Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) is pulling a political stunt with Rush Limbaugh’s body. Vos sent a letter to Governor Tony Evers requesting that the U.S. and Wisconsin’s flags be lowered to half-staff in Limbaugh’s honor:
Dear Governor Evers:
I am reaching out to request that the flags of the United States and Wisconsin be lowered to half- staff throughout the state in honor of Rush Limbaugh who died today at the age of 70 from complications from lung cancer. While some individuals may only see him as a popular radio host, he was a pioneer in talk radio, a best-selling author and a commentator who inspired generations to become active in politics. Since the late 1980s, Rush offered up political dialogue that helped generate a more robust debate of ideas at kitchen tables, classrooms and legislatures. His successful show also opened the door to more political talk show hosts on both sides of the aisle. No doubt, there are people who did not agree with him, but there is no question that he made a lasting impact on political discourse and conservativism in our nation.
According to published reports, Rush was honored by being inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame and the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Most recently, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
In closing, I invite you to join our country in sending condolences to Rush Limbaugh’s family and friends by lowering the flags to half-staff at all buildings, grounds and military installations across the Badger State in his honor. It would be a show of respect and bipartisanship when so many in our state and nation mourn the loss of this historic figure in American politics.
This is the type of political stunt that some college intern would think was funny. Vos knows Evers isn’t going to lower the flags to half-staff for Limbaugh, a partisan conservative figure that is reviled by the Democrats and even plenty of Republicans.
Even fans of Limbaugh would have a hard time justifying the state of Wisconsin lowering the flags to half-staff to honor him. Limbaugh has zero connections to the state of Wisconsin. He was not a war hero. He was (by his own admission) not a great intellectual. We can point to no major advancement in the culture of Wisconsin by Limbaugh.
Limbaugh’s effect on the Republican Party should be debated, but it’s certainly not universally celebrated. Let Missouri or Florida, states with real connections to Limbaugh, debate lowering their flags for the radio personality.
Lowering the flags to honor someone when they die is rare. Wisconsin didn’t even lower the flags for Henry Aaron (and we should have) when he died recently.
Vos knows this. He’s just using the death of Limbaugh to appeal to the Republican base and “own the libs” at the same time. “Ooh, Evers is not being bipartisan by not lowering the flags to half-staff for Limbaugh.” Who does Vos think he is fooling?
Shame on Vos for thinking he should pander to his political base with such a sophomoric prank.