“Slut” is the New “Liberal”

Proving that Rush runs the conversation in the Republican Party, the California Republicans’ Communications Director has rolled out her new strategy–if you disagree with Rush, then you’re a slut.

Let’s remember that the whole slut thing started with Darrell Issa, who was supposed to be the ball of fire House Oversight chair who would make Democrats pee their pants and cry for their mothers. It was his genius strategy to bring a bunch of old, white, male clerics to testify about how their precious religious fee-fees were harmed by insurance covering contraception. Sandra Fluke was the Democrats’ response to that sausage fest. As soon as she appeared on the scene, Issa’s bullshit religious freedom talking point got turned into a full-on slut shaming exercise:

Beating up on a college student is not good optics, and refocusing on her argument that this is about contraception instead of getting the focused squarely on the Obama Administration’s disdain for religious liberty and the First Amendment….is simply not very helpful to the cause.

That’s a DC Republican strategist, who, like Issa, thought the Republicans could play with fire and enjoy its gentle glow from a civilized distance. Any moron can see that a half dozen old white bishops and rabbis aren’t upset about the First Amendment–they’re pissed that they don’t control when, where and how women have sex. To think that the current Republican base would be content with a hint in that direction, rather than a full-throated roar, just shows that establishment Republicans like Issa and this unnamed strategist are completely out of touch with the monster that’s eating their party alive.






136 replies
  1. 1
    Egg Berry says:

    they’re pissed that they don’t control when, where and how women have sex.

    I really don’t get this. it’s as if there’s not another person involved.

  2. 2
    debit says:

    Party girl? Sounds slutty.

  3. 3
    Raven says:

    @debit: She’s a real looker too.

  4. 4
    debit says:

    @Raven: I wonder if she tweets with an aspirin between her knees.

  5. 5
    THE says:

    Soon. They will be burning witches. Again.
    (The wonder is they ever stopped).

  6. 6
    dmsilev says:

    Part of the problem, of course, is that the GOP base voters actually agree with Limbaugh, both on the substance and the language. For exhibit A, I give you the comments to this post, where after Conor thoroughly denounces Limbaugh, a bunch of Rush-heads eagerly spring into battle to defend Dear Leader.

  7. 7
    windshouter says:

    I guess I’m confused. Rush says he is against birth control for employees for moral reasons (unless the employees do sexual favors for him to get it), and Republicans agree and propose a law to allow him to follow his own moral code. That’s not a side issue, that’s the entire issue of Rubio/Blunt, which applies not to churches but to all private employers, like Rush. The Republicans moved the focus off of Churches and onto employers so that the views of Rush became completely relevant.

  8. 8
    c u n d gulag says:

    “The Round Mound of Sound” hath spoken!

    And Republicans cower and bow before “Rushba the Hut.”

    But almost none of them will criticize him because they know that if he can make-up sh*t about Liberals when attacking them, he can do the same about Conservatives.

    Rust is a greedy, completely soul-less, sociopath, and he demands total and absolute allegiance and obedience – OR ELSE!!!

    Just look at the long list of Conservatives, from politicians to columnists who, if they said something criticizing him, had to line-up to kiss his ring.

    And you don’t want to know where that ring is.

    If it was on this finger, it would be a massively fat ring.

    But this ring’s not.
    It can easily slip over a half-a-roll-of-dimes.
    And that’s why, after having to kiss it once, nobody ever criticizes him a second time…

  9. 9
    gene108 says:

    @windshouter:

    all private employers, like Rush.

    Rush is rich, so having insurance pay for medial care doesn’t matter to him.

    During the height of the health care debate, I listened to one of his shows, where he tried to defend the existing health care system by giving an anecdote about getting treatment for something, while on vacation in Hawai’i.

    The crux of his argument is that, since he’s rich he didn’t have a problem getting access.

  10. 10
    General Stuck (Bravo Nope Zero) says:

    just shows that establishment Republicans like Issa and this unnamed strategist are completely out of touch with the monster that’s eating their party alive.

    I follow politics closely these days, and have had a firm negative opinion of the republican party, especially since Bush, and more especially since Obama. And I don’t think the current behavior of these people concerning all the sex stuff has really sunk in for the newness of depravity it represents. On top of all the other crazy with economics and dissing the middle class etc….etc…..

    I just wonder how many others out there, especially that vote but don’t follow politics like I do, are even more stunned and with the lack of internalizing this other worldly craven stupid into their neural net. And what they will tell pollsters when it does. Of course the wingers are mostly in the throes of extreme ODS, most of them, so it likely won’t faze them much. But others not so much that, but thinking about giving the wingnuts another bite at the apple in Nov.

    edit – such as the female voters, especially single women.

  11. 11
    gene108 says:

    I can’t wait for the Republicans to go from slut shaming as a party platform, to demanding the repeal of the 19th amendment, as it interferes with a state’s right to decide its election laws.

  12. 12

    Ya know, this nonsense is getting old. It’s easy to find people who will call you names and try to humiliate you when you disagree with them. Such a person is common and cheap.

    Why don’t they just shut up, already?

  13. 13
    Cacti says:

    I think we have finally reached peak wingnut.

    The white/male party has collectively lost its shit and is in the middle of a ritual, mass suicide.

