RUSH: I have to go to Washington this afternoon, and you know how I get itchy about that. That town is poison. I’m going in there and I’m coming back tonight. I’ve got it figured. The way I’ve timed things, I’ll spend no more than four hours on the ground. I’m going to be with a bunch of conservatives anyway. The Media Research Center is having their 20th annual big dinner tonight. It’s really fun, too. Yeah, these are real conservatives. They have their annual dinner. They send out ballots (and I’m always one of the judges) of some of the most outrageous comments in the Drive-By Media in the previous year, and the judges vote. It’s the ‘DisHonors Awards,’ is what it is. There are a bunch of categories. Tonight the results, as they are every year, are announced with each Drive-By Media winner in each category for the most outrageous, stupid statement.
I am being given a first-time award tonight. They created a new award, the ‘William F. Buckley, Jr. Award for Media Excellence.’ I’m receiving that tonight at the end of the program, which is a real honor. I mean, to have an award named after William F. Buckley, Jr., one of my idols, and to be named the first recipient is quite proper (I don’t dispute that), but nevertheless it’s a huge honor. But I gotta get up there and I gotta get in there, get it and get out. (interruption)
No, the Drive-Bys don’t accept awards. No, the Drive-Bys aren’t there. Sam Donaldson shows up every year. He’s a friend of Brent Bozell. This is Brent Bozell’s bunch and Sam Donaldson is there now and then. There aren’t too many Drive-Bys in there. (interruption) No, no, no, no. They’re permitted. Anybody can buy a ticket. It’s black tie optional so I choose not to go black tie. Any time I see ‘black tie required,’ it’s not for me. So anyway, I’m going to get outta here about four o’clock this afternoon to get up there for this thing, and be back here tomorrow for the regular excursion into broadcast excellence. (interruption) What are you shaking your head for? It’s a late night, but it’s doable. It’s not a problem. It’s not like getting on a plane with 55 kids and flying to Scotland with a four-and-a-half hour layover in Atlanta. That’s tough. This is a piece of cake.