Yeah, he started in 1988, I used to listen to him when I was in grad school about that time. He was funny as hell.
This is a good observation: “He wasn’t William F. Buckley or a number of the conservatives that had been notable media pundits, who were very dry and very serious and very wonky. As a matter of fact, when Limbaugh started, he was funny. In many ways he was to the conservative movement what Jon Stewart would be to the liberal movement.”
Rush did some absolutely spot-on and hilarious parodies of the Clintons, among others.
As time went on, he seemed to want to be taken more seriously as some sort of expert on politics/culture. He did not fare well in debates with prepared “liberals”.
Because frankly, he was pretty much uneducated formally. As long as he was solo, or taking comments from mostly adoring fans, he was gold.
It’s hilarious, I was listening one day live, and he was spewing some seriously bad info about oil and gas industry, and where natural hydrocarbons come from.
I was literally dialing the phone to call in and correct him, when another geologist, got on with him and straightened him out. It was interesting, because Rush took it very well, and accepted the correction, live on the air.
But he did that kind of thing fairly often, as I recall.
In any case, RIP, Rush.