"Is Rush Limbaugh Good for America?" ran the headline of the 1995 Time magazine cover story about the colorful radio personality. One of the most prominent talk show hosts of our era, Limbaugh has defined himself as a social and political conservative, prone to strident, and sometimes outrageous, comments to assert his point of view. Wafting cigar smoke and sporting a boldly colored tie, Limbaugh’s appearance matches the combative persona he nurtures on air. Author of The Way Things Ought to Be (1992) and See, I Told You So (1993), Limbaugh has repeatedly criticized examples of what he perceives as liberal bias, contributing to a lively and ongoing debate about the intersection of politics and personal beliefs, and suggesting that indeed Limbaugh is an effective force for civic debate in this country.