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LIMBAUGH: Republicans lack courage to speak up

Letter by Dean E. Wilson, Tacoma on March 6, 2012 at 2:36 pm with 49 Comments »
March 6, 2012 2:40 pm

Rush Limbaugh’s vile and perverse attack on Sandra Fluke says much more about the current Republican Party than it does about Limbaugh. Revolting, yes, but it’s no real shock that Limbaugh would quite happily pervert a serious, women’s health issue into a sex-for-money argument.

What is shocking is the abject lack of courage to act on principle by Republican leaders and conservative spokespeople in their unwillingness to condemn Limbaugh at the outset.

On CNN, Ari Fleischer played the false equivalency card, citing a harsh critique of the Catholic Church on the Huffington Post as deserving of an apology. Mary Matalin, instead of defending another woman’s right to speak publicly without vilification, hailed Limbaugh as a great spokesman for the party and downplayed his vitriol as just satire.

Neither Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney nor Rick Santorum, could muster an outright condemnation of Limbaugh’s epithets either.

It seems the party that likes to tout family values, decency and morality lacks the courage of their proclaimed principles. They may well fear stirring the wrath of Rush, but so long as he carries the banner of chief spokesman for the Republican Party, the party would better fear the unified wrath of women across the political spectrum.

But kudos do go to George Will for calling out the party for its cowardice, and to Ron Paul who noted that Limbaugh’s lukewarm apology was less likely based on honest remorse than on his loss of sponsors. Perversion-for-money, anyone?

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  1. redneckbuck says:

    What Rush said was wrong. Now to the real point, his point. I work hard and pay my own benefit package. Why should I have to pay for someone else’s as well. She could use a condom, for free. Provided by her 80k a year law school, that she is also getting free. The time is near that the economy will not support all the “freebies” that currently exist. Self control, in this case, seems to bwe the best answer. What percent of unmarried mothers end up poor their entire lives, a big number. We need to learn from our mistakes.

  2. Don Imus. Lesson lost on Limbaugh.

  3. redneckbuck says:

    Three years of unmarried sex…..he had it right. Just alittle to crued for radio.

  4. Sonofwashington says:

    redneckbuck – you are buying into the misleading arguments of the right wing. If you heard Ms. Fluke’s testimony, she related the story of a friend who could not affort the necessary medicine (whihc also happens to be a constraceptive) to deal with a serious female problem and suffered for it.

    And just like you, these women work and pay for their benefit package (which has included contraceptives for years) and they do not believe that Congress (via the Blunt amendment) should give their boss the authority to deny any medical coverage he chooses.

    But regardless of her point of view, no one should have to endure the vicious invective of the likes of Rush Limbaugh who clearly has an inferiority complex when it comes to women.

  5. lylelaws says:

    Dean,

    I am one Republican who has always said that Rush Limbaugh was a buffoon. His recent comments were completely uncalled for and will cost the ultimate Republican nominee votes in November.

  6. concernedtacoma7 says:

    “women’s health issue”. Nope. It is a 1st amendment issue or a fiscal issue, but not about health.

    Poor people have access to free BC. Even if one must pay, it is very cheap. Nice try.

    Rush is a paid entertainer, no one elected him or choose him as a representative.

    I do notice no comment in the letter about Bill Maher or the money he feeding the BHO re-election. Some principles.

  7. When a religious institution claims it will not allow contraception insurance coverage because of religious reasons, it should be made to put up or shut up. The university that Sandra Fluke went to has paid for contraception coverage for its employees for years. It just doesn’t do it for students. Hypocrisy, they name is written all over this story.

  8. Three Republican Presidential Candidates on the Primary circuit act so TOIUGH when it comes to Iran and their nuclear program. They all three say that they will BOMB Iran if it doesn’t stop it’s nuke development. They are ready, even eager to commit U.S. soldiers and sailors to another stiupid war!

    Yet not one of these three tough guys (Romney, Santorum or Gingrich) has the GUTS to face down a fat slob like Rush Limbaugh and tell him what a jerk he really is. These three TOUGH GUYS candidates cower in fear of RUSH LIMBAUGH.

