RUSH: Okay. The Supreme Court choice is Brett Kavanaugh, 12 years on the D.C. Circuit for the court of appeals, which is a feeder circuit for the Supreme Court. On paper he’s impeccable. On paper there is no just way to disqualify Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice.
The left, however, got in gear last night. Even before they knew the name, they started organizing protest marches, and they had protest papers and positions already out. They just had to fill out the name of the nominee; didn’t matter who it was.
And some of the left’s objections to Kavanaugh today, they’re really weird. I mean, they’re strange; they’re laughable. And people are laughing at some of the things the left’s saying. I had to catch myself because 25 years ago I was laughing the things they said. Now all that stuff has happened. Much of that stuff that we were laughing at, “Nobody would ever buy this stuff.” A lot of people have.
So it’s tempting to laugh at ’em, and I’m going to, and it’s tempting to mock them. But at the same time, you have to realize that there is a certain percentage of Americans buying into all of this and eating it all up. And the more extreme the Democrats go, you would think on the surface they’d be killing their own goose.
Now, much of it is fundraising. I’m hesitant to make any predictions. On paper there’s no way to stop this. I mean, McCain has come out and tweeted his support for Kavanaugh. That pretty much makes it automatic. The Democrats just don’t have the votes right now to stop this, even without any defections from red state Democrats up for reelection. But of course the hearings haven’t begun.
And I want to focus in on what I’ve learned I think is gonna be the primary focus of interest the Democrats make on Kavanaugh. And, you know, I’m kicking myself for not telling you about this last week and yesterday, because I made a point not get into the navel-gazing game that I was seeing everybody else get into. You know, this speculation and the analysis based on this guess and then if that guess happens, what does that mean, if that guess doesn’t happen, what does that mean. It was interminable. You couldn’t find an end to it. I didn’t want to join the game.
But one of the points I made to my brother when I was talking about the various choices available, and to some others, I said the one thing about Kavanaugh is this guy has a paper trail that is 12 years long. I pointed out there are 12 years of service, and he spent a lot of time in the Bush White House.
He was staff secretary in the Bush White House. And I don’t mean clerical. He dealt with the Bush administration, George W. Bush administration for five years. He dealt with everything going through the Oval Office paper-wise. He composed emails and was dealing with all of that paper. There are literally millions of pages of things written, not just court opinions that Kavanaugh has himself written or signed.
And as many pages as there are, who knows how many opportunities for the Democrats to research and find something. And, remember, with Clarence Thomas, they literally made up the sexual harassment business with Anita Hill when it looked like Thomas was gonna be confirmed. That was a plan, for those of you that were not old enough or paying attention back then, that plan was hatched by the wife of Illinois senator Paul Simon.
I mean, they totally ginned up this sexual harassment business on Thomas, and it totally took over the hearings, and it nearly derailed Thomas’ nomination. And I remember I was wall-to-wall on that. From the moment it happened I was wall-to-wall on it and I didn’t stop until it was beaten back. This was before Fox News. This was before widespread cable news, widespread talk radio. It was vicious, it was Bork-like. And it was made up.
And I think that’s where they’re gonna zero in on Kavanaugh. I think the left is already trying to worry you Trump supporters by calling Kavanaugh, man, this guy is a swamp candidate, this guy is a perfect establishment candidate, look at who all likes him. And then they cite McCain, they cite Romney, they cite Karl Rove, they cite every one of the stamp dwellers that Trump ostensibly ran against the left is citing as people that love Kavanaugh.
They’re trying to drive a wedge between you Trump supporters and this pick by trying to convince that you Trump has sold you out by picking a swamp dweller. I think that’s where they’re gonna go. They’re also not gonna go directly at abortion. They’re gonna go at Obamacare and health care and basically say that this guy wants to deny you access to affordable health care and — hint, hint — including abortion. I don’t think they’re gonna make it the top tier thing. I think health care overall is where they’re gonna go.
Daily Mail Online has a story: “Democrats demand access to potentially millions of files on Kavanaugh as Schumer vows to use ‘everything I’ve got’ to stop nomination.” Kavanaugh was George W. Bush’s staff secretary, which deals with all of the paperwork that goes through the Oval Office. And they’re gonna demand all of this.
And you should remember that Elena Kagan had a similar email trail. The Republicans demanded all of her emails, or quite a lot of them, when she was nominated to sit on the court. And they’re thinking, they’re thinking with all of that paper that Kavanaugh — that had nothing to do with being a judge. That’s staff secretary to Bush. That’s policy, baby. We can get this guy where he lived on policy, baby. Who knows what it is.
