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->"Not since Jesus Christ has the world seen someone
->With such widely syndicated views
->Hundreds of years from now they'll celebrate Rush-mas
->And Rush Hashana for the Jews."
-->--'''The Greatest Man in America''', ''Music/MoxyFruvous''

Best known for his self-titled {{radio}} TalkShow, ''The Rush Limbaugh Show'', Rush Hudson Limbaugh III (born 1951) is a well known American conservative pundit who's not shy about his viewpoints. He has been credited with reviving AM radio and pretty much laying down the standard for the modern day political talk radio program. From 1992-1996, a television version of his show was broadcast through syndication. He also briefly served as an [[WTHCastingAgency ESPN football commentator]] in 2003, though he resigned several weeks into the season after making controversial remarks about the press coverage of quarterback Donovan [=McNabb=].

Like any other political pundit, Limbaugh's stock in trade is controversy. As such, he has made a number of extremely provocative statements, and has been alleged to have made others which strain the limits allowable to controversy. At least some of his opponents have either quoted him out of context or even completely fabricated statements, though others claim that Limbaugh has fabricated similar statements himself.

Among the features that listeners to his show will quickly be able to recognize are the numerous phrases he makes up to use to describe certain things he talks about (such as "Drive-By Media"), his backchat with call screener [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Bo Snerdly]], and the parody spots he plays from Paul Shanklin.

Not to be confused, were such a thing possible, with {{Music/Rush}}.

Opinions of Rush Limbaugh and his views are sharply divided and often extreme, so please use RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment when adding Tropes.

!!Tropes Utilized:

