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RUSH: Here is Rick in Bay City, Michigan. Nice to have you, sir. Hello.

CALLER: Good morning, Rush.

RUSH: Hi.

CALLER: My first question when I turned on the television yesterday morning was, ‘What is the going rate to become a Senator to an appointed position?’ I watch all these talking heads talking about, ‘Oh, they’ve never heard of such a thing! It’s never happened before,’ and I said, ‘No. You know, there’s nothing new under the sun.’ These people do this all the time. And then I started thinking about Hillary, and I said, ‘When she said she was going to be a secretary of state, then she wasn’t going to be the secretary of state,’ I said, ‘That’s just a sales ploy. She’s just doing things to up the ante. What does she get out of this deal?’

RUSH: You mean for giving up the Senate seat?

CALLER: Yeah. You know, first she wants to be the secretary of state, and then she doesn’t want to be the secretary of state, and that’s just to get somebody to up the ante here. Does she get her debt retired?

RUSH: Well, you know, I have to confess, you may have a point. If it’s going on in Chicago, which is the motherland for Democrat Party corruption in politics, you gotta figure that it’s happening in other Democrat enclaves as well. Camille Paglia, by the way, in her most recent Salon column has a pretty good question. She looks at all these Clinton people in the cabinet, Obama’s cabinet, and she says (paraphrased), ‘What do the Clintons have on Obama? And if they’ve got something this powerful on Obama, why didn’t they use it during the campaign?’

CALLER: I have no idea.

RUSH: No, I don’t, either. I don’t think anybody has anything on Obama ’cause, like David Gergen said, it would be very, very unfair to.

CALLER: The honest-to-God truth is Blagojevich isn’t smart enough to think of this on his own.

RUSH: Well, look, the one thing that the people outside of Chicago don’t really know is that the mayor of Chicago, Daley, runs all this. I’m not saying that Daley put words in Blagojevich’s mouth. But I’m saying whatever’s going on in that state, Daley knows it. Daley approves of it. So I think Obama’s president because Daley wanted him out of Illinois. I don’t think Daley wanted him running for governor there. Why would Daley want to have to deal with a messiah who’s governor of Illinois? Get him the hell out of the state. The last thing anybody expected was that he would win. Now look! AP is finally running stories on his cronies today. On December 10th, AP is final telling us about Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers and Tony Rezko. It’s like, ‘Oh, my God, what have we done here?’ This Blagojevich thing, they’re just running. They’re trying to cover. They’re spreading the wagons, covering the wagons, circling the wagons, everything they can to protect Obama here. I mean, he’s The Messiah who… You know, Jesus walked on water. Obama apparently walks on a cesspool and is untainted by it.

CALLER: (laughs) Well, I have —

RUSH: That’s what they want us to believe.

CALLER: I have no idea how they came up with this plan, but my suspicions run to New York that there’s something else going on here. So…

RUSH: You mean related to Illinois?

CALLER: Well, related in the fact that Senate seats are up for sale.

RUSH: Yeah. Like this. Yeah, like what did it take to get The Lout back out of retirement?

CALLER: Anything’s possible.

RUSH: Yeah, and, look at all of the money that’s in this business. Look at all the money in politics. Every dime is produced by the American people.

CALLER: Well…

RUSH: And where does it end up? It ends up in Washington, state capitals, ends up at your city, ends up at your fire department, ends up at your dogcatcher. (sigh) Yeah. Yeah. That’s the sad thing. I know a lot of Americans are sad today to realize their Senate seats are up for sale.

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