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Rush Limbaugh’s legacy on Sandra Fluke

Rush Limbaugh (Micah Walter / Reuters)
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During his speech today at the Values Voter Summit, conservative activist Gary Bauer didn’t use the words deployed by Rush Limbaugh to describe former Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke back in March 2012. So he won’t get into the sort of trouble that shook Limbaugh’s financial underpinnings after Limbaugh referred to Fluke as a “slut” and a “prostitute.” That foul language came Fluke’s way for having pushed for inclusion of birth control in health insurance packages in an appearance before lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

Here are some excerpts from Limbaugh’s diatribes back when the issue came into focus:

The headline: “Sex-Crazed Co-Eds Going Broke Buying Birth Control, Student Tells Pelosi Hearing Touting Freebie Mandate — A Georgetown co-ed told Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s hearing that the women in her law school program are having so much sex that they’re going broke, so you and I should pay for their birth control.” Cybercast News Service. So what would you call that? So I called it what it is.
Why go before a congressional committee and demand that all of us — because they want to have sex any time, as many times and as often as they want, with as many partners as they want — should pay for it? Whatever, no limits on this. I mean, they’re going broke having to buy contraception!
What does it say about the college co-ed Susan Fluke [sic], who goes before a congressional committee and says that she must be paid to have sex. What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception.

Yet here’s what Bauer did say on Friday afternoon. After lamenting that President Obama had placed a supportive call to Fluke, Bauer teed off: “I still remember when presidents made personal phone calls to astronauts to tell them how proud they were of them, but, of course, the space program’s in the trash can, thrown there by Barack Obama. I remember when presidents used to call heroic policemen or soldiers or someone that had gone to the point of laying down or putting their life on the line for somebody else. Now we live in an era where a president praises a promiscuous co-ed because she thinks you ought to buy her birth control pills. That, my friends, is the definition of civilizational decline.”

And so, the recipe:

*Take Limbaugh’s rhetoric.
*Subtract those nasty words that got Limbaugh into so much trouble.
*Shout it from the rooftops!
*Worry not about character assassination, falsehoods or misimpressions.