“What does it say about the college co-ed Susan Fluke [sic] who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex — what does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex.” -Rush Limbaugh, 29 February 2012
And what is the Republican response?
“I’ll just say this, which is, it’s not the language I would have used.” Mitt Romney, 1 March 2012.
Really, Mitt? You don’t think the logic was wrong? What language would you have used to claim that Ms. Fluke was asking to be paid for sex?
“He’s being absurd, but that’s, you know, an entertainer can be absurd.” Rick Santorum, 1 March 2012
Really, Rick? You think that an entertainer can say anything he likes if he calls it a joke? What do you think about rape jokes? Do you find blackface minstrels acceptable because they’re just entertainers?
Then Limbaugh began losing advertisers. Hit in the pocketbook, he “apologized” a few days later by saying, “My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir.”
Today, I heard Republicans on the radio trying to dismiss this “tempest in a teacup” by saying that Limbaugh used the wrong words.
Sorry. Limbaugh didn’t “choose the wrong word” as Romney implies. As you can see from the entire quote above, he presented his full argument for calling Ms. Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute”.
Is this the “logic” of the modern conservative? First for Limbaugh to completely mis-represent Ms. Fluke’s discussion of the medical uses of the pill as asking for taxpayers to subsidize her sex life; then his apologists to mis-represent what Limbaugh said by claiming that is was just “a word”?
And his speech wasn’t just an absurd joke as Rick Santorum would have us believe. It’s an indication of his underlying attitude toward women. If Santorum finds Limbaugh’s speech entertaining, that says as much about Santorum’s attitudes as Limbaugh’s.
Conservatives seem to be unable to say, straight out, that this buffoon does not speak for them. What’s that all about? Are they really so afraid of Rush and his dittoheads that they can’t say, flat out, that their view of the world is different than Rush Limbaugh’s?
Conservatives roast President Obama for having attended a church whose pastor once made an anti-American comment, for having socialized with a man who, in his youth, had radical connections. Yet they expect to be given a free pass when they allow a racist, misogynist, drug-addicted clown claim to be their public voice for twenty-five years.
It’s time for American conservatives to grow a backbone, stand up, and tell us what they really think. Because, if they don’t, conservative media clowns on Fox News and talk radio will fill the vacuum with nonsense that appeals to no one but the narrowest and most ignorant segment of the public. And no one ever got voted into office by the most fanatic ten percent of the population. Not in a democracy.