Best known for his self-titled radioTalk Show, 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 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 Bo Snerdly, and the parody spots he plays from Paul Shanklin.Not to be confused, were such a thing possible, with Rush.
Big Bad: Democratic pundits, politicians and strategists often joke that he's the boss of the Republican party, and the source of their problems. He finds this hilarious. A few Republicans take this in pride and call him the true Big Good of the party.
Couch Gag: When Bill Clinton 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.
The Coup: 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 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.
Deadpan Snarker: Often takes a matter-of-fact tone when reporting on a ridiculous-yet-true news story.
Enemy Mine: 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 fightingMuslims."
In addition, he defended 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.
Enforced Plug: 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. 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 biparitsan democrats. But hey, he thinks they are an artform.
Insistent Terminology: He consistently refers to the 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."
Jerk Ass Facade: 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 lampshade this by clarifying moments of such as "illustrating absurdity by being absurd".
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 The Beatles' "Michelle".
And for himself: El Rushbo, Maha Rushie, the Big Voice on the Right, and the Mayor of Realville.
Obfuscating Stupidity: 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.
Only Known by Their Nickname: 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".
Strange Bedfellows: He's actually friends with Seth MacFarlane, as explained during promos for the Family Guy 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.
Take That: Too many to list, both by and against him.
The Loins Sleep Tonight 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.
Token Minority: 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 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". He even launches into Jive Turkey!
You Are What You Hate: Rush was very outspoken on cracking down on drug addicts (and not in a "rehabilitate them" way) in the 1990s. Around ten years later, he was eventually nabbed for an Oxycontin addiction.
He recently called Oprah Winfrey "fat" despite the fact that until recently, he was quite hefty himself.