Thursday, October 16, 2003

Missing the point yet again

Ann Coulter misses it like no other. Here's the part that got me giggling.

Rush has hardly been the anti-drug crusader liberals suggest. Indeed, Rush hasn't had much to say about drugs at all since that spinal operation. The Rush Limbaugh quote that has been endlessly recited in the last week to prove Rush's rank "hypocrisy" is this, made eight years ago: "Drug use, some might say, is destroying this country. And we have laws against selling drugs, pushing drugs, using drugs, importing drugs. ... And so if people are violating the law by doing drugs, they ought to be accused and they ought to be convicted and they ought to be sent up."

What precisely are liberals proposing that Rush should have said to avoid their indignant squeals of "hypocrisy"? Announce his support for the wide and legal availability of a prescription painkiller that may have caused him to go deaf and nearly ruined his career and wrecked his life? I believe that would have been both evil and hypocritical.

Did you catch that sweet, sweet line: Rush hasn't had much to say about drugs at all since that spinal operation.

That, Skinny, is exactly what makes him a hypocrite. It's the new Republican way to cover your ass.

A few months ago, this same defense was used by William Bennett, who pointed out that he never said anything bad about gambling. Ethicist Randy Cohen saw right through that one, writing that "The reason he personally never addressed the issue is now perfectly clear -- because he's a gambler."

So now Limbaugh fans feel that they can use the same tactic, but it's just as weak a defense for the man in the big leather chair. Limbaugh may, indeed, have quit talking about drugs after his back surgery, but isn't it hypocritical to only cease bashing addicts once you've become a junkie?


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