It’s about an hour and a half into New Year’s Eve here on the east coast, which means that it is just after 8:30 p.m. in Hawaii, where about six hours ago radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh was rushed to the hospital with chest pains. Various reports have Limbaugh in varying conditions. Some Twitter feeds claim that he is dead. Another expressed hope that he would be “saved by a blood transfusion from a black lesbian with questionable immigration status.” So far, though, the general consensus is that the legendary talker has survived whatever ordeal brought about an ambulance call at 2:41 p.m. Honolulu time. Businessweek, among others, is reporting that he is “resting comfortably.”
Upon hearing the news, the first thing I did was say a prayer. It was the same prayer that I would have said for Barack Obama, or Al Franken, or Bill Maher, or Nancy Pelosi, or someone’s dear Aunt Freida. The second thing I did, knowing the bitterness which resides in most liberals, was check their favorite haunts. After all, if it had been Obama, or Franken, or Maher or Pelosi who had fallen ill, I’m sure that some on the political right might say something stupid — but I was positive that I’d see more of that from the emotion-led morons on the left.
My first stop was the Daily Kos. Most of the comments were not germane to the topic at hand, some contained some variation of “I don’t care how much I dislike him, I hope he feels better soon,” others said that wishing enemies ill is “what the wing-nuts do.” The person who put the original piece together warned against openly wishing Limbaugh ill, saying that such sentiments would be exactly what Rush would want to see; other commenters said the same thing, with some saying that tomorrow’s Drudge Report headline would highlight the bad comments from liberals for Republican Party gain.
And they’re right. It’s the same reason that, here at America’s Right, I urge people to keep their comments on topic, to remain civil, and to back up any accusations or assertions with documented fact. (Though I know I don’t have to, because those of us on the right are, for the most part, decent and respectful folks.) Why provide political fodder for free? We know they look; heck, checking the Daily Kos was the second thing I did. And while the negative comments over there certainly were not as numerous as I thought, there were quite a few — despite the post author’s warning. While it’s not a majority, here is a smattering of the general negative sentiments from the liberals at the Daily Kos:
- This world will be a better place when Limbaugh leaves it.
- Do they make a coffin big enough?
- I hope he fails.
- I hope his kidneys fail. Just saying.
- Good luck with that you fat bastard! No tears will be shed here.
Some of them had to do with Karma:
- He is somebody that looks to soon be in for one serious fucking surprise. Good luck in the next phase of your development as a life energy, you’re going to need it. That is the absolute nicest thing I can say to the imperious fwad.
- I don’t wish him ill… karma will take care of Rush and his ilk.
Many of the negative comments referenced Limbaugh’s previous battle with prescription drugs. Some called for the release of toxicology reports. One particular comment, no doubt taking into consideration that Limbaugh was taken to Queens Medical Center in Honolulu (one of the two Hawaiian hospitals pegged as the place of Barack Obama’s birth, as some legitimate reports seem to conflict between Queens and another facility), called for a long-form death certificate. Some of the drug-related comments:
- The Drugster is back on the Oxycordon! Messes with your heart, or so I’m told.
- Looks like he will be getting all the Oxycodone he wants now … he will have to go back to rehab after he gets out of the hospital
- I heard that Rush and Glenn were doing lines off the belly of Sarah Palin, Michelle Malkin, and that crazy congresswoman whats her face.
My second stop was an Associated Press report posted at the Huffington Post. There were none of the “watch your tongue” warnings as was seen at the Daily Kos, but for the most part things seemed to remain respectful. One commenter, apparently a right-leaning individual, thanked the “Huffposters” for restraining themselves, and even said that he would remember the respect shown the next time he commented on Barack Obama. Because the vitriol was surprisingly light, here’s a sampling of the good ones:
- Get well, Mr. Limbaugh. You make this world very … interesting.
- As much as I dislike the man, I wish him no harm and a quick recovery.
- I hope you get well, but I also hope you retire and start taking care of yourself.
- Not a fan of his but wish him well.
- I’m praying for Limbaugh’s speedy recovery, even though I despise his politics. Also, he’s a cat lover, like me. He can’t be that bad!
My third and final stop was Media Matters. They weren’t on top of it enough to have something up and running on the site. As a guy who barely is able to find time for America’s Right, I certainly am in no position to chide anybody else.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised. No doubt, comments are being moderated. No doubt, it’s late at night. Still, given Rush Limbaugh’s polarizing personality, I expected much, much worse from the left. For the most part, though, when it comes to politics you’re going to see disappointing displays from all sides; while those of us at America’s Right, for example, were respectful following Ted Kennedy’s passing–we did mention the plight of Mary Jo Kopechne, though, but the last time we checked Rush Limbaugh never left anyone to die in the front seat of his car–some on our side of the proverbial aisle weren’t as charitable. In this case, even Rachel Maddow’s Twitter feed was what I’d hope to see:
All best wishes to Mr. Limbaugh tonight, for a full and speedy recovery.
For me, it just comes down to character. And, quite honestly, conservatives don’t have a monopoly on character, and decent character and partisan passion aren’t always mutually exclusive. I’d like to think that we’re a little bit better than our counterparts on the left–after all, I’m not certain how many liberals’ first inclination was to say a quiet prayer for Rush–but it’s nice to know that, tonight, I was proven wrong. Unless I’m missing a repository for venom and vitriol, I think it’s fair to say that any pieces of writing which highlight particularly nasty comments about Limbaugh’s condition will be citing the anomaly and not the norm. If it were six days ago, I’d say it was a Christmas miracle. For now, though, I’ll just stick with it being a pleasant surprise.
On my end, I think I speak for everyone here at America’s Right in wishing Rush Limbaugh a speedy recovery. When you’re so concerned about everybody else–try 300 million Americans and their children and children’s children–it’s easy to forget about yourself. Let’s just hope and pray that he emerges from this even stronger.