* AdamWesting: See, SelfDeprecation, below.
* AllIssuesArePoliticalIssues: Probably most blatantly invoked when he blamed Creator/{{Robin Williams}}' suicide on his "leftist" worldview [[TooSoon a day after his death]].
* BanOnPolitics: Naturally enough, {{averted}} if not outright {{defied}} on his show itself, but elsewhere it can be a good idea to [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment avoid mentioning him at all]] if you don't want to get embroiled in a political FlameWar.
* BigBad: Democratic pundits, politicians and strategists often joke that he's the boss of the Republican party, and the source of their problems. [[InsultBackfire He finds this hilarious]]. A few Republicans take this in pride and call him the true BigGood of the party.
* BrutalHonesty: His fans claim that his willingness to speak his mind is what makes him so admirable. His detractors, however, think the opposite.
* CatchPhrase: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jargon_of_The_Rush_Limbaugh_Show More than a few.]]
** His main phrase "...with talent on loan from God" is often misinterpreted as Limbaugh comparing himself to God, when it actually is his way of saying he gets what talent he has from God.
* CelebrityStar: On ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', of all shows! He's shown up for the occasional CutawayGag, but also had an entire episode dedicated to him. Creator/SethMacFarlane is a fairly outspoken Liberal, but despite that, the two are actually good friends.
** Also guest starred as himself in the 90s sitcom ''Series/HeartsAfire''.
** And he made a cameo in an episode of ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow''.
* {{Chickification}}: Limbaugh [[TropeNamer coined the term]].
* CompanionCube: The Golden ''EIB'' Microphone.
* ConspiracyTheorist:
** Apparently militant vegetarians are planning to get ahold of genetically modified ticks that turns people vegetarian and then "mass produce them, mass grow ‘em and spread ‘em all over the country in order to get people to stop eating beef".
** Barack Obama was born in Kenya, his aunt saw it. Also, Vince Foster conspiracy theories during the Clinton years was not uncommon. Also, global warming is a hoax. Honestly going into every conspiracy theory he's given time to would simply take too long.
** On the flip side there are some conspiracy theories revolving around him, which range from him secretly being in charge of the GOP to him working for the New World Order.
* CouchGag:
** When UsefulNotes/BillClinton took office in 1992, Rush started every episode of both his radio and tv shows with "America Held Hostage: Day (Number of days in Clinton's term)". For the TV version a picture of the White House had something new added to it every day, usually something or someone having to do with that day's news events.
** In January 2006, UsefulNotes/AlGore, while promoting his climate change documentary ''An Inconvenient Truth'', claimed that the world would reach a point of no return in 10 years unless "drastic measures to reduce greenhouse gases are taken". Rush responded by starting an "Armageddon countdown" clock on his website, and gloated when the clock expired in 2016.
* TheCoup: He recently alluded to an article in the American Thinker which said the actions of the Obama Regime amount to a Coup d'Etat. He then expanded on it, talking about how everything Obama's done is a gradual takeover of Washington, seizing power bit by bit, and the United States.
** In 2014 he dubbed the State of the Union address the "State of the Coup".[[note]]That's between you and me, folks, shh, don't tell the media. That is a [[{{Troll}} tweak]]. Just between us. "The president is right to be concerned, got this guy on the radio calling it the State of the Coup." And when that happens, you will know that you are in on the joke. Just between us.[[/note]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Often takes a matter-of-fact tone when reporting on a ridiculous-yet-true news story.
* DirtyCommies: Repeatedly invoked against most people to his left, including environmentalists and Barack Obama.
** [[http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2015/09/28/how_liberalism_advances And John Boehner and Mitch McConnell]], [[DeadpanSnarker because you know just how much they looooove to please Obama]].
* DoNotTauntCthulhu: Well, no, but one of his most outlandish claims gave one comedian ample humor potential to suggest he was doing just that. During the 2012 campaign, he accused President Obama of (somehow) manufacturing the hurricane that disrupted the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. Comedian Mark Agee tweeted in response: "[[https://twitter.com/MarkAgee/status/239049528009965568 Do what you want, but I'll def vote for THE GUY WHO CAN CONTROL THE]] [[PrecisionFStrike FUCKING]] WEATHER."
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first few years of his national show were quite freewheeling, more like a radio comedy show with a conservative bent than a "conservative talk show". Limbaugh himself has said that he came down with CerebusSyndrome after George H.W. Bush invited him to the White House in 1992 and he realized that he was considered an important conservative spokesman.
* EnemyMine: He voiced support of the Lord's Resistance Army, Joseph Kony's organization that among other crimes abducts children as soldiers and sex slaves, on the grounds they were "Christians [[UnfortunateImplications fighting]] [[AcceptableTargets Muslims]]."
