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Forget Obama's dog, Rush Limbaugh likes cats

April 20, 2009 |  1:50 am

Rush Limbaugh's Cat Punkin

This one should really annoy liberal readers. Or even progressives.

Just when the not really bipartisan world of Washington and beyond was getting all comfortable hating the new leader of the Republican Party, Rush Limbaugh, word leaks out that the planet's most successful and quite possibly most reviled radio talk-show broadcaster -- oh, look, he's a conservative! -- loves animals.

Limbaugh's got upward of 20 million listeners a week. But many of Rush's non-listeners would like to think of him in his off-hours organizing professional feline fights in secret rings around Miami with screaming crowds of cigar-chewing rednecks betting wads of money on the outcomes.

But it turns out, lovable Rush is a big animal-rights guy. He's got a much-adored cat named Punkin (see photo above). No, really.

In fact, the big guy puts his mouth where his heart is. Limbaugh may not mind if President Obama's programs fail, but it seems the radio host is all in favor of animal-care programs. El Rushbo signed on for a whole series of public-service ads for the Humane Society of the United States, including one for its campaign against dog fighting. So probably Michael Vick is not a big Dittohead.

Anyway, our blogging buddy Lindsay Barnett, an admitted dog lover, has the whole cuddly Rush story over here, including copies of the PSAs to watch. Recommended.

OK, now you can get back to hating him. But leave Punkin out of it.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Credit: Associated Press (Punkin Limbaugh).

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