RUSH: But if this thing is gonna lose in the Senate, if that’s what all of the intel says, regardless — ’cause the bill is not gonna be sufficiently changed to satisfy, say, Senator Cotton. So there’s gonna be at least some Republicans in the Senate who are gonna vote against it. If it’s gonna fail there… This is just me. I’m not… I’m not part of this world, so I don’t know whether this is practical or not. But if it’s gonna fail, you know what I would do? I would write the perfect bill.
I’d put everything in it that you want and make sure that if it goes down to defeat, that it’s the Democrats going down. I wouldn’t wait for phase 2 or phase 3. I’d put everything in it. I would genuinely repeal it, start from scratch with a rebuild, put all the things that President Trump promised in the campaign in this version of the bill and go for it, and make them vote against it.
Look, 2008 looms. You can’t take that out. No matter what kind of reformer Trump is, no matter how big an outsider he is, there still are some realities, and that is all these guys run for reelection in less than two years, and a bunch of senators do, and the senators that are up, 25 of them, I think, are in deep trouble already because they are — maybe it’s a total 25, and of the 25 a lot of them are in red states Trump won handily so it would be very risky for them to vote against it if they want to be reelected. Put that pressure on ’em.
You know me; I love bold. Be bold. Go for it. The election returns were all about going for it. But then the unknown, or I should say the unseen aspects of this, way over here, who they are begins with a capital D. They are the donors. And what do they want? And that has a lot to do with what individual members of the House will do and try to do. So there are a lot of hands in the till.
RUSH: So given that the Democrat Party has no history of disliking the Soviet Union, the Democrat Party has no history of opposing the Soviet Union or Russia, “We are being asked now to believe that the Russians wished to influence a U.S. presidential election. This master stroke of statecraft by Putin was designed, however, to bring to power a man, Donald J. Trump, who has pledged to rebuild the United States militarily and economically.
“Trump has detailed his intent to build a national missile defense, modernize our strategic arsenal to match that of Russia and China, ensure our ability to dominate the high seas … guarantee our ability to project power with an improved air force, and have an intelligence and cyber capability second to none.” How in the world does that help the Russians?
Donald Trump wants to modernize the American military, grow the American military, make it an all-powerful defensive and offensive force. This is not what Putin wants. This is not what Putin would endorse.
“By contrast, Hillary Clinton, following the policies of Barack Obama, stated she would, by not building missile defenses … continue the policy of vulnerability to Russian, Chinese, and Iranian ballistic missiles; delay the upkeep and modernization of our nuclear weaponry; and, pursue a reduction of our conventional military forces.” She would gut the military. “On traditional strategic grounds, it defies logic that Putin would have preferred Trump to Clinton.”
In any normal day Hillary Clinton would have been a godsend to Putin. Somebody who thinks the United States military’s too big, has too much outreach, is too powerful, somebody who believes the United States has been the problem in the world and owes the world deference and apologies here and there, that would be right up Putin’s alley, somebody that’s gonna continue to dismantle and transform the United States away from superpower status. That’s what Putin would want.
Instead, we are led to believe that Vladimir Putin wants a guy who is a bigger strongman than even he is? And I thought that was well stated. Again, that’s Brian Kennedy, Real Clear Politics.
RUSH: Neil Gorsuch gave a great, great, great performance today. He’s the first justice nominee — the very first — who has been able to “get away with,” quote/unquote, telling liberal senators that there are no little guys, there are no big guys, there are no rich guys, there are no poor guys in court. This guy is masterful. They’re trying to destroy Jimmy Stewart, essentially, and they’re going to fail.
RUSH: This is Devin Nunes, the Republican chairman of the committee, asking Mike Rogers the question: “As of today, Admiral, do you have any evidence that Russia cyber actors changed vote tallies in the state of Michigan?”
ROGERS: No, I do not, but I would highlight we are an intelligence organization, not a domestic intelligence organization, so it would be fair to say we are probably not the best organization to provide a more complete answer.
NUNES: How about the state of Pennsylvania?
ROGERS: No, sir.
NUNES: The state of Wisconsin?
ROGERS: No, sir.
NUNES: State of Florida?
ROGERS: No, sir.
NUNES: State of North Carolina?
ROGERS: No, sir.
NUNES: The state of Ohio?
ROGERS: No, sir.
NUNES: So you have no intelligence that suggests or evidence that suggests any votes were changed?
ROGERS: I have nothing generated by the National Security Agency, sir.
NUNES: Director Comey, do you have any evidence at the FBI that any votes were changed in the states that I mentioned to Admiral Rogers?
RUSH: Nope. Nope. Without any hesitation, without any doubt. There’s no investigation of that, by the way. There can’t be. It didn’t happen! It couldn’t happen. Obama as much as admitted it and everybody with any common sense knows they couldn’t have done it. They wouldn’t know what machines to tamper with. They wouldn’t know what counties, what precincts. It’s not feasible. The only collusion that took place on Election Day was by the voters. Voters in 31 states conspired to defeat Hillary Clinton in a legitimate and fair United States election, which is being undermined today and every day by the American left.
The media, the Democrat Party, and all of their satellites are engaging in a daily effort to undermine the outcome of last year’s election. The Russians had nothing to do with it.
RUSH: So here’s the things to look for. Here are the things to look for, because I’ll tell you what the objective of this is, just to repeat it very quickly, we’ll take a break, come back with your phone calls. The objective here is, I say one of two things, there could be more. But the first thing is, “Okay, Trump, you gonna get the message, stand down, stop all this draining of the swamp, stop all this Obamacare stuff, stop all this stuff you’re doing on trade, just stop all this stuff and go back to governing the way we want you to govern or we’re gonna impeach you.”
Because that’s what this is about. This is all about furthering the delegitimization of the entire Trump presidency, even though there’s no evidence that it’s illegitimate in any way, shape, manner, or form. There’s none. There is literally none. That’s what makes this so Twilight Zone-ish. And again, if there’s any undermining of American elections, it’s happening today on Capitol Hill as part of this committee hearing.