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Why Can’t Mitt Romney Stand Up to Rush Limbaugh?

**updated**

“It’s the worst kind of cowardice,” Imus said. “Maybe he’s still jacked up on the Oxycontin, or whatever it is, but you can’t say stuff about somebody and not, 1) own up to it, and, 2) have guts enough to go sit down with her and say, ‘Look, I’m sorry and I won’t do this again.’ But no, he’s a punk.” – Mediaite


Don “nappy headed hos” Imus calls Limbaugh out? Don Imus? But yet Mitt Romney can’t muster a strong statement of any sort where Limbaugh is concerned.

NRO’s Kevin McCarthy is more upset about Imus than Limbaugh calling a college student a “slut.”

No wonder Barbara Bush is disgusted with the 2012 GOP race.

David Frum makes the case against Rush, too.

But yet all Mitt Romney has to say about it is that “slut” and “prostitute” weren’t the words he’d have used.

That’s the best he’s got?

David Axelrod teed off on it.

Top Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod on Monday blasted Mitt Romney, accusing him of failing to appropriately criticize radio host Rush Limbaugh for his attacks on a college student who testified before Congress.

“I was kind of shocked, Anderson, when Gov. Romney, all he had, all he had to say about the thing was, ‘Well, that isn’t language I would have used.’ What about the spirit of what was said? I thought that was a cowardly answer and it was a test of leadership, and one that he failed,” said Axelrod on CNN to host Anderson Cooper.

Coming days before Super Tuesday, it was more important for Mitt Romney to keep pandering to the grand poobah of Republican hack politics than do the right thing.

Ann Romney evidently doesn’t care either. Maybe it’s because the Romneys have only sons.

Wingnuts are going after Sandra Fluke, including her statements on insurance for “not covering sex change operations,” all in an effort to change the subject from Rush Limbaugh to her.

I was inundated yesterday on the subject of Rush Limbaugh versus Bill Maher, who can be venomous toward women, and I’ve called him out for it, and has called Sarah Palin the “c” word. Maher is a comedian on a pay network, not a DNC man or someone on public airwaves and Armed Forces radio who is also a leader in the Republican Party.

Let’s not get distracted.

It’s ironic that the soon to be nominee of the Republican Party, Mitt Romney, knows he has less power right now than Rush Limbaugh, a man who just called a private citizen a “slut” and a “prostitute,” then demanded sex tapes.

Mitt Romney has less courage than Don Imus, David Frum, George Will and former Bush man Matthew Dowd, but he’s the best person to lead a nation where the majority of the voting populace is women?

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39 Responses to Why Can’t Mitt Romney Stand Up to Rush Limbaugh?

  1. LJ March 6, 2012 at 9:48 am #

    Taylor,

    I respectfully disagree. It’s a double standard. Rush may have more scope, years and audience that Maher, but it’s the same exact thing. Rush and Bill are both media personalities, each catering to a very specific subset of their parties.

    I don’t understand this divisiveness. Where is there anyone trying to bridge a divide here and bring people together?

    If people are defensive over what Maher says about Palin — what’s wrong with validating that point of view? They’re right. It’s an awful thing to say.  It doesn’t help anyone, Limbaugh or Maher, to be speaking about any Americans in such a negative, unflattering, insulting manner.

    The bottom line, it’s these two women (and it usually is women) , both being talked about by men in a national spotlight, where the nastiest, disgusting things imaginable are said about them — for speaking their minds.

    It’s not a Partisan issue. It’s a cultural one.

    • Taylor Marsh March 6, 2012 at 10:10 am #

      Appreciate your sentiments, but

      You’re changing the subject, which is Rush Limbaugh calling Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute.”

      I wrote THE book on the media’s role in 2008, which includes the 1st woman to benefit from the Hillary Effect, Sarah Palin, from her rise to her self-inflicted fall. So, I’m an expert on the subject of men attacking women in public life.  I have also chronicled Palin from her introduction fairly.

