Limbaugh's popularity soars

02/10/2009 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

The election of President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party's return to power has only strengthened the position of Rush Limbaugh as radio's most influential, highest-rated conservative talk show host. Some moderate Republicans worry that Limbaugh's rock-ribbed conservatism will turn off potential voters and harm the GOP's chance to regain the White House in 2012 -- but these concerns are typically voiced off-the-record because the host's reach and power are widely respected by sitting politicians.

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