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A cul­tural mo­ment? It would seem so. A new Times of Lon­don/YouGov sur­vey asked re­spon­dents in a dozen pop­u­lous na­tions who they “most ad­mired” in the world. The ques­tion was open-ended rather than mul­ti­ple choice, in­ci­den­tally.

Among Amer­i­cans, it was Pope Fran­cis who was in first place, fol­lowed by Pres­i­dent Obama, Billy Gra­ham, for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush, Bill Gates, Oprah Win­frey, the Dalai Lama, for­mer Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton, Rush Lim­baugh, and in 10th place, Hil­lary Clin­ton.

Mr. Bush’s stature is of note. But there was some mer­ri­ment among con­ser­va­tives who noted that the talk ra­dio host bested the for­mer se­na­tor and sec­re­tary of State.

“Shock and dis­may that the ra­dio en­ter­tainer — not even tele­vi­sion — the ra­dio en­ter­tainer, Rush Lim­baugh, is more ad­mired in the United States than Hil­lary Clin­ton. That’s right. I didn’t even know this was go­ing on,” Mr. Lim­baugh told his au­di­ence upon be­ing ap­prised of the find­ings. “There was no way I could stoke the poll. I didn’t even tell any­body any­thing. I didn’t even know it was go­ing on.” my­self, even though I fought in the trenches of Repub­li­can pol­i­tics for over two decades. Even so, I would never pre­tend that I’m lord over de­ter­min­ing who the real Repub­li­cans are.”

— Mike Huck­abee, in a new Face­book post. by show­ing th­ese blue col­lar Amer­i­cans just how much Repub­li­can poli­cies sup­port their per­sonal wel­fare, by mak­ing gov­ern­ment the peo­ple’s ser­vant rather than the peo­ple’s mas­ter.”

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