RUSH: Starting in Black Forest, Colorado, this is Steve. Hello, sir, welcome to the EIB Network.
CALLER: Well, thank you, Rush. Dittos from beautiful Colorado.
RUSH: Thank you.
CALLER: Okay. A few years back you made the point that the Democrats seemed to care of more for their party than they do for the nation. I think they’re proving that all the time here. Their constant massage of their party members’ hatred of Bush by continuing to press charges after charges, you know, on some very silly things such as the firing of these attorneys —
CALLER: — they know the defense. They know that the president’s going to claim the constitutional separation of powers and the executive privileges that provides.
RUSH: Yes, they do.
CALLER: And they know that Bush will prevail. So a question for you. Do you think they’re setting the stage for with their next president gets in there, that they can start pressing executive privilege on serious issues?
RUSH: Uh… Well, no. You’re confusing me. Why would they want to harass a president of their own party?
CALLER: No, what I mean by that is when the Republicans then press for information from the president, and it’s a Democrat president, then they can say, ‘Well, hey, it’s executive privilege.’
RUSH: I don’t think that’s really it. I think the executive privilege is what it is, and the Constitution is pretty clear on the separation of powers. I think this is what I said at the beginning of the program in talking about it. I think this is an attempt to destroy this presidency — this particular, individual presidency — by paralysis, and to continue to create with the help of the Drive-By Media which will report this, that the Bush administration is constantly under siege because it’s corrupt, that it is engaged in all kinds of illegal, under-the-table acts, and that these vigilant Democrats are doing everything they can to find out what it is so the American people can learn how corrupt this administration has been. They are doing this so that the White House will have to respond to all this stuff legally — and, by the way, that’s what the White House ought to do. The White House, I’m fairly confident I know what they’re going to do here because it’s not hard to figure out. You can answer all this with either an utter denial and start a legal process — just flood ’em with paper; flood ’em with motions. You only have a year and a half to kill here.
The Democrats don’t expect to get anything. That’s not the point. The point is to cause paralysis and to create the impression that this is a corrupt administration trying to hide everything that it’s doing, banking on the fact the American public is not educated sufficiently enough to understand the separation of powers. Already there’s a story in the LA Times about all this today, that guess who is the next Nixon? Cheney! Cheney is Richard Nixon. He’s got all these secret things going on; he’s doing all these things under the table, his energy commission. He’s not letting anybody know what’s going on, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. It’s all part of the old playbook. They look backwards. They don’t look forward. They’re trying to make Watergate out of this administration. They’re trying to make Vietnam out of the Iraq war. Those were their two big claims to fame — and don’t forget, they lost in a landslide in 1972 after they thought they’d done such great work in stopping the war in Vietnam and this kind of thing. But no, they’re not setting themselves up here to insulate their next president, be it Hillary or not, from demands for documents that will lead to claims of executive privilege, because it is what it is. There are certain things that members of Congress are not entitled to. Oversight only goes so far as and some of these things will obviously be litigated. There might be a little tinge of trying to insulate another future Democrat president from similar Republican action, but I think this is all just fundraising. It is trying to keep their base in line. Remember, now, the Democrats have really let their base down. Their base expected to be out of Iraq. Look at this: Cindy Sheehan is demanding Pelosi start impeachment proceedings against Bush. This is Cindy Sheehan, a phone interview on Fox News yesterday. It’s just a portion of what she said.
SHEEHAN: I’m going to make a formal announcement on Tuesday that Nancy Pelosi doesn’t put impeachment on the table, doesn’t support the impeachment resolution that’s already on the table against Dick Cheney and then introduce articles of impeachment against President Bush, then I will run against her for her seat in San Francisco.
RUSH: Now, you can laugh about this, but what it means is that the Democrat base is livid, because they wanted the troops out. They wanted Iraq over. They wanted Bush summarily defeated on this whole thing — and you know, the Democrats have not come through on that and that’s what those kooks in their base thought that the election results in November meant! So what’s happening? The Democrats would be doing this anyway because they signaled it. Three investigations they’ve launched in 100 days! This is harassment; it is paralysis, but it’s also an attempt to keep their base in line, keep their base happy because it’s the closest they can get to cementing Bush hatred, Bush Derangement Syndrome while failing in their primary mission to get the troops out of Iraq.