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Kathleen Parker says that Rush Limbaugh has "united decent people of all stripes and persuasions with his vile remarks about a Georgetown law student". I hope she's right. Her column on Limbaugh's twisted notions of propriety is the best thing I've read on the Sandra Fluke pantomime.

After referring to Fluke as a "slut" and a "prostitute," [Limbaugh] offered the following proposition: "So, Miss Fluke, and the rest of you feminazis, here's the deal. If we are going to pay for your contraceptives . . . we want something for it. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch."

Who exactly are the degenerates according to Limbaugh's world-view? Parker goes on:

I am not convinced by Fluke's premise that her need for contraception is anyone else's responsibility. There is perhaps some logic in subsidizing contraception for the poor, which the government already does through Title X, to reduce abortions and prevent the conception of children, who, owing to a parent's inability to care for said progeny, might become wards of the state. This, again, is a sidebar tangential to the key question.

The point is that Limbaugh has so offended with his remarks that he has further muddled the issues. I realize he's "just an entertainer," as his apologists insist, but he is also considered a leading and powerful conservative voice. By his remarks, he has marginalized legitimate arguments and provided a trove of ammunition to those seeking to demonize Republicans who, along with at least some of their Democratic colleagues, are legitimately concerned with religious liberty.

As a bonus, he has given his "feminazis" justification for their claims that conservatives hate women. Limbaugh owes Ms. Fluke an apology -- an event doubtless many would love to watch.

A conspiracy theorist might wonder whose payroll Limbaugh is on.

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Clive Crook is a senior editor of The Atlantic and a columnist for Bloomberg View. He was the Washington columnist for the Financial Times, and before that worked at The Economist for more than 20 years, including 11 years as deputy editor. Crook writes about the intersection of politics and economics. More

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