  14. 14

    On the culture war update front, Dioceses Dials down Marriage Campaign

    The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland will take no active role in the campaign against a same-sex marriage proposal that’s expected to be on Maine’s ballot in November, Bishop Richard Malone announced Friday.

    The largely in-house initiative represents a significant departure from the major role the diocese played in supporting a successful referendum against gay marriage in 2009.

    The diocese contributed more than $500,000 to that $3.8 million campaign, and its public affairs director took a leave of absence to lead the effort to overturn a state law allowing same-sex marriage…

    This time, Malone said, the diocese won’t take up special collections, buy TV ads or contribute staffers to a political campaign against same-sex marriage. It will leave it to Catholics in Maine to decide whether to give to the campaign

  15. 15
    jrg says:

    Pregnancy is a medical condition. Therefore, preventing it (if desired) should be covered by insurance. Of course you some of the money you pay into insurance will be used to manage other people’s conditions. That’s how insurance works.

    Sometimes it really boggles the mind to think about how stupid these republicans are. No fact, no matter how easily proven, can’t be crowded out of their mind without a bullshit talking point. They just get follow one shiny object to another, like a bunch of dumbass animals.

  16. 16
    Quincy says:

    @ cundulag

    “But almost none of them will criticize him because they know that if he can can’t make-up sh*t about Liberals when attacking them, he can do the same about Conservatives they’ll have no political strategy.”

    All of the absurd things Romney and the rest of the clown car say about Obama on the campaign trail would fall flat if Rush and Fox hadn’t already primed the pump well in advance. They let their shock troops (“entertainers”) take the heat for pioneering new lines of attack, then spend their time gesturing at the same attacks in more polite language. All they’ve got.

  17. 17
    gene108 says:

    You know what’s the worst thing about sluts?

    They seduce men/boys to have sex outside of marriage or before they are married, which leads to the moral demise of society.

    The fact Rush, et. al., have ignored males as having an active role in creating sluts leads me to believe that it’s only a matter of time before Rush, et. al. go there, when discussing “birth control”.

    I somehow thought we’d moved beyond the notion of sluts, at least for adults – school kids will probably still through around hurtful names – with regards to sexual activity, since we’ve noticed both men and women enjoy having sex and therefore want to have sex with each other.

    It’s like the 20th century never happened and/or was a bad thing that needs to be rewound to 1899 for many right-wingers.

  18. 18
    JPL says:

    @Cacti: Surely you jest. This election will be the nastiest ever. Rush will paint Michelle as part of the s.l.u.t group.

  19. 19
    Roger Moore says:

    @Egg Berry:

    I really don’t get this. it’s as if there’s not another person involved.

    No, you get it just fine. As far as they’re concerned, there isn’t. Testicles are required to count as a real person. Didn’t you get the memo?

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    Pongo says:

    And then there’s the guy from Wisconsin who wants to define ‘nonmarital’ parenthood as a form of child abuse (presumably only for female non-married parents, who are clearly sluts vs. male single parents who are responsible). Given the stats on single parenthood, that ought to tax our legal and criminal justice systems to the brink.

    I just really hope they keep it up. Misogyny is not much of an ideology to be hanging your hopes on if you want to maintain any sort of national relevance.

    **Slightly related ‘marital status’ nonsense–Make-A-Wish of Alabama and Georgia are holding a fundraiser weekend getaway for two in Hilton Head, SC. At the end of their ad they say the offer is only good for married or engaged couples. I wrote to them and suggested that this was discriminatory and smacked of politicizing their mission ala Komen’s fiasco. Got a big long mealy-mouthed reply back about how it was not based on any religious or political biases, blah, blah, blah. Yet another nonprofit I no longer need to support.

  21. 21
    Frank says:

    @Linda Featheringill:

    Yes, but it floors me when it is a women calling another woman a slut in case like this. Here a woman who simply testifying in Congress for a woman’s right to contraception as a medical necessity and she is called a slut by another woman as a result. It is even more astonishing that this Republican “Partygirl” is in favor of insurance paying for Viagra but not for female contraception.

    Going back to her calling these woman sluts for simply testifying to Congress and for a person’s name; that would be as weird as an African-African applauding when some white person calling another African-American the n word.

    It is just strange that women on the Republican side are behaving in this manner. Just shameful.

  22. 22
    JPL says:

    @Raven: It looks like you are getting some rain. It wouldn’t surprise me if my area got three inches of rain. My pond is overflowing. East Cobb has some damage but nothing in my area.

  23. 23
    LowProfileinGA says:

    @THE: All a part of returning America to what it once was (before we had a blah Kenyan president).

  24. 24
    Roger Moore says:

    @gene108:

    It’s like the 20th century never happened and/or was a bad thing that needs to be rewound to 1899 for many right-wingers.

    I think it’s 1859 that’s the goal for a lot of them, at least given the strong distaste for letting, errm, “Negroes” be involved in the political process and employees have any rights whatsoever.

  25. 25
    Elizabelle says:

    @Cacti:

    I think we’re at peak wingnut too.

