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RUSH: Audio sound bites. Mrs. Clinton making one final play for sympathy based on her gender. Last night on Nightline, Cynthia McFadden interviewed Hillary Clinton. The question: ‘I’ve talked to women across the country. Every single one of them has said the same thing to me: ‘I feel sorry for Hillary Clinton right now.’ What do you think that means?’

HILLARY: A lot of women project their own feelings and their lives on to me, and they see how hard this is. It’s hard. It’s hard being a woman out there.

RUSH: Oh, give me a break.

HILLARY: It is obviously challenging —

RUSH: Violins.

HILLARY: — some of the things that are said that are not even personal to me so much as they are about women. And I think women just sort of shake their heads. My friends do. They say, ‘Oh, my gosh, this is so hard.’ Well, it’s supposed to be hard. I’m running for the hardest job in the world. No one has ever done this. No woman has ever won a presidential primary before I won New Hampshire. This is hard. Now, every so often I just wish it were a little more of an even playing field but, you know, I play on whatever field is out there.

RUSH: It is hard, folks. I feel for her. Do you know how hard it is for a woman to be doing this in this sexist culture that we live in? I’m telling you, it’s hard. It’s hard. It’s not a level play field. It’s time for honesty. It’s not a level playing field. The press is aligned against her; conservative talk radio is aligned against her; her husband is not helping her; she’s not helping herself; she’s not a good candidate, of course it’s very hard, when you’re not qualified. But it doesn’t mean it isn’t hard. The less qualified you are, the harder it is. She’s encountering this, and she’s letting a lot of women down, she knows this. And we need help her out here. Next question, from McFadden. ‘What do you think voters don’t know about Obama? Are they ill-informed, are they deluded, what is it that they’re not seeing?’

HILLARY: I think the best description actually is in Barack’s own book, the last book he wrote, Audacity of Hope, where he said that he’s a blank screen, and people of widely differing views project what they want to believe on to him, and then he went on to say, ‘I am bound to disappoint some, if not all of them.’ He just hasn’t been around long enough. I’m a full-fledged canvas.

RUSH: How’s this going to play? She’s obviously making a play for women here. There’s no question that this whole tone, how hard it is, that takes us back to where, New Hampshire? When she got the question, ‘How do you do it?’ It’s very hard. It’s unfair. This is something she thinks women will relate to, the deck stacked against them, they can’t get anywhere, can’t bust the glass ceiling, life’s just unfair. With certain kinds of Democrat women, it may appeal. Look, she’s not through with that. She’s introduced this comprehensive early education initiative. We did our morning update on this today. If you think that was a desperate attempt for women, this program that she has announced is a desperate effort to shore up her female base. What she basically wants to do is expand the nanny government entitlement package. This one promises more nutrition for children, nurses visits for pregnant women, a universal nursery school program, because Head Start doesn’t work, but all of this depends on babies making it out of the womb, which with certain women and certain mothers, that’s a challenge. It’s a challenge to be born. But in the event that these kids make it, Hillary says this will only cost five or six billion dollars. She’s going to give children greater access to healthy, fresh food. Going to serve breakfast.

While Obama wants the parents to serve breakfast at home, Hillary is urging the kids to leave home after they leave the womb because the food will be healthier and fresher at the Hillary-run nourishment centers. Universal school breakfast program, universal, targeted to low-income neighborhoods. Don’t we already have this? Aren’t they even open in the summertime when there are no schools in session? Yes, they are. Junk food will be banned from schools. Pregnant women for the first time, for the first time — folks, this is how brilliant and innovative and creative this woman is — for the first time in American history, pregnant women will see a nurse. I realize that many of you mothers out there are going to be bitter that this wasn’t available to you, but progress is progress. We accept these major, major moves forward when they happen. Teen pregnancies will be abolished. Mrs. Clinton is going to wipe ’em out, wipe out teen pregnancy. As an added bonus to wiping out teen pregnancy, irresponsible men, those predator brutes who father children are going to get nailed, too, with tougher child support enforcement.

This is what a lot of liberal Democrats are waiting for, folks, real solutions. Not these Obama things based in hope and change. We’re talking real change here. American children will finally have access to healthy food. Poor, fat slob kids no longer will suffer the stigma of being fat slobs. There will be chicken in every pot; a private nurse for every pregger’s babe, except, of course, for teenage girls who will be mandated not to get pregnant. Brutish ex-husbands and boyfriends will finally pay their fair share for children that they sire and then abandon, and we all know that they all abandon them. Mrs. Clinton says so. So what’s going to happen? The skies will open, the light will shine down, celestial choirs will be singing the praises of Hillary Clinton, mother compassionate, the patron saint of presidential experience, and America will again be screwed.

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