doesn’t know the difference between a slut (promiscuous) and a prostitute (seller of sex services). Married four times and childless for any of several possible reasons, he thinks birth control pills cost more the more sex you have. He apparently enjoys pornography, and wants it provided to him by women whose birth control is paid for by insurance. His idea of political discourse is to slime a young woman, about whom he knows nothing (including her sexual behavior, as though that were anyone’s business in any case), as a slut because she recited facts about how denial of birth control medicine for non-contraceptive use damaged her friend.
Sandra Fluke, who has been radiating unbelievable class through this whole episode, was not a public figure when Rush took his swing, invited to testify before a Congressional panel. I hope there’s a defamation suit cooking with a lot of zeroes in it.
John Boehner managed to force himself to murmur that the Rush’s slime was “inappropriate”, and immediately vitiating even that little demurral by saying in the same sentence that Democrats shouldn’t raise money on the episode. I’m not aware that any other Republican, of the elected or pundit varieties, has gone on record to separate himself or herself from this turd (who has been doubling down on his first bet ever since). Rush Limbaugh is the ideological and spiritual heart and soul of the Republican Party, a secular pope who brooks and receives no rebuttal or criticism from his completely cowardly adherents.
Sadly, I’m also not aware of any reporters forcing Republicans to take a stand on their leader. Maybe on the Sunday morning shows…but I’m not getting my hopes up.
There is a move to get advertisers to pull their buys from Limbaugh’s show; good. It would not be out of order also to draw a commercial bead on Clear Channel, a company that uses Limbaugh as a device to sell ears to advertisers. Along with the advertiser boycott, how about getting as many people as possible to promise Clear Channel that they won’t listen to any of their stations until they clean house? firstname.lastname@example.org…pass it on.
UPDATE: On Wolf Blitzer this evening, Rick Santorum will apparently savage Rush unmercifully. Going all in to raise Boehner, he will come right out and say, on national television, that what Rush said is … wait for it…”absurd” [update 21:30 PST: it occurred this way]. With this escalation, it’s only a matter of time before Romney has to throw caution to the winds and devastate Limbaugh with regrettable…Double Wow!
UPDATE 2: I gave Romney too much credit; apparently he agrees with Rush but would have phrased the sentiment better, perhaps with a little dog-whistle obbligato.