- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 8, 2009

Noble: Radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, for all he has done to inspire right-thinking people. In the wake of the last two elections, in which Democrats reclaimed control of both houses of Congress and the White House, it would be easy for conservatives to become dispirited. One reason for a new conservative swagger is the work of radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh. Limbaugh, whose show reaches upwards of 20 million listeners and who has a penchant for irritating the Obama administration by questioning the spin and propaganda about “hope” and “change.” Limbaugh has exposed the unpleasant side of the Obama administration as a 21st-century version of the Nixon administration, combining liberal profligacy and overregulation with a Nixonesque penchant for targeting private citizens who won’t toe the White House line. For his work to bolster conservatism, Rush Limbaugh is the Noble of the Week.

Knave: Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, for endorsing the nomination of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as HHS secretary despite her pro-abortion record. During his failed presidential campaign this year, Sen. Sam Brownback campaigned as a pro-life Republican. His affection for a fellow Kansan (of the opposite party, of course) apparently outweighs principle. For a sorry display of said principle, Sen. Sam Brownback is the Knave of the Week.

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