RUSH: All right, so we had a breakfast today with Harry Reid, Pat Leahy, Arlen Specter, Bill Frist and the president, and Harry Reid came out (summary): “Oh, this is wonderful! We’re glad we’re being consulted. No names are mentioned but we’re going to get this done together. We’re working together. We love each other,” blah, blah, blah. It just made you want to throw up. Let’s listen to Chuck Schumer’s reaction.
SCHUMER: Let us hope that this is not the end of the consultation process, but the beginning.
RUSH: Arrogant, arrogant.
SCHUMER: Let us hope that there will be the kind of dialogue — I reiterate my call to the president to have a summit, to call a good number of Democrats and Republicans together for a day at Camp David, for an evening or a dinner at the White House and have a real back-and-forth where we roll up our sleeves and really get into a serious, detailed discussion of how we all feel.
RUSH: This is arrogance like I have never seen it. This is a guy who’s only got one arm sticking out of the quicksand saying, “If you don’t get me out of here I’m not going to save you.” This guy is beyond the pale. He wants a summit? Breakfast is not enough he wants a summit at Camp David? Get all these Democrats together; let’s really have a real consultation process. Only one problem, Senator Schumer:
LEAHY: Well, they’re divisive because they’ve, uh, taken positions that’s shown that they’re almost monolithically in favor of one group, like just only rule in favor of business. They’ll only rule in favor of a certain class of people or — those — those — there are some judges that are like that. They usually end up being reversed but you don’t want them on the Supreme Court where there’s nobody there to reverse them.
CROWLEY: Would you support — ?
LEAHY: I worry when they’re an activist judge, uh, who almost reflexively vote down laws passed by the Congress or by the states and create laws of their own, substitute. The two most activist judges we have right now are Justice Thomas, uh, and Justice Scalia.
RUSH: (Laughing.) The two LEAST activist judges are Thomas and Scalia. What you just heard Senator Leahy do here — remember: words mean things — Senator Leahy is twisting the word “activist” around and applying it to originalists like Scalia and Thomas. This other gibberish about, “Well, they’re divisive because they’ve taken positions that show they’re almost monolithically in favor of just one group, like they’ll just only rule in favor of business, they’ll only rule…” Everything with these people apparently is class envy, and the court is there to balance the economic scale, guarantee equality of outcomes or sameness of outcomes or what have you. But regardless, I just think this is pathetic. I think these people …(sigh). They don’t have the ability to be embarrassed. If they were embarrassed with themselves or could be embarrassed, they would have stopped letting Ted Kennedy go out and speak for them a long time ago. But it’s amazing to watch. Some might say it’s a once great party, the Democratic Party, literally now just crumbling. Doorjamb by doorjamb the mansion that was the Democratic Party is being torn down, doorjamb by doorjamb but it’s happening. (interruption) Well, I know. It’s frustrating. It’s frustrating to a lot of people. But you know what’s frustrating about it? I’ve always thought — just in interactions with people — we all have various personality types that rub us the wrong way. Whether it’s these guys in politics or whether it’s the neighbor, whether it’s a coworker, and speaking for me because I can only speak for me, the personality traits that have rubbed me wrong
That’s all wrapped up into one bundle when you get these Senate Democrats. They are all arrogant. They are all condescending, and they think that all of us are absolute blithering idiots and the country can’t run without them in charge, and their
LEAHY: Well, it’s the same definition they’ve always used for, uh, Democrats. They said Democrats who would strike down a law passed by the people and substitute something of their own. I’m just using their — by their own definition, the two most activist judges there right now are Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas.
RUSH: What he’s basing this on is a recent poll that showed Scalia and Thomas have voted most often lately to say that a law passed by Congress is unconstitutional. That’s not what we mean by “activist,” and he knows that. Activist judges are judges that don’t interpret the Constitution. Activist judges are judges that actually don’t want there to be a Constitution. If we’re going to have activist judges, folks, we don’t need a Constitution. It’s just like if we’re going to let anybody in the country that wants in, we don’t have a country. We may as well not have a border. If we’re not going to enforce the border, we don’t have a country. Well, if we’re going to have judges that will not look to the Constitution, we don’t have a Constitution, and
The Fifth Amendment to the Constitution is clear, but the US Supreme Court three weeks ago said, “Ah, we think it means something else.” So now we have a bunch of states and the US Congress thinking of writing a law that basically says what the Constitution already says. So we’re having to rewrite the Constitution because we’ve got a bunch of judges who are ignoring it, plain and simple. That’s the definition of an activist judge — and in this case, Thomas and Scalia are not activist. Basically let me make it as simple as I can: An activist judge is a liberal who believes liberalism should become institutionalized in the courts. You want a great definition? To show you how out of whack Leahy and his comments are, you look at the eminent domain decision out of New London, Connecticut. That was a bunch of liberals. Liberals are said to stand for the little guy. That’s what Leahy just is: They stand for the little guy against the big guy. What did the Supreme Court just do? Just stood for a local government