Rush, She’s Just Not That Into You

Ken AshfordRight Wing Punditry/Idiocy, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

Rush Limbaugh can't figure out why women don't like him:

Women don’t really like Rush Limbaugh. On Feb. 23, Public Policy Polling released findings showing that only 37 percent of women hold a favorable opinion of the hate radio host, compared to 56 percent of men.

As Jill Zimon notes, Limbaugh brought up this poll yesterday on his radio show, noting that it was one of the largest gender gaps Public Policy Polling has seen on any issue it has polled in the past year. His solution? To convene a summit of women to find out why they dislike him:

RUSH: We’ll have a summit of all the women in this audience — or as many of them as we can get into breakout groups — and perhaps devote an hour in an upcoming program to calls only from women who genuinely want to talk to me. They can be liberal, conservative. They could be non-audience members, could be audience members. But I want some of these women to start telling me what it is I must do to close the gender gap — or, if not what it is I must do to close the gender gap, what it is I’ve done that has caused the gender gap; assuming the gender gap is true and that the poll is true. […]

I own the men, and what must I do now to own women? And who better to ask than women? Including some of those who may agree that that I’m unfavorable. So stand by for that.

Well, for starters, Rush, perhaps women are turned off by your misogyny.  For example, holding a summit so that you can "own women" is itself indicative of your problem. 

And this habit of repeatedly calling women who call for the advancement of women "feminazis"?  I'm going out on a limb and suggest that is a bit of a turnoff, too.

Or some of your quotes, most notably:

Rush's marriage advice: "If you want a successful marriage, let your husband do what he wants to do."


“I love the women’s movement. Especially when I’m walking behind it.”


"You have to understand the mindset of a lot of these feminists and women…These women have paid their dues. They've been married two or three times; they've had two or three abortions; they've done everything that feminism asked them to do. They have cut men out of their lives; they have devoted themselves to causes and careers. And this — the candidacy of Hillary Clinton — is the culmination of all of these women's efforts."


So the question is this: Will this country want to actually watch a woman get older before their eyes on a daily basis?

Or (from your book)…

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)

Or any of these quotes.

Mystery solved, Rush.

UPDATE:  Or maybe it has nothing to do with women's issues at all.  Maybe it's just a turnoff when Rush says things like "I hope Obama fails".  And in case you didn't get his gist, he reitterated it today, saying "We want something to blow up here politically. We want something to not go right."  And Rush says "here", he's talking about the economy and the stimulus as he's saying this.

Can you imagine if a liberal pundit had said in, say, 2004, that he hoped Bush failed in his war on terrorism?  That we, the opposition, want something to blow up?  That we, the opposition, want another terrorist attack?