Rush Limbaugh has made his money by being a loud-mouthed jackass. There are plenty of people who do that. And you can't blame them for finding a way to make money for doing what comes naturally. What is particularly unfortunate is that Rush appears to have a sincere following of people that take him at his word. What's even more unfortunate is that the media, politicians, and others treat him as though he's relevant. Why can't we just respond to anything Rush says with "Rush is a moron. So, how's the weather?"
Well, since everyone does treat Rush as though it's worth caring about the shit that flows from his sneering lips, let's take a look at his latest bit of charm. I'm sure you've heard/read/seen all the flap about how Rush equated demanding insurance coverage of birth control with being a prostitute. Oh yes, he even suggested that the amount of birth control required (and being affordable) by a woman was in proportion to the amount of sex she has.
Now, at that point, anyone with a brain SHOULD have said "Rush is a moron," and moved to more important topics, like how long it will take for the paint to dry before applying a second coat.
But noooo.... The media plastered it all over the internet and news and radio. Rush lost some advertisers for being such a moron, but probably more than made up for it by the number of hits his website got. (I admit, I went to his website, but I hope to spare you that pain my dear readers.) Democrats took advantage of his stupidity by raising money--good for them; and demanded that the Republicans denounce Rush--erm...that was dumb. Of course, even dumber is that the Republican presidential hopefuls and head Congressional honchos responded with the equivalent of slapping oneself across the knee with a pseudo-exasperated look and saying "Oh Rush." Pussies.
Anyway, so Rush "apologizes." He says,
"For over 20 years, I have illustrated the absurd with absurdity, three hours a day, five days a week. In this instance, I chose the wrong words in my analogy of the situation. I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke.
I think it is absolutely absurd that during these very serious political times, we are discussing personal sexual recreational activities before members of Congress. I personally do not agree that American citizens should pay for these social activities. What happened to personal responsibility and accountability? Where do we draw the line? If this is accepted as the norm, what will follow? Will we be debating if taxpayers should pay for new sneakers for all students that are interested in running to keep fit?In my monologue, I posited that it is not our business whatsoever to know what is going on in anyone's bedroom nor do I think it is a topic that should reach a Presidential level.
My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices." (If you must provide another hit on his website, you can read it here: http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2012/03/03/a_statement_from_rush)
I call bullshit. Rush's point was NOT that we shouldn't be discussing "sexual recreational activities" before Congress (Rush certainly enjoyed Clinton's). His point was that he wanted to make a national stir by disagreeing with Ms. Fluke (or at least he knew that his zombie followers disagree with her) and so he personally attacked her.
She had a legitimate reason to be speaking before Congress, and it had nothing to do with her "sexual recreational activities" or what the taxpayers pay (a red herring of a lie if ever there was one), it had to to with whether insurance companies should be required to cover women's health at the same level they cover men's health. Rush, who probably relies on medicated boners, should understand that. But understanding doesn't make him money. Fellating his listeners and sponsors does. Who's the slut now, Mr. Limbaugh?