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RUSH: We go to Milwaukee next. Jerry, you are on Open Line Friday. Hello.

CALLER: Hi, Rush. You know, I’m a Democrat and I really want Palin as the nominee. I really want Palin as the nominee because if she became the nominee there’s no chance she would get elected. President Obama would basically defeat her in a landslide because the American people know she’s an empty suit. They know that she’s a coward who hides behind the military; they know about her trying to ban books or looking into banning books in Wasilla, Alaska. Her book just showed how much of an empty suit she was, how she really doesn’t say anything and she just attacks the people who disagree with her. There’s no policy ideas in the book at all.

RUSH: Now, now, now. I’ve read the book and you’re just repeating a bunch of bluster that you’ve read on websites, ’cause this book is full of policy. That’s what makes it remarkable.

CALLER: No, it’s not. No, it’s not. I read part of Mike Huckabee’s book. Even though I don’t agree with Mike Huckabee, that had a hundred times the actual content of the gossip book which is Going Rogue, which is ‘Going Tedious,’ I call it.

RUSH: There’s only ten pages of gossip in this book. Would you explain something to me? I really don’t understand — and you’re a Democrat, and maybe you can help me understand.

CALLER: Uh-huh.

RUSH: What is it about this woman that drives you so crazy?

CALLER: What is it about Obama that drives the right-wing so crazy?

RUSH: Because he’s destroying the country, my man. Answer my question. I answered yours. What is it about this woman that drives you so crazy? She can’t do a damn thing to you, Jerry.

CALLER: Well, I don’t think she’s going to be elected president —

RUSH: Jerry, why does she scare you?

CALLER: She divides Americans, Rush. She has this idea that if you don’t agree with her — and this is common on the right — then you’re not really a patriot like her. You’re not really a real American.

RUSH: Wait a second. No, no, no.

CALLER: She said that in North Carolina during the election.

RUSH: She scares you to death. She frightens the hell out of you. You’re having to make up all kinds of stuff about her. This woman has far more patriotism and love of country and decency in her than Barack Obama could hope to have. This woman would be so much better leading this country than what we have now because we are being led into destruction. We are being led over the cliff into an abyss. We are being led by a man who’s got a chip on his shoulder for some reason about this country and doesn’t like it. She loves it. I’d rather have somebody that openly loves this country, respects it, and wants to project American exceptionalism around the world rather than what we got now: Somebody running around taking every opportunity he can to cut this country down to size. Bringing a terrorist trial to New York City, conferring citizenship rights on a man who was the mastermind behind a murder of almost 3,000 Americans? What I don’t understand is how anybody — and you sound like you have a functional brain. What I don’t understand is how anybody can look at what’s happening in this country and say the problem is Sarah Palin.

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RUSH: Did you hear Jerry? Did you hear Jerry in Milwaukee? Did you hear the one thing he said? I couldn’t get him to tell me why, in so many words, she scares him. She can’t do anything to anybody. She’s just out selling books. She’s not in office, she can’t raise anybody’s taxes, she can’t destroy the health care system, she cannot destroy the private sector, she can’t raise anybody’s taxes, and yet they’re scared to death of her! And I heard him say that she’s divisive. What’s divisive about Sarah Palin? You know what it is that scares liberals? And there are many things that scare liberals. They are scared by anybody who believes in absolutes like right and wrong. They are scared to death because they look at people like that as judging — and, of course, political correctness was invented by the left as a stealth form of censorship to ensure that people will not say what they really think. You’re supposed to acknowledge and be tolerant of virtually every aberrant thing in our culture, except conservatives and Sarah Palin. You are not allowed to be tolerant of Sarah Palin. You go out there and you have this president and this presidency to defend, and you can’t. So you have to attack Sarah Palin! Absolutes, right and wrong? The left wants to see only the murky gray of smog, and they don’t want to see anything that is black and white.

