaign trail. One of these four could screw up, say something. We know Biden will. It’s a question of how bad it’s going to be and so forth. Just live in the now, learn from the past, and be steeled for the future by not having it already figured out in your head to the point that it’s doom.