This is not going to good for Rush Limbaugh. Various Republicans have started to turn their back on Limbaugh after his recent comments attacking Sandra Fluke, and what is starting to show that he has lost his clout is the fact that many of them are not crawling back to him.
Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts is one of those who has gone on the attack against Limbaugh. Brown tweeted on Friday that “Rush Limbaugh’s comments are reprehensible. He should apologize.” Limbaugh won’t, of course, but it is remarkable that the Republicans have been started to do this and not automatically change their mind.
House Speaker John Boehner said “The speaker obviously believes the use of those words was inappropriate, as is trying to raise money off the situation.”
Rick Santorum also went after Limbaugh, this time on CNN saying “He’s being absurd, but that’s you know, an entertainer can be absurd. He’s in a very different business than I am.”
Romney did not exactly run from the statements saying “It’s not the language I would have used.”
• NRSC Vice Chairwoman Carly Fiorina told CBS that Limbaugh comments about Fluke were “insulting in my opinion.” She added that Limbaugh was serving as “a distraction from what are very real and important issues.”
• House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, who made Fluke famous by refusing to let her testify on a panel about contraception access last month, also said Limbaugh is a distraction. His was perhaps the least condemning criticism of all the Republicans who weighed in Friday. In a long letter, Issa attacked Democrats for using Limbaugh for political gain and claimed his own female staffers have fallen victim to insulting language from callers to Issa’s office opposed to GOP plans to limit access to contraception insurance coverage to workplaces where employers support the concept.
Issa wrote that he does not agree “with many comments that have been made during the effort to examine the constitutionality of Obamacare’s mandates on individual freedom, including the ones by Mr. Limbaugh, I find your narrow focus on this particular comment to be self-serving and dismissive of other inappropriate comments and attacks on Americans of faith.”
Limbaugh has, so far, also lost around five advertisers.