RUSH: Grab sound bite No. 33. This sound bite of me yesterday on the program talking about what’s gonna happen to the Republicans if they don’t confirm Kavanaugh was making the rounds of cable television all afternoon yesterday and now even into today, and the president even just tweeted it. The president just tweeted my comment, which means he endorses it. Look, I had no idea that it was going to be glommed onto by virtual every Drive-By Media outlet, but it has been.
I said, “If Grassley waits long enough, the Democrats will come up with a woman claiming to be Kavanaugh’s secret Russian wife, that Trump paid Kavanaugh’s second wife to hire a bunch of prostitutes and urinate on the bed Obama slept in when he was in Moscow.” If they wait long enough, somebody’s gonna come up with that woman: Kavanaugh’s second wife who’s responsible for Trump prostitutes urinating on the bed in Moscow, from the dossier. Here’s CNN discussing it just moments ago on the noontime show hosted by John King…
KING: You’re getting from the voice of Rush Limbaugh telling Republicans: Don’t be cowards, don’t blink.
RUSH ARCHIVE: If the Republicans do not get this vote taken and have Kavanaugh confirmed, you can kiss the midterms goodbye. You can kiss goodbye holding the House and you can kiss goodbye holding the Senate. Because whatever the Democrats think of their base, the one thing I know that if you guys fold on this and cave and keep bending over backwards… You’ve done that enough. … If you guys don’t conduct this vote in defiance of all this and if Avenatti gets one foot in the door to a Senate committee to start telling his story, then you can kind of kiss good-bye Republican chances in the midterms in November.
KING: A pretty honest, this-is-about-power description from Rush Limbaugh, that this is not — in the case of Professor Ford, at a minimum — about an accomplished person who has a credible allegation. Brett Kavanaugh denies it. They both deserve to be heard and treated fairly. But Rush Limbaugh’s not talking about that. He’s talking about, “You do this or else our voters won’t come out and you will lose power.”
RUSH: How…? How can I be misunderstood here? This woman has had more than an opportunity to tell her story. There isn’t any evidence! (Gotta back off here.) She has no evidence! Nobody has any evidence; that used to matter! That used to be the determinant! She has no evidence! She can’t remember when! She can’t remember where! She can’t remember the people in the room and the number keeps changing! Originally, it was four people.
And everybody that she’s named has denied it, including one of her friends! She doesn’t have the evidence. She doesn’t want to testify under oath! There is no reason to believe her! This is not about honesty and power. This is about the rule of law and how it’s being stood upside down in this instance because it’s been corrupted by politics since the left has injected their ideology into this. When the left gets involved in the rule of law, it changes to the accuser never has to prove anything.
The accuser must be believed! The accused is automatically guilty and cannot exonerate himself no matter what he does. He should just go away and the Republicans should stop defending him. This isn’t about power, this is about politics, and it’s about the absolute bastardization of the rule of law. I also… They didn’t play it in the clip. I said as part of my statement yesterday, “Senator Grassley, you guys have done everything you could to show fairness!
“You’ve offered to fly out to her when she said she was nervous about coming to Washington because she can’t fly.” Yet she somehow got to Hawaii! You have offered to have any number of ways for her to tell her story. You have made it abundantly clear you want to hear her story. You don’t have to do any more to prove your fairness and your openness. The fact of the matter is this woman was never going to testify. Her lawyers…
The point is not what she has to say. It never has been. The point is to stop and derail and delay the process here, hopefully beyond the elections that the Democrats think they’re gonna win. So that then they can have a justifiable reason for not going forward with this, because they’re gonna control the House and Senate come January, and they would not confirm this guy anyway. That’s all this has ever been about is delaying and stopping.
It only happens after the Democrats realized — after going through millions of pages of documents of Kavanaugh writings and utterings and sayings — that they have nothing on him. Only at the last minute did Dianne Feinstein leak this thing out, her letter, because they had exhausted every other attempt, legitimate attempt to get Kavanaugh. But he passed his own testimony with flying colors. He passed his exam.
