You’d think a guy with the name Steele would have some balls…
…but you’d be wrong. For those of you who’ve somehow managed to miss this story, Saturday night Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele was on comedian D.L. Hughley’s CNN show, and caught a little attitude when Hughley referred to radio host/Viagra addict/professional pig impersonator Rush Limbaugh as the de-facto leader of the Republican Party. Here’s the video:
Sounds reasonable, right? I mean, Limbaugh might be popular, but he’s just a radio guy; Steele was chosen by his party to lead the Republicans (so to speak). End of story. Except it wasn’t; Rush immediately fired back, like a real G. Here, check out this quote – “Michael Steele, you are head of the Republican National Committee. You are not head of the Republican party. Tens of millions of conservatives and Republicans have nothing to do with the Republican National Committee…and when you call them asking for money, they hang up on you.” Gangsta. Moron gangsta, but gangsta nonetheless.
Now, if Steele was really down for what was best for the Republican party, he’d tell Rush, “Dude, you are a national figure who goes out of his way to appeal to the lowest common denominator in people, never has to worry about re-election and is worth $38 MILLION! You don’t give a damn about actually getting things done because you don’t have to; you can just sit on the sidelines and take potshots while the adults have to actually do real work. All we’re saying is that there needs to be an acknowledgment of that.” That would be what someone with guts would do.
Instead, we have this: “My intent was not to go after Rush – I have enormous respect for Rush Limbaugh. I was maybe a little bit inarticulate. … There was no attempt on my part to diminish his voice or his leadership.”
It’s bad enough that you backtracked in the first place, but c’mon! You weren’t being “inarticulate”, you were talking straight talk! You know what just happened? You just said “Rush Limbaugh IS the leader of the Republican Party.” That and you just gave yourself bitch status for the rest of your tenure as RNC head. Punk.
P.S. – let me just say, as someone who believes in the tenets of “Burke-an” conservatism but is an Obama supporter, I think the implosion of the Republican party is fantastic. They’ve completely screwed the country over these last eight years, and the longer the party in its current configuration is out of power, the better. I just think it’s crazy that a guy who’s a noted racist/sexist and took a plea bargain to get out of conviction for drug trafficking is considered the “head” of anything.