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Limbaugh reported to be in “serious” condition

Radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh is reportedly in “serious” condition in a Hawaii hospital after suffering from chest pains.

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  1. O-FISH-L

    Dan, by all other accounts, Mr. Limbaugh is in serious condition, sans the quotation marks. Why do you choose to use that punctuation around the word serious?

    Are you quoting someone directly, or casting aspersions on the diagnosis?

    I recall being chastised by you, here, some years back for using quotations when I used them in the same manner that you seem to do today. Pot? Kettle?

    • Dan Kennedy

      @Fish: I was using the quotation marks as attribution. I was in a hurry, and I now see that I probably didn’t need to use them. But your complaint would be valid only if you detected some sarcasm on my part. Without even your showing me what I wrote to you way back when, I am confident that’s why I was chastising you.

      TMZ was one of the sites I checked last night, though I didn’t link to it. Note the phrase “serious condition,” in quotation marks, attributed to the hospital.

  2. Harrybosch

    I want him to live just as long as Walter Winchell (also once the most powerful man in radio), long enough for America to reject him, for him to be totally discredited, and, like Winchell, for nobody to come to his funeral.

  3. Newshound

    I wish him well. In a way, though, he has always been in serious condition.

  4. Joey

    In his honor, let me engage in some reckless, Limbaugh-like speculation: We know he’s had addiction to painkillers and takes Viagra; a careless combination of the two can cause heart troubles. I wonder.

    Might also be a good time for wiser heads in the GOP to consider a future without Limbaugh, since he’s the loudest voice and biggest center of gravity the party has. But that assumes wise heads actually exist in the party any more, and I don’t believe that’s the case.

    • Dan Kennedy

      @Joey: Could be just genetics, but cigar-smoking, obesity and crash dieting would all be enough without having to get into the more exotic stuff.

  5. Harrybosch

    Could indeed be genetics, but if WikiPedia is to be believed, his grandfather died at 104 and was still a practicing attorney at the time of his death. His uncle the judge retired just last year and is still going strong at 82. His father went in 1990 at 72. His mother at 75.

    I suspect the ‘ol windbag will be with us for a long time to come.

  6. Joey

    Also worth noting that the Drudge Report– another paragon of biased journalism trying to pass itself off as truthful and intelligent– has a headline saying ‘Lefties Wish Limbaugh Ill.’ It then links to a story where various supposed lefties are in fact wishing Limbaugh a strong and speedy recovery.

  7. Rick in Duxbury

    “we shall save the Death Jokes until he earns them the old-fashioned way.”
    “‘No one wants Rush Limbaugh to die. But they do want his doctors to fail,’ and a quick thumb through Twitter’s #Rush hashtag reveals other wishes of ill health upon Limbaugh.”

    Joey, what part of “diverse” escaped you? I would suggest that while patently slanted, (like Boston’s or New York’s “paper of record”), Drudge is merely an aggregator in most cases. Forgetting about which way they lean, do the Times and Globe do the same amount of “journalism” as Matt Drudge? Whose bias affects more readers? Context is everything, eh?

    • Dan Kennedy

      @Rick: You’re quoting from Wonkette? Good grief. Here is Wonkette on Kennedy’s 2007 surgery, which, in light of today’s developments, would appear to be at least as serious as Limbaugh’s chest pains:

      Beloved Taxacusetts senator and last-surviving RFK/JFK brother Ted Kennedy is in the hospital today after doctors fixed a clogged artery in his neck. They successfully removed the Jameson bottle and now he’s “resting.”

      Wonkette is as equal-opportunity an offender as there is on the Internet. For Drudge to use it as an example of “lefties” speaking “ill” of Limbaugh is as ridiculous as Politico’s hunting down Twitter hashtags. Proof right there that no one can find any mainstream liberal pundits saying anything nasty about Limbaugh’s health problems.

  8. Newshound

    Still, I wish Rush well. Let’s hope that Ann Coulter doesn’t have to carry all his weight.

    We need people such as Rush, Ann and James Carville to name just a few.

    There’s a lot more going on right here, alone, than what Howie Carr can keep up with.

    These political commentators are not so common all over the planet. Some common countries do not even allow Facebook. We are fortunate. Still, a lot could and should be a lot better.

  9. Aunt Nancy

    Have I descended into complete cyncism or is it possible that Rush took one too many painkillers again? Even if my suspicion is true, I wish him well. He’s sort of like the boyfriend I know is bad for me, but who I just can’t seem to break up with because he’s so much fun.

  10. Al from the North Shore

    “Tests find ‘nothing wrong’ with Limbaugh’s heart”


    “The treatment I received here was the best that the world has to offer,” he said. “I don’t think there’s one thing wrong with the American health care system. It is working just fine.”

    sure… if you can afford it…

  11. Al from the North Shore

    I meant… ROFLMAO… carry on.

  12. Steve Stein

    Al – it’s worthwhile to note that Hawaii mandates employer health coverage, and consequently the least number of uninsured of any state except for Massachusetts.

    But it’s also worthwhile to note that a person of Limbaugh’s means will probably receive excellent health care where ever he travels.

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