What Left-wingers, or 'Rush-deniers', as he calls them, don't get about the self-aggrandising Limbaugh is that he is first and foremost a satirist: funny, self-mocking and entertaining.He couldn't have held his audience for 20 years if he was only nasty, bigoted and extremely Right wing.But even if he could hear, he probably wouldn't listen. He keeps it up for three hours at a stretch, five days a week from noon until three.There are commercial breaks and phone-ins, but mostly it is him delivering homilies on politics and current affairs, extemporaneously. Some 20 million Americans tune in to hear it on 600 stations across what he calls 'this fruited land'.Longtime bachelor Jon Ossoff proposed to his girlfriend of 12 years on Friday night.The 30-year-old Georgia Democrat, who is running to replace Republican Tom Price in the state's sixth congressional district, has been dating his bride-to-be, Alisha Kramer, since they were in college at Georgetown University.
He takes his glasses off and pinches the bridge of his nose.He has also had his quota of criticism from the media, or the liberal media, as he tends to call it.He hates interviews and has rarely given any, though he does have a soft spot for this newspaper, because it was once owned by his sometime friend and neighbour Conrad Black (currently serving a 6½-year jail sentence for fraud; Limbaugh wrote a letter to the judge attesting to Lord Black's good character).At 57, he is looking fitter than he has done for a long time, having shed a hundredweight (he weighed 23 stone at one point). He has the rhetorician's habit of repeating himself three times in three different ways.His hair is slicked back and he is dressed in a black polo shirt and deck shoes without socks. Today, as usual, he is riffing about Barack Obama – 'the Lord Messiah, the merciful, the acting President…' – whom he dislikes intensely.The 'drive-by media', as Limbaugh also calls it, came down to Florida looking for him when he insulted Michael J.