Friday, October 28, 2016

If only their mothers had resisted the urge

“If there is consent on both or all three or all four, however many are involved in the sex act, it’s perfectly fine. But if the left ever senses and smells that there’s no consent in part of the equation then here come the rape police.” — Rush Limbaugh

UNBELIEVABLE. Absolutely, unimaginably unbelievable that Rush Limbaugh lampoons those who believe that consent is necessary before sex, and if it's absent, it's rape! 

My wish for him is that he will be the future recipient of several rounds of non-consensual sex. I don't care how whatever that may sound, but some people only learn from experience. I wish him many, many learning experiences. 

I'm hard-pressed to choose which one of these three, Donny, the aforementioned Scumbag or the Salamader, I loathe the most. And don't bother getting up in my grill about my use of the word 'loathe.' 

It's a perfectly fine word, as well as perfectly descriptive of my feelings for these three who are proof that three million years of evolution haven't taken us far. And FYI, it's not a newly arrived opinion on my part about this trio of air, water and space-wasters.

(Click on any of these links for a trip down memory lane.)

That Slithery Salamander

Go Away

Newt Inc.

Running for President: A Money-making Proposition

But now to a luscious bit of observation by Anna North who is a member of The New York Times editorial board. 

Newt Gingrich’s Strange Fascination With Sex

By Anna North

October 26, 2016

If you’re concerned about the assault allegations against Donald Trump, are you “fascinated with sex”?

That’s the claim Newt Gingrich seemed to make on Tuesday night, when he accused Megyn Kelly and Fox News of covering the allegations too aggressively and ignoring the issue of Hillary Clinton’s speeches.

“You want to go back through the tapes of your show recently?” he asked. “You are fascinated with sex and you don’t care about public policy.”

Mr. Gingrich tried to deflect Ms. Kelly’s questions by casting them as part of a prurient obsession, rather than a serious attempt to find out whether Mr. Trump used his position of power to harass and assault women.

Mr. Gingrich wasn’t the first to use accusations of sex obsession as a distraction technique. Ted Cruz did the same last year when asked about his opposition to same-sex marriage. “Is there something about the left — and I am going to put the media in this category — that is obsessed with sex?” Mr. Cruz asked after taking questions on gay rights from reporters in Beaumont, Tex. For both Mr. Cruz and Mr. Gingrich, painting opponents as perverts is a way to avoid discussing same-sex marriage or the allegations against Mr. Trump.

Someone who seems to take a different tack is, oddly enough, Rush Limbaugh. He responded to the accusations against Mr. Trump earlier this month, saying, “The left will promote and understand and tolerate anything, as long as there is one element. Do you know what it is? Consent.”

“If there is consent on both or all three or all four, however many are involved in the sex act, it’s perfectly fine,” he went on. “But if the left ever senses and smells that there’s no consent in part of the equation then here come the rape police.”

Think about that — for Mr. Limbaugh, the problem with the left is a focus on consent. Well, he’s right. Many on the left are obsessed with consent when it comes to sex. Many believe that if someone commits a sex act that’s non-consensual, that’s a crime — possibly a matter for the “rape police,” or, you know, the police.

Voters, too, appear pretty concerned about consent. Mr. Trump’s poll numbers have dropped significantly since the release of the “Access Hollywood” tape earlier this month. And for many Americans, it’s not Mr. Trump’s “locker room talk” that’s the problem — it’s the way he described grabbing and kissing women apparently without their consent.

Though he claimed on Tuesday night not to believe the polls, Mr. Gingrich knows exactly how badly Mr. Trump’s taped comments and the accusations by women over the last few weeks have hurt the candidate. Maybe that’s why he quickly shifted gears to talk about Bill Clinton’s history with women — because he knows that Americans do, in fact, care whether their leaders assault women.

It’s worth asking whether voters should have responded differently to harassment and assault allegations against Mr. Clinton when they first came to light. But as Ms. Kelly pointed out, Mr. Clinton isn’t running for president right now — Donald Trump is. And he’s running in a country where, perhaps more so than ever, the public understands that consent matters.

Trump’s surrogates understand this, which is why they’re all trying to minimize the allegations against their candidate the best they can.

There’s one person, however, who really doesn’t get it. “Congratulations, Newt, on last night,” said Donald Trump at an event on Wednesday. “That was an amazing interview.”

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