Limbaugh Goes All In.

I could be wrong, but I suspect old El Rushbo goes  “all in” tomorrow on Sandra Fluke’s most recent statements:


In an op-ed published Tuesday on, Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke said she would not be silenced by attacks calling her “prostitutes and worse.”

“Because we spoke so loudly, opponents of reproductive health access demonized and smeared me and others on the public airwaves. These smears are obvious attempts to distract from meaningful policy discussions and to silence women’s voices regarding their own health care,” she wrote in the op-ed.

The third-year law student was vaulted into the national spotlight this month after Rush Limbaugh called her a “slut” and a “prostitute” over a three-day rant after she testified for a House Committee in support of President Obama’s mandate that would require private health insurance to pay for women’s birth control medicine.

As advertisers began to flee Limbaugh’s airwaves, the conservative shock jock apologized for insulting Fluke, but has not sold much of America on his sincerity.

A new Rasmussen Report released Tuesday showed that 53% of Americans surveyed did not think that his apology was sincere while 18% are undecided about it. Huh? How can you be undecided? Good Lord. Who are these people? 18%! Really!

In her op-ed, Fluke also took a shot at the misinformation Limbaugh was spreading about the new birth control law.

He says it would require taxpayers to cough up money for birth control, while it would actually just require private insurance companies to pay for it.

“I am talking about women who, despite paying their own premiums, cannot obtain coverage of contraception on their private insurance, even when their employer or university contributes nothing to that insurance,” she added.

The fight, she wrote, is far from over.

“Attacking me and women who use contraception by calling us prostitutes and worse cannot silence us,” she wrote.

‘I am proud to stand with the millions of women and men who recognize that our government should legislate according to the reality of our lives — not for ideology.”

I am a fan of, and play Texas Hold-em poker, and I suspect Rush’s inclination is to go “all-in” while holding an un-suited Ace-Ten with two clubs on the flop. Texas Hold-em is a poker game that bring’s out an individual’s tolerance for risk and the ability to suggest that realty is always perception.  Rush’s move here would be a technique intended to incent non-holders of possible flush hands out of the bush, while leaving only the bluffers and Ace-King holders in the game. Or, at least raising the cost of playing further into the deck.

What he should do is fold his hand. But, he won’t. His gamble is on his 15 million large audience and their anger. He believes they will fire up their pitchforks and march on … to wherever. 

Rush is holding an un-suited Ace-Ten and Sandra is holding 2 clubs. The odds are pretty good that she will see a club on the next turn of cards, Fourth Street. If not, then the odds increase dramatically (5/7) when the fifth and final card is played, the River. Maybe even a Royal Flush! Rush is doomed, but he doesn’t know it. I love playing Texas Hold-em with guys like Rush. Deal, Baby.


About Steve King

iPeopleFINANCE™ Chief Operating Officer. Former CEO of Endymion Systems, Inc. a $36m Information Systems Services company. Co-founder of the Cambridge Systems Group, the creator of ACF2, the leading IBM Mainframe Data Center Security product; acquired by Computer Associates. IBM, seeCommerce, marchFIRST, Connectandsell alumni. UC Berkeley alumni. View all posts by Steve King

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