RUSH: I got tell you, folks, I’m stunned, I’m surprised, I’m shocked. I thought that Al Franken would try to hang in there for another week. I thought he would try to make it past December 12th because that’s the key date. I told Snerdley that I was all ready for Franken to continue to stay in the Senate, not resign, defy his party. I told Snerdley, I told Snerdley before the program, just to get it on record, why I thought Franken would do that. Turns out I was wrong.
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I don’t think the Democrat Party standing up now in so-called righteous indignation, this sudden demand that Franken leave and get out of town as fast as he can, I don’t think it has anything to do with the Democrat Party and decency and justice. I don’t think it has anything to do with female senators and their power or any of that. This is all about one thing, and it’s why I thought that Al Franken would hang on. This is all about Roy Moore.
This is all about the Democrats’ desperate effort to contrast the way they handled the Franken thing and the way the Republicans are handling the Roy Moore thing, and then in an ancillary way, the way Republicans are not dealing with the Trump thing. It is clear that the Democrats looked at the Franken, all this talk about he was a potential presidential candidate in 2020, an upcoming Democrat star, all of that obviously total BS, because they’re happy to get rid of him because they’re not losing a seat!
There’s a Democrat governor in Minnesota that’s gonna name Franken’s replacement. I don’t know if it’s gonna be John Conyers’ son. (laughing) Keith Ellison is the name that’s being bandied about. Regardless, the Democrats are gonna hold the seat. So Franken became expendable. Franken became a pawn. Franken became a nonentity. Franken became a nobody to them. At the end of the day, they didn’t care about Al Franken. At the end of the day, they don’t care about individuals.
They never let Al Franken face his accusers. You know, Franken wanted to go to the Ethics Committee. He wanted these allegations examined. He claimed all along that he would be found innocent. But they weren’t gonna let that happen. No Ethics Committee, no Franken being allowed to hold on. No, Al Franken not allowed to face his accusers. Al Franken gone. See you later, Al. Maybe you could call Lorne Michaels at Saturday Night Live and get a gig there again. Just tossed Franken aside.
Look at this story. This is the Washington Post. “White Women in Alabama Have Made Up Their Minds About Roy Moore.” This headline is filled with spite, spittle, and disgust. The Washington Post is livid. White women, probably Christians and a bunch of racists, have already made up their minds about Roy Moore. And the Washington Post is livid that white women in Alabama are not listening to them. And it was a Washington Post poll. It shows that nearly six in 10 white women in Alabama are likely to vote for Roy Moore.
“After the 2016 presidential election, women on the left called out the 53 percent of white women who helped elect Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. … Last spring, actress Tina Fey warned white, college-educated women who had supported Trump that their votes would have negative consequences for them.”
Why does anybody care what a TV comedian thinks about any of this? Why the hell should anybody care what some TV actress has to say about anything? This is no different than taking public opinion from Twitter and assigning it automatic credibility.
So, anyway, you white women in Alabama, you have become the enemy. You’re idiots, you’re racists, and probably sexists, and you’re blindly — What these people in the media don’t understand, if they would have just shut up, if the media would have just reported this 10% of the way they did, there might be a whole different take going on in Alabama. But the media, in so many parts of this country is so distrusted and so despised and so disliked that they create a backlash against themselves to the point whatever they want is the exact opposite of what people do.
So, anyway, they’re planning on Moore winning. That means Franken has to go. Conyers had to go. That meant Franken had to go. You can’t kick out the octogenarian black guy and leave in the pencil IQ senator white guy from Minnesota. You can’t do that. Not on the Democrat side where identity politics is everything. This is also about I think Kirsten Gillibrand. She’s serious about being in the race for the Democrat presidential nomination 2020. And I think a public position here on the reprobate Al Franken, how he’s gotta go, is all part of that.
But I told Snerdley, and Snerdley can confirm this on Twitter where he hangs out, I told him, if Franken could just hang on to December 12th, when the election happened, whatever happened, Moore wins, Moore loses, it doesn’t matter, when the election’s over, the Democrat braying against Franken would go away. Because that’s all this is about now. (interruption) No, no, no. I don’t have any sympathy for Franken.