** In addition, he defended [[Series/RealTimeWithBillMaher Bill Maher]] during the latter's controversial comments, post-9/11. Maher has done the same for him in most cases; it's more or less an unspoken understanding that they both appreciate the right that the other has to say what they wish, no matter how much they disagree on what's actually being said.
* EnforcedPlug: Limbaugh will often introduce a topic, only to give it some kind of twist to establish a tenuous connection to one of his sponsors. Some find this extremely irritating, while others find it entertainingly absurd.
** For one particularly groan-inducing example, a listener called in to say that he had to take two showers after voting for Hillary Clinton during Operation Chaos.[[note]]Limbaugh's attempt to create chaos in the 2008 Democratic presidential primaries by encouraging listeners to vote (wherever possible) for the candidate who was trailing in the polls, thereby lengthening the process. It didn't work in the end.[[/note]] Limbaugh responded, "If you had followed my advice and gotten a Rinnai tankless water heater, you wouldn't have needed to take two showers. And I'll tell you why..."
** Recently, he made a statement saying he, against all odds, supports video games in the ''California v. EMI'' lawsuit. Granted, it had to do with being a tool for censorship by bipartisan democrats. [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/7.242056-Rush-Limbaugh-Sticks-Up-for-Video-Games But hey, he thinks they are an artform.]]
* {{Feminazi}}: Limbaugh [[TropeNamers coined the term]]
* GlobalWarming: Believes it's a hoax, mostly because in his view humans just aren't capable of it. He has actually voiced the opinion that it's the height of arrogance to think that human activity could influence something so vast and complex. See also "Couch Gag" above.
* GodwinsLaw: Feminazis.
** Has compared Barack Obama's style of governance to Adolf Hitler's more than once.
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: Rush is known as a big cigar buff.
** He has given up on cigarettes entirely, smoking only cigars. This adds on yet another CatchPhrase: ''"I have, right here in my formerly nicotine-stained fingers..."''
* IWarnedYou: Frequently lately, as Rush points out that everything that's been happening in the country since Obama became president was quite predictable, and that he was saying it well before Obama was sworn in.
* [[YouCanPanicNow I Will Tell You When It's Time To Panic]]: His usual response to panicked callers who think the country's done for.
* InsistentTerminology: He consistently refers to the [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama Obama]] administration as "the Obama ''regime''" mostly to parody the lefties who used to (in some cases still do) refer to the Bush administration as "the Bush ''regime''." He also refers to Obama's inauguration as an "Immaculation", a dig against people who thought voting for Obama would bring about world peace like he was the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
* JerkAssFacade: As stated, he considers himself an entertainer first and foremost--his energetic on-air personality (along with the show's rapid-fire pacing) is something of a nod to his professional past as a Kansas City sports anchor. It is widely believed (mostly by non-listeners) that in truth he doesn't believe half the "outrageous" views he claims to espouse. For his part, he tends to [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] this by clarifying moments of such as "illustrating absurdity by being absurd".
* KickTheDog: Calling Sandra Fluke a "slut" [[UpToEleven for three days straight]].
** Claiming that Creator/MichaelJFox was [[ObfuscatingDisability exaggerating his Parkinson's-induced tremors]] just to promote stem-cell research.
* KindheartedCatLover / RightHandCat: Has owned [[http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/eibessential1/new_eib_feline_team_roster_revealed.guest.html quite a few cats]]. One of them, an Abyssinian named Punkin, has been featured in {{P|ublicServiceAnnouncement}}SAs for '''[[http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2009/04/rush-limbaugh-obama-dog-bo.html The Humane Society]]'''
* LivingLieDetector: According to himself (as "America's Truth Detector").
* {{Nerdgasm}}: [[invoked]] Rush used to accuse certain commentators who (in his view) loved Mikhail Gorbachev a ''little too much'' of having "Gorbasms."
** And later revived in 2000 with "Gorgasms".
** And most recently "Obamasms."
* NiceToTheWaiter: Literally, as Limbaugh takes great pleasure in leaving extra large tips; moreover, he tends to make extremely large contributions to charities.
* TheNicknamer: Will quite often give a particular public figure a new name, which he will then ''always'' use to refer to them. A few examples are:
