Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke took Rush Limbaugh’s non-apology for what it is–a reaction to the pressure of fleeing advertising dollars saying it “changes nothing” in the ongoing battle over how to frame the battle for contraception coverage in health insurance plans.
Fluke appeared on ABC’s “The View” on Monday to discuss the apology and said, “I don’t think that a statement like this, issued saying that his choice of words was not the best, changes anything. Especially when that statement is issued when he’s under significant pressure from his sponsors, who have begun to pull support from his show.”
A total of twelve advertisers have already left Limbaugh, including Sears and AOL after Limbaugh’s relentless personal attacks on Fluke and all women who use contraception.
This is a very bad story for Rush Limbaugh and the only way it changes is if the right successfully pivots the story away from demonizing women who use contraception and toward a perceived government overreach. So far, they don’t seem to be capable of doing so.
That is great news for Democrats in both the short-term and the long-term as Republicans look immediately reactionary and unfocused on an economic recovery just as a generation of young women voters come of age when the Republicans are attacking the pill and calling them “sluts”. It should go without saying that this is a losing strategy for Republicans, no matter what their theocratic base may believe.
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