Maureen Dowd Tackles Brutal Limbaugh, Santorum's 'Medieval' View of Women

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd made the front of the  Sunday Review describing how she once had her feelings hurt by Rush Limbaugh, who is drawing liberal fire by calling leftist birth-control activist Sandra Fluke a "slut" on his radio show (he has since apologized): "Have You No Shame, Rush?" Also: Rick Santorum has a "medieval" view of women.

As a woman who has been viciously slashed by Rush Limbaugh, I can tell you, it’s no fun.

At first you think, if he objects to the substance of what you’re saying, why can’t he just object to the substance of what you’re saying? Why go after you in the most personal and humiliating way?

Then, once you accept the fact that he has become the puppet master of the Republican Party by stirring bloodlust (earning enough to bribe Elton John to play at his fourth wedding), you still cringe at the thought that your mom might hear the ugly things he said.

Now he’s brutalizing a poised, wholesome-looking 30-year-old Georgetown law student as a “slut,” “a prostitute” and “round-heeled” simply for testifying to lawmakers about wanting the school to amend its health insurance to cover contraception.

Dowd herself is no stranger to viciously slashing Limbaugh in print.

She used the Limbaugh controversy to attack more Republicans on social issues.

Only a last-minute media glare caused Virginia’s Republican governor, Bob McDonnell, and its Republican-led Legislature to modify a shockingly punitive law aiming to shame and in many cases penetrate women seeking abortions. The version that passed on Thursday is still harsh enough to damage McDonnell’s vice presidential prospects.


Rick Santorum, whose views on women are medieval, said “an entertainer can be absurd.” Speaker John Boehner offered a tepid comment through a spokesman that Limbaugh’s words were “inappropriate.”