Oh, leave it to Rush Limbaugh to jump on any bandwagon, just so long as it's heading to Idiotsville. He's got a knack for catching the late wagon pulling out of the station every day. He's such a regular on the next four-wheeler to Nutsville that he's got a seat with his own name on it -- the Big Bozo Barcalounger.
His recent railing against Texas state Senator Wendy Davis is truly amazing. In what sounded like, "Stop the presses, fast breaking news," we got nothing more than nuanced minutiae. Once again, the mouth that roared took to the airwaves like a starving tiger to raw meat only to find out it was a vegetarian patty made of dairy products and he's lactose-intolerant.
"Liar!" "Fake!" "Fraud!"
Oh, Rush had a number of insults and accusations he leveled against Ms. Davis. And to be fair, he was right, if you really want to get technical. She was inaccurate, or perhaps nothing more than a bit careless in details. But in the overall picture, you have to weigh the level of these transgressions.
Let's break down some of the lies of Ms. Davis. According to an article in HuffPo:
Radio host Rush Limbaugh called Davis "fake" and a "genuine head case," while the campaign of Davis' Republican opponent, Texas state Attorney General Greg Abbott, warned voters not to "indulge her fanciful narrative."
The discrepancies pointed out by The Dallas Morning News in Davis' tale of past hardships were relatively minor. Davis has said she was a divorced single mother at 19, when she was only separated at 19. Her divorce did not become final until she was 21.
What can we say here? Separation or divorce, the marriage ended and the two of them split when she was 19. If it wasn't legally finalized for two years, then lets say she wasn't clear. I think we're dealing with technicalities, not reality. But give that to Rush. His eagle-eyed attention to detail, just like his labeling Sandra Fluke a slut, are utterly amazing. I guess it all comes down to what your definition is of "divorce" or "slut." Technically on this one, let's give a nod to RL.
She has told stories about the difficulty of living in a trailer with her daughter, but the article noted they lived in that mobile home for just a few months.
How long do you have to reside in a trailer park mobile home to say you've experienced the difficulties of living in a trailer park mobile home? An hour? A week? A month? Six? Ask anyone who's lived in one and most likely they'll tell you it's been too long. But once you're there, you're there. Once you lost your virginity, it's gone. You can't get it back. Once you've lived in a trailer park, you've lived in a trailer park. You own it at that point. So this time, Rush, you're just plain wrong.
Davis mentioned in 2012 that her mother had a sixth-grade education; in fact, her mother has a ninth-grade education.
Well, move over Sheldon and Leonard on BIG BANG THEORY. Wendy's mom is in your league. The bottom line is not the grade level Senator Davis' mother achieved, it's that she never went to High School. Back in that day, in Texas there were no middle schools. You went to K-6 (elementary school) 7-9 (Junior High) and 10-12 (High School). Wendy Davis' mom did not graduate from high school under any degree of this interpretation. And that's the point. She didn't get a high school education. Fact checking here puts another black mark against Limbaugh's rant.
Bottom line, Rush, you may want to attack Wendy Davis. She's a political candidate and character assaults are common place. They come with the territory. But when you as a political commentator get caught lying about a candidate, it should hurt your credibility. And you know what's sad? It hasn't put a dent in yours. And the reason is simple, you don't have any. That went away with your drug addition, your lies, and your previous unjustifiable saber-rattling.
With actions like Mr. Limbaugh's, I'd advise any of the four women he's been married to, to take a trip to the jeweler and have your wedding rings examined. Don't be surprised if you're wearing a Cubic Zirconium and not the real thing. He might have spent that money on more OxyContin. Rush is prone to stretching the truth and weakness when it comes to drugs and politics.