Following an incident in late February and early March 2012 when the conservative intellectual Rush Limbaugh spent three successive days on AM radio calling the Georgetown student Sandra Fluke a slut and a prostitute, then suggesting she make a sex tape and post it online for him to watch, two apologies followed — one on Mr. Limbaugh’s web page, then another on the air.
Another conservative intellectual, Cal Thomas, found that heartwarming. In his March 7 column, he wrote:
Limbaugh might resist this next suggestion, but I speak from experience, having had to apologize for a recent misstatement of my own. Limbaugh should invite Sandra Fluke to lunch and get to know her as a person, not a label. At the very least, he would send an important message that civility and strong political speech do not have to be contradictory.
Who knows, he might even persuade her to become a conservative. From his perspective, and mine, that would be a win-win for everybody, except liberals. http://www.calthomas.com/index.php?news=3505
About that, a suggestion: by way of breaking the ice, why doesn’t Mr. Limbaugh also invite Ms. Fluke to a nice movie? It would be a conservative thing to do. After all, there is a precedent, right here:
My earlier post about Mr. Limbaugh and the language of conservatism is at