Rush Limbaugh desperately tried to save his crumbling empire today with a new conspiracy theory and an attack on Sandra Fluke.
Here is the audio from Media Matters:
Transcript from Rush Limbaugh:
RUSH: Looky here! What a coincidence. Barack Obama just warned the students at the University of North Carolina that interest rates on federal student loans will double if Congress doesn’t act by July 1st. They’ll go from 3.4% to 6.8%. That’s word-for-word what Sandra Fluke just tweeted herself, and of course she is represented by operatives inside the White House. So here’s the guy in charge of student loans who… Let me just tell you something. Let’s talk a little politics. I don’t care what Congress does in July, I don’t care. By October, Obama is gonna announce forgiving student loans or the interest. You watch. As a reelection ploy to get the youth vote, he’ll do something to wipe out student loan debt, forgive it or whatever, saying, “It’s unconscionable! It should ever happen.”
You wait. He’s president. He can do that. That’s one of the things we’re up against. If he wants to forgive student loans, if he wants to forgive underwater mortgages, he can do that, too, folks. He can say he wants to, and then if the Republicans fight him on it, guess what? He’s president. This is what we’re up against. He can do this kind of stuff. Sandra Fluke just tweeted: “#DontDoubleMyRate. Many students will see the interest rate on Fed #StudentLoans increase if Congress doesn’t act by 7/1.” That’s an exact tweet from Sandra Fluke. Obama just said the exact same thing word-for-word to the students at the University of North Carolina. Sandra Fluke is just a poor, isolated, alone little college student worried about her contraception at Georgetown. But now he’s represented by the flacks in the White House — Hilary Rosen, Anita Dunn — and they’re coordinating with Obama, scaring students about the interest you rates on their student loans.
This was more damage control from Rush Limbaugh. Despite of his bluster to the contrary, his latest attack on Sandra Fluke is evidence that the advertiser boycott is still working. Limbaugh’s latest attempt to counter the boycott was to use a tweet by Sandra Fluke as evidence that she is a political operative of the Obama administration who is out to destroy him.
Rush’s reasoning feeds his delusion that the boycott was all a bunch of trumped up outrage by left wing political operatives who are out to get him. Limbaugh has been arguing for weeks that there is no real outrage over his attacks on Sandra Fluke. Rush has been trying his best to convince his advertisers to come back to him, but according to the StopRushProject, Limbaugh still has only 24 active advertisers. One hundred and sixty eight advertisers have either dropped or distanced themselves from him, and they have not returned.
Instead of going away, the boycott has expanded to local radio stations that carry his program, and the businesses who advertise on it. Rush Limbaugh is spinning desperately. He is trying everything he can think of delegitimize the advertiser boycott and Sandra Fluke. In Limbaugh’s own mind, Sandra Fluke is a political operative who is coordinating with Obama and the White House to bring him down.
Just like ALEC, Glenn Beck, and Fox News, Rush Limbaugh has met a force that he can’t stop. He is trying everything in his power, but the advertisers aren’t coming back. The voice of the people is louder than that of the man behind the golden microphone. Limbaugh is losing. His brand has been forever damaged, and now he has been reduced to floating half-baked conspiracy theories in a last ditch attempt to make the hurting stop.
The boycotters aren’t going anywhere. The advertisers aren’t coming back, and Rush Limbaugh will never be the same again.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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