RUSH: On CNN’s New Day this morning. The guest is CNN’s own chief national correspondent John King. And they’re talking about the women’s vote and the shrinking gender gap, and they’re very, very worried. They see this AP poll that shows people support Republicans, women, 42 to 40 over Democrats. They see the gender gap has gone away, and they thought they owned it. They thought they had made this so-called Republican War on Women stick. Now it’s disappearing and they know it means disaster, and so they’re talking about it on CNN today.
KING: You have to stretch the gender gap as far as they can stretch it. That is the key: Get women to vote, hope that men don’t vote because they’re discouraged. If you have a huge gender gap in these races, Democrats have a chance. If it shrinks — and polls, again, show the focus on security issues — the gender gap comes back toward Republicans a little bit. That’s the big battleground in the last 13 days.
CUOMO: It’s always boggled my mind, that of all the things wives can get men to do, voting all of a sudden they have absolutely no control. You always hear the wife’s lament that, “Oh, I won’t even talk to him about politics.”
RUSH: That was Chris Cuomo there, by the way. Now, is there a little sexism in there? Chris Cuomo lamenting why can’t wives tell their husbands to vote Democrat? Wives tell their husbands everything else to do, why don’t they tell them to vote Democrat? And this of course is the objective. I don’t have an opinion about anything host of CNN’s New Day, Chris Cuomo…
So they’re worried about this vanishing gender gap. Yeah, John King says, if it shrinks and the polls show the focus on security issues, the gender gap comes back toward Republicans. That’s gonna be the big battleground. Yeah, that and the black vote and the Democrats are on the short end of the stick on both of them, at least according to polling data.
But Chris Cuomo, “It always boggles my mind, with all these things wives can get men to do, why can’t they get them to vote Democrat.” What is his impression of most marriages, that the women run the show? That the women are telling their husbands what to do, when to do it, how to do it, what not to do, when not to do it, and what’s gonna happen if they do do it? Is that what he means, women run relationships? Except when it comes to voting, and for some reason they don’t care and they let their stupid husbands do whatever they want instead of getting their minds right?
This is a liberal. This is a guy who’s supposed to understand. This is sexist talk. You’re not supposed to look at women and men this way. They’re all the same. Women telling men what to do, men telling women what to. Doesn’t happen. Men and women, they’re not different.
So given they brought this up, let’s go back. Let’s go back to Monday morning on MSNBC and Morning Joe and talking about the recent polls that show that Democrats are struggling with women in the upcoming election. The cohost, Mika Brzezinski, says to Tina Brown, “What do you think is behind these numbers, the Democrats losing women, Tina?”
BROWN: Particularly for women, I don’t think he makes them feel safe. They’re feeling unsafe. They feel unsafe economically. They’re feeling unsafe with regard to the ISIS. They’re feeling unsafe about Ebola. What they feel unsafe about is the government response to different crises. And I think that they’re beginning to feel a bit that Obama’s like that guy in the corner office who’s too cool for school, calls a meeting, says this has to change, doesn’t put anything in place to make sure it does change. Then it goes wrong, and he’s blaming everybody.
RUSH: Wow. That’s an indictment on Obama. He’s making women feel unsafe about everything, and he doesn’t take any accountability for anything. He’s always blaming somebody else. Gosh, this Obama guy is really a failure. Last night on Hannity, Sarah Palin showed up. She had a comment about this. Question: “What’s your reaction to what Tina Brown said?”
PALIN: Well, ironic, because that little lady, Tina Brown, she is such a big part of the problem. She and her ilk being so uber uppity and so cocksure of their untouchable elitism, they — who support liberal men who have kept women, unfortunately, kind of embracing this lie that they should be dependent upon government. So Tina Brown, chick, you’re a day late and a dollar short. They’ve been beating the crap out of strong common sense, smart conservative women for years, she and her ilk. So again, day late and a dollar short, Tina.
RUSH: It’s a good point. What she’s saying is, what is this women feel unsafe because of a president? Women can take charge of their lives. I thought that’s what women were supposed to do. I thought feminism was about not depending on a man or a relationship, or anything else. Feminism was about counting on yourself. Feminism was about setting and charting your own course. Feminism was about doing what you want to do, when you want to do it, how you want to do it, and nobody can stop you. Feminism is not about how the first black president makes you feel unsafe. What’s that?
And Palin’s point is, we’ve got a lot of really, strong, tough, independent, brilliant conservative Republican women, and they’re dumped on all the time by people like Tina Brown, as traitors to the feminist cause, or worse. But it is a good question. What kind of women are these that run around feeling unsafe because of Barack Obama? Now, I mean as she meant it. A lot of us feel threatened by Obama and his policies. Obamacare, the economy, I mean, he’s put a lot of obstacles in people’s way here. But that’s not what she’s talking about.
She’s talking about unsafe in the sense of security. Government is supposed to make women feel safe and secure and because government will provide all the safety and security and the economic needs, and therefore women can live lives free of disgusting men, insulting predators and so forth. But Obama’s letting ’em down, and so these women are exposed. These women are naked out there in the world, and they’re vulnerable, and anything bad can happen and they feel unsafe because of Obama. It just doesn’t sound like the construct of feminism I always thought they believed in.