From Reason:

But the comedy ain’t done yet. Over at The New Republic, Timothy Noah explains why it’s like totally different when Bill Maher calls Sarah Palin “a [email protected]” and “a c*nt,” or when Keith Olbermann calls Michelle Malkin a “mashed-up bag of meat with lipstick on it.”

Here you go:

It’s different in two ways.

First, all of the people who were subjected to verbal abuse by the liberal- or left-leaning blowhards and smart-asses mentioned above are public figures. If you follow politics you know who they are. Fluke, on the other hand, though a political activist, was not really a public figure. If you follow politics you probably didn’t know who she was until Limbaugh attacked her.

Second, and more important, none of the rappers and liberals and leftists mentioned above is so feared by President Obama or any other Democrat that said Democrat would hesitate to criticize him if the occasion warranted it. That isn’t necessarily because Democrats are braver people. It’s because there is no rapper or liberal or leftist commentator or talk-radio host or comedian who commands anything equivalent to the knuckle-dragging army of haters that Limbaugh leads on the right.

Read more here.

Yeah, that’s not really much of a counter-argument.

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