      Today, right now, the subject is Rush Limbaugh. It has nothing to do with anyone else.

    • secularhumanizinevoluter March 6, 2012 at 11:32 am #

      1.”I respectfully disagree.”

      Fair enough, so long as that dfisagreement id based on facts.

      2.” A.It’s a double standard. Rush may have more scope, years and audience that Maher, but it’s the same exact thing.” B/” Rush and Bill are both media personalities, each catering to a very specific subset of their parties.”

      A. I have seen Maher called out on his sexism and misogyny all over the left. AND right here, but to say Mahers stupid sexist comments and attitudes are “exactly the same thing” as the full blown dishonesty and outright hatred of limpwithnoballs is an indication of someone who either has no knowledge of what these two individuals actually said or is just outright dishonest themselves in their attempt to establish an equivalency.

      B.  limpwitnoballs has been is and will conrinue to be the media organ for the extreme repugnantklan/teabaggers. Maher is a comedy/sctor type. While he claims to be a progressive he certainly is NOT catering to a “party”

      3.”I don’t understand this divisiveness. Where is there anyone trying to bridge a divide here and bring people together?”

      Well, pointing out this hate fountain and shutting it off is a good start.

      4.”If people are defensive over what Maher says about Palin – what’s wrong with validating that point of view? They’re right. It’s an awful thing to say.  It doesn’t help anyone, Limbaugh or Maher, to be speaking about any Americans in such a negative, unflattering, insulting manner.”

      Again you attempt to make the false equivalency arguement. maher is a jerk, LOTS of folks here say that and call him on it. limpwithnoballs is a full fledged hate monger and woman hater. And NONE of the repugnantklan/teabaggers are calling him on it. IN FACT they continue to use his lies about this woman.

      5.”The bottom line, it’s these two women (and it usually is women) , both being talked about by men in a national spotlight, where the nastiest, disgusting things imaginable are said about them – for speaking their minds.”

      AGAIN with the false equivalency. For one thing Palin was a political candidate. Ms. Fluke was a person testifying on availability of birth control to people without healthcare.

      6.”It’s not a Partisan issue. It’s a cultural one.”

      I would agree on one level but it is also a honesty issue. Attempting to conflate maher’s comments and limpwitnoballs is simply dishonest.

  2. fangio March 6, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    Romney is the quintessential face of private equity;  cold as ice and interested in nothing but money.  Human beings don’t factor into his world.  Unlike Obama,  perhaps he is the true technocrat we have been waiting for.

    • Taylor Marsh March 6, 2012 at 10:18 am #

      It’s why I named him Mr. Ice.

  3. guyski March 6, 2012 at 10:24 am #

    Perhaps Romney learned a lesson. Which is, no matter what he says, or how he says it, it will be interpreted by others for their own reasons/goals.

    • Isis March 6, 2012 at 10:56 am #

      Great. Sure hope you remember this extremely lame justification next time you criticize President Obama for his cowardice on certain issues or for the fact that he can be what you call a “lazy democrat” (I agree with that by the way). Maybe Obama learned the same lesson. And since most politicians  or public person can come to the conclusion that no matter what they say, or how they say it, it will be interpreted by others for their own reasons/goals, none of them probably dont need to take a stand on anything. Great.

  4. Art Pronin March 6, 2012 at 10:39 am #

    Joe Scarbrough says its the worst most damaging month for the gop since nixon resigned. He says this contraception stuff is severely damaging the gop.  Hs wife convinced him of it- she is a goper pro life but is furious with ehr party over all this. on tavis smiley

    • Isis March 6, 2012 at 11:12 am #

      Interesting just a while ago he and Noonan were trying to convince us all that this very issue would cost Obama is second term. He probably should have spoken to his wife before making an ass of himself on TV.

      What really gets me is that because of the crassness of the big fat red pig on radio, what Sandra Fluke’s testimony has been completely lost. The idiot revealed his own obsessions and made it all about sex.

