One caller took issue with the amount of time Glenn is spending bashing Newt Gingrich -- the call spirals out of control because the caller just couldn't come to grips with the fact that Newt is a progressive. She refused to listen to anything Glenn had to say - how did that strategy work out for the caller?
Read the transcript of the call below:
GLENN: Hang on. We have Trish on the phone on Line 11 from San Antonio saying pretty much ‑‑
GLENN: She's very upset at me. Go ahead, Trish.
CALLER: Oh, no, Glenn, I'm not upset at you. I have been, I have been the last week or so.
GLENN: Okay, but you're not?
PAT: Me, too.
GLENN: Go ahead.
CALLER: No, no, no. Well, my first question really, Glenn, is, you know, if you are going to promote Santorum, why have you spent 2/3 of the program going after Newt and giving Romney a pass on his progressivism?
PAT: We haven't given him ‑‑ we played ‑‑ we played the audio of it.
GLENN: We played the audio of it.
CALLER: Yes, Pat, yes, Pat, and then you made executions, oh, it was in 1994.
PAT: No, no. All of these Newt things were in the past, too. I just wanted to make sure that everybody knew this wasn't yesterday.
CALLER: Right, right. But we've heard two weeks worth of how progressive Newt is and we've heard nothing ‑‑
GLENN: Okay. Hang on just a second.
CALLER: Hold on. Hold on.
GLENN: No, wait, wait, wait, wait.
CALLER: Nothing about the gun control, nothing about the liberal (inaudible) in Massachusetts.
PAT: The gun control? Of what?
STU: Talking about Mitt.
PAT: Oh, Mitt. Okay.
CALLER: Listen. Listen.
PAT: This is a Mitt thing? Okay, well, let me ask you something real quick. Can I ask you something real quick?
CALLER: Okay. Sure, sure.
PAT: Why do you excuse everything from Gingrich, why are you doing the Gingrich thing to ‑‑
GLENN: You don't even know ‑‑ wait, wait, wait. You don't even know. Are you for Newt Gingrich?
PAT: Of course she is. Of course she is.
GLENN: We don't know.
CALLER: Actually, no. I don't have a horse in the race. Hold on. I was a Herman Cain supporter. When he got, I donated to Michele Bachmann. When they got out, I don't have anybody that represents me.
CALLER: I think Santorum did a great job last night.
GLENN: I think he did, too. We said that several times over the broadcast.
CALLER: ‑‑ promoting Santorum. Where are the clips of that?
GLENN: We're not ‑‑ we didn't ‑‑ hang on just a second. Hang on just a second. Hang on just a second. We're not ‑‑ we're not here to be anyone's PR person. I've said that to Rick Santorum, I've said that to the audience. I'm not here to ‑‑ I'm not here to get people to vote for Rick Santorum. I've told you who I'm for.
GLENN: Who I'm for. I'm for Rick Santorum. That's my guy. If I had to vote today, I'd vote for Rick Santorum. I wouldn't vote for Newt, I wouldn't vote for Romney. I in the end ‑‑
CALLER: I got it. I got it.
GLENN: In the end if it's Newt Gingrich action I'm going to have a really hard time voting for him but it will probably be the Middle East that would make me vote for him over Newt ‑‑ over Barack Obama. If that's the choice, I... I really would want to vote for my shoe or my shoehorn or my phone or a lamp, but I'd probably do it for Newt.
CALLER: You know ‑‑
STU: Never vote for Obama, that ‑‑
GLENN: I would never vote for Obama.
CALLER: I'll say this, and I have spent more time defending Newt.
CALLER: And I don't even agree with him.
PAT: Why are you defending him?
CALLER: People are unfairly attacking him.
PAT: We are not unfairly.
GLENN: How are we unfair ‑‑ wait a minute. How are we unfair? Because let's get this out.
PAT: We're playing his own words!
GLENN: Yeah. Let's get this out because if it's unfair, we'll admit it right now and we'll correct it.
CALLER: Look, I had gone ‑‑ you know, when you started first playing things, because I don't, I don't really have a candidate that I feel represents me, I have been doing research. And I went straight to their voting records and to their policy records. And when I went and looked at that, I found that Mitt Romney is basically ‑‑
GLENN: Wait, wait.
CALLER: ‑‑ a clone.
GLENN: Wait a minute.
CALLER: No, no, no.
GLENN: Hang on. We were talking ‑‑
CALLER: ‑‑ to Mitt Romney, okay?
