Note: As will be immediately apparent, I started writing this at the time of Rush Limbaugh was celebrating his two decades as the dean of conservative broadcasters. Since then, I had also begun writing a much more in depth piece which I was dismayed to realize I cannot locate. However, upon re-reading the following and adding a few lines, I feel it is more than sufficient to convey my feelings.
Over the years, my feelings toward Rush Limbaugh have run hot and cold at times, but I've always felt he was one of the most important voices in all of conservatism. I don't feel that way anymore. On the eve of his twentieth anniversary, I firmly believe he's the single most important conservative now and ever.
While I do disagree with him on occasion, most pointedly when he defends the rich, cigar smoking or George Bush, overall, no one has presented and defended the conservative viewpoint as well, as articulately, and as consistently, and the fact that he's done it for twenty years is beyond remarkable, it borders on the super-human. Were I Rush Limbaugh, I'd have taken the money and retired long ago.
Where others are observant, Rush is incisive. he offers a depth of analysis other conservatives don't come close to matching, but that's not to take anything away from the many, well-meaning and effective hosts who toil diligently to get out the news the mainstream media don't want people to know, it's just that no one does it like Rush – with richness and humor. And it's evidenced daily by his range and command of the facts that allow him to run circles around those pathetic callers who try to defend the indefensible.
And remember, Rush is all alone. That is to say, other broadcasters have a steady stream of guests to augment their presentations. Rush Limbaugh does it all by himself, and he crams enough into three hours to allow you to leave feeling fully informed for the day. If El Rushbo wasn't so committed and unwavering, as horrific as the inroads liberals have made are at this point, as ruinous for America as they might be, we could easily have already succumbed to the threat were Rush not giving us his daily notes of encouragement and correcting the flood of misinformation. He claims to be right (I believe) 99.8 percent of the time, and I certainly won't question that figure.
A few years ago when Rush was wrestling with his prescription drug addiction, I was less than supportive. It wasn't because I didn't understand how such a thing could occur, but that it could happen to him, and he paid an awful price for it, but that's what makes him even more amazing. He might be merely great had he gone his entire career without a glitch, but the fact that he remained steady through the tremendous adversity and emerged even greater – smarter, sharper, funnier, and… human shows that he's not just one of a kind, he may set a standard that will never be equaled.
Rush is both the Cy Young and Alice Kramden of broadcasters.
Baby, you're da greatest!