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RUSH: Bill in Philadelphia. Greatly to have you here, sir, on Open Line Friday.

CALLER: Captain, my captain! It’s actually Gil, not Bill, but mega-consulting dittos from Philadelphia. I just wanted to say that as a consulting engineer, I have a small firm and when I get the system to work for me, I call that ‘success,’ and when the system fails me, I call that ‘failure.’ So by Barack Obama looking for somebody that the system has failed, isn’t he in that sense looking for someone who’s a failure?

RUSH: For a Supreme Court nominee?

CALLER: Yes, sir.

RUSH: Yeah! He’s looking for a failure. He’s looking for somebody who’s been on the wrong side of the law, somebody… Yeah, he’s looking for somebody who does not know success because those people… See, in his worldview the only reason those people are on the wrong side of the law or haven’t had any success is because the achievers and those who have accomplished things are stealing from them and denying them opportunity, and that’s what he’s gonna change and he’s hell-bent on it and he’s making it clear every time he opens his mouth.

CALLER: Being Open Line Friday, can I go off topic just for a moment?

RUSH: There are no topics on Open Line Friday, so go for it. Just make it good.

CALLER: Well, you know, concerning the banking failures, in 1992, when Bill Clinton came to office, there were about 12,000 banks in the United States.

RUSH: Mmm-hmm.

CALLER: It was Clinton’s policy and the policy of the Federal Reserve that they wanted fewer but larger banks. And when he left office, I believe there were about 8,000 banks. And essentially, what this meant was, America lost its diversity in the banking industry. So when we have failures, they’re bigger and much worse — and this is a topic that I think is being largely ignored.

RUSH: It’s an excellent point out there, Gil. I’m glad you went off topic.

CALLER: Thank you, Rush. I’m glad I didn’t let you down, buddy!

RUSH: You didn’t let me down, Gil. And I’m sorry for mispronouncing your name. It was Snerdley’s mistake.

CALLER: Oh, I knew that. I’ve never heard you make a mistake, Rush.

RUSH: That’s right. I don’t. When I make a mistake it’s other people and I usually cover for them. (laughs)

CALLER: Thanks for covering for all of us, Rush. We love you and we appreciate it.

RUSH: Thank you, too, Gil, thanks very much for the call, buddy.

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