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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Freak snow storm, Computer problems and Rush/Steele Tete-a-tete

Apologies for the lack of posts having some computer clinches, the snow storm didn't help....Well RNC Chair Michael Steele and Rush Limbaugh had a little Tete-a-tete about Steele saying Limbaugh was an entertainer and that his show could be "incendiary.” Is it me or is Rush getting more and more sensitive about those (especially on the right) that criticize him...don't get me wrong Limbaugh is probably one of the top 3 people that both impacted my conservative sensibilities and got me interested in politics overall (Buckley and Burke being the other two)but Rush's response to Michael Steele seemed a bit more than was necessary IMHO...IT is easier to espouse your views on a show (or a blog) you produce, with no real opposition, than it is to try an garner support and win elections across a "bigtent" political party (you can be a Republican and dare I say it, not care for Limbaugh's radio show)...and when did D.L Hughley become a reporter.. From Politico:

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele says he has reached out to Rush Limbaugh to tell him he meant no offense when he referred to the popular conservative radio host as an “entertainer” whose show can be “incendiary.”...“My intent was not to go after Rush – I have enormous respect for Rush Limbaugh,” Steele said in a telephone interview. “I was maybe a little bit inarticulate. … There was no attempt on my part to diminish his voice or his leadership.” ...The dust-up comes at a time when top Democrats are trying to make Limbaugh the face of the Republican Party, in part by using ads funded by labor. Americans United for Change sent a fund-raising e-mail Monday that begins: “The Republican Party has turned into the Rush Limbaugh Party.” ...Steele told CNN host D.L. Hughley in an interview aired Saturday night: “Rush Limbaugh is an entertainer. Rush Limbaugh — his whole thing is entertainment. He has this incendiary — yes, it's ugly.” ..Steele, who won a hard-fought chairman's race on Jan. 30, told Politico he telephoned Limbaugh after his show on Monday afternoon and hoped that they would connect soon. ...“I went back at that tape and I realized words that I said weren’t what I was thinking,” Steele said. "It was one of those things where I thinking I was saying one thing, and it came out differently. What I was trying to say was a lot of people … want to make Rush the scapegoat, the bogeyman, and he’s not."

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Anonymous said...

The controversy about Michael Steele and Rush Limbaugh (who I don't really particularly listen to anymore) is more than about Rush. When the liberal talk show host said that CPAC looked like a bunch of Nazis Michael Steele nodded in agreement.

Some said his nodding wasn't in agreement with that statement but still at the very least he was quiet and did not speak out against that outrageous statement.

This is more than about Rush the person. This was about the speech he gave and if you listened to the speech and agree with it then it is not only Rush but you,and all other grassroots conservatives that Micheal Steele has rebuked in the harshest of terms.

Well, if that is the way the "leader" of the GOP feels about me then I say no, no, no, not God Bless the GOP, GOD DAMN the GOP. It isn't the party I thought I knew!

Jody L. Wilcox said...

Point taken...but you have to admit that it is harder for a politician or the head of the GOP (when you're trying to get votes or grow a party/win election)to be AS ideological as a person that just has to worrying about ratings or pleasing an audience that already agrees with him 89% of the time. I'm a stone cold conservative, down the line, and I can yell to the highest heaven about why conservatism works better than other ideologies but then again I don't have to win elections, get bills passed and repair a Party that is in tatters….all I’m saying is that the intra squabbling has to stop and we need to rally All Republicans, Conservative or not, to get these extreme liberal/socialist policies out of government. Once segment cannot do it a lone……these are trying times and all Republicans need to work toward a solution. I agree it’s not about Rush but it is about the very definition of what it is to be Republican in a country that is rapidly becoming a socialist entity…..which is worse Steele or Obama? I’ll take Steele any day of the week. Michael Steele IS a damn good Republican whether he agrees with El Rushbo or not……..

Preston M. Yancy said...

Hard to be civil about Mr. Limbagh. He is an entertainer who is concerned only about his ratings.
His ditto heads are gullible suckers for the consummate con artist.
Preston M. Yancy