You’re right, Greg: If they had any guts they would have called Rush “the John Belushi of right-wing radio,” if only because he’s too slimmed-down to be the Chris Farley of right-wing radio. Same joke, really, though I doubt the SNL gang would have thought it funny that way. (I don’t find it funny any way.)
Interesting that the Left always goes after Rush for his former addiction to prescription painkillers–which is pretty low-grade, in terms of serious vice. Rush is a gazillionaire in south Florida; surely he could all sorts of expensively rococo trouble to get into, were he so inclined. If I were a single man just outside Miami with Rush’s money and celebrity, I’d probably end up making a Physical Graffiti-era Led Zepplin tour look like a Baptist ice-cream social. (I don’t resist temptation well, when I resist at all. As a friend of mine used to say: “Get thee behind me, Satan! And give me a good push!”) Good thing I’m married, penniless, obscure, uptight, and fond of adjectives.
And don’t these leftoids know that the real intellectual action on drug legalization is happening on the libertarian right?
Not that Rush needs me to rush to his defense. He’s a big target because of his successes, not because of his failures. He’ll know he’s in trouble when they start calling his show the Saturday Night Live of talk radio: the marginally funny show that’s been around forever yet manages to feel like it’s been around for even longer than that.