      Sandra Fluke’s testimony was actually about her friend’s fight to get birth control pills necessary to control a disease causing ovarian cysts. Georgetown repeatedly refused her efforts to get coverage for a very expensive prescription for a specific birth control pill that would control the cysts. Eventually, the friend realized she could not afford the medication plus student costs, went off the medication and subsequently had to have an ovary surgically removed, compromising her potential for child-bearing.

      For that testimony Limbaugh called her a slut.

      But that is ok because Bill Maher called Sarah Palin a c**t.

       

      • secularhumanizinevoluter March 6, 2012 at 11:36 am #

        “But that is ok because Bill Maher called Sarah Palin a c**t.”

        Well the pathetic fluffers for the repugnantklan/teabaggers and limpwithnoballs have to try SOMETHING to deflect attention away from how stupid and loathsome their “boys” are don’t they? I mean they are GETTING HAMMERED in the polls for their naked stupidity and hate mongering?

      • casualobserver March 6, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

        What really gets me is that because of the crassness of the big fat red pig on radio, what Sandra Fluke’s testimony has been completely lost.

        I agree this should have been focus of both Limbaugh initially and all others who subsequently became enthralled by the rhetoric and not the issue.

        So, here’s your chance……why should I pay for Ms. Fluke’s medication before she does, her family does, before Planned Parenthood does, before her friends do or before you yourself do?

        • Uh-oh March 6, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

          “why should I pay for Ms. Fluke’s medication”

          How exactly do you figure that you are paying for anything? The mandate was for insurance to cover this with no co-pay, just as insurance covers certain other medical services with no co-pay. This was lots of hysteria about nothing. Do you even understand how insurance works???

           

        • Isis March 6, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

          “So, here’s your chance……why should I pay for Ms. Fluke’s medication before she does, her family does, before Planned Parenthood does, before her friends do or before you yourself do”

          Good news: you don’t get to pay for ANYTHING!

          This is why you guys should really stop listening to that pig on radio and inventing boogeymen.

          I will just paste the following from Maureen Dowd’s comments:

          “He (Rush Limbaugh the liar) said insuring contraception would represent another “welfare entitlement,” which is wrong – tax dollars would not provide the benefit, employers and insurance companies would. And women would not be getting paid just “to have sex.” They’d be getting insurance coverage toward the roughly $1,000 annual expense of trying to avoid unwanted pregnancies and abortions, and to control other health conditions. This is something men and conservatives should want too, and not just because those outcomes actually do cost taxpayers money.

          • casualobserver March 6, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

            Do you even understand how insurance works???

            I’m sure the stockholders hope I do. I’ve been a board member for several for the past 13 years.

            Good news: you don’t get to pay for ANYTHING!

            If and when the incremental greater usage of birth control substances results in either a flattening or a decrease in maternity costs net of the additional unabsorbed costs of providing the substances, you may declare your good news to me.

            Insurance rates are set based on historical loss costs, not prospective savings. Insurance rates are also approved at the state level. I am unaware of any provision of ACA that usurped rate making jurisdiction from any state.

            The infamous Sebelius talking point that you are borrowing from came from a very mixed bag  of evidence:

            • The administration cites Hawaii’s birth-control mandate, which a study said “did not appear” to increase health insurance premiums. Interestingly, the same study also showed an increase in the number of pregnancies after contraception coverage was required.
            • The administration cites a 1995 study that found significant savings from contraception. The study also said insurance company costs are likely to increase if coverage is simply provided to people who would otherwise buy birth control.
            • When Pennsylvania considered a birth-control mandate, an independent state agency concluded that “the amount of possible savings relative to the cost of the legislation is unclear.”
            • Connecticut also could not conclude whether private insurance plans saved enough from reduced pregnancy costs to cover the added expenses of providing coverage under that state’s mandate.
            • A Texas study estimated that covering contraception would not produce enough savings to cover the added cost. It reasoned that, in most cases, women would get contraceptives on their own even if not covered by insurance.
  5. JoeCHI March 6, 2012 at 10:43 am #

    There is absolutely no difference between Maher and Limbaugh.  Either all of ti’s OK, or none of it’s OK.

