RUSH: Irv in White Plains, New York, welcome to the EIB Network.
CALLER: Good afternoon. How are you?
RUSH: I’m fine, Irv. How are you?
CALLER: Okay. I’m hoping that you will dispense with some largesse and allow me to cite three issues that I’d like you to comment on, if that’s possible.
RUSH: Fire away. Let’s start with the first one. That’s generally a good place to start.
CALLER: I agree. I am unbelievably saddened by the phone call that you had with the lady from Seattle who cited the Mariner game and the Blue Angels and what have you, and somehow was able to indicate that the response from the crowd was somewhat related to the fact that they were all Christian — and you never said a word. Are there no one…? Is there no other group in this country that loves it, that’s not Christian?
RUSH: She was joking.
CALLER: Could you not have told her that?
RUSH: She was joking. It was actually self-deprecating humor, is how I interpreted it.
CALLER: I don’t think so.
RUSH: She was joking about it.
CALLER: I’m sorry. I’m sorry, there are some things that are not funny, especially when we’re talking about how Muslims feel, how this group feels, how that group feels. It’s not a comment to make on a program such as yours where we are very sensitive about people, their feelings, the Constitution, all those good things. You don’t say that. It’s just not appropriate.
RUSH: Well, we have a First Amendment on this show, Irv.
CALLER: Yeah, but there are still seven words you can’t say, and that’s a First Amendment, right?
RUSH: Yeah, but… All right, look. I really think she was joking.
CALLER: Okay, fine. I made my point. I made my point. You think she was kidding?
RUSH: But I want to also tell you I agree with… I don’t think anybody thinks that the only people in this country who are patriots are Christians. It was not something that even popped a red flag with me. I’m sorry you were offended by it because it’s not the purpose of the program.
CALLER: Okay. I just think it was wrong.
RUSH: All right.
CALLER: Now, just let me say two things very quickly that the Drive-By Conservative Media will never comment on. President Bush was quoted as saying that Judge Roberts recommended, um, what’s her name, Miers, for the attorney general, and Roberts has since come out and said this judge never recommended Harriet Miers for the attorney general. It is not true. That’s number one that the conservative media has not commented on, nor have you —
RUSH: Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait!
CALLER: — and the second thing I find even more interesting is that all this talk about supporting troops — and, yes, in the last two and a half years of the Republican dominated Congress, the Pentagon requested over and over to have Humvees that are extraordinarily protected for the IEDs because that’s where 70% of our kids were getting killed or injured, and in two and a half years, the Republican-dominated, Republican White House could not find a dime to get that out, and just last month, the Pentagon said, ‘Oh, yes, we think we’re going to get a thousand of those perhaps in the beginning of next year.’
RUSH: Just in time for the pullout.
CALLER: We’re talking about three and a half years of troop support that we couldn’t get them, Humvees, to protect their lives.
RUSH: Irv, I want to thank you. In the first place, that’s not true.
CALLER: Sure it is.
RUSH: Nobody here can figure out what in the name of Sam Hill you’re talking about John Roberts suggesting anybody to President Bush for attorney general. He is the Supreme Court Chief Justice. Has anybody heard the story? We have not heard of this story, Irv. What wacko, ten foil-hat publications are you reading or are you listening to? But the thing that I want to thank you for, Irv — and God love you and God bless you — is you are the first liberal to call this program to care about the troops, and, man, I am almost in tears, Irv. I thank you so much for that.
RUSH: All right. Apparently the story of John Roberts suggesting Harriet Miers, the Supreme Court story, was in this book about Bush that this Washington Post or some New York Times reporter wrote. The excerpts have been leaked. At least my brother is telling me that he thinks he heard a report on that.