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RNC Chair: Limbaugh ‘Incendiary, Ugly’

From CNN’s DL Hughley program, via YouTube:

RNC chief Steele: Limbaugh is more a performer than GOP leader

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele is taking issue with the notion that Rush Limbaugh is the de facto leader of the GOP, calling the conservative radio talk show host an entertainer whose comments can be ugly.

Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee, said in an interview with CNN that he, rather than Limbaugh, is "the de facto leader of the Republican Party."

And Steele described Limbaugh as a performer.

"Rush Limbaugh is an entertainer. Rush Limbaugh’s whole thing is entertainment," Steele said. "Yes, it is incendiary. Yes, it is ugly."

Last month, Steele, a former lieutenant governor of Maryland, was elected chairman of the RNC. He is the first African-American to lead the Republican Party. At the time of his election, Steele said that "Rush will say what Rush has to say; we’ll do what we have to do." …

Well, it looks like picking Mr. Steele to run the GOP was a mistake after all.

We would say the RNC was snake-bit, if we ever saw any indication that its problems weren’t so often self-inflicted.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, March 2nd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

106 Responses to “RNC Chair: Limbaugh ‘Incendiary, Ugly’”

  1. proreason says:

    Rush is the most positive voice in the country right now.

    His speech at CPAC was magnificant.

  2. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    A house divided cannot stand. Why is the GOP letting the media constantly divide its ideology by attacking its purveyors? First it was Jindal, now Rush, whose next?

    • Liberals Demise says:

      I’ll tell you “who” brother…….American Free Thinkers!

    • brad says:

      Yep, that’s the strategy of the DNC. Character assassination so that person’s name is synonymous with sh*t. So in the future, they will have to spend a ton of money reinventing their image. Look what they did to Palin? Now the next target is Jinal. It is their M.O.

      Funny how all the real scumbags on the Democrat side are never picked apart, like Farrakhan, or Wright, or Jackson, or Sharpton, or Kennedy or Byrd. It is all creative distractions from discussing how embarrassing they are.

      Rush should not have made a public spectacle out of this thing, let it be, talk privately about it.

  3. Gladius et Scutum says:

    I honestly don’t know anything about Steele. But I do know that choosing a black guy looks a hell of a lot like “us too”. But doesn’t answer “us too” what?

    When the Chicago Tribune and the ABC affiliate in Chicago had a California Judge sink Obama’s opposition in the race for US Senate (by unsealing divorce records), the GOP flew in Alan Keys to run, and it looked like they had no ideas better than “a black guy”. Stupid.

    • brad says:

      As far a federal politics go, the Repubs can’t compete with the free-give-away party. Self-discipline, hard work, tenacity etc, just doesn’t sell.

      The Repubs should focus nationally on hardening the seats they already have, strengthening those candidates with good bills, and good communication, and grooming others to replace them.

      State-wide, Repubs should focus on taking state houses and governorships which is easier to implement their plans. They want smaller and more efficient gov’t? Then how about a smaller more efficient party?

  4. jobeth says:

    The RNC, including Steele, needs to begin to listen to the “rank and file” to borrow a phrase, or they are going to be left at the curb.

    Rush is the first conservative voice that has hit the center of the target in recent years.

    It’s time that the RNC start taking a REAL conservative stand as Rush has said, or we are going to ignore the same old, “same old” they keep handing out. This milk toast talk is exactly what put Obalmy in office. Most of us are fed up with it.

    I’ve always respected Steele. Still do as a person but he is quickly losing me as a supporter if this is all he can come up with.

    He better be careful of that “we’ll do what we have to do.” talk. People have just about had a belly full of that.

  5. Lisa22 says:

    One question: is Michael Steele insane?? Yes, just attack one of the most popular conservatives ever. Good going dude!!

    • brad says:

      Just relax, give the guy some time. Save your energy for Ted Kennedy. Yes, the Republicans are a bunch of bumbling screw ups, but you have to give the new guy a pass, and not punish him so much, that you create a new enemy.

      He learned his lesson, now bring him back, dust him off, and encourage him to do well.

  6. Rush Limbaugh is NOT the leader of the party. He is a well spoken representative of the beliefs of MOST Republicans and conservatives IMO.

    That being said, Steele should perhaps understand that Limbaugh easily has a following of 20+ million conservatives, and his (Steele’s) wishing to seem agreeable to the other liberals in the room is quite damaging to his credibility in the party.

    He will not be the chair next time.

    • brad says:

      So the guy slipped up. Look at Howard Dean? The guy is a gaffe-machine, and the Democrats are very forgiving. Also very forgiving of Kennedy, Jackson, Sharpton, et. al. They keep the focus on scoring a touchdown, not the penalties along the way.

      We should do the same, since our guys don’t even come close the the level of screw ups the Democrats do.

      Limbaugh was right about the whole thing, but he should have cut him some slack, and did it privately, not give the Dems cheering power.

  7. marya says:

    Rush is the only one to lead true conservatives out of the desert. Anyone who watched him at the Cpac convention saw a God-given leader whose time has come. Without him the Republican party can expect to sit on the sidelines whining for all eternity. I pray that the leaders of the party have the wisdom to put all their money, energy and influence behind Rush and see that he is our nominee for 2012. He is the only one with the intelligence, unyielding strength of purpose, moral authority, willingness to absorb the wisdom of others who, in other fields, may have a broader base of knowledge than he does. A concerted effort by the people who can do it can bring Rush more exposure than a radio program and out into the public arena where he belongs. Too long has his light been hidden under the Blblical bushel. The liberals have tried to make him look like a narrow, bigoted, ranting know-nothing and have succeeded too well. The American people need to see and hear this man as much as is humanly possible. The more they see and hear him the more they will come to realize that he is the only answer to the problems overwhelming us. Then the small group of Rush supporters will be joined by a huge majority of voters of all stripes. But they must see and hear him to love him. His time is here. Let us not let it pass.

