Just the messenger.
Someone asked me yesterday if it was possible the gender gap was simply a product of it being more likely that women are Democrats and men are Republicans, so I ran the numbers this morning by gender and party and here’s what we got
Democrats: Women 14/73 (-59), Men 22/73 (-51) GENDER GAP: 8
Republicans: Women 75/19 (+65), Men (84/13 (+71) GENDER GAP: 6
Independents: Women 30/56 (-26), Men 55/32 (+23) GENDER GAP: 49
So there is a gender gap within both the Democratic and Republican respondents to the poll, but the really huge one is among independents.
The Republican ladies love you Rush, and I don’t think you have much chance with the Democratic ones. But you really need to appeal to those moderate women if you want to get that approval up over 50%.
Thanks to everyone who has been linking here. One of my favorite posts about Rush Limbaugh and his Female Summit is from Tennesee Guerilla Women and includes this greatest hits of d’ohs re: why women might not be listen to him, ever:
Sexist comments by Rush Limbaugh — Hillary Rodham Clinton:
“She sounds like a screeching ex-wife. … Men will know what I mean by this.”
“Mrs Clinton Testicle Lockbox is big enough for the entire democratic heirarchy.”
“Will this country want to actually watch a woman get older before their eyes on a daily basis?”
“I don’t know why the B-I-itch is staying in.”
Sexist comments by Rush Limbaugh — Nancy Pelosi:
“[If Pelosi] wants fewer births, I have the way to do this and it won’t require any contraception: You simply put pictures of Nancy Pelosi … in every cheap motel room. … That will keep birthrates down because that picture will keep a lot of things down.”
Sexist comments by Rush Limbaugh — Elizabeth Edwards:
“Edwards might be attracted to a woman whose mouth did something other than talk.”
“Some of these babes, I’m telling you, like the sexual harassment crowd. They’re out there protesting what they actually wish would happen to them sometimes.”
“If I were Bob Woodward, I would be on a lookout for Mrs. Clinton and her testicle lockbox.”
Amanda Terkel at Think Progress has more sexist comments from Rush — including this gem:
“She’s actually a very smart cat. She gets loved. She gets adoration. She gets petted. She gets fed. And she doesn’t have to do anything for it, which is why I say this cat’s taught me more about women, than anything in my whole life.”
It’s amazing to read these statements by Limbaugh and juxtapose them with his rant yesterday about people needing to leave Bobby Jindal alone. Talk about dishing it out but not being able to take it, wow.
Echidne of the Snakes offers up some greatest hits too, including this oldie but goodie:
One of my fabulous routines concerns a San Francisco men’s club which lost its battle to exclude women from membership. The courts ruled that they had to admit women on the basis that businesswomen were being unfairly denied opportunities to do business. This is specious. How much business did women think they were going to get as a result of forcing their way in?
Anyway, after one year, the female members demanded their own exercise room. They were probably tired of being ogled by a bunch of slobbering men while they pumped iron in leotards and spandex. The men offered to install the first three exercise machines in the women’s new workout room. The ladies were thrilled. When they arrived on that first exciting day they found, to their stunned amazement, a washing machine, an ironing board, and a vacuum cleaner. Heh, heh, heh. (The Way Things Ought To Be, p.142-45 Jul 2, 1992)
Now, if they’d thrown in a Belgian waffle-maker, maybe, maybe…