FOX 31’s Eli Stokols reports:
Colorado progressives are demanding an apology from Republican state Sen. Greg Brophy for comments he made on Twitter Saturday and to FOX31 Denver Monday echoing Rush Limbaugh’s controversial remarks about a woman’s right to access birth control…
When asked about the comments by FOX31 Denver on Monday, Brophy didn’t apologize and accused Democrats of trying to gin up more controversy over contraception to distract the public from other issues like the economy.
“I just don’t think I should have to pay for somebody else’s birth control,” Brophy told FOX31 Denver. “This has become now a national effort to try and distract Americans from the failed economic policies of the Obama administration.”
Colorado Democrats have indeed seized on Brophy’s comments, as they did Limbaugh’s.
“The debate that is taking place is deeply offensive to Colorado’s women and a slap in the face,” said state Rep. Crisanta Duran, D-Denver, on Monday…
On the one hand, you can acknowledge the obvious: Sen. Greg Brophy, Republican from Wray, midway through his second term in the Senate and representing some of the reddest of red prairie this side of Nebraska (right next door), is not going to apologize to anybody–it’s just not how he rolls. Brophy has nothing to lose personally by defending Rush Limbaugh, or standing by his own fairly crass disparagement of Limbaugh’s law student target of scorn Sandra Fluke. However justified, there is a pushback underway on Limbaugh’s behalf from lots of conservative Republicans. A not-insubstantial percentage of conservative Republicans will adore Sen. Brophy for “standing up,” and set right to gumming this “distraction” to death with him.
It works like this: for every Rush Limbaugh, you have a thousand Brophy-style Limbaugh defenders. For every Greg Brophy, let’s say ten thousand Joe Six Pack Republicans hear it on talk radio and start talking “recreational birth control” too. That’s ten million Republican men running around telling everyone who will listen that Rush Limbaugh is a hero and they, too, don’t want to buy some “slut’s” (they’ll choose Limbaugh’s verbiage of course) birth control.
Well no, now that you mention it, they didn’t ask any women what they’d think. No doubt those ten million Joe Six Packs will hear from the women they spread “the message” to though, won’t they? Do you see where we’re going with this? For every one of the millions of Joe Six Packs out there defending Limbaugh, how many women are they each totally horrifying?
Democrats should try really hard to keep a straight face as long as possible, being one of the greatest political gifts since…well, at least since the aspirin between the knees thing.