The Rush Limbaugh Anti-Bullying Initiative

As we all continue to wait for word from Phoenix as to whether AZ Gov. Jan Brewer will or won’t veto S.B. 1062, the sweeping “religious liberty” bill passed by the Republican-controlled legislature, a familiar voice has chimed in: Rush Limbaugh, who says Brewer is being “bullied” by “homosexual advocates” to veto the bill.

Religious beliefs can’t be used to stop anything the left wants to impose, unless they’re Muslim religious beliefs and then we have to honor those. But any other religious beliefs are not permitted,” Limbaugh said. “The left will not allow them. Now, the current thinking is that Gov. Brewer will probably veto the bill, which, you might think on the face of it will make her a hero with the news media and the rest of the left….

“She’s being bullied by the homosexual lobby in Arizona and elsewhere,” he said. “She’s being bullied by the nationwide drive-by media, she’s being bullied by certain elements of corporate America in order to advance the gay agenda.”

Now to be sure, bullying is a subject on which Rush Limbaugh is a genuine expert. But best I can tell much of the “bullying” of Brewers is coming from local businesses, not “corporate America,” and by fellow Republicans, including both U.S. Senators and three of the state senators who voted for the bill but now concede it was a “mistake.” (I also would guess Brewer’s legal advisors are telling her the bill is very likely unconstitutional.) Perhaps Limbaugh thinks there’s some sort of transitive “bullying” where the godless sodomites pressure weak-kneed RINOs like John McCain and McCain bullies poor Brewer. But as the biggest bully of them all, Rush really needs to give this topic a wide berth.

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Ed Kilgore

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.