Thursday, March 5, 2009

Steele Continues Placating GOP Party Boss Limbaugh

Michael Steele is the chairman of the Republican National Committee, a position that one would think carries a certain amount of respect within his party. Yet he, like his fellow Republicans, continues to kowtow to conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh, a blowhard of the first order.

Why a blowhard? Limbaugh said of the women's movement for equal rights, "Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society." He also commented, "Women should not be allowed on juries where the accused is a stud." 

Limbaugh stated that Colin Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama was "totally about race." He said of outstanding quarterback Donovan MacNabb, "The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. ...he got a lot of credit for the performance of [the Philadelphia Eagles] that he didn't deserve." Limbaugh spun an obscene, racist fantasy about Obama: “We are being told that…we have to bend over, grab the ankles, bend over forward, backward, whichever, because his father was black, because this is the first black president.” Who exactly "told" Limbaugh that?

It is therefore both amazing and revealing that this is the individual who commands such respect and fear among the GOP. Yet there was one brief moment when Michael Steele had the courage to tell the truth about Limbaugh. Watch him speaking to to CNN's D.L. Hughley:

Now you just heard Steele say, "Rush Limbaugh is an entertainer. Rush Limbaugh — his whole thing is entertainment. He has this incendiary — yes, it's ugly." Limbaugh then lambasted Steele and within two days, the RNC chairman apologized

Apparently that wasn't enough. Speaking to Sean Hannity today, Steele denied the very words you just heard, remarking, "The point I was trying to make which was if you go back and listen to that exchange, there was no attack on Rush. What I was saying is that there are people out there who actually want to demonize and use him as a bogeyman, but also say that what he is saying is ugly and divisive. And all of that got turned around." Watch:

So we're to believe that when Steele said of Limbaugh, "He has this incendiary — yes, it's ugly," he wasn't expressing his own opinion. Supposedly he was exposing the views of other people who "want to demonize" Limbaugh.

The groveling, the denial. At this point, it's pathetic.


Ryan said...


The Republican Party needs to unify at the top. Infighting is counterproductive. Rush is definitely an entertainer with a schtik but he does make some very valid points. He also makes some ignorant ones too.

I like Steele but I feel that he needs to stand up by holding to his word. If he said it he said it. Own up to it and move on or else this controversy will linger.


Jeff Tone said...

Ryan: I think it's clear that I'm not a Rush fan at all. I agree that Steele would have been better off standing up to him. He would have emerged as a stronger figure. I suppose that the pressure from the party and its de facto leader got to him.

I also agree that infighting is counterproductive to the Republicans. I would never warn them about that, though.