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RUSH: Let me be honest with you about something here. I feel the need to apologize for this program today. I’m not going to make any excuses but I just don’t feel like this program is up to the usual standards today, and this bothers me. I come in here each and every day hoping to “meet and surpass expectations of the audience on a daily basis,” and I just don’t think I’ve done it today, and the two main reasons: I still have not shaken what turns out to be a bad bronchial infection that I’ve had since last week that I thought was the flu because there was fever, but it wasn’t the flu. So I finally relented. I got hold of a doctor (name not going to be mentioned here for his privacy sake) and I got one of those <a target=new href=”http://www.asthmastory.com/meds.asp”>Z-packs</a>. So I started taking that today. Antibiotics. As a result, over the weekend I literally could not concentrate. So I didn’t spend a whole lot of time as I usually do on the weekends doing show prep. At the same time, if I can be honest — and I don’t know any other way to be — these hearings just bore the heck out of me today. They just do. It’s nothing new. It’s so predictable.
I just feel like I’m not doing my job if I say, “How many times have I told you about Ted Kennedy?” It’s no mystery to people in this audience who he is, what he’s saying, the subterfuges and techniques that he uses, and yet I feel compelled to do it nevertheless, because I know some of you have expectations of hearing that. In addition, there are new people tuning in each and every minute on this program all over the world, and so I felt compelled to talk about something I really have not much interest in and that’s these hearings. Well, it’s not that I don’t have interest in the outcome, it’s just today. This is just the opening statements. This is just a bunch of huffing and puffing and, “We’re going to blow the house down.” It’s a bunch of lying. One of the things that rubs me wrong, the roughest, is the toughest to deal with in the human character and condescension and arrogance — and pathological lying is. People that know they’re lying but they don’t care because as long as they believe it, it’s true, and that’s it. I don’t care whether it’s Schumer; I don’t care whether it’s Ted Kennedy; I don’t care whether it’s Dick Durbin. These people are reprobates as far as I’m concerned, and to have to sit here and have to dissect what they’re saying and point out, just… It’s… I don’t know. I’ve tried to do a little cramming this morning to come in and give you some information on what I thought they would say about Alito and some of these claims about his ’85 job application and his membership in this little group at Princeton. So far I’ve been right. That’s been the primary area that they’ve been hitting the guy. But if this program has not seemed up to its usual snuff, so to speak, today, then I apologize.
RUSH: Here’s Jim in Blaine, Washington. Hello, sir. Nice to have you on the EIB Network.
CALLER: How you doing, Rush?
RUSH: Fine, sir. Thank you.
CALLER: Mega dittos squared from one of the few Republicans in the state of Washington.
RUSH: (Laughing.)
CALLER: (Laughing.)
RUSH: Great to hear from you.
CALLER: Yeah. A real pleasure to talk to you. It’s an honor. Listen, Rush, I was watching the news this morning on Fox, and it now appears — or at least the Democrats are headed towards — stopping this Alito nomination at any cost, and one of the costs that they’re willing to risk is the filibuster. So I guess my question is: With the total ineffectiveness of Bill Frist leading the Senate Republicans and the group of renegade RINOs led by McCain, do you think that they can pull off a filibuster?

