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Yeah, that's my senator, Mike Johanns. Lucky me, huh? And Nebraska's other senator - 'Democrat' Ben Nelson - voted for the Blunt amendment, too, of course. Even when he's retiring, he tries to out-Republican the Republicans.
So, this isn't about contraception? Did Rush Limbaugh get that memo?
Two weeks ago, the House Oversight Committee, led by Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), held a one-sided hearing on contraception access, featuring an opening panel of five conservative men -- and no one else. Democrats on the committee had invited a witness, Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, but Issa refused to allow her to participate.
The House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee gave her a platform last week, and though the House GOP tried to limit the reach for Fluke's remarks, the student nevertheless had a chance to tell her story: a classmate of her lost an ovary due to an ailment that could have been treated with birth control.
Rush Limbaugh apparently wasn't impressed.
"What does it say about the college coed Susan [sic] Fluke, who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex? What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex.
"She's having so much sex she can't afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex. What does that make us? We're the pimps.
"The johns, that's right. We would be the johns -- no! We're not the johns. Well -- yeah, that's right. Pimp's not the right word.
"OK, so, she's not a slut. She's round-heeled. I take it back."
Behold, the most influential voice in Republican politics.
If you're curious, here's Sandra Fluke's statement, told to the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee since the Republicans refused to let her testify. (She wasn't "qualified" to talk about women's health. Only men are qualified to tell women what to do, right?)
Previously, I hadn't heard more than very brief excerpts of this. You listen to that and tell me about this "round-heeled slut" who's really just a "prostitute"!
But Rush Limbaugh has a new suggestion now:
LIMBAUGH: So Miss Fluke, and the rest of you Feminazis, here’s the deal. If we are going to pay for your contraceptives, and thus pay for you to have sex. We want something for it. We want you post the videos online so we can all watch.
Still think this isn't about contraception? Still think this isn't a war against women?