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RUSH: We’ve got some anger raging out there, and at me, your harmless, lovable little fuzzball host. This is Edgar in Nashville. Hi, Edgar.

CALLER: Yeah, okay. Thanks, Rush. I’m sitting here listening to you, don’t get to hear you a lot —

RUSH: Edgar, Edgar, slow down just a little bit so I can understand.

CALLER: Did you not — I’m sorry.

RUSH: No, it’s not your fault, it’s mine. But I just need you to slow down a bit.

CALLER: I’ll try to do that. Let me say this. You said that you had show prep and you had show performance. In your show performance you have just pooped in your nest and made really I think kind of a fool of yourself by telling us that these people that voted for cloture examined their conscience, did not want to stand in the way of amendments or debate on amendments. That is sophistry of the first order. Anyone who voted for cloture voted for amnesty. You know it, I know it, your informed listeners know it, and you are coming forward with this stuff about these people do it. There is no way this thing is going to pass in the Senate; we know it today; we know it right now. And you will not call these people’s names. All you’ve gotta do is this.

RUSH: Wait a second.

CALLER: Let me ask you a question.

RUSH: Hold it a minute.

CALLER: Let me ask you a question.

RUSH: Calm down.

CALLER: Name the senators that voted for cloture last time and didn’t vote for cloture — and voted for cloture — voted for cloture last time —

RUSH: That’s because it’s two different kinds of cloture. I’m not justifying what they did. You’re getting all upset here. You call here and tell me I just pooped in my pants and I have not done that since I was one and a half.

CALLER: You did today.

RUSH: I did not. I’m just trying to — we do analysis here. I don’t see why they would vote for cloture today on these amendments specifically because none of the amendments put security before amnesty. I agree with you about this.

CALLER: It’s a done deal, Rush.

RUSH: What do you mean it’s a done deal?

CALLER: Amnesty is coming out of the Senate. You know it, I know it, your informed listeners know it.

RUSH: Well, I tried to tell you last week, I —

CALLER: — this vote today that you’re defending.

RUSH: I’m not defending the vote, for crying —

CALLER: Call their names and tell —

RUSH: What are you listening to? I’m not defending the vote, Edgar.

CALLER: Rush, Rush. Rush you are.

RUSH: I am not. I am the wrong guy for you to get mad add here, Edgar. I am running America.

CALLER: Yeah. Well, I’ll tell you what, I’m going to vote against you next time then. In all friendship here because I called you since ’88 when you came on, but listen, start calling the names and getting behind —

RUSH: We’re gonna put ’em on the website, we’re going to do that. Look, let me tell you something, Edgar, because you’ve misunderstood here.

CALLER: Yeah.

RUSH: This was a big vote today.

CALLER: Yep.

RUSH: And those who voted the wrong way will not be forgotten, Edgar.

CALLER: Call their names today.

RUSH: Snerdley, get the names. There were seven Republicans here, and five of them went the wrong way.

CALLER: Yeah.

RUSH: I know who they are.

CALLER: All right, name ’em off.

RUSH: All I’m trying to tell you is depending on how this debate goes, some of these guys, it’s their amendments, like Kit Bond and well, we know where Grahamnesty is going to be. It’s entirely possible they’ll change their votes on Thursday.

CALLER: No, no, no, no. That’s not going to happen. You know it and I know it.

RUSH: I don’t know it; otherwise I wouldn’t say it, if I did. If I thought it wasn’t going to happen, I wouldn’t say it.

CALLER: Rush, now, I agree that there’s people that voted for cloture today that will vote against the bill. That’s like their lie to get out of being accused of voting for amnesty, and it’s not an out. You know it and I know it. Am I wrong?

RUSH: Well, no. I’ve told you what this whole amendment thing was. The amendment thing was essentially a trick by the Democrat leadership and the White House to give these recalcitrant RINOs —

CALLER: Yep.

RUSH: — as you call them.

CALLER: Yep.

RUSH: — something to latch onto and make a false promise, ‘Okay, you want your amendment? We’ll give you your amendment.’ I just last hour said these amendments are never going to pass.

CALLER: No, they’re not, and they’re going to have a vote, and you know they’ve got the votes when they bring it up, it’s going to pass. You know it and I know it.

RUSH: Well, the bottom line is, the bill was revived today, and it was dead before today.

CALLER: It ain’t dead —

RUSH: You see no justification for it being revived. The reason it was revived was insider Washington politics.

CALLER: Yep.

RUSH: These guys are hanging on —

CALLER: Yep.

RUSH: — for as many goodies as they can get in exchange for their votes.

CALLER: Yep.

RUSH: What in the world here am I saying, Edgar, that’s got you all upset with me? I’m just trying to explain to you —

CALLER: It’s because you’re defending these people —

RUSH: I was not defending them.

