Rush Limbaugh, Talk Radio’s Conservative Provocateur, Dies at 70
With his polymorphisms in his studio, he joked, roared, swung and drove out over 650 premiere radio network stations as “The Rush Limbo Show” in song, mimicry or boo-hos, iHeartMedia (formerly Clear channel) communication). In his alternate-universe-on-the-air, he was the network’s “Excellence in Broadcasting” bunker in “El Commando” and “America’s Anchorman”, “Southern Command”.
For the loyal “DeThoids”, his defensive self-mourning followers, he was an indomitable patriot, a symbol of intelligence and wisdom – Mark Twain, Father Coughlin and Founding Fathers rolled into one. Their political dominance, he said, led to provocative responses, calls, emails and website uproar, headlines from the White House and Capitol Hill, and occasional applause or anger.
To distinguish him was America’s holiest man, a dangerous man, a label he co-opted. And some critics insisted that he had no real political power, only a frightening, self-aggrandizing presence of an aging, ultra-right fringe whose numbers, while influential, had to be relegated to national elections. It was not considered sufficient to affect the result.
In any case, that was a commercial event, $ 85 million per year. Married four times and divorced three times with no children, he lived on a beach in a 24,000-square-foot mansion. It featured a two-story mahogany-paneled library with a collection made of Oriental carpet, chandeliers and leather. He owned half a dozen cars, valued at $ 450,000, and a $ 54 million Gulfstream G550 jet.
Dropping $ 5,000 tips at the restaurant, impressing the grandeur of a proud college dropout, he was easily caricatured himself: sometimes overweight throughout his life, sometimes topping 300 pounds, a vague grin and slyness. A cigar-smoker with eyes, stiff hair receded from one to the mastodon forehead. He moved his bulk with surprise at the sight of how an environmentalist showed how he roamed in a woodland. But his voice was his brass ring – a clunky, fast-paced, screaming dolphin-breaking smash in the talk or flattery of exposing Dosetto, dazzling America with his inventive, hawkish vocabulary.
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