Franken Resignation Is About Roy Moore, Not Decency
RUSH: I got tell you, folks, I'm stunned, I'm surprised, I'm shocked. I thought that Al Franken would try to hang in there for another week. I thought he would try to make it past December 12th because that's the key date. I told Snerdley that I was all ready for Franken to continue to stay in the Senate, not resign, defy his party. I told Snerdley, I told Snerdley before the program, just to get it on record, why I thought Franken would do that. Turns out I was wrong.
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Okay. So Franken buckled to the pressure of his own party. Even a personal plea from Fauxcahontas, Elizabeth Warren, for Franken to step aside. Now, here's the thing about this, folks. Yeah, we had a seventh and an eighth woman surface this week with explicit claims and details about the mistreatment they experienced at the hand and mouth of Al Franken. But I don't believe that all of these -- what's the number up to now, 38 Democrats demanding -- I don't think it's about him.
I don't think the Democrat Party standing up now in so-called righteous indignation, this sudden demand that Franken leave and get out of town as fast as he can, I don't think it has anything to do with the Democrat Party and decency and justice. I don't think it has anything to do with female senators and their power or any of that. This is all about one thing, and it's why I thought that Al Franken would hang on. This is all about Roy Moore.
This is all about the Democrats' desperate effort to contrast the way they handled the Franken thing and the way the Republicans are handling the Roy Moore thing, and then in an ancillary way, the way Republicans are not dealing with the Trump thing. It is clear that the Democrats looked at the Franken, all this talk about he was a potential presidential candidate in 2020, an upcoming Democrat star, all of that obviously total BS, because they're happy to get rid of him because they're not losing a seat!
There's a Democrat governor in Minnesota that's gonna name Franken's replacement. I don't know if it's gonna be John Conyers' son. (laughing) Keith Ellison is the name that's being bandied about. Regardless, the Democrats are gonna hold the seat. So Franken became expendable. Franken became a pawn. Franken became a nonentity. Franken became a nobody to them. At the end of the day, they didn't care about Al Franken. At the end of the day, they don't care about individuals.
They never let Al Franken face his accusers. You know, Franken wanted to go to the Ethics Committee. He wanted these allegations examined. He claimed all along that he would be found innocent. But they weren't gonna let that happen. No Ethics Committee, no Franken being allowed to hold on. No, Al Franken not allowed to face his accusers. Al Franken gone. See you later, Al. Maybe you could call Lorne Michaels at Saturday Night Live and get a gig there again. Just tossed Franken aside.
It was a groundswell that happened in the last couple of days. And I'm telling you, it isn't about any newfound decency on the part of the Democrat Party or newfound morality. It is all about Roy Moore. Because the polling data that's out there in Alabama, they are convinced that Moore's gonna win. So now they're gonna try to turn what they think is going to be a Roy Moore victory into an albatross around the Republicans' necks. And it began today by telling Al Franken to take a hike.
Look at this story. This is the Washington Post. "White Women in Alabama Have Made Up Their Minds About Roy Moore." This headline is filled with spite, spittle, and disgust. The Washington Post is livid. White women, probably Christians and a bunch of racists, have already made up their minds about Roy Moore. And the Washington Post is livid that white women in Alabama are not listening to them. And it was a Washington Post poll. It shows that nearly six in 10 white women in Alabama are likely to vote for Roy Moore.
"After the 2016 presidential election, women on the left called out the 53 percent of white women who helped elect Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. ... Last spring, actress Tina Fey warned white, college-educated women who had supported Trump that their votes would have negative consequences for them."
Why does anybody care what a TV comedian thinks about any of this? Why the hell should anybody care what some TV actress has to say about anything? This is no different than taking public opinion from Twitter and assigning it automatic credibility.
So, anyway, you white women in Alabama, you have become the enemy. You're idiots, you're racists, and probably sexists, and you're blindly -- What these people in the media don't understand, if they would have just shut up, if the media would have just reported this 10% of the way they did, there might be a whole different take going on in Alabama. But the media, in so many parts of this country is so distrusted and so despised and so disliked that they create a backlash against themselves to the point whatever they want is the exact opposite of what people do.
Now, it could be that the media is playing a psych game here, knows that full well, and wants Roy Moore elected. I don't think so. I think the media wants to be able to claim they got his scalp. I think the media would love to be able to say they defeated Roy Moore with their coverage, and their coverage is being ignored here, and white women say they're gonna vote for Moore anyway, and I think it ticks 'em off.
So, anyway, they're planning on Moore winning. That means Franken has to go. Conyers had to go. That meant Franken had to go. You can't kick out the octogenarian black guy and leave in the pencil IQ senator white guy from Minnesota. You can't do that. Not on the Democrat side where identity politics is everything. This is also about I think Kirsten Gillibrand. She's serious about being in the race for the Democrat presidential nomination 2020. And I think a public position here on the reprobate Al Franken, how he's gotta go, is all part of that.
But I told Snerdley, and Snerdley can confirm this on Twitter where he hangs out, I told him, if Franken could just hang on to December 12th, when the election happened, whatever happened, Moore wins, Moore loses, it doesn't matter, when the election's over, the Democrat braying against Franken would go away. Because that's all this is about now. (interruption) No, no, no. I don't have any sympathy for Franken.
But I'll tell you what. It is noteworthy, I believe, that this party -- Republicans have been known to do this for a long time -- but it's noteworthy here the Democrats, I mean, they didn't even have a second thought to anything approaching due process. The word of these women was automatically accepted.
Franken was not allowed to challenge 'em directly, he was not allowed to have them present their evidence via the Ethics Committee, 'cause they wanted him gone because they don't care about him. That's what this all boils down to. They care about the seat. They're gonna hold on to the seat 'cause it comes from Minnesota with a Democrat governor. So Franken became expendable in the furtherance of other Democrat Party agenda items.
