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Permanent Link: Rush Limbaugh: one little girl’s inspiration

Posted Mar 11 2009 12:00am

Seriously. He was mine.

Mr. Rush Limbaugh would have no relevance to this journal at any other time, but given that he seems to be on everything since that RNC speech, it gives me an excuse to tell this childhood story that involves him.

The year was 1993 when I was in the seventh grade. I had a morning ritual that involved more than eating breakfast. Every morning at 6 a.m., I watched “The Rush Limbaugh Show,” a half-hour TV show that aired from 1992-96. The thing is, because my family had moved to this country just three years prior, I wasn’t fluent in English yet and couldn’t quite comprehend what he was talking about. (Well, there was this one time when Rush took up the whole show to make fun of a congressman for the way he pronounced the word ‘deficit.’)

I still have no clue how or why I found this program (it was not my parents), and I really don’t know why I liked it. Anyway, I became so fascinated by this show that I even asked for a copy of “The Way Things Ought To Be” that Christmas.

My interest in politics itself was already there by 1992 when I supported the Clinton/Gore ticket (I was somehow pro-choice by then). But it’s hard to name many political talking-heads from those days like we could for these current times. This political punditry show is probably one of the earliest ones to show up on TV (e.g. Hardball with Chris Matthews began in 1997, and The Daily Show began in 1996).

So, like him now or not, I give enormous (maybe a bad choice of words) credit to Rush for starting up my habit of making politics my favorite spectator sport.

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