RUSH: Nora Ephron today at the Huffington Post: another example of how stupid and racist liberals are. She begins this way: ‘Here’s another thing I don’t like about this primary: Now that there are only two Democratic candidates, it’s suddenly horribly absolutely crystal-clear that this is an election about gender and race.’ Well, Nora, it’s always been about gender and race and sex and bigotry and so forth. This is identity politics! That’s what the Democrat Party’s known for. She correctly then asserts, ‘This may have always been true, but weeks ago it wasn’t so obvious — once upon a time there were eight candidates, and although six of them withered away, their presence in the campaign managed to obscure things. Even around the time of Ohio, when there were primarily three candidates, the outlines were murky, because Edwards was still in there, picking up votes from all sectors. But now there are two and we’re facing Pennsylvania and whom are we kidding? This is an election about whether the people of Pennsylvania hate blacks more than they hate women. And when I say people, I don’t mean people, I mean white men.
‘How ironic is this? After all this time, after all these stupid articles about how powerless white men are and how they can’t even get into college because of overachieving women and affirmative action and mean lady teachers who expected them to sit still in the third grade even though they were all suffering from terminal attention deficit disorder — after all this, they turn out (surprise!) to have all the power. (As they always did, by the way; I hope you didn’t believe any of those articles.)’ Hey, Nora, I want to raise my hand. You ought to have a profound respect for me, ma’am, because it is I, El Rushbo, who has been pointing this out for 18 years on this program. Go check out every presidential election, look at the returns, find out who gets the margin of the white male vote, and you’ll generally — practically every example — you’ll find the winner. Who is it, Nora, that’s been trying to disabuse white men in this country for how long? Has it not been your precious little feminist movement taking root in the late sixties, early seventies? Has it not been the Democrat Party which has sought to disparage white men as predators, child abusers, veritable brutes? It’s your party, madam, which has sought to characterize men this way.
It is your party which is a minority party and based on the empowerment of minorities, that has had your ammo trained on white men because they were the majority and you hated ’em — or the Democrat Party did — as a group. And now the truth comes out. And now it’s: Who do white men hate most? Notice that she does not characterize it or put it in the positive: Who do white men like the most? Could it not be, Madam Ephron, that if Obama happens to get a majority of the votes tomorrow — it’s unlikely, but if he does — couldn’t you say that a lot of white guys like him? If Hillary happens to win, couldn’t you say a lot of white guys like her? No, can’t be! White men have to hate. White men are bigots. They’re racists, they’re sexists, they’re homophobes, and all of that. So she has to put it through the lens of negativity. She then continues: ‘To put it bluntly, the next president will be elected by them,’ white men. Yes, Madam Ephron, as foretold by me for 18, 20 years on this program. ‘[T]he outcome of Tuesday’s primary will depend on whether they go for Hillary or Obama, and the outcome of the general election will depend on whether enough of them vote for McCain. A lot of them will: white men cannot be relied on, as all of us know who have spent a lifetime dating them.’
Yeah, it’s right here, Mr. Snerdley: ‘A lot of them will [vote for McCain]: White men cannot be relied on, as all of us know who have spent a lifetime dating them.’ Now, if she were being stereotypically humorous here, I’d laugh myself silly. It’s a great line, if she’s being stereotypically funny because as you people know I happen to love stereotypical humor — you know, how the wife can’t drive, all these things. I always love it. You know, one of my favorite stereotypical jokes is: ‘Good news, bad news. Your mother-in-law’s driving your new Cadillac, but it happens to be going over the cliff.’ So, it ain’t so bad. Now, when you tell a joke like that and you’re attempting to be funny… I like those kind of jokes. Oh, you want to hear another good one? I got this one in the e-mail. A man and a woman who don’t know each other, get the last two seats on a train, an overnight train someplace. The train’s booked, they have to end up in the same berth car. It’s a bunk bed, one on top, one on bottom. They don’t know each other. Their luggage is crammed in there. The guy says, ‘I’ll tell you what, I’m going to make it easy. I’ll sleep on the top bunk. I’ll climb up there.’
She says, ‘Fine.’
