Michael Ryan: With the passing of talk radio titan Rush Limbaugh, conservatism needs a new voice

I didn’t listen to Rush Limbaugh much. But his voice both reverberated around me and penetrated me like the radio waves he rode on, having influenced the people who’ve influenced me. One such friend eagerly admits Limbaugh — and the boss who shared Limbaugh’s show on the office radio — changed her from a quintessential northeastern liberal to a rock-ribbed conservative. Though she admits it took time for Limbaugh’s insights to seep through his tart verbiage. “My liberal ears would get so offended,” my friend Pat VanHooser, a former Kansas City resident, told me. But then the logic took hold. A…

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