Last week, Rush Limbaugh caused a media sensation by referring to Sandra Fluke as a slut and a prostitute. As has been reported on this site, Ms. Fluke is a Georgetown law student who attempted to speak to a full House hearing on whether contraceptives should be paid for as part of the Obama health care law, was rejected by the Committee Chair, and then spoke in favor of the mandate before the committee’s Democratic members.

After she spoke, Limbaugh stated on his radio program on Wednesday, “What does it say about the college coed … who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex.” A number of Democrats and allied women’s groups immediately erupted at Limbaugh’s words. Republicans tended to remain silent, rather than supporting Limbaugh, as they had done so often in the past.

The following day, Limbaugh doubled down, determining that a ratings bonanza was coming his way. He said then, “”If we’re going to have to pay for this, then we want something in return, Ms. Fluke. And that would be the videos of all this sex posted online so we can see what we’re getting for our money.” This comment turned out to be even too much for many Republicans to stomach. Presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney and House Speaker John Boehner each removed themselves from Limbaugh’s statements. The only notable Republican to vigorously defend him was Newt Gingrich, probably not the best character reference for an individual to have.

Then, a threatened boycott of advertisers caused at least six of them to withdraw sponsorship of the program. This caused the porcine pundit to rethink his earlier statements. Limbaugh wrote on his website today, “My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.”

Rush thus continues his tradition of courage under fire that began with his draft deferment that prevented him from serving in the Vietnam War, due to a cyst that had previously gone undiscovered. It was a remarkable coincidence that his family has long been politically powerful in the Missouri area where he resided. The Federal Courthouse in his hometown is named after Rush’s grandfather.

For two decades, Rush has held the Republican Party hostage with the belief that his ditto-heads would mindlessly perform his will regardless of allegations about his own personal proclivities. He began his talk show career as a populist observer of the political world. Over time, his caricature has evolved into a vigilant supporter of the Club for Growth. Perhaps the fat clown is wearing no clothes.

Some friends of mine seem to believe that Limbaugh actually believes what he says, instead of merely saying outrageous things to increase his ratings. Well, to misquote the Good Book, ‘What does it profit a man to get high ratings if all of his advertisers have abandoned him?’