  26. 26
    debit says:

    So, is Jennifer Kerns married or single? In this new age of slut naming and shaming, I think we need to know this. And if she is single, the she should have no problem with giving us proof her hymen is still intact. If married, how many years and how many kids? If there isn’t a child for every year of marriage, then I must conclude she uses birth control and is probably a slut.

  27. 27
    kay says:

    I met Krystal Ball at Netroots and they have no idea who they’re dealing with.

    She’s smart and funny and (incidentally) beautiful, which doesn’t hurt for TV.

    She’s also got a killer argument on the double standard conservatives and
    media use for men and women in politics.

    Scott Brown in Massachusetts got a complete pass on taking his clothes off for money on the Right and they’re calling her a stripper because of her name?

    She could not have set this up better if she had planned it.

  28. 28
    dmsilev says:

    @General Stuck (Bravo Nope Zero): I was having dinner in a local restaurant last night, and they had CNN going on a TV on the wall, so Blitzer et al. discussing Rush was a backdrop to the meal. As we ate, I heard comments from the next table over about what a disgusting person Rush was for saying such vile things. When little old ladies in neighborhood restaurants are publicly calling you a pig, the shark has thoroughly been jumped.

  29. 29
    Frank says:

    @Linda Featheringill:

    Yes, but it floors me when it is a women calling another woman names in case like this. Here a woman who simply testifying in Congress for a woman’s right to contraception as a medical necessity and she is called names by another woman as a result. It is even more astonishing that this Republican “Partygirl” is in favor of insurance paying for Viagra but not for female contraception.

    Going back to her calling these woman names for simply testifying to Congress and for a person’s name; that would be as weird as an African-African applauding when some white person calling another African-American the n word.

    It is just strange that women on the Republican side are behaving in this manner. Just shameful.
    Reply

  30. 30
    Cacti says:

    @JPL:

    Surely you jest. This election will be the nastiest ever. Rush will paint Michelle as part of the s.l.u.t group.

    You’re right, we’re not quite there yet, but the summit is in sight.

    They’ve now branded any woman a slut who disagrees with the patriarchy.

    The next milestone will be when one of the white party finally breaks down and publicly calls the President a nigger.

  31. 31
    SteveM says:

    Um, isn’t one of the GOP’s top guys named “Dick Armey”?

  32. 32
    Nancy says:

    Click on party girl’s twitter avatar and check out the responses.

  33. 33
    geg6 says:

    Jesus fucking Christ on a hockey stick, I am so sick of these motherfuckers I could just stand in my front yard and scream at the top of my lungs for about an hour. I sure as hell hope Independent women and men are watching what is happening and remember all of this in November (assuming the GOP regains some semblance of sanity and shuts this down well before November).

    And it doesn’t help that I’m watching Up with Chris Hayes and hearing about how Shell Oil has been involved in the murders stemming from the Ogoni uprising in Nigeria(??). Victims are suing in US courts for human rights abuses and the SCOTUS is the place where this has now ended up, on a narrow jurisdictional issue of whether or not corporations can even be sued for such things. I am not optimistic given the current makeup of the SCOTUS. I will, however, be interested to see how they argue that corporations are people when it comes to “free speech” but not for liability for helping to enable false arrests, sham trials, torture, and murder.

  34. 34
    amk says:

    @Pongo:

    wonder what tundra twit’s daughter, whashername, feels about being called a criminal now by her own party.

  35. 35

    I’m impressed at how many commenters are this astute and engaged at 9am on a Saturday.

    All I could think of when this stupid bullshit started was, nice going Issa, Limbaugh, et al, you’ve just guaranteed the exodus of independent women from the party, possibly for a generation, right along with the rest of the non-white-male population.

    Please, Gaia help me, PLEASE keep up the good work!

  36. 36
    Elizabelle says:

    @General Stuck (Bravo Nope Zero):

    Doing a voter registration drive this afternoon, and can’t wait to hear people’s comments.

  37. 37
    JPL says:

    We need a Rosie and Lily tee shirt that says I’m a slut also, too.

  38. 38
    Cacti says:

    @dmsilev:

    When little old ladies in neighborhood restaurants are publicly calling you a pig, the shark has thoroughly been jumped.

    That’s why I can’t think of any explanation other than the male party has completely lost its shit.

    Women voters are going to destroy them at the polls.

  39. 39
    RalfW says:

    What is utterly lost on all these supposed free-market buffoons is that I earn my insurance support from my employer.

    If they can withhold value for “moral” reasons, it’s just one step from the employer saying “you can’t buy beer (or lap dances, or blank) with my paycheck. For people who can find a gay marriage = man on dog slippery slope, they sure can’t see this one can they?

    Because when the goal is to control and subjugate women – and ultimately control and humiliate all non-executive workers – there are no slippery slopes, only desired outcomes!

  40. 40
    Maude says:

    @dmsilev:
    Rush crossed a line this time. He’s lost at least two sponsors.
    His bid for attention just may backfire. His ratings went down in 2011. He is desperate. The comments that I read at NYT were mainly negative about him.
    The Republican party has lost the younger voters. Not a wise thing to do. They are going to be left with voters who are standing near the grave with one foot on a banana peel.

  41. 41
    geg6 says:

    @JPL:

    I’d so buy that. And I’d buy one for each of my three sisters, too, if the money went to, say, ActBlue to help the Senate campaign.