    • brad says:

      Apparently, you missed Gingrich and Ron Paul’s speeches.

      I haven’t heard much of Paul, but his speech at CPAC on YouTube was dead on right. I have NO IDEA why conservatives don’t give him ALL of their attention. He says things that seem to frighten the hell out of me about my country and politics, rather than inspire me to get more involved, but man ‘o man is he 100x better than that gutless albino sloth the Republicans nominated. Yeech…

      See Paul lay it down: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_aZn6wqAdQ

    • Steve says:

      Er, in his speech Ron Paul said that the United States has killed a million Iraqis.

      Which, is among many others, a good reason for giving Mr. Paul zero attention.

  8. artboyusa says:

    Some call them an out of touch and ineffective ragtag of dull, rich, middle-aged white men who could screw up a ham sandwich; others say that’s too generous an assessment, but their office stationery says that they’re the GOP “leadership”. They’re all here today to star in… “The Trouble with Testes”!

    “Coffee, suh”.

    “Thank you, Steele” said John Boehner (R-OH, a still youthful 59). “Just set it down over there. Very good. Thank you Steele, you may go now”.

    “Yassuh”. The menial backed out of the office and closed the door with a white gloved hand.

    “Now; I’ve looked everywhere and I still can’t find them“ fussed Boehner. “Maybe they rolled under the sofa”.

    “Nuh unh” said Lamar Alexander (R-TN, 68), bending low and peering carefully. “Nothing but dust bunnies down here. Oh – and a dime and half a pack of Lifesavers”.

    “Well, they didn’t just walk off, did they? They must be around somewhere” said Boehner. “I hope the cat didn’t get them”.

    “Maybe we could get one of those sniffer dogs in to find them?” suggested Lamar but Boehner just looked at him.

    “Oh…yeah. Okay” conceded Lamar, a childhood memory of old Rags gobbling up handfuls of those Hartz Mountain Dog Treats suddenly flooding back to him. ”Bad idea”.

    “When was the last time you saw them, boss?” asked Jon Kyl (R-AZ, 66).

    “Gee, I don’t recall, exactly” mused the lanky Ohioan, scratching at the gleaming varnish of his simulated hair. “It was before the election anyway; before the primaries, even”.

    “Hmmm” wondered Mitch McConnell (R-KY, 67) “And what do they look like?”

    “What do you mean ‘what do they look like?’” exclaimed Boehner. “You know perfectly well what they look like. You’re a man; you’ve got a pair, don’t you?”

    “Well, um, not exactly” said Lamar, looking sheepish.

    “Oh no! Not you too!” said Boehner.

    “Uh huh” mumbled the castrated Kentuckian.

    “And me” said the gelded Kyl. “One minute they were swinging proud, the next minute – gonzo!”

    “Ditto”sighed McConnell the eunuch. “You get used to it though; I kinda like having that extra room in my pants”.

    “Are you fellas trying to tell me” demanded Boehner “That in this time of crisis, with the Administration running wild over everything us pretend conservatives are supposed to pretend to care about, that the senior GOP Congressional leadership can’t come up with a single pair, duo, set or unit of working gonads between us?”

    Kyl and McConnell and Lamar all folded their hands and studied the carpet carefully, saying nothing. Why restate the obvious?”

    “Aw, nuts!” fumed Boehner.

    “Where?” exclaimed McConnell and Kyl and Lamar “Where?”

  9. cranialoutlet says:

    There are so many things wrong with the news clip I read above. Long story short – Steele clearly has no clue. Sickening to think we just got destroyed in the election and we’re still dealing with clowns running this party at the highest levels.

    It’s pathetic that Steele was basically sucking up to Hughley, a comedian who really isn’t that funny anymore. Where is the party-loyalty in sucking up to the most influential voice of the republican party? Republicans simply can’t afford to throw each other under the bus right now and they especially can’t afford to be be squelching the voice of a man that is followed by such a large swath of the republican/conservative demographic.

    Steele should stop talking so much and focus on improving the image of the republican party before we get smashed in another election. People like Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan should be on tv making the case for republicans. They’re young, good looking and well spoken. ATTENTION REPUBLICANS – we need an urgent image makeover! The election was lost because the same party insiders who put Steele in place also gave McCain the nomination. Let’s face it, McCain is a great man, a towering figure of public service, but he’s old and shoddy looking and wasn’t half the communicator Obama is. The shallow, uninformed American public saw Obama on tv and they needed to see nothing else to make their completely uninformed decision. It’s just like American Idol. Look good and have a nice voice?

    Republicans need to get younger and better looking people on camera as the face of the party and they need to take their leadership and inspiration from the likes of Gingrich and Limbaugh. It’s sad but true, image is the secret weapon of politics in our celebrity society, republicans won’t win again until they look/sound good on tv to the millions of people who will NEVER investigate the truth. Image is all those people care about and they cast votes.

    We can do no better for the future of our party than to rally around our most influential thinkers and to have their ideas spread by our youngest and hippest. I just wish the inner-sanctum of the republican party would either get with it or get out of the way. We were trounced in the last few elections and you can’t help but recognize that part of the trouncing was due to public distaste for old men, faded styles, lack of web-savvy campaigning, etc. etc. Steele is not only wrong here, he’s throwing away some of his best ammo buy bashing Limbaugh.

    • Odie44 says:


      I believe you are dead on, with a few caveats.

      2 things IMO Reps need to do is this

      1) Behave conservatively – clearly Rush and many other party higher ups are beginning to realize this (or have for awhile) , but many handlers felt “moving to the left” would drive support for undecided or independents. Bad, bad, bad idea. Conservatives became ambivolent and thought it would work, being the ideological spectrum lends to ambivolence in the middle. What it did was show nothingness and a lack of conservative action and thought.

