Hosting national radio, Ron DeSantis pays tribute to Rush Limbaugh
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Rush Limbaugh
'I got to know him as a friend.'

Listeners to Sean Hannity’s radio show got a surprise when Gov. Ron DeSantis assumed hosting duties.

Yet the Governor’s opening monologue offered fulsome tribute not to the man for whom he was filling in, but for the man who pioneered the national iterations of conservative talk radio that persist to the present day: the departed Rush Limbaugh.

“Rush really paved the way for so much of what people like Sean had been able to do. Hell, he paved the way for things like me and like me being in office and pursuing a conservative agenda,” DeSantis said.

The Governor was alluding to how Limbaugh giving him a platform in 2018 helped him score what the political establishment once thought to be an unlikely win against former Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in the GOP gubernatorial Primary.

DeSantis is known for enjoying a certain skill-based game with 18 holes, and it turned out Limbaugh did likewise.

“I got to know him as a friend. And you know, I got a chance to play golf with him a bunch of times, and Rush loved golf,” DeSantis related, describing how Limbaugh was featured on an instructional series on a niche cable channel.

“This was probably about 10 years ago now, and I remember asking Rush, how did that go? He said, ‘Nothing screwed up my swing more than doing that Golf Channel thing.'”

Yet Limbaugh’s swing wasn’t “screwed up” for long, DeSantis added during his Wednesday hosting stint.

“But by the time we were playing more as I got to know him better. I remember being out with him one time and Rush is just lighting it up. I mean, one shot after another. So we get about halfway through the round. I said, ‘Rush, let’s just improve the pace of play. Don’t even drive the ball anymore. I’m going to walk the ball out to the middle of the fairway, just drop it down and let you play from there.’ He put his cigar in his mouth and he just grinned ear to ear.”

DeSantis went on to describe Limbaugh as among the five most influential conservatives since World War II, ranking him with William F. Buckley, Ronald Reagan, former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and current Justice Clarence Thomas.

DeSantis then jumped into a story about how Palm Beach Democrats may have rued the day they didn’t want to comply with an order to fly flags at half-staff from the Governor after Limbaugh’s passing earlier this decade.

“The liberal majority on the Palm Beach County Commission rejected that, and they actually refused to lower the flags to half-staff for Rush. And I always thought that that was very, very disrespectful, because even if you disagree with him, the guy was a pioneer at the craft and he was a longtime Florida resident. You should be happy. But Palm Beach has been like a longtime liberal bastion.”

Ultimately, though, punishment came at the ballot box in 2022 for the anti-Limbaugh cadre.

“We took a county that had been blue for decades in the Governor’s race. But maybe more importantly, we now have a majority of Republicans on the Palm Beach County Commission. Nobody thought that was possible. I think that’s Limbaugh’s revenge over that County Commission. I know he would be smiling thinking that his home county went red.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Ocean Joe

    May 23, 2024 at 9:10 am

    Of all the reasons to despise that great, heroic Rush, knowing that he helped Desantis beat Putnam is yet another reason.

    I understand Florida is a red state and those who vote otherwise are stuck with what Republicans pick. For most of my time it was the other way around. Putnam wouldnt have been my choice but I dont think he would have divided Florida or used it as a springboard for ambitions, although he too probably would lick the bonespurred feet of El Corrupto.

    • MH/Duuuval

      May 27, 2024 at 9:50 pm

      Adam bragged loudly about his NRA creds.

    • Hung Wiil

      May 30, 2024 at 8:37 pm

      You suck.

  • Impeach Biden

    May 23, 2024 at 9:30 am

    Rush Limbaugh and Ron DeSantis mentioned in the same article. Scramble, Scramble, Scramble the Howler Monkeys lead by Tennessee Rick who wishes I was a young teenage girl. Pervert.

    • rick whitaker

      May 23, 2024 at 1:54 pm

      19 YEAR OLD BOY/ GIRL HOWLER MONKEY, you, rush, ron, what’s the difference. racism, sexism, ageism, all common traits of maga. you live in that pool of hatred, not me. religion is about all i really hate, other things like maga, well annoying would be a better term. nikki haley went from hating trump, to wanting to vote for him, she’s annoying. you, being devoid of most common decency and intellect, are also, of course annoying. i don’t hate you, i’m annoyed by you, mildly of course. you are a puppet and a peon, so your impact is small. i wouldn’t call you a pervert, because i have no info pointing in that direction. you on the other hand call me names without regard to facts. that’s childish, grow up.

    • TJC

      May 26, 2024 at 2:02 pm

      Broken record, same bullshit over and over.

  • Elvis Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

    May 23, 2024 at 9:32 am

    Good Morn ‘Ting America,
    Hannity’s voice can be somewhat anoying what with that NYC accent ya know. But I really like his show when he has a guest host in hus place and that guy yesterday was the bestest ever!!!!

    • rick whitaker

      May 23, 2024 at 1:35 pm

      ANDY, to me, limbaugh i s one of the worse americans to ever live, so trump gave him an award.

  • Andy

    May 23, 2024 at 11:14 am

    Funny you blame immigrants for the drug problem, but honor the man who demanded ‘hillbilly heroine’?

  • Blog

    May 23, 2024 at 4:13 pm

    Yea ok great. Rush. .
    I am looking at the issues of artificial intelligence. And the sky rocking stocks. Similar to bit coin and mining ⛏️
    Also looking at the chips and now the migration entering the USA
    I am trying to find a connection of some sort

    • rick whitaker

      May 23, 2024 at 5:06 pm

      BLOG, the gop has no platform, but they want the anger and fear stoking of rush, they miss him. issues that matter are often lost causes when facing the lies and obstruction of the gop.

  • Michael K

    May 23, 2024 at 5:07 pm

    Ah yes, the angertainer, who parlayed vulgarity, bigotry, bullying, homophobia, and misogyny to build his personal fortune.

    Can’t think of one positive thing (besides dying) that Rush did to make the world a better place.

    • My Take

      May 23, 2024 at 6:53 pm

      Can’t think of one positive thing (besides dying) that Rush did to make the world a better place.

      Streaming screaming audio from Hell would be amusing.

  • My Take

    May 23, 2024 at 6:51 pm

    The best thing about Flush, that someone noted recently, is he has been essentially forgotten, without any real personal legacy.
    Unlike say Buckley, or Reagan, or Buchanan.
    Because there was really nothing there but entertainment, some for-the-moment hot air,.
    Worship by a few fringers like DeScamus counts for little.

  • My Take

    May 24, 2024 at 12:37 pm

    The real founder of national rightwing hate radio was Fat(her Coughlin.

  • S. Wabbit

    May 26, 2024 at 2:10 pm

    Hateful clown.

  • Stop The DeSantards

    June 3, 2024 at 10:26 am

    Cool story Ron – You may join him for 18 holes in hell whenever you please.

  • FloridaFreeDumb

    June 3, 2024 at 4:02 pm

    ‘I got to know him as a friend.’
    That pretty much says it all. Desantis surrounds himself with vermin.

  • My Take

    June 4, 2024 at 10:44 pm

    Limbaugh’s languishiing in the Lake of Fire. Forever.

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