But I’ll tell you what. It is noteworthy, I believe, that this party — Republicans have been known to do this for a long time — but it’s noteworthy here the Democrats, I mean, they didn’t even have a second thought to anything approaching due process. The word of these women was automatically accepted.
Franken’s speech in the Senate just now was a combination pathetic, sorrowful, pitiful. I think he thought he was Richard Nixon at times. He clearly thinks he’s a martyr. And he clearly has a very, very… Well, he’s deeply hurt personally by what people he thinks loved him have done here. And so he thinks he’s been martyred and he played that card up pretty well. He also drew some analogies.
He said (paraphrased), “It’s quite ironic that on the day I resign, a political party is fully endorsing a man who engaged, whatever, sexually with young girls in Alabama and a president who admitted to grabbing whatever.” Trump never admitted doing that. Trump was describing what powerful entertainers can do if they want to. But to try to parse that is a losing cause because people already think that Trump said that describing his own behavior. So we’ll never know. We’ll never know.
Well, maybe we will. What if the Roy Moore election happens, regardless of the outcome, and what if Franken — and, by the way, he’s entirely capable of this. After September 12th, the Roy Moore election; so forth and so on. If Roy Moore wins, I can see Franken saying, “You know what? You know what? After this, I’m not leaving. I retract my resignation. If the Senate’s gonna seat this clown, there’s no reason I should be quitting here. This is outrageous.” I wouldn’t be surprised whatsoever.
RUSH: Now, a lot of you might have laughed when I said, “You know, Franken might change his mind and not resign.” Well, I want to play a couple of sound bites here for you from Senator Franken today, and you’ll see why I opined as I did. Here’s from his speech on the Senate floor about a half hour ago…
FRANKEN: Over the last few weeks, a number of women have come forward to talk about how they felt my actions had affected them.
RUSH: Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait… Hold it just second. Let me… Where is the one I want? I’m looking… Well, go ahead. I guess it’s in this one. Go ahead. Keep playing it.
RUSH: No, no. Stop it. Stop it. Here, I want to get sound bite 20. Time is of the essence on this program. I don’t have a lot of it. Grab sound bite 20. This is the point I want to make. Play it. Three… two… one… hit it!
FRANKEN: I know in my heart that nothing I have done as a senator — nothing — has brought dishonor on — on this institution. And I am confident that the Ethics Committee would agree. Nevertheless, today I am announcing that in the coming weeks I will be resigning as member of the United States Senate.
RUSH: Stop the tape! “In the coming weeks I will be resigning…” He has not resigned. He has stated his intention to resign “in the coming weeks.” This means that Franken will still be able to vote, for example, on legislation — say the government shutdown, say take the tax bill if it ever gets out of conference committee — and any other item that comes up. “In the coming weeks…” The Roy Moore election in Alabama is five days from now, for example.
So depending on how that goes and how people react to that, Al Franken could easily change his mind and say, “I just said I was going to resign in the coming weeks.” But until he submits the papers — and even then. It’s a long shot, I understand; but I think he’s leaving the door open, is the point here. He doesn’t want to go, folks. He does not want to go. He doesn’t want to go back to being a comedian. This made him, in his mind, somebody. You know, this made him a member of a club with only 100 members, and the last thing he wanted to do was go, and he still doesn’t want to go.
And he knows they’re not forcing him out because they’re really bothered by what he did, and that’s got to be eating him alive. They’re not asking him to leave because of what he did. I mean, ultimately, yeah, but they’re not offended by what he did, these women, these other Democrats. They’re not offended by that. They see Franken resigning as a political opportunity. I’m telling you, it’s all about Roy Moore, which then makes it all about Donald Trump. Grab audio sound bite number 21. This is close to the wrap-up.
FRANKEN: Let me be clear. I may be resigning my seat, but I’m not giving up my voice. I will continue to stand up for the things I believe in as a citizen and as an activist. But Minnesotans deserve a senator who can focus with all her (sic) energy to addressing the challenges they face every day.
