Yip yip yip yahoo! A lot of people think the new sober Rush Limbaugh isn't as fun as he was back in his human Pez dispenser days, but not us. We love yesterday's BJ rant, which you can read over at Atrios' or listen to here. And we also like Rush's subsequent BJ rant apology, the transcript of which an operative passed along us to us: "I am going to apologize not for saying what I said, but I'm going to apologize if it offended anybody. I never apologize for what I say, but if some of you were offended by a graphic term involving actions committed by BILL CLINTON and MONICA LEWINSKY that have now spread to AMERICA's high schools, I apologize. I meant to say 'oral sex' throughout, but the guttural term escaped my pouty lips in a moment of pure, unbridled passion. The staff was so stunned and so scared today they didn't dare hit the delete button, the deedle button, and so it got out there..."
Way to blame it on the staff, Rush! That's the kind of accountability you can only learn in a really expensive twelve-step program, we bet. But while Rush accurately points to where the blame for his mishap really lays, we can't help but think that he's giving Bill Clinton too much credit for convincing teens that oral sex is cool (before MonicaGate, teens spent most of their time reading the Bible and pushing for tax cuts). After all, what about our man Newt, who, according to a 1995 Vanity Fair profile, pioneered the oral-sex-is-not-sex conceit way back in the '70s? Don't today's teenage oral sex fiends have him to thank as well? — GREG BEATO
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