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RUSH: John in Indianapolis. Have you guys gotten over it yet, by the way? This is Thursday.

CALLER: Excuse me?

RUSH: Have you gotten over the Super Bowl yet?

CALLER: Um, no.

RUSH: I didn’t think so.

CALLER: Absolutely not.

RUSH: That’s gotta be tough.

CALLER: It was very, very painful. It ruined my Sunday, and on top of that it ruined my weekend. But regardless, I just got connected to a true, true patriot and God love you.

RUSH: Thank you very much, sir.

CALLER: Thank you. My question to you is why don’t you use the term ‘progressive’ instead of liberal? I mean, if you research how many times Obama has used the term — and the last two weeks you have Hillary Clinton saying she’s on board with being a progressive — and as of late within the last, hmm, maybe 36, 24 hours, you have McCain’s daughter saying she’s a ‘progressive Republican,’ (snorts). I mean, come on. I mean what’s your understanding of the history of the progressive movement and does it scare you?

RUSH: They’re a bunch of liberals and communists and they do scare me, and the reason I don’t call them ‘progressives’ is because the word ‘liberal’ creams ’em. You poll liberal versus conservative. Look at voter identification. Forty percent of the American people call themselves conservative. Twenty percent of the American people call themselves liberals. Progressive is their way of disguising who they are. Progressive and liberal… What is progressive mean? Forward, advanced, looking forward. ‘We’re smarter than you. We’re more advanced. We’re ahead of the game.’ They’re not progressives. These people are the furthest thing from progressives. I’m not going to let them get away with redefining their own terms. That’s all they’re trying to do. They’re not progressives. They’ve gone anywhere from progressives… They never use the word liberal to describe themselves. Never, ever. Because it’s death. It’s death at the ballot box. That’s why I’m mystified the Republican Party doesn’t use it more often. McCain finally got around to doing so late in the campaign. But don’t quote Meghan McCain. I mean, ‘progressive Republican’? It’s not fair to Meghan McCain. (sigh) I mean, what is the…? She’s just an airhead. I don’t know what else to say. They want to call themselves progressives, then they’re engaged in tomfoolery and trickery, and I’m just not going to let ’em get away with it. They are liberals, Marxists, socialists, and communists.

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