Missouri House approves ‘Rush Limbaugh Day’ to honor legendary conservative talk host

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While legendary conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh is now gone, he’s certainly not forgotten — nor does it appear he will be forgotten anytime soon.

On Thursday, the Missouri House of Republicans approved a bill, H.B. 1200, that would, if signed into law, declare the now-deceased radio show host’s birthday, Jan. 12th, a holiday known as “Rush Limbaugh Day.”

The bill was first introduced by Missouri state Rep. Hardy Billington on Feb. 19th, two days after Limbaugh passed from complications with cancer.

“Rush Limbaugh’s contributions to broadcasting and the conservative movement cannot be overstated. He was, simply put, a legend who cannot be replaced. This is one way we can recognize the outstanding impact Rush Limbaugh has had on our state and country,” Billington said at the time, as reported by Kansas City station KMBC.

It took three months, but the bill finally made it through the GOP-led Missouri House and must reportedly receive approval from the GOP-led State Senate by next Friday.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Billington successfully pushed the bill through by tacking it to a wider bill “dealing with a wide range of state designations.”

State Democrats reportedly tried to designate Jan. 13th as “Walter Cronkite Day” via the same wider bill, but their efforts ultimately failed. They are now reportedly trying to prevent Billington’s bill from becoming law by claiming Limbaugh was an avid racist and bigot.

Another bill also up for consideration, H.B. 1259, would establish the “Rush Limbaugh Memorial Highway” in Cape Girardeau County.

The bill’s writer, State Rep. Wayne Wallingford, has had push back on claims from the left that honoring Limbaugh this way is disrespectful to military veterans.

“I’ve lost many friends in Vietnam, and surely we want to honor veterans, but we name highways after all sorts of people,” he said last month, according to the Southeast Missourian.

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He also pushed back on claims that Limbaugh had a penchant for bigoted rhetoric.

“He had a litany of accomplishments and we all have flaws. If you only looked at people’s flaws, you’d never honor anyone, frankly,” the Republican legislator said.

What Limbaugh truly had a penchant for was irreverent jokes.

“The comedy is what his many enemies and half his own side missed: Rush took politics seriously but not solemnly,” his longtime friend and frequent fill-in host, Mark Steyn, noted in a blog post following Limbaugh’s death.

“In the early years of the war on terror, he introduced an Afghan version of himself ‘with talent on loan from Allah’ and sold Club Gitmo merchandise for those seeking a tropical retreat from jihad. When Brokeback Mountain was in the news, the show ran trailers for Return to Saddle-Sore Canyon: ‘It’s John McCain and Lindsey Graham as you’ve always wanted to see them!'” Steyn added.

They were meant as jokes — nothing more, nothing less.

All this comes as a number of conservatives, including the Republican legislators in Missouri, work tirelessly to extend Limbaugh’s presence and existence in perpetuity.

Over on his radio show, “guide hosts” continue to fill-in daily Monday through Friday to speak about ongoing news and, more importantly, play clips of those parts of Limbaugh’s past commentary that relate to current events.

The guide hosts thus far have been Seattle, Washington radio show host Todd Herman; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania radio show host Ken Matthews; Charlotte, North Carolina radio show host Brett Winterble; and former Minnesota Republican Rep. Jason Lewis.

Meanwhile, Limbaugh’s longtime producer, James Golden, known as Bo Snerdley, is set to launch the first episode of a new podcast next Wednesday that will be dedicated to detailing the behind-the-scenes and life of the legendary radio show host.

“I’m so excited for you to hear the new podcast series, ‘Rush Limbaugh: The Man Behind the Golden EIB Microphone.’ It’s our chance to share with you what kind of man he was to be with and remind us all why he was so special to so many,” Golden announced late last month.

“It’s a remarkable journey of triumphs, of challenges, and — most of all — the pursuit of excellence. You’ll find this podcast series starting May 12th on iHeartRadio or wherever you listen to your favorite podcast, presented by MyPillow and the Tunnel to Towers Foundation,” he added.

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