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RUSH: I’ll tell you, the American people have Democrats on the run. This is going to be a bloodbath. There’s a Rasmussen poll out, 68% favor smaller government and lower taxes. Another way of saying
this is that 68% want conservative principles. And there are a lot of Republicans running for office who are trying to make a big deal out of the fact that they are not conservatives, and the Republican establishment in Washington is encouraging some of these non-conservative Republicans to run.

The Mike Castle race in Delaware has become a focal point of controversy. His opponent is O’Donnell. A lot of conservatives are dumping on her for — I mean, it’s almost universal. The inside-the-Beltway conservative media dumping all over her, despite the fact that Mike Castle is proud as a member of Congress to have voted for 99% of the Obama agenda. He voted for the stimulus, and the people are saying, “Well, we need to get control of the Senate, Rush, and if it’s gonna take a guy like Mike Castle in Delaware to get control of the Senate, then we’re going to have to go for that, we’re going to have to do it.” Mike Castle gives us 51 votes, then we’re in there. In there with what? I mean, I don’t know. I think a lot of people have become party people here, rather than conservatives, and are somehow imagining that just getting hold of their chairmanships is the objective here, rather than reversing course. I mean, the overriding concern ought to be defeating liberals wherever they are and however it’s done. There’s no contest here: Obama and the left have to go, they have to be defeated. The Republican Party does not need to be propped up first and foremost; Obama’s gotta go. The left has to go.

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RUSH: Homewood, Illinois, Gail, you’re up first. Great to have you on the program today.

CALLER: Hi, Rush. This is an absolute thrill.

RUSH: Thank you.

CALLER: You’re welcome. I am absolutely flabbergasted and angered that the American people have not picked up on this. Obama is using the presidency and our money like he’s won the lottery with all the trips he takes. They weren’t even unpacked at the White House and they were already on their way to Europe to go so shopping.

RUSH: What makes you think the American people haven’t figured this out? Have you seen his poll numbers?

CALLER: Well, the poll numbers, but no one’s mentioned the fact that he’s spending money like there is no tomorrow, and it happens to be our money.

RUSH: Well, okay, I’ll make a note of that, nobody is talking about how much money Obama is spending. We’ll start talking about that on the program.

CALLER: You have done that, but, like his mind-set, like it’s his money, that he’s allowed to spend it how he wants to.

RUSH: Okay. That’s right. And we’ll make a note. Thanks, Gail, very much.

Lynn in Delaware somewhere, welcome to the program.

CALLER: Hi, Rush. How you doing?

RUSH: Very well —

CALLER: Good to be on your show.

RUSH: — thank you.

CALLER: Are you there?

RUSH: Yeah, right here.

CALLER: Well, what I wanted to call and tell you is, you said that the conservatives in Delaware were dumping on Christine O’Donnell, and —

RUSH: No, no. No, no. I did not say that.

CALLER: Okay.

RUSH: I said inside-the-Beltway media, Washington media, conservative media is dumping on Christine O’Donnell.

CALLER: Yeah, the conservatives here in Delaware are supporting her 100%. We are doing battle against the media here in this state, which is very pro-Mike Castle and against the established Republican Party here that is just tearing her to shreds.

RUSH: Well, here’s the thinking on all this, and I’ve examined it in some detail. They’re saying that Delaware is a northeastern state; that this is the Biden seat, and for a Republican, any Republican to win the Biden seat, why, that’s nirvana, that’s huge, that’s big. Besides, a conservative really can’t win in Delaware, just like they say about Carly Fiorina in California. “Rush, it’s California. She’s going to have to be a little liberal out there if she’s gonna win.” Well, okay, fine. If we want to start rebuilding the Republican Senate with a bunch of Arlen Specter types, then go for it. That’s what we’re looking at here. If having a majority of Republicans, like getting 51, takes seven or eight Arlen Specter types, where are we?


CALLER: That’s right. That’s what we’re thinking here in Delaware. There’s no way. We already made the mistake of foisting Joe Biden on the rest of the nation. We don’t want to foist Mike Castle on the rest of the nation.

