The Nation's Pulse

Rush to the Altar

Did you hear who's getting married today?

By 6.4.10

The other day at a party a lovely lady asked me if I had read the best-selling work, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, one of those self-help books which you cannot help yourself to for less than $29.95. In a moment of perversity, with malice aforethought and afterthought, I responded in the negative.

"Why not," she asked gamely.

"Because everyone knows women are from Mercury."

Still, you can't live with 'em and the Bible won't let you live without 'em, so what's a fella to do? In the case of Rush Hudson Limbaugh IV, he has decided to take Kathryn Rogers as Mrs. Limbaugh IV on June IV, which shows you the ivy can be as potent as the mistletoe. In an effort to throw a bit of smoke, Rush closed his radio program Wednesday by saying he will be out until June 16 because he is off to add "another puppy" to his household, a gag that may well be jammed down his throat later, with or without chloroform.

The national audience may have been fooled, but here in South Florida we are in the know, fully aware our neighborhood will soon be housing Mister Rogers.

Limbaugh is a legend whose admirers are legion, and I think I speak for all the folks at The American Spectator when I say we are proud to number in those ranks. Besides for his greatness as a broadcaster inducted into that industry's Hall of Fame, he has done a great service for America these past two decades by enunciating a point of view mostly distorted by conventional media. Honest liberals will admit that he has played this role with courage and aplomb, never wilting under the glare of angry opposition.

It has become a slogan of the American left to denounce Limbaugh as dangerous. It is hard to see how a man struggling on a non-visual medium to explain the viewpoint of half the country's electorate can be said to pose a threat to anything but censorship. If both sides need to be heard but one side controls the P.A. system, there is great virtue in grabbing a soapbox and trying to level the playing field just a whit, and wittily too.

His personal struggles have received broad attention, but the man has persevered mightily. To be a successful radio guy using a cochlear implant to manage his deafness makes him a poster child for the ability to overcome disability. Hopefully this marriage will bring him the missing puzzle piece to complete his picture of happiness. Hopefully, too, it will last forever.

The last word as always must go to H.L. Mencken: "Men have a better time than women: for one thing, they marry later; for another thing, they die earlier." Okay, enough with the humor. All together then: congratulations, Rush and Kathryn.

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Jay D. Homnick, commentator and humorist, is deputy editor of The American Spectator.