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RUSH: Here’s Donna in Middletown, Maryland. Welcome to the EIB Network. Hi.

CALLER: Hi, Rush. It’s so good of you to have me on your show today.

RUSH: Thank you very much.

CALLER: And also, my husband and I are proud Heritage members.

RUSH: Good for you.

CALLER: Love it. I’m so proud to be part of that. What I want to share with you is, I think what the Republican Party desperately needs is a solid, proud, basically fearless individual who’s principled and says what he means and does what he says, much like Benjamin Netanyahu.

RUSH: Yep. Netanyahu has taken everybody to school. Netanyahu has shown how it’s done. You know what makes Netanyahu Netanyahu? What do you think it is that makes…? Let me just ask you.


RUSH: What is it that makes Netanyahu Netanyahu?

CALLER: He’s principled, he’s proud, he’s conservative. He’s everything he portrays himself to be.

RUSH: Yeah, but wait. Wait. Now, there are a lot of principled conservatives, a lot of proud conservatives. But they’re not Benjamin Netanyahu. What makes Benjamin Netanyahu Benjamin Netanyahu? There is an answer here. I don’t mean to be putting you on the spot, but…

CALLER: No, I’m enjoying it, actually. I think he’s a solid individual, and he’s got a very, I’d say, strong belief system, and he’s honest.

RUSH: You are getting warmer.

CALLER: (chuckles)

RUSH: But it’s a one-word answer.

CALLER: Okay. (chuckles)

RUSH: It begins with a P.

CALLER: I said “principled,” and I said “proud.”

RUSH: Passion.

CALLER: Absolutely! How could I miss? (chuckles)

RUSH: It is passion that allows Netanyahu to animate those principles, to bring them to life. His beliefs, his policies, his ability to conduct himself as he did in the Oval Office or yesterday at the joint meeting of Congress. It’s the passion that he believes, the passion for his beliefs — the desire to shout them from the mountaintop, the desire to be understood, the desire for nobody to be confused after they’ve heard him speak. But it is passion, excitement, eagerness, good cheer. Passion is what brings all of the ingredients to life, and it is passion that is the magnet that draws people to you. I mean, if you listen to two schlubs talk about bowling in a passionate way, they own you. Passion is the key.

The Republican Party needs some passion — and I’m sorry, folks, moderates just don’t have any.


RUSH: You know what Netanyahu means in Hebrew? Netanyahu means, in Hebrew, “Gift of the Lord.” Or: “Talent on loan from God.”


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