Conservative talk show shock jock Rush Limbaugh is losing advertisers over calling Sandra Fluke, and every woman who uses birth control, a slut. But that doesn’t mean he’s losing Republican support. In fact, some in the GOP think this is all just a liberal conspiracy.
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has decried the media attention, stating, “I am astonished at the desperation of the elite media to avoid rising gas prices, to avoid the president’s apology to religious fanatics in Afghanistan, to avoid a trillion-dollar deficit, to avoid the longest period of unemployment since the Great Depression, and to suddenly decide that Rush Limbaugh is the great national crisis of the week.”
But not every Republican is on Limbaugh’s side. Texas Congressman Ron Paul thinks the right’s icon should have tried a little harder to sound sincere in his apology. “I don’t think he’s very apologetic. He’s doing it because some people were taking advertisements off his program. It was the bottom line that he was concerned about.”
Meanwhile, conservative columnist George Will said the GOP’s lack of meaningful condemnation of Limbaugh’s remarks shows how afraid the party is of him. “Mr. Boehner said that Rush’s language was inappropriate. Using a salad fork for your entree — that is inappropriate. Rick Santorum says, ‘Well, what he said was absurd and an entertainer is allowed to absurd.’ No, it is the responsibilities of conservatives to police the right excesses on their side just as the liberals unfailingly fail on their own side…Republican leaders are afraid of Rush Limbaugh..They want to bomb Iran, but they’re afraid of Rush Limbaugh.’”
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