** Sen. Harry Reid: [[Film/DirtyHarry Dingy Harry]]
** Barney Frank: The Banking Queen
** UsefulNotes/AlGore: "Algore" (said as one word). This comes from a parody which portrayed UsefulNotes/BillClinton as a [[Franchise/{{Frankenstein}} Dr. Frankenstein-esque]] MadScientist with [[TheIgor his assistant Algore.]]
** John Kerry: The Haughty John Kerry [[RunningGag Who Served In Vietnam By The Way]]. A reference to Kerry's constant invoking of his service during the 2004 campaign. Kerry is also occasionally referred to as [[Series/TheAddamsFamily Lurch]].
** John Edwards: The Breck Girl (in reference to a viral YouTube video involving Edwards seeming particularly obsessed with his hairstyle in preparation for an interview)
** Alan Simpson: Alan Simpson Babe (in reference to that politician calling Rush "Rush, Babe")
** Mainstream media: The Drive-by Media; also State-Controlled media.
** Congresswoman and former Democratic National Committee head Debbie "Blabbermouth" Schultz (with the nickname replacing her maiden name of Wasserman, which she uses professionally as the first part of a double-barreled surname).
** UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan: Ronaldus Magnus
** UsefulNotes/BarackObama: The Bamster, or The One.
** Michelle Obama: Mooch-elle, My Belle. The first part comes from his perception of her living large (mooching) at the taxpayers' expense, and the second part comes from a parody song done back during the '08 campaign based on Music/TheBeatles' "Michelle".
** Rev. Jesse Jackson: "The Uh-''Rev''-rend...Nn-Jack-''snnnnnnnnnnnnn''". Supposedly meant to be a take on a "reverent near-whisper", with a hint of JiveTurkey.
** CBS News: Eyeball News, for obvious reasons. [[note]] The logo.[[/note]]
** And for himself: [[ElSpanishO El Rushbo]], Maha Rushie, the Big Voice on the Right, and the Mayor of Realville.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has Birch Barlow, and ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'' has Gus Baker.
** Fox ''very'' briefly aired a sitcom called ''Series/{{Monty}}'' starring Creator/HenryWinkler as a Limbaugh/Right Winger caricature.
** ''{{Superman}}'' comics in the late 90's had Dirk Armstrong.
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'''s Richard Bastion.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: When not hamming it up on the radio, he's a damned capable strategist, and has been credited with providing momentum for the Republican takeovers of Congress in 1994 and 2010.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Call screener James Golden is referred to by Rush only as "Bo Snerdly." We also have "Cookie" (soundbites), "Koko" and "Koko Jr." (webmasters), and "H.R." (chief of staff). Collectively, the "Highly Overpaid Staff".
* OutsideContextProblem: Donald Trump to the Drive-By Media, liberals and the Establishment. Rush asserts that they kept trying to put Trump in their usual mold, but he simply didn't fit because he's not a career politician, and as a result they had no idea what to make of him.
* PetTheDog: ''See'' NiceToTheWaiter, ''above''.
* PlayedForLaughs: His extreme egotism, which seems to be a stage persona (as mentioned, he's NiceToTheWaiter).
* PompousPoliticalPundit: One of the two main people the trope imitates, the other being Radio/GlennBeck.
* PopculturalOsmosis: Many people who obviously do not listen to his show regularly are able to display a specious familiarity with its catchphrases.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: For all his joviality, he can get pretty acidic towards someone who pushes him too far. (These moments are usually preceded or followed by an apology to his listeners.)
* SelfDeprecation: He had a lot of self-deprecating lines in his ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' appearance.
** To a degree his "I'm just a harmless little fuzzball".
* SimpletonVoice: A lispy, [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Sylvester-esque]] "Voice Of The New Castrati", so named in reference to the stereotype of Leftist men being emasculated by militant feminism.
* SpinOff: ''Rush Limbaugh: The Television Series'', syndicated between 1991 and 1994.
* StrangeBedfellows: He's actually ''friends'' with Seth [=MacFarlane=], as explained during promos for the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Excellence in Broadcasting." Apparently it's not totally an act for either of them, since both are sincere in their respective beliefs, but they still have a love of trolling the other side in public for ha-has.
* SurroundedByIdiots: This has become a frequent lament of his. When ''Time'' magazine declared the existence of a new demographic of "Low-Information Voters" to help explain Obama's "landslide" reelection (basically, voters who don't really pay attention to politics at all, but voted for Obama because he "connected"), Rush ([[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism in a pretty bad mood due to the election]]) took it and ran with it.
* TakeThat: Too many to list, both by and against him.
* TheLoinsSleepTonight apparently, since he got busted with 29 Viagra pills (prescribed to somebody else) when returning from a vacation in the Dominican Republic with 4 other men.
* TokenMinority: His brief foray into ESPN ended when he claimed the media only praised Donovan [=McNabb=] because he was a black quarterback, which was still at the time somewhat uncommon in the NFL.
** His [[TheLancer right-hand man]], James "Bo Snerdly" Golden, plays the fact that he's black (and therefore could easily be accused by the Left of being this trope) for laughs, whenever he's given a segment--as the "Official Obama Criticizer" ("officially certified black enough to criticize Barack Obama"). He even launches into JiveTurkey!
* TheUnintelligible: After playing a clip of Sen. Barney Frank in which Frank's lisp was more pronounced than usual, Rush exclaimed, "Can anyone understand what this man's saying?"