member a long time ago:
In a little-noticed interview Saturday night, Steele dismissed Limbaugh as an “entertainer” whose show is “incendiary” and “ugly.”
Steele’s criticism made him the highest-ranking Republican to pick a fight with the popular and polarizing conservative talk show host, and prompted a furious counter-assault by Limbaugh on his show Monday afternoon in which he told the locquacious RNC chair to pipe down and recognize that he's not a "talking head media star."
This was a really dumb thing to do, on multiple levels. The most basic was that it's a further demonstration of why the Stupid Party brass have tended to go more toward the Moron Party level: a lot of the conservative base doesn't worship Rush; they do like a lot of what he says, and feel he does a good job of articulating what they think on a number of things. And, as a bonus, he causes a lot of lefties to virtually blow their eyeballs out in outrage on a regular basis. Steele just proved that he's more worried about sucking up to various media and DC people than he is speaking for the people the R party used to depend on(and started losing big when they started pissing on those people).
I'd argue that what I heard today wasn't a 'furious counter-assault'; it was more along the lines of "Dumbass, you just proved you're just one more inside-the-beltway politician who cares more for what the flying monkeys there think than you do for what this party is supposed to be about."
“The feud between radio host Rush Limbaugh and Rahm Emanuel makes great political theater, but it is a sideshow to the important work going on in Washington. RNC Chairman Michael Steele and elected Republicans are focused on fighting for reform and winning elections. The Democrats’ problem is that the American people are growing skeptical of the massive government spending being pushed by Congressional leaders like Nancy Pelosi.”
I don't think there's a 'feud'; Emanuel is a nasty, vicious socialist bastard who hates Rush with a passion; Rush considers him a carbuncle on the ass of this country who's trying to cause blood poisoning. And that line about 'focused on fighting for reform' would mean more if you didn't have some Stupid Party members betraying that to suck up pork and suck up to Pelosi & Co.
It says Steele told POLITICO he moved to stop the feud Monday afternoon with a phone call to Limbaugh. Which basically means Steele decided after the fact that he might have said a stupid thing and wanted to head off being called on it. Which didn't work. I think it's another symptom of someone steeped in the DC culture of 'make a deal, even if you have to give up what you used to value to do it'; "I'll say nasty things about you, then call you to apologize and you'll say it's ok; isn't that a good way to do it?" No, Mr. Steele, it's not; it's chickenshit.
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.” You meant no offense? Bullcrap; you don't call someone and their show 'ugly' when you mean 'no offense'.
Asked if he planned to apologize, Steele said: “I wasn’t trying to offend anybody. So, yeah, if he’s offended, I’d say: Look, I’m not in the business of hurting people’s feelings here. … My job is to try to bring us all together.”
Hell of a way to 'bring people together', dumbass. I think a lot of the 'paint Rush as the face of the Stupid Party' crap from Evil Party minions is simple; they know he actually does speak for a lot of people, and it's part of a way to put pressure on Stupid Party politicians: "If you want to be part of the cool kids, you won't want to hang around with him." And a disgusting number of them are worried enough about being part of the in-crowd who gets invited to the parties with the 'right people', they'll basically betray the people back home in order to get the invites; and the jerks don't like it when someone calls them on it, especially on a very widely-heard radio show.