RUSH: Jeb Bush says that the Senate should confirm the nomination of Loretta Lynch. This is Obama’s choice for attorney general to replace Holder, when he finally leaves. A number of Senate Republicans oppose her nomination, but Jeb Bush said, “I think presidents have the right to pick their team.” And the Republicans ought to go ahead and confirm her.
Now, Senator Jeff Sessions believes just the exact opposite. He thinks it is wrong to confirm somebody who is openly committed to breaking the law. He believes that Eric Holder is lawless and that Obama is lawless, particularly in the area of immigration. And they are. A, we’re not enforcing existing immigration law, and since Obama cannot get a law he wants out of Congress, he’s prepared to do amnesty via executive order, which is outside the Constitution. He does not have the constitutional authority to do that, yet he’s gonna do it, and Eric Holder is right there with him, and Lynch has promised to support the same thing.
So Jeff Sessions says, in describing why the president’s executive amnesty is lawless, he said, “The legal opinion attempting to justify the circumvention of Congress was issued by the attorney general’s Office of Legal Counsel. Now, at the outset of this nomination process, I said that no Senator should vote to confirm anyone for this position, the top law enforcement job in the country, who supported the president’s unlawful actions. Congress must defend its constitutional role, which is clearly threatened. Unfortunately,” said Senator Sessions, “when asked today whether she found the president’s actions to be legal and constitutional, Miss Lynch said that she did. I therefore am able to therefore to support her nomination.”
And he has encouraged all the Republicans to oppose her because she has flat-out admitted that she will engage in unlawful behavior. Jeb Bush is calling on Republicans to confirm her, under the belief that presidents have the right to pick their team.
Now, Sessions wasn’t through. He also hammered Loretta Lynch about her statement that she believes illegal aliens have a right to work in this country, just as much as any American citizen does. He said, “My concerns are furthered by Ms. Lynch’s unambiguous declaration that the right and the obligation to work is one that is shared by everyone in this country regardless of how they came here. When the president capriciously suspends those laws and provides benefits to those here unlawfully, he injures the rights of lawful people and lawful workers, denying them the protections that Congress passed to secure their jobs and wages.” He said, “We’re at a dangerous moment. Professor Jonathan Turley described it as a constitutional tipping point. For the Senate to approve this nomination, Loretta Lynch, would bring us another step closer to the point’s edge.”
Now, I side totally with Senator Sessions on this. He is right on the money on this — and well spoken and brilliant on it, and yet over here is Jeb Bush. Why would Jeb Bush say this? I think the answer isn’t complicated.
The Republican establishment, and certainly Jeb Bush would be considered to be a member in good standing, the Republican establishment believes, when the media says the Republicans are not cooperative — and they think the American people think the Republicans aren’t cooperative. They think the American people, majority of them, believe everything that they see and hear in the media.
So all of the criticisms leveled at the Republican Party by the media, the Republican establishment thinks everybody out there believes them. So when the media and the Democrats accuse the Republicans of not cooperating, Americans believe them. When they accuse the Republicans of not wanting to work together, not being bipartisan, they think the American people believe them. So consequently, the Republican establishment believes that they have to do things to change what the American people think of them because of the media’s statements.
So here you have a perfect recipe for the Republican establishment thinking that they can change public opinion about them. So here you have a minority, an African-American and a female. You’ve got double whammy here. It’s a twofer. Minority, female, African-American, nominated to be attorney general, and the thinking with Jeb Bush and others is that if we support her nomination, we can show the American people that the media are wrong about us, that we are willing to cooperate with Obama, that we are happy to support a minority doing well, a minority woman.
And this is the thinking. Apparently it doesn’t answer their calculations whether she’s good for the job or not. And this is what I mean when I think they got Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder because of media criticism. I think they’re totally dominated by it. I think they have been so beaten up by the media that they think their primary objective is to change the way the media talks about them, which they can’t do — and in the process, hopefully change public opinion about them. So their position is rooted in being defensive. “Oh, my God, they think us this and they think us that, and we gotta show them that we’re not.” So they’re on a mission to prove a negative. How do you prove you’re not racist when somebody’s accused you of it? How do you prove you’re not anything when somebody has accused you of it? Sorry, but you can’t.
Now, it’s either that, as one explanation, or there’s another explanation, and it is that the Republican establishment doesn’t have any problem with Loretta Lynch, because, like her, they are in favor of amnesty happening. So take your pick. It’s either they’re shell-shocked over media criticism and they’re trying to show that they’re not racist, and that they’re not partisan, and that they’re willing to cooperate. And whatever Obama wants, because he’s the president, that’s what he gets. Or else, they don’t have a problem with what she stands for because they ultimately support it. Either one of those things is the explanation for it, and what Jeff Sessions says never enters their calculations. And yet he’s the one who’s making the most sense about this.