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RUSH: You know, folks, I’ve been guilty of this myself to an extent (we all have), talking about the weakness of the Republican field. But I gotta tell you, it’s starting to wear on me now and I’m putting in a different context, ’cause I’m getting weary of the media and pundits telling us how weak the Republican field is. Every single one of the current and potential Republican candidates is far more qualified and has far more work and real life experience than Mr. Obama had before he decided to throw his stovepipe hat in the ring. We should never forget who we’re comparing ourselves to here. You know, too often we’re making the mistake of assuming we are comparing ourselves to somebody that’s still messianic, somebody unbeatable, somebody better than anybody at everything he does, from speaking to campaigning.

All of that’s a myth. All of that’s nothing but hype.

Now, granted, on our side we got too many moderates and RINOs in our list, but at the end of the day any of them are eminently more qualified and preferable to Obama. Elmer Fudd is preferable to Obama. I’d vote for Elmer Fudd if he was on the ballot before Obama. I know that line, I saw it showed up in an AP story. That’s what I say, Snerdley: I’m show prep for the rest of the media. But any one of these Republicans… There might be a couple of exceptions if I sat down and examined it. Any one of these presidents would be a better president than Obama, any one of them. Not every one of them would make us ecstatically happy, but the country would be in much better shape with any of these people on our side seeking the presidency if they win than with Obama.

From the DC Examiner, this is Byron York: “Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani … is leaning toward another race for the White House, according to” a good friend of his. “New York Republican Rep. Peter King, who has known Giuliani for more than 40 years, says the former mayor ‘is very close to saying he’s going to run.'” In fact, King said, “If he were to make the decision today, he would run.”


RUSH: Richard in Yorktown, Virginia. Hello, sir. Great to have you on the EIB Network.

CALLER: (silence)

RUSH: Richard?

CALLER: — abyss we live in now. I’m calling about those two malcontents that you had on your show earlier.

RUSH: Yes, sir, in the first hour of the program, right.

CALLER: You know, I — this is a rhetorical question, but how do people get through life being so misinformed or uninformed or malinformed?

RUSH: I have a better question for you: How do they get past my call screener?

CALLER: (chuckles) Well, you have to work that one out. But —

RUSH: (laughs) I’m actually ragging Moe Thacker.

CALLER: Typical of, I think, identity politics, and the second one was Libertarian who thinks that we can just slam the doors on the whole world. I mean, we’re way past that now.

RUSH: Yeah. For people that didn’t hear, let’s review. The first two callers I dubbed them the malcontents of the day because they were malcontents. The first guy disagreed with me, thought Obama was doing a great job because he’s “not doing a bad job.” That’s what he said. He also said that he doesn’t care about the price of gas, doesn’t affect him; price of housing, doesn’t affect him. He doesn’t care about any of that stuff. I asked him about that in terms of how good a job Obama was doing, it doesn’t matter.

CALLER: Does that pass for common sense now?

RUSH: He also did admit that Obama’s race was a primary factor and one of the reasons why he liked him — and, of course, at that point, all right, time to move on. That’s fraught with too much danger, and it’s ridiculous.

CALLER: And it’s typical.

RUSH: Yeah, it’s typical. So what you said, basically mind-numbed robot. The second guy, you’re right was a Libertarian who called Israel a welfare state, what do they do for us, we give ’em four billion, but you gotta admit I followed that up with a bang-bang story about Obama’s tax cheats being paid from the stimulus bill.

CALLER: You slammed the door on it, but it’s still maddening because I believe that the ’08 election was not an election. It was the presidential version of American Idol. I don’t want to go through that again.

RUSH: Yeah. Yeah, I know what you mean. It was. It’s a great way to put it, popularity contest — partly that’s been Obama’s a blank slate. Everybody could paint on him whatever they wanted, whatever they wanted him to be.

CALLER: That day’s past, too.

RUSH: I hope that day is past.

CALLER: Well, you’re gonna have blind followers for any candidate.

RUSH: But you’re gonna have the media every year facilitating Democratic candidates that way or however way they have to be if facilitated.

CALLER: Speaking of candidates, to tell you the truth, I’m rather excited about the broad range of candidates that are gonna bring their views to this political slate on the Republican platform.

