After a brief spike in ratings immediately followed Rush Limbaugh's careful, fair-minded examination of the contraception coverage controversy, the conservative radio host has experienced a double-digit decline in listenership, which fell 27 percent in the key 25-54 demographic in New York City and 31 percent in Houston-Galveston.
Now, thanks to Missouri's Republican-controlled state legislature, we know who Limbaugh's last viewer is going to be — a taxpayer funded security camera…
The Missouri House has spent more than $1,100 in taxpayer money on a security camera to keep watch over a new bronze bust of conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh, the House clerk said Thursday.
Clerk Adam Crumbliss said he authorized the camera after discussions with Republican legislative leaders because of concerns the sculpture of Limbaugh's head and shoulders might be vandalized…
Limbaugh was inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians last week during a closed-door ceremony in the House chamber as police stood guard to keep out any uninvited political opponents or protesters.
One might wonder why a statue of a "famous" as opposed to infamous Missourian requires special government-funded security. Other statues in the Capitol rotunda honoring President Harry S. Truman, Walt Disney and Stan Musial don't require the same degree of protection.
Yet I understand Republicans' security concerns. Drug tweakers are notoriously destructive and are liable to expect that any place harboring Rush Limbaugh is also a good place to find some Oxy.
On the other hand, maybe spending tax dollars on statue security — the bust itself was privately financed – in a time of austerity is misguided. There are plenty of discarded bronze molds of horse's asses littering artist's studios. Were Limbaugh's visage ever defaced, the Missouri legislature could swap in one of those backsides. It'd be a near perfect replica.
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