Steele vs Limbaugh

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March 2, 2009

It's not easy watching a black guy stumble around in the dark, but really, I'm trying. Ace writes:

However, the media controls the public discourse. This is an issue because they want it to be an issue, and they want it to be an issue because… well, guess. Hint: It's not because it helps the conservative cause.

The media only controls the public discourse because there are few if any conservative Republicans with the intelligence and courage to sound like conservatives when they get in the spotlight. They're more interested in sounding like some combination of Mother Theresa and Ghandi. I'd add Jesus, but we know how they'd cringe at that comparison – religious and Christian being strictly taboo in their media guidebooks.

Michelle opines:

There’s nothing wrong with criticizing Rush Limbaugh. But if you are going to go on Obamedia outlets like CNN and throw around words like “incendiary” and “ugly,” you better back them up. You should also think more broadly about how this distraction feeds the White House/Alinsky agenda — and how better to avoid their traps.

True enough. And were they even smarter they wouldn't need to engage Rush at all, as I already pointed out.

But for the most part Republicans are not very smart today. They certainly are not courageous. And Lord knows, all too few of them are even conservative.

Great. The Republicans finally get an RNC Chairman of color and all they got was another dumb, potentially too moderate, gutless wonder of a Republican in the end. If nothing else, there is equality in that.

How utterly sad.



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Comments:
  1. jarnco5 says:

    Arlen Spector, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe are proven Rino’s and not conservatives at all

  2. daveinboca says:

    Michael Steele stupidly fell into the trap that Emanuel devised days ago when he made an “offhand comment” that Rush was the real leader of the Republicans. Is Steele the Allan Iverson of the Republican Party? Is he so clueless that he doesn’t see this manhole in the middle of his path? The MSM are dying to provoke a civil war in the Republican Party and Steele stupidly says “OK, let’s go to it!” and attacks Limbaugh. Now his thousand clarifications will not erase the fact that he is “another dumb, potentially too moderate, gutless wonder of a Republican,” [i.e., RINO] and that he has been goaded or tricked into alienating the majority of Republicans with one thoughtless remark.

  3. mark l. says:

    “Arlen Spector, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe are proven Rino’s and not conservatives at all”.
    I agree, to a point. Take a look at the color of the states they serve in.
    The gop would be far better served targetting dems in red states, than trying to throw blue state republicans under the bus. The three rinos are pretty bad, but they still don’t come close to Lincoln Chafee.
    begich, pryor, lincoln, nelson(fl), bayh, landrieu, mccaskill, hagan, johnson, and byrd
    are from mostly/previously/currently red states.
    mccaskill will go down with the ship, and hagan won’t win a second term. byrd, to some extent is still a moderate.
    the rest are actually more conservative than spectre,snow, or collins.

  4. LOL says:

    The media controls?
    Idiot

  5. Anon says:

    All blue states are not created equal. New Hampshire has no income tax and is about as gun friendly as any red state you can find. It is rural and middle class. Same goes for Maine. Rather than pushing these states into the arms of real spend thrift liberal Democrats, why not make room for a brand of Republicanism that isn’t the same as Mike Huckabee’s?
    I have to say, Steele hasn’t impressed me so far, but Rush I think is really missing the mark on the mood of the country…

  6. mary says:

    And I liked Michael Steele. Is he an Obama appointee too?

  7. Frank E Smith says:

    “It’s not easy watching a black guy stumble around in the dark, but really, I’m trying”
    Is it any easier for you when the guy is white?
    Whatta Knob

  8. idtt says:

    Is it any easier to watch a white guy (McCain) stumble around in the dark? An Indian guy (Jindal)? A white “chick” (Palin)? How about a Mormon (Romney)? Given that Mr. Steele just walked back his comments, apparently the only guy not stumbling in the dark is Mr. Limbaugh who has more than a passing resemblance to the Rev Bubba Flavel. “I want President Obama’s policies to fail!” So saith the sheppard, so saith the flock! One wonders what will hit bottom first, the economy or the Republican party?

