RUSH: James in Louisville, great to have you on the program.
CALLER: Hello, Rush?
RUSH: Yes, sir.
CALLER: All right, let’s get down to it. This thing about Mitt Romney running for the president.
CALLER: We all gotta vote for him so he can be the Republican candidate. Now, here’s the deal. Everybody thinks he’s a flip-flopper.
CALLER: What we do is we all get together, we elect his butt, when he gets into office then we gonna stay on him like white on rice. We gonna make him every day, 24 hours a day, make sure he stays on focus. And if we do that —
RUSH: So you want to elect his butt, then bulldoze his butt, make sure he stays conservative?
CALLER: Absolutely. There’s no other way. I’ve thought about this thing six ways from Sunday. We have nobody else running that’s a conservative or a Republican.
RUSH: Well, I have cited a column by Daniel Henninger in the Wall Street Journal that came out last winter sometime —
RUSH: — that basically said the same thing. It said that Romney is going to always have to be pushed to the right, that his natural inclination is to move to the center or the left, is gonna have to constantly pushed there, and that’s what Henninger was hoping would happen during the primary, that the pressure from the other conservative candidates would move Romney to the right. And I think that this is true, it’s gonna have to happen, and the media is going to be obviously trying to push him to the left if he happens to get elected or even after he is nominated. But I think you’re exactly right, I think it’s gonna require pretty consistent pressure.
CALLER: Oh, yeah, we got bulldoze him. He’s gotta know there is no safe haven. If he’s gonna represent the Republican ticket then he’s gonna have to —
RUSH: Let me tell you something I heard him say —
CALLER: All right.
RUSH: — that I don’t know that he’s said publicly. He said, if he wins, he thinks he’ll only last one term.
CALLER: Now, are you talking about Obama or are you talking about Romney?
RUSH: He says that he is going to roll back all the stuff the left has done. He’s gonna ban Obamacare. He’s gonna fix Medicaid. He’s gonna take on Social Security. He says, (paraphrasing) “I’ve got four years to save this country, and if I succeed I’m gonna be so hated, I may not get reelected.”
CALLER: Well, I’ll tell you what —
RUSH: And what he means by that is the media and the left is gonna come after him like crazy, because he is going to be taking on every one of their sacred cows.
CALLER: Well, if he knows that we’re all behind him, then he’s not gonna lose, he’s gonna win. This is really an important election year.
RUSH: Well, that’s the thing. If he does that, he wins in a landslide, his reelection effort, if he really pulls that off.
RUSH: The problem is always gonna be the media for our people and wanting to please them. James, if we could get somebody to not care about the media, or to actually have fun in tweaking them, that’s very difficult. The president could do it, he has a bully pulpit. Most people don’t have a microphone every day to counter it, as I do. But the media is gonna be a huge pressure point, and a lot of Republicans want to please the media; they still do. That’s one of our big problems.
CALLER: There’s more of us than there are of them. And I’m telling you what, this is too big, and I know —
RUSH: And it’s too crucial out there.
CALLER: Well, I’m gonna tell you something. I know that actually the Democrats are hoping that Romney’s gonna be elected to represent us. What we’re gonna do is we gonna put the pressure on Mitt that he’s got no choice. He’s gonna have to do it.
RUSH: Do you think Obama wants Romney?
CALLER: Absolutely. They think they gonna eat his lunch. But I’m telling you, if we all get together right now, and it’s gotta be now, ’cause this thing is getting down to the line here, I already know that the other guys that are running don’t have a chance of ever being elected to anything.
RUSH: What guys?
CALLER: Excuse me?
RUSH: Newt and Santorum and —
CALLER: Yeah. Yeah, I mean they’ve got some good ideas but they don’t have the fire in the belly, and they ain’t got the balls for it.
RUSH: You think there is nobody that can beat Romney in the nomination process?
CALLER: Absolutely not.
