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RUSH: New Albany, Indiana, and John. Nice to have you on the program, sir. Hello.

CALLER: Thank you, sir. Rush, it’s going to be a lot to digest, maybe 15 to 20 seconds’ worth, and at the end I’ll hang up and go listen and see how goofy my voice sounds over the waves and your response and then I’ll say done and thank you.

RUSH: All right.

CALLER: I’d like to inform you that I pulled the plug on my cable because I believe it’s global knowledge that your program is at the very least three days ahead of all news outlets, and that’s why I fired my cable company. Because I grew oh-so-very painfully tired of hearing topics that you discussed or hit on days earlier, and to me, sir, that’s very impressive. My question is why aren’t the right commentators all on the same page? I mean, look, you often have sound bites of all the left idiots, and it seems they’re on the same page and they’re pumping it out daily, but when one watches or listens to programs like yourself, or the right, and everyone, it seems like they’re a shotgun blast. They all hit the target, but it wasn’t the proverbial, quote, unquote, bull’s-eye shot. You have your show, and all its glory, and all the big names have their show and their glory. And their topics to me as a concerned father, as a constitutionalist and a firm lover of his country and its history, maybe you should all meet in the desert or somewhere weird that no one knows about and get on the same page. I’ll bartend. I’m done, thank you.

RUSH: Don’t go away. Are you still there?


RUSH: What are you asking me? What are you asking me to comment on?

CALLER: You’re not all on the same page.

RUSH: All who?

CALLER: Well, all the right commentators.

RUSH: Oh, you mean the various radio and TV talk show hosts?

CALLER: Correct, sir.

RUSH: You think everybody on the left says the same thing every day, every night, they’re coordinated, but we on the right are not?

CALLER: Right.

RUSH: And you want to know why?

CALLER: Right. It’s like a shotgun blast. I mean every night, you know, you got —

RUSH: (laughing) I already have a dwindling number of friends on my side of the aisle. If I answer your question honestly, I won’t have any friends left on my side of the aisle.


RUSH: Hey, I just — (interruption) what, Snerdley, what? I can’t answer the guy. If I answer the guy’s question I don’t have any friends left. Before I get into that I just got a note and I need you to help me understand this. Here’s the note: ‘Mea culpa, anti-biz rep was before Obama spoke. Once he made another historic address, they’ll know he’s pro-business. They are the media.’ Do you have any idea what that means? I don’t, either.

Now, as to why conservative commentators don’t appear to be on the same unified page as the left is, well, in the first place, the left all get talking points from someplace, either the White House or the DNC or somewhere. I don’t get talking points, and if I did, I wouldn’t open ’em. I make the talking points. See, here I go, I cannot answer this question and hold onto any friendships that I’ve got. And of course naturally the staff, ‘Oh, come on, it will be okay, come on, go for it, the audience wants to know. How come you say what you say and it pops up sometime later elsewhere and you guys don’t seem to be all coordinated on the same page?’ There is a perfectly simple and on-the-money answer, but it serves me no good purpose to answer it. Open Line Friday doesn’t matter. There’s a no-win in answering the question. Yeah, it’s not no-win Friday, it’s Open Line Friday. Okay, H.R. is giving me a possible answer, I put my head down and I do what I do and I’m not responsible for what happens after that. Snerdley thinks that’s a cop-out answer.


RUSH: Here is Tom in Bossier City, Louisiana. Great to have you, sir, on the EIB Network. Hello.

CALLER: Hello, Rush, 20-year-listener dittos to you.

RUSH: Thank you very much, sir.

CALLER: Hey, about five or six callers ago you had a man ask you a question and you refused to answer it on the risk of alienating some of your friends and I’m going to answer it for you. You are show prep for the rest of the industry, including the rest of the conservative talk show hosts. And that’s the answer.

RUSH: (laughing) That would not be the answer I would give if I were being honest.

CALLER: Okay, well, can I say something else?

RUSH: Yeah, go ahead, what is it?

CALLER: I’ll let you respond to that, but there’s something that’s entered the lexicon vernacular of the airwaves, and that is the statement, ‘Let me make this clear.’ Well, Mr. President, it’s clear, we’re not stupid, we understood it the first time. It’s clear, we know what you’re doing, and we don’t like it, so quit saying, ‘Let me make it clear.’ It’s clear enough. Thank you, Rush.

RUSH: All right, thank you, Tom, I appreciate it. Tom, he’s referring to — it wasn’t long ago Snerdley diabolically cleared a caller on Open Line Friday who said, ‘On the left, it doesn’t matter where you go, radio, television, newspaper, the left are always saying the same thing, always on message. But I listen to conservatives, and it’s not the same. You say one thing, couple days later the rest of them say it or whatever. Why is that?’ And there is an answer to this. It is not that I am show prep for the rest of the media. Folks, I’m just telling you, no, it’s not the answer I would give ’cause it’s not the answer. I’m not show prep for the rest of the media. That’s not the answer I would give. To understand this you have to have a concept of career advancement. Let me give you an analogy and let’s say you — well, it’s tough to come up with an analogy here. There’s no win for me to answer the question. The answer is right there. It’s simple.

If I were to tell you what the answer is, it would totally make sense, and it doesn’t denigrate anybody. It wouldn’t alienate anybody. It’s a testament to the fact that we on the right are not a bunch of mind-numbed robots. Look, if you were in the Senate and Ted Kennedy was in the Senate, and he was the lion of the Senate, you would realize there’s only one, so you would try to find your own niche in the Senate to stand out as doing something different or unique. That’s as close as I’m going to get. If Mr. Conservative is locked up, what are you going to do? Maybe go for Mr. Moderate, maybe go for Mr. Centrist, maybe go for Mr. Professor, Mr. Whatever. It’s not a talent thing. It’s a business decision that they are all making, and I don’t blame ’em. I mean it’s smart business and it’s competitive juices being used properly.

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