Opinion

March 8, 2012

Commentary: Rush Limbaugh and GOP extremism

If you think Rush Limbaugh is fatally wounded, think again. By way of explanation, let me tell you how a certain subset of my readers will react to this column. Experience dictates that once I've taken my last swipe at their dear leader, Limbaugh's followers will well . . . rush to fire off angry emails in his defense. They will do this though there is no defense for what he did on his program last week — calling Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a “prostitute” and a “slut” after she testified in support of requiring health insurers to pay for women’s contraception. His followers will declare, through some arcane “logic” peculiar to true believers, that “Rush” — it’s always “Rush,” as if they and the multimillionaire talk show host were in the same bowling league — didn’t say what I thought he said, or didn’t mean what I thought he meant.

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