RUSH: This is Pam in Henderson, Nevada, near Las Vegas. Welcome to the program.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. Dittos from a mom who raised four Rush Baby boys.
RUSH: Wow. I am flattered. Thank you.
CALLER: You’re welcome. (chuckling) Thank you!
RUSH: I’m sure they’ve turned out wonderfully.
CALLER: They have turned out fantastic. (chuckling) I’m four-for-four.
RUSH: I knew it.
CALLER: I’m sorry. I’m a little nervous. It’s the first… I’m not actually a first-time caller but it’s the first time I got through to actually speak to you.
RUSH: Well, you don’t sound nervous at all.
CALLER: Oh, well, thank you very much.
RUSH: We have a policy here. First-time callers we treat with kindness and compassion. The second time, no guarantees.
RUSH: But the first time, no sweat whatsoever.
CALLER: I just wanted to get through without sounding stupid.
RUSH: You have nothing to fear.
RUSH: You’re not going to sound stupid!
CALLER: Do you remember years ago when Clinton was in office, you asked a question: ‘If Clinton had a motto to live by, what would it be?’ and then you were giving out some of your ties for the best answers?
CALLER: I actually got through that time, but you had so many callers that I never got on line. So that’s as close as I got.
RUSH: Well, you made it this time —
CALLER: I know, and I’m so honored.
RUSH: — and about something much more salient, I’m sure.
CALLER: (chuckling) Well, my question was, I’m wondering, after watching the Democratic debate, not every Democrat in the United States is far left wing, and when you watch this woman speak — speaking of Hillary — and she comes across as so flip-floppy, you can’t believe anything she says. When she laughs, she cackles like a witch. I’m just wondering what is it to the normal, everyday American Democrat that is so attractive about her that they flock to her and she’s ahead in the polls?
RUSH: Last name.
CALLER: What’s so great about her?
RUSH: Last name. Name recognition. Last name. They loved Bill Clinton. Mainstream Democrats, wacko leftists loved Bill Clinton, and they love the fact that he was able to smoke Newt Gingrich out of town and Bob Livingston out of town. They loved it. They think that Clinton is the greatest guy that’s ever been. So it’s really in large part, for the mainstream Democrats, about getting him back in there, and then there’s the magic of the last name. You have to also throw in the fact that Mrs. Clinton, up until last night in the debate with Tim Russert, has had a free ride. She’s had puff piece after puff piece in the publications and television networks that mainstream Democrats watch.
CALLER: That leads me to my second question. How the heck did Russert get those questions through?
RUSH: Well, obviously, he got his testicles out of the lockbox —
RUSH: — from the last time she was on Meet the Press, and you could tell… You know, when she does that witch laugh —
RUSH: — you can tell that she doesn’t like the question and she doesn’t want to answer it and it makes her nervous. (Hillary cackle impression) ‘Hah! Hah! Hah! Hah!’
RUSH: That’s a dead ringer that she is livid that somebody has had the audacity, and it’s also, ‘Your testicles are going to end up in my lockbox if you persist in this line of questioning.’
CALLER: Well, I was wondering. Like in a lot of those Democratic debates, don’t they get the questions in advance?
RUSH: No, no. That’s only when they do the YouTube debates, and you can go online and see what the questions are, the questions that have been submitted.
CALLER: Oh, I see.
RUSH: Here’s the thing that probably won’t happen today, but it has happened, and even off the air, people, ask, ‘Why do you hate Hillary so much?’ Of course, I never allow myself to be put on the defensive by these people. So rather than waste time denying it, I always say, ‘Why do you like her so much?’
RUSH: ‘Could you give me a reason? What is it?’ They don’t have any substantive answers. Nobody can cite for me what she’s going to do policy-wise that they admire. Nobody can cite for me her foreign policy proposals, because you don’t know what they are! They flip-flop all over the place.
CALLER: That’s for sure.
RUSH: Nobody can tell me that she’s likable.
RUSH: She’s not personable or likable. She just doesn’t have that. There you have the Bill Clinton answer, just the inevitability factor, and there’s also this assumption everybody’s made that it’s her ‘turn.’ You may not have heard this theory of mine. I’ll go through it very, very briefly. But you’re asking about mainstream Democrats and why they support her.
RUSH: Mainstream Democrats are pretty extreme left. They’re not all MoveOn.org, but there’s feminism in there, and there’s the labor unions, and these people are rank-and-file socialists. You put the ACLU in there and the civil rights coalitions. Now, who’s Hillary Clinton? Hillary Clinton came out of Chicago with a lot of fanfare. She ends up going to Wellesley College, and, for some reason, she had attention attracted to her. One of her big mentors was Saul Olinsky, who basically taught her far-left extremism and agitation. She attracted a lot of attention while at Wellesley, and then she ends up at Yale, and with a bright future in the very dawn of the modern era of feminism, which said, ‘You don’t need a man. You don’t need a family. If you go that route, you’re subordinating your future and your fulfillment to customary, patriarchal norms.’ Feminists of her age were inspired to get out there and be on your own and be who you are. You don’t need a man. She was thought to be at the forefront and the leader of that whole movement. At Yale, she runs into this hayseed, Clinton, and she threw all of that away to get married to him and move to Arkansas.
