Radio talker Rush Limbaugh has his schtick, but when he targeted a college student who had been agitating for free contraception–calling her a “slut” and a prostitute and telling her to post her sex videos on the internet–he surely crossed a line. Nine sponsors have cancelled advertising on his show. Conservative candidates and politicians are distancing themselves from him. He has since apologized, but the fallout remains.
I’ve heard it said that Rush’s obnoxious behavior towards women may drive them away from conservatism and Republican candidates, thus contributing to the re-election of Barack Obama.
Rush has certainly made conservatism more popular among the masses, but has he become a net liability?
UPDATE: Now 27 of his advertisers have pulled out!