RUSH: We want to move on now with audio sound bites from the on this judicial opening. Is it not amazing, folks? You go back to ’81 when Reagan appointed Sandra Day O’Connor. When she was appointed, there was a lot of opposition to Sandra Day O’Connor, and over the course of her terms as a Supreme Court justice, there were a lot of people that took shots at her, but if you listen to the left now, why, she was a model! “A pragmatist. Centrist! We need to get someone like her.” That’s because she was an
Why, even roundtable discussion participants like Mara Liasson and Juan Williams and others are out there saying, “Gonzales, the current attorney general, why, that’s the guy! He’s the guy. He should be the next appointee,” and there’s only one reason for it: The guy is pro-choice and conservatives don’t like him, and so he’s not an originalist and they’re all for it. But here’s what gets me. When he was up for attorney general, and they had the confirmation hearings the same people who now say (laughing) and don’t think this is lost on a lot of people. If I can remember this I’m sure a lot of people do and can. They tried to accuse Alberto Gonzales of authoring
HARRIS: From both liberal and conservative war rooms came an almost instantaneous avalanche of e-mails and press releases, containing messages later hammered home in hastily arranged press conferences and talk radio rants.
RUSH ARCHIVE: God has nine heads and god just lost a head today, and the left has to make sure their god has nine heads with at least five of them on their side.
HARRIS: Those on the left may have the most to lose.
GANDY: This is a fight of our lives. This is a state of of emergency…for women.
RUSH: That is Kim Gandy, the president of the NAGs who may represent about 800 women in this country in their thinking. I pointed this out to you last Friday. You go to NAGs’ website and you expect to see this great tribute to the first-ever female Supreme Court justice, and all you got was four pictures of women who died because of Supreme Court decisions, abortion and this sort of stuff. There was barely a mention of Sandra Day O’Connor. So I just want to say to Mr. Harris, “That was not a rant.” Number two: “I’m not part of a war room,” and number three, “I don’t communicate with any of these people on the right raising money for this so-called ’cause’.” To place my comments in context, the Supreme Court is the left’s god. Abortion is their sacrament, and their god has nine heads, and as long as they got five or more heads of their god, then they control events. This is more important than the presidential race, folks, this court because they’re attempting to institutionalize liberalism and they’re trying to keep it away from the ballot box because they can’t win at the ballot box. It’s crucial. They know they’re cracking up and they know that they’re descending, and the court is their last gasp. I mean this may be — if not their last; it’s very close to — their last stand, this nomination and however many others that the president gets. Let’s move on now. Last Friday on the Senate floor, Senator Ted Kennedy. He weighed in with
THE SWIMMER: If the president abuses his power and nominates someone who threatens to roll back the rights and freedoms of the American people, then the American people will insist that we oppose that nominee and we intend to do so.
RUSH: Yeah. (sigh) Fine, senator. This is a man who started all this, by the way. If you want to know where
RUSH: If you’re going to grant felons the right to vote, how far behind can it be the Democrats will suggest letting
THE SWIMMER: Sandra Day O’Connor, uh, besides recognizing the rule of law, for example, in the Roe v. Wade, uh, decision, was the key vote on many, many issues and questions. For examples [sic], on the Americans with Disability Act, so that a wheelchair person doesn’t have to crawl up a flight of stairs in order to be represented in a courthouse, (gasp) giving patients a second opinion in her HMO case, (gasp) making sure that we weren’t going to execute mentally retarded individuals, and protecting the Clean Air Act —
RUSH: Hold! Hold! Hold a minute, Alltmont, stop the tape. Stop the tape! Didn’t Bill Clinton execute Ricky Ray Rector? In the middle of the ’92 presidential campaign, Bill Clinton — and Sandra Day O’Connor was a justice then — flew back to Arkansas to make sure that Ricky Ray Rector, who was retarded, was fried in the Arkansas gas chamber, electric chair, whatever it was. In fact, you know what Ricky Ray Rector, they offered him his last meal, whatever it was, and a piece of pie — and he put the pie aside. He saved the piece of pie for when he came back from the electric chair. The pie did not get eaten because he didn’t come back from the electric chair. Few people ever have, unless it’s Old Sparky down in Florida. Clinton went back and did this in the middle of the campaign, you know, to get the NRA vote and the capital punishment vote and so forth. So I don’t know what he’s talking about here. “She made sure that we weren’t going to execute mentally retarded individuals.” She must have forgotten Bill Clinton. Here’s the rest of the bite.
