How Rush Limbaugh created modern politics

“Rush” was not a nickname. This was something I learned when Rush Hudson Limbaugh III died at the age of 70 on Ash Wednesday amid an outpouring of joy from the countless enemies he had made in three decades of national broadcasting and praise from Donald Trump, who in a message from Elba reminded us that Limbaugh “was very strong, physically” and “hit the ball very hard.” Before then I would have guessed that “Rush” was short for “Russell,” but it turns out to have been one of those old-fashioned WASP first names derived generations ago from the maiden name of a relation, one Edna Rush.



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