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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Democrats Know They Can’t Stop Sessions

Democrats Know They Can’t Stop Sessions

Tuesday - January 10, 2017

RUSH:  All right.  I don't know who is responsible for the Code Pink Looney Tunes getting into the confirmation hearings of Senator Sessions, but whoever let 'em in there, I want to be the first to thank you. Code Pink shows up dressed like members of the Ku Klux Klan, starts protesting Beauregard. They think anybody named Beauregard can't be a good guy. That's Jeff Sessions' middle name. And they start making utter fools of themselves, and the security took their good time in getting these people out of there. These people continue to make fools of themselves and I think the more of this the better.  Because in the past, Republicans have cowered from this stuff.  In the past, these kinds of protests made Republicans fearful of opposing whoever was responsible for the protests. But these people are one of the many reasons why the Democrats lost.  And the more of this activity, the more Meryl Streep, the better.  The more of these kinds of protests that go on in there, the better.  The more insane, lunatic, deranged behavior by these losers who cannot accept reality, the better, folks.  They're not helping their cause.  They're only hurting it. Greetings.  Great to have you.  Rush Limbaugh with yet another three-hour broadcast excellence excursion officially underway.  Telephone number is 800-282-2882, and if you want to send an email, So Jeff Sessions up first today in terms of confirmation hearings, and it's going pretty much as expected.  The dead giveaway that Sessions is probably gonna skate through, interestingly enough, is found in the New York Times today.  The New York Times has a front-page profile of Sessions that is essentially an endorsement. You read this and say, "Whoa!  Whoa!  Wait a minute."  Because it wasn't that long ago that reporters for the New York Times were out there assisting others on the left to dig up all this age-old so-called dirt on Sessions.  Now all of a sudden -- I mean, let me read you some excerpts from this piece in the New York Times. "A devout Methodist and an Eagle Scout who will soon celebrate a golden wedding anniversary with his college sweetheart. ... He is widely regarded as rigidly honest and inflexible on issues he considers matters of principle. ... The family lived in a one-story house with no driveway, a small concrete front stoop and a heating system consisting of a fireplace and space heaters. ... He learned thriftiness from his parents, who grew up during the Depression. "Friends joke that even after he attained the comfortable life of a senator decades later, he refused to replace an aging car or the outdated kitchen countertops at his home in Mobile. ... After he was elected senator, taking a seat on the same Judiciary Committee that denied him the judgeship, Mr. Sessions seemed to bear no grudge against those who had humiliated him in 1986." It goes on from there.  Now, this sends a signal to Democrats everywhere. It sends a signal to the Drive-By Media.  I'll tell you what this means.  It means they know they can't stop him right now and they're not gonna waste their ammo here in the confirmation hearings. They're gonna hold their fire. They're gonna wait for after Sessions is confirmed, gonna wait until he's attorney general, and then if something happens that they don't like -- and that's guaranteed, because he will enforce the law, not make it, Democrats think the attorney general should make law.  In fact, that was illustrated in his Q&A with Senator "Turban" from Illinois, which I'll comment on here in just a second. These clowns in the media, they're gonna need sources inside the Department of Justice.  They're gonna need their leakers and they're gonna need people to talk to 'em, so they're going easy, and the numbers are just not there.  The Democrats can't stop Sessions.  They can't stop any of these people.  Now, it may well be that for the sake of comity one of Trump's nominees may go down.  I have no idea who.  I'm just speculating here that the Democrats might make a stand on one of them.  But the numbers just aren't there. If the Republicans stay unified and hold firm, there's not a single one of these people the Democrats can deny.  So the Democrats, they're going through the motions here of insinuating that Sessions has been a bad guy. He's a racist. He's a pig. Middle name is Beauregard; can't trust people from the South with the name Beauregard. He probably was a plantation owner, maybe a Civil War general. Can't trust the guy.  They're doing all this.  They're fundraising.  And they are doing what they have to do to appeal to the lunatics in their base.  But they know they're not gonna be able to stop the nomination. Now, you know, Trump is under fire right now for many reasons.  He's under fire because of this business with the Russians and the hacking of the election. He's under fire for just being Trump. He's under fire for mocking, as Meryl Streep said, a disabled reporter. Well, it turns out, have you ever heard of Ira Madison III?  You probably haven't.  Ira Madison III is a host at MTV News.  Okay?  