Today's talk show theme: Pile on Rush Limbaugh. The conservative talk show host took a bipartisan drubbing worthy of a gold-stuffed piñata, reports Politico, as both sides lambasted his slut comment and subsequent apology. A sampling:
- Debbie Wasserman Schultz: "I know he apologized, but forgive me if I doubt his sincerity, given that he lost at least six advertisers. Rush Limbaugh said he was trying to be humorous. I don’t know any woman in America … that thinks that being called a slut is funny.”
- Ron Paul: “I don’t think he’s very apologetic, I think he’s doing it because people were taking their advertisements off his program."
- Newt Gingrich: "He made a mistake, and I think he did the right thing," in apologizing.
- Eric Cantor: “I don’t condone that type of language in any arena, including the political arena. It was insulting, and Rush has said as much."
Elsewhere on your Sunday dial, it was the parlor game of guess-the-vice-presidential nominee and the usual back-and-forth:
- Cantor on a Romney-Cantor ticket: "I am not open to that. This is about Mitt Romney and making sure that he is put into office."
- Paul on a Romney-Rand Paul ticket: "I think the media has fed on that because they keep saying ‘Is there a deal, is there a deal?’ Obviously not. He wouldn’t do it, I wouldn’t’ do it.”
- Gingrich on President Obama's apology over the Koran burnings: "He has apologized so many times around so many countries. It is frankly embarrassing to have a president who thinks that apologizing for the United States is a good policy. I think the commander in chief has an obligation to step up and say, ‘I am proud of our troops.' ”
- David Axelrod on Gingrich's criticism: “The thing about not having any responsibilities is that you can say irresponsible things. And the speaker avails himself of that opportunity all the time.”