As the night goes on, he gets cold, and needs another blanket, but he’s gotta climb down the bunk bed to get to the blanket. So he wakes her up and says, ‘I’m really sorry to bother you, but could you get me another blanket? It’s freezing up here.’
She says to him, ‘You know, it’s just the two of us here. We haven’t met, and nobody knows we’re here. Would you like to maybe pretend that we’re just married for a night?’
The guy says, ‘Yeah!’
She says, ‘Go get your own damn blanket!’
I love that. I love those kind of jokes. Now, if Nora Ephron here is making a stereotypical joke — and, you know, it’s tough to read this, but the rest of this sounds so damn angry that I don’t interpret this as a joke. We also know that she used to be married to Carl Bernstein of Woodward and Bernstein, and we could probably all agree with her that that had to have been formative and had to have been a chore. Carl Bernstein’s a white guy. ‘[W]hite men cannot be relied on, as all of us know who have spent a lifetime dating them. And McCain is a compelling candidate, particularly because of the Torture Thing. As for the Democratic hope that McCain’s temper will be a problem, don’t bet on it. A lot of white men have terrible tempers, and what’s more, they think it’s normal.’ (laughs) I’m telling you, this is great. This is a party of love and compassion and tolerance. We’re getting… This babe, Nora Ephron, I have met her. I’ve been her dinner partner once. She was nice as she could be. I was at a Barbara Walters party in New York a long, long time ago. She’s nice as she could be, but I’m telling you, she’s obviously been shaken. She’s a feminist, and they are angry. I have known this since the early birth of the modern feminist movement.
‘Is she attractive?’ Snerdley wants to know. Why does that matter, Snerdley? Her picture, you could find it on the web. She’s attractive. See, now you’re going sexist on me. See, what Snerdley is trying to do here is, ‘Well, maybe she fits Undeniable Truth of Life number 24.’ Is that what you’re saying? Undeniable Truth of Life 24 written by me back in the mid-eighties states that feminism was established primarily to allow unattractive ugly women easier access to the mainstream of society. That truth alone — that, of the 35, that one alone — established me as one of the nation’s great thinkers. But she doesn’t fit. No, no. She’s attractive. No, no. This is pure ideology. She’s a feminist, and she’s enraged. They’re all mad. I know. She’s enraged. Feminism has made feminists mad; liberals are mad, she’s got a double dose of mad because she’s a liberal. Liberals are constantly mad. Feminists are double mad. You got a mad woman here. Now, if white men cannot be relied on, I’d like to ask her what men can? Nora, please send me an e-mail: What man can be counted on? What men can be relied on?
You gotta rule out white men. Can black guys, are they reliable? (sigh) Asians? Native Americans? ChiComs? Koreans? Where do we go here? Arab men, are they reliable? If white men aren’t, who is? She says, ‘If Hillary pulls it out in Pennsylvania, and she could, and if she follows it up in Indiana, she can make a credible case that she deserves to be the candidate; these last primaries will show which of the two Democratic candidates is better at overcoming the bias of a vast chunk of the population that has never in its history had to vote for anyone but a candidate who could have been their father or their brother or their son, and who has never had to think of the president of the United States as anyone other than someone they might have been had circumstances been just slightly different.’ In other words, white guys ain’t gonna vote for a black or a woman. It ain’t going to happen, but if Hillary wins here in Pennsylvania, it means she has the ability to soften some of these hateful white guys more than Obama does, and that might matter, because she’s now saying what we all know. The Democrat Party is going to need white men in order to win the presidency. This is why their dream ticket isn’t going to happen. ‘Hillary’s case is not an attractive one,’ writes Ms. Ephron, ‘because what she’ll essentially be saying (and has been saying, although very carefully) is that she can attract more racist white male voters than Obama can. Nonetheless, and as I said, she has a case.’ She can attract more racist white male voters than Obama can! ‘I spent the weekend listening to one commentator after another saying that Obama has it locked up, it’s a done deal. I dunno. Hillary is the true whack-a-mole and if she survives on Tuesday, it will be a whole new ballgame. And it will be all because of white men,’ and Operation Chaos, Nora. Don’t forget that.