Skip to comments.Rush: “I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke”; Update: Ironic tweet of the day
Posted on 03/03/2012 8:32:15 PM PST by SeekAndFind
Rush Limbaugh has posted a statement on his website this afternoon, forwarded by his brother David (one of my friends on line), apologizing for calling Sandra Fluke an insulting name while discussing her claims. It’s impossible to retain the context of his apology by excerpting it, so I hope Rush will not mind me posting it in its entirety:
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.
I think Rush did the right thing in apologizing to Fluke. However, let’s keep in mind that it was Fluke who made her sexual activity a matter of national political debate by insisting that the government pass laws and regulations forcing employers and insurers to provide her free contraception, and apparently as much as she and others demand. It’s Republicans who believe that contraception should remain a private affair, and that employers and insurers should be free to decide whether to cover contraception for their employees and customers or not. Democrats used Fluke to demand that those choices be stripped from private enterprises and instead be forced by the executive branch to entirely subsidize contraception.
That is the argument we should be making, as Republicans and conservatives. If you want your sexual choices to remain private, don’t use the government to force other people to subsidize them. Then we won’t have to turn the sex lives of Georgetown law school students into topics for political speculation.
Update: Along those same lines, does Donna Brazile also now oppose the government mandate to force employers and insurers to have a role in the decision to use contraception? She tweeted this message not too long ago (via Keder):
Agree! The government should have no role in contraception, and shouldn’t force employers or insurers to have a role in it, either. Keep it between the woman, her sexual partner, and her doctor. Well said.
Oh, wait, Brazile meant this in support of the mandate? She seems just as badly misinformed on the issue as her media colleagues … or as deliberately obtuse.
If she personally spent $3000 on contraceptives (the Pill plus condoms — and what ever happened to expecting the guy to pay for his part?) during a two or three year period in law school, she’d have gotten laid often enough to qualify as a slut. She likely did not do so herself (her manner suggests she’s a lesbian, who needs no contraception), but is likely only sympathizing with others who are sluts.
Everything is about money in this world today. Everything.
I want to agree with you, I really do.
But, no one except those of us Rush (former) fans are going to read his apology. No one is going to parse his words except us, looking for the up-side, and his and our enemies, looking for and gleefully finding his weakness.
They find the weakness, and they exploit it. Rush loses, we lose, and the country we love loses.
The only part of this abject, humiliating apology you will EVER hear again on the MSM is the ass-kissing, tea-bagging part.
Rush today lost untold numbers of long-time listeners, true believers, and loyal conservatives. There is no brilliance, there is no up-side. Churchill said never, never, never give up. Today, so that his check did not drop 5%, Rush gave up.
Go ahead, find the “brilliance”.
Andrew Breitbart would not have apologized.
Ma’am, it is late. Please read the thread before you sound foolish. Get back to me when you have an informed opinion. I am tired of responding to the ignorant, really tired.
“How. Do. You. Do. It? I had to get out of that place. I couldn’t take it anymore.”
freeper GOP Poet’ was like you and she bolted for Sta Barbara. Couldn’t take it too and she resided at the epicenter...West Hollywood/L.A. AKA fag central. Sure, I pass by billboards with fags getting it on and AIDS/HIV billboards on every major intersection.
It actually toughened us up. We rarely let visitors get into our staff area as we have a very large Reagan picture in the “hidden” meeting room..
If our liberals saw it, we would be out of business quickly.
“Come to Texas. We like guys like you here.”
We are seriously contemplating it but will wait until after the elections. There is not much movie and media infrastructure in Texas but we have envisioned being one of the first to set up a media division there.
Now, I haven't checked, but I have no idea how anyone could spend $3,000/year on BCPs. I'm not looking any of this up, so corrections invited; however, there surely must be generic BCPs that cost a patient something like a tenth of what Ms. Fluke claims in her ovarian sob saga.
I think that fact checking, and the strict avoidance of name-calling is what's called for, here.
And no mention of Arpaio's report. It's about Rush and the slut.
Someone showed a Wal-mart $4/$10 prescription list. She could get a year’s worth of the Pill in 90-day batches for $40, plus whatever it costs to see the doctor (probably nominal, if through the school’s health service). If condoms accounted for the rest and if she was personally involved, then yes she would have had to be ludicrously slutty.