RUSH: It remains to be seen. I don’t think so because I don’t think the Republicans in that gang of 14 are going to hang tough on this. I don’t think “Vice President” Graham will stick. I don’t think DeWine will stick. I don’t think, if they ever get to this. I’m not sure the Democrats should try it. I think that they’re just huffing and puffing. I don’t think you’ve got enough Democrats that would support it. There are some Democrats on the record saying they don’t support the idea of a filibuster. Look it, it’s desperation time here in the Democratic Party. You have to understand that everything they do — and I’m not saying that none of it works; I’m not saying it doesn’t have an effect, but I’m telling you that everything they’re doing with the NSA spying and all the prison stuff, it’s desperation. If you don’t think so, somebody explain to me, somebody tell me, the political strategy in aligning your party with the enemy of this country when it comes to Al-Qaeda and worldwide terrorism.
Explain that to me. That’s exactly what they’ve done. They have positioned themselves so that anything good in this country, economically or what have you, is bad for them. Anything bad that happens in this country as good for them. They’ve done this on purpose. Now, I think there’s utter desperation happening. I’ve told why. These people are born as Democrats and liberals with an entitlement to power. They think that’s their birthright. They’ve been denied this power since 1994, and they are fit to be tied — and of course they can’t be blames themselves. They’re the elites! So they have to blame voting machines, hanging chads, fraud, all these other things, elections being stolen from them and the stupidity of the American people in order to explain this. I think as you get desperate you do stupid things and I think a bunch of them are talking about filibustering, but I don’t think there are enough Democrats that support it — and Vice President Graham yesterday said on Fox, no way does the Gang of 14 support it. So let ’em try it. I, frankly, wish they would. This filibuster deal should have been dealt with last year before this gang of 14 put this deal together.
This filibuster needs to happen or needs to be killed and needs to be voted on so that the Democrats don’t try it. Until that happens, it’s always going to be out there, and people are always going to be saying, “You think the Democrats will filibuster?” I want them to try it and I want them to backfire. Not necessarily this case. It’s wishful thinking here, but I I’m sorry, folks. (sigh) I don’t care what they’re going to do. I really don’t care what the Democrats are going to do. Now, tomorrow I might. But when it comes to this, this specific thing, and I don’t want anybody to misunderstand. It’s not that I don’t consider them seriously. It’s not that I don’t take them. It’s not that I think we don’t have to deal with them seriously. We do, and nobody can accuse this program of taking them lightly. They are partially where they are because of this program, we’re very proud of that, and don’t mistake what I’m saying for boredom. I’m not bored with talking about the Democrats. It’s just in this case it’s the same old thing. “We’re going to get X with John Roberts,” and just the opposite, and the Democrats, if you watch the Sunday shows yesterday — I watched a little bit, to know.
I mean, every one of them had a panel of these Democrat senators talking about what they’re going to do. I’ve heard it all before. The media gets together with these people, and it’s all wishful thinking, and the reporting is what they hope will happen, not what is happening. In the meantime, these people are utterly destroying themselves, if you ask me. In fact, Joe Klein, at TIME Magazine — no shrinking-violet conservative Joe Klein, and no friend of this program and me, Joe Klein — has a piece in the latest issue of TIME Magazine. “How to Stay Out of Power. Why Liberal Democrats are Playing Too Fast and Too Loose with Issues of War and Peace.” I’m telling you there are… Anybody wonder why you don’t see James Carville. I get this question all over the place, “How come…? When I was out in LA playing golf, “Rush, where’s Carville? How come Carville is not out there,” and I don’t know, but I can guess, and it’s just a pure wild guess, but I will bet you that there are a bunch of Democrats who don’t want to have an official association with the leaders of this party and the direction they’re taking it right now, because they also want politics futures, and they don’t want to go over the falls or over the cliff with this bunch.

RUSH: By the way, folks, don’t misunderstand me. I’m talking about today in the cities opening pontificating baboonish statements — I’m sorry buffoonish statements — from these Democrats. I know what they’re going to say. The fireworks will start once the questioning of Alito starts, and that’s when we get laser-like focus. But this stuff today is just a bunch of pontificating from a bunch of blowhards around whom Alito is going to run things in these hearings like Judge Roberts did. You know, you go into something thinking you’re the smartest guy in the room and you’re the most arrogant, condescending guy, and you don’t even know it when you’ve been made an utter fool of — and it’s going to happen again to Ted Kennedy. It’s going to happen to Dianne Feinstein. It’s going to happen to Dick Durbin. It’s going to happen to Patrick Leahy and we’re going to point it all out when it does and going to go, “Yip yip yip yip yahoo!” We’re going to cheer. But I’m not going to sit here and act with baited breath like I’m sitting on the edge of my chair, “Oh, no! Oh, no! The Democrats are talking about Alito.” I couldn’t care less! I really couldn’t care less. I don’t care what they say about me; I don’t care what they say about him, because in due course we’re going to deal with it.

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