    Only Ron Paul has the COURAGE to call out Limbaugh, but Paul is NOT the candidate you Republicans want is he? You Republicans are just as screwed-up as your three favorite paper tiger candidates.

    Dean is right: REPUBLICANS LACK COURAGE!

  9. republicans lack courage period.
    And they lack every thing else that makes a good person, good.

  10. “We need to learn from our mistakes.”

    Please start with yours on this topic. I can’t think of how anyone could get this simple issue so wrong as the drug addict rush and yourself.

  11. buck and concerned…….typical extreme right wing comments with no human basis or basic understanding. A Tacoma city truck comes by on Friday to pick up, in the green bin, the equivalent of their comment’s value.

  12. Redneck,
    No one is asking you to pay for anyone else health care.

    The Pill is often prescribed for many conditions not related to contraception.

    Bandito = ditto for Ed Schultz.

    Lyle – not just old Rush, but the social conservatives are also driving women, moderates, and independents towards the Dems.

    CT7,
    Rush professes to be a serious political journalist with talent on loan from god.

    Maher is an entertainer and there is no rule or law that says he cannot donate to whomever he wishes.

  13. Folks, I need to make an apology here.

    In my comment above at 4:20 PM I referred to Rush Limbaugh as a “fat slob.”

    “My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize to” Mr. Limbaugh “for the insulting word choices.”

  14. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Ah, now the personal attacks from emotional, Church hating, progressive fringe.

    Keep a conversation on topic and you kids and old people throw a hissy fit.

    All you bloggers are so courageous. You will vote the party line and believe any crappy rhetoric coming from the DNC or the admin.

    Courageous would be for one of you progressive to say “BHOs policies are a failure. His foreign policy, his economy, his divisiveness, are all ruining the country. The repubs do not have a perfect candidate, and they are not ‘cool’, but I am worse off today then I was 3 years ago. I want a leader, someone to take responsibility.”

    You will not, because you are brainwashed, emotional, oppose person responsibility, and are looking for a handout. You have low expectations of yourself, of women, and minorities.

    Truth hurts, doesn’t it.

  15. Vox_clamantis_in_deserto says:

    Profiles in “courage”:

    President Barack Obama today declined to criticize his supporters’ sexually themed insults of female GOP politicians, including recent comments from comedian Bill Maher and a band called The Roots.

    The President was asked the following questions about those insults during an afternoon press conference, his first of 2012:

    “Should Bill Maher apologize for what he said about Republicans?” “Should The Roots apologize [for] what they said about Bachmann?”

    The off-the-cuff questions, which were noticeably absent from the official White House transcript, came just after Obama criticized radio talker Rush Limbaugh for insulting Democratic activist and law student Sandra Fluke.

    During congressional testimony on Feb. 23, Fluke urged the federal government to force religious organizations to provide her and others with free contraceptives. Obama phoned her on Mar. 2 to express his support.

    Before declining to answer the questions about Maher and The Roots, Obama had declined to answer a related question about political double standards.

    That question, from a USA Today reporter, cited Limbaugh’s insults and asked if there was a double standard when liberal commentators have made “provocative or distasteful statements and there hasn’t been such an outrage.”

    Obama declined to answer, prompting a reporter to repeat the question, citing both the band and the HBO host.

    The president again declined to answer — saying only “Thank you” — before inviting a question from another reporter about Democratic claims that Republcians ware waging a “war on women.”

    Sarah Palin, Michelle Malkin, and Laura Ingraham are still awaiting their phone calls.

    Dean Wilson is the biggest liberal hypocrite in town. He probably still enjoys his dvr’s of letterman making sex jokes about the Palin’s 14-year-old daughter.

    Missed you “courage” back then, Dean, so spare us the false indignation now.

    Limbaugh is no more or less representative of conservatives than Maher, Letterman, Shultz, and Olberman are of liberals.

