On Tuesday, Rush Limbaugh scoffed at critics who thought that his inflammatory comments would spell the end of his show while providing a boon for Democrats.
The conservative radio host sparked outrage when he called Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown law student who was denied the right to speak at a contraception hearing, "a slut" and "a prostitute." He doubled down on those remarks, but later walked them back. The controversy continued to snowball even in the wake of his apology, with advertisers fleeing his program en masse. One site put the number of companies that have dropped his show at 140.
"Remember, one week ago, they thought it was over," he said, according to Politico. “They thought I was finished, they thought you [the listeners] were vanquished, and Obama was elevated to heights that would make him unbeatable."
He remarked that those critics "are in shell shock” right now, replaying clips of commentators criticizing him and characterizing the controversy as an opportunity for Obama.
"Obama lost ground with women," he said, referring to the polls. "I can’t begin to tell you the dismay and the shock and probably panic that exists in the White House and in the salons of the elites of the Democratic Party over this. They didn’t even consider this a possibility. This never entered their mind. This was going to be the end – not just of me, folks, the end of talk radio."
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