      If someone walks into a store, know they need windshiled wipers, but not which ones, best ones, brand etc – is a sale more or less likely to come if a salesperson points out his best 1 or 2, shows them how to mount it/or mounts it himself or just stands there ambivolent?

      2)Control the Dialogue. This one is the most important in my opinion, for it is what todays society, technology, attention span and ability to influence has become. It has nothing to do with issues, stances, laws, etc. Now, I imagine you think I am nuts – being there is a stark divide between left and right in America – but when it comes to winning perceptions, communication and elections – issues have nothing to do with it. It is the reason why Dems can call Bush a “terrorist”, while allowing nearly every practice to exist, even the Gitmo “hot button” Polls, opinions, etc are shoved down our throiats about “what America feels about Gitmo” – you know what – 1,000 (at best) sample of people and their opinion on Gitmo has more to do with “moral perception” than the reality and issue of its existence. The difference is – Dems control the dialogue as “those who uphold global rights”, while doing the very same thing. The perception of the average American most likely resides (within this example specifically) in “Reps are badly abusing those people, its not right so I don’t like it” or “They are terrorsits who should rot in Gitmo, with zero Geneva protection or civil rights”

      The issue hasnt changed, nor has the reality of 320 or so terrorist sitting in Gitmo – what has changed in the dialogue.

      Reps need to control the dialogue now, concerning who Reps/Cons are and what Dems are not. Of course Reps dont have 90% of the global media in their back pocket like Dems, which is a boon for Dems dialogue and hampers Reps – so I suggest Reps start innovating ways to control the dialogue through tech and media outlets. On the bright side – it appears only Murdoch and Fox Corp actually make money in traditional media today and blow away others in TV/Cable ratings. Lets start utilizing it.

      All in all – it seems this was Regan’s ethos, message and leadership. Put a stick in the ground and live by it. Everything else is noise and the Dems are controlling the noisy classroom.

  10. take_no_prisoners says:

    At this point, the GOP needs a theme that is expressly stated at or near the onset of every media interview. It should go like this: We are now the loyal opposition and we are now the ones who are SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER! The party in power and the newsmedia may not like to hear it but it is our duty to illuminate the issues by SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER! Obviously the theme is SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER!

  11. U NO HOO says:

    Savage bad mouths The Golfer.

    Rush ignores Savage.

    Rush and Savage come to the same conclusion on major topics.

    The Republicans ignore Rush and Savage and choose McCain.

    Republicans deserve to lose.

  12. U NO HOO says:

    “McCain is a great man, a towering figure of public service,”

    Ha, ha, good satire, or is it sarcasm?

    Dow down 297+

  13. Colonel1961 says:

    “Yes, it is incendiary. Yes, it is ugly.”

    Oh, I thought Steele was talking about his shirt…

  14. Barbie says:

    I’m very disappointed in Steele.

  15. annabetsy says:

    Why can’t CPAC just run their own candidate? I’m so tired of milk toast Republicans. It seems that tragedy such as the porkulus bill gets them out of their coma but a few weeks later they are right back in the same comatose state. How long do we keep hoping for real change?

  16. cranialoutlet says:

    U No Hoo, I guess I was being a little too nice to McCain but he has put in his time working for this country and his family has more than paid their dues in military service during peace and war. Maybe not a towering figure, but a figure nonetheless. Regardless, the point I was trying to make was that McCain was a poor candidate to match Obama. I don’t know why you picked out that comment (although I don’t disagree) when it’s clear that my post showed that I felt McCain was a pathetic match for a polished, modern orator and an innovative Obama campaign. (Innovative could also be seen to mean corrupt, ACORN involved, etc., but they did beat us fair in some aspects like web-campaigning)

    • proreason says:

      McCain had the election until he panic’ed after the rigged economic events of Sept 8 to Sept 19. From that point on, it was like he didn’t want to win….which may have been true.

      And not challenging Obama’s radical associations was a fatal and dumb error.

      So I don’t think he was a poor candidate vs Obama…..he ran a spotty campaign as he has always done. He flies by the seat of his pants, and flew that one into the ground.

      I admire his courage but think he did the country a great disservice by bailing out at the end.

      Look where we are now.

    • 1sttofight says:

      Conservative Republicans did not pick McCain. The MSM did.

    • Barbie says:

      IMO I don’t know if any candidate could have beat Obama because the media decided they liked him and they were going to put him in office. McCain was not a strong pick, true, but I’m not sure anyone could have fought the media.

  17. proreason says:

    I listened to Rush’s entire speech.

    What, pray tell, was incendiary and ugly about it? To the contrary, it was uplifting.

    Prediction…..Steele will be singing a different tune tomorrow.

  18. Consilience says:

    Steele has got to go!!! He’s in his job to promote himself!!!

  19. PC says:

    Rush ripped Michael a new one on his show today.

    Rush has been completely supportive of Steele and has interviewed Steele on his show. Only to be repaid with this.

    Michael Steele, the best thing you can do at the moment is resign as Party Chairman. You are not the leader we need at this time. We’re not looking for a media darling.

    • Barbie says:

      correct. we don’t need another ‘appeaser’.

    • jobeth says:

      He was among a black group as he said this stuff. Which only goes to say he cares more about being in good with the “bros from the hood”, and proving he’s not an “Uncle Tom” than what he said he stood for. So much for him. He just took the mask off.

  20. canary says:

    DL Huleys CNN show, I’ve dropped in a couple of times to check out his news show, and this an example of why the Fairness Doctrine is unneeded. He does silly entertainment, and brings up race issues, that cross the line, more than conervatives do. He made fun of white models during the fore-mentioned show. Which, I think is pretty boring subject for his chance to do news worth reporting. So, no Fair Doctrine. The 2nd amendment works. Don’t fix it.

    • canary says:

      correction. I meant the 1st amendment. The 2nd amendment works for everyone too. P Diddy, rappers, Rosie O’Donnel, body guards for the rich, So, the constitution is fine the way it is. It works for everyone.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Works for me and other like minded Americans who say, “DON’T TREAD ON ME!!”.

