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RUSH: Joan in Loma Linda, California. Back to the phones on Open Line Friday. Hi.

CALLER: Thank you for taking my call. You were talking about Bernie Sanders and Hillary and watching the debate.

RUSH: Yes.

CALLER: I held my nose and watched it last night.

RUSH: Yes.

CALLER: And what occurred to me, is it possible that Bernie is actually their worst nightmare? He doesn’t know how to play the game. He honestly believes in it. So he represents all the voters out there who have been drinking the Kool-Aid all these years.

RUSH: Smoking the dope, you mean?

CALLER: Yes! And they can’t expose him without exposing themselves. For years we’ve had these, you know, hypocrites run who say one thing and do another. But Bernie’s their problem because he really believes in it, and they’re gonna have to take him out in some way that discredits him personally.

RUSH: So you’re saying saying the Democrat Party, they go out and they talk all this socialism stuff, but at the end of the day they’re really not in favor of it as much as Bernie is. But Bernie is a true believer and poses a great threat if he wins, and that’s why they’ve gotta take him out?

CALLER: Right. But he does stand a chance of pulling all races, all ages and everything who really have believed that this was gonna work all these years — and by calling it by its real name, they are in a terrible fix.

RUSH: I’ll tell you why it’s worrying people. I think you’re on to something. I really do. But the reason it’s worrying people is that Bernie is pulling every freeloader into his orbit. That’s who’s glomming on to him. Every freeloader, everybody who wants the government to give ’em everything ’cause they feel ticked off and screwed by the system and so forth. Many of ’em are young people who’ve been taught that by their idiot socialist professors.


RUSH: Our last caller has a good point when she says that Bernie is such just the real deal — meaning he’s not slick, he’s not preprogrammed, he’s not poll tested. He just goes out and says what he thinks, and it comes across as real. And, as such, they gotta be careful how they take the guy out because he’s got something Hillary doesn’t have. And, by the way, this is true. He has a bond with his supporters; Hillary doesn’t. Hillary’s supporters are there ’cause she’s gonna be the one with a (D) by her name.

There may be a small segment of Hillary supporters that are actually into Hillary and really dig Hillary. That’s such an infinitesimally small number of people of the total that will vote for her if she’s the nominee. She, believe me, doesn’t get anywhere near the connection that Bernie Sanders has with his voters. And so her point was that if the Democrats were gonna take old Bernie out, they gotta be very careful how they do it because they could so anger Bernie supporters that these wackos… Who knows what they might do?

You know, go find Ralph Nader and ask him to run again, or some other silly, third party vessel? She has a point about that. Now, there’s a story here from Daniel Greenfield at Frontpage Mag, which actually is just a story about an AP writer in Vermont who covered Bernie Sanders for 28 years. And what is this guy’s name? This guy’s name is Chris Graf, G-r-a-f. He covered Bernie Sanders for 25 years as the AP bureau chief in Vermont. That probably meant here’s the bureau chief and reporter. I mean, how big a staff could they have had for Vermont?

So this guy was all over Bernie Sanders 25 years, and his take on Bernie Sanders is that he has no social skills. Now you figure AP, this guy’s gotta be a liberal Democrat. A, he’s with AP. B, he lives in Vermont. So he’s gotta be in the same ideological school as Bernie. And he says Bernie Sanders has no social skills. He has no sense of humor. Which, by the way, is the same as Hillary. She doesn’t have a sense of humor. She doesn’t know how to make you laugh with her. But apparently with Bernie it’s really bad.

This guy, Chris Graf, who covered him 25 years, says Bernie has no social skills, no sense of humor, and is quick to boil over. He has a very bad temper, and, furthermore… Well, I can’t say it. Two other terms he uses to describe him, I can’t repeat here. But… Okay, he’s a penis, and a… What else? He’s a penis and he’s a… The exit hole. Okay? That’s what he said. This guy covered Bernie Sanders for 25 years, and for these reasons this guy said the word some people use to describe Bernie Sanders’ attitude toward his employees was “abusive.” So here you have a socialist with no social skills who abuses workers and have no sense of humor.

Sounds just like Joe Stalin to me.

Sounds like Lenin to me.

Sounds like Marx!

Sounds like all the rest of these guys to me. But his supporters think old Bernie… He does have that bond. There’s no question about that.


RUSH: Here’s Jake in Annapolis, Maryland. Jake, glad you waited. Great to have you here, sir. Hello.

CALLER: Thanks, Rush. Thanks for taking my call.

RUSH: You bet.

CALLER: So my comment is that I think that America should adopt a Nordic style… The Nordic model like they have in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland. They already have a welfare economy. There is more equality in those types of countries. There is universal health care. People’s health is better. People live longer there. There is much lower unemployment, much lower rates of childhood poverty, much better education. The standard of living in these countries are phenomenally better than in the United States, and I think that we could learn a lot and benefit if we adopted some of the policies that we have in these countries.

RUSH: Well, that’s exactly the Bernie Sanders platform.

CALLER: Yeah, I’m aware of that. Yeah, I’m supporting Bernie Sanders — with pleasure. (snorts)

RUSH: There’s only… (sigh) There’s just one problem, one overall problem. There’s just one…. (sigh) Gee, I hate to do this. There’s just one little problem with it.

CALLER: What’s that?

RUSH: Denmark and some of the other Nordic/Scandinavian countries have discovered in the last year or two that it doesn’t work, and they are reforming. They are reducing the size of their welfare state economies. They are reducing benefits, particularly with this influx of refugees now who are demanding to be fed, clothed, medically treated, and taken care of. I’m not kidding. I’m not… I’m trying to do this as politely as I can. They are all reforming, and I’m not gonna say that they’re becoming market economic countries, but they are really changing.

They can’t afford it anymore. They can’t pay for it. They’re in deep, deep doo-doo. The standard-of-living argument, too, is a little bit of a stretch. Their populations are not nearly big enough to have a real honest comparison on standard of living. But I gotta tell you — I just have to tell you out there, Jake — that there is not a country on the face of the earth that has ever created a higher standard of living for more millions of people than the United States of America, until Democrats are elected president, and then we have problems set in. But other than that…

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