Yes, Rush Limbaugh was arrested Friday afternoon. Readers are complaining that saying that's inaccurate because the partisan pill-popper turned himself in after his attorney made him the deal of a lifetime.
But there was an arrest warrant issued for the wealthy blabber magnate by the state's attorney. It was served, he was taken into custody, and held while he was booked,which included a happy-face mugshot á la Tom Delay. He was then released after bailing himself out with $3000.
He was allowed to do this at 4p Friday afternoon when the media ebb is at its lowest and least-read- in the Saturday papers.
(In 2000, when KVI talker John Carlson (m-f, 3-5p; KOMO m-f 10a-12p) was running for governor, he brought Limbaugh in to kick off the campaign at a rally. It seemed like a coup to have gotten Limbaugh for this, and the KVI choir was thrilled. It backfired with voters in the most populous counties, after Democrats pointed to this union as proof that Carlson was indeed an extreme right-winger cut from the same bolt as previous GOP candidates Ellen Craswell and Linda Smith. Carlson aides, good and loyal Republican quick studies and Limbaugh fans, told of dealing with an odd and distant Limbaugh and of being sent to his limo to fetch a briefcase. They were astounded find it open in the car with bundles of paper money, 100's and 20's nearly falling out of it).
This case has been stymied very effectively by Limbaugh's Miami celebrity lawyer, Roy Black, the guy who got William Kennedy Smith off on a rape charge in Palm Beach back in the 90's. The time elapsed since the original charges helped the prosecutors to come around to the great deal Black was able to cut.
The Flatulent Fulminator is facing one charge of doctor shopping and has entered a plea of not guilty in court. After the agreement with prosecutors, the charge is being held in abeyance while they work out a formal agreement set to be officially filed Monday.
He will continue going to treatment until he has completed another 18 months of counseling--and if doesn't violate the law during that time--they'll drop the latest charge against him. He'll pay $30 a month for the court's "supervision," and $30,000 to the state to defray the public cost of the investigation.
This is chump change to Big Pants, who lives in a mansion with 15 bathrooms, and reportedly eats 10 dollar bills. The big money was spent on Black, and they were bucks well-spent. The legals were done, apparently, with the finesse you'd expect from an attorney who defends Kennedys.
Roy Black is one of those defense attorneys Rush is always complaining about who collude with Democrats, permissive judges and enable liberal elitists to avoid being held accountable. (And being held accountable is the ham & eggs of the conservative right-to bite crowd).
Of course, we progressives love to see such as Rush Limbaugh mired in these grimy peccadilloes. He, the haughty but harsh family values advocate and alleged Bible-believing Christian has always held himself so high above those of us on the opposite side of the political spectrum.
It's not enough for Lush and his many clones and fans to merely disagree with us- he, they, must scorn us as inherently evil, fatally flawed, felonious, selfish, immoral elitists, spoiled and terminally deluded. Liberals' very souls are corrupt, we're beneath redemption- just because we're at the opposite end of the right-left political spectrum.
He's a crossing attendant in the busy intersection of church and state; a hawk in the war on drugs who screeds interminably against drugs and advocating harsh punishments for drug users as well as dealers.
So why isn't it delicious when this fatuous, scornful harridan- who's made a fortune from popularizing vicious bile against our very beings- reveals such weakness, self-indulgence and fails so publicly?