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Last week, Rush Limbaugh dropped his latest single.

The outspoken radio host has come under fire for his critiques against U.S. President Obama’s new birth control mandate, calling Georgetown law student, Sandra Fluke, a “slut” and a “prostitute.” Though he has since apologized – twice – saying he regretted his “insulting word choices” and “attempt to be humourous.” Described by critics as a “career low,” Limbaugh has been hemorrhaging sponsors, losing seven big advertising contracts.

Notoriously sexist, the latest Limbaugh controversy has yet to die down. Throughout his career, Limbaugh has launched a series of misogynistic, sexist tirades against women in positions of power.

Here are some of his greatest hits:

Rush Limbaugh ft. Hillary Clinton – “Mrs. Clinton Testicle Lockbox”
“Mrs. Clinton Testicle Lockbox is enough for the entire democratic hierarchy.”

Never a fan of Hillary Clinton, or Bill for that matter, Limbaugh frequently referred to her as a “bitch” and “testicle lockbox.” During the 2008 Democratic race, Limbaugh’s relentless attacks against Clinton reached new heights, as he asked, in a rather consistent refrain, “Will this country want to actually watch a woman get older before their eyes on a daily basis?”

Rush Limbaugh ft. Nancy Pelosi – “Pictures of Pelosi will Keep Birth Rates Down”
““(If Pelosi) wants fewer births, I have the way to do this and it won’t require any contraception: You simply put pictures of Nancy Pelosi … in every cheap motel room. … That will keep birth rates down, because that picture will keep a lot of things down.”

Yet another attack on a proponent of birth control, and woman in power, Limbaugh criticized the then-Speaker of the House’s looks as a way to detract from both her ability, and her argument.

Rush Limbaugh ft. Elizabeth Edwards – “A Woman Who Talks (How Dare She)”
“(John) Edwards might be attracted to a woman whose mouth did something other than talk.”

A “casual” comment, made in the heat of the John Edwards cheating scandal, featuring his mistress Rielle Hunter and the always-tactful GQ pictorial, in spite of Elizabeth Edwards’ much-publicized battle with cancer.

Rush Limbaugh ft. Danica Patrick – “What do you Expect? (From a Woman Driver)”
“She said, ‘I leave it up to the government to make good decisions for America.’ … What do you expect from a woman driver? I don’t know why everybody was so shocked.”

After Patrick, like Fluke, announced her support of Obama’s rule on contraception, which would require faith-based institutions to provide birth control for free, Limbaugh was right on her heels. After all, as a woman driver, Patrick is devoid of thinking, acting, or driving rationally.

Rush Limbaugh ft. Chelsea Clinton – “13-Year-Old Chelsea is the White House Dog”
In a 1993 broadcast, Limbaugh put up a picture of Socks, the Clinton White House cat, and asked, “Did you know there’s a White House dog?” He then put up a picture of Chelsea Clinton, who was a 13-year-old at the time. Classy.

Rush Limbaugh ft. Michelle Obama – “Eight Ton Limo (Without Michelle Obama’s Posterior)”
“The beast weighs eight tons without Michelle in it. Eight tons. Sixteen thousand pounds.”

Taking shots at Michelle Obama’s weight, Limbaugh has said the First Lady does not follow her own fitness campaign against obesity, saying, “it doesn’t look like Michelle Obama follows her own nutritionary, dietary advice.” Limbaugh also loves to refer to her as “Michelle, my butt.” When commenting on the size of the presidential limousine last September, Limbaugh continued to attack the First Lady’s weight, alleging the vehicle had maxed out its weight limit independent of Mrs. Obama’s presence. So, inaccurate attacks against a woman’s body with a slight dash of booty bias, or you know, casual racism

Rush Limbaugh – “Female Contraception” (Vacuum Cleaner Remix)
“The husband! Where is the husband coming in? Where is the next man coming? To sit here and pretend that you are a comedian and to say that the washing machine was more liberating than the pill according to the Catholic church, this has gone far enough. Besides, everybody knows it was the vacuum cleaner that liberated women more than the pill.”

After the Catholic Church announced they believed the washing machine to be more liberating than the birth control pill, Limbaugh one-upped them further, saying the real winner, was in fact, the vacuum cleaner.

Rush Limbaugh - “Feminism is for the Unattractive”
“Feminism… Was established to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream. … Feminazis… Are trying to reorder human nature because of how unkind it was to them.”

Women? With opinions? Blasphemous.

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Joanna Adams writes the Morning Cable, and lots more, for Toronto Standard. Follow her on Twitter at ‏ @nowstarringTO.

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