The fall of Rush Limbaugh

The blogs have been fairly reserved about the plight of the Big Fat Liar himself, Rush Limbaugh, who apparently had an appointment in Samara yesterday.

Maybe there’s a sense that we shouldn’t kick a man when he’s down, and maybe all the facts aren’t in yet. The one thing that does seem certain is that a colossus has fallen. Not a colossus in terms of greatness or leadership, but certainly as a symbol, perhaps the symbol of today’s avaricious, mean-spirited, racist and closed-minded Republican. He’s finished.

I used to keep a tally of his lies and outrages. Back in 1995 I wrote a lengthy essay about him that got featured in my local newspaper, all about how he was intentionally and insidiously misleading his listeners, telling them outrageous untruths that a minimal grasp of history could demolish.

I went to his Web site a minute ago and read the pathetic, legalese-infused message that’s been stuck at the top:

“I am unaware of any investigation by any authorities involving me. No government representative has contacted me directly or indirectly. If my assistance is required in the future, I will, of course, cooperate fully.”

Of course.

Yeah, it’s sad to watch anyone implode, but I can’t help but feel it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. There’s a hint of poetic justice as well; what could be more at odds with Rush’s reactionary, compassion-less conservatism than drug addiction, a total loss of self-control — so ironic for a man who always stressed rugged individualism and making your own choices….

Rush is a topic especially close to my heart, and I suspect I’ll have a lot more to say about this as the story evolves.

The Discussion: One Comment

Maybe his supposed addiction explains his quick weight loss?

The best comment is from Al Franken – – he hopes that the story isn’t true, since addiction isn’t funny, but that he hope to be there for the perp walk.

October 4, 2003 @ 4:19 am | Comment

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