RUSH: Now, the polling data on the 2020 senatorial election in Minnesota at this stage, it doesn’t look good for Franken. There is no guarantee that he would win reelection right now because of this. In his remarks today, he alluded to the fact that really the mitigating factor here is the people of Minnesota and how much he treasures them and how much they mean to him and how honest and hardworking they are — and how, thus, they deserve an honest and hardworking representative and senator.
But this has caused problems for his reelection bid. It’s not automatic. But did you note here, “Minnesotans deserve a senator who can focus with all HER energy on addressing the challenges they face every day.” Yeah. You have to think here that it’s gonna be a banner year for women in Democrat electoral politics. You can almost make book on the fact that the Democrat presidential nominee is gonna be a woman, and it’s gonna be either Kamala Harris, it’s gonna be Fauxcahontas, or it’s gonna be Kirsten Gillibrand.
Those are at least three. Now, there are gonna be some men, obviously, who will run, and it’s gonna be fascinating to me to watch how the Democrat Party treats those men, because when we get to 2020 — which will start next year. When we get to the presidential cycle of 2020, the Democrats have set the table here for the fact that they had better nominate a woman. It was gonna be Hillary in 2016, and it was. But she lost. She blew it.
And there are gonna be some Democrats thinking, “Hey, we’ve already done that. You know, we played the women card. We threw that down, and we’ve shown our diversity. We’ve shown our loyalty. We don’t have to set ourselves up and limit ourselves by requiring and demanding a woman be our nominee.” There’s gonna be some guys that want this gig, too, although it’d be hard to name them right now, but they will surface. So it’s gonna be…
And of course what happens in the 2018 midterms is going to hugely determinant here. It’s gonna be a big factor in what the Democrat presidential aspirations of 2020 look like. Because right now the Democrats think they own it. They think they’ve won the House back already. They do this all the time. They won the governorship election in Virginia. They kept the seat. There was nothing earth-shattering about it.
RUSH: This is Pat. Great to have you on the phone, sir. Hi.
CALLER: Yeah. Hi, Rush. Mega dittos. Yeah, the Al Franken situation, among everything else that’s wrong with Al there, it just gives me another example of how the Democrats will disregard an election result to serve their own needs. I mean, they haven’t even asked what the people of Minnesota want. I guess the comparison is that the Republicans are saying, “Hey, let the voters in Alabama see what they want to do with Roy Moore.”
RUSH: Well —
CALLER: I mean, what —
RUSH: That was a late arrival.
RUSH: The Republicans at first were fully prepared to deny the people of Alabama their choice.
CALLER: Oh, yes.
CALLER: Right. Right.
RUSH: But you think Franken shouldn’t go? Is that where you’re going? The people of Minnesota are being denied the senator they elected here? Is that what your point is?
CALLER: Yeah, I don’t think he should go. In Franken’s situation, look, there’s no cigar; there’s no blue dress. I mean, we have a guy that was handsy at photo-ops. Now, he’s a creep, but they knew he was a creep when they elected him the first time.
RUSH: Well, wait, wait. Did they?
CALLER: Well, he had an admitted history of drugs and alcohol abuse, and he’s an entertainer from a late-night party show, Saturday Night Live.
RUSH: Those are all resume enhancements on the Democrat side.
CALLER: (laughing) Right. But, you know, I don’t see that there’s anything that is new here on Al Franken that people didn’t really know about him when they first elected him.
RUSH: Let me ask you this.
CALLER: What is this a new, shocking moment with Al Franken?
RUSH: Let me ask… I think the biggest argument against Al Franken is: Al Franken? Senate? Really? The idea just never made sense. I mean, if I were a Democrat, I’d have been embarrassed about it the moment they stole the 300 votes to give him the victory.
CALLER: Oh, I think they would start to implode, or they’d look weak backing off. But I think Franken’s problem is that he’s trying to think like a senator here and he’s stepping down. And if he was true to himself he’s come out, say, “Look. I was an idiot when you elected me and I was acting like an idiot. So I’m gonna stick around to be the idiot that you elected.”
RUSH: I think he may still because he said he’s gonna resign in the coming weeks. He still wants to vote on the tax bill, the government shutdown, and may. If he decided to stay… I don’t know. I just came with the question myself. I have to think about it. But if he decided to stay, he’d defy Schumer, because that’s who he’d be defying. He’d be defying Schumer and then whoever Schumer’s second in command is.
