Rachel Maddow stood up to Rush Limbaugh and took the right wing talker down by revealing to the world that behind the bluster, Limbaugh doesn’t understand birth control.
One of things that is rarely seen on Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC program is any mention of Rush Limbaugh. After Maddow played Limbaugh’s sexist comments about Sandra Fluke and birth control she wondered if Rush Limbaugh understood how birth control pills actually work.
Here is the video from MSNBC:
Maddow said, “Mr. Limbaugh not only just being kind of disgusting there, but also putting on display the fact that apparently nobody ever explained to him how birth control works. Have you ever thought about not having sex so often? It’s like he thinks that each time you want to have sex, you have to go a birth control vending machine and buy a new pill for that sexual experience or something. Of all people, I am no expert on this, but dude, you can look it up. Anybody can look it up. More sex does not mean more birth control pills. You just take one a day and do whatever you want. You don’t understand how they work.”
For a variety of reasons it would surprise no one if Rush Limbaugh didn’t understand how birth control works, but Limbaugh does play a critical role spreading the faux outrage of the Republican Party. Maddow’s segment was dedicated to addressing the underlying sexism and racism of the GOP’s fake outrage.
Maddow also took on the not subtle at all underlying racism of Mitt Romney’s latest campaign ad that falsely claims that Obama ended welfare to work. This ad was supposed to be a big game changer for the Romney, and by game changer I mean topic shifter. As Maddow put it, Mitt Romney is feigning outrage over welfare to work in order to change the topic from his tax returns.
For decades when a Republican campaign has been in trouble, they have turned to economic racial resentment. The biggest sign that Mitt Romney’s campaign is going down the tubes fast is that they decided that being talked about as racist was more appealing then spending another second discussing his tax returns.
Romney is actually trying to change the course of the campaign by bringing more negative attention on himself for something other than his tax returns. The welfare to work ad also carries the advantage of appealing to his base, but the fact that he had to release an ad to court his base a few weeks before he becomes the official nominee is a signal of just how bad things really are.
Very few people outside of the Romney family and the Mormon church are going to vote for Mitt Romney, so the Romney campaign has to try to gin up a perpetual state of anger and outrage with the base. Without the anger and outrage, there is good chance that many Republicans stay home on Election Day.
Rush Limbaugh is the outrage dissemination system for the right, and it was refreshing to see Rachel Maddow step and take down the ignorant man-child hiding behind the fake outrage and bluster.
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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