And if the New Yawk Times publishes the headline, the subheads will be:
“Taxpayers and Patriots Hardest Hit”
“Obama Regime Declares National Holiday”
“President Says: Great National Nightmare is Over”
Rush Surrenders: Truer words were never spoken.
Hmmm...I wonder if this means I can get gov’t reparations for all the money I spent on drinks for babes during my “dating years”...?
Rush apologized to not be a distraction for the elections. Was he right to say what he did, yes. Is this girl a slut, well that’s a matter of opinion because to liberals her life style is normal. This goes to show there is selective free speech in America. Liberals can say anything, even wish death upon someone, and it’s considered free speech. Conservatives, on the other hand, can only say certain things or else be accused of hate speech.
I live in the DFW area. Las Colinas (which is midway between Dallas and Ft. Worth) has a film studio. You should get in on the action when they make a movie of Stephen King’s “11-22-63”. I think they will have to make that movie here, where it all happened.
Good luck and good fortune, whatever you do.
She never spoke to her own love life, so that leaves it up to speculation. She is a slut sympathizer, though. That is clear.
Best, most pithy statement I've read on this matter.
Check out posts 241, 105, 102, 82 for full names, addresses, phone #’s, email and twitter info.
Hopefully you eat at The Ivy. Great for lunch
Rush wisely threw the Dems & Leftist’s Alinsky tactics off track with this.
His mistake was talking about this nobody Dem activist woman for days. The average person had no clue who she was.
She is Anita Hill Ver. 2.0
I tweeted Rush and David Limbaugh to forget her and focus on Obama. This woman will be discarded like Anita Hill was after the Dems have used her up.
Sort of what I figured.
Even if someone needed a less-than-typical BCP, I can't see the generic equivalent costing more than 300ish/year (a tenth of what was testified too, IIRC). This should be the focus, whether the female student is telling the truth or not; and we should scrupulously avoid the "s" word, it does us no good, and it does us harm.
Take the long view of this:
a) It will all blow over, 2 weeks max. News cycle. The drive by will turn to something else.
b) She will still be a slut.
Ms. Fluke is hypothesizing the average “young lady” who needs that kind of budget to be a slut, or to have morals that would put even alley cats to shame, or whatever. And I still think that’s funny, even if Rush fumbled a bit clumsily with the rhetoric.
No gov’t role, except to fund it and encourage kids to do it
I love Rush but I hate that he said this. He has made the controversy about him instead of the real issue which is the erosion of our freedoms.
Rush is an important voice. We can’t do without him. He is threatened daily by those who hate. I can’t imagine how hard it must be for him to keep on keeping on for the cause of freedom and liberty in the face of all that comes against him. I am going to assume he had a good reason to do the apology. He’s been solid for so long and I’m not going to dump on him now. This has to be a hard weekend for him... Every day, Rush spends 3 hours speaking for us and doing all he can .. and things continue to slide downhill. I know he must be as angry at the Republican establishment as we are. Some days a person feels like it’s no use .. so shoot the wad. What went on in congress with that hearing was a national disgrace... just unbelievable that that hearing went on public television for the whole world to see... when we have much more important items that need fixing in this country. And that woman said all this with a straight face! The dems wanted to get us off track and they did... with help from the media. We are heading into a most important election. Rush isn’t about to do anything that hinders the outcome for the conservative cause. There must have been a good reason. I’ll still be listening to him on Monday... and I expect the left will be also. Go Rush...GO!!!
If the fairness doctrine applied to ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS and CNN- then maybe we could talk. lol.
It never will, of course.
After all is said and done, I will not abandon Rush Limbaugh. I WILL contact those sponsors listed, and give them hell. We're at war, and we're here to fight. This is not the time to abandon a fellow warrior, if history is any indication...just ask George.
There was no need to press a technical point which was bidding fair to be the spearhead of the Rats’ entire thrust. Like in jiu-jitsu, sometimes yielding to an opponent is the best way of getting said opponent to land flat on his face.
Remember the $100 hammers?
Contraceptive companies are salivating at the thought of tripling prices when government becomes the prime buyer.
The left and MSM are for real this time. They want Rush gone.
They always have but they see this as their chance.
Such a faux controversy its not even funny, the left was embracing the s-word less than a year ago.
Agree - despite his high opinion of himself, Rush has always been good about not making himself the story...always the issues.
That did not work out this time...
Pretty much his weakest, post-addiction moment...