    • brad says:

      Yeah, I don’t know why black people are obsessed with looking at everything with a race context to it. Every black comedian has a segment about white people. Why is it when whites mention them, they have a fit?
      Remember the movie “White Men Can’t Jump?” How about White Chicks? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0381707/

      Completely insulting…..

  21. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “Rush has been completely supportive of Steele and has interviewed Steele on his show. Only to be repaid with this.”

    —And this surprises you, how?

  22. Reality Bytes says:

    Another example of Rush being spot on when he said earlier this year, “they (the Republican Party) stopped listening to me years ago.”

    Truth is, Rush can be incindiary at times. Usually with an Arturo Fuente or perhaps an Avo. Smoke ’em if you got em. It’s gonna be a long 4 years with this crew.

  23. sheehanjihad says:

    This is exactly why I dont identify myself as a Republican anymore. I am independent, and to hell with them all. The Republican party is trying to figure out a way to keep their little fiefdoms in power, keep their pork spenders in office, and pretty much trying like hell to keep things in Washington as “business as usual”. They are politicians!!! They are just as bad as the democrats, and THAT is why we have the likes of Steele as acting head of the GOP. NOBODY in either party wants their little fraternity to be upset with those pesky things like truth, honor, and working for the people!!! THERE IS NO MONEY IN SERVING THE PUBLIC!!! So to me, that is why we are seeing the namby pamby crapweasle spineless jellyfish that call themselves “Republican Leaders”…..they dont flat give a damn about “US”, they care about getting in power for the next round of elections…so they can do the same predictable accusations about the other guy, and they can weasel around to get their people in power for the next round. They think we are stupid!! The reason we listen to the likes of Rush Limbaugh is because he says what we are thinking! The reason he is vilified by the politicians from both sides is because he can damage their hard fought, and easily bought status quo! The ONLY way things are going to change is with a sweeping removal of literally every last one of the 545 who pretend to govern, and start from scratch with people who actually want to make this country worth living in. How is that going to happen? By eliminating any chance of having someone else pick who is going to run on the GOP ticket. Screw them all! It is time for a viable third party, with someone who has testosterone in their system, and the guts and the will power to stand up and call those of us who are like minded to action. I am so sick of these smarmy self centered ass wipes I could puke. It is time to do it ourselves…and STOP RELYING ON THE SAME PREDICTABLE WEAKLINGS who refuse to give up their perches for any reason. One hand feeds the other in Washington, and they are literally all in it together. We need to rid Washington of this plague of psuedo Americans, and replace them with people who will work for the people…..and not for someone who can afford to keep bribing them.

    • dulcimergrl says:

      Hear hear, SJ.

    • jobeth says:

      Ditto! SJ and dulcimergrl

      I have always said I am a republican, and will continue to be on the books as one. Only so I can have a little say in the primaries…hoping to help the most conservative candidate get in.

      However, from this day forward I consider myself a conservative. Simply conservative. That moniker says all I need to say.

      Ann Coulter was just on with Beck and said basically the same as we have said here about Steele.

  24. Freedom615 says:

    AMEN! I’ll vote for you in a heartbeat SJ!

  25. Reality Bytes says:

    If you run like a democrat, they’re just gonna vote for the real thing – My Father (past Republican Club President & Martini Innovator a.k.a. RBTini).

  26. bdelsol says:

    Why do so many Republican elites want to be Democrat Lite? Why do they let the left ask the questions and set the agenda? Why do they sit there passively and throw guys like Rush under the bus — hoping somehow that sacrificing one of our own will put them in the good graces of guys like Hughley? This is what we get when our leaders’ goal is to be liked enough to be invited to the right cocktail parties instead of becoming the majority party again and setting the agenda.

  27. Reality Bytes says:

    TAKE – THE – PARTY – BACK. Nuff said!

  28. GetBackJack says:

    Look, if ya’ll don’t get it by now that there is ONE PARTY and that the Republicans are tethered goat in that ONE PARTY, you deserve the gulag that’s coming. Michael Steele is – I dunno, what’s the word I’m looking for (tap tap tap) – got it, the same kind of revelation to the Republican Party that happened to the Church of Jesus Christ, Latter Day Saint when, in 1978 LO! the president of the Church had this ‘revelation’ (just prior to civil litigation) that God said negroes were now welcome in the Church. Shazzam.

    Think NFL. There’s an NFC, and there’s an AFC. But despite who wins the contests between the AFC and the NFC, there’s still a single entity that OWNS both leagues.

    S.P.E.C.T.R.E. is getting more confident they can own and rule America, nakedly without all the bother of trying to hide who they are.

    Understand this … this is not going to be solved by ballots, elections or legislation. This is not going to be turned around by gentle means.

  29. bdelsol says:

    “Mr. Hughley, what I find to be truly “incendiary” is the President threatening that the crisis will become a “catastrophe” unless the Congress passed a bill without reading it. “Ugly” is using a financial crisis to pass social legislation under emergency circumstances with no debate that has nothing to do with stimulating the economy or solving the financial crisis. ” Try a response like that next time, Mr. Steele. Or is your name an oxymoron?

  30. ConservaTease says:

    The funny thing about Steele’s comments is that, during the Republican Convention of 2004, it was moderate Republicans who were quietly ripping “conservatives” like Michael Steele to shreds behind the scenes. Trying to quiet them, keep conservative speeches out of prime time. The Republican Party machinery was hard at work making guys like Michael Steele look like an a**.

    Little did they know he would one day do it himself. What a waste of time.

    I am praying that Steele sends me a fundraising letter…please, oh please, oh please…send me a letter asking for my money. I’d love to write him a note in return!

  31. proreason says:

    99.999% of the time what a politician says is in the politician’s self interest.

