RUSH: Interesting story in The Hill, Capitol Hill newspaper that ran yesterday: “Pre-Vacancy Polls Back Conservatives.” It’s a story by David Hill, and David Hill is director of Hill Research Consultants, “a Texas based firm that has polled for Republican candidates and causes since 1988,” and he says this, “In the days and weeks ahead we’re going to be public polls used by the media to gain coverage in the selection of a replacement for Sandra Day O’Connor. Because media organizations cannot openly campaign for a particular nominee or type of nominee, they will hide behind biased or leading polls to advance their agendas.” Amen! Somebody is finally saying it. That all these public opinions are, are editorials. It’s the way the mainstream media gets their opinion of things out there and makes it look like a majority of Americans agree with them. It’s become such a sham this whole polling, all of this, “What the American people think of this?” and the American people think of that. You ask the question the right way you get the answer the way you want it and you run it as big news when in fact all it is, is an editorial, and David Hill is pointing out here the media is going to do the same thing in the Supreme Court nomination fight. Since they can’t openly campaign for a particular nominee or type they’ll hide behind biased or leading polls to advance their agendas. “Before we succumb to these prejudiced conclusions,” he says, “we should look at a plethora of polls that were taken just before O’Connor’s announcement. These pre-vacancy polls may provide more useful insight on the public’s real views of the court, its justices, and their decisions. One of these surveys released on June 20th by the legal website FindLaw makes us wonder whether public opinion should play any role in replacing O’Connor. The national survey…” and I don’t — frankly, if I may make a brief departure — I don’t know how it can.
Public opinion is not going to sway Chuck Schumer or Ted Kennedy, all these clowns. Schumer is out there saying he’s going to have a petition with 30,000 signatures by the end of the week. Hey, Chuck, I could do that in 30 minutes here. I could get 30,000 signatures on something in 30 minutes here — and then MoveOn.org is out there. They’re getting a petition signed. Do they honestly think that delivering these… and Chuck Schumer, by the way, said that he’s going to personally deliver his petition with 30,000 signatures to the front door of the White House which is just going to serve as kindling for fires when the winter comes in the White House. It’s not going to have one bit of impact on the people in the White House. Does anybody really believe that a bunch of petitions brought to the White House by Chuck Schumer or a bunch of petitions generated by MoveOn.org, are going to change anybody’s mind about anything? Consequently if I went out and did a petition, and let’s say I got two million signatures on a petition and I sent a copy of the petition with all the signatures to Ted Kennedy or any other Democrat senator, is it going to change their mind? Hell no. So my point here is: What’s the role of public opinion in this anyway? The president is going to do what he’s going to do and I will guarantee you his decision is not going to be based on petitions or polls or anything of the sort, and whether this nominee is opposed or supported is not going to have anything to do with public opinion on this. One of the big problems with public opinion is that it is not accurately represented by special interest groups anyway. MoveOn.org does not represent anywhere near a majority of Americans no matter what they might think, neither does Chuck Schumer. Neither does any petition that he’s going to get signatures on or anybody else. Public opinion is determined when there is an
There are no elections, so public opinion polls here are irrelevant — and guess what? It’s designed to be that way. It’s designed. That’s why there’s the confirmation process. The elected officials, representatives of the people get a chance to weigh in on it — but the president, who also won an election — that’s what this is all about, folks. This is really all about whether or not elections matter. When you get right down to it, that’s all this is about. The Democrats cannot believe they’re losing elections, and they don’t want to act like they’ve lost elections, and they don’t want to believe that the Republicans are winning elections — and so they’re trying to make it that elections don’t matter. That’s why they’re filibustering nominees. That’s why they’re making all these efforts to plan a war, filibustering the Supreme Court nominee or whatever. They’re trying to actually just wipe out an election — and not just with this nomination or any of these other judges. Remember my theory, ladies and gentlemen, that I’ve so cleverly articulated in recent months. The Democrats still can’t get over two things. A, they lost the House in ’94. They still haven’t gotten over that — and they