He passed six FBI background checks throughout the entire time he has been a federal judge. There is nothing that has been found to disqualify him. It’s quite the opposite. He is among the most qualified to ever be nominated for the United States Supreme Court, and that is the real problem, because he is a conservative. There is no justifiable reason to not go forward with this confirmation vote. The woman has been extended every opportunity and has failed to access and act on every I give you and opportunity.
The Senate leadership has bent over and been flexible with all of the demands that her left-wing activist George Soros-funded lawyer have demanded. And after each supposed agreement, something happens, like a new accuser to make them say, “Well, wait a minute. This is becoming a circus and my client doesn’t feel safe. My client doesn’t feel secure.” Yeah, your client also didn’t want Kavanaugh in the room and wanted Kavanaugh to go first!
That doesn’t happen in any decent legal proceeding or society! The accused gets his day in court. But only after he knows what he’s being accused of. And until she testifies to it, all the rest of this doesn’t mean anything. Do you think…? Let me ask you. This a logical question. Do you think Christine Blasey Ford will ever go under oath? Well, I’m just asking, because once you do that, that changes everything.
If you go under oath… There’s a reason why it leaked out that she didn’t want to go under oath. You go under oath? Hello, lawyers. You go under oath and make these allegations that you can’t prove, that nobody can prove? I don’t think it has ever been the case that Christine Ford was going to testify. I don’t think they thought it would get to this point.
I believe just like they thought that they would beat Trump and wipe Trump out… Just like they thought the Access Hollywood video would destroy Trump’s campaign… They thought all that they have done now with the Avenatti pile-on yesterday would force Kavanaugh for the sake of protecting his family and the rest of his life to say, “Screw this,” and withdraw his nomination. He hasn’t. He went on Fox last night and doubled down.
He’s in it and he’s gonna fight it side by side with Donald Trump. That’s not supposed to happen. Kavanaugh-Trump are not behave according to the Kavanaugh script that they had dreamed of or imagined. So the idea that she hasn’t been treated fairly is not true. They have established deadlines and she has missed them, and they changed the deadline! They have given her how many additional days to show up and testify, and each deadline comes and goes and another excuse is offered as to why she can’t make it and another one is offered by Chairman Grassley.
In my mind, the Republicans don’t have a thing to prove in terms of showing their fairness and their legitimate desire to hear her! The president has said it would be wonderful if she testified. The Republicans have made it abundantly clear they want to hear what she has to say. The only person who has availed themselves of the opportunities that have been offered is the doctor. Dr. Ford. For whom the red carpet has been rolled out!
She refuses to even drive up to the carpet and get out of the car and show up, and I don’t think she ever intends to. Folks, she doesn’t have any evidence. That’s the one thing everybody’s forgetting. All we have here is an allegation or a series of them. The names that she’s given do not corroborate, people. She can’t remember enough specifics. We get excuses for that. “Well, that’s right, Mr. Limbaugh. She’s so traumatized, that she, uh… She, uh… You know, she worked so hard to forget this, didn’t ever want to remember it until Kavanaugh’s name was mentioned.”
Well, how many years went by after Kavanaugh’s name was mentioned where this judge job and that job and so forth and she never came forward. She didn’t come forward. She wasn’t brought forward, however this happened, until the Democrats ran out of ammo. When the Democrats ran out of ammo, it’s, “Hey, DiFi, you still have that letter? This is the time to drop it,” and so it’s the Democrats who are the people that have put Christine Ford’s identity in the public domain.
It is they who have made her feel unsafe and insecure. By the way, who sends a letter of allegations like this and says, “By the way, I don’t want you to do anything with this, and I don’t want you to mention my name, and I don’t want you moving this forward.” Who sends a letter like that? Do we even know, I dare ask, that she wrote this letter? Do we even know? How much do we really know? I’m asking that question not because I think anything.