RUSH: Now, wait a minute. What do you not like about Castle?

CALLER: Just how liberal he is. I mean he gets on there and says that he’s a fiscal conservative and all the things that he does, and look at his voting record.

RUSH: Well, now, somebody mentioned to me today that Castle votes with the Republicans 88% of the time. However, he voted for TARP.

CALLER: Right.

RUSH: He voted for the economic stimulus bill in September of 2008.

CALLER: Yep.

RUSH: The National Rifle Association has given him an F —

CALLER: Right.

RUSH: — on his Second Amendment grade, and he voted for cap and trade, he’s in favor of that. But other than that he supposedly votes with the Republicans.

CALLER: Right. Right. Absolutely he doesn’t. I mean, you said it yourself, he voted, what, 99% of the time for Obama? We all know that here. We are fighting against this. We even have a club here called the ABC Club, Anybody But Castle. I mean the people in Delaware just don’t want him, and —

RUSH: Now, what are the objections that you’re hearing to O’Donnell?

CALLER: It’s all been fiscal, like she doesn’t have her own personal finances in order, but we’re at the point now where we’re willing to overlook that. Everybody makes mistakes in their lives. It’s nothing major. She talks a very good conservative line, and if she goes to Congress and votes the way she talks, conservatives finally win in this state.

RUSH: Okay, well, it’s a big bone of contention with a lot of conservatives. Somebody asked me about this when I got back from Hawaii on Monday, so I’ve been delving into this race. As you know, I do not endorse in primaries. My theory, politicians come and go. I am forever. You know, they’re all too flaky to tie yourselves to. You just can’t. So I sit back, particularly during primaries. But I have been struck by the unity and the symmetry of the opposition to Christine O’Donnell in conservative media, the blogosphere, the Wall Street Journal, some other places. They’re all saying the same things and they’re quoting a line from Bill Buckley. Buckley said he would always vote for the conservative who could win. And they’re using Buckley to suggest that he would not have voted for Christine O’Donnell because she can’t win, she might be able to beat Castle but she won’t beat the Democrat in the general, that’s the prevailing theory. But when you look at Buckley, he supported a lot of losers. He supported Barry Goldwater in 1964. He supported Reagan in 1976.

CALLER: Well, conservatives have to take a stand at some point. We don’t want another Arlen Specter or anything like that. We have to stand up and sooner or later take a stand and say enough is enough. Republicans, if you aren’t going to follow the Conservative Party line, that’s it, we don’t want your candidate, either.

RUSH: Well, it does boil down to the — and this is something that’s worried me, that all of this is gonna lead to a third party down the line because I think that people like you throughout the country are willing to throw the Republican Party overboard as well as the Democrats in order to get conservatives in positions of power, because we’ve tried career politicians. We’ve tried people whose number one goal is to maintain their chairmanship or to keep their status inside the Beltway, and we’re at a precipice here. We’re at the cliff. We have an administration that is seeking to change fundamentally the kind of country this is, and there’s opposition rising to it throughout this country at the grassroots level. The Tea Party typifies it and you can hear Lynn’s voice here. I mean this is not politics as usual. It’s not Democrat versus Republican. This is conservative versus liberal.

CALLER: Absolutely. And we feel that way. We also have someone to replace Mike Castle in the House by the name of Glen Urquhart who’s extremely conservative, that we feel if he gets in Congress, he’s going to make a difference for us.

RUSH: All right. Look, I appreciate the call.

CALLER: All right, thanks.

RUSH: You bet. Thanks very much.

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RUSH: Well, here’s another way to look at this. Mike Castle voted with the Republicans 88% of the time. A lot of people saying, “Hey, got no problem with him.” Well, McCain votes with the party 95% of the time. So you could say that Castle isn’t even as loyal to the GOP as McCain has been. I don’t know. The times are unique. Circumstances are unique. This is not the usual Democrat versus Republican. Obama’s not just the latest Democrat to occupy the office. We’ve never had an administration with objectives and goals like this one. And it’s gonna require principled conservative people to stop this. I mean the best policy, to me: Vote for the most conservative viable candidate because whatever’s in the drinking water when they get there in Washington, they’re gonna move left no matter who they are. It just seems to happen.

