Chris Vognar of the Dallas Morning News Arts Blog shared a story, Monday, that unintentionally reflected very poorly on his subject – a former waitress and what she did with two incredibly generous tips from Rush Limbaugh.
Vognar featured the former waitress, Merritt Tierce in a piece last week, promoting her autobiographical debut novel, “Love Me Back, which he said “includes some wild tales” about the high-end Dallas steakhouse where she waited on Limbaugh. Vognar noted, “she saw some things.”
Actually, she more than saw some things. She did some things.
She cuts and burns her body. She drinks and drugs, passes out and wakes up to do the same all over again. Mostly she floats through a series of anesthetizing sexual encounters — with friends, with colleagues, with strangers.
But Vognar wants you to know that her best story didn’t make it into the book.
Tierce used to get some high rollers at the restaurant, including conservative talk show mogul Rush Limbaugh. Tierce waited on Limbaugh twice (both times he came in with Al Michaels, who was in town to call Cowboys games). Both times Limbaugh left her $2,000 tips on modest-size checks, once with twenty $100 bills.
Prepare yourselves for one of the most ironic and unself-aware sentences of all time:
“That was like blood money to me,” says Tierce, who does not share Limbaugh’s social views.
Duly noted: Ungratefully spitting on the generosity of a conservative – is “the only logical thing” to do according to a progressive’s way of thinking.
“It felt like laundering the money in a good way,” she says. “He’s such an obvious target for any feminist or sane person. It was really bizarre to me that he gave me $2,000, and he’s evil incarnate in some ways.”
She refuses to accept the possibility that a person she disagrees with on abortion might just have a generous heart – it’s “really bizarre” to her.
Do these people have any clue at all of how monstrous they look?