RUSH ALONG

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“Don’t worry, folks. Ad­ver­tis­ers who don’t want your busi­ness will be re­placed,” Rush Lim­baugh to his ra­dio au­di­ence on Mon­day, af­ter los­ing on-air ad­ver­tis­ing over his un­to­ward re­marks about Ge­orge­town Univer­sity law stu­dent San­dra Fluke, to whom he has apol­o­gized.

“This show is about you. It’s not about the ad­ver­tis­ers,” Mr. Lim­baugh said, adding a sec­ond mea culpa: “I should not have used the lan­guage I did about San­dra Fluke. It was wrong and, de­spite all the the­o­ries, my apol­ogy to her was for sim­ply us­ing in­ap­pro­pri­ate words.”

Ms. Fluke as­sessed the sit­u­a­tion Mon­day on ABC’S “The View,” telling her hosts, “I don’t think a state­ment like this, is­sued say­ing that his choice of words was not the best, changes any­thing. Es­pe­cially when that state­ment is is­sued when he’s un­der sig­nif­i­cant pres­sure from his spon­sors, who have be­gun to pull their sup­port from the show.” than his ri­vals, with Rick San­to­rum in sec­ond place, fol­lowed by Ron Paul and Newt Gin­grich.

“The find­ings show a cor­re­la­tion be­tween so­cial per­for­mance with events such as Rom­ney’s win in Florida, San­to­rum’s cau­cus suc­cess and Rom­ney’s win in both Michi­gan and Ari­zona,” says So­cial­bak­ers, a Cal­i­for­nia-based “so­cial me­dia sta­tis­tics por­tal.”

The group also tal­lied what on­line posts got the most mea­sur­able buzz in the past month. They are:

“Pres­i­dent Obama says he is learn­ing. The pres­i­dency is not the place to learn how to lead. It is a place to ex­er­cise the judg­ment and lead­er­ship that has been learned over a life­time.” (Mr. Rom­ney, on Feb. 15)

“It’s not about con­tra­cep­tion; it’s about eco­nomic lib­erty, it’s about free­dom of speech, it’s about free­dom of re­li­gion. It’s about gov­ern­ment con­trol of your lives and it’s got to stop.” (Mr. San­to­rum, on Feb. 20)

“We had an in­cred­i­ble turnout of 4,000 at Michi­gan State Univer­sity to­day! Free­dom re­ally is pop­u­lar!” (Mr. Paul, on Feb. 27)

“It is an outrage that Pres­i­dent Obama is the one apol­o­giz­ing to Afghan Pres­i­dent Karzai on the same day two Amer­i­can troops were mur­dered and four oth­ers in­jured by an Afghan sol­dier. It’s Hamid Karzai who owes the Amer­i­can peo­ple an apol­ogy, not the other way around.” (Mr. Gin­grich, on Feb. 23) want to know: How can that hap­pen?

The Home­land Se­cu­rity sub­com­mit­tee on bor­der and mar­itime se­cu­rity hopes for in­sight Tues­day dur­ing “From the 9/11 Hi­jack­ers to Amine elKhal­ifi: Ter­ror­ists and the Visa Over­stay Prob­lem,” a hear­ing that ex­am­ines the prob­lem, and how the Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity can rem­edy it.

“Since 9/11, our bor­der se­cu­rity ef­forts have been fo­cused on se­cur­ing our borders. How­ever, more than 40 per­cent of all il­le­gal aliens do not sneak across the bor­der, they come in through the front door and never leave,” ob­serves Rep. Candice S. Miller, Michi­gan Re­pub­li­can and the sub­com­mit­tee chair­woman.

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