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Ear to the Ground

Limbaugh and Steele Lock Horns in GOP Rumble

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Posted on Mar 2, 2009
Limbaugh and Steele
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GOP smackdown: Limbaugh, left, and Steele are fighting over the Republican Party’s top title.

¿Quién es más macho? And who’s the rightful leader of the GOP? Both Rush Limbaugh and Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele are claiming the title in a curious kind of public arm-wrestling match that also pits entertainment against politics (as if the two weren’t already interconnected).

The Christian Science Monitor:

Then, Steele explained away Limbaugh’s recent press attention as unworthy because “Rush Limbaugh is an entertainer.”

“His whole thing is entertainment.,” Steele said. “Yes, it’s incendiary. Yes, it’s ugly.”

Limbaugh responds

The “entertainer” line ticked Limbaugh off. Actually, every line ticked him off. For a full 20 minutes, Limbaugh went after Steele this afternoon.

“So I am an entertainer and I have 20 million listeners because of my great song and dance routine,” Limbaugh said. “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.”

“I hope that changes,” Limbaugh added.

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By Old Ed Of The Delta, March 3, 2009 at 2:43 pm Link to this comment

Limbaugh Takes The “High” Road.

Rush Limbaugh is the greatest patriot since Benedict Arnold. Sure, Rush has his faults and made a few mistakes along the way. But you got to admit he sure has “guts” when you look at him.

If Rush ever runs for President and is elected, at least he can send one of his Secrete Service details over to the DHHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration [SAMHSA] for some substances to personally test for purity.

He can do this within the confines of the White House without having to send his housekeeper down to the street with a pad of prescriptions to the drug store.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/04/28/national/main1561324.shtml

Anyway, Rush is clean and ready to do battle with the Democrats either “straight” or otherwise.

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By agilog, March 3, 2009 at 2:11 pm Link to this comment
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So week of Steele to apologize.

Moderate Republicans better get their mojo back and figure out what they stand for. Even Democrats want them to get their game face on. The country needs good ideas from everyone, but they are not going to come from politicians who are beholden to the stone-age mentality perputated by Limbaugh.

http://agilog.blogspot.com/

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By Inherit The Wind, March 3, 2009 at 11:49 am Link to this comment

Midget Wrestling!

McMahan, bring it back!

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By Jan, March 3, 2009 at 11:02 am Link to this comment
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This is hilarious!

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By don knutsen, March 3, 2009 at 9:47 am Link to this comment
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The heading to the article appears to be alittle misleading. These two hardly locked horns before Steele stuck his tail between his legs and begged for forgiveness from the windbag limbaugh. So all is right with the world, and yes - Rush is their leader. The republican party continues their detachment from the american people and will be wandering in the wilderness for some time if this is trully who they look to for guidence. I say good riddance to the lot of them. The republican party has become a criminal organization, it is no longer a political party that pretends to represent the people. It is nothing more then the lobby wing of big buisness and the wealthy. Could it be that the american people are finally coming around to the notion that 98% of us aren’t included in that group, and that we have the power in numbers to get what we want if we just demand it of our so-called representitives? Isn’t that what a democracy is supposed to look like?

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By Bisbonian, March 3, 2009 at 9:32 am Link to this comment
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“his resemblance with another megalomaniac named Benito Mussolini, down to his black shirt, was striking.”

The resemblance won’t end there…they will end up the same.

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By JFoster2k, March 3, 2009 at 9:27 am Link to this comment

Rush, like Sarah Palin, energizes the extremist neocon base. He represents the cruelest and most destructive elements of the far-right ideology. Power and ego are his motivation. He lacks any real substance, evidenced by his misquote of the Constitution during his CPAC grandstanding… “Life, liberty, freedom and the persuit of happiness”, which was actually a misquote of the Declaration of Independance, but I digress.

The fact that the leader of the RNC (among other republicans) recognizes the need to apologize to Rush, is an endorsement, by the republican party as a whole, of the devisive, destructive, hate-mongering noecon agenda.

What they fail to realize is that it is just this sort of extremism that lost them the 2006 and 2008 elections. The more they bow to emporer Rush, the worse off they will be in 2010 and 2012.

Go Rush!

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By Daniel, March 3, 2009 at 7:34 am Link to this comment

I watched Limbaugh’s speech at CPAC for a few minutes (that’s all I could stand).  It was a “déjà vu” experience, and it took me just a few seconds to remember where: his resemblance with another megalomaniac named Benito Mussolini, down to his black shirt, was striking.

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By Clonakilty32, March 3, 2009 at 7:31 am Link to this comment
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This is all very entertaining.  I hope Limbaugh keeps up his provacation. Limbaugh and his conservative base represent all that is ugly in America.  If Republicans want Limbaugh to represent their values let it be.  His agenda is hateful, intolerant, selfish, bigoted and hypocritical. If this is the Republican forum then let it be.  I believe the vast majority of Americans see Limbaugh and conservatives for what they are cowards and bedwetters.  Their chicken little “the sky falling” is old and never changes.  They have chosen the “supreme chicken hawk” to be their spokesperson.  Its very laughable because the Conservatives are so simple minded.  The American public (except for the Conservatives) can see how Limbaugh manipulates them.  Go for it Limbaugh!  Keep stirring up the mental midgets of the Conservatives.  Its all great fun for the rest of us.

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By greatdogs, March 3, 2009 at 6:33 am Link to this comment
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The wheels are really falling off the Republican express.  It looks as though the next persona non grata is Governor Tim Pawlenty. He has come out and said the Republican Party must move beyond Reagan.  Oh! the humanity!  How dare he?  The next thing you know the people will be looking into the revisionist history of St Ronnie’s legacy. Will the first casuality be Sean Hannity’s head exploding or the Heritage Foundation headquarters collapsing?

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By Bud, March 3, 2009 at 5:52 am Link to this comment
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Three more donuts lardass,and you’ll be in the emergency room.

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By msgmi, March 2, 2009 at 6:11 pm Link to this comment
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Steele, the matador, confronts Rush, da bull artist. A made for TV sitcom.

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