RUSH: We going to start in Cheyenne, Wyoming? Is that where we’re going first? This is Duane. Duane, it’s great to have you on the EIB Network. Hello today.
CALLER: Hello. Hello?
RUSH: Yeah. Hi.
CALLER: Hi. How are you doing?
RUSH: Fine and dandy, couldn’t be better. How are you?
CALLER: My gosh, I can’t believe that I’m actually on the radio.
RUSH: I understand how you feel.
CALLER: First of all I’d like to say, it’s a privilege to be able to speak with you.
RUSH: I understand that, too.
CALLER: Longtime listener.
RUSH: Thank you.
CALLER: I actually started listening about around Clinton’s presidency. I was really young at the time, and, you know, I wasn’t as well versed as I am thanks to you.
RUSH: Thank you.
CALLER: The question that I have is, is there anything different that you would have done based on the current situation. Looking back, can you see anything strategically that you would have done differently based on the current political arena now?
RUSH: What do you mean? Done differently when?
CALLER: Gosh, I don’t know, probably toward the middle part, whenever everything really started kind of to change —
RUSH: Middle part of what?
CALLER: — for Barack Obama.
RUSH: You mean the primaries, I’m guessing?
CALLER: Yes. Yes, sir.
RUSH: (laughing) I guess we’re gonna be on this theme all day, too: I goofed up. I screwed up. I’m a wimp. I’m a coward.
CALLER: Noooo! No, no way, no way.
RUSH: I didn’t do it right.
CALLER: I would never say that.
RUSH: It’s all my fault. (laughing)
CALLER: Excuse me. No, no, no. I would never say that.
RUSH: Look, it’s actually a question I want to take. I’m coming up here on a hard break.
RUSH: But you keep your radio on, and I’ll answer the question when we come back. Thanks, Duane. It’s a very good question. You’re very nice, and very wise comments you made.
RUSH: Oh, my gosh, that’s right! Oh, gee! Thank you for reminding me. I totally forgot about it ’cause we had that ‘Barack the ‘Magic Negro” story. I didn’t answer the guy’s question. The guy wanted to know what, if anything, I would have done differently during the primaries. Given that we sit here as we sit here, what would I have done differently? That was not purposeful. This is just who I am. I am always focusing forward. I don’t look back. I’m not reflective, and so half the time… When I go home tonight, I won’t remember 90% of what’s on this program today ’til I go to the website and check it. It’s just the way I am. I mean, I have a great memory, but… It was not purposeful, is the point. What would I have done differently? These ‘if’ questions… ‘If’ is for children. I have no regrets. Nothing I would have done differently, because we couldn’t tell what the outcome was going to be then. It’s sort of unfair, actually, to go back and say, ‘Well, if I’d have known then what I know now, I woulda…’
I think the question was oriented towards, ‘Would you have supported somebody more fervently if you had known that McCain was going to be the Republican nominee?’ Probably not, folks, not in a flat-out endorsement way because in primaries I don’t do that, and I never have. The only time I did — there’s an exception to this — the only time I did was 2000. Well, no, actually I didn’t even do it in 2000. I just got so mad at McCain in 2000 that I was expressing my anger over what had happened there in South Carolina, plus I was livid with Senator McCain for going out and actively seeking Democrats and independents during the Republican primary in 2000. The one time I actually did an endorsement, a flat-out endorsement was in 1992, endorsed Buchanan over Bush 41; knowing full well Buchanan wasn’t going to get the gig. It was just to keep conservatism alive in the Republican primaries and in the presidential campaign. But, no, and I’m not trying to fudge this. There’s nothing that I would have done differently.