RUSH: Moving next to Lynchburg, Virginia. Nathan, you’re next, sir. How are you?
CALLER: Good. How are you doing, Rush?
RUSH: Pretty good. Thank you. Thank you. You bet.
CALLER: Hey, I wanted to ask you something. Now, I voted for Corey Stewart over Ed Gillespie in this primary for the governorship, and my man lost. What do I do as a voter when Northam and Ed Gillespie are part of the same team against the people? How is it that I can vote for either one?
RUSH: You mean they’re both establishment types?
CALLER: Both establishment and have been proven establishment. What do I do as a voter at that point? Do I just, like the NFL players, take a knee and not vote out of protest?
RUSH: That’s an interesting question. You know what? (sigh) Virginia is… I mean, it’s outside the Beltway. But for all intents and purposes, Virginia is the establishment. That’s the problem. You get to the northern Virginia suburbs, and you may as well be talking about D.C. So you are kind of stuck, because it’s likely that whatever party tosses candidates up there, they are gonna be establishment. They’re gonna be wired. They’re gonna be connected to K Street or the parties, like Gillespie.
Gillespie worked in the Bush White House. He’s worked at the RNC. I mean, he’s a good guy. I’ve met Gillespie, I know him, but he is what you say. I mean, he’s right out of the Republican establishment. As to what you should do? (chuckles) Man, that’s a great question, because it’s not good civics to tell you not to vote. I think you have to… (sigh) This isn’t gonna satisfy you. You just have to make the assessment. You go in knowing that you do not have an optimal choice, so you have to pick the lesser of your choices. “Pick the lesser of the two evils” is the old standby phrase, and then hope you end up being surprised.
CALLER: But don’t you think that those days are over with where we’re forced the pick the lesser of two evils? I thought Trump came in and changed everything.
RUSH: What option do you have? If somebody doesn’t mount a write-in campaign, there’s not gonna be a serious opportunity for somebody else to win. So what option do you really have?
CALLER: And, by the way, Rush, Charlottesville north is all D.C. establishment territory. I live down in Lynchburg, and we down here in southern Virginia actually vote right and we live right, and we want nothing to do with Charlottesville north.
RUSH: I understand. Charlottesville, University of Virginia. I didn’t mean exclusively the northern Virginia suburbs. But I’m just saying when you get up there, you’re not even really in Virginia. You are geographically, but you may as well be surrounded by people that work, live, breathe, and derive their actual essence from the Washington, D.C., Treasury.
RUSH: And once they do that, there’s nothing you can do.
CALLER: Well, thank you, Rush.
RUSH: Well, I feel bad. I feel… I don’t have an answer for the guy. “Lesser of two evils.” I mean, I know — and I am the mayor of Realville, and he lives where he lives — and you know, I could flippantly say, “Move,” but I wouldn’t say that. I understand the frustration, especially now, when there is a wave happening out there of anti-establishmentism, and you want to play. You know, you want to participate in it, and the two choices you have in Virginia don’t give you the chance. So I totally get the frustration.