Look, when Rush was using these substances they weren't banned by the National Pundit Association of America. Rush just wanted to be the best and taking substances like Oxycontin gives a pundit that extra edge to give it their best.
If you're going to throw Rush under the bus because he popped a few pills then you're going to have to do the same to me. It's no secret that I once had an addiction to huffing anti-freeze. Yea, that's right-- anti-freeze. I couldn't make it through a day without getting fried on that stuff. I was living my life just for that next huff. Why did I do it? You try coming up with the material for a largely improvised three hour radio show (subtract 2 hours for commercials) that plays on the third most listened to Conservative channel in all of South Eastern Iowa and maybe then you'll understand the pressure that us pundits go through.
And don't for a second think that we are taking these substances for our enjoyment. These drugs all have serious side effects, but we accept that burden if it makes us better pundits. I have it on good authority that the pundit-enhancing substances Glenn Beck takes on a daily basis cause him to weep uncontrollably and look like a total pussy all the time.
In conclusion, if you're going to blame Rush for taking pundit-enhancing substances then you're going to have to blame every pundit in the media for the same thing because we all do it. But maybe you should take a step back and reflect on the fact that while we're all taking mind-altering substances so we can endure having to live with ourselves and put on our shows every day, and that at any given moment the pundit on any political television or radio show is whacked out of their mind: taking mind-altering substances yourselves has actually been shown to enhance the listening and watching experience of those shows for the viewers.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010