  16. Sonofwashington says:

    I am just amazed at all this false equivalency of Rush’s outrageous assault on Sandra Fluke and other incidents, supposedly from the left. In the first place, even if persons on the other side of the political divide engage in vicious statements, that does not by one iota, justify or mitigate vicious statemens from the other. It is beyond silly for people to defend Limbaugh by saying someone else did something like it. And just as one example, when Ed Shultz let loose the “slut” word on Laura Ingraham, he immediately took full responsibility, and devoted 8 minutes of program time to make a sincere and honest apology. Limbaugh attacked Ms. Fluke reapeatedly, even drawing her parents into and demanded these college girls provide videos of their sex. I ask you Vox, to cite any case from anyone on the left who even came close to that kind of outrage. If you do, I swear I will share the rage regardless of the political leanings.

    BTW, Bill Maher does not pose the pretense of being the chief spokesman for the Democratic Party. Mr. Limbaugh is the face of the Republican Party and will be until the party condemns him. But they are too cowardly to face him.

  17. Nice try vox. I don’t buy it. Why don’t the examples you give show up better? I’ll answer that. Because they are pale by comparison and do not have anywhere near the audience that Mr. Limbaugh had.
    Take them in context too. Rush’s comment left nothing to ones imagination.
    Concerned has no clue about foreign policy, because the President’s has worked. He has no clue about economics, because the Prsident’s has worked as well as it could with the republicans standing in the way all the time.
    My brokerage account is far better than it was after the Bush recession took hold. Remember what President Obama INHERITED?
    More right wing nonsense does not change the facts. They try so hard and all it does is bite them. Truth hurts for sure.

  18. concernedtacoma7 says:

    So now the effectiveness and quality of a president is judged by the performance of the market?

    The market is more of a reflection of the Fed Reserve, which has been reacting to BHO’s failed policies by keeping rates at near zero (helping business and banks) and diluting our dollar (hurting the little guy through inflation).

    BHO was a law professor (who never authored one piece of scholarly work) turned community activist. My cat knows as much about economic policy as him. He hires a tax cheat to run the treasury, and surrounds himself with economic advisors that ship jobs overseas while paying no taxes.

    But keep on ignoring responsibility and pride.

  19. CT7 – if you were honest you would have replaced progressive with conservacon.

    To say Obama’s policies have failed would be to lie.
    You were right – truth hurts which is why Rcons avoid it.

    Vox – the smallest book in the Library of Congress is “Courageous Republican Politicians, 2000 – Present.

    CT7- does your cat talk to you.

  20. Sonofwashington says:

    The effectiveness and quality of a President is how well he keeps the country working. Given the monumental mess that Bush/Cheney left this country in and the unrelenting obstructionism (not to mention the rancid personal attacks) of the right against President Obama, it is no small miracle that he has been able to accomplish as much as he has. Thank God for “Obama care”, the bail out of General Motors, and the demise of Don’t ask, don’t tell, among other things.

    Thankfully, the country is starting to see through the lies and ignorance of the right, revealed by the antics of Rush Limbaugh and his ilk, along with FOX news and the very flacid and inept Republican candidates for president. The only thing that is keeping a thin veil of Republican\conservative ineptitude is the big money of the Koch brothers and the mega-corporations who are stealing the Constitution from under our noses, courtesy of a right-leaning Supreme Court who prize profit over the people. Hopefully a huge, anti-conservative surge this election year will save America from a slow death.

  21. Lyle – I disagree with you frequently but I have to commend you for your comment. Unlike others from the Right who feel the need to support Rush’s cruelity/crudity, you recognize that his cheap shot was wrong and, ultimately, the unwillingness of the GOP to stand up to him will hurt their chances in the election.

    It’s no secret Republican leaders live in fear of Limbaugh and over the years have found it almost impossible to publicly criticize even his most outlandish and hateful statements. Those few who did stop forward were often forced to then quickly reversed course and apologize to Limbaugh. Just like Republicans have had to bow down to kingmakers at Fox News and embrace their lowest common denominator programming.

