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GOP chief apologizes for Limbaugh remarks
Steele had described conservative radio host as an 'entertainer'



Steele, Limbaugh in GOP spat
March 3: Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele apologizes to conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh.

WASHINGTON - Two days after calling conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh a mere "entertainer" with an "incendiary" talk show, Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele apologized and acknowledged him as a "national conservative leader."

"To the extent that my remarks helped the Democrats in Washington to take the focus, even for one minute, off of their irresponsible expansion of government, I truly apologize," Steele said late Monday.

Steele's statement capped a remarkable weekend of awkward sparring between Republican officials and Limbaugh, who has repeatedly voiced his desire that President Barack Obama's economic policies fail.

The back and forth reached a fever pitch Monday afternoon when Limbaugh roared back in response to a Steele interview with CNN's D.L. Hughley Saturday night. In that interview, Steele rejected assertions that Limbaugh was the "de facto" leader of the Republican Party. "Rush Limbaugh, his whole thing is entertainment," Steele said then. "Yes, it's incendiary. Yes, it's ugly."

Limbaugh used his Monday talk show to unleash on Steele.

"Why are you running the Republican Party?" Limbaugh asked on his radio show. "Why do you claim you lead the Republican Party when you seem obsessed with seeing to it that President Obama succeeds? ... I would be embarrassed to say that I'm in charge of the Republican Party in the sad-sack state that it's in. If I were chairman of the Republican Party, given the state that it's in, I would quit."

Distracting episode for GOP
The infighting between a top party official and a conservative opinion leader who claims to have an audience of 20 million developed into a distracting episode for a party struggling to compete with a popular president and find its voice as the opposition party.

"I respect Rush Limbaugh, he is a national conservative leader, and in no way do I want to diminish his voice," Steele said in a statement late Monday. "I'm sure that he and I will agree most of the time, but will probably disagree some as well, which is fine.

"The Democrats are doing everything they can to find ways to take people's attention off of their massive 36-billion-dollar-a-day spending spree that Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have embarked on. To the extent that my remarks helped the Democrats in Washington to take the focus, even for one minute, off of their irresponsible expansion of government, I truly apologize."

Democrats, who have been trying to handcuff Republicans to Limbaugh, reacted gleefully to Steele's apology, saying it illustrated Limbaugh's influence over the party.

"Chairman Steele's reversal this evening and his apology to Limbaugh proves the unfortunate point that Limbaugh is the leading force behind the Republican Party, its politics and its obstruction of President Obama's agenda in Washington," Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said Monday evening.

Over the past several days, the White House and its Democratic allies have launched a concerted effort to draw attention to Limbaugh in a belief that his support exists only among the most die-hard conservatives.

Dems use Limbaugh as foil
Democrats have used Limbaugh as their foil instead of Republican congressional leaders, recognizing that part of Obama's appeal is his outreach to Republicans, even if it's not intended to bear immediate fruit.

On Sunday, White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel said: "It's our desire that the Republicans would work with us and try to be constructive, rather than adopt the philosophy of somebody like Rush Limbaugh, who is praying for failure." It was a theme that Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs reiterated during his press briefing Monday.

This weekend, a labor-liberal coalition began airing about $100,000 in ads on national cable television and in Washington markets in an effort to tie the Republican Party to Limbaugh, whose provocations don't always follow party script.

"Rush Limbaugh is the leader of the Republican Party — he says jump and they say how high," said Brad Woodhouse, president of Americans United for Change, the liberal advocacy group that is sponsoring the ads with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

Limbaugh has refused to back down. Speaking Saturday to a conservative convention in Washington, he said: "What is so strange about being honest and saying, 'I want Barack Obama to fail if his mission is to restructure and reform this country so that capitalism and individual liberty are not its foundation?' Why would I want that to succeed?"

The words made some Republicans besides Steele flinch. Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, the No. 2 Republican leader in the House, on Sunday seemed eager to change the subject. "Nobody — no Republican, no Democrat — wants this president to fail, nor do they want this country to fail or the economy to fail," he said on ABC television's "This Week."

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address
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Michael Steele was right the first time. He sure did forget the details of my memo quickly.
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Limbaugh used his Monday talk show to unleash on Steele.

"Why are you running the Republican Party?" Limbaugh asked on his radio show. "Why do you claim you lead the Republican Party when you seem obsessed with seeing to it that President Obama succeeds? ... I would be embarrassed to say that I'm in charge of the Republican Party in the sad-sack state that it's in. If I were chairman of the Republican Party, given the state that it's in, I would quit."
This is the part I find most disturbing. How can Limbaugh, the spiritual leader of the party that believes it owns the concept of patriotism, openly deride someone for wanting Obama to succeed. He wants Obama to fail? I can't see how Obama's failure to overcome this economic maelstrom is a bad thing? Doesn't the US (and by extension the entire world) suffer more if Obama fails?
Does that mean that Limbaugh hates America and wants it to suffer?
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Yes. Entertaining, isn't it.
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You so seldom see someone throw himself under the bus.

But please, let's allow the leader of the Shrinking28 continue to puff along. The Democrats would have to pay Tens of Millions of dollars in position advertising to achieve what Limbaugh is doing for them for free. Clearchannel and the dittoheads are writing the check.

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It's all a big set up too, the more Limbaugh gets publicized as the titular head of the Republican Party, the more some of his old blather is going to come back to hurt Republicans in general. He has left behind a goldmine of campaign commercials for the Democrats - woman are "Feminazis", he calls the schools "the screwalls", his now famous "Barack the Magic Negro", all that mean spirited crap he has been spewing for years, hidden in the AM radio archives and ignored by the public at large as right wing ranting, will all now have a nice little "GOP" stamped on them. Mexicans are "possibly in league with Al Queda" as they lurk across the border. Let New Orleans drown, fuck the little guy, the rich guy is always right, the Citigroup guys buying luxury jets were "helping the economy", man, just iceing on the "I hope America Fails" cake, as a Democrat, I love it. Now he's got the vaunted black RNC chairman, who was supposed to be the answer to Obama, acting like the house boy, shining massa's shoes. Pass me another slice.

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All this focus on a failing AM radio talk jock and a pol who couldn't make it past Lt/Gov. in a tiff about an out of power party. Seems a bit insignificant.

Meanwhile we have a President giving "potential" stock market advice depending on your "perspective". I will or might not say that there might be enough double speak or not in his or her statement that does or doesn't demonstrate a possible (or not) career in politics. Maybe.
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“What you’re now seeing is profit and earning ratios are starting to get to the point where buying stocks is a potentially good deal, if you’ve got a long-term perspective on it.”
What is it they say in the ads? "Past performance is no guarantee of future results."

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All this focus on a failing AM radio talk jock and a pol who couldn't make it past Lt/Gov. in a tiff about an out of power party. Seems a bit insignificant.

Meanwhile we have a President giving "potential" stock market advice depending on your "perspective". I will or might not say that there might be enough double speak or not in his or her statement that does or doesn't demonstrate a possible (or not) career in politics. Maybe.


What is it they say in the ads? "Past performance is no guarantee of future results."
All he said was that the ratios were falling in line. They have been stupidly out of whack for a few years, some since the dot.com bubble.

And he does have some pretty good advisers to steer him.

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