The Party Of Limbaugh, Ctd

Andrew Sullivan —  Mar 3 2012 @ 2:15pm


The WaPo editorial board is now demanding that the GOP repudiate Rush. Money quote:

Like other “shock jocks,” Mr. Limbaugh has committed verbal excesses in the past. But in its wanton vulgarity and cruelty, this episode stands out. Mr. Limbaugh’s audience, and those in politics who seek his favor as a means of reaching that audience, need to take special note … What we are saying is that Mr. Limbaugh has abused his unique position within the conservative media to smear and vilify a citizen engaged in the exercise of her First Amendment rights, and in the process he debased a national political discourse that needs no further debasing.

This is not the way a decent citizen behaves, much less a citizen who wields significant de facto power in a major political party. While Republican leaders owe no apology for Mr. Limbaugh’s comments, they do have a responsibility to repudiate them — and him.

Conor, to whom we linked yesterday, has long followed Rush Limbaugh's poisonous entertainment. This latest demand that a young woman make him a sex tape to masturbate to is not in any way out of the ordinary. Limbaugh's misogyny is as old as it is deep. Conor reminds us of the following soliloquy:

My cat comes to me when she wants to be fed. I have learned this. I accept it for what it is. Many people in my position would think my cat's coming to me because she loves me. Well, she likes me, and she is attached, but she comes to me when she wants to be fed. And after I feed her — guess what — she's off to wherever she wants to be in the house, until the next time she gets hungry. She's smart enough to know she can't feed herself. She's actually a very smart cat. She gets loved. She gets adoration. She gets petted. She gets fed. And she doesn't have to do anything for it, which is why I say this cat's taught me more about women than anything my whole life. But we put voices in their mouths.

And he corners Limbaugh in that masterful post with this nugget of research:

This is hardly the first time. Defending himself during a 2010 controversy, Limbaugh said, "If you read all the way through the story, you'll find that they are livid at me, even though I've called nobody a 'bitch,' I called nobody a 'whore,' I called nobody a 'slut.'" 

Well he has now. Look, it's a free country. But here's Conor's point:

No leader of the conservative movement is willing to defend Limbaugh on the merits. They just stay mum.

Hence the sickness. The WaPo is right to take a stand.

(Photo: A cardboard cutout of conservative celebrity Rush Limbaugh at the 2012 Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, DC. By Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call via Getty.)