James Taranto, Best of the Web, WallStreetJournalOnline.com has done a remarkable comparison here. ‘Accountability Journalism,’ he calls it. ‘An Associated Press dispatch, written by Erica Werner and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, compares the House and Senate Obamacare bills. We’d like to compare this dispatch to the AP’s dispatch earlier this week ‘fact-checking’ Sarah Palin’s new book. Here goes: Number of AP reporters assigned to story: Obamacare bills: 2 [reporters], [Sarah] Palin’s book: 11. Number of pages in document being covered: 4,064 pages [two reporters], Palin book, 432 pages [1 reporter]. Number of pages per AP reporter: Obamacare bill — each reporter would have had to read 2,032 pages. The 11 reporters reviewing Sarah Palin’s book for fact-check would have had to read 39.3 pages. So on a ‘per-page basis,’ the Associated Press ‘devoted 52 times as much manpower to the memoir of a former Republican officeholder as to a piece of legislation that will cost trillions of dollars and an untold number of lives. That’s what they call accountability journalism.” And that’s the left. They are so scared of this woman, but they don’t dare tell us why.

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RUSH: All right, for all of you Sarah haters out there, I have a little test for you. I have some questions for you Sarah haters: Did you support John Edwards as Kerry’s vice president? (John Kerry, by the way, served in Vietnam) Did you admire John Edwards in 2008? Did you admire John Edwards in 2004? Did you think John Edwards was something other than who he was? If so, may I ask what makes you think you are qualified to judge Sarah Palin, hmm?

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RUSH: I’ve had a guy on hold here for a long time. I meant to get to him right at the conclusion of the previous hour but I got diarrhea of the mouth and I didn’t get it done. So let me go talk to Bob here before we get into Obama and Reid and Pelosi crashing the economy. Bob’s in Westminster, Maryland. How are you, Bob?

CALLER: Good. Thank you.

RUSH: Yes. Welcome to the program.

CALLER: Yes. What I wanted to bring up is you and a lot of people — yourself, Hannity, Beck, other conservatives in general — keep asking, ‘Why do liberal women, women like Sally Quinn and Barbara Walters and those types, so hate Sarah Palin?’

RUSH: Mmm-hmm?

CALLER: And to me reason is very simple and it should be obvious to anybody who knows these women: They had to sleep their way to the top and Sarah Palin didn’t. That’s why they resent her. That’s why they hate her.

RUSH: Okay. Okay. ‘They slept their way to the top.’ We have about 30 seconds here to bleep this. I’m going to put this up to a vote of the staff. No bleep? Rachel? No bleep. Brian? No bleep. New York says no bleep. Okay, we’re good to go. So they slept their way to the top. Sally Quinn, you said?

CALLER: Sally Quinn, Barbara Walters. Those types and liberal women in general.

RUSH: Now, you said we all know this. How do you know this?

CALLER: Well, Sally Quinn, you know about the relationship she had with Ben Bradlee when Ben Bradlee was still married.

RUSH: I’m not aware of that.

CALLER: She broke up his original marriage.

RUSH: She did? Did Oprah do a show on that? How do people know it?

CALLER: I know it just by reading.

RUSH: Yeah, but where, do you remember where you read it?

CALLER: No. It was years ago, it was back in the eighties when it happened.

RUSH: Okay. And where was she working at the time? Ben Bradlee was at the Washington Post. Where was she working at the time?

CALLER: I think she was like a photographer columnist or something with the Washington Post at that time.

RUSH: Ohhh. Hence the casting couch theory.

CALLER: Yeah, exactly. Exactly.

RUSH: Barbara Walters, is this widely known as well?

CALLER: Well, she, in her autobiography in her recent book, bragged how she had an affair with — if I remember correctly — Senator Brooke from Massachusetts, and others, and that’s how she made her career.

RUSH: Yeah. Edward Brooke, is that right?

CALLER: (sirens in the background) I think so, yes.

RUSH: Are those sirens I hear closing in on you? (laughing) And Sarah Palin has not done this, is the theory?

CALLER: I do not think she has, and I’m sure the way they’ve combed over ever record she had, that if there had been such an issue, it would have surfaced.

