RUSH: To the phones we go to Waynesboro, Virginia. Up first is Tom. It’s nice to have you, sir. Welcome.
CALLER: Great to be here, Rush. How are you?
RUSH: Very well, thank you.
CALLER: Hey, Rush, you remember the 2004 election when the exit polling showed just a huge amount of voters citing ‘values’ as their primary concern? Everybody in the media was just shocked by this. Nobody got it. Where did these people come from, right? Well, I’ve had like seven conversations recently with seasoned citizens, and every one of them spoke unprompted about the cultural rot that’s taking place around us. They don’t understand how their grandkids think President Obama walks on water. They don’t understand how people can milk the system and continually just think that there be somebody else to pay for them. They just don’t get it. Every one of them, Rush, down the line. I think they’re gonna come out in droves. I just… What do you think?
RUSH: Well, there’s no question the seasoned citizens do vote. That’s the largest turnout group virtually every election because most of them depend on government functioning properly for their survival.
CALLER: You know what else, Rush?
RUSH: No, what?
CALLER: Well, you know this.
CALLER: Their biggest trick is to tell ’em that Medicare and Medicaid are gonna be cut and the Republicans are gonna pull the plug on you.
RUSH: Well, I know, they’re told that every year. I think that stopped working a long time ago. If that worked, Republicans would not-a won Florida all these years. They’ve gone to the well too many times on that. You can only cry wolf so many times. If the wolf doesn’t make any noise… You can only say Republicans will cut your Social Security so many times until people realize that Republicans aren’t going to cut your Social Security. Now, I do remember in 2002 or 2004, there was, in the exit polling data, Values Voters made the difference. I can remember the Democrats saying, ‘Yeah, well, we gotta change.’ For a couple days after the election promised to change their view on values and find out where they were lagging and fix it.
Of course that went by the wayside. I think there are probably some surprises in this election. I was watching Hannity last night, and Frank Luntz had one of his focus groups. There’s always… (laughing) It was in Cleveland, and I was stunned. If this was representative, if Luntz actually put together an accurate cross-section of the population of Cleveland in that focus group, then, folks, we have no idea how bad it is for the Democrats. I mean, virtually 90% of the people in that room I could swear… I looked at the Kathryn and said, ‘I’m listening to myself as I hear these people talk.’ As they answer Luntz’s questions, I’m saying, ‘I’m hearing myself talk in every damn one of them, Republican or Democrat.’ There was one African-American in there trying to hold on for Obama but he was being ganged up on. But this is Cleveland. I know Ohio’s in awful shape, I know Cleveland is, but my gosh, Cleveland! That’s Democrat stronghold. Like I say, if Luntz’s group was representative, then this is gonna be bigger and in more surprising ways than anybody is even calculating right now. Every day one of these people that answered the focus group question sounded like us, folks. Every word.