During a recent radio show, Rush Limbaugh chortled over a newspaper headline that playfully asked whether John Edwards would be the first woman president. Limbaugh asked who would design the candidate’s inaugural dress, played “I Am Woman” as Edwards’ theme song and repeatedly called out to fellow bigot Ann Coulter, as if soliciting a pat on the back.

Limbaugh also wondered whether Bill Richardson, who is Hispanic, would be known as the first Jewish president or the first North Korean president.

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On the March 8 edition of his nationally syndicated radio show, Rush Limbaugh referred to a March 8 New York Sun article, “Could [former Sen.] John Edwards [D-NC] Become the First Woman President?” to repeatedly mock Edwards as “the Breck Girl,” who is “on tap now, according to one of the nation’s largest abortion rights supporters, to become the first woman president in the United States.” As Media Matters for America has previously noted, the phrase “first woman president” was that of Sun reporter Josh Gerstein and not from any of the story’s sources. Gerstein himself, in a post on the Sun’s politics weblog, characterized the “first woman president” phrase as “just a colorful way of summarizing” the “over-the-top rhetoric” of Kate Michelman, former president of NARAL Pro-Choice America and a senior adviser to the Edwards campaign.

Limbaugh declared that for “any further John Edwards news, we will use” Helen Reddy’s “I Am Woman” and “Sisters are Doin’ It For Themselves” by the Eurhythmics and Aretha Franklin “as official update theme [songs] for the Breck Girl,” and later discussed “who would design and make Edwards’ inaugural gown.” Limbaugh asserted that Edwards “may not qualify for a Vera — ahem — Wang — ahem — model. You’re listening to this, Ann Coulter. But there are plenty of other designers out there that the Breck Girl could use to design his inaugural gown.” Right-wing pundit Ann Coulter touched off a firestorm March 2 by referring to Edwards as a “faggot” at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Discussing Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM), Limbaugh said that “if the Breck Girl is going to be the first female president, then an actual Hispanic cannot be the first Hispanic president if he’s elected. He’s got to be something else.” Limbaugh later declared that Richardson would be “the first North Korean president” because of his “affinity for Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung, the little pot-bellied dictator.” Additionally, according to Limbaugh, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) “might be the first male president the Democrats have had in a while” because a “[t]esticle lockbox [has] been accumulating” recent Democratic presidential nominees.

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