RUSH: Yeah. Yeah, I know what you mean. It was. It’s a great way to put it, popularity contest — partly that’s been Obama’s a blank slate. Everybody could paint on him whatever they wanted, whatever they wanted him to be.
CALLER: That day’s past, too.
RUSH: I hope that day is past.
CALLER: Well, you’re gonna have blind followers for any candidate.
RUSH: But you’re gonna have the media every year facilitating Democratic candidates that way or however way they have to be if facilitated.
CALLER: Speaking of candidates, to tell you the truth, I’m rather excited about the broad range of candidates that are gonna bring their views to this political slate on the Republican platform.
RUSH: You know, I agree with you. It’s starting to get interesting to me now. Daniels saying no. Rudy thinking about getting in. Herman Cain. Bachmann thinking about getting in. Palin thinking about getting in, buying the house in Scottsdale, Arizona.
CALLER: I wish Trump had pushed his car a little further down the road. I want to see that kind of thing in the election —
RUSH: Well, NBC got in the way there. NBC basically made him decide now. “Do you want to continue to host this show?” NBC, all they had to say was, “Look, we can do this show without you.” (sigh) Believe me, they knew what to say to Trump. “We can do The Apprentice without you; we don’t need you.” That was wound right straight to the heart. So NBC forced that issue. Do you have a preference so far the Republican field?
CALLER: Yeah, I have one. My first candidate isn’t even in it yet and that’s Christie.
CALLER: But I’ll go down the list. Palin, Bachmann. I would put Rick Perry in there with them, but he’s also not in yet.
RUSH: Not yet.
CALLER: I like Pawlenty.
RUSH: Did you hear Pawlenty on the show yesterday?
CALLER: Yeah, I sure did.
RUSH: He was good yesterday.
CALLER: He was good. But I’ve heard Rick in the past, and, you know, I just like everything he says —
RUSH: Wait. Pawlenty?
CALLER: I like everything he says, but I tell you the problem that we’re having right now, and that is name recognition. I do not want to have to vote for Mitt Romney.
CALLER: Because I think Romney represents the old entrenched Republican Party, and I think that he is just the darling of the old entrenched Republicans because he’s a Northeastern Republican, which is saying he’s a Southern Democrat or something. I mean, Romney is just too old guard for me — and you have Romneycare. I have relatives who live in Massachusetts. That’s where I’m from originally.
CALLER: And it is a horrible, horrible situation up there with the health care. The first thing is the health care insurers went out; the cost of health care went up. So everybody went on Bay State Care and the quality went down.
RUSH: Yeah. As you said, it’s the unintended consequences. These guys never think dynamically. They just think people are gonna act like robots — I don’t care — and people don’t. Tax rates go up, people find a way to avoid ’em. They don’t just sit there; those that can, avoid ’em. They don’t sit there and pay it.
CALLER: Well, Massachusetts politicians turned that into a welfare state, and people didn’t see it coming because they think that they’re so much smarter than most of us, especially us Southerners.
RUSH: Oh, yeah. I know. I know what you’re talking about.
CALLER: You know, we’re sitting here with bare feet and straw hats, and we still have hitching posts in front of the banks. I mean, that’s how condescending some of them really are.
RUSH: (sigh) Yeah, gun racks. You get to church on Saturday night to get the great parking spot for Sunday service.
CALLER: When I was a kid I first came to Virginia, and I made the mistake of thinking because Southerners had a different way that they weren’t as sharp. Well, I learned that lesson was a mistake 40 years ago, but I don’t know. Here in South we do it our own way, and I don’t care how the rest of them do it.
RUSH: Well, and you’re not really the South. You’re Yorktown, Virginia. You’re not really deep South.
CALLER: I’m not deep South. No, I’m Yorktown, Virginia, which is —
RUSH: You’re south enough to be offended.
CALLER: I’m south enough to have had the largest number of Civil War battlefields here.
CALLER: Robert E. Lee. I mean, a lot of the Civil War was fought here. I don’t consider… I don’t sympathize with either side on the Civil War. I don’t want to get into that but I do consider myself a southerner.
RUSH: Okay. So it was “The War of Northern Aggression” to you, then?
CALLER: No, it was the Civil War.
CALLER: And Lincoln was our greatest president outside of Washington — and Obama’s the worst.
RUSH: Great way to end the call. Thanks very much. I appreciate it. We… (interruption) Yeah, they get to church on Saturday night to make sure they get the closest parking space for church services on Sunday. That’s one of the accusations. That’s one of the ways they make fun of Southerners as hayseeds and so forth.
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