On Wednesday Rush Limbaugh went on a tirade about a young woman, Sandra Fluke, who had testified about contraceptives to members of Congress. Rush called her a “slut” and a “prostitute” and then continued to denigrate this thirty year-old law student over the next three days.
Thousands of people signed petitions asking the Republican leadership to denounce what Limbaugh said. At the time of this writing, three politicians have responded:
“House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), distanced himself on Friday from Rush Limbaugh, calling the conservative radio host’s words toward a women’s rights advocate “inappropriate.”
Inappropriate is not wearing a tie to a formal party. Inappropriate is wearing white after Labor Day. Calling a young woman a slut and a prostitute on national radio is way beyond “inappropriate”.
Boehner calls Limbaugh remarks ‘inappropriate’
Mitt Romney, candidate for the Republican nomination, said: “It’s not the language I would have used,”
So, what you are saying is that you would have said the same thing only in different words.
Romney offers tepid response to Limbaugh’s insulting remarks
“In an interview with CNN, Rick Santorum “He’s being absurd, but that’s you know, an entertainer can be absurd,” Santorum told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “He’s in a very different business than I am.”
Rush Limbaugh’s statements were neither absurd, nor were they part of any “entertainment”. They were completely out of the bounds of common decency.
The Republican leadership is terrified of Rush Limbaugh. They see him as this person who commands a huge conservative audience. The truth is that no one really knows. There is no way to really rate the size of a radio audience. They are afraid of an apparition.
“ABC’s George Will told me Sunday on “This Week” that GOP leaders have steered clear of harshly denouncing Limbaugh’s comments because “Republican leaders are afraid of Rush Limbaugh.”
“[House Speaker John] Boehner comes out and says Rush’s language was inappropriate. Using the salad fork for your entrée, that’s inappropriate. Not this stuff,” Will said. “And it was depressing because what it indicates is that the Republican leaders are afraid of Rush Limbaugh. They want to bomb Iran, but they’re afraid of Rush Limbaugh.”
Because of Rush’s perceived power, no one in the Republican Party will cross him. They have allowed a private citizen, with no accountability, to dictate their policies and political stances.
What could possibly go wrong with that?