RUSH: Now, Tiger Woods. New York Daily News today. It actually looks like an AP story: "Tiger Woods was into threesomes and shelled out more than $60,000 to cat around with high-priced hookers, a Hollywood madam claimed Thursday. 'One of his favorites was Loredana Jolie,' Michelle Braun told the Daily News, describing the gorgeous blond as a Playboy model from Sicily who's been living in New York since age 14. 'She's a stunning girl,' said Braun," who I guess is the madam here. "'He went out with her four or five times. She took part in group sex. They met up in 2006 or early 2007. I'd say he paid $15,000 for her.' Woods 'had a pretty big appetite for women.' added Braun, as the world famous athlete's list of extramarital 'transgressions' continues to grow."
Well, now, this means that Tiger has now completed a resume requirement for election to high office as a Democrat. You can do this in New York if you want to go the state level, but clearly, I mean this is Clintonesque, and client number nine, Eliot Spitzer, who was the governor of New York. A friend of mine said today, "Well, if that's true then this is it. That will be the end of Woods now, if it wasn't already." What's the difference? What's the difference? In fact, many of the African-American columnists who have written about this have suggested it would have made more sense to pay for it than go through all this stuff because they generally have more security and privacy. Of course that's blown up.
Now the next story, a companion to this, is from a British tabloid newspaper. Tiger Woods, they say, is ready to quit golf in a desperate bid to save his shattered marriage. Apparently his wife Elin has given him an ultimatum, "It's golf or me." And then last night reports in America surfaced that Woods was terrified he might have fathered a love child, some of the women making a point that he didn't use protection. His yacht's docked here up in North Palm Beach, the yacht is named Privacy and it's been spotted, it's 155-foot yacht, it's a big thing, and they've been spotted loading provisions on the thing, food and they covered up the name of the yacht so people wouldn't know what it is. So speculation is now that Woods is taking Elin on a Caribbean cruise aboard Privacy but since the word's out helicopters are going to be flying over them everywhere if they do this. Quit golf? I mean, she would demand he quit golf? Where's the money going to come from? I don't know, folks. It doesn't compute. Some of this stuff just doesn't compute.
RUSH: I ask you the question again: What's worse, Tiger paying for sex with his money or Democrat Max Baucus, a senator, paying for sex with taxpayer money? Now, it's rumor about Woods. We just have this New York Daily News story, but for the sake of argument, let's look at Tiger Woods versus Max Baucus. Let's say that Tiger spent his money on a woman for his adult needs. Compare that with what the Politico is reporting on Democrat Senator Max Baucus of Montana, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, the author, in large part, of this debacle of a health care bill in the Senate. Democrat Max Baucus gave a $14,000 pay raise, which is taxpayer money, to his love interest staffer and then took her on a taxpayer-funded trip. Trying to reach a decision here. There are laws against prostitution in some states, but there may not be a law against what Baucus did. Tiger's married, but so was Baucus.
Here are the details. "Senator Max Baucus" -- (Democrat-Montana) who never met a tax increase he didn't like -- "chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, gave a nearly $14,000 pay raise to a female staffer 2008, at the time he was becoming romantically involved with her, and later that year took her on a taxpayer-funded trip to Southeast Asia and the Middle East, though foreign policy was not her specialty." Well, what a thing to include in the story! "Late last Friday, Baucus acknowledged his relationship with Melodee Hanes, whom he nominated for the job of US attorney in Montana, after it was first reported on the website MainJustice.com. But he said that Hanes withdrew from consideration for the job when the relationship became more serious. The next day, he dismissed calls for an ethics investigation, saying, 'I went out of my way to be up and up.'" What does that mean -- Viagra? "Since his announcement, more details of the relationship have emerged, raising questions about a workplace romance between a boss and employee that Baucus tried to keep quiet also contradicting his explanation for why Hanes' nomination was withdrawn."
So my only point about this is, Tiger Woods, private citizen, Tiger Woods can't raise your taxes, Tiger Woods can't send your kids off to war, Tiger Woods can't do anything to you, except affect you positively or negatively, depending on your degree of fandom. Max Baucus can write a health care piece of legislation that can destroy the private sector of this country. He can raise your taxes left and right, he loves doing it, and he can appoint cronies, girlfriends, to jobs in the federal judiciary and then give her a $14,000 raise -- none of it with his money. So if we're going to get involved in prurient interests of things, going to get sidetracked by that, let's throw Max Baucus into the loop because he clearly belongs there. In the Baucus case, he's the prostitute. Baucus is buying and selling favors with our money all the time.