RUSH: Well, James, I’ll tell you, it’s an interesting point of view. I think a lot of people are going, “Could we just end this now?” ’cause they’re gonna look at this as destructive. But, look, 1,144 delegates are needed, and right now Romney leads with 12. South Carolina’s next week and then Florida, and then February, nothing. They take the month of February off, and then Super Tuesday hits. So these next two are going to be pretty indicative. James, thanks for the call. I appreciate it.
RUSH: Duane in Huntington, Indiana. Great to have you on the program, sir.
CALLER: Thank you for taking my call, Rush, and belated happy birthday.
RUSH: Thank you very much, sir.
CALLER: Hey, I told Bo, I got you by 21 years. I’ve been 60 years active in the Republican Party locally. I’ve been a candidate, an officeholder, precinct worker, all those things.
CALLER: I’m a conservative. I had the advantage of being in school when they still taught proper history and economics, and I have held my nose for the last time. I’m the one who called you four years ago and suggested McCain step across the aisle and touch the empty chair and stay there. You liked that.
RUSH: (laughing) Yes, yes.
CALLER: I also predicted last spring what was gonna happen between the RINOs and the media trying to select our candidate. Now, my whole attitude now is different. If we’re gonna go to a Marxist dictatorship, let the people who are experts either do it all at once rather than — I can’t bringing myself to vote for a sneak who wants to do it a little bit slower. And I’m here to say that there is no way that I’m going to vote for John-Mitt-McRomneyCain. He has not only flip-flopped, he has implemented some of his beliefs, notably the socialized medicine, then sent helpers to Obama to help him.
RUSH: Wait a minute. I want to make sure I understand this. You think if we’re gonna go Marxist —
CALLER: Let them do it right out. Don’t do it so painfully —
RUSH: You mean just cede it to Obama rather than electing a pretender?
CALLER: Let me say it this way, Rush, make it a little more civilized. I don’t see anything right now in Romney’s attitude that could cause me to vote for him. It’s gonna be Newt or any other conservative. Now, they say Newt has flip-flopped, too. The difference is, Newt never implemented any of his policies and then changed his mind. He may have made some mistakes, but he corrected them. We’re all human, we make mistakes. He balanced a budget. He is able to take it, not in debate, but on the road, he could take it to Obama and providing the RINOs don’t choke him off from attribution. You can’t attack the programs without attribution to the person who designed them.
RUSH: Let me tell you something. I know the point you’re trying to make. I really feel if Obama gets four more years there’s no coming back from it.
CALLER: Well, that’s what I’m afraid of, but at the same time —
RUSH: Well, then, I’ll take slowing it down.
CALLER: Okay. Okay. Well, you may —
RUSH: I’m not gonna agree with you that Romney’s a Marxist.
CALLER: No, no, no, no, no, no, no.
RUSH: ‘Cause if he’s the nominee, are you gonna go silent, are you not —
CALLER: Bo asked me what happens if he’s the candidate. I said I have to weigh that in my mind. Today I’m inclined not to vote.
RUSH: Well, you gotta realize there’s a huge difference, even with whatever the worst of Romney is, it isn’t Obama.
CALLER: Yeah. Well, you’re right.
RUSH: I understand your frustration, though. I understand everybody’s frustration. It’s infuriating. I know exactly how you feel, folks. Here we’ve got the most defeatable candidate we could have, genuine Marxist who has destroyed the US economy, whether by design or by accident, the numbers of people out of work, the hopelessness, the ongoing saga of the decline of America, it’s infuriating there isn’t a full-fledged 100% conservative out there that could take this. But it is what it is. I’m not even talking about purity. I know people were hoping for a Palin. The Chris Christie camp thinks that he is a full-fledged, 100% conservative, but he said no. Marco Rubio, where are these people? Bobby Jindal? There’s a whole lot of people, there’s a lot of conservatives out there; now, where are they? And there’s a disappointment over that. I understand it, folks. I totally do. Anyway, I gotta run. Duane, I appreciate the call. I really do.