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RUSH: Sheriff Dipstick is not happy still. Yesterday on WashingtonPost.com’s ’44’ blog, the correspondent Sari Horwitz interviewed Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dipstick. She said, ‘Are people giving you a hard time for speaking out like you’ve been doing?’

DUPNIK: Oh, you bet. Our computer system almost came to a halt because Rush Limbaugh says, ‘Send him an e-mail. Here’s the address. Tell him how you feel.’ We’re also getting a — a lot of the — the heatseekers, about as vile as you can imagine. One person was, uh, saying he was gonna be glad when he could come and scrape the cow dung off of me before they put me in the ground. You know, just vile things, in — in addition to threats.

RUSH: Let me ask those of you in this audience: Have I ever given you Sheriff Dipstick’s e-mail address? Have I once suggested that you send Sheriff Dipstick an e-mail? I don’t know Sheriff Dipstick’s e-mail address. If Sheriff Dipstick knew what he was talking about, he would know that I do not do this. (interruption) That’s true, that’s true. My standard for Sheriff Dipstick is too high. He doesn’t use evidence. He just speculates. But just to get it on the record: Sheriff, I did not say to anybody to send you an e-mail and to tell you how they feel. Somebody else did that. Then the sheriff continued. You’ll hear the host in here, Sari Horwitz, as well.

DUPNIK: It’s just wrong for people to be elected to Congress and then have as their agenda, ‘We don’t care what we have to do to get reelected, to get back in power. We’re gonna do it,’ no matter what the consequences are for America. Just like this little game the right was playing a few weeks ago with the tax for the rich. You know the game I’m talking about.

HORWITZ: Mmm-hmm.

DUPNIK: And it was, ‘Who’s gonna blink? Are you willing, Mr. President, to — to tear the economy apart, or are you gonna give what we want to the rich people?’ Isn’t that what it was all about?

HORWITZ: Mmm-hmm.

DUPNIK: Am I wrong? Well, I think people are sick of that.

RUSH: So now Sheriff Dipstick’s attacking the Bush tax cuts (laughing) in the lame duck session of Congress. Sheriff Dipstick, do you know who spearheaded extending the Bush tax cuts? It was President Obama, Sheriff. Lord! My friends, we are surrounded by genuine, institutional ignorance. (interruption) Well, I… (laughing) Snerdley… (laughing) Snerdley just asked me if Sheriff Dipstick ever arrests people. Meaning: Does he ever do his job? He’s out there at the Washington Post blog now and somehow bringing the Bush tax cuts into the motivation-for-violence argument — and, you know, ‘Who’s gonna blink? Are you willing, Mr. President, to tear the economy apart? Are you gonna give us what we want for the rich people?’ He spearheaded it! Sheriff, it was Obama’s idea to extend the Bush tax cuts, or Bush tax rates.

You know, the sheriff is talking about issues clearly above his pay grade, I think we could all agree.


RUSH: Scott in Northern Michigan, welcome to the EIB Network. Great to have you here.

CALLER: Rush, mega dittos from the Great White North. It’s an honor to talk to you.

RUSH: Thank you very much, sir.

CALLER: I was listening to Sheriff Dupnik’s comments the last few minutes, and I really honestly think, Rush, that he’s riding the gravy train and every time we bring him up, I think he is just enabled to continue to do it.

RUSH: That’s fine with me. It’s not as though we have anything to fear unless you actually live there. I mean I wouldn’t want to drive through Pima County with a Rush is Right bumper sticker on the car.

CALLER: I would, Rush, I would in a heartbeat.

RUSH: (laughing) If we’re promoting anything, it’s institutional ignorance. I don’t see any harm in this.

CALLER: Absolutely, Rush. God bless you.

RUSH: Thank you very much. There’s no question that Sheriff Dupnik does like the limelight. I see this in people. Trust me on this, folks, I’m being serious. The quest for fame is a destructive thing. I have seen it totally ruin people. Wannabe famous, wanna get noticed, get up and see if their name is in the paper every day. It is a poison. It is a genuine poison, and it can lead to people making fools of themselves when they don’t even know it, and sometimes they don’t care if they make fools of themselves if that’s what it takes to get noticed. Anyway, Scott, thanks for the phone call.

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