RUSH: I didn’t take time off away from the news, but I didn’t spend a whole lot of time paying attention anything in the news about me, and so I started getting overwhelmed with e-mails from people on Saturday or Sunday about the NAGs. The NAGs are having some meeting in May oriented around getting rid of me. It’s the National Organization for Women with a big convention oriented around me.
The objective is to get rid of me. I looked at it, and I said, “These poor women. They must be running out of money and members,” ’cause that’s all this is. Don’t worry about it, folks. It’s just a fundraising drive. I am a fundraising magnet. I mean, I’m the best thing that ever happened to magazine fundraisers. The NAGs are obvious running low on cash and their membership is probably not all that hot to trot, either. So they drag me out. This is not the first time. Drag me out in a Hush Rush, Get Rush convention and raise your fundraising. That’s what going on. But people were e-mailing me worried silly. “Whoa, Rush, when are they gonna stop coming after you?”
RUSH: How can the NAGs attack me after calling me God’s gift to women? You know, they did that. I don’t know if we have that audio. (interruption) It’s ’cause women can change their minds? Is that it? I guess so. Did we have audio of that, or was it just a printed report where one of these women said that? During the contraception craze, controversy, they called me — some fundraiser, some feminist fundraiser — said I’m God’s gift to women, or God’s gift to their organization.
At any rate, the National Organization for Women… (interruption)
Why would men want to crash it, Snerdley? I don’t think so. I’m sure Alan Alda’s invited. I haven’t seen anything about that. I assume men can go. The head NAG, Terry O’Neill, said, “The work we have ahead of us is not gonna be easy. Right now it really seems like, you know, we’ve got this godsend named Rush Limbaugh…” That’s it. That’s it. “[W]e’ve got this godsend named Rush Limbaugh…” She actually said it. The head NAG, who is running their convention in May to get rid of me, said that I’m a godsend. ” The work we have ahead of us is not gonna be easy. Right now it really seems like, you know, we’ve got this godsend named Rush Limbaugh…”
So I was God’s gift to the NAGs not long ago. Now they’re gonna have a convention to get rid of me. (laughing)
RUSH: This is from March the 10th in New Orleans. The National Organization for Women Mid-South Regional Conference, the NOW president Terry O’Neill delivered the keynote address. We have the really only important thing that she had to say.
O’NEILL: The work we have ahead of us is not gonna be easy. Right now it really seems like, you know, we’ve got this godsend named Rush Limbaugh —
O’NEILL: — who has, like dropped this thing in our lap, which is just wonderful. But the road ahead is really not gonna be completely rosy. We’ve got to be very clear on what the challenges are, and very clear about how we can move our own agenda forward in the current political climate.
RUSH: There you have it: “godsend named Rush Limbaugh.”
So I was God’s gift to the NAGs back on March 10th. And now in May they’re gonna convene again — another convention — this time to get rid of me. God’s gift to women. (chuckles) See, this is how quickly you can lose favor with them. But any rate, ladies and gentlemen, it’s a fundraising thing and probably a membership drive as well.