    • secularhumanizinevoluter March 6, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

      Using your “logic” if a Democrat or member of the left slapped someone then Ted Bundy should have been left alone. BRILLIANT!!!!!

  6. RAJensen March 6, 2012 at 10:55 am #

    You could photoshop any of Romney’s speeches into this video and be spot on:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-SAwp9hAx4

  7. mjsmith March 6, 2012 at 10:57 am #

    I am not sure why Mitt Romney has to answer for Rush Limbaugh? I understand that Conservatives and Republicans in Office and in the Media are held to higher standards of conduct and accountability. When the liberals hold their media outlets and politicians to the same standards, I will begin to care about what they think. Rush can speak for himself and does not need Mitt Romney to speak for him. Why should Mitt get involved in this issue? I am getting ready to go out and vote against Romney in about an hour. I don’t like him for a number of valid reasons.

  8. nightrain37 March 6, 2012 at 11:48 am #

    Let’s make this simple for the simpletons. Maher is on a channel you have to subscribe to, to watch, Rush is on the public radio airways heard nationwide. Palin is/was a public figure and sorry but you get all the crap that comes with that. If you don’t like the heat, stay out of the kitchen. Ms Fluke is a private citizen, a college student being attacked by a man of immense power in the GOP. Those are the base differences. Should a woman be called a slut, whore, bitch, or prostitute, no but you are talking about an ideal world that does not exist. Hell, if you really want to break it down, women are a hell of a lot quicker to call another woman a whore than most men are. Mittens is Mittens, he will say and do anything to become pres, so accept him for what he is. Rush was wrong again, it is just that this time it backfired and now he wants to be the victim while at the same time not changing what he said.  Its a bait and switch. Last, you don’t have any democratic pol apoligizing and kissing Maher’s ass, but the GOP all kiss Rush’s. Maher is not and has not been a keynote speaker at Democratic conventions, Rush has. Maher makes sure you know he is a comediene and actually has repugs/conservatives on his show, Rush doesn’t. Nuff Said?

    • secularhumanizinevoluter March 6, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

      “Let’s make this simple for the simpletons.”

      BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Sorry, there aren’t that many single syllable words to dumb it down enough for the limpwithnoballs fans and defenders!!!!

  9. cjoblak@hotmail.com March 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    Ed Schulz called Laura Ingraham a slut and I didn’t hear this amount of outrage from the left regarding their own.  H

    • secularhumanizinevoluter March 6, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

      I am no fan of Ed Schultz BUT…you really have to have your head shoved pretty far up your own keister not to see the difference between a one time event  …that the perp then apologized TO the person called the name and who ON THEIR OWN asked to be suspended for 4 weeks and a nonstop hate spewer who then offered a nonapology….oh….wait a second….I just realized whose comment this is….never mind. It’s to far up there to be reached.

    • Betsy March 6, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

      You are dead wrong.  A lot of people on the left were upset.  I for one was furious.  I think any male that calls a female names like that is just beyond acceptable.  To be fair,  Ed called her personally and apologized profusely for it.  Also was taken off the air for a week, which hit his pocket.

       

      • angels81 March 6, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

        Also another point to be made is, Ed took himself off the air with no pay.

  10. angels81 March 6, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

    Lets be clear its not just lord Mittens who can’t or won’t stand up to Limbaugh, it’s the whole damn republican party. Except for McCain I have heard not a peep out of any of the so called leaders of that party.  When you see whats been going on around the country with states that are controlled by the republicans, you see that they may not say it like rush, but they think the same way about women and their issues as Rush does. This is a party that is trying to roll back the rights women have fought for and won over the years, so its no surprise that Mitt and the party leaders have nothing to say.

