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The only thing surprising about Rush Limbaugh's comment is that he couldn't restrain his bigotry for longer than four weeks.

Published October 2, 2003 9:03PM (EDT)

Rushing offense
With a heavy schedule today in Boston, I can only offer recommendations of a few pertinent stories. Now that Rush Limbaugh has walked (or been pushed off) the plank at ESPN, this review of his racial attitudes by his old antagonists at Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting is at least momentarily relevant again. Placed in that context, the nastiness of Limbaugh's "color" commentary is hardly shocking. What is surprising is that he couldn't restrain his bigotry toward black athletes for a little longer than four weeks. (I guess he didn't get the memo from the right-wing central office about the new sanctimonious "civility" campaign.)

Desperate people doing dumb things
On the Valerie Plame front, very much worth reading every day is Josh Marshall's Talking Points Memo.

Also reviewing media coverage daily now in his blog is the Phoenix's astute critic, Dan Kennedy.

From my hotel room, it looks as if the attack on Joe Wilson from the right is failing miserably. Ed Gillespie, now opining from the chairman's office at the Republican National Committee (after training as a flack for Enron), says that Wilson is a liberal who supports John Kerry. He didn't bother to check the obvious databases, however, so he looks like an idiot when reporters discover that Wilson gave money to the Bush-Cheney campaign three years ago. And that sets up a quote from Wilson about his disenchantment with Karl Rove and company after they savaged John McCain's family in South Carolina.

This hectic life, in the Hub
Tonight at 8 I will be signing books at the Borders bookstore in Shrewsbury, Mass., 476 Boston Turnpike. Tomorrow I will do likewise at the Borders on School Street in downtown Boston at 12:30 p.m., and then again at the Harvard Coop in Cambridge at 7 p.m. Sorry I was unable to provide this information yesterday as promised. Oh, and at press time I am scheduled to appear on CNN's "Reliable Sources" on Sunday.
[1:30 p.m. PDT, Oct. 2, 2003]

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