RUSH: You know, I agree with you. It’s starting to get interesting to me now. Daniels saying no. Rudy thinking about getting in. Herman Cain. Bachmann thinking about getting in. Palin thinking about getting in, buying the house in Scottsdale, Arizona.

CALLER: I wish Trump had pushed his car a little further down the road. I want to see that kind of thing in the election —

RUSH: Well, NBC got in the way there. NBC basically made him decide now. “Do you want to continue to host this show?” NBC, all they had to say was, “Look, we can do this show without you.” (sigh) Believe me, they knew what to say to Trump. “We can do The Apprentice without you; we don’t need you.” That was wound right straight to the heart. So NBC forced that issue. Do you have a preference so far the Republican field?

CALLER: Yeah, I have one. My first candidate isn’t even in it yet and that’s Christie.

RUSH: Yeah.

CALLER: But I’ll go down the list. Palin, Bachmann. I would put Rick Perry in there with them, but he’s also not in yet.

RUSH: Not yet.

CALLER: I like Pawlenty.

RUSH: Did you hear Pawlenty on the show yesterday?

CALLER: Yeah, I sure did.

RUSH: He was good yesterday.

CALLER: He was good. But I’ve heard Rick in the past, and, you know, I just like everything he says —

RUSH: Wait. Pawlenty?

CALLER: Pawlenty.

RUSH: Tim.

CALLER: I like everything he says, but I tell you the problem that we’re having right now, and that is name recognition. I do not want to have to vote for Mitt Romney.

RUSH: Why?

CALLER: Because I think Romney represents the old entrenched Republican Party, and I think that he is just the darling of the old entrenched Republicans because he’s a Northeastern Republican, which is saying he’s a Southern Democrat or something. I mean, Romney is just too old guard for me — and you have Romneycare. I have relatives who live in Massachusetts. That’s where I’m from originally.

RUSH: Right?

CALLER: And it is a horrible, horrible situation up there with the health care. The first thing is the health care insurers went out; the cost of health care went up. So everybody went on Bay State Care and the quality went down.

RUSH: Yeah. As you said, it’s the unintended consequences. These guys never think dynamically. They just think people are gonna act like robots — I don’t care — and people don’t. Tax rates go up, people find a way to avoid ’em. They don’t just sit there; those that can, avoid ’em. They don’t sit there and pay it.

CALLER: Well, Massachusetts politicians turned that into a welfare state, and people didn’t see it coming because they think that they’re so much smarter than most of us, especially us Southerners.

RUSH: Oh, yeah. I know. I know what you’re talking about.

CALLER: You know, we’re sitting here with bare feet and straw hats, and we still have hitching posts in front of the banks. I mean, that’s how condescending some of them really are.

RUSH: (sigh) Yeah, gun racks. You get to church on Saturday night to get the great parking spot for Sunday service.

CALLER: When I was a kid I first came to Virginia, and I made the mistake of thinking because Southerners had a different way that they weren’t as sharp. Well, I learned that lesson was a mistake 40 years ago, but I don’t know. Here in South we do it our own way, and I don’t care how the rest of them do it.

RUSH: Well, and you’re not really the South. You’re Yorktown, Virginia. You’re not really deep South.

CALLER: I’m not deep South. No, I’m Yorktown, Virginia, which is —

RUSH: You’re south enough to be offended.

CALLER: I’m south enough to have had the largest number of Civil War battlefields here.

RUSH: Yeah.

CALLER: Robert E. Lee. I mean, a lot of the Civil War was fought here. I don’t consider… I don’t sympathize with either side on the Civil War. I don’t want to get into that but I do consider myself a southerner.

RUSH: Okay. So it was “The War of Northern Aggression” to you, then?

CALLER: No, it was the Civil War.

RUSH: Okay.

CALLER: And Lincoln was our greatest president outside of Washington — and Obama’s the worst.

RUSH: Richard?


RUSH: Great way to end the call. Thanks very much. I appreciate it. We… (interruption) Yeah, they get to church on Saturday night to make sure they get the closest parking space for church services on Sunday. That’s one of the accusations. That’s one of the ways they make fun of Southerners as hayseeds and so forth.


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