    It will be a sad day if women and men in this country forget what has gone down these last few years when it comes to the rights of women to control their own body’s, and not make the republican party pay for this come Nov.

    • jinbaltimore March 6, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

      Let’s be clear that the DEMOCRATIC party (especially its men) have not covered themselves in glory here either.  Where was Obama’s PUBLIC outcry against Limbaugh’s statements?

      • angels81 March 6, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

        Have you been asleep these past few days? The President not only spoke out, he made a personal call to Ms. Fluke showing his support and telling her he was proud and that her parents should be proud of her standing up for whats right.

        I know you have a hatred for the President, but lets stick to facts and not things you just make up because they sound good to you.

        • jinbaltimore March 6, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

          I see a new story released today about the President making a statement:

          All decent folks can agree that the remarks that were made don’t have any place in the public discourse,” he said.

          But hadn’t seen that at the time I left the comment.  At that time, all I’d heard about was the personal call, which, alone, did not seem quite brave.

          I have no hatred for the president, don’t know him.  I’m not in favor of many of his actions and annoyed as hell at those in “The Left” who give him a pass for them merely because he has “Democrat” next to his name.

           

           

          • angels81 March 6, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

            Did you bother to read the rest of his remarks today or did you just read the one line?

            By your post, I think I know the answer.

  11. nightrain37 March 6, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    Hold the presses, secular and I are in agreement. Just joking. Most of us are making the same points. For the first time since he got the boot from ESPN Rush, is facing a backlash for saying something that is outlandish and incendiary. This is what he does without consequence day in and day out. It’s funny how the trolls here first targeted Maher and then diverted to Ed. If you want to stick up for Rush, just do it. Because apparently you see nothing wrong with what he said despite saying that you do. Again Ingrahm, Palin, Ed, Rush, Maher, etc… have chosen to be public figures and with that comes scrutiny that the rest of us don’t have to deal with. This young lady is a private citizen that chose to speak out on something she believed in which if you trolls had paid attention was that birth control pills are also for used tor health reasons. I know because my daughter uses them for health reasons. But as always ignorance is bliss.

  12. cjoblak@hotmail.com March 6, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

    NOBODY SHOULD BE CALLING ANYBODY A SLUT, CUNT, WHORE, ETC!

    IM SICK OF THE WAR ON WOMEN FROM BOTH SIDES AND YOU CAN’T TELL ME ONE SIDE IS BETTER THAN THE OTHER!

    • secularhumanizinevoluter March 6, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

      That would be because you are either utterly dishonest or willfully ignorant of reality.

      I know which one I think applies.

    • angels81 March 6, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

      AND YOU CAN’T TELL ME ONE SIDE IS BETTER THAN THE OTHER!

      You are not serious are you? There is a big difference from one side compared to the other. I don’t see democrats trying to pass laws that roll back the rights of women. I see republicans trying to undo equal pay for women, pass laws against birth control, redefine rape laws, forcing women to under go medical procedure’s that are unnecessary, defunding planned parenthood, cutting funding for pre natal care, doing away with head start, and the list goes on. As a whole I don’t see democrats waging this kind of war on women, so to say, both sides are the same is bullshit.

      • jinbaltimore March 6, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

        I don’t see democrats trying to pass laws that roll back the rights of women.

        Then you were sleeping during the Great Aetna Bailout, uh “health care reform,” debate.

        • angels81 March 6, 2012 at 6:07 pm #

          I see all you got is another “ya but” argument which doesn’t even hold up to the smell test. Trying to throw up the so called great Aetna bailout as some insidious war on women is a laugh. If that’s all you got as a counter argument to my post, well all I can say is, thanks for the laugh.

