Just in case you haven't heard, here's what happened: When a caller called in on her show to ask for advice on racist remarks her relatives had made, the good doctor expounded at length on the semi-related topic of how -- oh, it's so unfair -- black people are allowed to use the N-word but white people aren't. The hypocrisy! And just to prove how bullshit the custom is, Schlessinger went ahead and used that word -- 11 times.
Predictably, response to the remarks was not positive. Why? Well, it has nothing to do with whether she's right or wrong; it's because if you are white, you cannot ever say the N-word in public. Effective racists know it, and people who are not racists don't really resent that they can't use a slur that is hateful and offensive, leaving Dr. Laura in the shrinking category of "racists who are so racist they don't even know they're racists," a distinction that will no doubt make her a folk hero among others in that category.
But here's the best part: The reason she's quitting? Not because she "blew it" (though, to her small credit, she did acknowledge that), but rather to get her "first amendment rights back" -- presumably meaning that she considers the fact that if you are white, you cannot ever say the N-word in public a violation of said rights. Here's a clarification: You can say it all you want -- just not if you want a career. She also caused everyone watching to cry a stream of sad, sad tears when she spoke of the "hate-filled diatribes" she was getting as a result of the incident. "Hate-filled diatribes." Hmm. Sounds like her whole show, really.
Of course, she doesn't intend to quit quite yet -- she said she'll do that when her contract runs out at the end of the year. We can't wait.
In our time, few non-politician public personalities have been as openly hateful, self-righteous or xenophobic as Laura Schlessinger, and even fewer have done it under the pretense of being a therapeutic practitioner -- which she is not, by the way. She's based her career on her own special form of hate -- and few endings have ever been so gleefully, poetically just.