Darrell Issa’s response to the Limbaugh Affair is typical “both sides do it” nonsense:
House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) said in a letter on Friday that Democrats had a “narrow focus” on Rush Limbaugh calling Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” for her testify about contraception coverage and said members of his staff had been attacked as well.
Issa said that his female staffers had been the subject of “intense and disgusting accusations and insults — ‘hag,’ ‘traitor,’ and numerous references to anatomy have been among the milder expressions hurled over the phone.”
Issa said he does not agree “with many comments that have been made during the effort to examine the constitutionality of Obamacare’s mandates on individual freedom, including the ones by Mr. Limbaugh, I find your narrow focus on this particular comment to be self-serving and dismissive of other inappropriate comments and attacks on Americans of faith.”
A break — give me one. Rush Limbaugh is practically the leader of the GOP and has been spewing racism and misogyny for a quarter century, but Issa wants to compare Limbaugh’s disgusting rant against Sandra Fluke to some unknown attacks against Issa’s staffers.
No. That mealy-mouthed nonsense is insufficient, as is calling Limbaugh’s words “absurd,” or “inappropriate” as Santorum and Boehner have done.
Rush Limbaugh is calling your mothers, sisters, and daughters sluts and prostitutes. “Inappropriate” and “absurd” doesn’t begin to cover it.
And by the way, the “you sluts want us to pay to have sex” narrative is unimaginably stupid. Sandra Fluke testified about her friend who was prescribed birth control for a medical condition — ovarian cysts. Nobody’s asking to be paid to have sex. Nobody’s asking for government-subsidized condoms. Besides, we women have been paying men to have sex for years. The only purpose of Viagra and Cialis and the like is to allow men to have sex. Many health insurance plans cover Viagra. Where’s Rush’s outrage about that? Shouldn’t all men who take those little blue pills be forced post sex tapes online?*** Face it: We’re not the sluts — you are.
***Put the camera down.
[via TPM][cross-posted at ABLC]