He is also a sorry excuse for a man. He never gets over the idea that there's something very cute about his sorry race baiting and misogyny. Typical of his modus operandi is to play the old Judge Judy game of peeing on your leg then telling you it's raining. So when there was criticism of his repulsive public abuse of an upstanding young female college student who spoke out for the need of women for available contraception he doubled down with more mockery and insults of women.
However, over the weekend he did something very unusual for him-he dialed back on his miserable rhetoric and actually apologized saying that he was trying to be funny and that his choice of words were not the best. This is truly and man bites dog moment because Limbaugh's record shows he does not apologize. It's very rare. There were a few times like when attacked Aids victims back on in the 90s when he got the chance to guest host a tv show.
So why is he apologizing rather than his usual tactic which is to double down? Because the public reaction has been bad enough that even his Republicans have had to criticize his comments, from Eric Cantor, to Rick Santorum. Worse even than this is that advertisers have begun to pull from his show.
This is very important. Even he is not quite so stupid as to continue with this as he will lose advertisers. Indeed yesterday even after his apology he lost another advertiser. Many have complained about Limbaugh's often abusive public rhetoric for years and some have suggested that we should revert back to the old pre-Reagan equal time rules. Much as I abhor Limbaugh's pitiful antics I've never been entirely sure if I agree with this. I do think that as much as possible we should let people vote with their feet-if there is a market for Right wing radio I'm not sure about forcing them off the air via the FCC.
However, advertisers are voting with their feet now. The message is loud and clear now for even somebody as tone deaf as Mr. Limbaugh can hear it-ironic that he is literally now tone deaf, but in the metaphorical sense he has always been this way; wholly insensitive and lacking in empathy. If he isn't careful his act that is not nearly as cute as he thinks it is may just end up cancelled.
Imus was driven of MSNBC for his "nappy headed hos" comment yet to be honest I think Limbaugh's conduct here is if anything more reprehensible. I don't think Imus really meant to hurt anyone. By the way Limbaugh repeated his viscous comments last Friday it's clear he deliberately did mean to hurt someone, largely the women of America and those of us American men who don't think it's cute at all to insult them.
For this overgrown blowhard to say such miserable things about someone else's child is appalling. If her father were to knock him on his enormous "just joking" ass, no jury would convict him.