    Steele is a politician.

    Rush isn’t.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Rush is an AMERICAN…..not quite sure where the others alligence is but I’m sure it ain’t with we “Free Thinkers”.

    • grits says:

      Yea and verily.

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      And let’s not forget, Rush has been found “right”/”correct” .. what .. 98% of the time!!!

      And yes .. what an uplifting and moving speech he gave! Contrast that with o-blah-blah’s usual disgusting diatribe.

      God Bless, Rush!

  32. TwilightZoned says:

    Steele is trying to mold the Republican party to attract minorities. This is exactly what Rush opposed in the speech at CPAC. While the party welcomes ALL who share the SAME CONSERVATIVE values, we will NOT bend or twist them to be accepted by others. IF this attitude continues within the party the Republicans will cease to exist as everyone will be democrats. I used to admire Steele but he shot himself in the foot when he back-stabbed Rush. With any luck at all he’ll step down, but I don’t see that happening. The MSM as well as all the usual race-baiters will play the race card…again.

  33. Howard Roark says:

    Let’s admit: Like too many African Americans, politics has only recently become worthy of their concern. For 4 generations in their community, politics was a “white man’s game”, and it mattered none to them who was favoring Constitutional principles, enlarging the welfare state, or even fighting the USSR.

    These were all “white people’s doings”, and they weren’t expected to have an intellectual conversation about…well, hardly anything I can think of, but politics, to be sure.

    But time has caught up with the DL Hugley’s of America. He has the same look on his face as the kid who’s starting to read his book report to the class, but he’s obviously floundering in his panic’d mind, raising his eyebrows as if he’s touching on some bombshell of a fact, when, in reality, it was nothing more than the blurb on the cover of the book. He tries to sell the audience that he really is upset and knows what the issue is ALL about.

    Hugley is the African American who is wide-eyed and incredulous that a Rush Limbaugh exists on the airwaves of this great nation that finally elected a black man.Welcome to the conversation, Hugley. Some of us have been here, caring about these issues, for 40 years or more.

    Where were you when we tried to explain to you that Conservative principles are what’s best for the African American community? A life of hard work, delayed gratification, and self-reliance would turn out a MUCH better result 20 years from now than to have the same person locked into welfare for 20 years. Who’s got more heart for the black community: the man who tries to “teach a hungry man to fish”, or the liberal who says, “take this fish and vote for me if you want another”?

    But to the uninitiated, Hugley et al, this is a far too lofty notion to grasp, I guess. It’s funnier to not think about politics too deeply, so that you can then make cracks about it to a crowd of Americans who also don’t know enough about American politics. It happens every night with John Stewart and Colbert.

    AFTERTHOUGHT: Isn’t it ironic that Chuck D, responsible for over 20 years of hate-filled lyrics against cops, society, “bitches”, etc, gets wide-eyed, too, along with his homey Hugley, at the mention of Rush Limbaugh? I rolled the tape back just to catch what brilliant criticism this race war-monger Chuck D had specifically to offer. Not surprisingly, this street poet who probably can’t even pronounce much less understand the words Rush Limbaugh uses every day, had this profound observation: “He gives you the idea that he could say anything!”

    Yes, Chuck, it’s STARTLING, isn’t it? Someone like Rush, who insisted on being married by a black man nearly 20 years ago, might use words that sound wild and unforgiveable…like “free market”; “individual responsibility”; “self-improvement”; and “relf-reliance”????

    I know, I know…it’s too much for you and DL to comprehend. That’s ok. You’ve been the product of low expectations from the Left all of your lives. That’s why so many of you can’t even read in America.

    Tragically, it now looks as if the only crowd who used to see past your race and have higher expectations of African Americans should join the Left’s soft bigotry.

    Words have meanings, Michael Steele.

    • proreason says:

      very very well said

    • TwilightZoned says:

      Impressive insight Howard, really. I couldn’t agree more.

    • Howard Roark says:

      Thank you both, PR and TwilightZoned.

    • Odie44 says:

      Howard –

      Very well put.

      The sad and dangerous genocide for blacks – called the glass ceiling – cannot be overturned in 24 hours. It is why we get “insightful comments” from blacks like “now I love my country and can tell my children there is hope for a black… blah, blah, blah. because Obama was elected.

      The very result exposed the racial myth in America, while confusing the glass ceiling peddlers like Sharpton, Jackson, etc – who of course were put in the back of the Obama bus, only to be released after the election – and is now chasing down a cartoonist for a shot monkey in the Post.

      There is a dangerous precedent being established, that I dont think can be turned back, because blacks in America choose to be segregated purposely and are now faced with the unity idea for the first time. Its all too much in too little time. AA and entitlements have and will never work based on skin color – that was the poison pill in Civil Rights laws – yet after 40 years of forcing people to eat a crappy , stinky bare-boned fish each day – they now have a shiny new pole, reel, shoreline and no f*^&%#(* clue what do do with it.

    • I am happy to see this.

      One of my many emails out today was to his office. This is an appropriate way to apologize. Hopefully this is taken to heart, and not repeated.

      It will be a tough couple of years..

    • proreason says:

      March 2, 2009 at 4:24 pm

      “Prediction…..Steele will be singing a different tune tomorrow.”

      New prediction, Steele’s tepid “if he took offense, I apologize” will be invigorated tomorrow, and he will specifically deny that Rush’s commentary is “ugly”.

    • grits says:

      From the above referenced politico story:

      “Americans United for Change sent a fund-raising e-mail Monday that begins: ‘The Republican Party has turned into the Rush Limbaugh Party.’ ”

      If only.

  34. sheehanjihad says:

    SJ to Steele…you sure are.

  35. TickTock says:

    I emailed Steele and gave him the ol’ what for and don’t ask me for anymore donations.

    With republicans like Steele who needs democrats?

