Last week, Limbaugh infamously characterized Sandra Fluke, a 30-year-old Georgetown University law student, as a “slut” and a “prostitute” who should provide the world with videos of herself having sex because she supports birth control coverage in employee insurance plans. Will said the tepid disapproval of Limbaugh’s words expressed by GOP presidential candidates and congressional leaders demonstrates just how much they are scared of the king of hot-talk radio.
ABC’s George Will said Sunday on “This Week” that GOP leaders have steered clear of harshly denouncing Limbaugh’s comments because “Republican leaders are afraid of Rush Limbaugh.”
ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd said the Republicans’ apprehension to say anything negative about the conservative big hitter is based on the “myth” that Limbaugh influences a large number of Republican voters.
“I think the problem is the Republican leaders, Mitt Romney and the other candidates, don’t have the courage to say what they say in quiet, which, they think Rush Limbaugh is a buffoon,” Dowd said. ”They think he is like a clown coming out of a small car at a circus. It’s great he is entertaining and all that. But nobody takes him seriously.”
While President Obama has denounced Limbaugh’s comments as “reprehensible,” Republican leaders and GOP presidential candidates have used far milder language.
John Boehner said Rush’s language was inappropriate.
Mitt Romney timidly observed that “slut” and “prostitute” were not necessarily the words he would have chosen.
Rick Santorum called Limbaugh’s comments “absurd,” but seemed to give Rush a pass since he is an entertainer whose job it is to be absurd.
Newt Gingrich simply took the Limbaugh flap as one more opportunity to denounce the “liberal media.”
Not Good enough!
To their credit, Ron Paul and John McCain risked the wrath of Limbaugh’s dittohead legion by condemning his comments.
But too many other Republicans were unwilling to speak out against Rush Limbaugh.
Why is that?