I originally missed it, but Red State’s Erick Erickson sorta kinda came to Rush’s defense today, or to be more precise, lashed out at former GOP senatorial candidate Carly Fiorina for saying Limbaugh’s words were “insulting.” But even ol’ Erick, whose personal style is more than occasionally similar to Rush’s, couldn’t help but admit The Master may have screwed up this time:

Well of course Rush Limbaugh was being insulting. It is not something I would do and I do think we’re going to now focused on what he said for a while and that it will be a distraction from the central argument, but he was using insult and sarcasm to highlight the absurdity of Sandra Fluke and the left’s position.

He goes on to rant for a while about the indignity of having to pay for contraception, which he says has nothing to do with health and everything to do with sex, and even complains about Fiorina’s 2010 campaign. But the fatal admission is there: the big puffed-up radio wizard is in trouble–maybe a lot more trouble than he got into with his little hillbilly heroin problem a while back.

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.