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RUSH: Get this from today’s Washington Post: “The last major GE factory making ordinary incandescent light bulbs in the United States is closing this month, marking a small, sad exit for a product and company that can trace their roots to Thomas Alva Edison’s innovations in the 1870s. The remaining 200 workers at the plant [in Winchester, Virginia] will lose their jobs.” One of the workers said, “Now what’re we going to do?” … “But as the lighting industry shows, even when the government pushes companies toward environmental innovations and Americans come up with them, the manufacture of the next generation technology can still end up overseas. What made the plant here vulnerable is, in part, a 2007 energy conservation measure passed by Congress that set standards essentially banning ordinary incandescents by 2014.” I don’t know about you, I’m hoarding the things.

“The law will force millions of American households to switch to more efficient bulbs. The resulting savings in energy and greenhouse-gas emissions are expected to be immense,” but no one knows exactly. There’s a global warming story out just today. Guess what? Greenland and some of the ice floes, they’re only going to melt half as much as originally forecast. So the polar bears are still going to have a place to live. I don’t think they’re going to melt, period. All of this is a sham. So here we have a story in the Washington Post highlighting bad thing after bad thing after bad thing that documents what an utter failure for this country Democrats are, what an utter failure for this country liberals are. What made the plant vulnerable “in part” is a 2007 energy conservation — in part? Congress banned what they were making at this plant. There’s no “in part” about it. A bunch of liberals acting in panic based on a hoax, man-made global warming. The idea that incandescent light bulbs are going to destroy the environment, are gonna cause the globe to warm to the point that we can’t survive, it is ridiculous.

So the very people, the very Democrats who are talking jobs, jobs, jobs, Obama’s out there, we’re going to create all these jobs, all this stimulus. All that’s happening in this country is that people are losing jobs because of Democrats. They’re losing jobs left and right because of Democrats, liberals, socialists, what have you. And this little plant in Winchester, Virginia, is just one of many examples. I see stories like this, and I see so much of this all based on a hoax, and then I get to issues like, is Christine O’Donnell electable versus Mike Castle? What in the world are we talking about here? What is the point of electoral politics, to make sure that we know people in power in Washington so we can feel big and important? Or at this point in time is the point to get people elected who will arrest and stop and reverse this dangerous course that we’re on?

I’ve been doing this for 22 years. For many of those 22 years there have been constant laments about elected officials, both parties. On our side it’s Republicans, Republicans-in-name-only, RINO. We sit there and we complain about them, and this complaint, a series of complaints inspires a bunch of people who otherwise would never even think about it to run for office. They are by nature, by definition, not professional politicians. They are average Americans about whom the Founding Fathers had in mind. So then they decide, okay, Republicans-in-name-only are a rotten thing, the Republican Party’s being destroyed from within, there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between the parties is what some people believe, and so they say, “Okay, I’m going to run for office. I’m going to try to make a difference.” And so what happens? The very people, in some cases who have been complaining, whining and moaning about Republicans-in-name-only, turn their attack on the newcomers because they’re not what? Professional enough; clean enough; pure enough; they don’t know the ins and outs of the political business, or they embarrass us for whatever host of reasons.

I just remember all of the caterwauling over Arlen Specter and what’s his name, Christopher Shays, and all these Republicans-in-name-only. And now we have some people, I guess on our side who want to support candidates just like that because the newcomers embarrass them somehow, like in some cases Sarah Palin embarrasses people. Now, let me ask you a question. When I hear people on our side mouth criticisms of Palin that echo criticisms of the left, I scratch my head. Now, in my mind, if you jump forward to 2012, put any name in there, put in Gingrich, Palin, I don’t care who, put in Mr. Hicksville from South Carolina, anybody would be better than Obama! We have got to get rid of this bunch of people! We have to get rid of the American left. We’ve got to politically destroy these people, otherwise they’re gonna destroy the country.

