"If conservatives weren’t so fanatically loyal to everyone they perceive to be a member of their tribe they’d grasp what’s afoot. The man they’re always defending isn’t a happy warrior for the cause. He’s a ratings hound willing to engage in over-the-top misogyny. How to measure his character? This is a grown man whose jokes land at the expense of women whose ankle size he mocks. If you were a mother and he were your son you’d be embarrassed by his uncouthness. If society operated according to the traditional norms he theoretically espouses, he’d get slapped. Yet he’s considered a conservative champion. If you think conservatism is inescapably sexist perhaps he’s a perfect fit for the role. Others think conservatism is a more noble intellectual tradition. And they should shun Limbaugh."