The world’s worst radio comedian issued a faux apology for calling Sanda Fluke a “slut” because she had the audacity to say that health plans should cover contraceptives, just like they do other medicines whose effectiveness has been proven:
I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.
“Insulting word choices”? Limbaugh apologized merely for using bad words. He did not apologize for the basic lie of his three-day rant: Fluke was asking the government itself to fund contraception. He actually reiterated it in his “apology”:
I personally do not agree that American citizens should pay for these social activities. What happened to personal responsibility and accountability?
To veer onto the honest path would, however, upset the narrative on the Right that has been building around the issue. Bill O’Reilly claimed that Fluke wants taxpayers to give women their “hard earned money so you can have sex.” Michelle Malkin called Fluke a “moocher” and “tool of the Nanny State.” Eric Bolling said his opposition research revealed that Fluke was a “plant” who was attending Georgetown with the intent to “expose” her ideology, apparently in support of government-funded sex.
These statements are not isolated in our enlightened times. David Atkins, writing on Hullabaloo, noted the following on March 2:
Stripper, or strategist? Democrat strategist on MSNBC raging against Limbaugh, her name is supposedly ‘Krystal Ball.’ Speaking of #sluts…
As Atkins noted, Ball is indeed a Democratic strategist. “It’s her real name. She ran for Congress under that name.” Ball is a frequent guest commentator on MSNBC. She also knows a little bit about how the anti-woman noise machine on the Right works in these supposedly enlightened times.
When Ball was running for Congress from Virginia in 2010, six-year old photographs emerged of her simulating a sex act while wearing a Santa suit at a Christmas party. Ball responded by publishing an impassioned piece in the Huffington Post. It could have been written this week by Sandra Fluke:
I don’t believe these pictures were posted with a desire to just embarrass me; they wanted me to feel like a whore. They wanted me to collapse in a ball of embarrassment and to hang my head in shame. After all, when you are a woman named Krystal Ball, 28 years old, running for Congress, well, you get the picture. Stripper. Porn star.
Ball continued by noting that “[t]he tactic of making female politicians into whores is nothing new.” She noted that the sexuality of female candidates created a new glass ceiling:
Society has to accept that women of my generation have sexual lives that are going to leak into the public sphere. Sooner or later, this is a reality that has to be faced, or many young women in my generation will not be able to run for office.
Or, as Sandra Fluke learned this week, being able to speak your mind on an issue of women’s health.
All of this comes from the same dark place on the Right. It is out of ideas. It is reminded daily that the quaint, white male Christian world of its fantasies does not exist. The African-American socialist at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is likely to be returned by the American people for another four years in office. So it lashes out by calling women sluts, whores and strippers who want taxpayers to pay for their sexual activity because they dared to speak out, because they dared to be political strategists and because they dared to run for office.