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  1. MISTER BITCOIN Member
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  2. Henry Racette Contributor
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    His contribution to the broad conservative movement in America has been incalculable. We all owe him an enormous debt of gratitude.

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  3. Henry Racette Contributor
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    His contribution to the broad conservative movement in America has been incalculable. We all owe him an enormous debt of gratitude.

    [ Ricochet posted this twice. But it deserves to be said twice, so I’m fine with it. ]

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  4. MISTER BITCOIN Member
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    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    His contribution to the broad conservative movement in America has been incalculable. We all owe him an enormous debt of gratitude.

    [ Ricochet posted this twice. But it deserves to be said twice, so I’m fine with it. ]

    Most if not all of his predictions about the cultural Left and Democrats have been true.

    What he said in 1990 is more relevant today 

     

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  5. She Reagan
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    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    His contribution to the broad conservative movement in America has been incalculable. We all owe him an enormous debt of gratitude.

    [ Ricochet posted this twice. But it deserves to be said twice, so I’m fine with it. ]

    Amen.

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  6. She Reagan
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    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    His contribution to the broad conservative movement in America has been incalculable. We all owe him an enormous debt of gratitude.

    [ Ricochet posted this twice. But it deserves to be said twice, so I’m fine with it. ]

    Amen.


     

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  7. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Thanks for posting this, Mr. Bitcoin. I heard a little of his show yesterday, and in some ways he must be healing in his heart from the outpouring of love and good wishes. 

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  8. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    End of an era. 

     

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  9. PHCheese Member
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    I will miss him. I’ve been turning in at least 3 times a week for more than 25 years. I tried calling several times but never got through. He has had a blessed life. I can’t think of anyone who can replace him but someone will. This such a terrible time to lose him.

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  10. MISTER BITCOIN Member
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Thanks for posting this, Mr. Bitcoin. I heard a little of his show yesterday, and in some ways he must be healing in his heart from the outpouring of love and good wishes.

    This is also my way of coping as Rush helped me stay relatively sane and optimistic in a year that was insane and pessimistic and still not over!  

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  11. She Reagan
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    PHCheese (View Comment):

    I can’t think of anyone who can replace him but someone will. 

    I think he will have successors, rather than replacements.

     

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  12. MISTER BITCOIN Member
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    PHCheese (View Comment):

    I will miss him. I’ve been turning in at least 3 times a week for more than 25 years. I tried calling several times but never got through. He has had a blessed life. I can’t think of anyone who can replace him but someone will. This such a terrible time to lose him.

    Irreplaceable

    Mark Steyn does a good job

     

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  13. RufusRJones Member
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    She (View Comment):

    PHCheese (View Comment):

    I can’t think of anyone who can replace him but someone will.

    I think he will have successors, rather than replacements.

     

    Chris Plante’s show is the most similar to Rush’s if that’s a consideration. No guests, and just deadly observations over and over.

    Howie Carr would be really good, but he’s too old. 

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  14. Front Seat Cat Member
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    God bless Rush Limbaugh. He has brought so much good to people, not only through his show, his knowledge, his books, but in his charities. A shining star – blessings to him and his family.

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  15. RufusRJones Member
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    I don’t know about all of the business considerations, but if they moved Mark Levin into that slot they wouldn’t lose a beat on ratings. As far as the top-tier goes, he’s the best on conservative public policy, as well. Rare level of comprehensive skill. 

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  16. MISTER BITCOIN Member
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    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    I don’t know about all of the business considerations, but if they moved Mark Levin into that slot they wouldn’t lose a beat on ratings. As far as the top-tier goes, he’s the best on conservative public policy, as well. Rare level of comprehensive skill.

    I believe Mark Levin has the same agent as Rush: David Limbaugh

     

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  17. RufusRJones Member
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    MISTER BITCOIN (View Comment):

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    I don’t know about all of the business considerations, but if they moved Mark Levin into that slot they wouldn’t lose a beat on ratings. As far as the top-tier goes, he’s the best on conservative public policy, as well. Rare level of comprehensive skill.

    I believe Mark Levin has the same agent as Rush: David Limbaugh

     

    They have different syndicators, though. Maybe there’s a way it can be made into a good deal for everybody. 

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  18. OldPhil Coolidge
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    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    She (View Comment):

    PHCheese (View Comment):

    I can’t think of anyone who can replace him but someone will.

    I think he will have successors, rather than replacements.

    Chris Plante’s show is the most similar to Rush’s if that’s a consideration. No guests, and just deadly observations over and over.

    Howie Carr would be really good, but he’s too old.

    I like Chris, but he gets a bit manic at times. He can start a topic, ramble off to a side issue, then detour to another one, and when he finally gets back to his point, he has to take a break. Needs a bit more focus sometimes.

