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Did Rush Limbaugh help Romney lose?

His Sandra Fluke tirade really put the Republican war on women in the spotlight. It wasn't helped by Akin and his ilk who made their policies look even less women-friendly.

But Rush started it all - and in a big way. Last night their were clips of Rush on MSNBC, and one of the things he said was that Obama led substantially with unmarried women because, Rush said "they want free birth control."

Women voted to Obama in huge margins so it can be argued that women helped seal the deal. But it also shouldn't be argued that Rush started that ball rolling with is Fluke nonsense. This needs to be repeated and often. If his audience can connect the dots, and blame him, his days may be numbered.

by Anonymousreply 811/08/2012

No, what needs to be repeated over and over is that Todd Akin and the other "rape" candidate who lost held positions identical to the GOP platform. What they said is what the party believes. I've heard show after show on what are the republicans going to do now. Not one mentioned the dreadful party platform.

by Anonymousreply 111/08/2012

Rush Limbaugh has very little influence over Republicans other than the teabagger type. The rest of the Repugs FEAR his wrath and cow tow to him but they think he is a jackass

by Anonymousreply 211/08/2012

I think his tirade against Fluke acted had a multiplier effect on the Akin/Mourdock/Ryan positions. Their positions on abortion might not have alienated so many Republican and independent voters if not for Limbaugh's women-who- want-contraceptives- covered by insurance- are-sluts-who- want-government-handouts lunacy. The combination gave a strong impression that Republicans in power disdained women having legal control of their own bodies.

These guys really don't seem to get that even Republican women want control of their bodies.

by Anonymousreply 311/08/2012

Rush hurt the GOP. It's not just one thing. It's that he has become associated with the party, and no one likes him except his dittoheads.

by Anonymousreply 411/08/2012

In a sense. His success spawned two generations of imitators in radio, TV, print and online, and certainly set the aggressive, cynical, fact-free tone for Fox News. The GOP's big-time losses in 2006, 2008 and 2012 were in great part because they were so absorbed in their own propaganda they lost track of reality.

by Anonymousreply 511/08/2012

I hope least the drug-addled fat fuck is good for something.

by Anonymousreply 611/08/2012

The Limbaugh comments about Sandra Fluke were pretty damn stupid, but really the rapey stuff is Paul Ryan's fault. He's the one who came up with the bright idea that, in order to get around laws allowing abortion in the case of rape or incest, the definition of rape and incest should be made so strict that practically no one could prove it.

by Anonymousreply 711/08/2012

Exactly, Rush and the Rape Gang just picked up the welcome mat and showed everyone the bugs that live underneath. REPUBLICANS ACTUALLY BELIEVE THE RAPE STUFF.

by Anonymousreply 811/08/2012
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