In the week leading up to Mother’s Day this past Sunday, Rush Limbaugh, the bombastic radio host, interspersed his program with in-show advertisements for ProFlowers. However, on his May 5th show, Limbaugh exhorted his listeners to buy Mother’s Day roses not just for their mothers, but “mistress[es]” as well:
LIMBAUGH: Mother’s Day coming up Sunday. Make sure the mother in your life, the mom, mother-in-law, wife, girlfriend, mistress, whatever, knows how much you care about her. And how thankful you are to have her. It’s one of these holidays they have the expectation, it’s there. It just is.
Limbaugh’s advice hasn’t exactly fallen on deaf ears among conservatives. It would be an understatement to say that Republicans have had a mistress problem of late. Indeed, in the past year alone, three Republicans in Congress – former Sen. John Ensign and former Reps. Chris Lee and Mark Souder – have resigned amidst sex scandals. Limbaugh himself remarried for the fourth time in June 2010.