KENNEDY: — decisions were decided by 5-4 decisions. And we as — particularly on the eve of the Fourth of July when we realize that men and women have sacrificed, have bled, have even died, uh, for the rights and liberties of this country, it is up-a to our generation to make sure that we’re going to pass those rights and liberties on to the next generation.
RUSH: Senator Kennedy, you know, you’re just a gas bag, sir. The bottom line is, when you and your pals can win another election, you go ahead and pick the nominee, but until then just go away.
THE SWIMMER: Well, that, uh, I think has really, uh, changed and shifted hasn’t it? When they, uh, the president [Reagan] sent, uh, Robert Bork, uh, to the, uh, Senate judiciary committee for nomination, because it was very clear that he was selected primarily because of his judicial philosophy. They made it really an issue there, and it became the — the issue before the judiciary committee and the country, and I think if someone is going to be selected just because of a judicial philosophy, then, uh, that is going to be an issue that’s —
STEPHANOPOULOS: Senator —
THE SWIMMER: — going to be before the judiciary committee.
RUSH: So you have just inconsistency and hypocrisy piled upon itself here. When the left wants one of their nominees we’re not supposed to examine anything about them. We’re just supposed to, “for the good of the country,” move ’em out and vote ’em up and send them up to the court, as in Ruth Bader Ginsburg and others. But when it’s somebody the liberals don’t like? “Ah, we need summit. We need to change the rules,” and I’m getting blue in the face telling you why they’re doing this. Just don’t forget. Institutionalizing liberalism in the courts. That’s all this is about because they know they don’t have a
GIBSON: You said a moment ago you suspected that the president would choose a very conservative candidate and you said I think that he ought to do that. Should he or should he try to find somebody who would be more acceptable to all spectrums?
HATCH: When it comes to the Supreme Court, it comes down to just one issue to most Democrats, and that is Roe vs. Wade, and, you know, the president’s going to choose a conservative. I don’t think he’s going to choose a right-wing person but he’s going to choose a conservative, a rock-ribbed conservative, and I’ve seen about 14 names, and every one of them happens to be qualified, highly intelligent people of great dimension, great ability, good temperament. I just think the Democrats are going to have a rough time if they think they’re going to take some of these people apart.
RUSH: All right, Gibson’s question: “Should he or should he try to find somebody who would be more acceptable to all spectrums?” Charlie, it’s time for you and your pals on the left to learn you are not “the spectrum” anymore. You are
RUSH: Let me just ask you a question, folks. Who do you trust? James Madison, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton — three of the most prominent founders of the country — or Ted “The Swimmer” Kennedy, Chuck Schumer, and Dick Durbin? Who would you trust among those three? Why do the liberals have so much difficulty with the Constitution? Why do they insist on changing it through unelected judges? And the answer is simple. The Founders wanted
The best way to understand this is that it’s the elites versus the people. The best way to explain liberalism to people is not that they care for the little guy. Liberals care about themselves and big government. They are the elites, and they don’t trust the little guy. Liberals don’t trust you at the ballot box. They don’t trust you with your own money or with the decisions in your own life. They simply don’t trust you — and for good reason: You would behave and vote in ways that would limit their power as elites. They come from this arrogant, condescension attitude that only they have the smarts to run the country and to run your life and the world; you just don’t have it. But if we turn the Constitution back to the people, and it’s representative government that results in the laws that are made and the constitutionality of those laws is only interpreted by the court, then the liberal elites are in trouble. As elites they’re already in trouble when the Soviet Union lost and the Cold War, big defeat for the elites of the world who are attempting to set up this managing system that would allow them to run the world, and the elites in this country, the elites in the socialist enclaves in western Europe they all have the same belief: You’re an idiot, too stupid, the little guy, you can’t do what is right and you can’t be trusted to do what is necessary to keep the elites elite, to keep them in power — and it’s really no more complicated than that. Let’s move on to the audio sound bites, Meet the Press yesterday, fill-in host “
LEAHY: I would hope that we don’t meet that point. That’s why we’re going to meet with the, uh, errrr, president in about a week, going to urge that he would put somebody who would unite the country, not divide the country. Ah, if you had somebody on the extreme right, just as if you had somebody on the extreme left, that’s not going to unite the country, uh, and that’s going to bring about a fight in the Congress. I heard some senator say, “Well,uh, all he needs is 51 votes.” You know, when you stop to think about it, if you had a justice on the Supreme Court who only got 51 votes. That’s not a very good signal to the rest of the country.
