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Rush Limbaugh taught me to love the conservatism that he betrayed for Donald Trump

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The first time Rush Limbaugh read one of my columns on the air, I was in my early 20s and writing for the campus daily at the University of Iowa. I had blasted a particularly egregious example of Hawkeye political correctness and Rush had taken my words national. For a “dittohead” since high school, nothing could have been cooler. My friends were in awe. I didn’t buy a beer for a month.

It was a turning point for me and my decision to go into opinion journalism. I am not alone.

The fact is that if you talk to any conservative under 50 and they tell you they weren’t shaped by Limbaugh, they’re embarrassed to admit it or they are unaware of how much Rush shaped the conservative world they inhabit. Nobody since William F. Buckley had been as influential a gateway drug to conservatism except maybe George Will and the Wall Street Journal editorial page.



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