Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Thou Shall Not Covet Thy Neighbor's Daught...err...Wife

Talking Points Memo pointed me in the bloated direction of Rush Limbaugh today, and it's worth examining Rush's words to see exactly how creepy at least one part of the right is. Here's what Limbaugh said to one of his callers while discussing Fred Thompson's wife, who happens to be 20 years younger than the maybe presidential candidate:

I was going to do the story yesterday, didn't get to it, but they're ripping Fred Thompson because he's not a good-looking guy. "He's 65 years old, what's he doing with this good-looking 40-year-old babe? There's something not right about this." Look, liberals, they're envious as hell of our women, folks. Everybody knows this. It's one of the best kept secrets going on in politics.

Now, where to begin. First there's the easy Freudian part of it, that Thompson needs to be with a wife who could be his daughter since it would be too much for a rightwing guy to have a wife who was his equal, but we'll ignore that part.

Then there's the "our women" phrase. Doesn't that mean the only people who count, who Rush sees as his audience, are men who possess (our is possesive after all) women? (We can assume he's not talking to lesbians.) That the political discourse is for guys only, and that women are just baubles for us to be envious over? It further reduces women so their only value is as eye candy.

Of course it's impossible to listen to Limbaugh on matters of love and sex without feeling a need to shower immediately. He is, after all, the guy busted with 29 100mg pills of Viagra coming back from the Dominican Republic with a group of male friends. In case you didn't know, the Dominican Republic, according to reports:

is explicitly marketed as a 'single man's, holiday destination by many German tour operators, who even sometimes describe it as 'the new Thailand'.

It is impossible to say what percentage of the total tourist population are sex tourists but they are certainly in a majority in Boca Chica (a resort which has little else to offer) and constitute a large portion of visitors to Sosua and Puerta Plata.

What's more, if Rush is so approving of his fellow rightwingers having younger partners, this news probably did not go unnoticed by him prior to his Viaga-fueled vacation to the Dominican Republic:

UNICEF notes that a total of 25,455 minors are employed as prostitutes, and that of that total, 14,508 (57%) practice prostitution in the areas in which they had gone to school.

Perhaps we need Wendy McCaw to write a series of scathing editorials about Rush Limbaugh.



Blogger MCConfrontation said...

Gross, George. I'm fine with you banging on Rush for his illicit drug abuse. By all accounts he was addicted to these black market pills. I do think it's a stretch, though, for you to insinuate that because he was getting the pills from the DR, and the DR is the new Thailand, that Rush must be utilizing underage prostitutes from the DR because on top of it all Fred Thompson has a young wife. I don't know, too many disconnects for me, but if it floats your boat that's fine.

11:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any truth to the rumor that Jerry Roberts computer had hundreds of images of Rush Limbaugh?

3:01 PM  
Blogger Trekking Left said...

I obviously don't agree with many conservative policies, but at least I can understand the ideology behind lower taxes and such. But these statements like "Look, liberals, they're envious as hell of our women, folks" is just plain weird. It's like when Ann Coulter says that liberals don't have good sex. Huh? I mean, where do they come up with this stuff?

5:35 PM  
Blogger MCConfrontation said...

My God Lefty, we agree on something!

7:26 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

You all missed the memo: the GOP is the party of sex and eroticism. It's us uptight lefties who've been trying to put "our women" in a virtual veil.

FYI . . . boca chica translates as "pretty mouth."

WV: lftzgee

4:33 AM  

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