RUSH: Let’s go to the phones and we’re gonna start in New York City with Bob. Great to have you on the program, sir. Hello.
CALLER: Thank you, Rush. Yeah, I feel Chris Christie would be a great candidate. I saw his speech —
RUSH: Better than Obama! Don’t anybody misunderstand me here, now. Any one of these people over Obama any day with no thought..
CALLER: Right. Okay. But I saw his speech.
CALLER: And he said exactly why Obama has to be eliminated in 2012, and for all the reasons sane Americans know he has to be. And, well, to get aggravated — and I must be a masochist — I turned on The View and of course Whoopi Goldberg said Christie did nothing for New Jersey, which is wrong. Then they got into a big discussion about how he might be too fat to hold the office; and Joy Behar, of course, had to mention that if he got into the White House he could get plenty of Krispy Kremes. Well, I guess the bottom line to me is, as with Sarah Palin, he will be crucified should he get into the race by the liberal media; and really the other thing I was going to ask you, too, Rush, is that if you would explain your earlier comment about if he does get in. I was confused when you said you might be concerned that he would become John McCain.
RUSH: Well, all it is talk of “compromise.” I’m sorry. You know what Reagan’s definition of compromise was?
RUSH: “We win; they lose.”
RUSH: Reagan’s definition of compromise was not we all end up getting along at the end of the day, and I just heard way too much talk of bipartisanship and compromise last night to make me comfortable. I don’t want to compromise with them! What is there? Somebody tell me, give me one issue: Obamacare, spending, debt, taxes, tell me where is the compromise with the Democrats on any of those? When I hear people on our side talk about “compromise,” I also hear ’em say (McCain impression), “I’m the guy I can across the aisle! I can work with the other side! I’m the only one who can! I can make the media love me!” I’m sorry, we’ve been there and done that.
RUSH: Jan in Palm Desert, California. Hi, Jan. Great to have you on the be a EIB. Hello.
CALLER: Hi, Rush! I’m a longtime listener and you asked to see what we thought of the speech last night?
RUSH: Yes, ma’am.
CALLER: Okay. Well, I turned it on and I got in a little late and the first word I heard out of his mouth was the word “compromise,” and I thought, “He’s out, and there’s no point in listening to one other word he says.” That was it and we went back to Wheel of Fortune.
RUSH: (laughing) Yeah, he was on at six o’clock out there.
CALLER: Well, we’re on the East Coast. We have DirecTV so we can get it any time.
RUSH: Oh, that’s right. Okay. I’m sorry so steal your thunder, ’cause that basically was my monologue prior to your calling. I’m the same way. I don’t see what there is or who there is to compromise with. Now, I’m not talking about grinding these people into the dust and stomping on ’em with the heel I have a boot. I’m talking about electoral defeat at the ballot box and then after you win, after you beat ’em, you start implementing what it is that you ran on. This is not complicated. I’m not talking about being mean. I’m not talking about being rigid. Look, they want to compromise with us, I am more than happy to welcome ’em.
But to me gone are the days where the liberals and socialism is what’s normal in this country and you and I are the oddballs and we’re the ones that have to make the adjustment. These are the people that are in the minority, these are the people that are doing things harmful to this nation. They, if they want to be in the ball game, are the ones that are gonna have to moderate. Not us. We’ve been moderating for years and years and years, and we’ve elected… I take it back. We have NOMINATED people who promised that they would do all these things. They get up there and they start moderating and compromising, and he end up with jack… Jack. (pause) That’s why I say: When we win, there’s no reason to compromise with the losers, pure and simple. I appreciate the call, Jan. Suzanne in Blounts Creek, North Carolina. Hi, great to have you on the EIB Network.
CALLER: Thank you so much. What an honor it is. I think the Chris Christie speech was just a tease. Why did they go to all this pomp and circumstance just to announce that he is not running? And I hope someone gave Ann Coulter a heads-up before all this. Somewhere she’s crying. But, anyway —
RUSH: Well, what about this as a possibility.
RUSH: You think he is running, that’s what this all means?
CALLER: No, I don’t. I don’t know. I don’t… I’m saying why did he go to all of this trouble?
CALLER: He thanked Nancy Reagan for inviting him.
CALLER: He went to all of — it took money and —
CALLER: — time to set all this up.
CALLER: And this just to say he’s not running.
RUSH: Well, you gotta go kiss the ring.
RUSH: If you want to matter in Republican politics down the road. Look, how about this, as a possibility.
RUSH: How about…? I’ll just throw it out there.
RUSH: He just likes the attention. He likes people saying, “Please run.”
RUSH: He likes the hero notion, maybe. You know, I have found that if somebody’s not gonna run, in large part, it’s because they don’t think that the time is right or that they can’t win at that moment.
RUSH: And I think maybe he’s just surveyed the land and says, “I can’t win it this year. This is not my year to win it, but I’m gonna put my toe in here and I’m gonna drop an anchor. I’m gonna be a factor in this from now on out ’cause in future years I might want to run.”
CALLER: You? (giggling) Would you run?
RUSH: Would I?
RUSH: No, no. No, no. Pay cut. No way. We’ve been through this. No way. Folks… (scoffs) I’m the guy that invented the word feminazi, the first campaign ad.
RUSH: Who’s next? Jim in Boston. Audio you called, sir. Great to have you on the EIB Network.
CALLER: Mega dittos, Rush, to the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-feeling, all-sensing Maha Rushie.
RUSH: Thank you, sir, very much.
CALLER: Okay. I want to cite the Buckley Rule as a preface to my question, and I’m a little embarrassed to ask because you have probably already answered it. Will Christie jump in or out?
RUSH: I don’t have any idea. I can only guess, and I don’t think so. I don’t think he’s gonna run.
CALLER: You’re supposed to know. (laughs) That’s why I’m calling you. You’re the only one who knows.
RUSH: My gut tells me that he’s not going to run. Same thing with Sarah Palin, by the way.
RUSH: I don’t think either of them are going to run this cycle.
CALLER: I think he would sharpen Mitt Romney.
RUSH: Um… (sigh) If he ran, it would be to take out Perry and Bachmann and Cain and Santorum. That would be the purpose. Thanks for the call.