And the hits keep right on coming. A snippet of todays readings come from the 79th Psalm, which recounts a self-reflection of faults.
Remember not against us the iniquities of the past;
may your compassion quickly come to us,
for we are brought very low.(Ps.79:8)
We all make mistakes, some big and some not so big, but mistakes which bring us down and lessen what is special in us, our humanness. We say things, we do things that seem selfish, cutting ourselves off from the community of others. When we realize our mistakes we acknowledge them, pull up our socks and start again. I guess little Limbaugh doesn’t know the second part of this routine. Yes he apologized to Ms. Fluke about his remarks and then bemoans the fact that he (and his listeners) is really the victim in this drama. By stating that he “has become like ‘them'” he feels his actions (and words) was his real mistake. In doing so he left-handily stands by his words. So the apology becomes a non-apology after all.
“I don’t expect, and I know you don’t either, morality or intellectual honesty from the left,” he said. “…This is the mistake I made: in fighting them on this issue last week, I became like them. Against my own instincts, against my own knowledge, against everything I know to be right and wrong, I descended to their level. I feel very badly about that.”
He has placed himself on high as the oracle with all the answers. He spews venom like a spitting cobra and when caught or criticized, raises his hood to look bigger than he really is. It reminds me of the passenger side mirror warning that says “objects in the mirror are closer than they appear.” He is a small man with a big megaphone and just can’t get his head around the fact that some of the things he says have consequences. When you are right all of the time, it is hard to do so. By blaming the sponsors for leaving him he becomes the object of pity. By adding that the leaving sponsors don’t care about ‘you’ the listener makes them the bad guys. I wonder what logic looks like in Limbaugh’s head.
As I said earlier this week, I actually feel sorry for him. The outrage to his talk is not just limited to the so-called leftees, it is the outrage of citizens who buy the products his sponsors sell. Like most egotists, he does not like criticism nor does he think it is warranted. That is why the tepid response from Republican leaders. George Will said it best on Sunday when he was asked to respond to John Boehner’s use of the word “inappropriate” to describe Limbaugh’s words. He said, “…you use the word ‘inappropriate’ when describing someone using the salad fork for their entree.”
and so it goes…