  42. 42
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    Any moron can see that a half dozen old white bishops and rabbis aren’t upset about the First Amendment—they’re pissed that they don’t control when, where and how women have sex.

    This.

    Controversy over contraception and abortion has ALWAYS been about slut shaming. Always, always, ALWAYS. It’s about controlling women. It’s about controlling sex. It’s about broomstick up the ass shitstains who can’t stand the idea of people anywhere having any sort of fun at any time because it causes them to squick, just thinking about it.

  43. 43
    kay says:

    Just to add to the delicious, Krystal Ball is a CPA, software engineer, small business owner, married and a mother.
    This idiot looked at her name and her face and made assumptions based on sex AND class.
    Good going, political professional!

  44. 44
    cathyx says:

    My take on republican women is that they already overlook so many awful things in order to be a republican (or to be married to one), that this is just another one of them.

  45. 45
    opie jeanne says:

    @kay: And Scott Brown was one of a very small group that condemned Rush for what he said about Sandra Fluke.

  46. 46
    Cacti says:

    @geg6:

    I sure as hell hope Independent women and men are watching what is happening and remember all of this in November

    The most recent poll numbers for unmarried women showed Obama leading Romney 65-30, with Gnewt and Frothy both lower than that.

  47. 47
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Davis X. Machina:

    The diocese contributed more than $500,000 to that $3.8 million campaign, and its public affairs director took a leave of absence to lead the effort to overturn a state law allowing same-sex marriage…

    These assholes plead poverty when they’re served with judgments for ass fucking altar boys, yet they could scrape up half a fucking million to oppose same sex marriage.

    It’s time to pull a Henry VIII move on these motherfuckers. Confiscate every piece of property they have.

  48. 48
    scav says:

    Even my “oh, you’re so impolite, why can’t you understand! their fears, why yes all my friends are republicans and my taxes are simply too high . . . ” sister suddenly appeared in my e-mail chain asking for male synonyms for “slut”. If they’re shaking individuals out of the Nice-People-Don’t-Discuss-Politics camp, well, well, well. . .

  49. 49
    JPL says:

    @geg6: I just sent Cole an email with the suggestion and included your idea about supporting act blue. It might be months before he reads it though..lol

  50. 50
    MattF says:

    If ol’ Rush can’t be bad about sex anymore, that leaves… um… race?

  51. 51
    samara morgan says:

    fresh from loveable Breitbart TV.
    i guess people are supposed to be upset because she used a swear word.
    not only do we have to keep that aspirin between our knees, we arent allowed to use bad language.

  52. 52
    Quarks says:

    I’d remind Republicans just how many married women completely faithful to their spouses use birth control, but then that might stop this train wreck from exposing how they really feel.

  53. 53
    Marcellus Shale, Public Dick says:

    i have always been objectively pro-slut, this just deepens my admiration for the some that give all.

    including roy blunt’s own daughter back in the day, but who’s being petty?

  54. 54
    Elizabelle says:

    @geg6:

    Seconded! Especially the money to the Senate campaigns.

    People will be asking where we got our shirts.

  55. 55
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Cacti:

    The next milestone will be when one of the white party finally breaks down and publicly calls the President a nigger.

    You can tell that Rush is chomping at the bit to cross the border into the Final Frontier of wingnut. The voters in the SC GOP primary certainly made their preferences known, that they want a GOP Presidential candidate who will, indeed, cross that Final Frontier and finally, at long last, use that word in Barack Obama’s face on national TV.

    They want it so bad they can taste it.

  56. 56
    Cathy W says:

    @Pongo: I saw that same ad, and noticed in the fine print: on your fabulous vacation, you are obligated to sit through a sales presentation of some kind, presumably on a timeshare. Beyond any “morality” issues, they possibly don’t want to sell timeshares to unmarried couples because it could get messy in a breakup – and the fact that they’re partnering with a the kind of organization that offers cheap vacations as a lure to get you in for the hard-sell on the timeshare doesn’t make me feel much better about Make-A-Wish of Georgia and Alabama.

  57. 57
    "Fair and Balanced" Dave says:

    This coming from someone whose Twitter handle sounds like the title of a porn movie.

  58. 58
    MattF says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: Rush is already disgusting about race, in point of fact, and his audience is already getting the message in spades, so to speak. I’d be very surprised if he ever used the N-word.

  59. 59
    scav says:

    There’ll be a line of slutwear. True-blue Slut. Sluts for Jesus. Keep Your Government Hands Off This Slut. ( could be a “my” version possibly) Live Slutty or Die!

  60. 60
    geg6 says:

    @JPL:

    Awesome! I’ll shoot him one, too, to back it up.

    @Elizabelle:

    Yeah, I know a lot of women (and men!) who would buy them. Even my non-political female co-workers are engaged and pissed about all of this at this point.

  61. 61
    Joey Maloney says:

    @Maude:

    Rush crossed a line this time. He’s lost at least two sponsors.

    Five so far, by Think Progress’ count as of yesterday afternoon: Quicken Loans, Sleep Number, Sleep Train, LegalZoom, and Citrix, with others promising to look into their “network buy” ads ending up on fatboy’s show.

