Well...we go into rehearsals on Monday and I'm still searching.
Since I started the blog, conservatives and dittoheads have challenged me, cautioned me, even beseeched me to find the "Real" Rush Limbaugh.
And I've been trying. But the more I try the less I find. Rush just doesn't show the "real" him very much. It's seldom Rush, or " that ol' Limbaugh"....it's always RUSH LIMBAUGH!!!
And that Rush Limbaugh has been on fire of late. We've seen, in the last month alone.
-His ridiculous attempt to use his own hospitalization to bash a change in healthcare.
-His insulting comment about Ted Kennedy. Nice triple slam on that one...getting Kennedy, Clinton and "Negroes" all in one shot.
-And worse...far worse are his comments on Haiti and the relief effort. Which include:
- Suggesting that we already give Haitians enough aid. "It's called the U.S. Income Tax"
- Suggesting that the crisis was "made to order" for Obama so the President could boost his standing with "light skinned and dark skinned blacks". As though they are from 2 different worlds or something
- And this gem...
Justin of Raleigh, North Carolina: "Why does Obama say if you want to donate some money, you could go to whitehouse.gov to direct you how to do so? If I wanted to donate to the Red Cross, why do I have to go to the White House page to donate?"
Limbaugh: "Exactly. Would you trust the money's gonna go to Haiti?"
Rush: "But would you trust that your name's gonna end up on a mailing list for the Obama people to start asking you for campaign donations for him and other causes?"
Now, this exchange seems to suggest that the White House and the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES are running a scam on the American people to skim money sent in for earthquake relief.
The Haiti situation would have been a perfect time for Rush to say to his millions of listeners "Look...I'm an entertainer folks and I have a big following. Politics are one thing but this is people, and these people need help. If all my loyal Dittoheads just gave a buck to the Red Cross...how much of a difference could we make.
But that would require being Rush Limbaugh....and Rush must always be RUSH.
He has spent years carefully crafting that persona and it's that persona that defines him. It's that bombastic, aggressive, character that he alone has fashioned into RUSH. He has made himself a lightning rod for controversy and contempt.
And one cannot fashion themselves into a lightning rod and then complain about when and how the lightning strikes them.
Rush......buddy......here comes the lightning.