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RUSH: Here is Chris in San Leon, Texas. Great to have you on the program. Hi.

CALLER: Thank you, Rush. I want to tell you it’s an honor to speak with you.

RUSH: I appreciate that, sir. Thank you very much.

CALLER: I’d like to have your opinion on Russia and Putin, as to we have 15 months left of Obama’s administration. Where else are they gonna push and try to make, you know, aggressive moves and move themselves forward around the world while Obama just sits there idle on his hands?

RUSH: I don’t think that’s… I think it’s already underway. I think Putin —

CALLER: Well, I agree it’s underway but, I mean, yeah, there’s nothing to stop him for the next 15 months.

RUSH: Yeah. Yeah. Well, you asked me what he’s gonna do, or is somebody gonna stop him.

CALLER: No, I think… They’re gonna be more aggressive until the next hopefully a backbone administration gets in. There’s no telling what they’re gonna try to do.

RUSH: Well, I can tell you what they’re gonna do. The first thing he’s gonna do is sidle up to Iran and co-opt whatever oil there is in Iran for himself. They already have their own stocks, but, remember, oil is so crucial, if you can get… Like Putin already controls all the natural gas that goes into Europe. He controls the flow. He can shut it off whenever he wants. He’s got blackmail leverage all over Western Europe, and he would love to get his hands on as much oil as he can, and there’s a whole gob of it there in Iran — and Iran hates us.

“Death to America!”

“Death to America!”

He’s gotta go down there and sidle up with the Ayatollah Khamenei and the boys. One of the military leaders in Iran is routinely flying back and forth to Moscow. That’s serious. And then you throw the ChiComs in this mix. The ChiComs are gonna need oil out the wazoo as their economy continues to grow. And what are we doing? We’re building freaking windmills! I don’t mean to yell. We’re building windmills and solar stuff, and we’re going all this New Age energy here.

It’s dire. I have been so frightened over these last two years of Obama, ’cause there’s no stopping him. The Republicans, even if they were a mind to stop him, won’t, ’cause they’ve already taken impeachment off the table. But that’s academic anyway because they’re now working with Obama to make sure the government doesn’t get shut down. Boehner and the boys are already working with Obama on a continuing resolution to continue fund whatever he wants.

There is a story here in the Stack about the House, one way or another, getting serious on trying to do something with roadblocks in Obamacare. And that’s because the House is in a state of flux right now since Boehner’s soon to be out. But, yeah, there’s nothing to stop Obama in what he wants to do. Not public opinion, certainly. That hasn’t mattered up to now. So, I know. It’s a scary thought. I’ve been worrying about this ever since the midterm election was over. Anyway, I appreciate the call, Chris. Thanks much.

Here’s Roberto in Concord, California. I know it well. Great to have you on the program, sir. Hello.

CALLER: Hello, Rush. Can you hear me okay?

RUSH: I do hear you, yes.

CALLER: Very good. I’m a first-time caller. I’m a little nervous, but let me struggle through my question here. Out of all the conservative candidates that we have, which do you think — and I’m deliberately choosing my words this way. Which do you think is the most hostile and intolerant toward liberalism?

RUSH: Well, can I rephrase that? Because those words “hostile” and “intolerant” do not describe the person that I would answer that question about. I know what you mean. You really want to know who among other candidates is most anti-liberal, is the most opposed to liberalism as part of his existence, policy and everything else? And there’s one clear answer. Put your hand up if you know who it is. Ted Cruz. Ted Cruz is the answer to your question, Roberto. If you’re looking for the Republican candidate who is the most steadfastly opposed to liberalism, whose agenda is oriented toward stopping it and thwarting it and defeating it, it is Ted Cruz.

If that’s your criteria.

Now, if you want to ask, “Does that make him the most conservative?” That’s another question. To a lot of people, that alone would make him the most conservative candidate of the bunch, too. The two probably do go together. But it doesn’t mean he’s the only one. There are some other candidates who are also anti-liberal in our field, both generally and issue to issue. But blanket, overall, I mean, an honest answer to your question would be Ted Cruz, pure and simple. Very clever of you, Roberto. I understand what you’re doing out there, buddy. It’s a very, very clever maneuver. You are a brilliant, brilliant caller out there. I know exactly what your game is, and I went ahead and played anyway. I answered your question right up front, top to bottom.

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