A year ago, liberal comedian Bill Maher unapologetically called Sarah Palin a “tw**” and piled on four months later calling her a “c***” and Michele Bachmann a “b**b.”
This as liberal talk show host Ed Schultz called Laura Ingraham a “slut” and Keith Olbermann called conservative commentator Michelle Malkin ” big mashed-up bag of meat with lipstick on it.”
Outraged by this “War on Women,” did President Obama phone Palin, Malkin, Ingraham, and Malkin to sooth their pain as part of his national call for civility in the wake of Gabby Gifford’s shooting in January 2011? He did not.
His media allies ignored the insults as well.
Yet, this week, after CONSERVATIVE radio show host Rush Limbaugh let fly with ill-conceived comments about Sandra Fluke being a “slut,” President Obama called the Georgetown activist to express his sympathies. Such hot rhetoric – on the left and right – is the daily hurly-burly of talk radio and political comedy. Denounce it all – or none of it. The president’s calculated criticism of Limbaugh alone brought the predictable media attention - and an apology from Limbaugh.
But the president’s insincerity speaks volumes.
While Obama uses Fluke as a pawn in his political campaign, his Super Pac has accepted $1 million contribution from female-trashing Maher and other Democrats have received campaign contributions from Olbermann. President Obama has not demanded that his party return those monies.
Neither has he – nor anyone else in his party (most notably Michigan “Civility Cop” John Dingell) denounced the steady stream of hate and death threats directed at governors from Scott Walker to Rick Snyder. This is how President Obama uses his office to score cheap political points for his personal gain.