  62. 62
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    OT, but Atrios asks the musical questions:

    ARE IRAN’S LEADERS RATIONAL ACTORS????
    __
    Or are they crazy evil lunatics who like to start random wars with tragic consequences for all involved.

    My answer is, fortunately, Iran’s leaders are not like US neocons or Likudniks, so, no.

  63. 63
    gocart mozart says:

    Republican “We don’t want your vote” strategy:

    Black people – 1970’s to present
    Gays: 1993 – present
    Hispanics – 2005 to present
    Muslims – 2008 to present
    Women – 2012
    (who will be next?)

  64. 64
    Jamie says:

    It’s hard to imagine a person less suited for judging others than Limbaugh. Some crimes in his closet.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-201_162-1753947.html

  65. 65
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @MattF:

    But he wants to say that word so badly. It would be the ultimate “fuck you” to the hated imaginary PC liberal DFH collective out there.

    He so wants to use that word.

    If this current brouhaha results in enough sponsors jumping ship, he might think he has nothing to lose by uttering the word he longs to utter.

  66. 66
    Joey Maloney says:

    @scav @Marcellus Shale, Public Dick: And don’t forget “Objectively Pro-Slut”!

  67. 67
    John says:

    I don’t see how someone whose twitter name is “CA Party Girl” gets to accuse other people of having slutty sounding names.

  68. 68
    RossInDetroit says:

    Charlie Pierce wrote yesterday that the contraception issue might not be the big winner that Dems think it is. He says that the Pres. would have to come out and be actively pro-contraception to sharpen the divide between R and D on the issue. That sort of happened today with Obama’s support of Fluke.
    I think Charlie’s wrong this time. Lots of people have a stake in contraception and the GOP’s not on their side. The Democrats don’t have to demonstrate their sanity in order for voters to see the GOP’s gone stark raving bugfuck apehole nuts on this.

  69. 69
    OzoneR says:

    they’re pissed that they don’t control when, where and how women have sex.

    wasn’t it a woman who tweeted this?

  70. 70
    Culture of Truth says:

    well put mistermix

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    HRA says:

    What annoys me the most is some Republican women who have been on the pill for years are blind to how this affects them.
    I have one in the adjoining office who on a daily almost minute by minute basis comes in to tell me what Rush said and is blind to how this pertains to her either in the past or the present. In the long ago past, the Rush words were used about her in the office for a long time. Now she is married and uses the pill for medical reasons although she turns pale at the idea of not using it. She does not want to have children.
    Makes my head spin!

  72. 72
    dr. bloor says:

    #weareallsluts

  73. 73
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @RossInDetroit:

    I think another aspect of it is that people don’t like others to intrude on their privacy in such a way. It’s a matter of some people being nosy and rude, and Rethugs have tossed their lot in with the nosy and rude. It doesn’t really matter if they use contraception or not, it’s just the fact that Rethugs have sided with people who think it’s their fucking business to know if you’re using contraception.

  74. 74
    geg6 says:

    @RossInDetroit:

    I read that, too, and I have to agree with you that Charlie is reading this one wrong (though Obama really did come out as pro-contraceptive, in addition to pro-woman, with that phone call today). Charlie has forgotten the maxim that you don’t interrupt your enemies in the midst of their shooting themselves in the foot.

  75. 75
    Amir Khalid says:

    @gocart mozart:

    Muslims – 2008 9/11/2001 to present

    Just for you, I fix.

  76. 76

    @Villago Delenda Est:
    If he does, there will be no putting that cat back in the bag. Everyone else who’s been waiting to use the word will feel validated and leap onto it. As Celestia is my witness, I have no idea what the GOP candidates and congressmen will do. I just do not know.

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    scav says:

    @Joey Maloney: You’ll pull my Slut out of my cold dead fingers.

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    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    @gocart mozart:

    They need to simplify their message, maybe

    The Republican party of today welcomes everyone, that is as long as everyone is white and male.

    That’s all they have left; angry white males, some of their spouses and the mentally deranged. Granted, a lot of the mentally deranged are the same angry white males and a few of their spouses. It must really suck to be a Republican, much like a kid wearing a Kick Me! sign on his back except that the kid was the one who put it there. I know that I would be embarrassed to say I was a Republican, that’s for sure. Especially if I was single, it would be a conversation killer. Our daughter has wingers trying to hit on her for a date and she passes on them without hesitation. She says that spotting them isn’t hard at all. They might be stupid but she isn’t, that’s for sure. She’s single, young, good looking and not interested in a conservative.

    Good for her.

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    Joey Maloney says:

    @scav: Shouldn’t that be the other way ’round?

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Odie Hugh Manatee:

    She’s single, young, good looking and not interested in a conservative.

    She was well raised.

    But obviously, since she turns down the advances of wingers, she’s a slut.

  81. 81

    I suffered through the Bush years. Of course, I was far from alone. There are the dead, the mutilated, the maimed, and the tortured who have higher claims for sympathy than my own little troubles.

    I only had three years of austere debt slavery brought about by the toxic combination of broken health care system and predatory banks running free without regulation. Unlike so many others, I was able to hang onto my job. Yes, I was one of the “lucky ones.”

