Letterman shreds Limbaugh, calling him ‘bonehead,’ ‘gangster
David Edwards and John Byrne
Tuesday March 3, 2009
In a scathing rebuke to Rush Limbaugh, CBS’ David Letterman excoriated the conservative talk show host while talking to CBS anchor Katie Couric on the network’s ‘Late Show’ Monday night.
“What about this bonehead Rush Limbaugh? Honest to God, I mean, what is going on there?” Letterman said.
“Dave, don’t do this to me, please,” Couric interjected. “Don’t do this to me.”
“He gets up in Washington and he’s the keynote speaker at some function and he comes up and he looks like an East European gangster,” Letterman continued. “He’s got the black jacket on, the black silk shirt and it’s unbuttoned like, oh yeah, when you think Rush Limbaugh, you think, ‘Ooh, let’s see a little flesh.’ Honestly. What is he doing?”
“On a serious note — although I’m thrown by the Rush Limbaugh flesh in the same sentence — I think it’s sort of indicative of the power vacuum in the Republican party right now… and there are ideological differences about role of government but I just don’t know if the country can waste time talking about different sorts of approaches and whether Keynesian economists agree with other economists about the free market.”
Remarked Letterman: “We get used to Republicans like Newt Gingrich, and Newt resembled a Newt — but a smart guy. And now you’ve got Rush Limbaugh, who says, ‘Sorry, the casino’s closed.’ Leave us alone.”
“So much for my interview with Rush,” Couric concludes.