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RUSH: We’ll start in Philadelphia. This is Michael. Glad you called, sir, and welcome.

CALLER: Oh, yes, Rush! I’m nervous, so just, ummm, bear with me here.

RUSH: Will do.

CALLER: At the beginning of your monologue you ended with comments referencing the audio clips that, again, the Democrats with their tenacious, their are doggedness, their relentless pursuit of their agenda, and I’m telling you — and what’s wrong with that? I mean, you’ve been accused of carrying the Republicans’ water for —

RUSH: Nothing’s wrong with it!

CALLER: Well, why aren’t we doing it?

RUSH: Well, you tell me!

CALLER: (laughing)

RUSH: I’m not carrying the Republicans water. How the hell can you say that after this week?

CALLER: And understanding such. I am done carrying their water, if you will, with my vote. Why can’t the Republicans — and this is my question — show the doggedness, tenacious, the unrelenting pursuit of their ideas?

RUSH: It’s not who they are — apparently! That’s not what the Democrats are doing. The Democrats are not pursuing their ideas. The Democrats are pursuing the destruction of their enemies.

CALLER: But they’re doing it relentlessly, and with purpose!

RUSH: The Democrats, they do their dogged pursuing of their ideas behind closed doors. They sneak stuff in. They try to get the judiciary populated with people so that they’re insulated from election loss. The big difference between conservatives and liberals, or even Republicans and Democrats, is that they seek to control and expand government. That’s the base of all their operations. It’s the foundation of their belief system. We believe in limiting it so we don’t have this same desire to get it and control it. They must, and they are relentless in that, and one of the things that they do is try to destroy their enemies, and that’s what I say they relentlessly do.

CALLER: The relentless pursuit of what’s right? I’m missing it. I’m sorry, Rush. That’s all. I really feel we need some —

RUSH: What?

CALLER: No, no, I understand.

RUSH: How did I screw up as host here? I thought I just gave you a brilliant answer to your question.

CALLER: You did.

RUSH: (sighs)

CALLER: And I need now to take that and figure out why in the Republican structure, conservatives are there, but our voice is not and maybe we’ll just have to steal the tactic, the old playbook. You know, some of those chapters in that Democratic playbook ain’t half bad when it gets to getting things done. So thanks for your time.

RUSH: No, we all agree with you here. I don’t know how to answer this. I get this question all the time. ‘Why aren’t our guys like their guys?’ Well (sigh), this is interesting thing. (interruption) Mr. Snerdley just said to me that what I shoulda said to Mike in Philadelphia was, ‘Hey, the conservative voice was just heard and the immigration bill is dead.’ Let me tell you something. I don’t know this, but I’m going to guess that one of the things that caused so few Democrats to support this was that they were hearing from people that scared ’em, and that would not be conservatives. I think they were hearing from union people. I think they were hearing from a whole bunch of Democrats. The opposition to this expand all lines of demarcation and spanned all boundaries. I’m sure all three sexes were calling. I’m sure all three religions were calling. I’m sure that all ideologies were calling, and I think that it was quite a display. Now, I’m guessing about that, and I’m sure that the majority of the phone calls and faxes, letters and so forth were coming from so-called Republicans and conservatives and all that.

But for the Democrats to have caved on this stuff, and for Dingy Harry not to have been able to corral his own people, which is the story on that immigration bill in many ways, they had to be hearing from people that genuinely scared them. Dingy Harry and Feinstein, those people wouldn’t care if people in this audience were calling them, but if people that they rely on for votes… You know what? Jim Webb, Claire McCaskill and one other freshman Democrat who aren’t up for reelection ’til 2012 voted against cloture. They could have easily gone along with what Dingy Harry wanted, but McCaskill said (summarized), ‘You know, I spent a lot more time looking at the way Jim Webb’s going to vote on something than I do Harry Reid.’ I got the story here, and they all in their campaigns, which were just last year, established their positions as border security first and against all this amnesty, and they couldn’t — even though their reelections are not for five years, they couldn’t — just blatantly ignore the commitment they had made to their constituents. I think they were hearing from a lot of people on their own side of the aisle as well on this.

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