    Still, I hope no one begrudges me some roll-on-the-ground delight if Rush Limbaugh has actually burned a bridge too far.

  82. 82
    geg6 says:

    @Odie Hugh Manatee:

    Tell your daughter I heart her.

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    Kirbster says:

    I may not be able to get the loathsome Rush Limbaugh off my local right wing talk radio station, I sure as hell want him off the American Forces Radio Network. As I see it, it’s all about the framing. Drop the “free speech” angle. Rush is a one-man propaganda goldmine for America’s enemies, reinforcing every negative stereotype of American arrogance, bigotry, and cultural bankruptcy, yet his show is broadcast worldwide daily on a radio network paid for with my tax dollars. He endangers American soldiers in the war zones. Not even so-called conservatives can defend providing that kind of aid and comfort to our ever-growing list of enemies, can they?

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    scav says:

    @Joey Maloney: I’m all for flexibility. It’s your t-shirt — and they do have two sides.

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    gocart mozart says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    Muslims – 2008 9/11/2001 to present

    Fair point Amir but I somewhat disagree. True, there was an anti-Muslim backlash after 9/11 but W (mostly) tried to tamp it down and Republicans still recieved a fair amount of their vote. It wasn’t until the islamofascistkenyan ran for POTUS and the later Burlington Coat Mosque and Sharia law fake controversies that R’s became full-throated anti-Muslim. I put the anti-gay strategy at 1993 for similar reasons. There has always been anti-gay sentiments in the conservative movement but gay rights didn’t really become a national issue until the early 90’s (gays in the military, gay anti-discrimination laws, gay marriage, etc)

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    Chris says:

    @Villago Delenda Est:

    But obviously, since she turns down the advances of wingers, she’s a slut.

    “The rejected male often calls a woman a slut precisely because she refuses to be one.”
    – Marcel Pagnol.

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    debit says:

    I wonder if CAPartyGirl is awake yet and if she’s read the replies to her tweet. Bets on when she gets the boot?

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    Cargo says:

    What amazes me is that Rush Limbaugh has been spouting hateful crap for decades and suddenly people noticed now? Why? Because he went after a white female college kid?

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    scav says:

    @scav: @Joey Maloney: There are, however, certain rearrangements of the general terms that might attract the legitimate attention of the local constabulary. Rearrange at your own risk.

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    RossInDetroit says:

    @Chris:

    The general form of this used to be that the women who would sleep with you were sluts and the ones who wouldn’t were dykes. Perhaps that’s changed.

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    Nancy says:

    I don’t know if anyone has posted this, but O’Reilly (of falafel in the shower fame) has grabbed his tiny dick—er, shovel—and joined Rush in his hole.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/.....18249.html

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    @Cargo:

    What amazes me is that Rush Limbaugh has been spouting hateful crap for decades and suddenly people noticed now? Why? Because he went after a white female college kid?

    White middle class.

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    Frank says:

    @Cargo:

    I thought he had gone too far when he went after Michael J Fox and ridiculed his disease. It is beyond me how his listeners can live with themselves while agreeing with such vile hate speech.

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    debit says:

    @Nancy: Can you summarize? I won’t give HuffPo the traffic.

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    GregB says:

    It seems like only yesterday that the party of moral uprightness was loudly applauding Sarah Palin’s daughter for being young, single and pregnant.

    I bet they’ll start calling her all sorts of names once she gets her masters degree.

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    Dan says:

    @Cargo- yeah Limbaugh’s been saying worse
    for decades, but this was a bit of a perfect storm of election year media coverage, republican cluelessness on the issue of contraception, and the ease with which social media now spreads the information.

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    Anya says:

    @gocart mozart: Unfortunately, there are Muslims who vote Republicans because they hate the gays as much as the Republicans. But worse of all there are women who vote Republicans because they hate gays, agree with the anti-women stand, hate browns and Muslims. Although, not by the same majority as the former two groups, but there are also gays (not lesbians) who vote Republicans because “I’ve got mine, so fuck you,” or because they hate browns and Muslims with the same intensity as Republicans.

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    Frank says:

    @debit:

    There are many good ones. I liked this one:

    “Even GOP women can’t hide their abject hatred of women”

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    Nancy says:

    @debit: Here’s the gist of it. Any other link would be to Fox. I haven’t checked Youtube. Time to find a link to O’Reilly’s sponsors. Also, thank you notes to the sponsors who have bailed on Rush are in order. ThinkProgress has the info.

    “Let me get this straight, Ms. Fluke, and I’m asking this with all due respect,” he said. “You want me to give you my hard-earned money so you can have sex?” (Fluke is actually calling for her university’s private insurance plan to cover birth control.)

    O’Reilly went on, saying that, since Fluke wanted society to cover her “activities,” the government should also have subsidized his college football uniforms, since an injury might “cost society a lot.” He also said that perhaps taxpayers should pay for gym memberships for men so they could stay physically fit.

    O’Reilly cast Fluke’s viewpoints as an attack on American freedom, concluding that “the progressive colossus is demanding payment for Sandra Fluke so that she can go through Georgetown Law School with an active, healthy social life.”

