Here is Matt, Twin Falls, Idaho, Open Line Friday. Great to have you with us, sir. Hello.
CALLER: Hi, from sunny south Idaho. I'll get to my point real quick. With the timing of Biden and the Democrat Party attacking him, do you think it's more protecting Obama's legacy because he's the one that tied to all the scandals at Benghazi, Fast and Furious, things like that?
RUSH: Well, there's no question that there's part of that. I mean, there's always the protection of the Obama legacy here. But I think the compulsion that the Democrats have to get rid of Trump overrides everything right now. Every assessment they're making is, "Can this succeed in getting rid of Trump?" So Biden, it's "Can Biden beat Trump?" I think more and more of them are concluding, "No," and yet Biden is the frontrunner by a big stretch. So what are they gonna do? They don't want to sit around and wait for Biden to implode.
That might take too long. They want to hasten it. I believe they're trying to hasten Biden's exit from the stage, is my personal opinion, 'cause I think they have concluding, properly, that he can't win! He can't keep up with Trump in the campaign. It'd be Hillary all over again. He can't draw any crowds. The contrast between any Trump rally and a Biden rally would be so stark that Biden would have to stop doing campaign appearances like Hillary did because the comparison would be deadly.
Then you start talking about things like energy level and communication skills and the fact that Biden as a presidential candidate has been an abject failure. They're doing one of two things. Maybe I ought to pull back on my belief that they're trying to take him out, but if they're not doing that, they're putting all this negative stuff out there to see how Biden can survive it -- and they're loading the media with this stuff. Let me give you an example.
In fact, before I give you the example, I got a story. I ran into something right as the program was ending yesterday from Jim Treacher at PJ Media. This is such a great point, and the headline really says it all: "If Biden Is a Racist, Why Did the Media and Other Democrats Let Him Stand Next to Obama for Eight Years?" This is a question born of the fact that Biden's out there defending his great friendships with these two segregationist senators, Herman Talmadge and James Eastland. Biden has...
Note that they were full-fledged segregationists. Back in their day, they didn't call 'em "African-Americans." These two guys referred to them as "Negroes," and they wanted the Negroes in their own schools and these guys wanted the Negroes on their own buses and in their own homes and in their own neighborhoods. They didn't want any integration. Herman Talmadge would constantly say (impression), "People in my state don't want no integration. I'm not gonna force it on 'em." Now, we're going back to 1954, all the way up to 1971 for this.
But Biden got it. He's been in the Senate so long that he knew these guys back in their heyday. This is before Plugs was Plugs! This was back when Plugs had his own hair, and he has tried to sell his relationship to these two segregationists as an example of how he can work with everybody. Meaning, "Look, I can work with the most ardent right-wingers that you hate! I can get things done. They like me. Just like I can work with these two segregationists." Well, the Democrats don't want to hear any part of this.
There's no... There weren't any segregationists in the Democrat Party! The big sin that Biden is committing is acknowledging that the segregationists were Democrats. The Democrat Party and the media have spent years revising history, trying to make as many people as possible believe that all the racist and all the segregationists were Republicans. In fact, another reporter has done the same thing, this time a New York Times reporter. "Appearing Thursday on CNN Newsroom, New York Times national political reporter Astead Herndon falsely labeled segregationist Democrat senators whom former Vice President Joe Biden praised Republicans.
"The day prior, MSNBC host Kasie Hunt made the same error by misidentifying Sens. James Eastland and Herman Talmadge. She has since issued a correction, while Herndon has" not. Herndon said, "Our reporting yesterday was that some of his advisers, and even some of his supporters, were a little shocked with the way he was characterizing his relationships with those senators. And they’ve said, if you want to talk about bipartisanship, why not mention other Republicans — not the, kind of, the most controversial of them."
Now, the question arises: Did these two reporters, these two babes, Astead Herndon andKasie Hunt...? Do they really not know? They are young enough that they could be full-fledged products of an American public education system which has lied to them and told them that every segregationist back in the civil rights days was a Republican and they may have just grown up thinking this. They do not know the truth, or they know the truth and are purposely screwing it up. Whichever way you decide, the bottom line is these are the kinds of mistakes that journalism students used to get F's for.
These are the kind of mistakes that reporters used to get fired for. This is a big deal, to get this kind of labeling wrong. But not a thing is gonna happen to either of these two. One of them's corrected and the other hasn't yet and may not. But it fits the narrative that Republicans were the segregationists, and this is the big sin that Biden is committing. He's reminding everybody that the segregationists -- and the guys with the fire hoses and the dogs and turning 'em loose on the protesters at Selma -- were Democrats.
Everybody's come to believe that it was the Republicans that did that. But it wasn't! It was Democrats who were the racists and the bigots and the segregationists all the way up through the sixties. It was Democrats that spied on Martin Luther King. It was Democrats that bugged his phone calls. (That would be Robert F. Kennedy, the attorney general.) So, the question that Jim Treacher is asking here: If Biden is a racist -- which they're saying he is now. "You gotta apologize, Joe! You can't say that you're good buddies with those segregationists!
"You gotta apologize, man! You can't go on like this." Well, if he's a racist, then why did the media and other Democrats let him get away with it all those years and not call him out? Why do they allow this guy who loves segregationists to "stand next to Obama for eight years? ... If Biden is a racist now, why wasn't he a racist between January 20, 2009, and January 20, 2017? The gatekeepers didn't have Google that whole time?" They certainly did.
Joe Biden's friendship with these two segregationists is well known, so much so he's bragging about it. So the question arises: Why now? Why now is Biden a bad guy? Why now does Biden have to go running around apologizing to everybody? Why did Biden remain untouched despite these friendships and relationships when he was Obama's vice president? Well, the question answers itself. Sadly, the answer is hypocrisy -- and that's something that also, sadly, never attaches itself to Democrats.
But now that Biden is the Democrat Party frontrunner, mainly because among the dozens of candidates, he's the only one that most Americans could pick out of a lineup. Name recognition. I mean, really, who knows Kamala Harris versus Joe Biden? Who knows Mayor Pete versus Joe Biden? You know, Crazy Bernie is about next up in name recognition. But it's a good question. All of a sudden Biden is the subject of a whole lot of hit pieces. Now we have one here from TheHill.com:
"Democrats Want White House Hopefuls to Cool it on Biden Attacks -- Democratic lawmakers warn that Sen. Cory Booker and other White House hopefuls taking shots at front-runner Joe Biden are playing with fire and could wind up helping President Trump win reelection. ... Lawmakers fear the 2020 Democratic presidential primary field is becoming a circular firing squad..." Well, it was destined to become that. I mean, all of them are. The Republicans' was a circular firing squad in 2016.
You can't avoid that, unless you essentially go in and price fix. "Lawmakers fear ... Trump winding up as the beneficiary of internecine fighting. 'I think everybody is picking on him, press as well as others. He’s the front-runner so he’s the one to shoot down, so to speak,' said Sen. Dianne Feinstein..." Jeanne Shaheen, Democrat, New Hampshire, said, “I think it’s not helpful to Democrats to attack each other at this stage.”
Well, somebody's not listening because the Drive-By Media today is filled with more hit pieces on Biden and his son Hunter. I think ABC did their job, but I don't think any of the other Drive-Bys are willing to run the story. So whoever's shopping this stuff is taking it to conservative media outlets to run like the Washington Examiner. But I'm more convinced than ever. After yesterday and now today, I'm more convinced than ever that there is a serious effort underway to get Joe out that's being waged by other Democrats.
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