Limbaugh Slaps Himself to Mock Torture Debate

Meanwhile, Texas lawmaker calls Rush 'just an entertainer'
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2009 6:36 PM CDT
In this Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009 file photo, conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh talks with former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, in the White House.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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(Newser) – Rush Limbaugh slapped himself silly, groaned, and sighed on-air today to make a comment about the newly released Bush torture memos, the Huffington Post reports. Trying to demonstrate that torture techniques approved by the Bush administration—and revealed by President Obama this week—are less painful than terrorist strikes, Limbaugh took a hand to, we assume, his face.

Listeners to hour 2 of Limbaugh heard: "*SLAP* I just slapped myself! *SLAP* *SLAP* *SLAP* I'm torturing myself, right now! That's torture!" In other Limbaugh news, Republican Rep. Todd Tiahrt of Texas said this week that Limbaugh is "just an entertainer." Perhaps he forgot that "similar remarks by Republican politicos have led to abject groveling at the throne of Rush," Arthur Delaney writes on the Huffington Post.