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My two cents on “Slut-gate”
Rush was wrong & the president’s priorities are misplaced

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 2:48 am - March 3, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election

When it comes to standing up for conservative principles (and taking on liberal shibboleths, SIster Toldjah is no shrinking violet, so when she criticizes an conservative icon, you know she’s not doing it to score points with the mainstream media.

Yesterday on Facebook, she joined Michelle Malkin in criticizing* the nation’s top (radio) talk show host:  “Love me some #Rush but calling Ms. Fluke a slut played into the left’s false narrative that GOP ‘hates women.’ Also, it’s a very ugly word.”  Smartly and succinctly said, summarizing my sense of the matter.

Here’s what Michelle said:

My two cents: Yes, we’re seeing the usual left-wing double standards when it comes to defending women against sexist putdowns. The language Rush used is completely unacceptable…except when it’s used against the likes of Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, myself, and every other prominent female conservative in public life, of course.

Read the whole thing.  She doesn’t just criticize Rush; she also takes the Georgetown student to task as well.

To show you that the good sister (Toldjah) is on our team, just read her reaction to the news that the president had telephoned the woman in question:  “Probably the most stupid story you’ll read all week”.  Tina Korbe contends the president made the call in large part “to keep conservatives preoccupied with his contraception mandate because he sure ensures the topic stays in the spotlight.”  (Check out William Jacobson’s post on the matter; he reminds us about some of the people the president didn’t call.)

And that’s one of the problems with Rush’s name-calling.  That becomes the story, not the woman’s politicization of her private life.  Recall that this hullabaloo blew up just about the same time the president released his budget.

Instead of talking about contraception, we should be talking about how the man who ran for president promising to restore fiscal discipline just released a budget increasing spending above the levels agreed upon in last summer’s debt deal. Let’s not take the Democrats’ bait and talk about social issues and instead keep the focus on the president’s broken promises and failed policies.

Silly as it may be “to weigh in on Limbaugh verbiage (recall, he’s not in office and is not running for office)” Jennifer Rubin finds

. . .  it is positively nuts for the president of the United States to call up Fluke. He’s leader of the Free World, for goodness sakes. This is what he finds a good use of his time? But of course he does, because every second of his day and every syllable he utters is directed to one end: Reelection. So it makes perfect sense to pander to single women voters (a two-for because he needs college kids as well!).

Maybe Rush did allow the president to win this news cycle, but he did provide further evidence of where his real priorities lie.

UPDATE:  Dana Loesch has a different take.  (H/t Instapundit.)

FROM THE COMMENTS: SoCalRobert gets at the nub of the matter:

Fluke’s sex life, indeed her medical issues or even her choice of toothpaste, are none of my business. I don’t care. I don’t want to know.

But when people demand that I pay for their choices in life then it becomes my business whether I like it or not.

I’ve stated before that I am dumbfounded that given the economy, that we are at war, that we are likely to be at war with Iran in the near future, and looming collapse under public and private debt, the fact that contraception, widely available and cheap, is even being discussed.

Bread and circuses.

*A CORRECTION/CLARIFICATION FROM THE COMMENTS:  Xrlq contends that Michelle

. . . doesn’t criticize Rush at all, except to later say he should have lobbed a different insult (moocher) instead of the specific insult he lodged. In other words, she basically said it is A-O-K for the right to engage in the very same vile conduct she routinely (and, but for her own hypocrisy, rightly) excoriates the left over. It would have been nice if for once, the right could have simply stood up and said out loud that wrong is wrong, and left it at that rather than trying to score a cheap tu quoque.

UP-UPDATE:  Rush apologizes.

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  1. Here is the transcript. fluke

    http://abcnews.go.com/images/Politics/statement-Congress-letterhead-2nd%20hearing.pdf

    Comment by rusty — March 4, 2012 @ 1:36 pm - March 4, 2012

  2. I also saw Beginners a year ago. Plummer won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor last month for his performance. He was quite good. The movie is very touching and boasts a series of enjoyable characters. I highly recommend it, Helio.

    Comment by Cinesnatch — March 4, 2012 @ 1:37 pm - March 4, 2012

  3. Here’s a crazy idea: Everybody takes care of their own health care needs. I don’t pay for doctors to care for Sandra Fluke’s well-used ladyparts, she doesn’t pay for my prostate exams. I don’t pay for Cinesnatch’s rectal trauma, he doesn’t pay for the sprained wrist I got four-wheeling.

    Yeah, I know, personal responsibility is a crazy concept, but it might be just crazy enough to work.

    Comment by V the K — March 4, 2012 @ 1:40 pm - March 4, 2012

  4. I also note Levi thinks the Government should mandate contraception for women because “reproductive freedom is a basic human right.” Strangely, he does not favor the Government forcing my employer to provide me with Firearm, even though that is a basic human right.

    Comment by V the K — March 4, 2012 @ 1:41 pm - March 4, 2012

  5. You can take your smooches and your faux civility and cram it in your box sideways.

    Will you cram it in for me, because you sound like you know what you’re doing.

    I imagine my “faux civility” will feel … MIIIIGH-hiiiigh-Tea real.

    Comment by Cinesnatch — March 4, 2012 @ 1:41 pm - March 4, 2012

  6. Ah, but you see, Cinesnatch, we’re not talking about forcing; we’re talking about people wanting it and thus the insurance plan is required to pay for it.

    I can’t wait for our America to fall into a communist’s dream, as many have predicted, so those who really need it are forced to get it (and pay for it). Can’t wait.

