Before anyone throws the insult du jour at your blogger, let me offer a pre-emptive confession:
I am a slut.
Metaphorically, of course. An upright, moralistic, God-fearing blogger wouldn't go anywhere near the new political fashion of calling those with whom we disagree "sluts."
He'd just ignore the story.
But I can't just help but have intercourse with this story. (Plus, my editor at NBC made me do it. She can't get enough either).
Unless you've been on another planet or, even more strangely, working too hard to check a social network, you know all about Rush Limbaugh's decision to use the "slut" insult to describe a Georgetown University student who argued that Catholic institutions should have to include contraception coverage in health insurance packages.
Limbaugh's vile, illogical argument was that this student wanted to someone to pay her to have sex. He faced condemnation across the political spectrum and the potential loss of advertisers.
But all the talk about "sluts" became infectious. And so Jennifer Kerns, a political consultant who serves as spokeswoman for the California Republican Party, took a shot at a strategist, whose name is Krystal Ball, who appeared on Twitter to slam Limbaugh.
2010, Ball lost a Congressional campaign during which somewhat risque photos of her appeared on line.
Kerns' tweet: "Stripper or strategist? Democratic strategist on MSNBC raging against Limbaugh, her name is supposedly Krystal Ball. Speaking of #sluts"
Kerns is being hammered online and off for this, with many calling for her resignation. Kerns defended herself by saying she was trying to be funny, and argued this was a woman-to-woman thing, apparently a corollary of the supposed rule that black folks can use the "n" word when they're talking to each other.
Which hasn't exactly helped her change the subject.
Of course, all the debate back and forth results in the repetition of the slur over and over. Indeed, there's something almost, well, promiscuous about how much this is being talked about. Heck, being a blogger of low morals, I'm almost tempted to write something like...
We are all sluts now.
But I won't. Because I don't want to be part of the problem.