I don’t even know. Who’s the deputy leader in the Democrats? (interruption) That’s right, it’s Durbin. It’s “Dick Turban.” That’s right. So he’d be defying Schumer and Durbin and he would also be defying Fauxcahontas and Mazie Hirono (the Hawaiian senator) and Gillibrand and McCaskill. She might have gotten on the family private plane and buzzed his house in Minnesota. I don’t know. It’s fascinating. If he refused to go…? Well, they would have to come up with some strategy. It would be…
I think if they’re true to why they want him to leave, it’s clear the decks so that they can — from a moral high ground — attack Trump and Roy Moore. Then they have to continue attacking him. They have to continue putting pressure on him until he does leave, and it would be ugly. Well, somebody got to him. I mean, you’re right. If he was really thinking… Well, on second thought, citing Clinton would have been great. But the problem with that is the media has now gone become and revisited Clinton, and the media has said, “We blew it.
“We should have told Clinton to resign back then.” So if he would have cited Clinton, the media would have been forced to treat Franken like they’re now treating Clinton and say, “No, you’ve gotta go. We made a mistake then; we’re not gonna compound it by supporting you.” It would have been fun to watch, which is kind of why I was hoping he would hang on. I was hoping he would hang on until at least after the Roy Moore election, which is just five days from now.
I’m still telling you, he hasn’t resigned. Not technically. What he announced was his intention to resign in the coming weeks. I’m telling you, this guy has left himself an out. So the Roy Moore election’s gonna be the determinant here. If Roy Moore loses, then Franken says, “Okay, I gotta quit.” But if Roy Moore wins…? He set the table for this today. (paraphrased) “It’s ironic that I’m resigning when the Republican Party’s prepared to elect a child molester.” He set the table for not leaving today, depending on that election. You mark my words.”
RUSH: This is Kevin in North Attleborough, Massachusetts. Great to have you. How are you doing?
RUSH: Wait a minute. Did you just try to create a picture of Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi behind closed doors?
RUSH: I must be a little slow on the uptake today, ’cause I just started envisioning this.
CALLER: (laughing) I apologize. (laughing)
CALLER: (laughing) It’s an ugly thought. (laughing) Anyway —
RUSH: Some people might call that sexual harassment just creating the thought.
CALLER: Exactly. It’s fitting to the story, but that’s beside the point. I think that Schumer has realized he’s lost this tax plan bill, and he’s starting to target… That’s the wrong word to use. He’s trying to now go after the women’s vote for 2018. He’s given up on the tax bill, and now he’s trying to strategize how to get the women’s vote for 2018 by dumping these people who have had accusations made against them.
RUSH: Well, I have just a slightly different take. It’s one of degrees. I think the Democrats think they own the women’s vote, and they’re trying not to lose it. I think they’re looking at Roy Moore as an opportunity to shore up the women’s vote even more.
RUSH: You have Pelosi. See, Pelosi’s instincts are vividly on display here. Franken and Conyers… Well, let’s talk Conyers ’cause he’s in the House. Conyers gets in trouble. Pelosi’s natural instinct as a political warrior is to defend the guy no matter what because over her dead body are the Republicans gonna be able to take one of her people out. It doesn’t matter what he did, doesn’t matter who he is. The Republicans aren’t gonna take him out. That’s her natural instinct, and it’s every Democrat’s natural instinct.
RUSH: They will defend no matter what it is rather than allow the Republicans to take any of their people out. They’re gonna take ’em out if they’re gonna be taken out, not the Republicans. So then maybe you’re right. Schumer calls her; they have a conference, and he reads her the Riot Act and details the long-form strategy. She’s not in the best of shape in the House, either. There are a lot of people who want her gone simply because she’s Jurassic Park —
RUSH: — and they want more youthful leadership because the Millennial vote is important to them and old people get moved out. You know, the 18-49 demographic, once you’re out of there… How old are you?
CALLER: I’m 66.
RUSH: Advertisers, politics, all of that. They just assume that you’re who you are; they can count on you.
