*Somehow, finally, the classic line that Bill Duke delivered in “Menace II Society”: “You know you done fucked up now… you know that, don’t you?” – is most appropriate now.
Yes, as usual, we could always count on Rush Limbaugh to take a current hot-button political issue and crank the controversy up to eleven.
Referring to Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke – who testified to Congress on the issue of whether insurers should be required to provide health insurance coverage for birth control – as a “slut” and “prostitute,” and then requesting that she post a video online of herself having sex, brought down an avalanche of criticism on Limbaugh.
One wonders if this is the one – the final arrow into the heart of the right-wing radio ratings behemoth, after an entire career of controversy and scandal. For history’s sake, let’s just take a little trek through only his most recent scandals. Call them his greatest hits. We’ll limit it to 2000 and beyond – and not even include the whole prescription drugs scandal.
· In the middle of a stem cell debate, mocks Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s Disease, saying that he was “…exaggerating the effects of the disease. He’s moving all around and shaking and it’s purely an act. This is really shameless of Michael J. Fox. Either he didn’t take his medication or he’s acting.”
· Plays a song entitled “Barack the Magic Negro” on his show.
· While appearing as a commentator on ESPN’s “Sunday Countdown” program, makes the following statement about Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb: “I think what we’ve had here is a little social concern in the NFL. The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. There is a little hope invested in McNabb, and he got a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he didn’t deserve. The defense carried this team.” This one cost him his ESPN gig.
Obviously, he’s flown perilously close to the sun before. Lesser comments have gotten lesser commentators fired; it’s only because of his monstrous ratings and profitability that he’s been able to escape cancellation.
Limbaugh might go ahead and wiggle his way out of this latest scandal, but there’s a good chance he’s actually done more harm to his cause than his career. Not only has he energized a big part of the left –working, birth-control-using women – he’s given Democrats plenty of ammunition to claim that the right is starting a “war on women.” Just check out the hit frontrunner Romney took after his stammering answer on the topic. This is, overall, a losing issue for the Republicans, and Limbaugh’s controversy – combined with Obama’s late-winter rebound – could combine to start the GOP’s presidential stretch run on a decidedly sour note.
For more, watch this video from ABC News: