When I was in high school, I remember “finding” Rush Limbaugh. He was on my television in a thirty minute segment which I taped on a VHS tape and watched repeatedly. Growing up in rural Tennessee, I was one of the only Republicans I knew. Admittedly, most people either didn’t care or were the kids of Democrats, so Rush’s no non-sense, brash conservatism was a breath of fresh air.
That’s why it’s so hard to be on the opposite side of El Rushbo. Recently, he’s said, “Romney is not a conservative….He is a gentleman. But he’s not a conservative.”
This, however, stands in stark contrast to this statement from 2008 (h/t Hot Air):
I think now, based on the way the campaign has shaken out, that there probably is a candidate on our side who does embody all three legs of the conservative stool, and that’s Romney. The three stools or the three legs of the stool are national security/foreign policy, the social conservatives, and the fiscal conservatives. The social conservatives are the cultural people. The fiscal conservatives are the economic crowd: low taxes, smaller government, get out of the way.
Of course, Gov. Romney hasn’t held political office between these two statements, so Rush’s (dare I say?) flip flop on this issue is puzzling.
And, honestly, disappointing. Hopefully, Rush will come to view his record on abortion, gay marriage, or Romneycare as we do. But I’ll always remember 1993 very fondly, when I sat in front of Rush’s television show and began to really enjoy politics.