(CNN) — If I named the conservatives who’ve done the most for freedom and the conservative cause in my lifetime, I’d include William F. Buckley, Ronald Reagan, Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh, and not necessarily in that order.
I’m not sure Rush has ever run a political campaign, but he’s a hell of a radio host. The man has enthralled 20 million listeners three hours a day, nonstop, without guests for nearly 30 years. Reliably, I’m one of them.
Turning afternoon soliloquies into a national institution for more than three decades cannot be easy. No one has duplicated it. His unique work requires a prodigious brain and a matching ego. Rush is not particularly fond of any idea that isn’t his; when he was growing up, I suspect he was not allowed to play with other kids.