It’s serious. This is bone crunching time. Then I hear talk that some Republicans really don’t want to reverse health care, don’t want to even talk about repealing health care because they don’t want to give up the power that they are going to have once they get the majority. It’s the same argument that I’ve always advanced, you’re never going to get serious tax code reform with this current bunch of politicians. They’re never gonna give up the power of social architecture they have in writing the tax code. So whether you got a great plan or not, Fair Tax, Flat Tax, whatever it is, with this current crop, both parties, you’re never gonna get fundamental change. They’re never gonna give up the power they’ve got that the tax code provides them.

I think the country is in a fight for its life. I don’t think I’m overstating this at all. We’re in a fight for our liberty. These are not just casually uttered words here. I mean liberty with a capital L. I mean freedom with a capital F, with 15 exclamation points behind each. We are in a fight for all of that, our freedom, our liberty for the country as it was founded. And this fight is gonna go on long past this November. It’s gonna go on long past 2012 because the left isn’t going away. They’re not going anywhere. Things have gone so far in the wrong direction, for so long, this fight to reclaim the country is gonna make the war on terror look like a Sunday stroll in Central Park and we’re gonna need every ideologue we can get on our side. We’re gonna need every conservative we can get willing to take it to the left. Not willing to compromise with them. Not willing to cross the aisle and work with them. We know that doesn’t work. All this talk about the American people want the parties to get along, it’s all a crock. The American people don’t like the partisanship. What the American people don’t like is the country being taken to hell. What the American people don’t like is the private sector being destroyed. What the American people don’t like is a bunch of inbred, inside-the-Beltway politicians trading power every four years, but nothing really changing. That’s what they don’t like.

I remember this New York Times cover story on me that Zev Chafets wrote. He talked to Karl Rove, and Rove said about me, “You know, Rush isn’t a party man,” meaning I’m not a Republican. Karl’s right about that. And I find it interesting that people still think that I do the Republican Party’s bidding. Truth be known, a lot of people in the upper branches, echelons of the Republican Party are not that comfortable with me, just like people in the upper echelons of the Democrat Party are not that comfortable with me. But when you read any story, what the ruling class media has to say about Sarah Palin or any new Tea Party candidate, put your own name in her place. Imagine if it was you. Imagine if you’ve heard all this talk. How many of you can say that you’ve never been in debt? How many of you can say that you have lived lives clean and pure as the wind-driven snow? How many of you can say that if you ran for office, you would not present a target because of something in your life in the past?

How many of you could survive a media anal exam? None of us could! None of us conservatives could. So why do we have and attach this standard to people who have decided they want to get involved. Whatever they say about Palin, imagine if it was you they’re talking about? If you had decided to seek office, or whatever they say about — I don’t know, pick somebody. Sharron Angle. Whatever they’re saying about Sharron, imagine if it was you that they were saying that about. It’s exactly what they would think of you, you’re not a professional politician, you’re not from inside the Beltway, you’re not somebody that can grant anybody access. Imagine if it was you instead of Sharron Angle or you instead of Christine O’Donnell, you instead of Sarah Palin, imagine what they’d say about you and your family. Conservative families are fair game, unlike everybody else. They can not only destroy you but your family. And yet we’ve got people on our side willing to risk this because they think it’s important enough to try to save the country. So you have people on the left that are naturally gonna take their shots at these people because they’re afraid of them, afraid of them winning. And we got some people on our side, the professional Republican politicians in the Beltway, some of them are also afraid of these outsider upstarts winning. So they gotta join in and tar and feather ’em as somehow oddball, freak kooks of nature.

In fact, as you’re talking about qualifications for serving in elective office, if you’ve been in debt and if you’ve had the IRS chasing you, fairly or unfairly, maybe you have more of an ability to relate to more people than you don’t. If you have failed to pay the electric bill now and then or if you’ve failed to pay some taxes on some maid or nanny that you have, imagine anything that you’ve done in your life being brought up as a disqualification, and yet most of what you’ve done is shared by the vast majority of other Americans which enables you to relate to them, and yet all that is said to be disqualifying.

