MANY AMERICANS disdain Rush Limbaugh; some of them are high-placed and influential. The author of “Rush Limbaugh Is a Big, Fat Idiot’’ is now a US senator from Minnesota. The incumbent president of the United States publicly picked a fight with the broadcaster less than a week after being inaugurated. “You can’t just listen to Rush Limbaugh,’’ Barack Obama admonished attendees at a White House summit in January 2009.
But tens of millions of fans do listen to Limbaugh — fans whose years of loyalty have made him the most important talk-show host in America. Those fans deserved better than Limbaugh’s disgraceful performance last week, when for three days running he insulted liberal activist Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown law student who testified in support of the Obamacare contraception mandate.