RUSH: Folks, I’m not gonna fall for it, and I don’t want you to fall for it, either. This is one of the biggest attempted distractions. Don’t get worked up over this today, it’s not worth it. Dingy Harry’s out there threatening to go do the nuclear option to end the filibuster as we know it. Don’t be fooled for a minute about this. Nothing more than a desperate attempt by the Democrats to distract everybody away from Obamacare and the disaster. That’s all it is. There’s nothing even on the Senate docket, if you will, that will even relate to this right now. They’re just trying to get the Republicans all bent out of shape and distracted about this.
I will allow myself to be distracted by this filibuster ploy for just one second, ’cause I just want to remind you that eight years ago, back in 2005 when the Democrats were in the minority in the Senate, Dingy Harry vehemently opposed changing the filibuster rules one iota. Now, all of a sudden, it’s time to do this, and the Drive-Bys are falling for it. They’ve been all over this like it’s the biggest news story of the day, and it isn’t.
RUSH: It’s outrageous. There’s no question. They did it. Dingy Harry went ahead and they just voted the nuclear option in the Senate. They just changed 250 years’ worth of rules on advise and consent, and now Obama’s gonna get every judge he wants. He’s gonna get them. If they want to add seats to a court — if they want to add five new liberal seats to the DC circuit, for example — they can do it. There’s no stopping ‘em because the Republicans don’t have the votes.
“US Senate Stops Filibusters on Nominations.” That’s the Reuters headline. They have managed to pass a rule ending the filibuster for judges. This is known as the “nuclear option,” and basically what it means is they have erased the need for there ever to be 60 votes before going to a final vote on a judge. It’s now 51 votes. “The Democratic-led US Senate, in a historic rule change, stripped Republicans on Thursday of their ability to block President Barack Obama’s judicial and executive branch nominees.
“On a nearly party-line vote of 52-48, Democrats abruptly changed the Senate’s balance of power by reducing from 60 to 51 the number of votes needed to end procedural roadblocks known as filibusters against presidential nominees…” Folks, this is part and parcel of why the Democrats are so hell-bent on winning the House in 2014. Winning the House would give them total, authoritarian, non-challengeable control over the US government.
Quite literally, there would be no way to stop them. None whatsoever. All of those years that the Republicans held the Senate, all we heard from a whining and crying Harry Reid and Dianne Feinstein was about protecting the rights of the minority. It’s all we heard. The Republicans were a cruel majority that had no intention whatsoever of ever listening to the minority, which represented quite a large swath of the American people.
Now, of course, that’s out the window. When the minority is Republicans, they don’t even exist, and they’re not due any respect, constitutional or otherwise, constitutional or human. So basically what this means with a president like Obama is there’s no stopping him. He can nominate anybody for anything in the judiciary and for a presidential cabinet member, whatever. There’s no way he can be stopped, because all it takes is 51 votes now and the Democrats have more than that. There’s no way.
That’s 250 years of Senate rules out the window, ’cause the Democrats have made it plain they’re not interested in democracy. That really is what this means. They’re not interested in democracy at all. They want total statist authoritarianism — and, frankly, I’m being kind with that terminology. But I’m a little… Well, I’m not conflicted. What’s the word? Mitch McConnell was just on TV acting surprised and outraged. Our guys always act surprised, and that’s what I don’t get.
Why do they not know who they’re up against, after all of this time, why do they not come to grips with what they’re up against and lay some groundwork for fighting it and opposing it in the public arena? They don’t have the votes to win it in the Senate. Why not take the news to the American people and let them know what’s going on? No, after the fact. They always act shocked and outraged, surprised that Harry Reid would conduct such a power grab.
Why are they surprised?
This is what I don’t get.