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Over the last few days, amid the whirlwind of the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, one of the most polarizing voices in conservative politics — Rush Limbaugh — took some time to reflect on the process himself.

Here are some of his thoughts, in his own words:

To his listeners, he explained:

“I’m with you guys, I get it. I understand. I’m a white guy, OK, and I’m the hottest one in the group. But I’m also a cancer patient, and you don’t want me there telling you that. You don’t want me anywhere near that judgment, the same way you don’t want me anywhere near the health care of your child. And I get it. You don’t want a chubby guy on your health care cover because you don’t want your kids being bonked in the face and required to go to doctor’s appointments because of somebody else. I get that.”

“While I have as much to lose as anybody and not only have more at stake but I have as much to gain, I believe I make the right decision every time. I’m right. I have to be for health care and for the long term and I don’t want to impose a bunch of rules and regulations and discipline on my listeners. And if I end up paying the cost myself, so be it.”

To his colleagues in the political world, he said, in an attempt to explain why he wasn’t participating in the Kavanaugh hearings this year:

“If you are not impressed, I could put on full trial before a jury every single person here right now — and it’s mostly Democrats, Republicans — you’re doing your job, you’re covering your territory, they don’t have the proof. So people need to calm down here.”

To his fellow liberals, he said:

“I’m going to tell you, to a remarkable degree, if you listen carefully. And I hear it here from liberals, listen to this. When they leave this theater on Broadway, and the fight is over, those are the liberals you will hear talking about how wonderful it was. They couldn’t care less what happened in the movie. They had their 15 minutes, and they got to call the climactic scene complete. They got to call the tie-breaking scene complete, the guy who did a heroic job delivering his baby on the street, all the crying babies on TV, the whole thing, they can just stop and say: ‘Gee, this man is wonderful.’

“Now, it’s understandable. You had a Civil War. This wasn’t war. People die. People die all the time. But when people die of cancers, those are people that you are going to want saving. And so I get it.”

To those calling for journalists to cover judicial nominations more objectively, he said:

“Fine. In my 20 years as a commentator, I’ve had discussions that I regret I ever have with the American Civil Liberties Union. I’ve had discussions with them where I’ve said to them, ‘It’s not helping the fight when you lead chants, and you’re shouting us down.’”

On how he spends his time these days:

“I’m getting ready to go back to the studio in two weeks. Two weeks? ‘My God, I’m getting ready to go back to the studio in two weeks?’”

To his own doctors:

“I don’t know how they do it. I mean, I don’t want to be a martyr. But I have been flirting with it for a long time. It’s going in the wrong direction.”

Before returning to his talk show, he wrote:

“I woke up this morning and honestly kind of felt like there’s a secret channel in my brain that’s been on hold because I forgot that there is an audience and there’s a reason why I should be doing these things. But who cares if I do them because they happen to be good for my health. Do I not want them because I don’t want to cost you money?”

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