As I’m typing this, there are without a doubt plenty of leftists callously celebrating online over the death of conservative talk show legend Rush Limbaugh. And even if they can’t put their finger on it, or say otherwise, their utter disdain for Mr. Limbaugh in part derives from what makes him so great and so beloved: his joy.
Never the victim, always the fighter, sometimes the smartass, Limbaugh’s brave and happy warriorism captured the attention and affection (is there another political host whose callers tell him he’s like a father to them?) of millions and millions of Americans on a daily basis for decades while driving political foes out of their minds.
Limbaugh passed away Wednesday morning, his wife, Kathryn, told his loyal listeners at the top of the afternoon program. The icon was diagnosed with stage 4 terminal lung cancer in early 2020 and defied odds by holding on as long as he did — and did so while working until