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RUSH: So, ladies and gentlemen, I just… it hasn’t even been an hour yet. I told Greta Van Susteren that I would sit down for an interview with her here in the studio for her Fox television show. She has been asking me for the past week, and I said, “No.” And she kept asking, and I said, “No, I don’t like television.” I said, “No, I don’t want to be on TV.” And finally I get up at seven in the morning and there are two e-mails from Greta saying, “Please, please.” I had to do it, to stop the e-mails. So I did it.

We just did an hour and 20 minutes, nonstop. How many questions did she ask? Five, six or seven? The thing about Greta is that she lets me go. She asks a question and then takes the rest of the show off. I’m never short-changed. In fact, there were a couple of instances where I thought, “You know, I’ve got diarrhea of the mouth going here. I just need to stop.”

It’s going to air tonight. She’s got at least two shows. Well, a minimum of two shows because an hour on cable news is about 40, 42 minutes. And this was an hour and 20, nonstop. You know, live-to-tape would have been, if we stopped for commercial breaks. Didn’t do that. It was a straight hour and 20 minutes. Anyway, the reason I’m telling you this of course is to hype it and to promote it. I’m gonna be very honest with you. It’s nothing that you all haven’t heard, but there is something to seeing it said on TV.


What are you frowning at me about? I’m just telling the audience — Snerdley is saying, “No, you shouldn’t tell ’em that because you always say something different.” Well, okay, I’ll allow for that, but, I mean, the thrust of it you all have heard. So, I mean, just trying to be honest with you. But it is what it is. She’s been promoting it a lot. My reason, other than hyping it, to tell you this is that it totally interrupted show prep today. About all I’ve got here in my Stack of Stuff is Weiner. Well, it’s all I’ve had a chance to go through. I mean, I’ve got more than that here. I got here a little early and I tried to get some early show prep done and I succeeded in getting some of it done but I didn’t have access to any of it. You know, I print all that I like, but the printer — the whole room had been torn apart for this.


RUSH: H.R., I need to ask you a question. H.R. just said something in my IFB about, “We’re getting the idea that you really like TV.” What do you mean by that? Does it sound like I’m complaining about this? Oh. Oh, yeah, well, it blew my show prep day, but I’d rather do that than stay here after the program and not get outta here ’til — the last thing I want to do after three hours is to try to act like I haven’t said anything yet, ’cause I knew it was gonna go longer than an hour.

Anyway, you know, I have a lot of suck-ups, folks, that hang around me here and they’ve all said that it’s good. There are a couple little funny things, and I fully expect one of them to be edited out. (interruption) Well, she asked me what I thought of what a certain Fox host said about something, and I didn’t know what it was. I said, “Well, what did he say?” I’m sure they’ll edit that out. But when she told me what it was, it was nothing that I haven’t been talking about for 25 years.

You know, one of the things that came up was the Limbaugh Theorem. She asked me about the “phony scandals,” and what I thought of the phony scandals. I said, “No, no, you’re looking at this the wrong way. You gotta look at what is the purpose in Obama calling them ‘phony scandals.’ You know, why is he on the campaign trail?” I embarked upon an in-depth explanation of the Limbaugh Theorem to her, and she gave me a lot of time to go into this. I’ll give you an example.

This is last night, on Special Report with Bret Baier during the All-Star Panel. This is Krauthammer talking about Obama’s recent push to focus on the economy.

KRAUTHAMMER: I find it astonishing that he goes around making speeches in which he deplores the state of the economy, the growing income equality, chronic unemployment, stagnating middle class income. It’s as if he’s been a bystander, as if he’s been out of the country for the last five years. It’s his economy! He’s the president. He’s talking as if this is the Bush economy, or, I don’t know, the Eisenhower economy, and he just arrived in a boat and he discovers how bad the economy is. This is a result of the policies he instituted.

RUSH: Now, I explained this to Greta. I said, “Back in February I came across a story in the New York Times, Greta. It’s something has puzzled me for four years. This is the first president who has never been held accountable for his policies. This is the first president who remains unattached to his own agenda. This is the first president who has gotten away with making it look like other people are doing what he’s doing.”

I said, “How can this be?”

I said, “I’ve been struggling with this for four years trying to understand.” I said, “It’s more than just the slavish media,” and then I cited to her the New York Times story in February just ahead of Obama’s State of the Union address that night (summarized): “New Polls Find Continued Public Dissatisfaction with the Direction of the Country — yet, support for several of the policies the president has said he will push in his second term.

