Thursday, February 18, 2021

Byron York's Daily Memo: The indomitable Rush Limbaugh

THE INDOMITABLE RUSH LIMBAUGH. It's no surprise that some major media outlets are reporting on Rush Limbaugh's death with a negative tone and backhanded tributes. The New York Times, which spent decades denouncing Limbaugh, published a headline that read: "Rush Limbaugh Dies at 70; Turned Talk Radio Into a Right-Wing Attack Machine." The Times described Limbaugh's immensely popular radio presence as a "divisive style of mockery, grievance and denigrating language." Some NeverTrumpers, nursing more recent resentments, have pounced as well.

Don't pay any attention. Now is the time to praise Rush Limbaugh.

Start with this question: Who has been the most important conservative in America for the more than 30 years since Ronald Reagan left the White House? The answer is not a president, not a congressional leader, not a Supreme Court justice. It is Limbaugh, whose daily radio program guided millions of listeners through the tangle of American politics in the years of George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, Al Gore, George W. Bush, John McCain, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Charles Schumer, Donald Trump, and now Joe Biden. Leaders came and went; Limbaugh's voice was a steady beacon.


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