Franken's speech in the Senate just now was a combination pathetic, sorrowful, pitiful. I think he thought he was Richard Nixon at times. He clearly thinks he's a martyr. And he clearly has a very, very... Well, he's deeply hurt personally by what people he thinks loved him have done here. And so he thinks he's been martyred and he played that card up pretty well. He also drew some analogies.
He said (paraphrased), "It's quite ironic that on the day I resign, a political party is fully endorsing a man who engaged, whatever, sexually with young girls in Alabama and a president who admitted to grabbing whatever." Trump never admitted doing that. Trump was describing what powerful entertainers can do if they want to. But to try to parse that is a losing cause because people already think that Trump said that describing his own behavior. So we'll never know. We'll never know.
Well, maybe we will. What if the Roy Moore election happens, regardless of the outcome, and what if Franken -- and, by the way, he's entirely capable of this. After September 12th, the Roy Moore election; so forth and so on. If Roy Moore wins, I can see Franken saying, "You know what? You know what? After this, I'm not leaving. I retract my resignation. If the Senate's gonna seat this clown, there's no reason I should be quitting here. This is outrageous." I wouldn't be surprised whatsoever.
RUSH: Now, a lot of you might have laughed when I said, "You know, Franken might change his mind and not resign." Well, I want to play a couple of sound bites here for you from Senator Franken today, and you'll see why I opined as I did. Here's from his speech on the Senate floor about a half hour ago...
FRANKEN: Over the last few weeks, a number of women have come forward to talk about how they felt my actions had affected them.
RUSH: Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait... Hold it just second. Let me... Where is the one I want? I'm looking... Well, go ahead. I guess it's in this one. Go ahead. Keep playing it.
FRANKEN: I was upset. But in responding to their claims, I also wanted to be respectful of that broader conversation, because all women deserve to be heard --
RUSH: No, no. Stop it. Stop it. Here, I want to get sound bite 20. Time is of the essence on this program. I don't have a lot of it. Grab sound bite 20. This is the point I want to make. Play it. Three... two... one... hit it!
FRANKEN: I know in my heart that nothing I have done as a senator -- nothing -- has brought dishonor on -- on this institution. And I am confident that the Ethics Committee would agree. Nevertheless, today I am announcing that in the coming weeks I will be resigning as member of the United States Senate.
RUSH: Stop the tape! "In the coming weeks I will be resigning..." He has not resigned. He has stated his intention to resign "in the coming weeks." This means that Franken will still be able to vote, for example, on legislation -- say the government shutdown, say take the tax bill if it ever gets out of conference committee -- and any other item that comes up. "In the coming weeks..." The Roy Moore election in Alabama is five days from now, for example.
So depending on how that goes and how people react to that, Al Franken could easily change his mind and say, "I just said I was going to resign in the coming weeks." But until he submits the papers -- and even then. It's a long shot, I understand; but I think he's leaving the door open, is the point here. He doesn't want to go, folks. He does not want to go. He doesn't want to go back to being a comedian. This made him, in his mind, somebody. You know, this made him a member of a club with only 100 members, and the last thing he wanted to do was go, and he still doesn't want to go.
And he knows they're not forcing him out because they're really bothered by what he did, and that's got to be eating him alive. They're not asking him to leave because of what he did. I mean, ultimately, yeah, but they're not offended by what he did, these women, these other Democrats. They're not offended by that. They see Franken resigning as a political opportunity. I'm telling you, it's all about Roy Moore, which then makes it all about Donald Trump. Grab audio sound bite number 21. This is close to the wrap-up.
FRANKEN: Let me be clear. I may be resigning my seat, but I'm not giving up my voice. I will continue to stand up for the things I believe in as a citizen and as an activist. But Minnesotans deserve a senator who can focus with all her (sic) energy to addressing the challenges they face every day.
RUSH: Now, the polling data on the 2020 senatorial election in Minnesota at this stage, it doesn't look good for Franken. There is no guarantee that he would win reelection right now because of this. In his remarks today, he alluded to the fact that really the mitigating factor here is the people of Minnesota and how much he treasures them and how much they mean to him and how honest and hardworking they are -- and how, thus, they deserve an honest and hardworking representative and senator.
But this has caused problems for his reelection bid. It's not automatic. But did you note here, "Minnesotans deserve a senator who can focus with all HER energy on addressing the challenges they face every day." Yeah. You have to think here that it's gonna be a banner year for women in Democrat electoral politics. You can almost make book on the fact that the Democrat presidential nominee is gonna be a woman, and it's gonna be either Kamala Harris, it's gonna be Fauxcahontas, or it's gonna be Kirsten Gillibrand.
Those are at least three. Now, there are gonna be some men, obviously, who will run, and it's gonna be fascinating to me to watch how the Democrat Party treats those men, because when we get to 2020 -- which will start next year. When we get to the presidential cycle of 2020, the Democrats have set the table here for the fact that they had better nominate a woman. It was gonna be Hillary in 2016, and it was. But she lost. She blew it.
And there are gonna be some Democrats thinking, "Hey, we've already done that. You know, we played the women card. We threw that down, and we've shown our diversity. We've shown our loyalty. We don't have to set ourselves up and limit ourselves by requiring and demanding a woman be our nominee." There's gonna be some guys that want this gig, too, although it'd be hard to name them right now, but they will surface. So it's gonna be...
And of course what happens in the 2018 midterms is going to hugely determinant here. It's gonna be a big factor in what the Democrat presidential aspirations of 2020 look like. Because right now the Democrats think they own it. They think they've won the House back already. They do this all the time. They won the governorship election in Virginia. They kept the seat. There was nothing earth-shattering about it.
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