Friday, March 02, 2012

Quote of the Day

"What was really personal for me was that he said to tell my parents that they should be proud. And that meant a lot because Rush Limbaugh questioned whether or not my family would be proud of me. So I just appreciated that very much."

-- Georgetown student Sandra Fluke on the call she received from President Obama after Rush Limbaugh called her a slut on his radio show and said that women like her should post videos of themselves having sex on the internet for all men to see

We had a pretty good debate about this on the podcast and radio show this week, the main question being, "What can you possibly do about someone like Limbaugh?" Someone with no sense of shame whatsoever, who can't be bargained with or reasoned with and who responds to criticism from his enemies with a sneer and an immediate juvenile upping of the ante. The fact that Limbaugh is so seemingly bulletproof is why I rarely mention him around here. It just doesn't feel like it's worth it.

But that said, there's no denying that he really crossed a line this time -- and for the first time I get the feeling that it's something he's going to actually regret. He called a regular American citizen a slut. He impugned her character just for having the nerve to speak up and say something Limbaugh and his wretched ilk don't like. And I've said it before but it bears repeating: He and the Republicans who are so utterly beholden to his authority -- who have no choice but to kiss his ring and his fat ass every time he bends over and presents for them -- aren't simply taking on some powerless minority in this inexplicable ongoing crusade against women. They're taking on half the fucking population. They're re-fighting a battle they already lost decades ago. It's political suicide. But for Limbaugh it barely matters because in his Oxy-addled mind it's little more than an ego trip -- a chance for the bully to once again see how much he can get away with.

And in that regard, I think he's in for a big surprise. Even if he personally doesn't suffer, the damage done to his precious GOP -- which he's been the unofficial spokesman for and supreme leader of for years now -- will likely be incalculable.

Yesterday on the show, I said that under no circumstances should a member of the United States Congress ever mention Limbaugh by name, much less indignantly, ineffectually press him for an apology. Obviously, that goes double for the President of the United States. It's good that Barack Obama didn't turn this farce into an even bigger and more tawdry public spectacle by addressing Limbaugh personally -- not only would it not do any good and would in fact play right into Limbaugh's hand, but the leader of the free world is far above personally engaging some pompous shock-jock cunt.

What Obama did was even better. He made one phone call which highlighted in no uncertain terms who the victim is in all of this. He reached out to the person who deserved to be reached out to -- and in doing so quietly but firmly kicked Limbaugh in the nuts.


alopecia said...

The conventional wisdom says that with the president making that phone call to Sandra Fluke—and Rush Limbaugh making even more despicable comments about her—our glorious news media now have an excuse to ask the Rs if they agree with Limbaugh. So far today, John Boehner felt compelled to mumble that Limbaugh's comments were "inappropriate", but Rick Santorum waved them aside as "absurd" and Mitt Romney has conspicuously avoided comment.

The Ds need not to let this get lost in the background noise.

nietzsche's peach fuzz said...

A thousand time THIS. Everything you said is on point. i too, never dabble in the Limbaugh trap because his defenders (who i don't even think listen to the guy they just instinctively defend a fellow conservative) always retort with "But Maher says this" or "Olberman says that" tit for tattery nonsense. And sometime they can have a point. But this time... Wow. There is no way you can defend this... especially with the "Entertainer" defense. If they try it, I would come back with "so what about it was so entertaining to you?"

ntx said...

Yes. The strategy of simply giving Republicans enough rope with which to hang themselves is generally working pretty well these days. But people of good conscience -- and I agree with Chez that the president doesn't need to step publicly into this unsavory fray -- ought to speak out loudly and often. Any Republican who doesn't repudiate this bile should be toast.

countryjoe said...

Obama done what nobody in the GOP is capable of--he showed class. He always shows class. It's what sets him apart from the clowns that are running against him and why they will lose.

kanye said...

If it were so inclined, the FCC possesses the authority to pull his show right now, today.

Rush Limbaugh is allowed to be on the air for one reason and one reason only: Because both parties find political advantage in him being so.

George said...

Sandra is a classmate and friend of mine at Georgetown Law. She has handled this entire fracas with grace, class, and conviction.

I'm very proud that the University has a whole has stood up for her in the last two days, and I'm happy that Obama also reached out to her.

People can misrepresent her position all they want, but she won't go away, and neither will the fact that she's doing the right thing.

Anonymous said...

Robert Stacy "other" McCain -

"If we remove “slut” from our discourse, we thereby discard half the reward of chastity, namely the superiority of prestige that the virtuous woman should rightly enjoy in comparison to those who are less virtuous."

They've really gone off the edge.

surfer said...

Does anyone else here not see the irony in that the person making these inane comments has been married what, four times, and has no children? I think HE must be some form of contraception.

And it goes without saying that Obama is one hell of a class act.

Ref said...

George, please tell her that MOST of America stands with her.

TheReaperD said...

Well Chez, you get to say "I told you so":

CNN "More Limbaugh advertisers jump ship"