So this guy Ira Madison III at MTV News today made fun of Senator Sessions on Twitter because Senator Sessions has four Asian-American grandchildren. So I guess it's okay for people on the left to make fun of minorities.  It's okay for people on the left to mock minorities and humiliate and insult them and laugh at them and make fun of them, but it's not okay for anybody else to do it.  Here's what happened.  Senator Sessions appears today at the Senate Judiciary Committee prepared to make a statement, give testimony.  He's got his family there.  And, you know, we've learned some tricks of the trade.  Sessions is sitting there with one of his grandchildren on his lap.  I said, "We're learning for the children." I mean, how can you get up there and start throwing darts at somebody who's got a little baby sitting on his lap?  The optics of this.  I was privately chuckling and making note of this.  Well, it turns out that he had a lot of family there, including his four Asian-American grandchildren. His daughter Ruth Sessions Wok is married to a guy named John Wok who is an Asian-American man. So this Ira Madison III at MTV accused Sessions of stealing his grandchildren from Toys "R" Us for the hearing.  He did.  He went on to call the grandchildren a prop brought in to mitigate accusations of racism.  I'm watching it.  I told you I saw Sessions sitting there with his grandchild on his lap.  This Ira Madison III clown tweeted, "There is no reason for that child to be in his lap in a hearing other than to send an 'I'm not racist message.'" And then this Ira Madison III clown defended his attacks on Sessions' family before returning to allegations the Senator harbors racist sympathies.  This guy writes regularly for MTV News, the host of the MTV podcast, MTV Speed Dial.  I guess he's a Millennial hero or a Millennial star. So, you see, it's perfectly fine for people on the left to mock minorities, perfectly fine to laugh at 'em, perfectly fine to make fun of them.  In fact, it's heralded, it's supported, it's something that's necessary to go after this deeply racist, bigoted individual, Jeff Sessions.  And of course he's none of those things.  He's not a racist, he's not a bigot, he doesn't even come close to being either one. The protesters, I'd like to know who let them in there.  I was asking some people today, and I still don't know the answer to this, and it's just 'cause I'm lazy.  You know, I can get anything I want.  I mean, I can call anybody. Anybody I call will answer, right?  I'm Rush Limbaugh.  I'm the Mr. Big of the vast right-wing conspiracy. Theoretically... Snerdley tells me all the time, "Just call 'em! If you call anybody, they'll take the call."  I don't use the phone.  I don't use... I can't even stand the phone ringing.  I've got a phobia when I hear the phone. In my life, the phone ringing has always been bad news, so I don't even... I have ringers turned off. I don't even want to hear it, 'cause it's a hearing challenge.  So I don't call.  I don't decide... Just laziness, folks.  I could find out the answer to the question.  I just don't know. My impression is that whoever is in there is by invitation.  Somebody has to give a pass. You just can't, as a member of the public, dress up as a member of the Ku Klux Klan and walk into a Senate confirmation hearing, right?  Now, I know, for example, in the House Gallery you can. If it's State of the Union, for example, somebody has to extend you an invitation to the gallery, and I would think the same thing here.  In times past, say during the Bush administration -- because, you know, Code Pink rarely shows up when Democrats are in the White House.  They do sometimes, but not nearly as frequently as when Republicans are. Code Pink was regularly in Senate hearings of one kind or another when George W. Bush was president.  How do they get in there? The answer I always got was, "Well, somebody on the committee has to give them a pass.  So I guess I ought to get the answer to this, because with as many people that want to get into something like this, how is it Code Pink gets in every time?  It wasn't one or two people.  They had seven or eight people in there, and they're dressed up as Klan people.  One of the protest moments featured protesters dressed as members of the Klan standing up and shouting, "Go, Jeffy boy! "Go, Jeffy boy! Beauregard, thank you so much for being here for the people."  And then as they're taking the guy out, he shouts, "Wait a minute.  You can't arrest me.  I'm white.  White people don't get arrested."  And then they finally usher the guy out.  Nobody was taking it seriously.  Sessions and the Senators were chuckling.  They made a valiant effort not to uproariously laugh, which is what the natural inclination would be.  But they're smiling.  So it didn't have any impact on anyone, other than the media. The media couldn't get enough of it. Everybody in the media stood up holding their cameras and their smartphones and they started snapping pictures, and I imagine they can't wait to start writing stories that the real news coming out of the Sessions confirmation hearing was the protesters.  Now, Sessions made news today.  He promised he would recuse himself if there is an investigation into Hillary Clinton and her server and emails while secretary of state and/or the Clinton Foundation.  