  36. 4USA says:

    Steele failed. He’s sounding more like McCain and Graham at Ted Kennedy’s house after a few cocktails. Kick him to the curb. We don’t need a Rino running anything. The best thing to do is replace him, humiliate him, and send him over to the dems. If we don’t, then we’ll never get our house in order. I’m sick to death of these jerks that don’t have a clue as to what they actually believe. Their fingers are always moistened and held to the wind.

  37. pinandpuller says:

    I see Steele picking up aluminum cans on the side of the road-if he wants to bring some money in that is.

  38. Indigo Red says:

    Rush Limbaugh is ugly and incendiary… I’m not seeing the problem here.

  39. BigOil says:

    Steele just demonstrated he has no backbone. He is in a job where he will continuously face a hostile media. If Steele can’t handle a lightweight like Hughley, he needs to find new work…pronto.

  40. BillK says:

    Steele sent out a fund raising e-letter today; I just laughed at it.

    I simply can’t imagine what, at this point, could convince me to ever donate to the RNC again.

    • 1sttofight says:

      I didn’t even open mine, straight into the round file.

    • brad says:

      I have a folder called “beggars” and every time there is a crisis, YEP! I get an email saying that if I contribute $25 or more, I can stop said crisis. Good thing I didn’t send any to stop the stimulus bill, that would have been a wasted investment.

      If Republicans don’t have the numbers to stop it, then what is money going to do? Buy Senators?

  41. seanrobins says:

    I originally thought that Steele was a good guy, a solid conservative.

    And while I didn’t think he was a stellar choice to put the usta-be suppposta-be conservative party back together again, I never dreamed he would crash-and-burn so quickly.

    Well… he had a good run, but Steele’s time at the head of the RNC is just about done.

  42. dr tecate says:

    I don’t care how many people are suffering. I don’t care how many jobs are lost. I don’t care how many people lose their homes. I don’t care how much the GDP crashes. I don’t care about your lack of health care, I don’t care you’ve worked your entire life at one company and have no lost your paycheck, your benefits, your pension and your savings. You must continue to suffer, the entire country must continue to suffer. Everything that is wrong must continue, otherwise how can we prove that Republicans deserve to be in power again?

    I want America to fail. I want to see it eatin dirt. I want to see the stars and stripes covered in the skid marks of this new Great Depression. Ain’t nothing wrong with that opinion just like there ain’t nothing wrong with wanting the Arizona Cardinals to lose.

    God forbid someone call such a comment ugly.

    We’ve got to stop the circular firing squad. And shooting everyone who might disagree with you doesn’t count, it just tightens the circle.

    • 1sttofight says:

      Where were you when libs were calling Bush Hitler and cheering for the US to lose the Iraq war?

    • dr tecate says:

      First that’s not really the subject at hand. As he admits, Rush is the strongest voice in our party. He is hoping for the President to fail. Thereby wanting the country to fail. Is it so hard to vehemently opposed the policies but hope for the love of the country they succeed? That the country succeeds? I think this is gross.

      I also thought it was disgusting when anyone compared Bush to Hitler. But I only vaguely remember someone in the UAW doing so. Not the equivalent of Rush, i.e. Howard Dean or Keith Olberman. Nor do I remember anyone cheering for the US to lose the Iraq War. I do many liberals doing what I just said. I hope this works but I think it’s wrong/bad. That would be the civilized, decent response. Disagreement is fine. This is ridiculous. He might as well be burning the American flag.

    • 1sttofight says:

      Rush never said he wanted the president to fail. He said he wanted obamas agenda to fail. Try to keep up.

      I also thought it was disgusting when anyone compared Bush to Hitler. But I only vaguely remember someone in the UAW doing so.

      Ever heard of Dingy Harry Reid?

    • pinandpuller says:

      hey dr-did you ever watch MASH? Like, when one doctor would argue with another on how to treat a patient? Hawkeye didn’t want the patient to die-he wanted the right treatment for the given symptoms. Sometimes observation is warranted-not going in and stretching all the patients guts out on the table.

      The Titanic is going down and Obama is doing a Conga line and ordering more fresh linen and flowers for all his buddies in first class.

    • 1sttofight says:

      First that’s not really the subject at hand.

      You posted it, I am just responding to your post.

    • Steve says:

      “First that’s not really the subject at hand. As he admits, Rush is the strongest voice in our party. He is hoping for the President to fail. Thereby wanting the country to fail. Is it so hard to vehemently opposed the policies but hope for the love of the country they succeed? That the country succeeds? I think this is gross.

      I also thought it was disgusting when anyone compared Bush to Hitler. But I only vaguely remember someone in the UAW doing so. Not the equivalent of Rush, i.e. Howard Dean or Keith Olberman. Nor do I remember anyone cheering for the US to lose the Iraq War. I do many liberals doing what I just said. I hope this works but I think it’s wrong/bad. That would be the civilized, decent response. Disagreement is fine. This is ridiculous. He might as well be burning the American flag.”

      Your shtick is about as transparent as Mr. Obama pledged his administration would be.

      No, no one important on the other side compared Bush to Hitler. (Hint, MoveOn.org ran ads comparing Bush to Hitler.)

      And, no, no one on the other side was cheering for us to lose the war in Iraq.

      We should believe you and not our lying eyes.

    • brad says:

      Here is a SUBSTANTIAL photo gallery of liberals wanting Bush to fail. Where have you liberals been for 8 years?


    • sheehanjihad says:

      If you look at the link that Brad left, sure enough, the Snag is standing on the podium, calling for support for her vaunted “freedom fighters”. Since Bush left office, she hasnt got anything to do, especially since she was trounced so badly in her “bid” for Congress!

      So there is ol Cindy “the Snag” Sheehan, spouting her usual mindless drivel wearing the PLO colors and exhorting the crowd to do whatever she’s talking about. I do hope she gets more involved, I havent had anything to laugh at since November……

  43. joeblough says:

    Steele is claiming that he misspoke.

