Rush Tirades vs. Rush Apology
Contrast the tone and brevity of his apology with his screed yesterday mocking objections to his attack on Ms. Fluke and with his original verbal assault on her. Either he's completely obtuse or he got arm-twisted. Either way, his apology is unlikely to satisfy anyone.
No one would be up in arms if he had just vigorously stated his position on funding or covering the cost of contraceptives without the completely gratuitous character assassination of Ms. Fluke. While it may be his job to be polarizing -- it's why he has a million fans on Facebook and gets the big bucks -- this time he struck a raw nerve across America. He over-played his role as the playground bully and abused his pulpit. No one likes a bully who beats people up for sport. And that's just what he did. In his "apology" he describes his attack as an "attempt to be humorous." Even followers of the Church of Limbaugh aren't laughing with him on this one. [More...]
Rush Limbaugh may have finally marginalized himself. He seems not to realize or appreciate that America already gave him a huge free pass years ago on his oxy addiction. He's 61. With no shortage of younger, equally misguided conservatives who would love to shove him aside and take his place, he's on thin ice. I'd say this is strike two for Rush. One more misfire like this one, and even his own will declare him out.
Time to wise up, Rush. You're expendable.
Update: I'm starting to have flashbacks to the sudden and stunning fall of Don Imus for his remarks about the Rutgers' women's basketball team. He got a big settlement from CBS after being fired, and eventually got back on the air, but he never really came back ratings-wise.
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