John Colson: Hit and Run
Aspen Times Weekly
Aspen, CO Colorado
Everyone who believes that Rush Limbaugh has a heart, stand up and genuflect to the gods of hyperbole and hate.
Thank you for your honesty, if not your intelligence, both of you.
For those who haven’t been reading the news lately, it will amuse you to learn that dear ol’ Rush recently labeled – or should that be libeled? – Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke as a “slut” and a “prostitute” for advocating a requirement that insurance companies cover the cost of birth control pills.
As with any Limbaugh broadcast, this one had its funnier moments, such as when he got so carried away with himself that he started in on Fluke’s fellow students at the “law screwel.” He did not correct himself, but he usually doesn’t, so there is no clear evidence as to whether it was an intended sleight or just a matter of his tongue galloping along faster than his brain.
Which, of course, brings up the question of whether Rush does, in fact, have a brain. But that’s for an entirely different column.
Anyway, after Rush poured out his bile all over poor Ms. Fluke, the resulting uproar tripped a call for a boycott against any advertisers for his show.
And, apparently, a few advertisers decided they needed good will among their customer base more than they needed Rush, and pulled their ads. These included Legal Zoom, Citrix Success, Heart and Body Extract, AutoZone and Quicken Loans, according to published reports.
That got his attention as nothing else would, and he apologized to Ms. Fluke. Sort of. You can read it online yourself and decide if he really did apologize.
With a bit more research, you can also decide for yourself whether Rush actually is helping the Democratic Party, one nasty slur at a time.
I should note, right here, that I am ambivalent about devoting any ink at all to Rush Limbaugh. I consider him to be a greedy blowhard who has been milking the ignorance and gullibility of a vast number of Americans for years to feed his own bad habits.
I mean, this is the guy who rants endlessly about putting any and all “drug users” in jail and throwing away the key, even while he was busy popping prescription medications liberally and illegally. His addiction to oxycodone and hydrocodone is well known, as is the fact that he was indicted for “doctor shopping,” a practice of finding multiple doctors who would write prescriptions for him in order to keep the flow of his illegal meds at a sufficiently high and uninterrupted rate.
This also is the guy who has been married four times, most lately at the age of 59 to a 33-year-old babe named Kathryn Rogers.
I don’t begrudge his multiple marriages, although I am surprised his listeners don’t, given the religious and intolerant attitudes that seems to adhere both to them and him.
I mean, just being married several times, to successively younger and increasingly alluring women, is not proof of moral turpitude, though he would likely call it so if one of his enemies did it.
And the fact that he has not fathered any children might be a sign of trouble with his virility, or it could be that his wives have decided they need to be more careful about conception than they or he would ever admit.
But that’s all his business.
What I begrudge is his hypocrisy and his willingness to use half-truths and outright lies to pump up his listeners’ confusion, anger and frustration, all the while pumping up his own bank account and helping to destabilize the nation’s politics.
But he may have gone too far this time, with his bluster and his bile.
The very fact that he “apologized” at all might be due to alarm among his Republican mentors, and a feeling that Rush might be hurting his party’s cause and helping that satanic, socialistic Muslim, Barack Obama, win the 2012 election.
We can only hope.
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