Since he’s mentioned prominently, we’re going to call this one for Rush Limbaugh.
It’s been a rough night for Democrats, and here in L.A., there’s one more disappointment for national Democratic activists. Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown law student who rose to fame when Rush Limbaugh called her a slut, is losing her bid for California state senate.
Ben Allen, a Democrat who serves on the Santa Monica-Malibu school board, held a 22-point lead with more than half the vote counted. As of 1 a.m., Allen still had not officially claimed victory, though the county Democratic Party had congratulated him on the win.
In 2012, Fluke became a symbol of the “War on Women,” after Rush Limbaugh lambasted her as a “slut” and a “prostitute” for testifying to Congress in favor of contraceptive coverage. The controversy made her a political celebrity, and she ended up campaigning for President Obama and speaking in prime time at the Democratic National Convention.
One innocuous comment from Limbaugh nearly three years ago and it’s still her lone claim to fame. Can America move on from the cloying famewhore already?