Rush Limbaugh apologized to Sandra Fluke:
For over 20 years, I have illustrated the absurd with absurdity, three hours a day, five days a week. In this instance, I chose the wrong words in my analogy of the situation. I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke.
I think it is absolutely absurd that during these very serious political times, we are discussing personal sexual recreational activities before members of Congress. I personally do not agree that American citizens should pay for these social activities. What happened to personal responsibility and accountability? Where do we draw the line? If this is accepted as the norm, what will follow? Will we be debating if taxpayers should pay for new sneakers for all students that are interested in running to keep fit? In my monologue, I posited that it is not our business whatsoever to know what is going on in anyone’s bedroom nor do I think it is a topic that should reach a Presidential level.
My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.
Although Mr. Limbaugh said he would not apologize, Sleep City, Sleep Number, Citrix, Carbonite, ProFlowers, Legal Zoom, and Quicken Loans convinced him that he should. Aparently Carbonite said the above apology was not sufficient and continues to pull its advertising. Earlier, he had stuck to his slurs, although explaining them in the context of government control over medical care.
Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul expressed doubt on Sunday that conservative radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh truly meant it when he apologized for calling a law student a “slut” over her support for President Barack Obama’s new policy on insurance coverage of contraceptives.
“I don’t think he’s very apologetic. He’s doing it because some people were taking their advertisements off his program. It was his bottom line that he was concerned about,” Paul told the CBS program “Face the Nation.”
“Yes, I think he should have apologized. I had said he used very crude language. And I think he gets over the top at times,” added Paul, known for his libertarian views.
Mr. Limbaugh is a bombastic entertainer who is taken seriously by many Conservatives. I get the feeling he takes himself way too seriously these days. I don’t have time to listen to him, but on occasion I do (mostly when I have to drive somewhere), so I get his spiel. He’s very good on some things, but he wears quickly on me; I find his egotistical demeanor grating. But he is often amusing and entertaining. As to his comments about Ms. Fluke, I think Mr. Limbaugh has some serious hangups. Whatever.
If more of his sponsors also find his apology lacking in sincerity, my guess is that he will find room in his heart for more humility.
Perhaps Rush is finding something about himself that he didn’t know before: that for him economics trumps his principles.