He said he would recuse himself.  He said (summarized), "Unlike Loretta Lynch, who said she would defer to the FBI after having met with the President Bill Clinton, I will recuse myself." Senator Grassley from Iowa is the chairman, and he said, "You will recuse yourself?"  "I will recuse myself, Mr. Chairman."  "You will recuse yourself?"  "I will recuse myself."  "Let me make sure. I want to ask this one more time.  You're saying you will recuse yourself?"  They went at it four different times for Sessions to assure everybody he would recuse himself.  Then Senator Durbin... This is a classic, by the way, illustration of the differences in people understanding the rule of law and the role of government and people who think that the government trumps law. Senator Durbin from Illinois is questioning Senator Sessions, and I'm sure the Democrats assign each other various areas to go after. Like Di-Fi went after Roe v. Wade and abortion and what Sessions thinks of all that.  It was Durbin's time, and he went after immigration, and particularly the DREAMers and DACA.  So he's painting this grim picture in his question to Senator Sessions.  "What are we gonna do about these kids?  What are we gonna do about these kids that everybody says we should deport? What are we gonna do? "What are you gonna do when you're faced with the prospect of thousands of young kids and they might just be thrown out of the country?  What are you gonna do?"  And Sessions said, "Sir, that's your job.  I will simply enforce the laws of the land.  It is not my job as attorney general to make law, to write law.  I simply will follow the course of action taken by you and others in this body and over in the House who write law to deal with."  Now, what Durbin was looking for... Well, I don't know what Durbin was looking for, but clearly the import of Durbin's question is that the attorney general ought to "have compassion" and be able to step in when things are not going "the right way," protect the children and whatever. And Sessions didn't fall for it, but this question clearly indicated that Durbin thinks that the attorney general and judges and other members of government should be activists. The law be damned! Just do what's good for, in the case, the Democrat Party agenda.  I mean, that's what it really boils down to. BREAK TRANSCRIPT RUSH: We have a little sound bite here of an exchange between Senator Sessions and Senator Durbin from Illinois that illustrates a little bit about what I was just saying, the differences in the way the law is perceived and activism and so forth.  So Durbin's question is this: "There is not a spot of evidence in your public career to suggest that as attorney general you would use the authority of that office to resolve the challenge of our broken immigration system in a fair and humane manner.  Tell me I'm wrong." Now, what do you think of that question? "There's not a spot of evidence in your public career to suggest that as attorney general you would use the authority of that office to resolve the challenges of our broken immigration system in a fair and humane..."  In other words, "Senator Sessions, there's not a spot of evidence in your public career to suggest you care about people, and you don't even care enough to use your power to help minorities."  That's what this really means -- and in the answer, Senator Sessions destroys Durbin and takes him to school. SESSIONS:  You are wrong, Senator Durbin.  I'm gonna follow laws passed by Congress.  As a matter of policy, we disagreed on some of those issues.  I do believe that if you continually go through a cycle of amnesty, that you undermine the respect for the law and encourage more illegal immigration into America.  I believe the American people spoke clearly in this election.  I believe they agreed with my basic view -- and I think it's a good view, a decent view, a solid legal view for the United States of America -- that we create a lawful system of immigration that allows people to apply to this country. And if they're accepted, they get in. If they're not accepted, they don't get in. And I believe that's right and just, and the American people are right to ask for it.  We have not delivered that for them. RUSH:  Bingo! Bomb dropped.  Explosion on the top of Durbin's head.  Sessions took him to school.  Sessions didn't cower.  Sessions didn't beg to be understood.  "No, no, Senator! I do care about the disadvantaged, and I do care about the poor, and I do care about minorities, and I would do everything I..."  He didn't do that at all.  He said, "No, you're dead wrong about this question.  That's not my job. "It's not the job of the attorney general to 'resolve challenges of a broken immigration system.'  That's your job."  And he's exactly right about that.  He's exactly right about amnesty and what it causes and undermining the respect for the rule of law.  He's dead-on right about it. This is why they oppose Sessions.  This racism stuff from back in the days he's Alabama? That's all a smoke screen.  This right here is why they oppose Sessions.  This. Immigration is why they don't want Jeff Sessions to be attorney general, even though they know they can't stop him.

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