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Issa's now-infamous hearing; apparently women should have no say in birth control issues.
When it comes to defending Rush Limbaugh and his attacks on a college student who had the audacity to testify at a hearing, thus earning multiple days of namecalling and sexual insults from Rush, the hits from Republicans just keep on coming. Via The Hill:

Democrats are largely to blame for the name-calling and personal insults of the contraception debate, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) charged Friday.

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh has spent part of his last three shows referring to a Georgetown University law student as a “slut” with “boyfriends ... lined up around the block.” But Issa said Democrats are also complicit in the deteriorating rhetoric, accusing them of insulting people of faith.Issa didn't allow the student (or any 'anti-mandate' women) to testify during his hearing on how certain religious-minded menfolk were so very sad they couldn't tell their employees to go to hell rather than give them the same contraceptive/medical coverage required of all other employers.  The Democrats had to hold a separate hearing themselves to allow testimony from those women, which is exactly what led to Rush Limbaugh and his "slut" rampage against a college student who dared to attend.

Issa? Issa doesn't give a rat's ass. He apparently thinks it's the Democrats' fault.

“While your letter raises important concerns about these inappropriate comments and the tone of the current debate over religious freedom and Obamacare, I am struck by your clear failure to recognize your own contributions to the denigration of this discussion and attacks on people of religious faith,” Issa said in response to Cummings.
Hey, want a denigration of the discussion? Issa's a crapsack. He always has been. It's entirely likely he's a crook, too, although he always seems to have a story for why these felonies that happen around him had nothing to do with him.

Once again, you can see that Republicans will tolerate any rhetoric from Limbaugh. No matter how racist, no matter how sexist (and really, calling someone a "slut", asserting they have boyfriends "lining up" and suggesting they should be posting sex tapes—that's beyond even Limbaugh's usual daily venom, and it's amazing to see even this not get more than the mildest of tsking reactions from Republican leadership), can anyone name any other so-called "political voice" that would be defended for such things? Oh yes yes, it's "inappropriate". But, Darrell Issa asks, is it really more appropriate than you calling those women to my hearing? Why, my religious folks might have had to make eye contact with them or something! How rude!

I can't wait to hear what rhetoric Issa comes up with that he considers so very outrageous, compared to what Limbaugh said (or to the attacks Issa himself glories in, because they make, in his words, "good theater.") I suspect he won't even bother coming up with any, though. He's probably too occupied planning how his Oversight Committee can most effectively keep from Overseeing a damn thing.

So now we're to the point where someone who dares give non-conservative-approved testimony to the House of Representatives gets labeled a "slut" and gets told they should be posting sex tapes. That's where we are. And it's still doesn't count as bad enough for Republicans to distance themselves from it.

As for Limbaugh, anyone that advertises with him, or interviews him, or identifies themselves with him in any way knows full well what he stands for and what he says on a daily basis. If they're still willing to chain themselves to that cannonball even after this, they own it. Sign the petition and let's rid ourselves of these stupid "oh, we don't control what he says" advertisers. No, you don't control it. You just keep paying him a mountain of cash to do it, you sexist-enabling, racist-enabling jackasses.

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