Republicans Try to Distance Themselves from Limbaugh … But Not Really

Rush Limbaugh misogynistic pig

Perhaps some may think that Romney and Santorum‘s remarks about Rush Limbaugh calling Sandra Fluke a slut and prostitute, not just once, but three days in a row on his show, are adequate, but I do not. They do not nearly express the repulsion that the comments Limbaugh made about Ms. Fluke deserve. Because of the massive negative response to Limbaugh‘s demeaning, misogynistic remarks, they felt compelled to say something, however weak their protest was and is.

Quite simply, it boils down to the fact that they do agree with Limbaugh in principle and they continue to wage a war on the rights of women to have affordable health care services. Their foundation is that denying women the right to affordable contraceptives covered by their insurance companies denies the companies the right to their religious beliefs. These hypocrites have no objection to insurance companies covering recreational sex drugs like Viagra and Cialis … oh no, not drugs that are highly popular with men. They are only concerned with attacking women’s health care.

On Friday, the House speaker, John A. Boehner, called the Limbaugh comments “inappropriate.” Rick Santorum, the former senator whose run for the Republican presidential nomination has thrust social conservatism into the spotlight, told CNN that Mr. Limbaugh was “being absurd.” But, he added, “an entertainer can be absurd.”

“I’ll just say this, which is, it’s not the language I would have used,” Romney said on Friday, while signing autographs after an event in Cleveland.

What words would Romney have used? Whore, streetwalker, woman of the evening? How does Romney feel about Limbaugh requesting sex tapes from women who want affordable health care coverage? He didn’t mention that while dodging the issue as artfully as possible.

Rush Limbaugh did not just utter a couple of bad words to Sandra Fluke. His attack was vile, demeaning and lasted throughout most of three days of show.

Which is, of course, absurd. Limbaugh is something more, and less, than an entertainer. He is a demagogue. His remarks were not meant to entertain — they were meant to incite and demean. I should add that Mitt Romney said that Limbaugh’s were not the words he would have used, which, in classic supine Romney fashion, doesn’t disassociate himself from the larger position that Limbaugh took.

Our supple democracy often throws up suppurating pustules like Limbaugh; sooner or later a decent society builds antibodies to reject them. Glenn Beck — you remember him — managed to complete this cycle in about two years. Today’s tiny Republican rebellion may be the first sign that Limbaugh is losing his hold on the GOP. Source

Santorum, the good Catholic family man, only says “His remarks were absurd, but then went on to suggest that Rush Limbaugh is an entertainer and that’s what entertainers do … say absurd things? Well, Mr. Santorum … were you entertained? Sandra Fluke and the women of American were neither amused or entertained.

Democrats pounced on Romney on Friday. David Axelrod, a top Obama adviser, tweeted just after Romney’s comment, “Wow. Profiles in Courage.” “Now that’s leadership,” Obama’s deputy campaign manager, Stephanie Cutter, tweeted.

The Democrats continued to criticize Romney today on Sunday talk shows.

“The bottom line is that the leading candidate on the Republican side for president couldn’t even bring himself to call Rush Limbaugh’s comments outrageous and call him out and ask him to apologize,” Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz, a congresswoman from Florida, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Source

There were no voices of outrage when, in exchange for taxpayers “subsidizing” Ms. Fluke’s birth control, Mr. Limbaugh suggested that she post a sex tape online. Men who desperately want voters to believe they have what it takes to command the U.S. military said nothing. They should be embarrassed, but they’re not.

On Monday’s program, Mr. Limbaugh repeated his apology but insisted that contempt for women did not come natural to him. “In fighting [the liberals], I became like them,” he said. “Against my own instincts, I descended to their level when I used those two words to describe Sandra Fluke. I feel badly about that.” Source

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