Here’s a quote from a recent letter to the editor in the Quad City Times on Rush Limbaugh’s addiction to the pain-killer OxyContin: “I was treated with the same drug as Mr. Limbaugh. The drug was also quite constipating. My assumption is that this must have contributed to Mr. Limbaugh’s ‘on air’ personality.”
Although I was initially indignant, I eventually dismissed it. After all, there is plenty to criticize Rush about over this matter. He is a moral leader in America who has on occasion sharply criticized drug users. His inability to treat his illness is, arguably, a moral failing. In the greater scheme of things, one inappropriate joke is hardly the end of the world.
That was until I ventured into the left-wing portion of the blogosphere. There I was treated to the most angry, cowardly, and vile hate-fest since Fred Phelps protested Matthew Sheppard’s funeral service. In what can be dubbed the “Hate Rush Mob,” many left-wing bloggers have gotten out the mental knives, clubs, guns, and whatever else they can pack into their craniums (Lord knows it must be a very tight squeeze) and pointed them El Rushbo’s way. For example, here is comedian Margaret Cho:
And to think she was trying to feel sorry for Rush! But Ms. Cho is actually pretty tame. Consider this mean-spirited parody (link courtesy Atrios) in which Rush moves around a Pac-Man maze eating pills, and the “power pellets” are large pills with “O C” on them. The “Ghosts” are bug-eyed Donovan McNabbs.
If you’ve had enough of the Hate Rush Mob’s “sense of humor,” then they have some good-old-fashioned nastiness for you. Here’s blogger Steve Gilliard in a post titled “Sympathy for the Devil”:
It must suck to be addicted to OxyContin. I feel so bad for him……
NOT. F**k his fat, drug addicted, racist a**. Freaking hypocrite junkie, sucking down Hillbilly Heroin like it was candy.
And here is blogger “TBogg”:
Sounding confident and strong, Limbaugh said he’d received more than 25,000 supportive e-mails since he was hit with twin controversies over his comments to ESPN and allegations from a former housekeeper that she obtained for him thousands of painkilling pills over the last four years.
23,000 of those emails came from Noelle Bush looking to score any s**t he had left over.
TBogg also manages to include another object of lefty hate in his anti-Rush venom:
Now, you might think that making light of child molestation would be about as low as you can go on the hate scale. “MediaGeek” might make you think again:
So might “Blah3”:
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