Anyway I gotta take a break. I’m a little long.

We’re shutting down light bulb factories now for absolutely no reason whatsoever, just a full-fledged, 100% hoax. And people who have the guts to stand up against this are somehow categorized as out of the mainstream, Rush, global warming, we have to realize a lot of Americans believe global warming and we’ve gotta treat it as so. No. If Americans believe it they’ve gotta be told they’ve been lied to, they’ve gotta be told that they’re victims of a hoax, because at some point the vast majority of the American people are not willing to lose their jobs and their futures and their lifestyles for a hoax.

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RUSH: Ever since I got back into town over the weekend, and I guess starting on Monday in my e-mail, I have received notes from friends of mine lobbying me against this O’Donnell woman in Delaware. It doesn’t matter the names. (interruption) No. I don’t mean people asking what I think. I’m talking about people who are telling me what I should say. “Rush, she’s even worse. There’s going to be stuff coming out that you don’t even know. Stay away from this. It’s just horrible. It’s more important to take the Biden seat.” So I got curious. I got friends of mine telling me to stay away from it or if I get into it, to ram this woman O’Donnell because she’s got all this baggage, and I said, “Well, who doesn’t have baggage?” And that’s when I started to think, “Well, what if it’s you instead of her, or you instead of Sarah Palin?” What if you run? You care as much about the country as they do. What if you decide to run; they’re going to say the same thing about you. Does that mean you’re disqualified? And it kind of hits close to home.

In New York 1 there’s a man running in the Republican primary names George Demos. Does that name ring a bell? But he’s another example of a conservative that the GOP power structure is trying to run out, just like the Dede Scozzafava race, New York 23. They’re saying he can’t win. Now, this guy’s a literal Rush Baby. This guy is a subscriber to my e-mail. He sent a letter to my newsletter in 1995. We had an issue in my newsletter in 1995 that put me on the cover as a four-star general, and George Demos wrote a note: “As a mere 18-year-old private of the Dittohead reserves forgive me for pointing out an error on the cover of the January issue of the Limbaugh Letter. Your helmet’s missing its fifth star,” he wrote. “Certainly after having led the American people to their greatest victory in the last two centuries…” this is the ’94 congressional race “… there is no honor high enough for you. EIB salutes, George Demos, New York.”

Now, this guy’s running for office in New York 1, a literal Rush Baby. And the Republican establishment has turned on him, “he can’t win.” He’s all concerned about Ground Zero and the mosque and so forth. So the state party, Republican state party has sent Christopher Cox, Nixon’s grandson, and a guy who was a Green Party pro-choice Republican in New Jersey before they shipped him out to Suffolk County to run against George Demos. So you got a couple pro-choice country club, blue-blood Republicans in the primary because they’re in the Northeast and it’s sad that only those kinds of Republicans can win in the Northeast. It’s silly only those kinds of Republicans can win in California. A conservative can’t win in the Northeast. A conservative can’t take the Biden seat. A conservative cannot take Boxer’s seat. “Rush you’re going to have to realize here that these people are not professionals, they’ve got too much baggage, they’re gonna be made mincemeat by the Democrats. We’ve gotta have people who can win.”

Well, okay, fine. What if we all got behind ’em, you think they could win? Didn’t they tell us we’re never going to get a conservative as governor of New Jersey? That was never going to happen. “Rush, you’re never gonna get a guy like Chris Christie, don’t even dream about it. You’re not gonna get this guy in Virginia, this guy doesn’t have a prayer, Rush. You think a Republican’s gonna take the Kennedy seat? Come on, Rush, get real here.” All these people say it can’t be done and if it does happen it’s a mistake, so we’ve gotta stick with the RINOs, ’cause they allow the Republicans to have a majority. But what good is it?