Their point is that the Federalist Society doesn’t even know what that stuff entails because that had nothing to do with Kavanaugh being a judge. So I think that that’s gonna be one of their primary areas. They can’t stop this, but it doesn’t matter. They’re gonna go to the mattresses trying to to raise money. They’re gonna do everything they can to rip this country apart over this because the court is their last bastion of making sure that their worldview remains viable even after they lose elections.
Now, I’m gonna take a break here a little earlier than usual because we have Vice President Pence who is gonna join us right after the break here for the remaining portion of the half hour, and we’ll get some lowdown on what their intentions are, what the schedule for confirmation is.
Yesterday I said go for this now, get it done, schedule these hearings. There’s a New York Times op-ed by a leftist who voted for Obama and voted for Hillary. He taught Kavanaugh at Yale. He’s got an idea. He’s got a compromise idea. Every senator pledges, pledges, promises to vote for Kavanaugh in exchange for Kavanaugh having to answer any question he’s asked at the hearings. Now, it doesn’t take an idiot to see that that’s a heck of a giant mistake.
RUSH: There is a poll out today from Axios. It’s an Axios/SurveyMonkey poll. And the headline: “Brutal Poll, Democrats’ Senate Dream Slips Away — To win the Senate, Democrats need to keep all 10 seats they’re defending in states that President Trump won in 2016 – plus pick up two more seats.”
So they need to maintain 10 and pick up two.
RUSH: The fact that this man is exactly what the framers of the Constitution had in mind for a Supreme Court justice will of course not stop the Democrats from their attempt here to destroy him and his family.
As I say, much of it is going to be for fundraising, because sitting here right now — and of course anything can change, but if this choice, if the Kavanaugh choice holds onto Susan Collins and Murkowski — again, I don’t want to precharacterize anything, but on the surface as we sit here today, I think they’re solid.
They may make some noise about it between now and then and they may make some noise during the confirmation hearings about it, but I think when all is said and done and it’s time to vote, Collins and Murkowski will be in there.
McCain says he’s all in, but whether he’ll get back to Washington to vote, who knows. But Collins and Murkowski, with Pence — as I said yesterday, if the Republicans remain unified here, there’s nothing the Democrats can do. There’s not a thing they can do other than rip the heart and soul, again, out of the process, which I have no doubt that they will do.
RUSH: So it comes down to the numbers. And right now there’s nothing the Democrats can do. If the vote were held today, Kavanaugh would be confirmed. So are the Democrats gonna be able to turn some Republicans against Kavanaugh? Who knows. Highly, highly unlikely. But it doesn’t mean they’re not going to try. They are loaded for bear.
But I want to remind you of my prediction yesterday, and I stand by this, and I still believe it. This is another failure that hits them right between the eyes. It’s one thing for Trump to win the election. That’s been bad enough. It’s another thing for every effort they have mounted to get rid of Trump to fail. Do you realize all the things they’ve done to fix what went wrong in 2016’s blown up in their faces. Trump is winning, he’s succeeding, his agenda is being implemented, his poll numbers are creeping up, contentment, satisfaction in America on the rise. They’re losing everywhere they turn.
And it was well known Trump would get a judicial appointment or two for the Supreme Court, but now after last night, it has actually happened. Now it’s reality, not just fear of the future, but now it’s reality. And they are going to go batty again. And at some point down the road, folks, all of these leftist factions are gonna start blaming each other for all of this.
They’ve about run out of time and energy blaming the Russians, pending what Mueller comes up with, and they still have a lot of hope and prayer invested in that. But at some point these failures are obvious, and it’s driving them crazy, and they always have to blame somebody. It’s never their fault. These factions are gonna start blaming themselves at some point, the feminists blaming the NAACP, the pro-choice blaming somebody. I don’t know how it’s gonna manifest, but there’s gonna be internecine warfare here on the left before all this is said and done, because they’re gonna continue to fail.
They’re gonna fail, and it’s gonna be hard to accept because the techniques they’re gonna use are techniques they’ve used to win in the past. And they’re going to bomb out this time around. And in the process they’re gonna done great damage to their electability in the midterm elections. They’re gonna make the mistake of assuming a majority of Americans are with them in their opposition to Trump choosing Supreme Court judges.
They’re gonna assume that the country is with them, the media is gonna facilitate them believing that most of the country doesn’t like Kavanaugh. They lie to themselves daily about this kind of thing. But even so, it’s still going to get vicious and it’s gonna disgust you. And it’s gonna tick you off. But I think we’ve reached a point where it ceased being productive for them and may in fact now begin to start taking a toll. I hope so. We’ll be watching.
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