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The Limbaugh poison is attracting the backlash it rightly deserve

Jonathan P.Hicks | 4/5/2012, 4:37 p.m.
Let's be clear about one thing regarding Rush Limbaugh: He symbolizes everything that is contemptible...
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When asked his view of Limbaugh's bombastic comments against Fluke, the man who would be leader of the free world said, "It's not the language I would have used." Romney offered no criticism what so ever of the attack on the young student.

Indeed, one can only wonder what language Romney might have preferred. Harlot? Tramp?

Meanwhile, Rick Santorum, the sanctimonious uber-Christian, showed his brand of Bible-based compassion by brushing away the whole episode, explaining that Limbaugh is "an entertainer," adding that the talk show host was simply "being absurd," in that role.

The good news here is that Limbaugh's comments have galvanized progressive minds and spirits--and those of fair-minded people of all political persuasions, including no small number of conservative Republicans.

John DeGioia, president of Georgetown University, one of those Catholic institutions that were the subject of Fluke's testimony, had a couple of choice words of his own for Limbaugh's rant: "misogynistic" and "vitriolic."

And Sen. John McCain, who four years ago was navigating a Republican primary of his own, called

Limbaugh's attack unacceptable "in every way" and said it "should be condemned" by people across the political spectrum.

This widespread outrage has resulted in an ever-growing number of sponsors and radio stations deserting Limbaugh.

At the same time, it has cast national attention on the Republicans' senseless election-year attack on women, their ability to make their own health decisions and, in the case of Limbaugh, their very character.

Once again, it was left to President Barack Obama to play the role of the sensible adult. In a press conference

on Tuesday, he discussed what motivated him to call Fluke and provide her with some encouraging words.

He spoke, he said, as a father who wants his own two daughters to be engaged in public discourse.

"I want them to be able to speak their minds in a civil and thoughtful way," Obama said of his two daughters. "I don't want them attacked or called horrible names because they're being good citizens. I wanted Sandra to know that I thought her parents should be proud of her and we want to send a message to all our young people; there is a way to do it that doesn't involved being demeaned and insulted, particularly when you're a private citizen."

Well said, Mr. President.