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  19. RufusRJones Member
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    OldPhil (View Comment):

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    She (View Comment):

    PHCheese (View Comment):

    I can’t think of anyone who can replace him but someone will.

    I think he will have successors, rather than replacements.

     

    Chris Plante’s show is the most similar to Rush’s if that’s a consideration. No guests, and just deadly observations over and over.

    Howie Carr would be really good, but he’s too old.

    I like Chris, but he gets a bit manic at times. He can start a topic, ramble off to a side issue, then detour to another one, and when he finally gats back to his point, he has to take a break. Needs a bit more focus sometimes.

    I get what you are saying. I think Limbaugh is like that as well, just not as much. 

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  20. She Reagan
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    What makes Rush unique (IMHO) is his irrepressible optimism.  He really is the archetypal “Happy Warrior”

    Who is the happy Warrior? Who is he
    That every man in arms should wish to be?
    —It is the generous Spirit, who, when brought
    Among the tasks of real life, hath wrought
    Upon the plan that pleased his boyish thought:
    Whose high endeavours are an inward light
    That makes the path before him always bright;
    Who, with a natural instinct to discern
    What knowledge can perform, is diligent to learn;
    Abides by this resolve, and stops not there,
    But makes his moral being his prime care;
    Who, doomed to go in company with Pain,
    And Fear, and Bloodshed, miserable train!
    Turns his necessity to glorious gain;
    In face of these doth exercise a power
    Which is our human nature’s highest dower:
    Controls them and subdues, transmutes, bereaves
    Of their bad influence, and their good receives:
    By objects, which might force the soul to abate
    Her feeling, rendered more compassionate;
    Is placable—because occasions rise
    So often that demand such sacrifice;
    More skilful in self-knowledge, even more pure,
    As tempted more; more able to endure,
    As more exposed to suffering and distress;
    Thence, also, more alive to tenderness.
    —’Tis he whose law is reason; who depends
    Upon that law as on the best of friends;
    Whence, in a state where men are tempted still
    To evil for a guard against worse ill,
    And what in quality or act is best
    Doth seldom on a right foundation rest,
    He labours good on good to fix, and owes
    To virtue every triumph that he knows:
    —Who, if he rise to station of command,
    Rises by open means; and there will stand
    On honourable terms, or else retire,
    And in himself possess his own desire;
    Who comprehends his trust, and to the same
    Keeps faithful with a singleness of aim;
    And therefore does not stoop, nor lie in wait
    For wealth, or honours, or for worldly state;
    Whom they must follow; on whose head must fall,
    Like showers of manna, if they come at all:
    Whose powers shed round him in the common strife,
    Or mild concerns of ordinary life,
    A constant influence, a peculiar grace;
    But who, if he be called upon to face
    Some awful moment to which Heaven has joined
    Great issues, good or bad for human kind,
    Is happy as a Lover; and attired
    With sudden brightness, like a Man inspired;
    And, through the heat of conflict, keeps the law
    In calmness made, and sees what he foresaw;
    Or if an unexpected call succeed,
    Come when it will, is equal to the need:
    —He who, though thus endued as with a sense
    And faculty for storm and turbulence,
    Is yet a Soul whose master-bias leans
    To homefelt pleasures and to gentle scenes;
    Sweet images! which, wheresoe’er he be,
    Are at his heart; and such fidelity
    It is his darling passion to approve;
    More brave for this, that he hath much to love:
    —’Tis, finally, the Man, who, lifted high,
    Conspicuous object in a Nation’s eye,
    Or left unthought-of in obscurity,
    —Who, with a toward or untoward lot,
    Prosperous or adverse, to his wish or not
    —Plays, in the many games of life, that one
    Where what he most doth value must be won:
    Whom neither shape or danger can dismay,
    Nor thought of tender happiness betray;
    Who, not content that former worth stand fast,
    Looks forward, persevering to the last,
    From well to better, daily self-surpast:
    Who, whether praise of him must walk the earth
    For ever, and to noble deeds give birth,
    Or he must fall, to sleep without his fame,
    And leave a dead unprofitable name
    —Finds comfort in himself and in his cause;
    And, while the mortal mist is gathering, draws|
    His breath in confidence of Heaven’s applause:
    This is the happy Warrior; this is he
    That every man in arms should wish to be–William Wordsworth

    –a poem that was written in 1806 upon the death of Horatio Nelson, and which purports to describe those characteristics most necessary in a man-at-arms. None of Limbaugh’s putative successors strike me as fully in that camp.  So I shall continue to hope and pray for a miracle.  They are rare, but I’ve seen one or two.

    Meanwhile, I enjoy reflecting on the fact that, probably more than any other public figure in the past three-quarters of a century, he’s “mobilized the English language and sent it into battle.”  I expect, when the dust settles, that people will be writing books about that for many years. What’s your favorite Rushism? Mine just might be “the Congressional Black Caucasians.”

    **I have enjoyed some of Ken Matthews’s guest host stints, because he has a bit of a talent for that sort of thing too–from “Governor Nuisance” to “Don Lemming.”

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  21. RufusRJones Member
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    I just saw a chiron on Fox news. They literally told him he would likely be gone by October. Ugh. 

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  22. Joan of Ark La Tex Member
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    Happy Retirement Rush. You will be forever missed. 

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  23. RushBabe49 Thatcher
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    Why do you think my handle is RushBabe49?

    https://ricochet.com/833889/gratitude-for-my-hero/

    I will be bereft without him.  He always said to us, his listeners, that he would tell us when to panic.  So far, he has not said it’s time to panic quite yet.  Right now, I think it’s time to panic.

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  24. PHCheese Member
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    Todd Herman did a very good job today. He could be the heir apparent.

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  25. Ray Kujawa Coolidge
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    Quote from yesterday’s show (copied from the Rush Limbaugh app):

    The day’s gonna come, folks, where I’m not gonna be able to do this. I don’t know when that is. I want to be able to do it for as long as I want to do it.

    Saying he doesn’t know when he will no longer be able to do the show is not the same as announcing it was his last show and he is retiring. He was expressing an awareness that any given show might be, given the day to day changing circumstances with his illness. I also listened to the show live and didn’t get the impression he knew for certain he wasn’t coming back. It stresses Rush out when people take words out of context (like when they tried to create the impression he was for seccession recently). Please be more considerate and don’t stress Rush out. I took this as his yearly heart felt seasonal/end of year good wish message which is extra poignant given his circumstances and how much Rush knows we all love him.

    Edit: After re-listening, I think the tweet is paraphrased. It’s not what Rush said exactly. I would listen to it yourself or get the app and read the transcript. That much is probably on the free side.

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  26. notmarx Member
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    Whether or not this was his last show I don’t think even Rush knows.  

    His courage has been evident for a long time; but the last year, while literally facing death, continuing his inimitable (the word stands however large is the legion of his imitators) work, being his irreplaceable self, he has been not less than heroic.  We are witnessing him giving his life for us, for our country.  

    Now every time I hear his live voice I’m moved by the sound.  

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  27. MichaelKennedy Member
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    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    I don’t know about all of the business considerations, but if they moved Mark Levin into that slot they wouldn’t lose a beat on ratings. As far as the top-tier goes, he’s the best on conservative public policy, as well. Rare level of comprehensive skill.

    Too strident.  I listen to him but often turn him off.  Rush has a lot of humor, which will be hard to replace.I like Mark Steyn but I’m not sure he is up to the 15 hours a week.  I listened to that show and agree he will probably not be back.

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  28. OldPhil Coolidge
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    MichaelKennedy (View Comment):

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    I don’t know about all of the business considerations, but if they moved Mark Levin into that slot they wouldn’t lose a beat on ratings. As far as the top-tier goes, he’s the best on conservative public policy, as well. Rare level of comprehensive skill.

    Too strident. I listen to him but often turn him off. Rush has a lot of humor, which will be hard to replace.I like Mark Steyn but I’m not sure he is up to the 15 hours a week. I listened to that show and agree he will probably not be back.

    Same here, he’s smart, experienced (Reagan administration), and has all the right instincts, but he goes bananas sometimes.

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  29. Matt Bartle Member
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    I hadn’t realized that Rush’s doctors didn’t expect him to live out the year. He’s done amazingly well. But, just like with Alex Trebek, it has to catch up with him at some point. I think he knows this is his last Christmas. He’s often said he doesn’t like making the show about him, but he has to now and then. I listed to the end of his show live and it was moving hearing him express his gratitude in the face of his mortality. I don’t think he’s done his last show yet, but he did say he’s surprised when he wakes up in the morning to find he’s still here.

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  30. Dotorimuk Coolidge
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    MISTER BITCOIN (View Comment):

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    I don’t know about all of the business considerations, but if they moved Mark Levin into that slot they wouldn’t lose a beat on ratings. As far as the top-tier goes, he’s the best on conservative public policy, as well. Rare level of comprehensive skill.

    I believe Mark Levin has the same agent as Rush: David Limbaugh

     

    I like reading Levin, but he’s nowhere NEAR the broadcaster Rush is. He doesn’t have the humor either….and his awful screechy yelling voice…

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