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Democratic Congresswomen refuse to condemn fellow partisan who uses sexual slurs against a Republican woman

Obama senior strategist David Axelrod’s faulted Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney for

his muted response to derisive comments made by conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, in which Limbaugh called a Georgetown student a “slut” for supporting government-financed birth control.

He said Romney is “afraid to challenge the de facto boss of the Republican primary,” indicating that Limbaugh was controlling the party.

Wonder how he feels about the reluctance of the president’s fellow partisans who refuse to comment on similar speech leveled by a man with far less influence in Democratic circles:

(H/t: Jim Geraghty.) Recall how one prominent Democrat insisted that Republicans “differentiate themselves” from the means-spirited rhetorical hurled by conservative activists.  Recall that just last week, the editors of the Washington Post insisted that “While Republican leaders owe no apology for Mr. Limbaugh’s comments, they do have a responsibility to repudiate them — and him.

Here, a freelance journalist gave two prominent House Democrats the chance to do just that.  And they refused.  Remember, both women had spoken out against Rush Limbaugh’s slur.  I’m sure Mr. Axelrod will be asking them to change their tune.

Ok, this really is too much fun.  Our friends on the left set such high standards for Republicans which they refuse themselves to meet.  And yes, readers, there is some sport in shooting fish in barrels.

FROM THE COMMENTS:  While agreeing that Limbaugh is fare more prominent on the right than Maher is on the left, sonicfrog holds that

If you are going to speak out against nasty comments about women because those comments are inherently offensive to all women, which is how the left typically parses this type of issue, they can not simply ignore it when someone from their side of the isle does the same and remain silent without looking like a fool. You have to be able to say something, if only a “this is wrong no matter where it came from”.
Both Congresswomen are on camera looking like fools.

And if they were Republicans, this video will be all over CNN. And MSNBC.  And maybe even NBC.

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10 Comments

  1. Where was the outcry when Michelle Malkin was publicly called a “chink” and told to go “do someone’s nails?”

    Comment by Anonymous — March 7, 2012 @ 4:43 pm - March 7, 2012

  2. 1. I think it us classless to use the “C” word like that in front of a woman.

    This dude is a dumbass.

    Comment by Geena — March 7, 2012 @ 4:57 pm - March 7, 2012

  3. Obviously Maher is wrong to say that, but he’s not a significant political figure on the left in nearly the same way as Rush Limbaugh is on the right. That’s why this comparison of the two is shaky at best.

    When Reagan calls someone the “Number One voice for conservatism in our country,” I’d say they’re a political figure with heavy influence. That was 20 years ago, and if anything, his influence has increased since then, his audience definitely has. Bill Maher is a political comedian with a late night adult TV show on an unedited network.

    Yea, Maher made reprehensible comments he should be ashamed of, but asking politicians to distance themselves from a comedian is not the same as asking them to distance themselves from the “Number One voice for conservatives” in the US.

    It’d be like asking a conservative politician about something Dennis Miller said and then getting outraged when they had no comment. Who cares? He’s a political comedian. If anything, comparing Limbaugh to Maher is elevating Maher’s status in the political arena.

    Comment by aj — March 7, 2012 @ 5:14 pm - March 7, 2012

  4. Not shaky, aj. Democrats have said Republicans need condemn this rhetoric. These Democrats had a chance, were asked point blank.

    You might have a point had Maher not given $1 Million to Obama’s Super Pac — and very publicly so.

    Has Dennis Miller given $1 Million to a GOP Super PAC?

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — March 7, 2012 @ 5:18 pm - March 7, 2012

  5. The hypocrisy of the Democrat party/liberals escalates.

    In June 2010, Democrat congresswoman Janis Barid Sontany of Tennessee said that she couldn’t imagine any “real” women choosing to be Republicans, so the congresswoman said publicly that Republican lawmakers who claim to be females “need to lift their skirts” so as to prove they really are women and not men in drag.

    No outcry. No apology.

    Bill Maher has attacked Sarah Palin’s children on his show, has called Palin the vile c-word on CNN (rhymes with “hunt”) and a “dumb tw*t” (rhymes with “not”). Others have called Palin a whore, a slut, a bimbo, Caribou Barbie and many have wished her dead or at least brutalized. Not-so-funny comedienne Sandra Bernhart has publicly stated that she hopes Palin is violently gang-raped by a mob of black men.

    No outcry. No apology.

    Shoot, the Democrats are so desperate that to call Obama the “Food Stamp President” (as Gingrich recently did) because during his administration more people are on food stamps than in America’s history… well, dammit, that’s RACIST.

