It amazes me that any thinking person would even listen to Rush Limbaugh and it’s more amazing that many do so on a regular basis. Apparently, his fans like what they hear and see. It’s become abundantly clear that this man has become the voice of the National Republican Party. Sadly, it’s also quite evident that the leaders of the party – including their candidates for President – have been afraid to cross this man.
Limbaugh’s last antic – when he called a female law student a “slut” and a “prostitute” – crossed the line by any standard. Even for Limbaugh, who has mostly operated out of the gutter, this was a new low and was inexcusable. Fortunately for America, his advertisers are cancelling their sponsorships in droves. His lame apology – which wasn’t really a true apology – came only because the self-appointed King of the Conservative Right saw that he was about to lose money. Obviously, his belated apology hasn’t worked for him and that’s real good news.
I believe Limbaugh fully intended to say exactly what he said and don’t believe he really has any real remorse for his hurtful comments. David Frum – a highly respected conservative pundit – called Limbaugh’s conduct “a new kind of low.” He wrote on CNN.com:
This was not a case of a bad ‘word choice.’ It was a brutally sexualized accusation, against a specific person, prolonged over three days.
Any media outlet that puts a man like Limbaugh on should be boycotted by both advertisers and the public. That’s all the media bosses really understand and it really works. Interestingly, Ms. Flutk may have a very good lawsuit against Limbaugh and I suspect that also was a primary reason for his so-called apology. It has been interesting to see how the Republican candidates for President handled their relationship with Limbaugh. It appears they tried to ignore him, but not offend the king. All with the exception of Ron Paul, submissively “kissed his ring” in the past. But now it appears Rush won’t survive, I suspect folks like Romney will turn on him and join with the vast majority of Americans who really believe Limbaugh has been bad news all along.
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