RUSH: Have you heard, ladies and gentlemen, that President Obama has been asked (one might say demanded) to deliver the commencement speech at a women's college in New York? This is Barnard College. (I've never heard it pronounced; I'm deaf, so I have to guess at the pronunciation.) It's an all-women's college in New York. Obama will address the graduates at this year's commencement, May 14th. The White House called Barnard College in recent days and offered up Obama as the commencement speaker, and they promptly accepted, except they already had one. They already had one. Jill Abramson, the executive editor of the New York Times, was set to address the graduates before the White House called the college.
During all of this last week the White House calls the college and says, 'We want to address! We want to send the president up there." What's the college to do? (panting) "Okay." So Obama will go address the women. Now, why? It goes back to why Darrell Issa's committee was corrupted, his hearing was corrupted. But there's an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll out today that shows Romney pulling ahead of everybody else on the Republican side, but Obama's approval back to 50%. This is a bogus poll: 800 people, "adults." Not "likely voters," not "registered voters." If you're new to the program, presidential approval polls or pre-election polls are the most accurate when they sample "likely voters." They are the least accurate when they sample "adults."
In addition, the Republican sample of this 800-people-participation poll was 27%, 27% Republicans. Now, we know from Gallup that twice as many Americans identify themselves as conservatives as identify themselves as liberals. It's 40% to 20%. Conservatives, self-proclaimed conservatives, vastly outnumber the liberals in this country. Yet in a NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, Republicans represent 27% of the sample and they are celebrating and ballyhooing that Obama's at 50%. It's a worthless poll because the sample is "adults." The truth of the matter is that the president is still finding it difficult with women in his approval numbers.
And that's why they wanted to change the subject from whether or not he behaved unconstitutionally in mandating churches give away abortion pills (or birth control pills), to: "Republicans don't agree with contraception!" It's totally made up. There's not a Republican out there that wants to ban contraception. There's not a Republican in the world that, as a political issue, wants anything to do with it. It's totally manufactured, and it's succeeded in distracting everybody's attention from what Obama had done, and it's meant to portray the Republicans as Neanderthal troglodytes while the party of Bill Clinton (who's destroyed Monica Lewinsky's life among others) is held up as God's gift to women! Everything's 180 degrees out of phase.
So here comes Obama calling this college in New York and kicking Jill Abramson off the podium. She's only the first woman executive editor of the New York Times in its 160-year history. So the party of women calls Barnard College -- an all girls' school, all-women college -- and says, "We want to speak! Get rid of whoever you had." "Well, it's Jill Abramson, New York Times." "Even better. Get rid of her." It wasn't a Republican that called and demanded the right to address the graduates at Barnard and kick an achieved woman off the podium. It was Barack Obama. The president and his fellow Democrats have made women a focus of their campaigns of late, precisely because they wish to change the subject.