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RUSH: This is Tom. Thank you for waiting, sir, and welcome to the EIB Network. Hi.

CALLER: Always a pleasure to wait for you, Rush. Conservative thriller-writer dittos from Dexter.

RUSH: Thank you very much.

CALLER: Yeah, when we last spoke last June I’m the guy whose book was nationalized by Hugo Chavez, if you remember that.

RUSH: You were the guy whose book was nationalized by Hugo Chavez. I do vaguely remember that.

CALLER: Well, I’ve got a new book out. It’s an election thriller, and it uses a brokered convention as a plot device. It’s a strategy that’s employed by both sides. And I’m wondering if there’s any real world advantage to the president in prolonging the GOP nomination, and might we actually be looking at some kind of a strategery?

RUSH: Well, you know, this is an open question. There are people on both sides of this, as to whether or not this prolonged Republican campaign hurts or helps Obama. In one way, I don’t know you can say this hurts him, but it prevents him from targeting his focused opposition research and intense advertising campaign against the nominee because we don’t have one yet. And the longer we can delay — or the longer we do delay — having a nominee, then the less time Obama’s gonna have, along with George Soros and all the other players here, to demonize our nominee and to run all these caustic ads.

On the other hand, the protracted — and this has always been my theory. The protracted campaign allows for the continued articulation of conservatism. And as long as Santorum and Gingrich are there, that’s going to happen. And it also provides an opportunity for criticism of Obama and Obama’s economic policies. Now, sometimes that ends up playing second fiddle in the primary ’cause these guys go after each other tooth and nail. But it always does eventually surface that the problem is Obama and that all four — well, three — are actually running against Obama. And I think those are the two things. Whatever benefit accrues to Obama on this? He’s running ads against Sarah Palin right now, for crying out loud, because he doesn’t have a Republican nominee to focus his evil on.

Tom, what is the name of your new book?

CALLER: My new novel is called The Liberty Intrigue. And the interesting thing about it is there’s actually one nationally published review that latched onto my take on conservatism ’cause it’s a conservative election thriller. It’s told from our point of view, but there’s a character in this book that bears an uncanny resemblance to you, and this reviewer thought that you actually wrote portions of the book.

RUSH: (laughing) Really?

CALLER: So I don’t know if I owe you any royalties or not because, you know, I’m a 24/7 member and that’s where I did my research. You know, clearly I caught your style and substance so perfectly that I caught your ear for how you handle your show and they thought you wrote those portions of the book.

RUSH: Really? Did that hurt you in the review?

CALLER: Not at all. The reviewer loved my book because they thought it was a brilliant articulation of conservatism. And here’s a fun thriller as opposed a polemic or a treatise. You know, somebody’s actually done something in the popular culture. I was having a nice chat with Andrew Breitbart a few days before he died and, you know, the idea that we need to engage the popular culture. Well, I’ve done it.

RUSH: Well, that’s what he was into. What’s the name of it again?

CALLER: The name of the book is The Liberty Intrigue.

RUSH: The Liberty Intrigue.

CALLER: It’s on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. It’s an e-book and a physical book.

RUSH: Wait a second. Hang on just a second.

CALLER: It’s an election book for conservatives to read this year ’cause they’re not finding anything else like it.

RUSH: Okay, let me see here. Hang on just a second. I’m gonna go to the iBook store and I’m going to see if it’s there. Hang on just a second. This won’t take long because I have the fastest Internet connection known to exist in the Free World. Okay, here’s the store and let’s just see.

CALLER: Actually, I have a very nice blurb on the back from your brother.

RUSH: You got my brother to write a blurb?

CALLER: David read an early copy of the book and wrote a very kind blurb for the back of it. He and Steve Berry.

RUSH: The Liberty Intrigue. Tom Grace is who we’re talking to here.

CALLER: Yes.

RUSH: Okay, Tom, your book is only $9.99!

CALLER: That’s the e-book.

RUSH: Yeah, I’m gonna buy it here right now. See, a lot of people think powerful, influential members of the media like me are given free stuff. But, no, I buy it, and it’s $9.99. I’ll click on it.

CALLER: I appreciate that. Every one of those helps.

RUSH: “Buy a book,” and there it’s downloading.

CALLER: I think you’re gonna find this very entertaining particularly your literary doppelganger.

RUSH: Wait a minute.

CALLER: You’re now a fictional character.

RUSH: Did you say that you gave my brother a copy of the book?

CALLER: Your brother and I have been trading books, basically. So I’m looking forward to reading his next one.

RUSH: Oh.

CALLER: I know he’s finishing his up.

RUSH: Oh. Oh, I see.

CALLER: He helped me get my editor because I had two editors —

RUSH: Yeah, yeah, yeah. Okay.

CALLER: — who declined to work on the book because they were liberals.

RUSH: Okay. Ah, let’s see. I’ll open it. Great cover here, Tom. This is a great, great cover.

CALLER: Thank you.

RUSH: I’m surprised you didn’t put Obama’s picture on the bunting there.

CALLER: Well, that would scare people away.

RUSH: Nooo. Okay, The Liberty Intrigue. Let’s see here. “Also by Tom Grace…” The Liberty Intrigue. Okay. I got it here. That means it will automatically download. “For Kathy always.” Who’s Kathy?

CALLER: Kathy is my wife. Kathleen.

RUSH: Good, okay.

CALLER: As opposed to your wife, Kathryn.

RUSH: That’s right. Okay. So it starts January 18th. Okay, cool. It’s on my iPads now, too, and everything. So I have got it.

CALLER: Fantastic! You’re gonna enjoy it.

RUSH: I certainly will try. You’ve just become a new advertiser, by the way, here on the EIB Network.

CALLER: I am proud new advertiser, I guess.

RUSH: One-time advertiser, but good luck with the book. Look, you asked me this question about the potential assistance or harm to come to Obama. Do you think this long Republican campaign helps him, and if so, how?

CALLER: I don’t think it helps him very much because he can’t focus his attention on anyone. I think it would be more productive on our side if we were focusing our attention solely on him and let the voters figure it out in the end.

RUSH: Interesting. Okay, cool. Well, I’m glad you called, and good luck with the book.

CALLER: Thank you so much.

RUSH: I’m sure it’ll do well now. Nobody who’s advertising on this program ever does anything but wildly succeed.

CALLER: Well, thank you for the shameless advertising.

RUSH: (laughing) You’re more than welcome.

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