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RUSH: And we’re back, on the cutting edge of societal evolution. George Demos, by the way, a literal Rush Baby, running for the Republican primary, Republican nomination New York 1, that’s eastern Long Island, he wrote a letter. Again, I want to repeat this. He was a subscriber to The Limbaugh Letter in 1995, 18 years old. We put an artist’s rendering of me on the cover of my newsletter — I’m on it every month, folks, it would be an upset if I weren’t — and put me on the cover as a four-star general. He writes a letter, “You need a fifth star for what you’ve done,” a literal Rush Baby. He’s a former Securities and Exchange Commission prosecutor. He prosecuted white-collar fraud as a prosecutor, US Securities Exchange Commission between 2002-2009, and John Jay LaValle, the Suffolk County Republican chairman, back in February said that George Demos was a qualified, extraordinary candidate for the Republican Party nomination to be a congressman in the first district from eastern Long Island. But the DC GOP sent a bunch of people in to run against him who are pro-choice, country club, blue-blood Republican types. So this stuff, you know, I’m personally attached to it. People who have been listening to this program have been inspired.

Look, I don’t talk about this because I don’t divulge everything on this program. I would love to be able to tell you the number of sitting politicians, some of them who are governors, who have written me letters telling me I’m the one that inspired them to get into politics. That carries, as far as I’m concerned, a responsibility. If the things that I’m espousing as passionate personal beliefs on this program are inspiring people to get involved in this mess, I’m not going to turn my backs on them simply because they may have baggage. Joe Biden didn’t have baggage? Joe Biden didn’t have baggage? Obama doesn’t have baggage? Are the Democrats clean and pure as the wind-driven snow? Most people in this country have baggage because they’ve run up against some government agency somewhere along the line. But that’s not the point. The point is everybody’s got baggage that could be exploited, in a campaign ad or what have you. That’s why fewer and fewer people want to get involved in this mess because they don’t want to go through the media anal because if they’re Republicans their families are going to be included in it as well.

So it’s a different day. This is not solely about — in fact, I’d go so far as to say that one of the problems in this country is the professional politician of either party. The professional politician, that’s what the uprising is against here. And what’s brought it to a head here is that the professional politicians on the left have finally taken the mask off and everybody now sees what and who the professional politicians on the left are. They are Marxist, socialist liberals. And what people now realize is if the professional politicians on the right do not see what they see out in the hinterlands, then the professional politicians on the right are going to have to go, too. The Republicans have got to understand here that people who get up and live and work every day in this country who cannot tap into the gazillions of dollars that end up in Washington every day, who have to go out and earn it, are finding fewer and fewer opportunities to do that ’cause they can’t get jobs. Why? Because of the professional politicians on the left, led by Obama who are destroying the engine that creates jobs, it’s called the American private sector. And if this is happening to average, ordinary Americans, and if they don’t see the opposition party standing up and opposing it as much as they do, then guess what the opposition party’s going to be worth to them? It’s not complicated.

So when they are told, “Now, you gotta get Mike Castle in there so the Republicans can hold onto their chairmanships,” the guy who’s lost his job doesn’t care about somebody’s chairmanship. He cares about the future of the country and whether he’s going to have job and whether his kids are going to have an opportunity to make something of themselves. He doesn’t care whether the Republicans have a fundraising advantage or have a majority here or there because if they’re not gonna use the majority to stop this, because the majority is made up of people who don’t disagree with this, then what good’s the majority? That’s what they’re asking themselves. Okay, so hypothetically let’s say we got 55 Republicans — it’s not going to happen but I’m picking a round number — we get 55 Republicans in the Senate but ten of them do not disagree with what Obama is doing, what good’s the 55? So the Republicans are kind of at the crossroads here because the Democrats, the liberals have so exposed themselves, that average, ordinary Americans now see what liberalism is and where it’s taking the country ’cause they’re living it and they want it stopped, and they’re not going to be bought off with the notion, “Well, just give us the majority and we’ll stop this stuff.” How you gonna stop it if your majority is not made up of people who disagree with it? It’s not complicated.

