Rush Limbaugh: An Army of One


Early in my sales career, I was driving down Hwy 49, somewhere between Jackson and Hattiesburg, listening to the AM talk channel. Windshield time is one of those things that salesmen both curse and love at the same time. But, that’s a story for a different day. On this day in the pre-cell phone era of the late 80’s, listening to talk radio was a regular activity for me. As I listened, I wondered where the regular guy, Michael Jackson was.

Some new guy was on. He was good. Real good. Funny, smart, pompous (in a humorous way), confident in his conservatism, and absolutely comfortable behind the radio microphone, Rush Limbaugh became a part of my week, and I was, in short order, hooked.

And, even though windshield time hadn’t become something to actually look forward to, it had become something bearable during the middle of the work day.

Chances are, you probably remember the first time you heard Rush Limbaugh on the radio, too.

I received my copy of Zev Chafets new biography, Rush Limbaugh: An Army of One yesterday. (thanks, Christy)

I’m kind of hoping it rains all weekend so I won’t feel guilty about spending the time reading instead of being outside enjoying BBQ, camping, and tubing down the Bogue Chitto River. Kind of.

Frankly, though, rain or shine, I’m looking forward to getting started on this one, and I’ll have a report for you sometime next week.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.

4 Responses

  1. I read the first chapter free online.
    It looks like a good’un.
    I first started listening to Rush around ’92 and it took me awhile to understand his sarcasm and sense of humor. Once I got used to his style he has been a regular part of my day, even though I seldom get to listen to his show from start to finish. Thanks to the innernut, I can follow what he does each day on his website.
    Rush isn’t perfect, but his ability to analyze info accurately and quickly is still a source of amazement for me, and what finally convinced me to become a regular listener. He truly does have one of the brightest, quickest minds I have ever encountered.

    • Yup.

      I remember him asking his listeners back in ’97 “Why did the Republicans lose the presidential election in ’96?”

      None of the callers gave him the response he was looking for, and I don’t recall him offering the answer on the air. But, if Rush reads this, he probably remembers asking the question, and my answer is this …

      …because the Rush Limbaugh TV show went off the air before the election.

      Limbaugh exposed Bill Clinton in ways that to this day, still brings a smile to my lips. If his TV show could have remained on air, I think the election of ’96 would have turned out much differently.

      • I enjoyed his tv show too, but I have a different thought as to why Clintoon won in ’96.
        Bob Dole was not the best candidate, receiving 40.71% of the vote to Clintoons 49.24% and was the main reason the GOP lost. There was also the remnants of the Reform Party led by Perot, which received 8.4%. A stronger conservative candidate instead of the usual establishment next in line candidate would have beaten the impeached one.
        Many people fretted that with Clintoon gone Rush wouldn’t have as good a show, which was nonsense, but Rush just continued on with his defining liberals correctly and promoting conservative ideals.
        We need him now more than ever and the fact that chapter one is titled “I Hope He Fails” encapsulates how accurate Rush is and the clarity to the debate he brings.

  2. Rush Limbaugh’s biographer, Zev Chafets, author of Rush Limbaugh: An Army of One, talked to Mr. Media Radio on June 3, 2010, about El Rushbo’s new bride, Kathryn Rogers, and much more. Check it out by clicking HERE!

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