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RUSH: Brad in Minneapolis. Welcome, sir. Thank you for waiting. You’re on the EIB Network. Hello.

CALLER: Mega global warming dittos from the high of three below in Minneapolis.

RUSH: Thank you, sir.

CALLER: And happy birthday. I have a question about, can the Republican Party and the House just walk off the floor, stay in their offices, write policy, and answer phone calls and blame everything on Democrats?

RUSH: Well, sure. Basically you want them to adopt the Democrat strategy of blaming everything on Democrats, blaming everything on Obama, but it isn’t going to happen, at least not right off the bat. It’s not in the Republicans’ DNA to do that, plus they’re paranoid of any criticism of Obama now being construed as racism and not giving him a chance. The Republican Party mantra is ‘we hope he succeeds.’ Now, this program is not the Republican Party. And, frankly, given the way I’ve seen his plans and heard him talk, I don’t want him to succeed, folks. I don’t want socialism in this country. I don’t want nationalized health care. I don’t want the government owning the auto business. I don’t want any of this. I don’t want tax increases, folks. It’s not going to fix anything. I don’t want this to work. But the Republican Party is saying they hope he succeeds.

As I mentioned to you on Friday, the Senate Republicans had a retreat, and they all came out of it demoralized. They were told, ‘Do not be confrontational, be moderate, and remember the plight of Northeastern Republicans.’ Meaning, we gotta make sure the Northeastern liberals keep getting reelected. So don’t expect the Republicans to start complaining about anything. And when they do, if they do, they will not have given themselves a foundation of credibility to do it. They think they’re doing that, by offering support and assistance and hopes for success. At some point if they fall off the wagon, ‘Yeah, we wanted this to work, but we just don’t think it’s gonna work.’ ‘Well, you never did think it was gonna work.’ It’s amazing how ignorant and tone deaf they can be.

Kathy in Potomac, Maryland, hi, welcome to the Rush Limbaugh program.

CALLER: Happy birthday, Rush.

RUSH: Thank you very much.

CALLER: I’ve been told I have a minute, so here goes. I called last September just as the financial crisis was coming to the fore to say that I thought what we had was a crisis of confidence in government. Rush, now I believe that our government is trying to create a crisis of confidence in ourselves, the American people. Obama said only government can get us out of this mess. Well, Rush, I’m an inventor and an entrepreneur, and I can bring back the economy. I invented a dog ramp, and I even have it manufactured right here in the good old USA in Somerset, Wisconsin, so I’m full of confidence.

RUSH: You are dead-on right about this, creating a crisis mentality, but it’s not just Obama who is doing it. The media has been attempting to do this against the war in Iraq, supposedly we’re in a recession for five years, and it’s finally paid off for them.

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RUSH: We go to Jacksonville. Cynthia, I have about a minute here with you, too, but I know you can squeeze it in. Welcome to the EIB Network.

CALLER: Thank you so much, Rush. It’s an honor and a privilege to talk to you today.

RUSH: Thank you.

CALLER: Happy birthday.

RUSH: Thanks very much.

CALLER: I just have a couple little quick things to say. I was watching the George H.W. Bush decommission yesterday, and I just wanted to tell our wonderful President Bush how much he is going to be missed and how much we appreciate you, Rush, and how much we have appreciated him these years. I know it’s been tough. And also, to tell Senator Martinez, yes, this is the same Cynthia that e-mails you every week.

RUSH: Well, I don’t know that Senator Martinez is a regular listener of this program.

CALLER: I thought it was kind of funny. I find it humorous.

RUSH: I meant to talk about something today, and I’m making a note I’ll talk about it tomorrow. The president has advised the Republican Party, look, immigration, I don’t want to tell people we’re against immigrants, we don’t want people think we’re against them and so forth, and, you know, it’s sad what’s happened to the whole concept of freedom, and even the Republican Party is falling prey to this, that freedom is something that’s extended to groups of victims, and that misses the entire conservative message. I’ll ‘splain tomorrow.

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