It’s bad enough she threw everything away. She went to Arkansas! Why couldn’t she have gone to Boston if she was giving it all away, or why couldn’t she go to Manhattan or Washington? She went to Arkansas! And when she got there, what she decided to do was hitch her wagon to this guy and take over whenever he got where he was going. After she gets to Arkansas, he becomes governor at $26,000 a year. That’s not enough money to live on, even in Arkansas at that time. So she has to go to the Rose Law Firm. She makes 120 grand, has the cattle futures thing, keeps the family afloat while Clinton is doing what? He’s out there with Gennifer Flowers and who knows whatever else. She backs him up all the way and she makes sure that his career is not ruined by doing the Tammy Wynette thing and ‘standing by her man.’ She wasn’t baking cookies, but she was standing by her man. Then they go to Washington, he gets elected president largely because she stood by him. This is not what the feminists proscribed. She had to take a backseat, she had to be humiliated, in order to make sure her career survived.
The feminists were just beside themselves, but she kept alive the connections because the things and issues she tackled were theirs. You know, big government, socialism, via ‘we care about the children,’ the Children’s Defense Fund and things like that. She gets to Washington, and the payback is health care, she gets to run health care, and she blows it sky high. She may have even, along with me, led to the loss of control of Congress after 40 years for the Democrats. Then here comes more of what Clinton’s doing: Monica Lewinsky, and who the hell knows who else, Kathleen Willey, the Juanita Broaddrick rape story, all this stuff, and still she hangs in there. She blames the right-wing conspiracy. She kept that man in office, kept the Democrats in the White House. She botched the Paula Jones case strategically, but nevertheless she did all that, and now it’s her turn. As far as mainstream Democrats are concerned, she is owed this because she is owed a huge debt of gratitude and thanks for eating the excrement sandwich that her life has been married to this guy from Arkansas, to Washington, to Chappaqua. So, as far as they’re concerned, ‘It’s her turn. She deserves this. She gave up everything back in Yale for this guy. Now it’s her turn to realize her destiny,’ regardless what her destiny might mean for America. That, I believe, as much as I believe we need oxygen to breathe.
CALLER: I often said if I ever got you on the phone, Rush, I was going to give you a great big thank you because years ago when you were on TV, I bought all four of my boys and my husband one of the Rush ties.
CALLER: It was a surprise gift for Christmas, because they all listen to you and they wanted the ties. I sent them to the wrong place, to the television station for you to sign them and send them back to me by Christmas. Well, I didn’t get them. I called, and called, and called, and, finally, I got somebody at the television station. She said, ‘You sent them to the wrong place. They had to go to the radio station.’ I said, ‘Oh, gosh. I’ll never get them back by then.’ Well, she ran the five ties over to you and you signed them all and I got them Christmas Eve Day.
CALLER: And I wanted to thank you. I know somebody had to do some hustling to get those ties to me.
RUSH: Well, that’s a great story to hear.
RUSH: In fact, I’ll tell you a short little story. The reason why we made that effort is not specifically this story I’m going to tell you, but everybody on our staff here at the television and radio knows that the show is the thing and that the audience is the show. So that kind of thing, although rare because we didn’t get that many requests because people didn’t think it was possible, those that did, we answered. People were FedExing books to us from their homes. Most people think, ‘They’re not going to do this. To hell with this. I’m not going to give away my stuff.’
CALLER: That’s what I thought. I thought I’d never see those ties.
RUSH: I’ve gotta do this very quickly because I’m long, but I remember I was working for the Royals in Kansas City. I went to the marketing meetings out in Arizona, and I met the guy from Medalist Sand-Knit and at the time they made the uniforms of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I’d been trying to get a genuine Steelers jersey for years. The Steelers at that point didn’t sell them, didn’t give them away. No NFL team did.
RUSH: I met this guy and he wanted to sell Royals licensed merchandise.
I said, ‘Could you get me a couple of these jerseys?’
‘Yeah! What size? What number?’
I said, ‘I want number 12 on them. I want home and road jerseys.’
He said, ‘You’ll have them before Thanksgiving.’
I never got them. Came time Christmas, Christmas break, and they still hadn’t arrived. I left Kansas City to drive to Cape Girardeau for Christmas and I got a phone call on December 23rd.
‘Hey, you just got a package here from Medalist Sand-Knit.’ It was somebody calling from the Royals.
I said, ‘Really?’
‘Yeah, and there’s somebody here that’s willing to drive them down to you because they’re driving through Cape Girardeau to get where they’re going.’
So I got them on Christmas Eve. The guy had planned it all along to come on Christmas.
CALLER: Doesn’t that mean the world to you?
RUSH: Oh, it was a highlight. I put those things on the first day they came in. I still have them in my closet.
CALLER: (chuckling) Well, we’re all originally from Pittsburgh, my boys and I, and so we’re big Steelers fans, so: Go Steelers!
RUSH: Yeah, I gotta go.
RUSH: I’m really long in this segment.
CALLER: It’s been a pleasure talking to you, Rush.
RUSH: All right. Okay. Thanks so much.