I believe Rush Limbaugh's apology to Georgetown law school student Sandra Fluke to be sincere. On his show Monday, Limbaugh, who called the 30-year-old Fluke two nasty names for campaigning to get free contraceptives for herself and her friends, said the following:
"I acted too much like the leftists who despise me, I descended to their level using names and exaggerations to describe Sandra Fluke. It's what we have come to know and expect from them, but it's way beneath me. It's wrong and that's why I apologized, because I succumbed. Don't be mad at them or mad at her. Everybody here was being true to their nature except me. I'm the one who had the failing on this, and for that I genuinely apologize for using those words to describe Ms. Fluke."
That should end it, but it won't. The left smells blood in the water and it has succeeded in persuading several high-profile sponsors to pull their ads from his show. Conservatives should affirm his apology by supporting those sponsors who are staying with Rush and not buying products of those companies that have pulled their ads. That, too, will send a message.
In New York, I'm Cal Thomas.
Publication date: March 8, 2012