Charles P. Pierce looks at Limbaugh’s fauxpology and gives us a thought experiment:
Rush Limbaugh unloads his weepy pilonoidal cyst of an intellect in this fashion on your daughter. Then, as his advertisers run screaming into the night, and as even his acolytes among Republican politicians can barely summon up the will to offer quarter-assed statements on the whole matter, he finally issues a statement wherein he, essentially, apologizes for:
1) Using the word “slut,” rather than, one supposes, “trollop,” “slattern,” or “lady of the town.”
2) For having far too sophisticated a sense of humor for the rest of us to comprehend.
3) For failing clearly to explain his deeply serious political philosophy regarding what is proper to discuss before Congress in these “very serious political times.” This, as the redoubtable Heather Parton points out, is a fairly recent development in his thinking.
Does any of that remotely constitute an “apology” to you for what he said about your daughter? Does any of that make you more likely to trust in the good faith of anything this Viagra-sponging pillhead says in the foreseeable future?
This new Rush-determined-appropriateness, with regard to subjects that should and should not be discussed in the hallowed halls of Congress, could have some unforeseeable backlash for conservatives. Here’s my thought experiment:
Imagine if some pro-life woman wants to discuss the issue of abortion and her choice not to have one in front of Congress. What if we all began speculating and lying about her private sex life. After all a simple testimony about birth control being covered by health insurance with co-pays suggested wild and unrestrained slutty sex and prostitution and sex tapes on the Internet to Rush Limbaugh — and his fanboys were eager to defend that disgusting line of reasoning.
So a discussion before Congress about abortions (or choosing not to have one) would certainly entail speculation on the details (probably and necessarily fictional) on the slutty sexy times that led to the “knocking up” of the woman who’s testifying. Here would be a woman who would be admitting she did not put a Bayer aspirin between her knees, as is typically required in the GOP. Wouldn’t that be like taking a Jerry Springer show before Congress — how inappropriate!
Limbaugh is telling us that, with regard to issues that are exclusively female concerns — getting pregnant, not getting pregnant, birth — we can all just make shit up to make a “joke” or “very profound point” with “absurdity” about individual women. Limbaugh decided that a young woman talking about health insurance plans covering birth control in Congress wasn’t “appropriate.” But he really wanted to shut that slut up. He’d like to shut us all up.