Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Lest We Furr-get: Before Rush, There Was Anita
So much going on today.
President Obama held a feisty and highly amusing press conference. (His response to Norah O'Donnell about Willard Mitt Romney was priceless). The Virginia Republican Party held a primary election and no one showed up. But we must return once again to the Rush Limbaugh self-immolation, which just doesn't know when, or how, to stop.
Mainly because reading the teabagger caterwauling at Free Republic — about the advertisers that have dropped Limbaugh's show — reminded us of something. Of another hater who bit the hand that fed her, and subsequently destroyed her marketing career.
Remember Anita Bryant, and her late-1970s anti-gay campaign? Perhaps you do, because her ex-husband, Bob Green, died this past January. Green was married to Bryant when she went on her crusade against an equal-rights ordinance in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Together, they managed to persuade voters to overturn the ordinance — but the effort scuttled her gig as a Florida orange juice spokeswoman. (And Bryant and Green divorced a few short years later.)
See, ultimately, orange juice manufacturers didn't cotton to the idea of alienating large swaths of daily Florida-sunshine consumers, whether they be gay, straight, or whatever. Similarly, advertisers from Allstate to Sears to Citrix have decided that Rush Limbaugh insulting tens of millions of women aged 25-54 is just too risky to run with.
Hey — isn't this the sacred voice of the free market, which the Republicans constantly tout? How can they complain about that?
These right-wing crusaders often claim they have God or Jesus (or the dittoheads) on their side. But it's usually Caesar who comes back to bite them in the end.