So when you get to the Supreme Court nomination fight all of this talk about stopping the nominee, twofold. They’re trying to make sure that Bush gets nothing else done. It’s part of the lame duck angle. But it’s also part of making sure that Bush never happened. In practical reality terms, Bush never happened. His presidency never happened, and so in order to make this possible, elections have to be rendered irrelevant. You win elections; you get to pick the nominations to the Supreme Court and the other federal courts. You lose elections, and you don’t. That’s why yesterday I was saying, “You Democrats, just shut up. When you win elections, you can go pick your Ruth Bader Ginsburgs and you can pick your John Paul Stevenses and whoever else you want, but until such time as you win elections, shut up! We really don’t care. We really don’t care what you think. You didn’t win elections. This is not your right at this point to determine the structure of the federal bench. You’ve gotta win elections to be able to do that.” But the Democrats are trying to make sure that nobody who voted for Bush counts, that this election didn’t matter, because they’re so peeved and so perturbed, and that’s why they’re trying to bring public opinion into it. They’re trying to reverse the results of an election by making it appear that the public regrets voting for Bush, that the public didn’t know what they were doing but now does know what they’re doing. They regret they voted for Bush and they want the Democrats to take over. That’s what the Democrats are trying to do with their mainstream allies in the media, create the impression that you, the American people, realize your mistake in voting for Bush and putting the Republicans in charge and you want the Democrats to run this show. That’s what this is all about. That’s why this story in the Hill is interesting. Forget the public opinion polls that you hear from now on. Go back and look at the ones prior to O’Connor’s requirement. Take a break here. Some of the data in these pre-vacancy polls, I don’t know if it will surprise you, but some of you it will. I’ll guarantee you.
RUSH: All right. So David Hill, who has a polling company, says, “Before we succumb to these prejudiced conclusions [that we’re going to see from now on out], we should look at a plethora of polls that were taken just before O?Connor?s announcement. These pre-vacancy polls may provide more useful insight on the public?s real views of the Supreme Court, its justices and their decisions. One of these surveys, released June 20 by the legal website FindLaw, makes us wonder whether public opinion should play any role in replacing O?Connor. The national survey of 1,000 adults found that nearly two-thirds of Americans couldn?t name a single current U.S. Supreme Court justice. Departing [Sandra Day] O?Connor was the best-known justice, named by 25% of Americans. Close behind her was Clarence Thomas, mentioned by 21%. No other justice was mentioned by more than 10% of the public. Liberal Democrats will rant and rave that Bush plans to appoint ‘another Scalia,’ but how threatening will that be when just 9% of American adults recalled Antonin Scalia?s name as a justice? And when Americans are so unfamiliar with the current court, what justifies popular involvement in the selection of a new justice?” Nothing anyway. The public doesn’t get to vote on these people. The way the public works on this, is they elect presidents and then presidents take care of this, and one of the things presidents — this one did, anyway — was campaigned on the kind of justices he would nominate, and the public voted. So the public is
Two-thirds couldn’t even name one? (interruption) That does make sense to you? Seemed a little low to me, but we’ll accept it here because this is the point that the guy who wrote this piece was trying to make anyway. Let’s look at another poll, this one conducted in mid-May for the Associated Press. It appears to redeem the public a little bit. “This poll asked 1,028 adults nationwide whether judges base their decisions mostly on interpretations of the law or mostly on their personal beliefs and political opinions. [Fifty-one percent] said the law prevails, a strong 43% said judges let their own views prevail. This sizable minority shouldn?t object to Bush?s trying to appoint a justice whose views are consistent with his own. If justices rely on their own views more than they rely on the law, Bush must appoint a conservative. Media polls will also press for ‘moderation’ because they know they can?t win the war for outright liberalism,” and this is
“A nationwide Gallup poll of 1,006 adults taken in mid-June, before O?Connor?s decision, asked Americans whether they would like to see Bush appoint a new justice who would make the court more liberal or more conservative than it now is or whether they?d keep the court as it is now…. 41% chose a justice who?d make the court ‘more conservative’ Only 30% wanted a more liberal court, and just 24% championed the status quo.” So they may not know the justices’ names but they know what the outcomes of these decisions mean to them. So 41% chose a justice who would make the court more conservative. This is again a poll in the middle of June, and it is a
You’re going to hear, “We can’t have extremists! We can’t have extreme right-wingers! We can’t have conservatives,” but the polling data, pre-vacancy polls,
But that’s not what the media wants. The media doesn’t want to