    The truth is the conservative movement in America has become a media-based one, delegating an absurd amount of influence to bloggers, cable channels and talk show hosts. In turn, that movement suffered a collective collapse last week. Incapable of self-reflection, player after player, including those at Fox News, rushed forward to condemn the law student and/or to insist the AM talker had done nothing wrong by, A) insulting the young woman, B) mocking her parents C) demanding she post videos of herself having sex online, and D) suggesting she was using condoms when she was in elementary school.

    Large portions of the right-wing media complex saw nothing wrong with that kind of behavior; saw nothing wrong with the 53 bullying smears Limbaugh unloaded on the student in front of his national radio audience. Not only did they defend Limbaugh, they lashed out at anyone who suggested the titan talker lacked common sense. And then they stomped on Sandra Fluke’s reputation some more.

    http://www.smirkingchimp.com/thread/eric-boehlert/41797/rush-limbaugh-and-the-right-wing-nervous-breakdown

  22. Vox_clamantis_in_deserto says:

    Sonofwashinton, maybe you should try reading the letter before commenting on a comment. Or perhaps you missed Deano’s demand that Republican leaders should apologize on behalf of a radio talk show host. Here you go:

    “What is shocking is the abject lack of courage to act on principle by Republican leaders and conservative spokespeople in their unwillingness to condemn Limbaugh at the outset.”

    This comment, and the next three paragraphs of his… letter, are entirely devoted to an equivalency argument.

    So how is it that Republican leadership should apologize for the bad behavior of a talk show host, while more frequent and recent demonstrations of insulting behavior toward women on the part of similar personalities on the left, have passed without comment from democrat leadership – never mind a phone call from the campaigner-in-chief.

    But I really love how you decry the futility of an equivalency argument in your first three sentences, and then devote the entire remaining post to… and equivalency argument.

    BTW, Bill Maher does not pose the pretense of being the chief spokesman for the Democratic Party. Mr. Limbaugh is the face of the Republican Party and will be until the party condemns him.

    There you go, hypocrisy defined. And parroting DNC talking points won’t make it so, son. Rush Limbaugh is no more the leader of the Republican Party than Keith Olberman is of the Democrats. And Republican leadership owes no more of an apology for his actions than the president owes for the guy he just took a million dollars from – Bill Maher.

    Stop with the feigned outrage, anyone with half a brain can see this whole flap is a publicity dream come true for you libs. Keep milking it or grow a set, but leave the apologies to the apologist-in-chief.

  23. Vox_clamantis_in_deserto says:

    Nice try vox. I don’t buy it. Why don’t the examples you give show up better? I’ll answer that. Because they are pale by comparison and do not have anywhere near the audience that Mr. Limbaugh had. Take them in context too. Rush’s comment left nothing to ones imagination.

    So, making sex jokes about the 14-year-old daughter of Sarah Palin – on national over-the-air television “pales by comparison” to Limbaugh’s childish insults? And Limbaugh now has a larger audience than Letterman? And in what context should I be taking Maher when he calls Sarah Palin a vulgar slang word for female genitalia?

    I’m not selling “it”, Pub, I’m giving “it” away – and you need some.

  24. rooster_02 says:

    No ….the republicans lack MORAL courage. They have always had the courage to attack and destroy anything that is not part of their exclusionary dogma.

  25. LornaDoone says:

    “Rush is a paid entertainer, no one elected him or choose him as a representative.
    I do notice no comment in the letter about Bill Maher or the money he feeding the BHO re-election. Some principles.”

    Rush gets a pass as an “entertainer”, but Maher is held accountable because he donated to a campaign? Almost as deluded as Limbaugh himself.

  26. So how is it that Republican leadership should apologize for the bad behavior of a talk show host

    Past practice has been for GOP leadership to publicly apologize to the talk show host on the rare occasions that they have criticized him.

    recent demonstrations of insulting behavior toward women on the part of similar personalities on the left, have passed without comment from democrat leadership – never mind a phone call from the campaigner-in-chief.

    Rush claims to have 15-20 million listeners who fed upon his 57 insults to this woman. Rather desperate attempt at deflection by the Right to compare tweets and phone calls (which should be criticized) to a mass media ad hominem attack upon someone’s morals.

