I thought it would be someone like the laborer in the Oxycontin factory who loads the drums of pills headed for Limbaugh's house, or the unsung vigilante who patriotically catches illegal immigrants in leghold traps, or maybe a guy who proudly waves the flag and shouts "I'm an American and George Bush is my President" when anyone explains how and why Iraq became a killing ground. I thought it might be anybody who hates blacks, fags, or liberals and can't tell the difference between 'em.
But no, it's no one like that. Turns out it's just a guy living in Pittsburg, Kansas living his day-to-day life the "Rush way", quietly setting the standard to which all "dittoheads" constantly strive.
From Crooks and Liars:
By: Steve Benen on Saturday, August 11th, 2007 at 5:02 AM -
I think that Limbaugh, now that Mr. Graham has been thrust into the limelight, should do a live broadcast from Graham's car and devote an entire show to "what it means to be a dittohead".
Michael Crowley notes an unremarkable human-interest story out of Joplin, Mo., about a middle-aged man who has a home, but prefers to live in his car. Apparently, the man, Steven Graham, is annoying his neighbors quite a bit, “disturbing the peace with loud music and obscenity-laced tirades.”
A neighbor said, “Every day he’s out there. He never goes into the house. He sleeps out there, he eats out there, he watches TV, he plays guitar….
Everything that you do in your house, he does out there.”
Graham acknowledges that he spends most of his time in his car, but says there’s a reason.
An extension cord runs from the house to the car, providing power for a 13-inch TV
that rests in the passenger seat, an oscillating fan and a radio.
“I get better reception there than I do in there,” he said, pointing at the house. "I listen to Rush (Limbaugh) every day just about.”
There is a nagging "cause and effect" question, though. Was Graham a boorish, un-hygienic nutcase before he started listening to Limbaugh, or did he achieve all of his good qualities through Rush's influence?