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Old 03-03-2009, 06:18 PM   #1
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http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0309/19517.html

Steele to Rush: I'm sorry


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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.”

The dust-up comes at a time when top Democrats are trying to make Limbaugh the face of the Republican Party, in part by using ads funded by labor. Americans United for Change sent a fund-raising e-mail Monday that begins: “The Republican Party has turned into the Rush Limbaugh Party.”

Steele told CNN host D.L. Hughley in an interview aired Saturday night: “Rush Limbaugh is an entertainer. Rush Limbaugh — his whole thing is entertainment. He has this incendiary — yes, it's ugly.”

Steele, who won a hard-fought chairman's race on Jan. 30, told Politico he telephoned Limbaugh after his show on Monday afternoon and hoped that they would connect soon.

“I went back at that tape and I realized words that I said weren’t what I was thinking,” Steele said. "It was one of those things where I thinking I was saying one thing, and it came out differently. What I was trying to say was a lot of people … want to make Rush the scapegoat, the bogeyman, and he’s not."

“I’m not going to engage these guys and sit back and provide them the popcorn for a fight between me and Rush Limbaugh,” Steele added. “No such thing is going to happen. … I wasn’t trying to slam him or anything.”

On Monday’s show, Limbaugh reacted both to the comment and to the assertion on CBS’s “Face the Nation” by White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel that the radio host is “the voice and the intellectual force and energy behind the Republican Party.”


Limbaugh said: “I'm not in charge of the Republican Party, and I don't want to be. 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. I might get out the hari-kari knife because I would have presided over a failure that is embarrassing to the Republicans and conservatives who have supported it and invested in it all these years.”

On the RushLimbaugh.com home page, the transcript is labeled: “A Few Words for Michael Steele.”

On Monday night, DNC Chairman Tim Kaine called on Republicans to "stop following divisive figures" like Limbaugh.

"I was briefly encouraged by the courageous comments made my counterpart in the Republican Party over the weekend challenging Rush Limbaugh as the leader of the Republican Party and referring to his show as ‘incendiary’ and ‘ugly,’" Kaine said in a statement. "However, 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."

In the interview with Politico, Steele called Limbaugh “a very valuable conservative voice for our party.”

“He brings a very important message to the American people to wake up and pay attention to what the administration is doing," Steele said. "Number two, there are those out there who want to look at what he’s saying as incendiary and divisive and ugly. That’s what I was trying to say. It didn’t come out that way. … He does what he does best, which is provoke: He provokes thought, he provokes the left. And they’re clearly the ones who are most excited about him.”

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.”
what a mess. its obvious rush is the pied piper of the shlemmingeep. and that cute little youtube video posted on how obama got elected is reciprocol of all the people who would jump off a cliff if rush asked it.

since comparing obama to bush is easier than getting ones own house in order, i can see why it has been the path chosen around here.

(dont worry ribs, a dozen "obama is bush" threads will bump this one off the page in about a day).
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Old 03-03-2009, 06:51 PM   #2
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I don't really listen to Rush.

Seems to me that the GOP is just fine...there is naturally going to be some internal strife along the way. The party needs to get this out of the way, get organized and take back control starting in '10.

This diversion really cannot deflect too much attention from Obama morphing into Bush no matter how much play from the mainstream media it gets. Nice try though...
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lmao at the continued (and predictable) obsession.

and the denial is hilarious! i predict you will be voting for obama in '12 as much as you love bush and as convinced you are that obama is his twin.

1st step to correcting a problem is admitting it exists.

good luck to the GOP in '10. (they'll need it).
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lmao at the continued (and predictable) obsession.

and the denial is hilarious! i predict you will be voting for obama in '12 as much as you love bush and as convinced you are that obama is his twin.

1st step to correcting a problem is admitting it exists.

good luck to the GOP in '10. (they'll need it).

Not if all of this ridiculous spending fails, i dont think they will need luck at all
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Old 03-03-2009, 07:46 PM   #5
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Not if all of this ridiculous spending fails, i dont think they will need luck at all
so youre saying the entire republican strategy hinges on hoping and praying for a bunch of "ifs"???



no wonder rush is so popular.
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Im not a Rush fan but he does have good points. Heck he even said that we needed Obama to win the election to fix the Republican party and for America to see how liberal he really was. The party needs to remember what its values are and when it does that and finds a voice to get behind the inner problems will cease.
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Rush Limbaugh is the voice of true conservatism. The GOPs problem is they've gotten away from that conservatism and they're caving to moderate REPs (liberal lite) and liberal DEMs. If the GOP wants to make gains in '10 and '12, they'll stand up for the same ideals Rush proclaims. Liberalism simply doesn't work. Caving to the libs is simply shameful.

Let the hate filled responses begin.
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what a mess. its obvious rush is the pied piper of the shlemmingeep. and that cute little youtube video posted on how obama got elected is reciprocol of all the people who would jump off a cliff if rush asked it.

since comparing obama to bush is easier than getting ones own house in order, i can see why it has been the path chosen around here.

(dont worry ribs, a dozen "obama is bush" threads will bump this one off the page in about a day).
So compairing Obama to Bush is a bad thing? What.... you said you had the upmost respect for Bush....
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So compairing Obama to Bush is a bad thing? What.... you said you had the upmost respect for Bush....
theres alot of shit YOU say i say yet always fall short of producing the evidence.

put your money where your mouth is, and provide a link please...

in the meantime, quit deflecting. revs is the one who keeps making the rediculous comparrisons of the 2. in case you havent noticed, its a (boarderline obsessive) daily effort.
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theres alot of shit YOU say i say yet always fall short of producing the evidence.

put your money where your mouth is, and provide a link please...

in the meantime, quit deflecting. revs is the one who keeps making the rediculous comparrisons of the 2. in case you havent noticed, its a (boarderline obsessive) daily effort.

Yeah I'm just making it up Toney. You allways ask for me to provide links...how many links to my posts have you provided? You think everybody has the will to go scowering old posts for your comments? And the "shit" I say if you don't like it ignore me.
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