RUSH: It’s Open Line Friday on Thursday today. We’re going to start in North Hills, California. Suzanne, great to have you with us. Hello.
CALLER: Good morning, Rush. I wanted to start by apologizing. I always thought you were a loud-mouthed blowhard, sadly, until I saw your national address on C-SPAN, and after that moment I was a convert. My mother and my brother have been trying to drag me to the dark side for the longest time, and all I kept thinking was, ‘What was wrong with this man?’ When I finally saw you, on top of the fact that you’re adorable —
RUSH: (laughed) Dragged to the dark side.
CALLER: — it was entertaining, it was informative. It was something that I should have been listening to years ago, and they were right, which I hate admitting. So I wanted to apologize to start with, and the next time you’re in LA I’d love to take you to dinner, so we can write it off.
RUSH: Where is North Hills, California, by the way?
CALLER: Near Northridge, north of Los Angeles.
RUSH: Northridge, okay. You know, it’s very interesting that you were — well, I’m not surprised you were converted off the CPAC speech, but did you see it per se or —
RUSH: Okay, you didn’t see media clips of it —
CALLER: No, I saw the speech.
RUSH: Well, what did you believe prior to that, and why?
CALLER: Sadly, I work in the legal field so I’m surrounded by Democrats and liberals except for one conservative and she’s at the other end of the office so all I hear is the same liberal media crap and the same butt licking that they all give to Obama —
RUSH: Wait a minute, I need to understand. Are you a liberal at the same time you’re hanging around with all the liberal crap or —
CALLER: God, no. No, I’m a staunch Republican. I happened to catch you, every time I stepped in the room and they had you on it was at that point when you were self-stroking yourself and it was like, oh, my God what is wrong with this man?
RUSH: I don’t know that I have ever done that on the radio.
CALLER: Well, since I don’t have a webcam I can’t be sure, but when you talk about, you know, how intelligent and how bright and on and on you went and I went, you know, he’s starting to sound like the Democrats until, like I said, when I saw it on C-SPAN, it’s the way you came across, it was the amount of information I got without — usually when I listen to a lot of the subjects you cover I get so angry, not at you, but at how stupid the bulk of people seem to be.
RUSH: You know, I got an e-mail today, and this probably will reflect similarly on your experience. I get these so often that I think that they are seminar e-mails actually sent in by liberals lying to me, pretending to be conservatives in hopes of depressing me. I’m too strong for that. I got a note today from a guy who said, ‘All right, yesterday I finally convinced my girlfriend to listen to you, finally, it’s taken me years. And what did you start with? Obama throwing like a girl. And she said, see, ‘This guy is an A– I don’t want anything to do with him,” and the guy is lamenting, ‘It took me years to get her to listen and you start with the Obama throws like a girl.’ So it sounds like —
CALLER: But he does.
RUSH: (laughing) I know.
CALLER: They gotta get him into some manly sports because he comes across as a moron and he can’t think for himself much less speak for himself and he sure as hell doesn’t speak for me and the rest of the country.
CALLER: I said I was sorry. I’m sincere for the most part. It’s an ulterior motive, I just wanted to ask you out for dinner.
RUSH: (laughing) I’m attached, I must be honest.
CALLER: I didn’t say I wanted to take you home! I just said to dinner. She can come along. I don’t care. What I really wanted was to pick your brain more, was to hear more about —
CALLER: And I wanted to take you to a Republican dominated restaurant. I’m sorry, a liberal dominated —
RUSH: Where, in Northridge?
CALLER: No, it’s in Sherman Oaks on Ventura Boulevard and the bulk of what I hear is Obama is so fabulous and health care is what we need and money for the children.
RUSH: Look, I gotta ask you one more question. I got limited time here.
RUSH: Why, if you are as conservative as you are, and knowing the media are who they are, why did you believe what these admitted liberals were saying about me?
CALLER: Oh, I didn’t believe what they said, it’s just it’s one of those things where you have selective hearing. Finally you just tune it out completely, so it’s like I don’t have to listen to you, I don’t have to listen to them. But then, like I said, to see you, now I listen to you. I listen to you at work and I leave the radio up. Some people won’t come in my office now, but that’s okay.
RUSH: I gotta run. Thanks for the invitation, Suzanne, I appreciate it. What a nice first call I had.