First a note to those friends and acquaintances that have not already asked me what I think of Rush Limbaugh’s outrageous comments last week. Save yourself the time, because I really don’t care what he says. Limbaugh has always been a blowhard who uses the distance and security of a radio station as his shield to be a loudmouth bully. And he remains someone who is preaching to his own choir, largely made up of old white men. And I have nothing against old white men since I am getting older and I am white.
Limbaugh created his own radio network and made it a huge success, because ratings are the end all and be all for broadcasters and some of them would get into bed with a rattlesnake if it meant good ratings.
What I do care about is elected officials and those who aspire to higher office being afraid of defying the likes of Limbaugh. No one is more culpable in the post-Rush diatribe than Mitt Romney. When asked for his opinion after Rush went viral, Romney said, “That is not the language I would have used.” Wow! What do you need Mitt, a thesaurus to come up with the right language to counter a thoughtful and brave young woman? Even Rick Santorum, whose views towards women seem to be from another century, came up with a good response when he said entertainers can be absurd. In this case I say good for him.
As I write this, seven sponsors have “suspended” their ads from Limbaugh’s show. Suspended of course is the key word, and I would bet some of them will return once the furor flames out. Many people are saying the response of the sponsors is what led Limbaugh to his apology. I think it is more than that. Many good Republicans and conservatives began to turn on Limbaugh and made it clear they do not want him to be a face of their party and ideology.
Take my word, Limbaugh’s ego could not handle being disenfranchised.
This election cycle was supposed to be about the economy, economy, and economy. Then something happened. The economy is showing some signs of improvement. So what is the far right to do other than return to wedge issues? And apparently it is not enough to come down on immigrants or Planned Parenthood or PBS or NPR or some other bogus bogeyman. So now it seems to be women’s rights. And among elected officials it is mostly men who are pushing for draconian laws to impede a woman’s right to decide about her own body.
To those male bullies I only have one thing to say: don’t come crying to me when you get pregnant. Still, I won’t call you a slut.