On This Week with George Stephanopoulos, it’s a veritable free-for-all over Rush Limbaugh and the contraceptive debate. You got to see the full range of Villager conventional wisdom – from A to B! Let’s listen as they discuss Rush Limbaugh’s non-apology apology to college student Sandra Fluke:
STEPHANOPOULOS: Fair to say, I think, George, we’re going to see her picture in Democrat ads as well. I can only imagine the pressure that Rush Limbaugh was on yesterday to force that apology. You know, the advertisers came out and started to pull their ads. I would imagine also Republican leaders are calling and saying, get this issue off our backs.
WILL: Well, it would have been nice if they had shared that with the larger public, the Republican leaders. Instead, Mr. Boehner comes out and says, Rush’s language was inappropriate. Using the salad fork for your entrée, that is inappropriate.
Points for style to Mr. Will! Good one, George! As we know, using the proper fork is an important Beltway tool.
WILL: I mean, and Rick Santorum says, well, what he said was absurd but an entertainer is allowed to be absurd. No, it is the responsibility of conservatives to police the right and its excesses, just as the liberals unfailingly fail to police the excesses on their own side.
And it was depressing because what it indicates is that the Republican leaders are afraid of Rush Limbaugh. They want to bomb Iran, but they’re afraid of Rush Limbaugh.
“Excesses” of the liberals? I would be so happy to see some. Where are they?
NOONAN: Look, what Rush Limbaugh said was crude, rude, even piggish, it was just unacceptable, he ought to be called on it. I’m glad he has apologized. I guess there will be a debate now about the nature of the apology. But what he said was also destructive.
It confused the issue. It played into this trope that the Republicans have a war on women. No, they don’t, but he made it look they that way. It confused the larger issue which is the real issue, which is “Obama-care,” and its incursions against religious freedoms, which is a serious issue. It was not about this young lady at Georgetown.
So what he said was deeply destructive and unhelpful and he ought to be called on it.
Oh, Nooners. Surely you’re not drinking this early in the day? There are no incursions into “religious freedoms,” no matter what those voices in your head tell you. That nice Dr. Dean tries to explain it to you:
DEAN: War on religious freedom is an important thing inside the Beltway among elite people, it’s like the Fourth Amendment. It’s a good argument for elite people. An attack on whether women can buy birth control pills or not, and have their insurance pay for it, every woman in America understands that.
This is a war on women. They’ve been warring on woman on abortion rights, now they’re going after them on birth control rights. There’s not a woman in the United States of America that doesn’t get what the Republicans are doing.
And Mitt Romney is going to have to live with this. And he can’t get out of it until the primary season is over. And that is his problem.
Donna Brazile jumps in:
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