I’ve seen this sort of statement a lot and I think it’s weird:
Limbaugh is a great popularizer of conservatism, a very accessible professor of “advanced conservative studies.” He mints new conservatives, and moralizes the troops, old warriors and new recrutis alike, when they get demoralized.
Warriors! Troops! Professor! How can Rush do so many things at once? And don’t conservatives hate professors anyway?
I’ve tried very hard, but I just can’t wrap my head around the way that some conservatives think of Rush Limbaugh.
(And, yes, I realize that, stylistically, this passage makes Conor Friedersdorf sound like E. B. White.)