by Taylor Marsh
Obviously worried about Sen. Tom Harkin's direct hit to Rush's drug habits, today at the top of his show the wingnut's P.T. Barnum announced he'd gone in for his monthly screening and passed it.
HAZAAH! Republicans must be so proud. The man they want to commend on the floor of the House has finally, after 18 months on probation for being a druggie, passed his drug test. It defines "family values" in a whole new way. Rush has now taken to reading the names and airing the statements of obscure House members who suck up to the radio veteran smearing chickenhawk, one saying he deserves "mega kudos" for what he's doing on the air.
But earlier this week that's exactly what Rush did, proving not only the Media Matters has been correct all along, but the he's not telling the truth about the incident. After his Nixonian doctoring of the tape, cutting out 1 minute and 35 seconds, Rush said that he doctored the tape because he was "vamping" and waiting for Mr. Snerdly to get a transcript... blah-blah-blah. But he admitted it, make no mistake about it.
Anyone care that Republicans are now doing fundraising off of Rush Limbaugh's "phony soldiers" slur?
But the glaring reality for Rush today was that he wanted to send a message to his audience not to worry, that he wasn't on drugs anymore. Good for him. But this is the guy Republicans want to represent them? Wingnut radio listeners will follow anyone as long as they print out the script. Rush pimped this story on his show today.
No, Sen. Tom Harkin, radio talker Rush Limbaugh isn't back on drugs!
So says the state of Florida. And Limbaugh himself, who told Page Two, as he enters his last month on probation for a narcotics arrest, that he doesn't even miss getting high and now feels like a better person.
And a much richer one: According to records, he'll have made an estimated $50 million while on conditional liberty.
"All's well that ends well," he said, contemplating the Oct. 31 finish of his 18-month probation, barring unforeseen trouble. "But I tell myself sometimes: 'I can't believe I did this s---.' "
In a rare interview, Limbaugh - who just this week created a firestorm by calling antiwar service members "phony soldiers," prompting Iowa Democrat Harkin's comment from the floor of the U.S. Senate - says he isn't bitter. Never mind that the justice system forced him to fill out monthly reports on his whereabouts, get tested and attend therapy.
"The system is what it is," Limbaugh, 56, said from his oceanfront compound in Palm Beach. "I became addicted to drugs because of a medical condition" - a bad back - "and I'm convinced now that most addicts come to a point where they do drugs just to stave off withdrawal.
"The only thing I regret is that, because of legal and business reasons, I haven't been able to tell my story. But I'll ponder how I could start sharing because I've often wanted to." ... ..
Can't wait for the fantasy tale of "All the Days of Rush's Life." Should be a real page turner.
Then, after announcing he'd passed his drug test, Rush took out after Elizabeth Edwards, because she dared to suggest that Rush's advertisers be asked if this is the type of person they support. She ticked Rush off by slapping him around mercilessly last night in a radio interview, saying that the same thing that kept him out of the military should actually also keep him from sitting on his butt all day doing radio. That's when el Rushbo turned and fired, once again using the "Breck Girl" shot, coupled with calling Edwards an "ambulance chaser," going downhill from there. It's always so obvious when Rush receives a direct hit. He falls for the bait every time. Nice going, Mrs. Edwards.
The Republican pied piper of the president, by Rush's own admission, and all of his people has felt the incoming. He's been on the defensive going on nine days now. So much so that today Rush felt compelled to announce I'M OFF DRUGS... I PASSED MY DRUG TEST!
Really, talk about low expectations.
Oh, and one more thing. Why is Rush asking to talk to Sen. Harry Reid, a distinguished gentleman in his sixties and long past his boxing years, while denying the requests of veterans like Brian McGough seen in the video at the top of this post? McGough (and many other veterans) challenged the Republican P.T. Barnum of radio, demanding Rush call him a suicide bomber and "phony soldier" to his face? Rush won't meet with McGough. Why not?
Bwak.... bwak.... bwak.