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    scav says:

    @Dan: Contraception hit upon a pre-existing bruise of women’s health post-Komen so more people were paying attention in a heightened mood. ETA: Meant as an addition to your fine list.

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    Nancy says:

    @debit: I forgot to block quote the O’Reilly story and can’t seem to do it in the edit.

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    debit says:

    @Nancy: Thanks and typical. I wonder if he’ll feel any heat, as he makes a habit of this sort of crap. I mean, I expected he’d be shitcanned after screaming at the son of a 911 victim, but was wrong.

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    Chris says:

    @Anya:

    Unfortunately, there are Muslims who vote Republicans because they hate the gays as much as the Republicans.

    And gays who vote Republican because they hate Muslims as much as the Republicans.

    The right wing is perfectly correct in saying that there are women, gay people, non-white people and non-Christian people who are also bigots. They just forget to mention that most of them vote Republican too.

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    Frank says:

    @Nancy:

    “Let me get this straight, Ms. Fluke, and I’m asking this with all due respect,” he said. “You want me to give you my hard-earned money so you can have sex?” (Fluke is actually calling for her university’s private insurance plan to cover birth control.)

    Ignoring for a second that this deals with a private insurance plan, but since Viagra is covered, isn’t Ms Fluke giving her hard-earned money so that Bill O’Reilly can have sex.

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    100 @scav: I think the sound bite culture is finally runnng our way on this thing. Once it has run through both the simplified filters in the media and the casual politics consumer brain, it has lost all that hated nuance.

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    g says:

    I foolishly entered into an email dialogue with the loathesome Dana Loesch about this. I inquired, as long as she was vilifying women for demanding birth control coverage in their health insurance, whether she enjoyed such a benefit, and if so, what method of contraception she used.

    She replied back calling me a creep for “thinking about what goes on in my pants.”

    I am thoroughly chastened – it’s obvious she’s not a hypocrite, because she clearly has absolutely no knowledge of contraception. It certainly isn’t something that happens “in my pants”. Nor does she have any knowledge about insurance policy, either, which is something that “goes on in your payroll office.”

    I should have known better. Dialoguing with a sociopath is kind of lying wrestling with a pig – it doesn’t accomplish anything, the pig kind of enjoys it, and you end up just feeling dirty.

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    OzoneR says:

    @Anya:

    But worse of all there are women who vote Republicans because they hate gays, agree with the anti-women stand, hate browns and Muslims. Although, not by the same majority as the former two groups, but there are also gays (not lesbians) who vote Republicans because “I’ve got mine, so fuck you,” or because they hate browns and Muslims with the same intensity as Republicans.

    which is why they think they can get away with it. They’ll never lose any less than 46% of the vote, still are favored to win the Senate and gerrymandering keeps them in control of the House.

    McCain/Palin got the highest percentage of the vote from LGBT for a Republican, anyone want to guess why?

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    scav says:

    @g: Sill-ly, if you don’t have your red-beanie card or your broadcasting licence ready to hand, the contents of her panties are none of your bee’s wax.

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    West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.) says:

    You know, I wonder how many thinking Americans the far-right loses everyday. (Yes, I know that thinking Americans probably aren’t politically far-right to begin with, but just for the sake of argument, please let the statement stand.)

    Do two or ten or 50 Americans lose faith in the Republican party on a weekly basis? How many new members does the party get, do you suppose? Is the party dwindling because of the non-stop spewing of horseshit from people like Limbaugh? How much longer can we hear such venomous nonsense before a distinct majority turns its back and becomes either politically inactive or possibly even progressive in its thinking?

    The stupid — it hurts!

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    Water balloon says:

    Shock of shocks, Fox News “Democrat” Kirsten Powers thinks the real villains in all of this are Democrats and feminists. After all, feminists are opposed to slut-shaming and organize slut-walks, so why do they have a problem with Limbaugh using the word? I really can’t tell if she’s just trolling, or honestly doesn’t understand the difference.

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    West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.) says:

    Anybody read Cheri Priest’s steampunk novel Boneshaker? She uses the term “rotters” to describe the ravenous walking dead. It struck me that this term might work well for the modern-day Republican party… They stagger about with little or no awareness, simply devouring anything alive. Right now, the Repubs are feeding on young women, the LGBT community, people of color (or too much color anyway), the college/university-educated, and so on. They turn on their own at the drop of a hat, calling the traitorous a RINO.

    Watch out for the rotters!

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    catclub says:

    fywp

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    Svensker says:

    @Cargo:

    He went after women. There are a lot of us and it doesn’t matter if we’re white or black or brown or post-menopausal or poor or rich. That could have been us or our daughter/sister he defamed. And it is us/our daughter/our sister/our mother’s contraception he is threatening.

    It’s personal.

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    xian says:

    @BruceFromOhio: be great if they had an LBJ “we just lost women for a generation” moment of realization just as they doubled down on their reactionary patriarchal pornographic fantasy lives.

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    @Nancy:
    Hypothetically speaking*, if O’Rielly were to get one of his vibrators wedged so far up his ass that he needed a surgeon to remove it, how would he feel if he his insurance refused to cover the procedure?

    * Assumes he has upgraded to a much larger model.