GLENN: I am not a Mitt Romney fan! I'm not a Mitt Romney fan!
PAT: I don't know how many times we have to say that.
GLENN: I don't know how many times I have to say that. I don't know what it is that you make ‑‑
GLENN: You know some of the callers that come in ‑‑ hang on just a second. I've let you talk. Some of these callers that call in and continually insist that we're Mitt Romney fans really just piss me off.
PAT: The guy won't even come on the show!
GLENN: Yeah. I haven't talk to the guy! The guy won't come on the show! The guy didn't ‑‑ the guy didn't come to Israel, was one of the only ones that said he wouldn't come to Israel. I mean, what do you want me to say? I'm against his healthcare policy. I don't buy into his healthcare excuse. I do buy into his excuse on his flip‑flop of abortion. I don't think that one's a flip‑flop. I do think the guy is a big government progressive. I don't think he's a Theodore Roosevelt or Wilson ‑‑ what was it?
PAT: Realpolitik Wilsonian.
GLENN: Realpolitik Wilsonian. I don't think he even thinks of it that way. I think he's right on Israel. I think Newt is right on Israel and the Middle East. I think Mitt gets the Middle East. I think Newt gets the Middle East. I think Newt is an absolute progressive to the core, knows exactly what it means, knows progressivism exactly the same way I do. He has studied the history. He is a historian for Freddie and Fannie. He knows. He is also not a small businessman. He is not a bus‑ ‑‑ he's not ‑‑ he doesn't do business! Hang on. You didn't even listen to a word, damn word I said. I'm hanging up on you you Trish. You didn't even listen. You were talking .
CALLER: No. Listen to me, Glenn.
GLENN: You were talking.
CALLER: I'm trying to explain to you why people keep calling on Mitt Romney.
GLENN: I'm not going to listen. Hang up the phone, please. I'm not going to listen to you, Trish. If you won't listen to me, why should I listen to you? This is the problem with our country. This is the problem.
STU: I don't understand it. I mean, we have covered Mitt Romney's bad policies for not ‑‑
GLENN: How many, for not ‑‑
GLENN: ‑‑ this time.
STU: Since 2007.
GLENN: Last time, too.
STU: Yeah. And 2007 we talked about it.
PAT: And that's the thing. We haven't talked about Romney as much because everybody knows where Romney is.
STU: Right. That's the simple formula.
PAT: You've already made up your mind on Romney.
GLENN: 24%, 24%, give or take, depending on where you are in the country, that like Mitt Romney. I have not met the person who's like, man ‑‑
PAT: I love Mitt Romney.
GLENN: Okay, no, I take that back. I've met Ann Romney.
PAT: And she loves him.
GLENN: And she loves him.
PAT: She admits that?
GLENN: She loves ‑‑ she admits it.
PAT: Because I haven't even heard her say it.
GLENN: She's going to vote for him. Got it. I don't know anybody who is the passionate Mitt Romney person.
PAT: I don't, either.
GLENN: So why do you ‑‑
STU: We're not talking ‑‑
GLENN: The passionate one here is the Newt Gingrich supporters that go crazy.
PAT: Who completely dismiss everything we've said about everything he has said about himself.
PAT: But the same thing on Romney, I don't get it.
GLENN: Tell me where it's unfair to quote a man. Don't you understand what you're saying? The people who are saying this, you're saying the same thing George Soros says. When I quote George Soros ‑‑
GLENN: They're just being mean to him. No, I'm quoting him.
GLENN: I'm playing the audio ‑‑
PAT: You're bashing him.
GLENN: ‑‑ of Barack Obama. "You're just bashing him." I'm playing his audio. Wait, what point is it not true? You loved it! You loved it when I did it to the progressives on the left. But when we start talked about the progressives on the right, it's strange how the media, the right media doesn't like that. How the ‑‑ how the Republicans don't like that. All of a sudden, "Oh, no, no, no, no. Shhh." Look, you either believe in principles or you don't. Now, I happen to be a very big anti‑progressive guy. I think there are people who say they're progressive, "You know, look, I'm progressive." We had Adam Carolla on. I gave him the same ‑‑ I gave him ‑‑ give him the same benefit of the doubt, and maybe I'm wrong, as I do with Newt Gingrich ‑‑ or I mean with Mitt Romney. I'd like to ask Mitt Romney about his progressivism, but he never accepts our invitation. Why do you think that's happening?