Skip to main content

So it turns out that Rush Limbaugh is upset about the cretinous San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, or rather he's not so much upset with Filner as he's upset that he thinks Filner is getting away with something that Rush couldn't, or … something? It's not clear. Rush is certain, however, that like all other news that happens on the planet this event merely underscores how put-upon Rush Limbaugh is and how everyone is always mean to him for no reason. Transcript, via ProgLegs:
So everybody's trying to sweep it under the—this guy coulda probably called 'em sluts and nothing woulda happened to him. Ahem. We have 30 seconds to decide whether we want to let that go or cancel that out. We're gonna let that one go. Staff approves of that one, fine and dandy, it's there. […]

You compare this, this is actual abuse, this is actual discrimination, textbook discrimination, textbook abuse. And there is not one reaction of note anywhere. And you compare that to the just out of control, nonsensical reaction to a word that was accidentally used and apologized for, and I tell you, it is stunning."

Rush is talking about the multiple days when he obsessed over the likely sexual proclivities and motivations of Sandra Fluke, a woman who had the temerity to testify in front of a congressional panel as to why providing contraceptives coverage in health insurance plans might be a pretty damn good idea after all. The only lesson he has apparently taken from the incident is that it is wrong to call someone a "slut" on the radio, but that the word was "accidentally used" by someone using his mouth and his staff were big jerk faces for not bleeping it out but it was "apologized for" by someone who may or may not have been him so that should have been the end of that.

When he first "apologized" for muttering that one word in his otherwise days-long outburst of frothing rage over an American citizen saying things he did not like, Jed put together a little clip of just some of the smears he directed at her, seen above. Whether it counts as "textbook abuse" is something to be decided by the reader. Rush Limbaugh's abilities to see himself as the victim of every situation, however, is truly impressive—he's definitely got the conservative id captured, that one. If I did something wrong, it's not my fault; if you complain about it, it's because there is a worldwide conspiracy against me; if anyone else does anything wrong, it proves at I am awesome in comparison. Yes, yes. It's all about you.

I'm not sure I see where he's seeing a double standard, though. I think Filner is a sleaze who dose not deserve office and he should resign; I think Rush Limbaugh has long been a sleaze who does not deserve to make millions of dollars as the main cog in the conservative crap machine. Nevertheless, they both retain their jobs, a demonstration of just how low our standards for political figures are and just how rotten you can be and still manage, just barely, to get away with it.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site