I’m just trying to focus everybody on how much do we know? The answer is zip! She doesn’t have any evidence. When it looked like her turn at bat wasn’t gonna produce a hit, here comes the Ramirez story from The New Yorker where we get the same thing! Nobody in that story can corroborate it. There’s not a single eyewitnesses for what Ramirez says happened! So here comes Avenatti with the “rape train” story and a promise that within 48 hours one of his victims is gonna show up and be a witness.
In the midst of all of this, Republicans have demonstrated an overwhelming, inarguable opportunity after opportunity for Dr. Ford to be heard, and it is Dr. Ford who has not accepted the invitations and taken advantage of the opportunity. The Republicans have got to somehow escape the thinking that overwhelms or takes in everyone in Washington and realize how their voters are seeing this. They see this for what it is. It’s a setup. It’s been a setup from the get-go.
We’ve seen it before! How many times have we seen this in one form or another? How many times have they run scams like this? Just yesterday, the news media told us for seven hours that Rosenstein was going to the White House to quit before he was fired. No. It was a regularly scheduled meeting. Rosenstein wasn’t fired, and now it might not be ’til Thursday. Now, Lisa Murkowski is starting to get wobbly out there.
The Drive-Bys and the Democrats are still focusing on Susan Collins because it looks like now there’s not a single Democrat will vote for him. That’s another thing. There are a lot of Democrats that were gonna vote for Kavanaugh when this all ended. They’re from red states. They don’t want to anger the voters in those states who supported Trump by wide margins in the 2016 election. But they dredge this stuff all up, the Democrats thinking, “Hey, you know what? We’ve done so well that our red state Democrats don’t need to vote for this nominee in order to save themselves.”
So now they’re focusing on Murkowski, and Murkowski… This was on CNN earlier today, one of their reporters, Manu Raju. He said, “I just asked Senator Murkowski, key Republican swing vote, if there should be a full FBI investigation into allegations from Kavanaugh’s past. Murkowski said, ‘Well, it would sure clear up all the questions, wouldn’t it?'” Uh, no. (sigh) What is there to investigate? She can’t remember where! She doesn’t know what!
She doesn’t even remember the date. She’s not even sure of the year. We’re talking high school. We’re talking 35 years ago. What and how does the FBI investigate this? Anybody? (interruption) That’s right. Put Peter Strzok Smirk and Lisa Page on it and grab Andrew Weissmann from the Mueller team. By the way, I think, you know, this is not being widely commented upon, but I think that’s falling apart on ’em, too!
I think the Mueller thing is about to fall apart; I think Mueller knows it! There’s nothing there! There wasn’t any collusion! Michael Flynn ought to have all of his charges dropped; he ought not spend a single day in jail. Every charge against him lying to the FBI, everything, all of that stuff should be lifted. They’re literally after all this time they’ve got nothing! The left has nothing on Trump! They’ve got nothing to Kavanaugh! And that’s not a wild guess.
It is the state of play as we sit here today. Let me tell you something. If there were any evidence for this… When Kavanaugh goes on television and says, “I was a virgin all through high school and from…” Do you realize all it’s gonna take is some Democrat to find a woman who was in high school and Kavanaugh to say, “Oh, no, he wasn’t!” Don’t be surprised if they try that. (interruption)
What, do you think they wouldn’t try that? (interruption) Well, the point is, why would Kavanaugh say it knowing it is so easily disproved? The Democrats go out and find anybody. What, “Drag a dollar bill through a trailer park,” James Carville said. So go to a trailer park, drag a dollar bill, and whoever takes it, bring ’em to Washington and have ’em say, “Oh no! I had sex with the guy. He was not a virgin!”
RUSH: Todd in Chapel Hill, Tennessee. I’m glad that you waited. Hi, sir. How are you?
CALLER: Hey, Rush! Thank you for taking my call.
RUSH: Yes, sir.
CALLER: Hey, I just… I’m sure you already got it, but about 40 minutes ago President Trump tweeted your comments yesterday about Republicans can kiss the midterms good-bye.
RUSH: I didn’t know that —
CALLER: Oh, okay.
RUSH: — until I saw your call here up on the board.
RUSH: And I started asking if what you were saying was accurate and it was. So they sent me the tweet and I now have it. So what was your reaction when you saw that?
