Emmett Tyrrell

Writing for The Daily Beast, Miss Powers has come up with a lot of foulmouthed media personalities far fouler than Rush. I was not aware of their existence, and I doubt Rush was. They lack wit and humor, and they have no ideas, just irritable one-liners. In fact, after the desperate pursuit of an idea, they settle for scurrility. Thus, the physically disfigured Bill Maher calls Sarah Palin a dumb t--- and a c---. He jokes about Rick Santorum's wife using a vibrator, but there's nothing about the immensely more humorous spectacle of him using a vibrator or even a dirty book. Miss Powers quotes some slug by the name of Ed Schultz as saying Palin set off a "bimbo" and calling Laura Ingraham, can you believe it, a "right-wing slut." Then there is Keith Olbermann, who wished that right-wing columnist S.E. Cupp had been aborted by her parents and who described Michelle Malkin as a "mashed-up bag of meat with lipstick"; how very literary.

This is the quality of mind that holds forth on liberal cable television. No one there objects to the gutter talk that is hurled at conservative women. No sponsors threaten to pull their advertisements. That probably should not surprise me. I have been arguing for months that liberalism is dead. Here is proof that it is brain-dead.

Yet I cannot believe that this election is going to turn on the question of whether the federal government is going to pay for birth control procedures that have been around for 52 years. The Democrats are aiming at the moron vote, and let them have it. The real question here is religious liberty and the matter of choice. Should churches and individuals have to pay for medical procedures they do not approve of? The Democratic Party, the party of the straitjacket, says yes. The Republican Party, the party of choice and of personal freedom, says no.

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
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