  27. LornaDoone says:

    “So, making sex jokes about the 14-year-old daughter of Sarah Palin”

    Sarah Palin brought up her 14 year old. There was no question that the joke was directed at the Bristol, the unwed mother. It’s sad when people drag their teen children into the fray for the sake of politics. Reminds me of the pot shots taken at Amy Carter and Chelsea Clinton, but that wasn’t their own parent.

  28. LornaDoone says:

    After his “apology”, Limbaugh opened up his Monday show with the song “Easy Lover” by Phil Collins and Philip Bailey. Doesn’t appear he was contrite.

  29. “I do notice no comment in the letter about Bill Maher or the money he feeding the BHO re-election. Some principles”

    Nice use of the “but daddy, all the OTHER kids are doing it” excuse.

  30. “the personal attacks from emotional, Church hating, progressive fringe … you kids and old people throw a hissy fit … you are brainwashed, emotional, oppose person responsibility, and are looking for a handout. You have low expectations of yourself, of women, and minorities”

    ROFLMAO – oh, the irony! You crack me up!

  31. “President Barack Obama today declined to criticize his supporters’ sexually themed insults of female GOP politicians, including recent comments from comedian Bill Maher and a band called The Roots.”

    Another nice use of the “but daddy, all the OTHER kids are doing it” excuse. LOL – I know I can always get a good laugh in here!

  32. “Limbaugh is no more or less representative of conservatives than Maher, Letterman, Shultz, and Olberman are of liberals.”

    I’ll believe that when the head of the Democratic National Committee is forced to apologize to Maher, Letterman, Shultz, or Olberman.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/03/02/rnc-chief-apologizes-ripping-rush-limbaugh/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%25253A+foxnews%25252Fpolitics+%28Text+-+Politics%29

  33. I’m sure President Santorum will make Rush the US Ambassador to the Vatican.

  34. Sonofwashington says:

    Just bye-the-bye, VOX, the writer of the letter did not demand that Republicans apologize for Rush. He called them cowardly for not condemning Rush, since Rush is a primary (if not the self-appointed chief) spokesman for the Republican Party. In fact Mary Matalin, another Republican spokesman gave huge credits to Rush for the recent Republican surge because of his “outspokedness”.

    I believe the writer was trying to say that unless the party divorces itself from Mr. Limbaugh it will suffer the consequences of being painted as vile, vicious, anti-women, and anti-minorities as Rush is. There is little doubt the Tea-partiers and right-wing Christian element would like this, but it sure would put the kibosh on their attempts to claim the mantle of family values, decency, and morality in the general election.

  35. beerBoy – not only do Republican Politicians live in fear of being denounced by Rush, they are terrified that the Tpots will run a candidate against them.

    Vox – a true leader knows when to delegate and when to say nothing.

    Early analysis of the Ohio results indicates that women gave Romney his ‘win’.

  36. sumyungboi says:

    Dean, a couple of things. Do you listen to Limbaugh? If not, why do you care?

    All Republicans I’ve seen on television, when asked about it, condemn what Limbaugh said. What do you want them to do, produce a half hour infomercial dumping on the guy?

    Not sure if you’re intentionally passing dis-information because you think it’s your duty as a leftist, or if you’re just ignorant of the facts. Either way, you’re wrong.

  37. Sonofwashington says:

    Sumyunkboi – I sure haven’t seen any serious condemnation of Limbaugh by the Republican leaders, e.g., Boehner, Cantor, McConnell, Romney, Santorum, Gingrich, et al. In fact I just saw Michelle Bachman interviewed on TV and she pretty much dismissed the whole thing as a “pin prick”. To his credit, I do believe John McCain was critical of Limbaugh, but then he has never cow-towed to Limbaugh like the rest seem too. I’m open to hear of any other examples you can provide.

    It is also revealing that you said, “All Republicans…, when asked about it…” which makes the point that they have to be prompted instead of speaking out emphatically on their own and at the outset with the kind of morale outrage you would expect from any decent, values-oriented person. It is their vast silence, or at best, their half-hearted responses that speak the loudest to America. They lack the conviction of their self-proclaimed principles.