RUSH: But they’re given trying to persuade you. The 18-49, that’s what they focus on. Pelosi’s long past 49. So the business about defending Conyers and two days later deciding to throw him overboard is probably the result of what you say. Schumer sits her down and says, “Look, we can’t defend this given everything else that we’ve been trying to do with Trump,” and she sees the light; Conyers has to go. They forgot to factor in the Congressional Black Caucasians. They goofed this up in any number of ways.
CALLER: Just to kind of back up what I was saying, though, this morning I saw on Fox a poll: 77% of Democrats are in favor of ousting these people being accused of sexual harassment, and 51% of Republicans are in favor of that. I think they’re gonna run with this narrative throughout the whole next year right up until Election Day.
RUSH: I don’t doubt it. But that 77% of Democrats, there’s a reason for that. The Democrats have made this an issue. Feminism, pro-choice and all this, they’ve made it an issue. So 77% of Democrats just being loyal.
RUSH: They’re kind of getting hoisted on their own petard here. They never… I’ll guarantee you, they never expected this Weinstein stuff to drop or this Matt Lauer stuff to drop. They thought they’d be able to protect that, even while they zeroed in on Trump and Roy Moore.
RUSH: They think they’ve got the women’s vote and they’re trying to not to lose it, which is why you can bank on the fact that they’re gonna pull out all the stops to make sure their presidential nominee in 2020 is yet again a woman, particularly if Trump decides to run again. But I think they’re making a bunch of assumptions that are wrong. And they’re making these assumptions way too soon.
RUSH: There’s a couple more observations of Al Franken real quick to buttress my theory that his resignation hasn’t happened yet. He took that floor in the United States Senate and he spent the bulk of his time building himself up and talking about what a champion for women he is and has been, what a great guy he is and what he’s learned and how much he cares about representing people in Minnesota, selfless warrior, he described himself.
There was no apology. No apology. He didn’t acknowledge that one thing these women were saying is true. He questioned the memories of these women’s stories. He claimed to be a champion of women and women’s rights. He said, “Some of these things are just flatly untrue, and the others I just don’t remember them that way.” So that’s essentially calling them liars. That speech of his was to repair damage to him. Whether he resigns or not, that’s what its purpose was.
RUSH: Well, it depends on how you want to look at it. I mean, you could say that the Republicans, by opposing Roy Moore at the outset, were prepared to make a political sacrifice. I mean, by opposing Roy Moore, they were basically ceding the Senate election in Alabama to the Democrat, at first. You could say that was a show of principle. But that’s not their position now, is it?
The likelihood, if he wins — I’m talking about an email. I got an email in the break at the top of the hour that the Democrats are trying to get away with occupying the moral high ground when they’re not losing anything by getting rid of these guys. They’re not losing anything by getting rid of Franken. They’re not losing anything by getting rid of Conyers. But the Republicans, according to the email, were willing to lose a Senate seat to maintain their morality by opposing Roy Moore.
And the emailer says, “You need to point this out. Republicans deserve credit. The Democrats are a bunch of phonies.” Well, look, I think the Republicans should be happy that there’s anybody out there that wants to look at ’em that way, in this. But why are you frowning? Is something not registering with you on this? (interruption) What was stupid? What was the stupid political play? Oh, throwing away the Senate. You mean it was stupid to stand on the high moral pedestal and say, “We don’t want you, Roy Moore. We’re not gonna let you in here. Who do you think you are? We don’t want you.” That was a phony baloney, stupid mistake to make, given we’re at war with the Democrats. All right. Well, we’ll see.
There’s some interesting stuff about Alabama here today.
By the way, greetings, and welcome back. Rush Limbaugh at 800-282-2882 if you want to be on the program.
This story’s from the Montgomery, Alabama, Advertiser. “An anti-Roy Moore ad is misinforming Alabama voters about their anonymity in the voting booth, Secretary of State John Merrill says. Merrill’s office on Tuesday released a statement on an ad representing a ‘targeted effort to misinform and confuse voters.’ The ad spot features a voiceover and a ‘Stand Against Roy Moore’ graphic.