  9. bakum says:

    Rush is sharpening his rhetoric because it is consolidating his hold on his base. He’s quite canny that way.
    I believe right now he is actually playing a waiting game, i.e. consolidating his posistion with the base while waiting for the middle 40% of the country to tilt back towards the right (a la 9/11), at which time he will possibly run for President. This is why he says he wants Obama to fail, because if Obama does fail it will involve a real catastrophy (economic collapse, Iran fires off a nuke) and in that scenario as the middle shifts rightward again Rush becomes the ideological leader of 70% of the country. Like him or hate him it doesn’t take brain surgery to figure him out.
    The danger he runs is that while he is in the “minority” the republican party further splinters and he has to chose exactly who he wants to lead, authoritarians or philosophical conservatives, instead of the coalition of the two he leads now. Think David Frum vs Sean Hannity. If THAT happens his base might dilute and even with a rightward tilt he would have trouble getting back into power.
    Of course the OTHER danger is that his personality decompensates from drug use and he winds up in jail.

  10. Vernon says:

    And I liked Michael Steele. Is he an Obama appointee too?
    Posted by: mary | Monday, March 02, 2009 at 06:41 PM
    Maybe he’s a Trojan horse.

  11. Eric says:

    Dan,
    Your are as useful a prop for the republican implosion as Rush is. Thanks.
    Get some smarts.

  12. Dan says:

    “Your are as useful a prop”
    Why? Because I won’t cower in the face of their politically correct BS? Because I’m not afraid to make a joke at anyone’s expense, regardless of their race, credd, or color?
    That’s real equality, Eric. Take whatever you’re selling somewhere else.

  13. SacTownMan says:

    “Is it any easier to watch a white guy (McCain) stumble around in the dark? An Indian guy (Jindal)? A white “chick” (Palin)? How about a Mormon (Romney)?”
    I don’t know is it any easier to watch a queer (Frank) or an admitted crack head (Xerxes) or how about a clown boy (Biden) while they push the country towards financial collapse?
    Take a look at the stock market tanking under your “god king’s” watch. Your boy is nothing more than a half-black Jimmy Carter wanna be!!
    But keep sticking to your moonbat logic talking point that it’s all Bush’s fault!!
    Any day now the the stock market will start to buy into Barry’s troll logic and start drinking the kool-aid!!
    Funny you would have thought the whole “tax cuts for 95% of Americans” line would have started to convince them to “put some skin in the game” by now!
    Any day now!

  14. joeb says:

    Rush is a comedian. Rush is an entertainer.
    As far as Rush’s effect on the Republican party Rush is the new Jerry Falwell.

  15. Mark Turner says:

    Rush is not a politician, but I would say that he is the de facto voice of conservative political ideology. Steele, as the head of the RNC, needs to represent the core GOP platform, but on a micro level also deals with everything from RINOs to conservatives and every other aspect of the right-leaning spectrum. It would be foolish for Steele to ignore the conservative base — whether their ideals are espoused by Rush or not. If the contrary, the conservative base should be reintegrated into the mainstream GOP such that its voices are not marginalized. When selecting candidates, particularly in presidential elections, the GOP needs to remember that it does better sticking to its own principles rather that selling RINOs as mainstream spokesmen for the party. Bipartisanship is fine, if it does not compromise principle.

  16. rrpjr says:

    Nicely said. And a sharp point about how Republicans increasingly feel compelled to sound like saints of inoffensiveness, underscoring how completely liberals have set the rules and how fiercely they enforce their double standard.
    The only thing remarkable about what Rush’s speech was how many people thought it was remarkable. Steele should have said nothing more than “get over it. This is free speech in the rough and tumble world of politics, and totally factual and fairly well-mannered speech at that compared to the vituperative orgies of the Left over the past eight years.”
    But Steel is a gutless, unimaginative ninny. Didn’t we know that?

  17. Mark Turner says:

    if the contrary = on the contrary
    rather that selling = rather than selling

  18. Mark Turner says:

    Some more advice for the GOP regarding RINOs — they are very useful for winning congressional seats which would be difficult if not impossible for true conservatives to win, and would otherwise result in a very liberal Democrat winning the seat. However, I would not select them as presidential candidates — VP, maybe; cabinet positions, OK.