  38. Rush Limbaugh is a loud-mouthed jack-ass, and so was Bill Maher.

    Bill Maher lost his show “Politically Incorrect” when he said some really dumb stuff on-air.

    Rush Limbaugh should lose his show too.

    Fair is Fair, Right?

    Left?

    Center?

  39. Vox_clamantis_in_deserto says:

    Vox – a true leader knows when to delegate and when to say nothing.

    Since the guy hash’t shut up for over four years now, I’d have to say thanks for making my point, x.

  40. lylelaws says:

    Dean,

    Let’s face it, hate comes in all forms.

    Rachel Maddow on MSMBC is so filled with hatred for Republicans that it almost oozes out of her pores. When she starts banging her hands on her desk when she is in a frenzy, I think of the postal carrier commercial in which the carrier asks the guy, “Have you considered decaffe?”

  41. jerryman47 says:

    As I read all the gripes and complaints from Mr Wilson’s letter, I guess I was the only one listening to his show when he called Sandra Fluke those names which since he has apologized for.
    In her testimony, Ms Fluke claimed that “without insurance coverage, contraception, as you know, can cost a woman over $3000 during law school.”
    That provoked Rush Limbaugh to satirize this story. That’s $1000 per year. Lot of sex if you ask anybody.
    For all you liberals out there, I don’t want to pay for her recreation.
    Ms Fluke wants the American taxpayer to be responsible for what goes on in everybody’s bedroom. I guess that’s a health crisis to her.

    Simply put, Ms Fluke’s crusade for reproductive justice is a demand that a Catholic institution pay for drugs that make it possible for her to have sex without getting pregnant.
    The Obama administration wants to regulate the freedom of Americans and Ms Fluke does not know anything about our Constitution. They both could learn something from it!!

  42. “Rachel Maddow on MSMBC is so filled with hatred for Republicans that it almost oozes out of her pores.”

    When did she call anyone a slut?

  43. Sonofwashington says:

    You got that kind of backwards, don’t you jerryman?
    Ms. Fluke was saying opposing the Blunt amendment that would allow any employer (churches or otherwise) to deny any employee any medical coverage the employer decided he/she didn’t like. Hence a church could deny medical coverage to a person who does not belong to the church but is employed by a non-church activity (e.g., a hospital)that she would otherwise have. In other words, HER religious rights would be violated.

    Also, this was not an issue about sex. It was about Ms. Fluke’s friend who could not afford medicine for a female health issue (a medicine that is also used as a contraceptive). But you illustrate well the willful ignorance of the right to try to twist a serious question into a titillating sex addiction so you can laugh and snear at women.

    There is going to be a price paid by Republicans and these so-called conservatives for abusing over 1/2 of of the US population and it will be fun to watch.

  44. This anonymous “friend” of Fluke’s can afford to attend Gerogetown at $45 grand per year but can’t seem to pay away $2.73 per day for her health? Yeah, right! Pass the Koolaide.

  45. can’t seem to “PUT” away $2.73

  46. jerryman47 says:

    To sonofwashington,

    So I can laugh and sneer at women? Take your liberal nonsense and don’t attack people you don’t know.

  47. jerryman,

    “Ms Fluke does not know anything about our Constitution”

    Here’s a link to Ms. Fluke’s testimony. Please be so kind as to point out exactly where she mentioned the constitution. http://www.whatthefolly.com/2012/02/23/transcript-sandra-fluke-testifies-on-why-women-should-be-allowed-access-to-contraception-and-reproductive-health-care/

    The fact is that Ms. Fluke didn’t mention the constitution at all, please explain how you’re qualified to judge her expertise on that subject.

  48. You’re right about this one ehill, she’s attending Georgetown Law School to be come a “what’? Oh yes., a “lawyer”. Why would she need to study the Constitution? As most liberals already know, the Constitution has nothing to do with our laws, right? After all, our president attended Harvard Law school and the Constitution obviously wasn’t taught there either.

  49. “As most liberals already know, the Constitution has nothing to do with our laws, right?”

    Where’d you get such a lame idea?

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