I’m about to tell you something you may have heard me say before — but please bear with me, because I have a new example.
For many years, I interviewed young people for positions at National Review — internships and junior staff jobs. And I’d often ask them, “How did you happen to become a conservative?” A lot of them said, “I listened to Rush Limbaugh.” Sometimes they said this sheepishly. And sometimes they went on to say, “Behind my parents’ backs.”
I mentioned this to Rush once — what the applicants were telling me. And, totally unsurprised, he said, “Ah, yes: I call them ‘Rush babies.’”
Okay, flash forward to last night. Some of us were attending a fundraiser for Ted Cruz, the sterling Senate candidate in Texas. (For his website, go here — one of the most promising and exciting conservatives in America.) Among the guests was a reader of ours who works as a lawyer here in the city (meaning, Manhattan). He told us how he became a conservative.
So do I. And if you’ll allow me something semi-cutesy: “Rush babies” are, in a sense, delivered.