    Don’t get me wrong. Even if true it’s not great news. I mean, what is his job, after all?

    But I fervently hope he’s telling the truth. I’ve liked every speech of his I’ve ever heard and have had hopes for him.

    Rush, needless to say is just talking straight and responding honestly. What else does he ever do?

    The best possible outcome of all of this will be if Steele and the other GOP critters get it that for the rest of us, the gloves are coming off.

    They’ve been getting our votes for free for too long. It’s become a sort of protection racket … This is a nice little country you’ve got here. You wouldn’t want to see a liberal running it. Would you? I think you better vote republican.

    Then they saddle us with McCain and he blows it … not that he wouldn’t have been toxic in the oval office anyway.

    Above all they have to get it that we are taking back the high moral ground. We’re taking it away from the damn thieving murdering leftists, and we’re taking it away from the deal-with-the-devil milk-blood republicans too.

    We’ve got barbarians at the gates and traitors and thieves in our midst.

  44. brad says:

    You rubes have to lighten up! He HAS TO say those things! He doesn’t mean it, and he has to say those things to the general public to bring in more voters. It is a typical political tactic: You say whatever you need to say to the voters, your base, or whomever, but (wink-wink) you don’t really mean it.
    Like a Democrat saying he is going to cut taxes while running for office, his base KNOWS he doesn’t mean it, but he must say it to bring in voters who like to hear it.

    Now you went and screwed the whole thing up forcing him to apologize when he didn’t mean to say it to you, he mean to say it to the swing voters. Now he must not offend the conservative base, and chase away the swing voters.


  45. aze_216 says:

    I just got an email from RNC and Mr. Steele requesting a donation. I decided to go ahead and contribute… 10 CENTS. I figure that it’ll cost them at least a buck to process it and I can’t figure out a better way to tell them what I think of this stupid statement.

    With friends like this who needs chairmen?

  46. BillK says:

    The RNC can attract all the “swing voters” it wants.

    That matters not one whit if Conservatives refuse to support the party in any way, either in terms of votes or cash.

    The RNC and Republican party are a complete non-issue to me.

    I support candidates, not a party, for better or worse.

    • pinandpuller says:

      I sent money directly to Michelle Bachman last year and this will be my future SOP.

    • brad says:

      Well, that is why the Republicans lost, because Obama and his supporters didn’t riot when Obama reached out to the moderates when they knew he was loyal to his base. Now look at it? The moderates were lied to, and the base is happy b/c they knew who he was all along, and he won with that.

      Conservatives have to be smart like that. If you know someone is a conservative, let them wander off and pick up votes without pouting like a child! Let the new RNC guy get some on the job training w/o you fools trying to crucify him.

      Jeez! With nuts like that, I may as well drop out of the conservative group all together if they are going to keep shooting themselves in the foot.

  47. BillK says:

    Update from the AP:

    GOP chairman apologizes for Limbaugh remarks

    WASHINGTON (AP) – Two days after calling Rush Limbaugh a mere “entertainer” with an “incendiary” talk show, Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele apologized and acknowledged the radio commentator 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 GOP. “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.”

    The infighting between a top party official and a conservative opinion leader with an audience of more than 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.


    If only Rush did run the RNC, perhaps Republicans could get back onto the path to victory.

    Unfortunately, I don’t see it happening.

    • brad says:

      Strange how Democrats are NEVER EMBARRASSED by:

      Jessie Jackson
      Al Sharpton
      Reverend Wright
      Louis Farrakhan

      Hamas supporters

      Ted Kennedy
      Robert Byrd
      Kwame Kilpatrick
      Former Governor Eliot Spitzer
      Former Governor McGreevy
      Former Congressman Gary Condit

      2nd Amendment haters
      Trial lawyers

      YUCK! Conservatives have NOTHING to be embarrassed about.

  48. 64dodger says:

    The Republican Party called the other day asking for money and I broke out in laughter. The caller asked what was so funny and I said you will never get another dime from me until this party becomes what it once was, that is conservative.

    I am no longer a Republican. Just as others have said, I am an Independent.

    • brad says:

      Exactly. As Rush says, the government is supporting the inefficient, the lazy, the stupid.

      No way am I giving another red cent to the Republican party who are the same.

      Lazy scumbags ALREADY have a cushy job, great pay, good health care, and fantastic retirement. Get off your lazy duffs and do what you are being paid to do! We are not paying you to beg us for more money! –God, they are 10x worse than homeless beggars, at least they will take ‘No’ for an answer!

  49. artboyusa says:

    Here’s Part Two of “The Trouble with Testes”! It may be “ugly” but I hope it’s “entertainment”…

    “I give up” sighed John Boehner. “We’ve looked everywhere and they’re just not here. I don’t know; maybe the cleaning lady vacuumed them up or something”.

    “Its not that bad, boss” said Mitch McConnell. “Throughout history eunuchs like us have often attained positions of great power and influence”.

    “Oh? Like where?”

    “Imperial China, the Ottoman Empire…”

    “Chinamen and carpet merchants!” exclaimed Boehner. “We’re rich, dull, middle-aged white men and we’re entitled to have more in our sacks than fresh air. We need to take fast, effective action!”

    “Fast…effective….what?” wondered Jon Kyl, struggling with the alien concept.

    “He means we should do stuff!” said Lamar Alexander, getting it. “And about time –I’m fed up with putting rolled up gym socks down my pants”.

    “That’s the spirit!” said Boehner. “No more gym socks for us – I’ve got me a plan!”

    “A plan? What is it?” asked Mitch.

    “I’m not falling for that old joke” snapped Boehner, pressing the TALK button on the intercom. “Steele? You there?”


    “Good. I want you to take a dollar out of petty cash and go down to the 7-11 and get me, um, two, four, six…eight of those chocolate Easter eggs. Big ones, okay?