RUSH: So there you have it. The filibuster is back. We told you this is going to happen. We told you this deal was going to be tested, and it will be tested. Fifty-one votes isn’t enough. Can’t confirm a Supreme Court justice, 51 votes, not when the Republicans are doing the nomination. If it were Ruth Bader Ginsburg with 51 votes or any of their liberal Democrat nominated judges, “Well, 51 votes would be fine,” but 51 votes is just not going to get it — and as such, Democratic senators “said Sunday a filibuster is one of the weapons in their arsenal when the time comes to vote on a nominee to replace Sandra Day O’Connor. The comments came amid a lobbying campaign by conservative groups opposed to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales as a potential successor to the influential O’Connor.” The comments came amid a lobbying campaign by the conservatives? What about People for the American Way? Who wrote this? Pete Yost of the AP. What about all the money the American left is spending out there on this idiotic campaign? Senator Joseph Biden said, “A filibuster is appropriate in certain circumstances.” On Face the Nation he said, “I have no intention of filibustering, but it depends on who the president sends.” Sounds like you have an intention of filibustering. “I would hope that we don’t reach that point,” said Patrick Leahy, “but, you know, if you had somebody on the extreme right, just as you had somebody on the extreme left, that’s not going to unite the country, and that’s going to bring about a fight in the Congress.”
Dubba… Dabba… It goes on talking about the money that’s going to be spent by these people. All weekend we hear from people like Ralph Neas of People for the American Way, and Nan Aron of the Alliance for Justice and other leaders of the Hollywood and George Soros-funded left win cabal, “insisting that President Bush nominate a mainstream conservative to the Supreme Court, or that he unite the nation with a “pragmatist or moderate in the character of Sandra Day O’Connor” — and as I say, folks, this is real
Witnesses weren’t called to testify with phony stories about pubic hair on Coke cans but now is the time to put an end to this and the way to put an end to this is for the president to simply nominate somebody like Janice Rogers Brown who Biden said, “I will filibuster her,” but it’s time to send somebody like her or Bill Pryor. Send somebody up there and let’s get it on, because what’s happening, folks, the left is in the midst of its second-to-last stand or last stand on all this. Desperation has set in, and it is time once again to force the left to
RUSH: Yeah, we could use the Pat Leaky Leahy standard, ladies and gentlemen. If a Supreme Court nominee only gets 51 votes, that’s 51% of the Senate, that’s a majority in anybody’s book, that doesn’t unite the country. No, no, no. Fifty-one votes in the Senate for a Supreme Court nominee does not unite the country. But Bill Clinton getting 43% of the vote in 1992? Why, that was a mandate, damn it! I am tired of these people. I resent having to talk about these people every day; these people doing in but P me off. They’re bunch of losers, a bunch of people that lose their arrogance and their condescension just offends me, and it’s time it was dealt with. It is time these people understood once and for all that not only have they lost recent elections. They’re going to keep losing more. It’s time to finally do something to impress upon them that they lost, that they are losers — and that’s why I want this president to nominate somebody that’s just going to totally agitate them to no end, and I want that nominee to get confirmed. Something’s gotta drive the point home that these people lost and that they do not run the show. I don’t care how many media allies they have, and I don’t care how many local news allies they have scattered and pock-marked all over the country, they still lost. They did everything they can for three years to defeat Janice Rogers Brown. She’s on the DC circuit. They lost. They put together this amalgamation of special interest groups to defame her and destroy her, and she is on the bench. They lost. Ditto Bill Pryor, ditto Priscilla Owen. It is time to keep this going. It’s almost getting to the point — I hate to say this, because you know, when I say something bores me, I don’t want to talk about it, but I’m getting to the point — this bores me. I’m getting to the point. Maybe it’s not boredom. Maybe it’s just sheer outright anger.