The Ivy is great for lunch but one thing I hate are the looks when you enter and they expect you to be “somebody” in the biz. Plus the paparazzi line up Robertson like they own the damn road.
Ms Fluke, if you read this, will you marry me? (Respond via FReepmail, thank you in advance.)
Here is the difference: George Washington never met with his British/American enemies in order to broker an agreement to avoid criticism of his actions. Rush undoubtedly did - that’s why he caved.
Had George Washington issued a statement in 1779 saying that he apologized to the British Crown for an inappropriate choice of words when directing his army to defeat the British, he would never have been the father of our country.
Had George Washington repudiated his beliefs and his loyal followers (as Rush did today), he would not have been the General of the Army, he would have been dishonored. He would have been Benedict Arnold.
And here is another difference: George Washington risked his life and all that he held dear. Rush risks a minor drop in advertising revenues. Not his life, not his fortune. His sacred honor? Gone. He bets that you and I will overlook his betrayal. Based on this thread, it appears that he was right.
Like to eat at the table to right just as you enter. you get to see everyone.
At Camponilles I just go all the way to the back.
Or La Orangerie. I hat French food but man! That is wonderful restaurant.
I think, however, my fAvorite is still Patina or that sister restaurant of theirs downtown.
Wait! I’m starting to brag. Stop me!
I have been reading on Facebook. The left is painting all his advertisers as woman haters. They really are insane. This wasn’t an attack on all women. It was an insult to ONE woman. I feel hopeless for this country sometimes.
Rush was pretty out of line with his comment, particularly if you read the script of what Sandra Fluke actually said (link is here: http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/what-did-sandra-fluke-really-say/408191)
Whether contraception should be provided under insurance or not, calling Sandra Fluke a slut was not appropriate. Rush (or perhaps his legal team) have realized this.
Given that many married couples use the pill as contraception, does that make the wife some sort of prostitute under this legislation? If the wife doesn’t work and the husband does and he pays for contraception, does that make him a john?
Should contraception (such as the pill) be covered if it is used to treat a medical condition (other than avoiding getting knocked up)?
Is Viagra covered under current health insurance? Why shouldn’t the pill be treated similarly?
To each his own. We individually must make our own decision on how we will respond. It’s safe to say the public has heard from both of us on the subject. We agree to disagree.
“Should contraception (such as the pill) be covered if it is used to treat a medical condition (other than avoiding getting knocked up)?”
If the insurance companies decide to cover it, it should. The government should have nothing to do with it.
“Fluke is a 30 year old democrat activist. Does that matter?”
Nope. Not a damn bit.
The only thing that matters is THE NARRATIVE.
Telling the truth is now a hate crime.
George Orwell made a living writing books about this.
“1984” was supposed to be a WARNING, not an operations manual.!
Rush is just calling them like he seems ‘em.
$3,000.00 per year on BC?
$8.33 per day?
That’s a girl that “gets around” to put it mildly.
I’m sure Rush pays for his Viagra, not you and I like we do for this Fluke girl and her sexual escapades.
This woman Fluke is a cretin and a liar. A paid hack. Rush simply carried her lies to their logical conclusion, figuring that if students needed $1000 to pay for contraception each year, they are getting more sex than minks. He was really calling her out as a liar, and his rant was hysterically funny, and right on point. Bob
The women on the left are always marching with signs stating that the “Government should stay out of their womb” but want the Government to pay for their BC, abortions and the treatment of their sexually transmitted diseases from their bed-hopping.
Can’t have it both ways.
It’s one or the other.
Pick one and then STFU.
FLUKE stated that some were paying $1000 per year b/c insurance wouldn’t cover it. And, oh the embarrassment! Since women can get the pill for under $10 per month at Wal-Mart, she is a liar and a creep. Rush’s comments were NOT out of line. These frauds get paraded before Congress all the time, and I’m proud of Rush for ridiculing her prepared spiel. Bob
Not at all. I think that his audience is smart enough to know what he was talking about. It’s b/c of weaklings such as Boehner, McConnell and a former recent GOP President that Democrats get away with such bilge passing for argument. THEY should have been challenging her, not Rush.
That we do. Good fortune, and all the best to you.
And to you.
Before Barry Goldwater went completely off the conservative ranch he wrote a book called “With No Apologies”. In it he illustrated the political negative associated with apologizing even if you are at fault. Just don’t do it.
Is it even possible for entertainers to sincerely apologize?