RUSH: I mentioned in the last hour that the left is just
“The outcome appears all but certain, but the nomination of John G. Roberts Jr. to the Supreme Court is still likely to be a nail-biter for the Senate’s centrist Democrats. On the one hand, they would like to reward President Bush for consulting with them in advance and picking a nominee who appears legally better qualified and ideologically more temperate than many had expected.” You know the dripping superior attitude in this
When a Republican nominates a judge, “Why, we’ve got to start examining whether that judge is human! Does that judge even breathe air? Does that judge breathe oxygen?” The double standard here is striking, and it’s this arrogance and this superior attitude. I’m telling you, it grates on me. It just grates on me. The headline here bugs me, and the opening two sentences bug me. The third sentence or third paragraph of this piece is, “On the other hand, more than Roberts’ fate hangs in this balance. For many Senate Democrats the debate over Roberts is increasingly a battle over the nature and the direction of the court and the president’s efforts to narrow or overturn some of its controversial…” Yeah. How come we only hear about “drastic changes to the court” when a Republican nominates a judge, but we never,
“Many Senate Democrats, especially those known as liberals, are expected to vote against Roberts to go on record against his political conservatism.” Especially those known as liberals…? Many say that Democrats…? Why do you need the modifier, “especially those known as liberals”? “Many Senate Democrats… Many Senate liberals… I mean, Democrat, liberal, it’s the same thing! “In her speech Feinstein emphasized the historic nature of the decision to confirm a Supreme Court justice who enjoys lifetime tenure.” You all know it’s all about abortion. All right, now, get this. This is the Washington Times today: “Liberals Expand Scope of Attack on Roberts — Liberals have broadened their attack on federal Judge John G. Roberts Jr. beyond just his position on abortion to include accusations of a more general hostility toward women and privacy…. More alarming to [Ralph Neas, People for the American Way] is that Judge Roberts’ views ‘are sharply at odds with those of the justice he has been nominated to succeed, Sandra Day O’Connor.’ Broadly speaking, liberals say Judge Roberts wants to limit ‘reproductive freedom’ for women, undo women’s ‘right to privacy’ and discard remedies aimed at ‘gender equity,’ Neas said at the National Press Club,” and this, of course, carries forth another fallacy, which is the court has to be “balanced,” that even if you are a Republican president and a liberal judge retires, you’ve got to put a liberal judge on the court to keep the balance.
How come when a liberal president, a Democrat president, appoints judges to the court, nobody ever says, “You’ve got to maintain the balance”? Democrat presidents are always allowed, and in fact required, to
RUSH: Just to give you an idea, do you remember which justice of the US Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg was named to replace? You don’t? I will tell you. That was just Byron White. <a target=new href=”http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/issues/issue_byronwhite.php”>Byron White</a> was strongly pro-life; he voted against Roe vs. Wade on the court; he was appointed by FDR. That’s how long ago he served, or how long ago he was nominated, but he voted against Roe vs. Wade. He was pro-life. That’s who Ruth Bader Ginsburg replaced. There was no call for “balance.” There was no demand. The Republicans, nor the media, did not say to Bill Clinton, “Yeah, you better put a pro-lifer on there! We’ve got to protect the balance of the court.” There was no such thing. Only when Republicans make these nominations are these arrogant and superiorist claims and demands made. You know, for the longest time in my life, liberalism was dominant and conservatism was the stepchild — and there is a subtle shift taking place. Liberalism is no longer dominant in this country, not in electoral politics, not legislatively. It may be attitudinally on college campi and it may be dominant attitudinally in the anti-war movement and in shreds of the Democratic Party. Nationwide, go look at how people live their lives, and they don’t live their lives as liberals would have them live them. If they did, liberals would be winning elections, and they’re not. I’m talking about nationwide elections. They would have won the House of Representatives back and they would have never lost it. If the people of this country lived their lives as liberals demand they lead them then there wouldn’t even be a contest but that’s not the case. Liberalism is not the dominant way people live; it’s not the dominant way they think.
But the people that shape opinion in the mainstream press, it is the way they think, and so this superiorist, this-is-what’s-normal attitude is constantly broadcast. This is a long battle that’s been underway to change this and to reverse it, and it’s still underway. It’s still taking place. This is no time to go wobbly. More on the Supreme Court from the Washington Post: “Democrats Seeking Release of Withheld Roberts Documents.” Another story that says: Democrats believe Roberts will pass, but the liberal groups still want more dirt. “After the release of about 60,000 documents detailing the work of Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr., Democratic senators are setting their sights on what was not in the huge cache of papers: more than 2,100 memos and letters that have been withheld by government archivists working in concert with the Bush White House…. With Senate hearings two weeks away, Democrats privately say the documents that have come to light about Roberts’s White House work from 1981 through 1986 probably do not contain disclosures that would threaten his confirmation…” The utter
Why don’t you say, “We don’t like this guy. He’s a conservative and we don’t like conservatives, and we don’t like conservatism.” Just say that instead of running around and doing all this fan dancing about trying to find something that portrays this guy as some sort of Neanderthal. The reason they don’t do this is because they’d rather destroy the man. They’d rather destroy him with innuendo, because conservatism would not destroy him; conservatism is what has made him. His ideological and religious beliefs are what have made John Roberts. That’s who he is. That’s how he is defined – and that’s what they can’t stand — and make no mistake about this. The fact that he is Catholic is going to be subtly referenced time and again on this committee. They’ll never use that word, and they’ll never use the word religion, but they will talk about “deeply held personal beliefs,” or some such other phrase that will be a code. “Democrats privately say the documents that have come to light about Roberts probably don’t contain disclosures that would threaten his confirmation…” What kind of disclosures? What do you think is in there? “Some Democratic senators working with liberal special interest groups opposed to Roberts consider the other documents potentially relevant and are pressuring archivists in the White House to release them before the public hearings begin.” To get an accurate picture of this: imagine when Ruth Bader Ginsburg came up, imagine Republican senators working openly with Concerned Women for America, the National Rifle Association and Pat Robertson to try to find dirt to disqualify Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Can you
And I thought Pat Leahy said these special interest groups don’t matter a hill of beans, didn’t he? He said he wishes they’d shut up because whatever they say didn’t affect him one way or the other. I’ll bet he’s one of the people meeting with them. I’ll bet he’s one of the people taking their phone calls. I’ll bet he’s one of the people reading their e-mails. “Oh, no, no, no! These people don’t matter. Those interest groups, I wish they’d shut up.” You have a symbiotic relationship with those groups, the liberal Democrats do, and they are partners — and it’s the groups that do the dirty work for the senators. We’ve just only scratched the surface here, folks. Then we have this: “For Immediate Release: The Human Rights Campaign, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Center for Lesbian Rights; Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays,” one, two, three, four groups, “put out a united statement today to announce opposition to John Roberts. Joe Solmonese, the president of the Human Rights Campaign says, ‘Judge Roberts has such a narrow view of what the courts can and should do, it’s a wonder he wants the job at all. Ultimately this is about an individual’s right to privacy, from women’s rights, to religious freedoms, to civil rights, there is powerful evidence that Judge Roberts would rule against equality.;” There is
“An alert this week from backers of Judge John Roberts cautions not to take seriously Democratic complaints that they cannot stop his confirmation. A three-page memo sent to thousands of conservatives across the country warns that the assault on President Bush’s first Supreme Court nominee is yet to come. A major reason cited for this belief is the man back at Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s side on the Senate Judiciary Committee: James Flug. ‘It is hard to fathom Mr. Flug coming back to Capitol Hill after 30 years of private practice for anything other than a bitterly tough confirmation fight,’ says the memo… That argument is based on Flug’s 38-year intermittent history as Teddy Kennedy’s gunslinger. Not contained in the memo is Flug’s clandestine activity since his return investigating at least one Bush judicial nominee, Appellate Judge William Pryor.” He was a stealth investigator digging up dirt on Bill Pryor. “The Kennedy-Flug partnership blocking confirmation of Republican judges dates back to the defeat of President Richard Nixon’s Supreme Court nominees G. Harrold Carswell and Clement F. Haynsworth. As Kennedy’s rhetoric intensifies, the atmosphere leading up to next month’s Roberts hearings feels like the eve of battle. I had known Flug while he was a Kennedy aide in the late 1960s and in Kennedy’s 1980 campaign for president. He returned my call last week, and I asked why Flug, now aged 66, would return to a job normally filled by somebody 30 years younger. When he learned what I was after, Flug broke off the conversation and said he would resume the next day if he could. He never did…. After my brief conversation with Flug, Kennedy’s press office said the aide was too busy to talk to me…. As to why he returned to Kennedy’s staff, the senator’s press aide referred me to a flattering profile of Flug in the Aug. 19, 2003, edition of The Hill newspaper.
“‘It was an extraordinary opportunity to maybe repeat history,’ Flug was quoted as saying.” Flug, you might remember, “hired private investigator Terry Lenzner to research [Mitt] Romney, an arrangement that was kept off official campaign reports and was at first denied by the Kennedy campaign.” So make no mistake: this is all a bunch of bogus BS that they’re standing aside thinking they can’t stop Roberts. They’re bringing back the big guns. Why does this matter? Just the latest example: From San Francisco: “A federal judge here said environmental groups and four U.S. cities can sue federal development agencies on allegations the overseas projects they financially back contribute to global warming. The decision Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White is the first to say that groups alleging global warming have a right to sue. ‘This is the first decision in the country to say that climate change causes sufficient injury to give a plaintiff standing, to open the courthouse door,’ said Ronald Shems, a Vermont attorney representing Friends of the Earth.” Exactly right. The bottom line is that there is no scientifically conclusive evidence of manmade global warming and yet a bunch of wacko groups have been given standing by this judge to sue.