    Liberals want to lynch Rush for saying that any woman, like Sandra Fluke, who claims to spend $1,000 a year on birth control and wants taxpayers to handle her contraception bill is a slut.

    Assaults on conservatives, misogynist, hate-filled rhetoric against conservative women are acceptable – against liberal women, be prepared for the cauldron of tar and the bag of feathers. Even if, as Rush has done, apologized. Twice.

    Comment by ClassicFilm — March 7, 2012 @ 5:24 pm - March 7, 2012

  6. The real unfortunate thing, is that there are hypocrites on both sides of the isle. It’s almost as if it were a national sport – who can be the most hypocritical, and get away with it. I could offer a handful of examples for both sides, and there would be defenders of both.

    Comment by Jason — March 7, 2012 @ 5:38 pm - March 7, 2012

  7. aj said:

    Obviously Maher is wrong to say that, but he’s not a significant political figure on the left in nearly the same way as Rush Limbaugh is on the right. That’s why this comparison of the two is shaky at best.

    While I absolutely agree, and the Limbaugh comment was hear by millions vs the few thousand that tune into Maher, the point is well made. If you are going to speak out against nasty comments about women because those comments are inherently offensive to all women, which is how the left typically parses this type of issue, they can not simply ignore it when someone from their side of the isle does the same and remain silent without looking like a fool. You have to be able to say something, if only a “this is wrong no matter where it came from”.

    Both Congresswomen are on camera looking like fools.

    Perhaps it’s not their fault. Unfortunately, the modern politician is coach and yelled and screamed at not to say anything not prepared and off the cuff. It’s one of the reasons I like both Ron Paul and even Dennis Kucinich. At least when they say something, you’re pretty sure it’s coming from them, and not a bunch of handlers.

    Comment by sonicfrog — March 7, 2012 @ 6:22 pm - March 7, 2012

  8. Oh, my.

    There is no hypocrisy when you stand for nothing.

    Rush Limbaugh is a man of principle and you can nail him when he violates his principles.

    Bill Clinton was the leader of the moral relativism pack who could haul a 10 pound Bible off to church and cry atonement when he found that his amoral Mr. Happy had gotten him in trouble in his latest serial bimbo dalliances. And his crowd of moral relativists cheered him for his brilliance in escaping from the straight jacket of morality yet again. Therefore, Bill Clinton was not a hypocrite, which, apparently, is a far greater evil than diddling a moonstruck intern who was his own daughter’s age.

    Republicans are walking targets for the hypocrisy charge. Democrats are invisible to the hypocrisy charge. Ask Nancy Pelosi about Catholicism and compare her babble with what the Pope says. Pelosi is a cafeteria Catholic who can pray like an unpaid Irish whore when she is overcome with the need for approval. But it is not hypocrisy. She’s a Democrat.

    Comment by Heliotrope — March 7, 2012 @ 6:57 pm - March 7, 2012

  9. Obviously Maher is wrong to say that, but he’s not a significant political figure on the left in nearly the same way as Rush Limbaugh is on the right. That’s why this comparison of the two is shaky at best.

    aj continues to dispense the same talking point as many of my leftist friends. It’s an acceptable double standard because Rush Limbaugh a “significant political figure” or “de-facto head of the Republican party.”

    If that’s the case, AJ, then please provide specific qualifications that would make one a “significant political figure.”

    I’m also stilll waiting to receive guidelines from my leftist friends as to when it is appropriate to use the term “slut” and when it is not.

    My mind continues to race trying to figure out why I should feel multiple day long rage because of what Maher or Limbaugh or Schultz or Maddow said on a radio or TV show – especially since I hear many in my social circle who are so enraged bandy about terms like “slut,” “whore” and “cunt” on a casual basis.

    Comment by ChrisH — March 7, 2012 @ 8:29 pm - March 7, 2012

  10. Just more typical Democratic/Liberal hypocrisy. Every Democratic congresswoman should be followed around by a camera crew and asked over and over and over why they didn’t speak up when Maher, Schulz and these other libo-nuts trashed women. And their refusal to answer should be featured in campaign ad after campaign ad against them this Fall. Someone in the GOP is really falling down on missing this golden opportunity to showcase the quite blatant hypocrisy of this bunch of females. I often wonder, are there any Democratic women with a conscience? Apaprently not, from what I’ve seen so far.

    Comment by Mart Martin — March 8, 2012 @ 11:33 am - March 8, 2012

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