  19. Anon says:

    Oh my god, what is wrong with people. Rush Limbaugh is a RADIO PERSONALITY, he’s not a politician, he doesn’t have a policy platform he’s got a soapbox. Talk about the tail wagging the dog.
    Newt Gingrich is the GOPs only hope, he appears to be one of the few conservatives that actually has a brain and is able to grasp macro and micro policy concepts. Oh yeah, and he has admitted that the GOP was lost in the wildnerness under the radical, incompetant George W. Bush.

  20. IDTT says:

    Take a look at the stock market tanking under your “god king’s” watch. Your boy is nothing more than a half-black Jimmy Carter wanna be!!
    But keep sticking to your moonbat logic talking point that it’s all Bush’s fault!!
    Dude, take it off talking point autopilot. You basically mailed that post in and talked about sh*t i didn’t bring up or even believe. I didn’t blame President Bush for anything in my post, or make any excuses for President Obama. Wait, is it okay for me to refer to Obama as “president” on this site, or should I call him the “alleged President” since you “obviously” dispute his citizenship and thus his legitimacy to the office. Of course, you never said that, I just put the words in your post, kinda like you did to mine. The point of my post was to question why, in an otherwise great post, Mr. Riehl sort of took away from it by opening it with a remark about Mr. Steele’s race that had nothing to do with his substance. I guess i could have added the parts about Barney Frank or VP Biden (I LOL at those) but I would never mention drug addiction in a post about Mr. Limbaugh. Anyways, the Republican party and some of its leaders are feeding the media beast with this idiotic back & forth about Rush Limbaugh’s status as leader of the party. Why can’t the response be “no one, not even Rush himself, is calling him the leader of the GOP, the only people who think so are people not in the party and they’re entitled to their opinions.”? So far today, elected Republicans and talking heads are having to spend more time defending their place in Rush’s good graces than they are their position against the alleged President’s (sorry couldn’t help it) incredibly expensive budget. What’s wrong with that picture?

  21. IDTT says:

    Crap! The quote should’ve been “No one in the GOP is calling Rush the leader, not even Rush….” I messed up, I get it, my bad.

  22. Mike says:

    Rush is a big bag of gas. If he’s the leader of your party, you’re in deep trouble.
    On the ither hand, when you’ve already elected a drunk, why not a narcotics addict?

  23. 13yankeebravo says:

    Can’t the Dems already did that.

  24. Pablo says:

    ” Wait, is it okay for me to refer to Obama as “president” on this site…”
    Personally, I prefer Presentdent.

  25. SacTownMan says:

    “On the ither hand, when you’ve already elected a drunk, why not a narcotics addict?”
    On the ither hand?
    As far as the “narcotics addict” in your post you are referring to the current crack head resident of the White House, right?

  26. Rachel says:

    You folks are children, just like the KOS kids. As a liberal I like republicans because we need different points of view. But Rush is a showman and I got news for you – he can talk the talk but HE WILL NEVER WALK THE WALK.He will never run for office, just stay in that little bubble known as AM radio.
    Steele has to work with everyone, not just dittoheads, which I am finding more and more with this kerfluffle. Steele offends Your Own Personal Obama once, and he must be crucified. Pathetic.
    I used to think that it was just the liberals who were narrowminded. I was wrong.
    Anyone who defends Steele is shut down and anyone who warns you about your all-or-nothing attitude is silenced. And I won’t be surprised if the Dems will be controlling *another* four years if you keep this up.

  27. JReid says:

    Wow, I’m surprised at you, Riehl. “not easy to watch a black guy stumbling around in the dark?” That, my friend, is why 95 percent of black people stay far, far away from the Republican Party. Too many racists, Palinites and Dittoheads.

  28. Tim says:

    It is rural and middle class. Same goes for Maine. Rather than pushing these states into the arms of real spend thrift liberal Democrats, why not make room for a brand of Republicanism that isn’t the same as Mike Huckabee’s?