So it’s not the American people out of touch. It’s not the people who make the country work who are out of touch. They fully understand what’s going on and they’re not interested in being part of the ruling class inside the Beltway. They’re not interested in being part of the power structure. They just want government-placed obstacles out of their way so that they can once again go to work, perhaps start down the road to acquiring wealth, bequeath some to their kids, their kids and grandkids have the same opportunity, the same uncluttered road to success, which is being obliterated each and every day the longer Democrats remain in power. The average, ordinary American that’s involved — I’m not talking about people whose main objective is to read People magazine. I’m talking about people who are involved in this every day. They full well understand what they’re up against. And if they think that the party that they support does not understand what they’re up against, they’re not going to support it. Hence the Tea Party, hence Americans who never once thought they’d be such active people in politics, they are rising up.

They’re rising up because of actual events. They’re not rising up because of extremism. They’re not rising up because of anything other than the impact that professional politicians are having on their lives. That may be one of the reasons why in certain parts of the country Democrats are still leading Republicans in fundraising, even in this climate. What did I see the other day? Republican National Committee — I never know whether to believe these numbers ’cause they change every time a news story comes up. What did I see, RNC has $5 million on hand or some such thing. Or they’re $5 million down because Steele’s running around doing whatever he’s doing. Well, how in the world can the opposition party be underfunded given the current circumstances? The Republican Party ought to be Rockefellers right now given what the Obama people are doing. People ought to be throwing dollars at Republicans. Why aren’t they?

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RUSH: Now, look. I’ve been kind of tough on the Republicans here. Even if they are behind in fundraising — and I’m not sure that they are — but even if they are, at least they’re not instituting death panels to cut off funding from any of their candidates that are too far behind in the polls. The Democrats have set up triage and the candidates they don’t think can win are being shut out. Now, the National Journal Hotline says the National Republican Congressional Committee outraised its Democrat counterpart in each of the last four months. That’s on the House side, I don’t know about the Senate Republican committee versus the Democrat Senate Republican committee. I know about the RNC versus the DNC. And even if I saw a figure today it would change tomorrow. There seems to be no continuity or consistency in these fundraising numbers. At any rate, all I know is that the Rasmussen people are out there, 68% of the American people favor smaller government and lower taxes. That means 68% of the American people want conservative principles, which tells me that a campaign based on those is a winning campaign.

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RUSH: Here’s Angel, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. It’s great to have you on the EIB Network. Hi.

CALLER: Thanks, Rush. I really appreciate you having me on. I wanted to talk about Mike Castle. He’s refusing to debate Christine O’Donnell. We have organized a group of all the conservative people in Delaware, all the conservative groups. We’ve tried… Today, we hand-delivered to his office — we mailed, faxed and we sent Facebook requests — to try to get him to debate her. He refuses to do it.

RUSH: Well, that’s not that uncommon. In his mind, he’s the incumbent and he’s a member of the House, and he’s got nothing to win by debating her. It wouldn’t just be Castle that would refuse to debate. I mean, anybody in his situation probably would ’cause there’s nothing he can gain. All he’s going to do is give her exposure if he does and he doesn’t want to do that.

CALLER: Oh, it’s certainly a shame because he’s trying to say that he’s here to represent Delaware, but he refuses to meet with the people of Delaware and show us that he’s the best candidate.

RUSH: Weeell… (chuckles) He probably doesn’t want to put that on the line.

CALLER: (giggles)

RUSH: It’s better to have people think that than to see him in action and maybe question it.

CALLER: Yeah. Agreed. He keeps insisting — this is a quote — “She’s not a viable candidate.”

RUSH: Why is that? Why does he say that? Why is she “not viable”?

CALLER: That one I can’t tell you, but he is insisting she’s not a viable candidate, and it seems to me like the Tea Party Express endorsement — being talked about by people like you and Mark Levin, it seems to me — that makes her viable.

RUSH: Well, she’s on the ballot, right? So she’s viable. I mean, she’s gonna get some votes, so she’s viable, right?

CALLER: Agreed. Yes. Her signs are everywhere right now.

RUSH: Yeah. All right. Well, look, Angel, thanks for the call. Thanks for the update. “Castle Refuses to Debate O’Donnell in Delaware,” is the headline.

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