RUSH: Dick Durbin. This was great. This is Bret Baier’s show, the 6 p.m. show, Special Report with Bret Baier, formally with Brit Hume. Bret Baier has Dick Durbin on. The Democrats had just yesterday taken God out of their platform. So Baier said, “Why did you do that?” This is hard to hear because there’s a lot of noise in the convention hall. You have to listen close here to hear Durbin. But he’s there, because he knows. Here’s the thing. Durbin knows the fact that news has gotten out that Democrats have taken God out of the platform, that’s not something insignificant. That could really, really be a factor in the outcome of the election. More so than Michelle’s speech. That’s big, believe me. He knows it. And he’s up there to do everything he can to deflect. So Baier says, “God was taken out of the platform. Why do that?”
DURBIN: If the narrative that is being presented on your station, and through your channel and your network, is that the Democrats are godless people, they ought to know better. God is not a franchise of the Republican partyÂ…
BAIER: No, no, but…
DURBIN: Those of us who believe in God and those of us who have dedicated our lives to helping others in the name of God, donÂ’t want to take a second seat to anyone who is suggesting that one wordÂ…
BAIER: I understand that.
DURBIN: …out of the platform means that the Democrats across America are godless.
RUSH: He didn’t ask him… See? He defended something that wasn’t alleged. Baier didn’t say, “How come you guys are godless? How come you don’t believe in God?” He didn’t ask that. He asked, “Why did you take God out of the platform?” Durbin: “If you’re trying to say — if you’re trying to say on your network — that Democrats are godless people…” He knows that’s what everybody is going to think. He’s worried! They took God out of the platform. Why do that? Why the hell do it?
What does it gain you to take God out of your platform? Well, it must gain you something, and that’s what Durbin is worried about. “Oh my God, I… Uh! I can’t say that. I can’t say, ‘Oh my God.’ God’s not in our platform.” So Baier says, “I don’t think that’s what’s being said,” Senator Durbin. “We’re reporting what’s in the platform. In 2008, God was mentioned once.” At least you guys squeezed it in there. “In 2004, God was mentioned seven times. In 2000, it was mentioned four times. So it’s just a question: Why take it out this time?”
DURBIN: (convention noise) If you’re trying to draw some conclusion —
BAIER: IÂ’m not trying to draw …
DURBIN: — that the Democrats are godless —
BAIER: I’m just asking the question.
DURBIN: — present your evidence! Present your evidence!
BAIER: I’m just asking the question: Why was the word taken out?
DURBIN: I’m just telling you: You are carping on a trifle. We know that both parties are devoted to this country. Both parties are god-fearing parties. Let’s get on with the agenda about creating jobs in America —
DURBIN: — about justice in this country.
RUSH: Baier wasn’t through. He said, “We’re going to talk about that in a second,” Durbin. “[W]e are talking about the platform here … IÂ’m not ‘drawing conclusions.’ IÂ’m just asking why those changes were made.” Why did you take God-d out of your platform?
DURBIN: To suggest that this document and the insertion of two words here and one word there is now defining politics in America, suggests to me that you’re not focusing on the real issues that Americans care about.
BAIER: You know Democrats in Tampa talked about the Republican platform and what was and what was not in there. So when I’m asking you about these two changes, these two words, I’m just asking why. I’m not drawing conclusions.
DURBIN: Well, I’m just telling you: Your conclusions are wrong if you’re drawing them.
RUSH: “I’m not drawing conclusions.”
“I’m telling you your conclusions are wrong if you’re drawing them.”
Senator Durbin knows it’s impossible not to draw conclusions. See, that’s what he knows. It’s impossible not to draw conclusions. When you take God out of your platform, you’re trying to make somebody happy. When you take God out of your platform, you’re trying to please somebody in your party. Who? Who? Who is made happy? Who benefits taking God out of the platform? Durbin knows. He knows how precarious or dangerous that move is, and he tries to head it off at the pass — and he sounded as defensive as he could be.