March 2, 2009

Holy Cow

That was fast:
"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.”"


ubub said...

O my Rush I am deeply sorry for I have sinned against thee ...

steves said...

Author John Scalzi had a great blog on Rush Windbag and his "leadership" of the GOP. I don't completely agree with him and think that, unfortunately, he has more influence than he should. I sure hope someone steps up to the plate.

I also don't get this fear people have of Rush. Steele had to apologize. Apparently, Newt made some statements that didn't agree with Rush's bombastic idioacy and Rush blasted into him.

Streak said...

Steve, now you can see why the rest of us are freaked out. The head of the RNC bowing to him? I have conservative friends comparing Rush to Keith Olbermann, but I cannot imagine Howard Dean or anyone like him responding to Keith this way. Hell, I can't imagine Keith getting more than humor out of someone in the DNC leadership being annoyed with him.

Every time I see Rush, I am reminded that SOF and I felt bad for him when his hearing went. We noted how bad that must be for him. Then we found out the hearing loss came from his drug addiction, and then we saw that Rush has no compassion for anyone. If we had been in Rush's place, Rush would have mocked us. Yet, as Tony and BB note, it is often the church-going evangelicals who listen to Rush on a regular basis. WWJD?

Tony said...

I think a lot of crap can roll out of Limbaugh being at the mic for too long. If the infighting doesn't settle down, the GOP will be marred for decades, and it will take some adult Republicans to straighten all this cockamamie mess out. However, the best we have right now is Huckabee, Palin, and Jindal, which has proven to be a disappointment over the past few days.

I admit I'm an unhappy Republican right now and Limbaugh just makes me that much unhappier. I wish I had an explanation for why Rush appeals so evangelical church goers. Its beyond me why it is. However, Rush IS an entertainer, after all, and it may come from some desire that the entertainment be "righteous."

steves said...

Streak, I agree. As much as I despise Michael Moore and Keith Olbermann, I don't Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid sucking up to them in the way that prominent GOP'ers do to Rush.

It doesn't bother me that he is popular or that he has a show, but people need to call him out when he shoots his mouth off.

William said...

It is just facinating how you liberals have your underwear in a wad over the Republicans! The same Republicans who are not in the White House, and are the minority party in both the House and Senate.

You would think you would spending most of your time in awe of President Obama. If Obama does the wonderful things you liberals predicted he would do, the Republicans will be the minority party for many years to come.

Makes you wonder if all this talk about Republicans reveals a fear that maybe President Obama might not be the miracle worker you all claimed, and you're afraid the public will find it out.

Streak said...

Ooh, William, Good one!

I think Rush is on the Radio, so you better get back to the hate/Mensa fest. Bye now.

Tony said...

but people need to call him out when he shoots his mouth off.

But that is the thing! I don't know of one, ONE, Republican--or any person with any significant influence in the party--that has the chutzpah to do it. Rush is good for the GOP's ratings.

For some odd reason they are all afraid of him. And I cannot explain that.

Streak said...

Oh they do call him out--only to apologize and grovel the moment the big idiot is angered.

leighton said...

I'm wondering what the behind-the-scenes work is--whether it's really Rush, personally, that is making these Republicans so terrified, or whether it's something more like their chiefs of staff telling them point blank that all their receptionists will give notice by the end of the week if they don't do something to keep two hundred dittoheads an hour from calling and tying up the phone lines with inarticulate rants, and they're not going to be able to replace them under these circumstances.

I may be too charitable, though, since I don't know whether Rush has done anything to make it easier for his listeners to contact Republicans who displease him.

ubub said...

"The same Republicans who are not in the White House, and are the minority party in both the House and Senate."

Ooh, I like that -- say it again!

I think the only Obama worshippers who were claiming he would work miracles are Republican-built strawmen trying to unrealistically raise expectations simply because, in Gates' words, Obama is "more analytical" than his previous boss.

leighton said...

Yeah, I'm being way too charitable--there's no way people would have been calling Jindal's office over Steele's remarks.

Monk-in-Training said...

Years ago, I used to listen to Rush. Then one day, he described for his listeners how he met online his 3rd wife, conducted an affair with her, lured her away from her husband and two kids.

I was shocked at his morals, and determined that a man with those sorts of morals had nothing to 'preach' to me any longer.

I agree, far too many Christians listen to Rush more than they read their Bibles, and I am not the only one, check out Michael Spencer's article I'm Not A Conservative Christian.

Streak, I am putting the link to the article here, if you don't mind. Please delete it if you do.

Streak said...

Jindal too, eh? I remember when conservatives kept telling me that Rush was just a talking head, and just like those on the left. Except the talking heads on the left, as Steve noted, don't get liberal politicians sucking up to them in this manner. They would never apologize in such a way. There is a real Maoist thing going on here with the GOP right now. Those dittoheads (as we see in the comments occasionally) are nuts.

Monk, thanks for posting that, and absolutely no problem.

Tony said...

Dearest ubub,

"The same Republicans who are not in the White House, and are the minority party in both the House and Senate."

Please, hold your applause.


That was a mighty good article you pointed to from iMonk. Two lines were especially appropos:

...but we can see that cultural conservatism has more energy and influence than a Biblical view of the Kingdom.


Listening to Rush without thinking it through, some conclude that Christians are Republicans and non-believers are Democrats.

I have tried so hard to make these two points to no avail. Thanks, though, for pointing us (me) to the article.