Sean Hannity complimented Rush Limbaugh by saying, "Rush is by far the most articulate, defining voice of conservatism in America today, the most articulate voice of raging conservatism in the country. Rush is a powerful voice. I would argue that Rush is the leader of the conservative movement in the country."
Stephen Colbert sees a pattern from Conservatives who praise Limbaugh. "These days you only hear gushy praise and shameless grovelling like that right after someone pissed off Rush," noted Colbert.
"I mean to warrant obsequious crack-licking like that, he must have said something terrible. I mean -- something like the vacuum in Republican leadership has allowed a mean-spirited, lard-assed talk radio host to become the de facto leader which is turning an already crippled party into a bickering laughingstock," theorized Colbert.
This video is from Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, broadcast Mar. 5, 2009.