I do not pay much attention to Rush Limbaugh. As far as I know, he has never said anything insightful and his shtick seems to be, like Ann Coulter, to say outrageous things just to gain attention. I usually just ignore them but his recent outburst against Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke, repeatedly calling her a slut and a prostitute, was quite extraordinary. I didn’t think that even he would sink so low.
Stephen Colbert did a segment on what Limbaugh said and I have to admit that the print versions that I read did not really do justice to the extent of the awfulness of his remarks and the sheer creepiness of the way he said it. Watch this clip to the end to see what I mean. These are not the signs of a mentally healthy person.
Jon Stewart has a good rant, in which he dissects how defenders of Limbaugh rapidly jump from one indefensible position to another in order to disguise the emptiness of their arguments. It is the political equivalent of the three-card monte trick or a shell game.
(These clips appeared on March 5, 2012. To get suggestions on how to view clips of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report outside the US, please see this earlier post.)