WEST PALM BEACH — Conservative king Rush Limbaugh opened his talk show Monday with an account of the agreement he struck with prosecutors and his quick trip to the Palm Beach County Jail Friday.If it looks like a drug offender, walks shakily like a drug offender, and then passes out and pees its pants like a drug offender, then guess what? It's Rush!
"There was no arrest. There were no handcuffs. There was no perp walk. There is no charge," said Limbaugh, trumpeting the message his public relations pros have telegraphed since Friday, that he was not arrested.
But according to the agreement, signed and finalized Monday, there is, of course, a charge: withholding information from a practitioner, doctor-shopping, a felony, hanging over his head.
And according to a jail official, Limbaugh's surrender on a warrant and his booking at the jail certainly is an arrest.
"It's all semantics," says Capt. Mark Chamberlain, a jail supervisor, about whether a person who surrenders can be called "arrested." "But it's definitely going to count in our booking statistics as an arrest."
In a nice touch of irony, you know Rush has got to be tangled up in knots over the announcement that Mexico is going to legalize drugs of all kinds. On the one hand, he hates those off-white people. On the other, he loves the drugs. What's a blowhard to do?
(Thanks to Atrios for the link.)