CALLER: You are!

RUSH: No. What I said was, I can understand why some of these guys might think that there is safety in voting for cloture today because they don’t want to be seen voting against debate in the amendment.

CALLER: Right. Give me a break. That is sophistry.

RUSH: It’s not sophistry. That’s brilliant analysis. I’m not agreeing with them. I’m just saying it’s a possibility.

CALLER: There’s a lot of guys voted for cloture today are going to vote against it but they know that it’s a done deal and they were paid to do it today.

RUSH: Yeah, well —

CALLER: You know it, I know it, your informed listeners know it, and I hope somebody else will call and tell you that.

RUSH: (Laughing) I thought you said my former listeners.

CALLER: No, no, no, no. You’ve got a lot of listeners, and I’m not going to hang up. I’m gonna keep listening to you even if I cuss you every now and then when I hear you. But you’re my friend. I appreciate everything you’re doing, but you’ve gotta get off drinking this Republican Party Kool-Aid.

RUSH: You have to look at the full body of evidence in my work here, Edgar. And here I say one thing in the last three months about this and you’re willing to throw out the two months and 29 days of what you know I said, now you got one day here where you heard me say in one segment something that you’ve misunderstood.

CALLER: Rush, I’m a portrait artist. I’m in my studio all day; I listen to talk radio. I watch about six, eight hours of talking heads on TV. I know what’s happening in Washington, not maybe as well as you do, but I know and you know what happened, and it’s a done deal, and the guys that voted for cloture today voted for amnesty.

RUSH: Edgar, okay, let’s move beyond that point. What you are going to do next, if it’s a done deal, and there’s nothing that can be done to stop it, what are you going to do next?

CALLER: Call another talk radio and complain, I guess.

RUSH: No. There is no other talk radio, Edgar. Why do you want to complain? What are you going to accomplish by complaining?

CALLER: Oh, maybe I should just fold my tent and forget about it.

RUSH: That’s what you’re doing when you’re pronouncing it with no chance of killing this —

CALLER: Oh, no, no.

RUSH: — you folded the tent. If anybody, I ought to be calling you and chewing you out and accusing you of pooping in your pants because of fear. Because you’re giving up here. I’m not giving up.

CALLER: One thing, talk radio can do this, start naming instances in Republicans and ferret these people out, call their names, just like the media, call their names consistently ongoing. Hagel. Talk about — I’m losing my confidence in my words here.

RUSH: You’re not losing your confidence. Everybody knows Chuck Hagel is on the wrong side. That’s not one of the names you need to mention because nobody would be surprised by that name. Edgar, I’ve enjoyed this immensely, thoroughly have, I appreciate your phone call.

BREAK TRANSCRIPT

RUSH Let’s go to Staten Island. Sal, you’re next on the EIB Network. Hello.

CALLER: Hi, Rush.

RUSH: Hey.

CALLER: You are the king.

RUSH:. Thank you.

CALLER: Just comments about this talk radio stuff. A quick thing is, talk radio was — what’s the word for it? They were ignored by all the liberal media. They took over universities; they took over Hollywood and everything else, and they deemed radio as insignificant — until you came along. You took talk radio.

RUSH: You’re right. We were able to sneak up on them because they had all those other institutions.

CALLER: Right, they disregarded it. They didn’t think anything of talk radio. There was nothing.

RUSH: That’s right. They had the networks, and they had the newspapers.

CALLER: They had everything. But your popularity stems from the fact that you annunciate brilliantly the conservative position.

RUSH: Bingo.

CALLER: But you’re saying what the people are believing, and there was no other avenue out there for people to have someone annunciate what they were feeling, and you did it, and you were brilliant at it, and your power grew.

RUSH: Wait. What was this ‘were’?

CALLER: What?

RUSH: What was this ‘was brilliant’ at it?

CALLER: I’m sorry. You are brilliant. (laughs) Excuse me, Rush. Sorry!

RUSH: No, you’re very kind. I appreciate that, and you’re very perceptive. You’ve come up with a new way of describing how we destroyed their monopoly.

CALLER: That’s right.

RUSH: Because they had a monopoly. I can’t thank you enough for the nice things you said about why the program has the popularity that it does. I’m never going to be able to adequately thank those of you in this audience for what your listenership here has meant to me and my family and all that. I will always try, but I don’t think there’s a sufficient way to do it. But I appreciate that, Sal. Thanks so much. We have to close it out here, folks. I’ll be back and give you a heads-up on what’s happening on tomorrow’s show. Well, I can tell you now. I don’t know what’s happening on tomorrow’s show because whatever is going to be on tomorrow’s show hasn’t happened yet.

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