CALLER: Well, I mean, you’re exactly right. But what I wanted to ask your opinion about —
CALLER: — is do you think Republicans behind the scenes are trying to make a deal where they’ll say, “We’ll take Garland if you give us Kavanaugh in the near future”?
RUSH: Where have you…? Now, what Republicans and behind what scene is this discussion happening?
CALLER: Well, I’m just thinking myself because I know how Republicans are; they’re weak.
RUSH: So you haven’t heard this. You conjured this up on your own?
CALLER: Yes. (chuckles)
RUSH: Okay. Well, the only thing I can say about it is the Republicans can talk about all this they want, but it’s the president that nominates people.
RUSH: And unless he’s in on the talks… But the Democrats are… In this climate, I don’t see the Democrats going… Let me tell you the truth of something here. If Scalia had passed away in any year other than the year he did… In other words, if Obama had a Supreme Court nomination not in an election year, he would have never nominated Merrick Garland! The secret here is the Democrats would never put Merrick Garland up if there was a Supreme Court opening and it was outside an election year.
If they had the White House and if they had the Senate, Merrick Garland would never be nominated by the Democrats. He’s too moderate. He’s too old. The reason Obama named Merrick Garland is because he was as close to a secret, hidden progressive as you could get that might be confirmed. The Democrats wanted Scalia’s seat! They thought Merrick Garland would pass muster with the Republicans. But the Republicans remembered the Biden Rule.
See, the Democrats… The truth be known, the Democrats are having their rear ends bitten off by their own policies. Harry Reid nuked the filibuster so Supreme Court nominations can’t be filibustered. They used to be able to be filibustered, but Harry Reid blew up the filibuster so that Obama could pack the courts. Not just Supreme Court, but district courts, appellate courts, and so forth and so on. So that tool is gone, and then back when…
I forget who was president. But it was a Republican was president, Supreme Court opening came up, and Joe Biden (who was at the time a senator and he might have been chairman of the Judiciary Committee at the time) said (summarized), “You can’t! A lame-duck president in the last year of his term can’t nominate Supreme Court nominees. That’s not right. That’s not right, because the people can’t vote on the president that’s gonna nominate him.”
So Mitch McConnell and the boys said, “Hey, we’re simply invoked the Biden Rule here on Merrick Garland. Obama’s in his swan’s song year, and Joe Biden said way back when that you shouldn’t have a Supreme Court nomination and a confirmation battle during a presidential election year, and so the Republicans didn’t. The Democrats are fit to be tied. They think Merrick Garland was savaged and cheated out of a seat. They think they were cheated out of a seat.
Republicans just used the Biden Rule, as in Joe Biden (nicknamed Joe Bite Me), the vice president for Obama. But the Democrats… This is another thing. They’re running around acting like all of this is to get even for what was done to Merrick Garland. “He was really savagely treated, unfairly treated. It was mean what the Republicans did. He was a decent guy, would have been great on the court, but the Republicans said no; so this is payback.” Well, I’m just telling you.
If Obama had a chance and nominated somebody when it was not an election year, he would not have picked Merrick Garland. Merrick Garland was never gonna be on the Supreme Court. Obama would have picked somebody very young, very “progressive,” very liberal, very communist who was gonna be on that court for 40 years. It was never gonna be Merrick Garland. So don’t buy this crying over spilt milk over the savage, unfair deal that Merrick Garland got.
The Republicans couldn’t make that deal anyway because Trump would have to pick Merrick Garland. You’d have to talk Trump into select Merrick Garland. The Democrats are not gonna sit by and let Kavanaugh get confirmed after all this. They’re gonna go down with the ship, whatever that means. The time to do this… I know that the Republicans are worried about Murkowski fading away and dropping off and maybe Susan Collins. But the Turtle has been pretty fired up lately. Mitch McConnell on the floor of the Senate?
I mean, he reached five on the Richter scale. That’s when you and I just get up, our speed. His really fired up is how you and I feel just 30 seconds after waking up.