          • secularhumanizinevoluter March 6, 2012 at 7:25 pm #

            angels81 trying to have a back and fourth with these clowns is pointless. They are either disconnected from reality rubes or utterly dishonest wingnut trolls.

          • jinbaltimore March 6, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

            I see.  There isn’t room for criticism of your party.  Got it.  You’re tribal.  That’s cool.  Just not my thing.  I’ve been a Democrat for 29 years, but I guess since I’m able to criticize them, not your kind.

            As for Secular, I’ve been watching your comments for a while now.  Your point by point arguments actually have merit occasionally, but you always gravy it up too much with the ad hominems.

            It’s gonna be a nice loooooooong election season with you guys, and I very much look forward to hearing your defenses of the man who would assassinate you on whim.

            Um, for now, answer me this: why can’t Obama just come out and say he’s in favor of birth control.  To paraphrase a joke I read at Shakesville, “Birth control is more popular than puppies.  If he can’t come out in support of birth control, he can’t come out in support of puppies.”

            For later, why give this president a pass for the past three years for noises he’s only making now in an election year.

  13. secularhumanizinevoluter March 6, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

    AND the bottom line is in a very real way Mittens is limpwithnoballs EMPLOYER!!!!! Doesn’t mittens own Bain capital? Well guess who owns the company that owns the radio stations?

  14. ladywalker68 March 7, 2012 at 12:46 am #

    “Let’s not get distracted.” I agree that the right loves to change the subject when one of their Golden Guys goes down in flames after lighting himself on fire. When all of the allegations against Herman Cain hit the fan, the cry from the right was Bill Clinton!  Now, after a 3-day verbal assault on a young woman who is not a public figure, but who was called upon to represent a woman’s point of view on health coverage needs of women, the right is saying …”Look over there at Bill Maher and Ed Schultz!”

    Ya know, the fact the somebody else somewhere did something similar does not give EVERYBODY a pass for bad behavior, but that is the argument the right continues to try to make, even though Rush LIED and made up stuff that Sandra Fluke never said!!!

    I do agree with NOBODY SHOULD BE CALLING ANYBODY A SLUT, CUNT, WHORE, ETC!  I’M SICK OF THE WAR ON WOMEN FROM BOTH SIDES. And I also agree with nighttrain37′s points that “If you want to stick up for Rush, just do it. Because apparently you see nothing wrong with what he said despite saying that you do. Again Ingrahm, Palin, Ed, Rush, Maher, etc… have chosen to be public figures and with that comes scrutiny that the rest of us don’t have to deal with. This young lady is a private citizen that chose to speak out on something she believed in which if you trolls had paid attention was that birth control pills are also for used tor health reasons. I know because my daughter uses them for health reasons. But as always ignorance is bliss.”

    That said, we can nit-pick all we want about the differences in the situations, such as Schultz offering a REAL apology versus the non-apology from Rush (it’s not an apology just because you say it is.  It actually has to sound like one). Or whether Maher is a comic on a tiny, cable show with a small audience versus an alleged serious talk show host who dominates the “free” airwaves. Or whether the victims are public figures who “have to put up with it because it goes with the territory” versus relatively low-profile persons such as Ms. Fluke, who just happened to get caught in the crossfire in this case.

    But trash talk is trash talk no matter who says it, where  they say it, when they say it or about whom and I would LOVE for the use of such words to forever disappear, the hate go away and be replaced with some honest to goodness civil discussion on the issues.

    As much as the right wants to change the topic to those on the left, Mr. Rush is the most recent blow-hard to step in it and stomp on it, until the stuff started splashing up and getting all over him to the point that he didn’t like the effects of his own doing. Unfortunately, what he got all over himself isn’t washing off very easily and the advertisers are running away in droves holding their noses from the stench and he is kind of stuck being unable to clean up the mess he made.

    Me thinks it is Humpty Dumpty time for Rush and that is as it should be.

    And God Bless Jon Stewart for one of his greatest parodies ever. I laughed so hard my sides hurt!

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