I first heard Rush while traveling through Northeastern Ohio one evening in the mid-90s. After that, I found him on a local station in California. I believe that the people who considered him pompous did not appreciate his sense of humor and wittiness. For example, he used to say that he would have half his brain tied behind his back to make it fair. Rush was more than a political commentator; he was an observer of life in general. Besides his well thought out analysis of politics, he had considerable knowledge of sports, especially football. If people listened long enough and carefully enough, they would understand that Rush enjoyed what he was doing and did it because of his patriotism.