RUSH: I’m fascinated on people’s theories about this. There clearly is a Sarah Derangement Syndrome out there that the left has, and it’s not because they think she’s stupid. It’s not that. I think they’re jealous. I think they’re jealous of the reaction she gets. There are a whole bunch of things that go into this, but you may have a point. All right. Thanks, Bob, for holding. I appreciate that.

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RUSH: All right, to the phones! Chris in Willow, Alaska, it’s great to have you on the EIB Network. Hello.

CALLER: Rush, this is Chris in Alaska. Can you hear me?

RUSH: Yeah, hear you fine. You hear me?

CALLER: I’ve got you. I’m on a radio phone, Rush, so if something happens I’m a long way from the nearest road.

RUSH: Okay.

CALLER: I just wanted to let you know that we do in fact live in two Americas. We live in the America of Sarah Palin, and we live in the America of the East and West Coast, Rush. And I tell you what: Being remote, we like living in Sarah Palin’s America. And having spent many, many years in bush Alaska where it’s cold… We just had a wolf walk across our front yard. Do you know it was colder in Fairbanks, Alaska, last year than it was the year that Algore was born?

RUSH: Oh. That’s an interesting statistic out there in the global warming debate.

CALLER: Yes. And we spent the coldest year last year in this cabin, and I live in a cabin with only wood heat. We don’t have running water, and we lived the coldest year we ever lived last winter. So I —

RUSH: Wait. Hold it a minute. Not having running water? Is that a choice or is your cabin that remote that it hadn’t been developed with running water and pipes?

CALLER: Well, we’re very remote, Rush. We’re three miles from Sarah Palin and Todd Palin’s bush cabin. We live three miles from her cabin.

RUSH: Do they have running water in their cabin?

CALLER: No. No they don’t.

RUSH: Well, now when it’s this cold — when it’s colder than it was when Gore was born — what do you do to take a shower out there?

RUSH: Well, we just yesterday went down and dug a 18-inch hole in the river ice and we get our water out of the Susitna River, and we carry it up here on a sled and we pack it into the cabin and we set up a portable shower and we take a shower. I’ve also got a little heat sauna outside.

RUSH: You got a heat sauna out there but no running water? The last time I saw anybody carrying water to their house was in Afghanistan.

CALLER: Well, you know, Rush, it’s a funny thing. I’m a retiree, of course, and I’ve got a master’s degree in journalism. I just want to make one more comment. Do you know the other day when the Berlin Wall came down? We only get two channels out here, ABC and NBC, and do you know that they went through the entire program about the Berlin Wall coming down and they went without even the narrowest mention of Ronald Reagan? He was never even mentioned.

RUSH: Hey, let me tell you something: I get every network and it was the same on all of them.

CALLER: And like I said: We’re in Sarah Palin’s America. You know, the East and West Coast of this country doesn’t live like all of this. You live there; Snerdley lives there. But we live different than the East and West Coasters, Rush. We don’t fit in that, and America is going to come up, we’re going to rise to the level now that we’re going to substantively change America in the future, Rush — and like I said, this guy that called criticizing Sarah Palin? He doesn’t have a bit of common man or woman in him. I don’t understand what’s subduing this country. We’ve got to understand that freedom and liberty and those things that we hold dear reside right here in my little bush cabin every day and resides in the streets and the back allies and roadways of America where common men and women understand that the principles of the Constitution, the principles of liberty still stand tall and still ride high in the saddle of what most of us Americans believe in.

RUSH: Chris, I can’t and don’t have to add a single thing and I couldn’t anyway because I’m out of time. Thank you very much.

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RUSH: I forgot. There is another place where inhabitants have to go to the nearest sinkhole — or wherever they go — to get water to take it back to the hut. And that’s Obama’s brother George Obango Onyango Obama. Now his grandmother, in that village in Kenya, she just ran water pipes to her house. The school that Obama promised still hasn’t been built. But George, I think, is still in that six by nine hut, and there’s no running water in there. Now, that guy from Willow, Alaska, Chris? That’s how the environmentalists want all of us living, folks: No electricity, running down to the river to get water, digging a hole in the backyard to fertilize your grass.

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