Rush Limbaugh's vitirol directed at Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown law student who testified about federal coverage of birth control, just won't quit. Even as advertisers have faced protests from both sides of the aisle and pulled out from sponsoring his show, the radio host has continued to perpetuate the asinine assertion that Fluke's testimony revolved around her having "so much sex" that she needs the government to pay for her contraceptives.
Seems pretty safe to assume from his nonstop drivel that the man a.) doesn't understand how birth control pills work (hey, Rush, you don't just take one pill per sexual episode, like you one might erectile dysfunction drugs!) and b.) doesn't understand that Fluke's focus in her testimony was on painful or even reproductive health-threatening conditions that can be helped with oral contraceptives.
The good news: It's looking more and more like he's going to have to pay for his incredible ignorance and vile words.
By continuing to verbally attack Fluke, Rush appears to be digging his grave deeper and deeper. Even though the cowardly Republican candidates have refused to come out swinging against Rush's attacks, their campaign strategists could implore them to distance themselves from him, or else lose a significant amount of independent and female votes. And if the candidates keep Rush at an arm's length, his ratings could take a hit. What's even more, he's setting himself up for what could become a major legal mess.
Yesterday, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) mentioned a lawsuit against Limbaugh. She said, "We will be filing a slander suit against Rush Limbaugh. What he's really trying to do is silence a young woman. It's unfair, it's un-American." Fluke herself seems on the fence about taking legal action. She told The Daily Beast:
I've certainly been told I might have a case, but it’s not something I’ve made any decisions about at this point.
If she does decide to file, Fluke's status as a private citizen makes her entitled to stronger protection against slander than someone who lives their life very much in the public eye. So, there's a strong chance she could beat him big time.
It would be fitting and fantastic to see Fluke and/or Maloney take the next step and file the lawsuit against Rush. The top Republicans may not be willing to stand up to him, but it's clear someone has to. What better way to do that then taking him down in court? Rush has always flirted with the line, but this time he's more than crossed it. It's time for him to pay.
Do you think Sandra Fluke should sue Rush Limbaugh for slander? At the very least, doesn't he owe Fluke and all women an apology?
Image via Ethan Miller/Getty Images