Rush Limbaugh in the Age of Cognitive Science
Rush Limbaugh is one of the most influential voices on the American political scene today. While many regard his voice as polemical and bombastic, he nevertheless has a primary role in formulating the metaphors which shape much of the new Republican Congress' policies. Though many dismiss his rhetoric as simplistic and intellectually facile, he clearly taps deep into the American psyche with his visceral language. Viewed from the perspective of metaphor analysis, Limbaugh's rhetoric is brilliantly constructed in its use of culturally entrenched metaphors, which resonate with the emotional feelings of his listeners and readers...
This is an interesting paper I came across that I think I will just let speak for itself.
On a somewhat related note, to the penultimate post, that is, I hear in Rush Limbaugh's coverage of Democrat consultant Lakoff, he has taken to pronouncing the first vowel in Lakoff's name as [æ] rather than [e], which we can all figure out at least one funny word that ryhmes with this (give or take one initial voiced affricate).