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    Gina says:

    For another vile comment from a woman re fluke, check out Angela morabito the pr director of Georgetown conservative group. On twitter she’s absolutely reveling in praise from fellow conservatives. Think she needs dose of reality….

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    Billy Beane says:

    I don’t know what is more pathetic…Republicans past and present (that means you Cole…anyones guess whether past or present applies) or women who obediently and subserviently follow them.

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    debit says:

    Looks like the CA GOP is going to let Kerns keep her job. From here:

    California Republican Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro called the Tweet a “mistake” but came to Kerns’ defense. “She knows she made a mistake,” he said this morning. “She apologized for it.”

    So, any liberal woman running for any office in California has at least one ready made talking point against her opponent.

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    xian says:

    where is that apology? because “If I offended Krystal in any way, that was not my intention” ain’t an apology.

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    debit says:

    @xian: It doesn’t exist. She said it was a joke and didn’t mean to offend. Not an apology.

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    Cain says:

    @Villago Delenda Est:

    You can tell that Rush is chomping at the bit to cross the border into the Final Frontier of wingnut. The voters in the SC GOP primary certainly made their preferences known, that they want a GOP Presidential candidate who will, indeed, cross that Final Frontier and finally, at long last, use that word in Barack Obama’s face on national TV.

    The outrage that generates will be small, and the pundits will start bemoaning about the tone of Washington and how both sides are saying mean things.

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    CaseyL says:

    Against the hypothesis that going after birth control will be a bridge too far, and women will finally turn on the GOP, I give you the HCR “debates” in Summer 2009. Remember all those people who demanded that government stay out of their Medicare and Social Security?

    People have a tendency not to see themselves as members of the groups they vilify.

    I’m sure there are anti-vaxers who are appalled at creationists, and refuse to see that they, too, are anti-science.

    “Oh, but it’s different in my case!” is their rallying cry.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Nancy:

    “Let me get this straight, Ms. Fluke, and I’m asking this with all due respect,” he said. “You want me to give you my hard-earned money so you can have sex?”

    Not a farthing of O’Reilly’s money is “hard earned”.

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    maven says:

    Ms. Kerns is noted to have a ‘desire’ for the Party and ‘creativity’ in ‘driving’ a message.

    Obvious slut.

    (Chairperson) Del Beccaro said in a statement that she “brings not only an unrelenting desire for our Party and for its goals to succeed, but also a great deal of creativity that will help us drive our message in 2012.”

    Read more here: http://blogs.sacbee.com/capito.....rylink=cpy

    http://blogs.sacbee.com/capito.....woman.html

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    Bubblegum Tate says:

    @RossInDetroit:

    The general form of this used to be that the women who would sleep with you were sluts and the ones who wouldn’t were dykes. Perhaps that’s changed.

    “A ho fucks everybody. A bitch fucks everybody except you.”

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    Phoenician in a time of Romans says:

    I sometimes have this fantasy about being able to control people just for a small period of time. If I had that power, I’d actually have the GOP candidate call Obama “a dirty f**king n****r” to his face on live TV.

    My worst fear is that that wouldn’t torpedo the GOP forever, but instead lead to the candidate`s election.

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    OzoneR says:

    @Phoenician in a time of Romans:

    My worst fear is that that wouldn’t torpedo the GOP forever, but instead lead to the candidate`s election.

    “Republicans called Obama a “dirty f*cking n*gg*r” but Obama responded by saying they want to end Medicare. Both sides do it”

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    OzoneR says:

    @JPL:

    This election will be the nastiest ever. Rush will paint Michelle as part of the s.l.u.t group.

    Rachel Jackson disagrees

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    Grondo says:

    As a pedantic old fart, I must correct the idea that “Let’s remember that the whole slut thing started with Darrell Issa”. It really (albeit jokingly) started here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k80nW6AOhTs

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    Rome Again says:

    @General Stuck (Bravo Nope Zero):

    Joe Scarborough said his wife is surprised. Check out what he said on Larry O’Donnell on Thursday.

  132. 132
    Rome Again says:

    @Cacti:

    Peak Wingnut is a myth. Thanks for playing.

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    Rome Again says:

    @jrg:

    I’ve also been wondering exactly how many business owners including Catholic hospitals/universities are really looking forward to a bunch of women in their office/operations suddenly ending up pregnant?

  134. 134
    Rome Again says:

    @Water balloon:

    Fox News “Democrat”

    Unicorns are for fairytales, and so are Fox News Democrats.

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    asiangrrlMN says:

    First of all, that’s her real name. Yeah, I know it doesn’t matter, but still. Second, there are always going to be Mean Girls like CAPartyGirl stabbing other women in the back. Third, just let anyone try to drag Michelle Obama into this. The person who does will live to rue the day. Fourth, my definition of slut: A woman who enjoys sex. A woman who is comfortable with her sexuality. A woman who won’t have sex with you. It got retweeted many times on Twitter, and one guy took issue with it and ended the exchange by calling me a slut. Which I thought was hilarious given what my initial tweet was about.

    My other tweet on the subject: Slut. You say that as if it’s a bad thing.

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    Yutsano says:

    @asiangrrlMN: See? I done fake-married the smart one!

    Hi hon. Ordered Thai food. Forgot to order rice. AGAIN.

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