RUSH: Caroline in Twin Valley, Minnesota. You’re next. I appreciate your call. Hello.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. I calmed down a little bit since I first made this call, but there are days when I get so mad at you I can’t even see straight. You took this Ted or Pat — I didn’t quite get what his name was — and you took his call and you used the opportunity again to rake the Republicans over the coals, and then you wonder why people stay home.
RUSH: Oh, no.
CALLER: Like the call a couple of weeks ago.
CALLER: This guy called in and said, “Boy, I’m gonna teach those Republicans a lesson. I’m gonna vote for an independent,” and you said, “Oh, you can’t do that.” Well, what do you expect? You know, yes, we the people —
RUSH: Now, wait.
CALLER: We, the people, are responsible for this mess that we’re in.
RUSH: Wait just a second. Wait just a sec.
RUSH: I am not the reason that four million people didn’t vote for Romney.
CALLER: I understand that, but you’re responsible for a lot of people that didn’t vote, but I have a solution. Will you listen to my solution?
RUSH: All right, what is it? I wish to hell somebody had one. What is it?
CALLER: We have no choice right now in this elections but to vote Republican, because we have no other alternative. Then we, the people, have to get involved. We have to put people like Boehner and our representatives on our speed dial and we have to hold their feet to the fire. I’m one person that calls John Boehner one gutless wonder. But he is in there because somebody voted for him. Well, let’s hold his feet to the fire. Maybe we have to clean house, but right now we can only vote for Republicans.
RUSH: Have you heard me say not to?
CALLER: Nope. No. I certainly have not. But the impression you’re giving when you rake those Republicans over the coals day after day after day is that.
RUSH: Here’s the thing. You know, I can’t win. If I talk ’em up, people call me, “You sellout! You’re nothing but a… You’re just a mouthpiece for the Republican Party,” and then if I tell them what I really think about what I think they ought to be doing, you call and tell me I’m to blame for whatever negative is gonna happen.
CALLER: No, you’re not. No. No!
RUSH: I can’t win with this.
CALLER: There again. You’re feeling sorry for yourself.
RUSH: Oh, come on. I’m not feeling sorry for myself. (laughing) I don’t feel sorry for myself.
CALLER: Just (crosstalk) about raking the Republicans over the coals and leave it at that.
RUSH: I don’t feel sorry for myself. I’m simply pointing out how I’m in the middle here, and, no matter what, I’m gonna have critics — which tells me I’m doing something right.
CALLER: No, you’re not!
RUSH: Yes, I am!
CALLER: You’re crushing people’s butterflies and making them stay home and not go vote.
RUSH: Crushing people’s butterflies?
CALLER: But it’s our responsibility to vote.
RUSH: Wait a minute. Wait a second. You say, “Vote for ’em, and then after we vote for ’em then give ’em hell.”
CALLER: How else we gonna do? Right now it’s too late.
RUSH: But the point is that’s been happening, and it isn’t changing anything!
CALLER: No, it hasn’t been happening. People vote these people in, and then they go about their business and they quit holding them —
RUSH: Oh, no, they haven’t. They have been letting them have it over the budget, the continuing resolution. They’ve been shutting down the phone lines! Why do you think people are mad at ’em? Because they aren’t listening. Eric Cantor got thrown out by people who are paying attention! It’s dangerous times. Anyway, ask Caroline for her number, because maybe we’ll continue this tomorrow. I’m out of time, Caroline.