    Comment by Cinesnatch — March 4, 2012 @ 1:43 pm - March 4, 2012

  7. NDT
    The Blunt amendment, which was narrowly defeated, opened the door to an effective counter-spin by Democrats. Political consultant Doug Schoen lays it out in Forbes: Republicans weren’t just trying to free churches from having to provide coverage for the morning-after pill; they were giving every boss the opportunity to drop coverage for contraception. One can imagine the 30-second spots now, played during daytime TV and on female-leaning cable channels: “Republicans want employers to deny coverage for birth control pills, but they have no qualms about insurers covering Viagra!”

    http://opinion.latimes.com/opinionla/2012/03/spin-battle-an-attack-on-faith-or-women.html

    Comment by rusty — March 4, 2012 @ 1:50 pm - March 4, 2012

  8. Actually, Snatchy, studies have shown that the uninsured use less care, less expensive care, and less unnecessary care than those on government insurance.

    And they pay a higher amount of their bills for care than health care providers receive for goverment-insured patients.

    What a surprise. Those who actually have to pay are more careful, less wasteful, and more likely to pay then those on free government insurance who freeload and send the bill to others.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — March 4, 2012 @ 1:53 pm - March 4, 2012

  9. Of course, rusty.

    Just like insurers and employers can choose whether or not to cover Viagra now.

    Furthermore, rusty, Viagra is not contraception. Your continually saying that it is only demonstrates your lack of knowledge. Perhaps the reason liberals like yourself can’t seem to stop spreading STDs and needing abortions; you seem to believe that Viagra is male birth control.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — March 4, 2012 @ 1:58 pm - March 4, 2012

  10. Meanwhile, rusty, the simple fact is this: the Obama Party wants to force churches to pay for abortions and to dictate what are and aren’t government-approved legal beliefs.

    If you were in the least but intelligent, you would recognize that your advocacy for the government forcing churches to act against their beliefs does wonders for gay marriage opponents.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — March 4, 2012 @ 2:04 pm - March 4, 2012

  11. It’s been swell, ladies. I need to go spread a few STD’s (free of charge, of course) and get my daily abortion (don’t ask; it’s a liberal condition).

    Comment by Cinesnatch — March 4, 2012 @ 2:09 pm - March 4, 2012

  12. This sidetracking of the core issue of contraception to Viagra, hormones and regulating menstrual cycles is absurd.

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    We are now seriously intending to rule that Catholic doctrine must accept contraception. That the State can step in and establish religious doctrine by specifically and tacitly prohibiting the free exercise of the Catholic religion.

    This wink and nod stuff about mandating insurance companies to provide “free” contraception is laughable. Only idiots think there is any such thing as a “free lunch” or free contraceptives.

    Obama must fight this war. Obamacare is designed to morph into full-blown national health care and the health insurance industry is scheduled to be choked out of business. Obama has to “grandfather” contraception for Catholics and employees of Catholic institutions into the health insurance system so that the liberals don’t have that battle to fight when the government takes over the whole health care economy.

    So far, the liberal pawns in this chess game are dropping lie flies in the strategy department.

    Comment by Heliotrope — March 4, 2012 @ 2:36 pm - March 4, 2012

  13. But some of the uproar is that people are looking at hormonal therapy as an opening to be critical of folk when in reality, it is a personal medical situation and often times medically necessary.

    The “uproar” has to do with the fact that ObaMarx was sucking hard in the polls with the women voters. Nobody was talking about contraception at all until ObaMarx flunkie and agitprop artist George Snuffalupagus brought it up in a debate. Now we have an ObaMarx crafted (alleged) “GOP War on Women”. The regime believes that women are stupid and gullible and are counting on them to run the propaganda for them.

    As I said, there’s no “War on Women” there’s only the war on women’s intelligence.

    Comment by TGC — March 4, 2012 @ 3:36 pm - March 4, 2012

  14. Here is the transcript. fluke

    And none of that strikes you as odd, disingenous, or outright false? None whatever?

    Comment by TGC — March 4, 2012 @ 3:50 pm - March 4, 2012

  15. Republicans want employers to deny coverage for birth control pills, but they have no qualms about insurers covering Viagra!

    How about letting employers decide whether to cover contraception, Viagra, conversion therapy, any of the two, or all three? Is that not pro-choice?

    Comment by Michael Ejercito — March 4, 2012 @ 3:58 pm - March 4, 2012

  16. How about letting employers decide whether to cover contraception, Viagra, conversion therapy, any of the two, or all three? Is that not pro-choice?

    Comment by Michael Ejercito — March 4, 2012 @ 3:58 pm – March 4, 2012

    And then letting people decide where to work based on what their employer pays them, including benefits?

    Shocking! 🙂

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — March 4, 2012 @ 4:58 pm - March 4, 2012

  17. Oh, Michael and NDT, you are so naive. If a thirty year woman attending a $50,000 a year law school is incapable of providing for her own contraceptive needs, what hope does the average worker have?

    Comment by V the K — March 4, 2012 @ 6:02 pm - March 4, 2012

  18. VtheK – I am honored.

    Comment by SoCalRobert — March 4, 2012 @ 7:44 pm - March 4, 2012

  19. I’m curious as to how liberals are the only ones allowed to have a “choice” and to hell with what everybody else would choose. Where’s the equality in that?

    Comment by TGC — March 4, 2012 @ 10:00 pm - March 4, 2012

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