George Will on Rush Limbaugh and the GOP

Rush Limbaugh is proving to be the gift that keeps on giving—for the Democrats.  The Limbaugh controversy concerning his attacks on the Georgetown University Law School student continue to reverberate amongst the popular media and roil the GOP campaigns over this past weekend. [And you thought the 2012 Republican campaign was going to be about the most important issues on the minds of voters—the economy, jobs, and the struggle for upward mobility.  Better think again].  On the ABC weekly Sunday morning news program, conservative commentator George Will offered some pointed observations, critiquing Limbaugh but especially the GOP leadership for being afraid of Limbaugh.  According to an ABC news blog entitled  “George Will: Republican Leaders Are Afraid of Rush Limbaugh” …..

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh has been inundated with criticism after calling Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown University student who testified before a House committee about contraception, a “slut” and a “prostitute.” But while Democrats have fiercely condemned the comments, Republicans’ ire has been significantly more muted.

ABC’s George Will told me Sunday on “This Week” that GOP leaders have steered clear of harshly denouncing Limbaugh’s comments because “Republican leaders are afraid of Rush Limbaugh.”

“[House Speaker John] Boehner comes out and says Rush’s language was inappropriate. Using the salad fork for your entrée, that’s inappropriate. Not this stuff,” Will said. “And it was depressing because what it indicates is that the Republican leaders are afraid of Rush Limbaugh. They want to bomb Iran, but they’re afraid of Rush Limbaugh.”

“So, Miss Fluke, and the rest of you feminazis, here’s the deal.  If we are going to pay for your contraceptives…we want something for it.  We want you to post the videos online  so we can all watch.”

As to exactly who Limbaugh’s collective “we” refers is not clear, but Mr. Rush clearly speaks for himself in any case.

It has been reported throughout the blogosphere over the weekend that a number of advertisers on Limbaugh’s show are cancelling their ads.  Perhaps free market capitalism does work after all.  And speaking of the market, everything in the super market these days has a “sell-by” date stamped on it.  I think Rush Limbaugh’s “sell-by” date has just expired.  Too bad the GOP made him their de facto party leader.

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