Rush Limbaugh: Do Democrats want uproar to continue?(Read article summary)
Conservatives see 'media-generated histrionic' over vulgar comments Rush Limbaugh made about law school student Sandra Fluke. Liberals see a ripe opportunity to pin wings of GOP candidates to the wall.
Rush Limbaugh remains in big trouble. Advertisers ‚Äď 11 at last count ‚Äď are pulling spots off his radio talk show because of the reaction to his calling Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a ‚Äúslut‚ÄĚ and a ‚Äúprostitute.‚ÄĚ Opponents are mobilizing on social media for a long campaign to try to convince even more sponsors to drop his program. Ms. Fluke herself has rejected as insufficient Mr. Limbaugh‚Äôs attempts at apology.
But here‚Äôs our question: At this point, is it even within Limbaugh‚Äôs power to apologize enough? Has the political uproar reached a state where Democratic officials just want it to continue?
‚ÄúDems will do all they can to ensure that Limbaugh continues to loom large over the presidential race,‚ÄĚ writes Sargent.
‚ÄúI was kind of shocked when Governor Romney, all he had to say was, ‚ÄėWell, that isn‚Äôt language I would have used‚Äô.... I thought that was a cowardly answer,‚ÄĚ Mr. Axelrod said on camera.
Republicans and Democrats were already fighting a bitter battle over the Obama administration‚Äôs move to mandate that employer-provided health insurance cover women‚Äôs contraception. By throwing gasoline on an existing propane fire, Limbaugh got himself into even deeper trouble than normal, according to Josh Marshall, Talking Points Memo editor and publisher.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs because this lined up so closely to a party political gambit that Limbaugh‚Äôs been far harder pressed to handle this controversy than he has with ones in the past,‚ÄĚ writes Mr. Marshall Tuesday.
Meanwhile, conservatives are beginning to hammer at what they see as the hypocrisy of the left‚Äôs shaming of Limbaugh.
Sure, Limbaugh used words he should not have, in this view. But some on the right are asking this: Where‚Äôs the outrage when liberals do something similar?
Mr. Corallo notes that after conservative firebrand Andrew Breitbart died recently, Rolling Stone columnist Matt Taibbi wrote, ‚ÄúI couldn‚Äôt be happier that he‚Äôs dead.‚ÄĚ This comment did not attract nearly as much attention as did Limbaugh‚Äôs words.
Comedian Bill Maher, who recently said he would give $1 million to the "super political action committee" associated with President Obama, has repeatedly used obscene gynecological references to refer to Sarah Palin, writes L. Brent Bozell III, founder of the Media Research Center, in a Fox News opinion piece.
‚ÄúLimbaugh has been singled out and condemned across the national media.... How many of these outlets have condemned Bill Maher with equal vigor for his attacks on Palin?‚ÄĚ writes Mr. Bozell.