    “Yassuh, Mistah John. Might cost mo’ den a dollah, Mistah John. Lottsa tings done gone way up in price dese days, suh, since you folks bin fixin’ da economy an’ all”.

    “Oh really? Are you sassin’ me, Steele?” growled Boehner. “Are you trying to imply that I’m out of touch, unaware, complacent, divorced from reality or otherwise cut off from what’s going on in the real world? Are you?”

    “No suh. Ain’t implyicatin’ nuthin’ suh. Sorry Ah misspoke, suh”.

    “That’s better. Don’t make me regret bringing you up into the Big House, Steele” said Boehner, demonstrating the GOP’s traditional sure touch with minorities. “Now go get those eggs. Chop chop!”


    “It’s a little early for Easter, boss” commented Lamar.

    “You dumb hillbilly – these eggs are for wearing, not for eating” said Boehner.


    “Ooh! Ooh! “exclaimed, Mitch, jumping up and down. “I get it! The eggs are going to serve as proboscuses for our missing nads, right?”

    “Prostheses” said Boehner, patting the excited Kentuckian on the head. “But you get the general idea”.

    “Brilliant!” said Kyl. “And do we keep the tin foil on or peel it off?”

    “Foil off, I think” said Boehner, showing his Rommel-like leadership skills. “Yep, definitely foil off”.

    “Yassuh!” agreed Lamar and Mitch and Kyl.

    Later that day, their trousers bulging with chocolate goodness, the senior Republican “leadership” stood under the hot lights of the world’s media to deliver their stinging riposte to the Great Helmsman’s plans for America.

    Now, those lights are really, really hot and so as Boehner stood there wearing his best synthetic hair and his best dark suit, droning on and on, he and his spayed amigos began to warm up… really warm up.

    As the perspiration trickled down their faces, so too did the chocolate eggs began to melt, to dissolve, to darkly stain their trousers and to run down their bandy little legs.

    “Do you feel something funny?” whispered Mitch to Lamar.

    “It’s not an unpleasant sensation” Lamar whispered back. “Just keep smiling and pretend it ain’t happening”.

    “That’s been our policy so far” said Jon Kyl.


    • Squito says:

      XD Stewart and Colbert ain’t nothing compared to you! I’d pay you anything for a book of these!

    • Consilience says:

      Outstanding!!! Good stuff and illustrative of the nitwits “leading” the GOP. Good on you!

  50. marya says:

    YOU da man………

  51. Consilience says:

    Rush is the only person with the balls to call the socialist/commies out….notice that none of our “elected” GOP leaders are saying what Rush says—they’re afraid—-girly-men like Arnold—pretending to be conservative, but really just squishy political versions of people who “know” and people who “believe” (while neither knowing nor believing)—-the Republic may be lost—but thank God for Rush!!!!

    • GL0120 says:

      If you don’t stop calling Arnold a girly-man, Maria’s going to tell him to scratch your eye out!
      Isn’t it so clever the way she disguises the chain hanging from his collar; you never even see it in photos!

  52. artboyusa says:

    “Hello, is that Mr Castrato?”

    “It’s ‘Castanato’, pal. Get it right”.

    “Oh. Sorry, um, sir. I beg your pardon; I was thinking of our senior leadership. Hi, Mr Castro; my name’s Gary Bland and I’m calling from the Republican National Committee. I wonder if I could take up a few minutes of your valuable time to tell you all about what the RNC is doing for conservatives such as yourself and to invite you to make a contribution to our efforts on your behalf”.

    “I don’t think so, Gary”.

    “But why not, sir? Every day our crack team of wealthy, middle aged white men with strange hair is working hard for you, making the tough calls and the big decisions on the important issues affecting our nation”.

    “Yeah? Decisions such as what?”

    “Well, um, like decisions about how soon and how completely we can cave in to the administration, um, I mean how we can work together in a spirit of appeasement, I mean healthy bipartisanship, to find a solution for the disastrous economic legacy of George Bush”.

    “WHAT?! Now look, I had my issues with Bush – we all did but it’s not that simple…”

    “Well said, Mr Contralto, it truly is as simple as that – and there’s also the rising menace of grass roots, populist rabble rousers who want to wrest control of the party away from the experienced hands of men like Senator Boehner and Chairman Token, I mean Steele, good men who have led us so well and taken us so far, and put it the sweaty paws of the unwashed and ignorant hoi polloi”.

    “So you speak Classical Greek, huh? I’m impressed”.


    “Hoi polloi’ – its Classical Greek for ‘the many’ or ‘the rabble’”.

    “Really? I never knew that, sir; of course I went to college in America, so I can barely speak or read English anyway”.

    “Media Studies degree, huh?”

    “How’d you know that, sir?”

    “Lucky guess. Listen, Gary; I’m going to hang up now”.

    “But Mr Coyote –please! Let me tell you all about the party’s exciting ideas about surrender and compliance, about our secret plan for the next four years –‘Operation Learn to Live with It’. Pretty exciting, huh? I’m sure you’ll want to put your hand in your pocket, sir, once you know more about what today’s GOP is doing for you!”

    “Doing to me, is more like it. Bye, Gary: don’t ever call back, okay?”

    “But, but Mr Cuttlefish…”


    *Thanks to everyone for your generous comments. It’s always nice to know someone’s reading this stuff besides me and my therapist and that testicle jokes are still such a crowd pleaser. The idea for this last one came from all the posts about people getting cold calls from the RNC, so thanks for that, folks.

    A while back I organized all the “funny” stuff I’ve written over the last couple of years and it come to more than 150,000 words, which is a lot more than I’ve written of the novel I’m supposed to be working on. Anyway, I sometimes wonder what all those words accomplished, apart from making me feel momentarily better, but if they give folks a bit of a laugh while still making a point then I guess it’s worthwhile. I should thank Steve too, for kindly letting me take up so much space on his site – gracias amigo, as they say up in Wisconsin.

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