Tuesday, March 3, 2009

In defense of Rush: RNC Chair Steele did him wrong in degrading him as an entertainer; Obama 's Socialist push is fueling Rush's popularity

For every other radio talk show hothead, I'd call them entertainers.

Rush Limbaugh is not. He has a solid political following. They listen each day. He was feted on Capitol Hill after the 1994 elections that swept in a GOP majority in the House. The guy has clout and power to affect even primaries, as he did in Indiana and delivering it to Hillary Clinton.

So new RNC chair Michael Steele, who already has proven himself to be ridiculous in his rhetoric, chose to take down Limbaugh on the worst show on cable TV. D.L. Hughley's program on CNN is an embarrassment, and I wrote as much on my blog. I watched the first one. That was all I could take.

Let's roll the videotape and then get Limbaugh's response:

HUGHLEY: Rush Limbaugh, who is the de facto leader of the Republican Party --

STEELE: No, he's not.

HUGHLEY: Well, I'll tell you what, I've never --

STEELE: I'm the de facto leader of the Republican Party.

HUGHLEY: Then you know what? Then I can appreciate that, but no -- no one will -- will actually pry down some of the things he says, like when he comes out and says that he wants the president to fail, I understand he wants liberalism to fail.

STEELE: How is that any different than what was said about George Bush during his presidency? Let's put it into context here. Rush Limbaugh is an entertainer. Rush Limbaugh, the whole thing is entertainment. Yes, it's incendiary, yes, it's ugly --

RUSH: Okay, so I am an entertainer, and I have 20 million listeners, 22 million listeners because of my great song-and-dance routines here. Yes, said Michael Steele, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, I'm incendiary, and yes, it's ugly. Michael Steele, you are head of the RNC. You are not head of the Republican Party. Tens of millions of conservatives and Republicans have nothing to do with the RNC and right now they want nothing to do with it, and when you call them asking them for money, they hang up on you. I hope that changes. I hope the RNC will get its act together. I hope the RNC chairman will realize he's not a talking head pundit, that he is supposed to be working on the grassroots and rebuilding it, and maybe doing something about our open primary system and fixing it so that Democrats do not nominate our candidates. It's time, Mr. Steele, for you to go behind the scenes and start doing the work that you were elected to do instead of trying to be some talking head media star, which you're having a tough time pulling off. I hope you figure out how to run a primary system. But it seems to me that it's Michael Steele who is off to a shaky start.

Limbaugh is right. And Steele is peeved because the Left Wing media is trying to portray Limbaugh as the head of the Republican Party.

The intent of this media push is to portray Republicans as folks who can be led around by the nose with a radio microphone. That is not the case.

Yes, the GOP is looking for a leader to rally around. There is no one out there. And Gov. Jindahl with his leisure look and walk made the GOP look like a bunch of pansies with his response to the State of the Union.

Limbaugh is liked because he is red-meat strong and sure in his presentation. Obama is being the same for his party. Until Republicans find someone to step forward, Limbaugh will be leading the Right.

Now I don't care for him. But you have to respect his clout and the truth that Obama's bumbling has made more Americans receptive to his message. And Steele wronged him, and subsequently apologized for it.

1 comment:

Chris1974 said...

Tim, I really don't understand why you are defending Rush here. I don't know if I consider Limbaugh an entertainer, so much as I think he is a megalomaniac. I also think Republicans should be embarrassed that he is perceived as the person with the most clout in their party. Just listen to his show and the people who call in and it's easy to see why people think the millions that listen to him (who call themselves dittoheads by the way)are sheep. He is anti-intellectual and extremely predictable. He sees the world out of a far right lense that is often detached from reality. And Obama is not a Socialist. All of this big government bailout stuff started under "the free marketer" George W. Bush. So that's not fueling Rush's popularity as much as a Democrat is president. And a black one at that. Yes I am calling many of his fans racists by the way. But I think Obama will do fine. He is one of the smartest presidents we've had and has surrounded himself with smart people. We are in a world wide recession right now and it's going to take some time before we get out of this. No rational Obama supporter was expecting him to fix things right away. He's made mistakes and he'll make more. To my knowledge, we've never had a perfect President (Lincoln bumbled around for his first two years). But while we are digging out of the hole we're in, blood suckers like Rush will be openly rooting for Obama (and by extension, all of us) to fail. And that is indefensible.