First, I find this statement by Ms. Fluke amusing:
In a response to Limbaugh on Thursday, Fluke said, "We are fortunate to live in a democracy where everyone is entitled to their own opinions regarding legitimate policy differences. Unfortunately, numerous commentators have gone far beyond the acceptable bounds of civil discourse. No woman deserves to be disrespected in this manner. This language is an attack on all women, and has been used throughout history to silence our voices."This is, of course, baked wind. Voiceless people don't get quoted in the Hollywood Reporter. And let's be clear: at this point in history, in this nation, there's no way in hell to silence anybody. Birth control may cost whatever Fluke says it does, but the entry cost for Twitter, Blogger and any number of means of communication is zero. Getting an audience is a tougher matter, but anyone can get into the game. And you might notice that Fluke is the one trying to do the silencing, not the "numerous commentators" who might question Fluke's math skills or overall deportment. And, as always, I'd be curious to know what the precise boundaries are concerning the "acceptable bounds of civil discourse," from the law student's perspective. But that would require a follow-up question that Fluke's temporary advocates would prefer not to ask.
Second, what will eventually "silence" Fluke is the same thing that has effectively silenced Cindy Sheehan. Once her usefulness in this matter runs its course, she'll likely lose whatever audience she might have now. Whatever you think of Rush Limbaugh, the reason he has had a 20-year career is that he's found and maintained an audience, one that advertisers find lucrative. You might see a few advertisers bail on Limbaugh temporarily, but he'll have no trouble finding replacements.