First, I think Rush Limbaugh’s EIB Network Female Summit is more than just a stunt to attract more listeners, especially in the face of President Obama’s initial successes over the last few weeks. It’s a stunt, for sure, but I think there’s more to it.
Given what this media personality has said about women over the decades, it’s hard to believe he actually cares about what women think (and based on Day One of his Female Summit, it’s obvious that he has little interest in actually changing). I don’t think he does actually care very much – and certainly not about why the women who don’t like him don’t actually like him.
However, Rush isn’t dumb. Women are a key voter demographic. And even if Limbaugh’s stock with conservative white men deepens and broadens to include every single one of them, that maximization in loyalty and base will never reflect the electorate well enough to get Limbaugh or many of the conservatives he supports (read: Bobby Jindal) elected in the 21st Century – not even (and perhaps especially not) in a post-Palin world.
Nope – Rush needs to do some work with the women. He is trying to figure out how to design and implement a way to persuade, seduce or otherwise dupe women into listening to him long enough (he says it takes at least six weeks to get the gist of him) so that he can then be an influencer with them. He wants to help the conservatives re-consolidate their power in the post-2008 election watershed and that means reaching out, connecting with and convincing more women to support the conservatism he and those he supports (not that of politicians like Arlen Spector, Olympia Snowe or Susan Collins) espouses.
I got news for Rush Limbaugh: if he thinks a woman in this day and age would take 30 days and listen to any man for three hours a day every day just to get to know him, I am going to have to revise that “Rush isn’t dumb” statement I just made.
No way, no how and no 90 hours just to get the gist of Rush.
You lost us at “Ladies and gentlemen.”