RUSH: Bill in Sacramento, my adopted hometown. Welcome, sir.
CALLER: Hey, Rush.
CALLER: Okay. I could feel it. The Bushes are doing it to us again. I’m going to see a Souter II coming on and we are all going to be told, “She is a conservative,” and, “Don’t worry guys. She’s going to be great. She is a conservative. You’re going to love her,” and she’s going to be another Souter.
RUSH: Are you talking about Edith Clement?
CALLER: Exactly. I mean, I just… I just feel Bush is not. (sigh) Again he’s doing it to us like his father did where they just don’t have enough trust to —
RUSH: Why do you — Wait a minute. Hold it a second. Wait, wait. One question.
CALLER: Go for it.
RUSH: It may well be the case, but how do you know it? Why do you think you know it now?
CALLER: You know why, Rush? Because in the last year sine he was elected to a second term — and I’m a big conservative Republican here — I can feel the weakness coming on. I can feel the Bushes collapsing. They want love from the media.
RUSH: Gosh, it’s amazing.
CALLER: They want to be loved, Rush — and it’s getting me very nervous.
RUSH: Bill, I totally understand that let me first say, because I hear this, I can’t tell you how often. There is a palpable fear because this is what the election was about, folks. Make no mistake about it. As far as the base of the Republican Party was concerned, this is what the election was about — and there are a lot of people who are obsessed — I should say who
Kennedy as you know was the replacement for Bork. He came out of Sacramento, by the way. I knew of him while he was in California. He had a reputation as an originalist and a conservative — and we see what happened. Bill, let me go on an assumption here just to make a point. I’m going to assume the woman is fine for the sake of this little example I want to give you. I’m going to judge that this woman would be a great addition to the court. Even at that, there is something that happens when all of these people get there — and that is, they live and work in Washington, D.C wherein there is a culture. There is a culture that is dominated by the left, the media culture, the social structure and culture is dominated by the left — and, all of these judges that end up on the Supreme Court (this is an understandable aspect of human nature) cannot help but think of themselves as having reached the pinnacle of their profession. There is no higher court, no higher honor, no higher position that one could attain in terms of stature. You can certainly earn more money doing other things like suing the manufacturers of Vioxx or something, but you will not reach any higher stature than being on the Supreme Court. But when you get there — and we’ve seen this; you get there — and you start writing your opinions, and if the Washington Post and New York Times don’t like them, they come after you. They come after how you are destroying the history of the court, and they come after you talking about how you are “destroying civil rights” and you want to “turn back the hands of the clock” on freedom and civil rights and all of these other garbage issues — and that, I have seen it work. I have seen it effect them.
I think — just my personal opinion, I think — that Justice Kennedy’s big transformation was after Florida 2000 when the DC culture, essentially wrote that the Supreme Court caved and violated the Constitution and selected a president, and these guys have their legacy, too. These people on the Supreme Court worry about their legacies. Everyone knows who Supreme Court justices are. Their opinions live forever, and they care about their own legacy and its immortality. So I think there is a greater harm of getting just the right person and having that person buckle than there is of getting the wrong person, or at least an equal chance. Now, Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia have remained rock solid. I’ve talked to Justice Scalia on the phone twice. Both times I’ve told him: If I didn’t have my own brain I would want his. Justice Thomas is personal friend of mine, and I can assuredly say that Justice Thomas isn’t going to buckle, not after what he was put through and not after who I know him as a man to be. I know his core. I know he is an originalist. I know that he is a man who is unaffected by what others think of him. That is what we need more of throughout the society: in your neighborhood, in your office, in the Supreme Court, wherever. We need as many people who couldn’t care less of what people think of them, because when you are governed by what people think of you, you are going change who you are to please them — and when the people judging you in Washington are the leaders of the liberal culture there, what do you have to do to please them?
And so, Justice Kennedy who was part of the majority in the