RUSH: All right, ladies and gentlemen, it's time for a Mrs. Clinton update. We got a new little ditty here honoring the memory of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and their tune Marrakesh Express, and Hillary's bus tour, you know, the Middle Class Express?
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Paul Shanklin as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Flash and the Middle Class Express. Mrs. Clinton ripping off John McCain's Straight Talk Express. Clinton's pollster is a guy named Mark Penn. He's also the senior strategerist of her presidential campaign. He predicted today -- listen to this, for those of you in this audience who are conservative or Republican women. Hillary's strategerist and lead pollster says that nearly a quarter, nearly 25%, of Republican women will defect from the Republican Party if Hillary is the nominee in 2008. "At a breakfast with political reporters, Penn said his internal polling shows Clinton would win over some 24 percent of Republican women in the 2008 general election because of the 'emotional' appeal of electing the country's first woman president."
Now, let me tell you what this is all about. This polling data, he probably has it because a pollster can get whatever data he wants on any poll he wants to get it from, including ones he conducts. I don't know if you've noticed this or not, folks, but the last couple of days, the Drive-By Media have been featuring stories, and there's one today, too, Mrs. Clinton is becoming more likable; she is becoming more female; she is reaching across the divide; she's becoming more comfortable for women. And all of a sudden, after three days of these kinds of stories in the blessed Drive-By Media, why, here comes her strategerist telling reporters, "Yeah, my polling data indicates that 25% of Republican women are going to defect and vote for her." Does anybody believe this? Does this mean that 100% of Democrat women are going to vote for her? Does it mean that? It would have to, doesn't it? Why not tell us how many Democrat women are not going to vote for her, Mr. Penn? Penn was also on the Charlie Rose Show on PBS last night. And Charlie Rose said, "Look, Mr. Penn, can the Republicans win this election in 2008? I mean, when you look at all of the things that you see."
PENN: I think that Senator Clinton is so strongly positioned, and I -- I think that also people don't really understand that women are 54% of the electorate, and the emotion that will come out when there's a woman nominee could well produce 10% more women voting that would just wipe out --
ROSE: Ten percent who will -- what percentage of that 10% will vote for Hillary Clinton if she's the nominee of the party?
PENN: Well, that 10% would come out for the first time to get into politics to vote for Hillary. I think --
ROSE: They're coming out because it's a woman?
PENN: Because it's a woman. Look, there are a majority, I mean, how often do you have a majority -- 54% of the voters are women -- not having elected one of their own yet?
RUSH: You know, this was a two-man circle, you know that. This was just pipe dream city. These guys are so convinced that it's over. I mean, there's a story out, I've got it in the stack here, Mark Penn said in effect, yeah, Hillary's already beat Rudy; she's already beat Rudy, will beat him again. I don't know when that happened, but that's what he's saying. So all these women, 54% are going to vote for Hillary because she's a woman. That's an insulting comment. It's an insulting comment because it assumes that women are monolithic, and they're not. We all know this. I just marvel here, this is a great setup. This election is going to be more wide open, and more shocking, and surprising in ways that people can't even imagine, and these people have it already over with.
RUSH: Tom in Newport News, Virginia. Hello, sir.
CALLER: Hello, Rush, from a WNIS listener in Newport News, Virginia. How are you?
RUSH: Fine, sir. Thanks much.
CALLER: Hey, I wanted to forward a compliment that our local talk show host said about you. He said that you've done for talk radio what Elvis has done for rock 'n' roll, and I'd have to agree with that. I think you're an outstanding person, and you've taken an industry and turned it into a marketable business, and that takes a lot of risk, and you did an outstanding job, and I enjoy your show.
RUSH: Thank you very much, sir.
CALLER: I just wanted to say that the survey that was taken about those women that would come out for Hillary...
RUSH: Yeah, yeah, yeah. Don't buy that. Fifty-four percent.
CALLER: What I was going to say was, all these women that come out to vote for her because she's going to be maybe the first presidential candidate that's a woman, I would say that more men would come out to vote against her because every time I hear that cackle, I think of her morphing into the Wicked Witch of the West.
RUSH: Here's the thing that Mark Penn knows but he is conveniently forgetting. He's the pollster. It is white men who elect presidents in this country. Now, they can have all this pipe dream stuff they want about Hillary being the first woman to run for president and how that is going to bring women out. That's insulting to women; it is a dangerous assumption to make, and I think he's trying to create -- as Democrats do -- they're trying to make all women think that every other woman is going to vote for Hillary, which isn't going to work. Women have minds of their own. (Boy, do we know that!) So they're just trying to create a situation with this polling data that does not actually exist. Mark my words on this, folks. And when you factor in a hard, cold reality: Mrs. Bill Clinton reminds a lot of guys of their first wife -- maybe first and second wives -- and the last thing those men are going to want is to put their ex-wives in the White House, folks. Now, this is something you'll never see a poll on from Mark Penn, and when they start talking about men, particularly white men, they'll start going about the usual routine of berating hicks and hayseeds. They might even bring back the "angry white man" manifestation, or mirage is what it more likely is. But white men elect the president. Nobody talks about this. They keep talking about registering the youths and going out and registering all these new women and so forth. By the way, when I say, "White men elect the president," don't anybody misunderstand. I'm not saying female votes aren't important. It's just if you look at the returns, whoever gets a majority of the white male vote usually, in recent history, has been elected president.