Arthmail, on 06 March 2012 - 01:55 PM, said:
There is no license in going after her. This is fucking stupid. She is not a public speaker, like Palin, seeking further public status. She is a student called upon to give testimony about what is going on in your bat-shit insane country.
Not quite. She wasn't a kid -- she was 30 years old, and an activist on these issues long before she went to Georgetown. It would have been entirely appropriate to go after her on the grounds I mentioned earlier. Which do
not include claims of promiscuity. But frankly, I think ridiculing a 30 year old college graduate, currently enrolled in one of the most expensive law schools in the country, because she doesn't want to keep paying $9 a month for birth control, is both appropriate and warranted.
If that panel of men, including fucking priests, had just let her talk, she would have said her peace and never been heard from again. The notion that speaking out in public on a position that matters to you is somehow an invitation for vile attacks is retarded
No, I'm not saying she deserved vile
attacks. But I think there was plenty of substance there to go after her hard. A woman of that education and substance whining about $9/month for birth control pills is ridiculous.
But even by admitting that it doesn't matter to you FLOW, it only goes to show how often you feel the need to misdirect the conversation by pointing out something egregious somewhere else. Sure, Maher said some shit about Palin. But he's also a comedian, and he does not have the Democratic leaders shitting in their pants when he says boo, which Rush clearly does.
But he's got the head of the DNC coming on his show to rally support, so it's not exactly just an innocent comedy show either.
Anyway, you've actually got it backwards. The Limbaugh criticism was dying down here, so there wasn't much left to misdirect. I just came across an article with a bunch of those quotes in there, and I thought it made a good point. But it really isn't worth much more than that, so I'm happy to let it go.
Look, being offensive is bad enough, but being stupid at the same time is even worse. Limbaugh took an issue worth discussing on its merits, and destroyed it. The discussion now is about Limbaugh calling her a prostitute rather than whether expecting women to pay $9/month for birth control is right-wing fanaticism.