Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Outrage at RFK Jr.'s "Call Girl" Comparison

From Politico:
Leave it to Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to one-up Rush Limbaugh in the name-calling department.  "Speaking of prostitutes, big oil's top call girl Sen Inhofe wants to kill fuel economy backed by automakers, small biz, enviros, & consumers," the New York-based environmentalist wrote Tuesday on Twitter
Kennedy was targeting Inhofe for a letter the Oklahoma Republican sent last week to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson that questions the Obama administration's fuel economy and air pollution policies.

Senator Harry Reid's office immediately issued a strongly worded statement condemning Kennedy's words.

Mr. Kennedy's salacious comparison of "call girls" to Senator Inhofe is unfair and reprehensible.  Especially in these tough economic times when jobs are scarce, the world's oldest profession (and one that is quite popular in my home state of Neveda) should not be subject to such insults.  Mr. Kennedy owes the taxpayers of the State of Nevada an apology.  (And, by the way, Sen Inhofe should stop trying to kill fuel economy backed by automakers, small biz, enviros, & consumers.)
OK, I admit it, I made that up.  But I am sure we can expect such a statement any minute now given that Republicans and oil companies top the Extreme Undesirables list of the Democrats.

    Seriously, though, it is interesting that in Reid's comments on the Limbaugh controversy in an interview with MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell, he studiously avoids mentioning the insulting words and is muted in his criticism of Limbaugh.  Frankly, the words he managed to get out were fairly incoherent:
““Even in the Rush Limbaugh world, there’s certain things you can’t say.... Women are entitled for contraception, so their contraceptives of their choice. That’s what this was all about,” Reid told O’Donnell. “We should never run into the firestorm that we did, that people calling this fine woman, by all means.”
And there you have it.

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