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RUSH: We go to Charlotte, North Carolina. This is Reed. Great to have you on the program, sir. Hello.

CALLER: Rush, I want say thank you for all you do, and I was commenting earlier on the Charlie Rose Show, but one other quote he had was that they were “compelled” to do this, and I’m wondering if that’s gonna be the new mantra in Democratic liberal society.

RUSH: You’re talking about Spitzer and Weiner?

CALLER: No, just Weiner. He was talking about Weiner. He was compelled to do this. It was a compulsion. It was kind of like they were coming up with a new articulation on why this happened and it was just a compulsion, it’s not — it’s something almost excusable. It’s, “We should understand this.”

RUSH: Well, yeah, it’s —

CALLER: It’s a compulsion, sort of like what happened to Clinton. They’re compelled.

RUSH: Yeah, it’s a variation on the story these guys are so powerful, and they are so smart that normal mores can’t contain them. Their appetites are such because of their greatness that they must go outside the norms of conventional society. We can’t possibly relate or understand ’cause they are so smart and they’re so great. Like Chris Matthews! Chris Matthews said maybe his wife is partly responsible. Did you hear that?


RUSH: Oh, yeah. Matthews was discussing this with a Republican strategerist by the name of John Feehery, and he said that Weiner’s got this wife. If she knew about it, then she’s partly responsible for letting it go on. If she knew about it. So now the wife gets partial blame. Oh, yes. Huma knew — and if Huma knew, she’s partly responsible for it. (interruption) Well, I know Huma is being held up as a saint, but it’s like I told Kathryn on the weekend: Before this is all said and done we’re going to get stories on the super intelligence and the latent greatness of men like this is what cause it to happen. Like you said, Reed, it’s a compulsion.

CALLER: (silence)

RUSH: Reed?

CALLER: Can I ask you an NFL question, Rush —

RUSH: Sure, by all means.

CALLER: — to change the subject on a brighter day in Charlotte.

RUSH: Yeah, go ahead.

CALLER: I’m wondering if the media is gonna be interested in the Cam Newton story here and if I should be careful about pulling for him or saying anything about him when I talk to friends or do you think that, you know, that that might be a touchy subject here —

RUSH: Why?

CALLER: — in the Democratic National Committee.

RUSH: Wait a minute. What would Cam Newton have anything to do with the Democrat National Committee and the convention?

CALLER: Well, we’re just gonna be the new home, so we’re proud of that, but I’m wondering if we picked Cam Newton for all the right reasons or, you know, for PR reasons.

RUSH: Oh, you’re talking about the Panthers!

CALLER: The Panthers’ number one draft choice.

RUSH: Whether they picked… Oh, I thought somehow —

CALLER: I didn’t want you to say anything. I want to go out on a limb and take a chance and say, “Maybe we picked him because we’re hopeful for great things out of Cam Newton.”

RUSH: Look, as a Panthers fan you gotta say that! As a Panthers fan you gotta be able to that. This team is in… Yeah, hope and change? Your team’s in the dregs, man! Your team won, what, two games? You gotta believe people running that team picked Cam Newton not for PR but they actually think he’s gonna revive and bring them back. They think he’s a franchise quarterback. You gotta believe that.

CALLER: So you feel good about the pick, you feel good that we did the right thing?

RUSH: I’m not a Charlotte fan so… (laughing)

CALLER: We consider you an expert with your Pittsburgh background —

RUSH: Well, you’re absolutely right about that.

CALLER: — and your love for the NFL.

RUSH: Yeah. I don’t think anybody really knows. I think this is one of the great things about the NFL draft and all these experts. Look at Brady. It was an afterthought, sixth or seventh ground, Tom Brady of the Patriots, nobody wanted him. For all the science that goes into this, there are so many intangibles. (interruption) Yes, there’s gonna be a season! I’m positive there’s gonna be a season. Of course there’s gonna be a season. There will be a National Football League season. Even if it’s only eight games, there will be a season. The NFL schedule has been structured so that they can play an eight-game season, one preseason game — have a little bit of a training camp, a free agency period — and still do the normal playoff routine. But it won’t come to that. It’s gonna be settled. Now, I will say this: There’s always caveats to this stuff. The owners are prepared for there not to be a season. They are loaded for bear on this. They are. They’re loaded for bear on it. But, yeah, I think there’s gonna be an NFL season and I have to think that the people running the Panthers here did something other than choose somebody they think is going to sell tickets for a year.


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