Just two months ago, Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter blocked renewal of the county government's hurricane emergency-broadcasting partnership with WIOD radio on the grounds that the station runs Rush Limbaugh's show. Most Broward residents, Ritter reasoned, would rather die than tune into a station that airs a conservative show. "We don't have to do business with them," Ritter sniffed. (Eventually her objections were overridden by an accidental spasm of common sense from the rest of the commission.)
That was then, this is now. On Tuesday, Fort Lauderdale station WFTL announced that Ritter will join its lineup with a talk show on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Among Ritter's on-air colleagues at WFTL will be the famously tolerant Dr. Laura Schlesinger (who brands halter-topped teenagers at malls "sluts" and women who have adulterous affairs "whores"), Republican party hitwoman Laura Ingraham (who once urged GOP voters to tie up Democratic party voter hotlines with crank calls), the truly demented Michael Savage (who recently speculated that Democrats somehow caused the seizure of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts) and Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, who surely needs no introduction. Apparently Ritter's standards about who she personally does business with are a little more flexible than the ones she applies to the county.
To be fair, it's possible she's had a sincere change of heart. After all, during the controversy following her veto of WIOD, Limbaugh called her "a babe." The allure of being a right-wing sex symbol can turn even the most progressive girl's head.