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It takes a pretty huge jackass to attempt to turn John Edwards into the victim after sleeping with Rielle Hunter and then covering it up.

Not to worry, though: Rush Limbaugh is up to the task.

On the August 12 broadcast of his national radio show, Rush Limbaugh said of former Sen. John Edwards‘ extramarital affair:

“I’ve got a theory about the motivations … We know – we’ve been told that Elizabeth Edwards is smarter than John Edwards… Ergo, if Elizabeth Edwards is smarter than John Edwards, is it likely that she thinks she knows better than he does what his speeches ought to contain and what kind of things he ought to be doing, strategy wise? Could it have been her decision to keep going with the campaign? In other words, could it be that she doesn’t shut up? That’s as far as I’m going to go.”

But it wasn’t as far as he went.

Rush Limbaugh later added, “It just seems to me that John Edwards might be attracted to a woman whose mouth did something other than talk.”

In case it wasn’t clear what he meant, Limbaugh elaborated in a subsequent segment: “My theory, that I just explained to you about why – you know, what could have John Edwards’ motivations been to have the affair with Rielle Hunter, given his wife is smarter than he is and probably nagging him a lot about doing this, and he found somebody that did something with her mouth other than talk.”

Wow.

To sum up, the blowhard (who’s thrice divorced, BT-dubs) believes that if Elizabeth Edwards channeled her inner Antonella Barba more often, John would never have strayed into the arms of Rielle Hunter. It’s an interesting theory.

We could go on for pages about this, but instead, we’ll turn it over to MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann. Follow the jump for his take on Rush …

 

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