Whatever it is, but I’m fed up with it. I am fed up listening to these cocky, arrogant, blowhards act like they are king of this country, like they are some sort of elite royalty, all, from a guy who can barely walk after happy hour. Well, if the president will nominate somebody that will unite the country we’ll work with him on it. From somebody who’s the junior senator of New York who no matter what he does cannot stand out against Mrs. Rodham, Chuck Schumer, demanding a summit. Joe Biden — old Chia-head himself — failed presidential nominee, 1988, plagiarized Neil Kinnock and all that has to come forth, and say, “If it’s Janice Rogers Brown there will be a filibuster but I’m not thinking of filibusters.” Then we have to deal with Dick Durbin, comparing the US military and its various institutions to Pol Pot and all that rot. You know, you just get to the point where — I know how frustrating it is for you. It’s probably four or five times as frustrating for you because you all don’t have a microphone where you can come and tell everybody how to fix you. I do. I at least get to vent and so forth, but even so — and then when you add to it stuff like this, then I really do a slow burn. This is a story from yesterday’s Washington Post. “Filibuster Deal Puts Democrats in Bind.” Oh, okay. “Pact may hinder efforts to block high court nominee.” You know what I say to that? That deal’s not going to stop them from filibustering anybody. The deal is not going to stop ’em. But, oh, the Washington Post so concerned, so concerned the filibustering deal puts Democrats in a bind! Oh, no! Can the country survive? The Democrats are in a bind! It’s only when the Democrats are in a bind. It’s only when the Democrats are bound and gagged that the country has a chance. But this whole notion, “Oh, no! Filibuster Deal Puts Democrats in Bind. Oh, no, oh, no! What’s to become of us?”
We are going to prosper finally. No better Democrat than one that’s bound and gagged. But in the midst of this figuratively speaking, political sense here, of course, you get — you go down to the third-to-last paragraph of the story here, Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter handling a similar question on the Meet the Press, said, “I wouldn’t say, ‘Are you gonna uphold Roe?’ but I would ask a nominee, ‘When you have a decision which has been in effect for decades, and people have come to rely upon it, what kind of circumstances, how extraordinary must they be to try to overturn it?'” Well, this is about Roe vs. Wade. The question was, “You going to ask these nominees how they’re going to vote when overturning Roe comes up, if it does?” and then Specter said, “Well, I wouldn’t say, ‘Are you going to uphold Roe?’ but I’d say, ‘The country’s gotten used to something. You going to just overturn it without extraordinary circumstances?” I would love that question being asked of Roger Taney, who upheld slavery back in the Supreme Court — or Senator Specter to tell us what he thinks of overturning the Taney decision when it was overturned, because that Dred Scott decision just basically said that the United States has a right for people of color to be owned, that they were three-fifths of a person. Should that have been overturned? Now, here’s the problem With Senator Specter’s attack on Bork and his view of settled law and precedent, a problem most liberals have. If this is the rule, then under his approach, Dred Scott would have been respected precedent by subsequent courts, as was Plessy vs. Ferguson, that was segregation, and other bad decisions. In fact, Brown vs. Board of Education in 1954 is an example of the court reversing itself. They reversed Plessy in Brown vs. Board of Education and ending segregation in public schools. This is what it comes down to. The liberals support precedent when they like the result, and they support a living, breathing Constitution when they don’t like precedent and they want to impose their own views on the nation, and with Specter joining in on this, you know, it just takes the boil factor here above 212 degrees.