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Rush Limbaugh: The pot calling the kettle black

I don’t understand all the hubbub over Rush Limbaugh this week.

On Wednesday he suggested the Georgetown Law student who was barred from testifying at a recent House hearing on contraception in health insurance plans was simply having too much sex. “What does it say about the college co-ed Sandra Fluke, who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex, what does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex.”

He later said “she’s not a slut. She’s round-heeled.” Look that one up, folks – it’s the same thing.

On Thursday ol’ Rush doubled down. “So Miss Fluke, and the rest of you Feminazis, here’s the deal. If we are going to pay for your contraceptives, and thus pay for you to have sex. We want something for it. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.”

Women across the nation are outraged. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough, urged a boycott of Limbaugh’s advertisers.

Even former California U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina – no liberal, to be sure – called Limbaugh’s words “insulting,” “incendiary,” and “a distraction from what are very real and important issues.”

But who can be distracted by someone so blatantly oafish? That’s like saying, “Sorry, I can’t concentrate on the economy right now, I’m too distracted by this episode of ‘The Three Stooges.'”

Of course Sandra Fluke isn’t a prostitute or slut; Limbaugh knows that. He also must know (please, someone, reassure me that this adult American man knows, college-dropout though he may be) that female birth-control generally isn’t pay-as-you-go – for the most prevalent methods, the cost is the same whether you have sex once a year or once a day.

The outrage implies Limbaugh is some sort of influential role model, someone listeners should look to for wisdom. But Rush Limbaugh is not a statesman; he’s an entertainer, as much a “shock jock” as all those morning-show derelicts who fill their airtime with off-color jokes, prank calls and Beavis-and-Butthead-style giggling. He’s a radio clown.

Limbaugh’s ratings have been in trouble, so there should be no surprise that his stunts sink lower and lower in desperate attempts to have people tune in for no reason other than, “Ooooh, what will Rush say next?” Hopefully his purse strings will be cut before he hits rock bottom.

Limbaugh is an attention whore. The only outrage anyone should spare is over his rank hypocrisy of being the proverbial pot that called the kettle black.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.