RUSH: I want to go back to this Claire Shipman sound bite with Megyn Kelly last night on the Fox News Channel. Claire Shipman has a new book called “The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance — What Women Should Know.” And Megyn Kelly said, “We,” speaking for the sisterhood, “We need confidence, but we don’t have it.” Now, Megyn has it. She’s speaking of sisterhood there. She’s accepting the premise of Shipman’s book that there’s a confidence gap. There’s a confidence gap between men and women, something Obama’s going to have to address, by the way. And most people don’t have confidence, and Kelly asked Claire Shipman why.
SHIPMAN: A lot of reasons. Some of them, we were surprised to find, biological. Yes, it’s controversial, but we did find that there are some differences in the way men and women think.
SHIPMAN: Testosterone matters because –
SHIPMAN: — testosterone really drives risk-taking.
SHIPMAN: We’re built differently. There are a lot of great things –
SHIPMAN: — that women bring to the table. There’s a reason why women help the bottom line of companies when we’re there, but we need to get better at risk-taking. We need to get better at failure, and this is what we found.
RUSH: I am constantly amazed, I guess I shouldn’t be, but I’m constantly amazed that liberals are amazed when they find out that men and women are different. Because what must you think before that? If you discover that men and women are different, what must you believe? That we’re the same? And if you believe that, why do you believe that? Who in the world would believe that men and women are the same? Hello, feminism. Hello, militant feminism. Hello, liberalism. Hello, this effort that the left is making that everybody’s the same and that everybody’s equal, and that we can devise command-and-control central policies that will treat and affect everybody the same.
And that is the hubris and the arrogance of liberalism. Essentially they don’t believe in individuality, and they certainly don’t believe in rugged individualism and individuality. Everybody is the same. And then they come along and they discover, like TIME Magazine, you’ve heard this riff, TIME Magazine in 1995 did a cover story on their discovery that boys and girls are born different. And so here now is Claire Shipman discovering that we were surprised to find biological differences. Why in the world would you be surprised at biological differences in men and women?
Seriously, folks, when digging deep to understand these people, which I have done, there’s some things that just boggle the mind. And then (imitating Shipman), “Yes, it’s controversial to believe that men and women are different. But we found there are some differences in the way men and women think, and we know it’s controversial to say that.” Why is it controversial to say that men and women think differently? Everybody who’s ever been in a relationship knows it.
RUSH ARCHIVE: The question’s been raised on this program a number of times since I’ve been hosting it: “Rush, why is Oprah so popular? What is it about that show?” If you’ve ever watched it, she cries all the time. I mean, the biggest audience is women. The fastest way to a woman’s heart is cry, it’s emotional. It’s a magnet.
RUSH: And there you have it. That’s it. I mean, there’s other reasons, too, but in my estimation when people asked me that was the primary reason. Okay, let’s fast forward to Sunday night on Oprah Winfrey network’s Oprah Prime. The host Oprah Winfrey, The Oprah, was interviewing the singer Pharrell — is that how you pronounce his name, Pharrell, the guy that wears the strange hat, the Canadian Royal, Canadian Mount. (interruption) It’s Pharrell, not Pharrell? It’s Pharrell? It’s Pharrell. Okay. It’s Pharrell.
During the interview Oprah plays a video of people dancing to Pharrell’s song Happy. Pharrell has a song called Happy. I do remember. I guess it was at the Epidemic Awards where Kerry Washington came out and introduced Pharrell. He was so cool, is what she said. So incredibly cool. So here’s Pharrell. He’s on Oprah’s show on Sunday night [talking about] his song Happy and people are dancing to it. And he started crying. He literally started crying. I’m telling you, it’s why it works.
RUSH: Here’s Steve in Biloxi, Mississippi, as we head to the phones. Great to have you on the program. Hello.
CALLER: How you doing there, Rush? It’s an honor to speak with you.
RUSH: Thank you, sir. I’m glad you called.
CALLER: Yes. I was talking to the screener. In a nice way now, you have a deceptive voice or deceptive way of dealing with things. It’s not deceptive in as far as, you know, the content. But like, for instance, you’re soft-spoken so to speak. You’re humble. You don’t ever really seem to get mad at your callers. You know what I’m saying?
CALLER: Your content is like on point all the time. Now, I’m a conservative, black, African-American pastor. You know, I didn’t vote for President Obama in 2008 or 2012 but it bothered me how so-called pastors or preachers — 96%, I believe — voted for President Obama in 2008, and also 2012 it was 93%. I couldn’t understand that. How? I could understand, maybe, the first time.
RUSH: UK Daily Mail Online, a guy named Edward Lucas, writes, “I hope I’m wrong, but historians may look back and say that this was the start of World War III.” He’s talking about Putin striking at Ukraine and Crimea and the tanks. (Drudge’s headline is “World War III.”) His point is that Putin is striking at the heart of the West, just because they’re going at Ukraine.
Remember, the West promised to defend Ukraine. It would be well worth your while to remember that Ukraine disarmed and demilitarized on that promise. There was a treaty that originated in the Clinton years, and it was reaffirmed in 2009, signed again by Obama. So Ukraine disarmed. They’re sitting ducks. They got rid of their military; they got rid of weapons.
They did it in exchange for a promise from us and the UK and the Western democracies to protect them should something like this happen, except we’re not. We’re threatening sanctions. We’re huffing and puffing. But basically what we’re doing is taking over the Census to jury-rig the uninsured numbers. We’re making speeches out to college campi. We’re getting all hopped up on who the next late night comedian is gonna be.
Meanwhile, Putin is marching.