“A new CBS poll found economy remains the public’s chief concern with fewer than half of Americans approving of Obama’s handling of it. Most Americans also say the president lacks a clear plan for solving the problems. Fifty-four percent say the country’s in the wrong track, and yet six in 10 say that it is likely the president will bring about significant change.” So when I read that, it all suddenly became clear to me. So I devolved or evolved or created the Limbaugh Theorem back in February, and I have been explaining it since then.

Other people in the media are just now realizing it, like Krauthammer here. So I spent a lot of time — well, not a lot, but for a TV interview it was a lot of time — explaining how it is that Obama gets away with remaining unattached to his own policies that are causing all of this misery, and I went in and I told her: “That’s why he’s on a perpetual campaign. He’s always campaigning against. He’s never seen as governing.” This was good because it’s not been said on TV like this.

So it will be out there, and there are a couple of added points to it and so forth. Anyway, I’m sure it’s gonna start tonight and she’s got 80, 85 minutes. And I don’t think she’s gonna edit much of it.


RUSH: Here’s Eric in Pittsburgh. Eric, great to have you, EIB Network. Hello.

CALLER: Thank you, sir. Just got three quick things. I’ll be less than 30 seconds. First off, I wanted to say thank you, been about a five-year listener. I got engaged in politics around as soon as Obama got elected in ’08. I really started engaging. But I wanted to say, when you went on Greta Van Susteren, I think that’s the best thing you coulda done. You show these younger generations what the truth is out there. A lot of these people, these younger kids, just like Weiner. They look at it, and it’s like a cool thing. They think Weiner’s cool, you know? Hip, has style. But, you know what, these people don’t even have a clue about the politics, and it’s gonna bite ’em. That’s what I’m afraid of. You know, it’s gonna be too late.

RUSH: I know what you mean. Yep, yep. I know exactly what you mean.

CALLER: But other than that, I think you’re doing an outstanding job. I couldn’t ask for anything more out of you.

RUSH: Well —

CALLER: You’ve really reached out a lot of younger people. Like I said, I’m not a stupid person. I went to college, got my bachelor’s, but I didn’t know anything about politics, until I started watching you. I think a lot of younger people really don’t know and they just look at the cool thing.

RUSH: Oh, they don’t. They don’t. It starts in the education system. It starts with parents who aren’t particularly aware or interested, and it’s pretty safe to say that conservatism does not have a presence in pop culture. Conservatism is, in fact, impugned. It’s laughed at and made fun of in pop culture. I tell you, one of the things I did… I don’t know how it’s gonna look.

I looked in the camera, and I said, “If I could just reach out of this TV set and grab you and shake you by the shoulders and convince you of one thing, it would be that everything the Democrat Party does is political. You people who claim to not like ‘politics,’ you’ve got to understand: Everything they do is oriented toward advancing a political agenda. If you could recognize that, the more people who could see the Democrats for who they really are…” These people who profess they have no interest in politics and don’t like it are being totally dominated by it unknowingly.

Anyway, I don’t want to give the whole thing away and I can’t anyway because you have to see it.


RUSH: You know, I was sitting here thinking, I did this Greta interview today for Fox, and I made a mistake. I told you all when the program started that you’ve heard it all. And actually that’s not true. There are some things that I have not said before that I said in this interview. In fact, I was just going to talk about one of them. I said, “No, I’m gonna hold it until after this interview runs. I’ll give Greta an exclusive.” Not a big deal but there are some things that I mentioned to her that I have not said on this program, and I said some things in the interview in ways I haven’t said. So actually I gave you the wrong impression.

Snerdley just said, “You just told them they didn’t have to watch.” I said, “No, I didn’t.” He said, “Yes, you did. You told ’em they’ve heard it all before.” I was just trying to be honest with you, but as I was thinking about it during the break here at the top of the hour, and I’ve got one thing that’s entirely fascinating to me. It’s about me, but I’m gonna wait. I’m gonna wait for this to be said. It has to do with the news this week about radio stations and all this public negotiation that’s taking place, the Politico story where they’re breathlessly hoping that I’m going to lose stations in New York and so forth. We’ve already got another station. It’s all bogus. But anyway, it’s just public negotiations taking place.

But there’s something that has happened as a result of it that I was gonna talk about. I’m gonna wait. I’m gonna wait ’cause I want you all to watch this because I’m told it looked good. Cause that’s all that matters on TV, it really is. At the end of the day it’s another reason I’m not crazy about TV. I could go on there and be Albert Einstein, and if people didn’t like my shirt, they’d tell me that. It has always bugged me about TV. I remember that when I did my TV show, I had some of the greatest monologues, and I had people saying, “You know, your tie is too loud.” Jeez, what’s the point?

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