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Columnist disses Rush while misreading Reagan and Lee Atwater.
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“Without insurance coverage, contraception can cost a woman over $3,000 during law school. For a lot of students who, like me, are on public interest scholarships, that’s practically an entire summer’s salary.”
In full glare of the television lights, Ms. Fluke made her personal — her own sex life — the political. Three thousand bucks worth of her sex life, to be specific. And Rush Limbaugh, who possesses a decidedly thinking mind, instantly picked up on it. There was nothing “crazy” much less “irrational” about Rush doing this. Yes, he overstepped in his attempt to illustrate the absurdity of it all with another absurdity.
But the fact is that Rush understood in a blink that this was just one more example of the radical left doing an ideological hit job on the Constitution — in this case the First Amendment that protected the Catholic Church’s Constitutional right to not be funding something that is in total violation of the Catholic faith. The central idea of Fluke’s was that the rest of us, defined here as Georgetown, pay for her sex life. Contrary to what Cupp seeks to leave as an impression, Rush spent considerable time illuminating what Cupp calls for — “an actual argument” — about exactly what we had heard from Fluke and why.
The fact that Ms. Cupp doesn’t get this — even now, almost a full year after this controversy — startles. It means, apparently, one of two things. Either Cupp herself is a moderate on the issue (can a “conservative columnist,” as conservatives mock of elected officials, “grow in office” — i.e., become moderate?), or she is simply unaware of the history.
Either way Cupp vividly illustrates that she — and presumably her Proximus compadres — are advocating nothing newer than yesterday’s moderate Republicanism. The fact that the Obama campaign made much of this as “the war on women” proves another side of the same point exactly.
To wit: when moderate Republicans (a Romney, McCain, Bush 2004, Bush 2000, Dole, Bush 1992) are carrying the Republican banner — and are managed by people like Stuart Stevens and Steve Schmidt and Karl Rove — there is a perpetual inability to fight the necessary ideological campaign. The charge of a “war on women” in the 2012 campaign— and all the rest from Romney the murderer of a steel worker’s wife to Romney the Bain Capital felon — was met by the Romney and RNC response that President Obama was a nice guy but just over his head.
It was the typical Establishment response.
This was Rush Limbaugh’s fault?
In her own way, if unintended, S.E. Cupp’s remark in the Times — not to mention her “I Won’t be Rushed” column — is a pluperfect example of being so “yesterday.” One more example either of a conservative gone moderate to be cool in the Manhattan precincts or, worse, a conservative who simply isn’t thinking and in that frozen-mind-zone doing the all-too-convenient and — yes, socially acceptable in Manhattan thing — of whacking Rush.
Why did she get such a harsh blowback from Rush fans as Cupp recounts in her column?
Because Rush’s audience understands — obviously better than Cupp — what is really going on here.
Let’s use another example to illustrate the point, using a name Cupp and her friends cite specifically.
The late RNC Chairman Lee Atwater is mentioned in the Times piece — and as someone who was a friend and colleague of Lee’s I can only be amazed at the perception of the man the Times now calls “the legendary” Atwater.
Says the Times (my bold for emphasis):
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?