“The ad is financed by political action committee Highway 31, a pro-Doug Jones PAC, and is unaffiliated with either campaign. ‘Your vote is public record, and your community will know whether or not you helped stop Roy Moore,’ the online ad says.” Well, now, that’s flat-out BS. Your vote is not public. Your vote is private. Now, they can tell whether you voted or not. But they can’t legally go in there and find out how you voted. You have to tell them.
So an ad was run, it was a shaming attempt. It’s kind of along the lines of people lying to pollsters because they’re afraid the pollsters will find out what they really think. Look at Trump in the presidential race. “I’m voting for Trump, but everybody in the media thinks I’m stupid and it’s embarrassing, so I’ll lie and I’ll say I’m voting for Hillary.” Don’t want the pollsters to think and don’t want the media to think you’re stupid.
In this case, it’s the reverse shaming effort. The Doug Jones PAC is running an ad telling Alabama voters that if they vote for Moore, that everybody’s gonna know about it! And likewise, if they don’t vote for Moore, everybody’s gonna know about it, and everybody’s gonna love them and everybody’s gonna praise everybody that doesn’t vote for Moore.
The Secretary of State made it clear that, “No individual voting record is made available to anyone at anytime, including the voter who cast the ballot. When voters cast a ballot the State of Alabama’s voter registration system is updated to document the election that a voter participated in but no record is ever made documenting the candidate for whom the ballot was cast.”
Your name is not on the ballot. Have you ever noticed this? The people of Alabama might not have thought that far ahead. And then we have this story that I mentioned earlier from the Washington Post: “White Women in Alabama Have Made Up Their Minds About Roy Moore.” This is a despicable story.
This is a story that just impugns white women as a bunch of racist Klans people. White women have already made up their minds, meaning your minds are closed and you’re for a bigot and a sexual abuser and you don’t care whether it’s happening to people like you, other women. You’re probably Christian, so you’re dumb, you’re stupid, you’re a hayseed and a hick, and you’re dangerous. And that’s essentially the Washington Post story. There’s a tie with the Al Franken resignation, the threatened resignation and the Roy Moore vote.
RUSH: This is Jeremy in Jonesborough, Arkansas. Welcome, sir. Great to have you.
CALLER: Thank you, sir. It’s a great honor to speak with you. I’ve been a fan for a long time.
RUSH: Well, thank you.
RUSH: Wait a minute. Who you talking about? Obama?
CALLER: Al Franken.
RUSH: Oh! Oh. Al Franken.
CALLER: Yeah. I just think this guy… I mean, I’ve always thought he was a political hack from his days at SNL and the things that he has done. He stole the election, and the way I’ve seen him talk down to good men in some of these congressional hearings and things like that.
RUSH: You’re thinking the way he’s talked down to Jeff Sessions, I’ll bet, right?
CALLER: Yes, sir. Yes, sir. I think at the very least — even if, you know, somehow he worms his way out and doesn’t resign — I don’t think he’s ever gonna be able to take that kind of position and preach to people and grandstand. I just think that this guy has had it coming, and when I saw yesterday that all his colleagues were coming against him? It was just… It’s like Christmas coming early, Mr. Limbaugh. I’m overjoyed.
RUSH: Well, you know, I appreciate you being honest about this. A lot of people would say, “Well, I’m very sorry when this kind of thing happens to anyone and you really hate to see it,” while privately you’re thinking exactly like you are. But you had the courage to call here and actually tell the truth about your happiness and your satisfaction and even the schadenfreude of the just desserts being handed out to Stuart Smalley. So I appreciate your forthrightness and your honesty, and I understand it.
A lot of people had no idea who Al Franken was until the Jeff Sessions testimony when Franken started berating him over this Russia stuff and connections and the insinuations that Franken was making against Sessions. So I understand how you feel about this. He’s not gone yet, Jeremy, and he didn’t apologize for anything. Essentially he said that the women telling these stories are lying. He didn’t use the word, but he said, “I don’t remember it the way they do,” and he used this resignation speech to build himself up as a great champion of women. So he still has a distance to fall here, meaning you still have opportunities to be even happier than you are today.
I’m glad you called.