On the same night he was offering the keynote address to the Conservative Political Action Conference, Rush Limbaugh drew criticism from an unlikely source: Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele
During a CNN interview on Saturday night, Mr. Steele dismissed Mr. Limbaugh as an “entertainer” whose show is “incendiary” and “ugly.”
The moderate-conservative GOP leader's criticism makes him the highest-ranking Republican to pick a fight with the popular conservative Republican talk radio host. However, the new RNC chairman’s comments won’t sit well with the millions of Mr. Limbaugh's listeners. Mr. Steele's aides scrambled to limit the damage this morning by changing the subject. “Rahm Emanuel and the Democrats know they lose an argument with the Republican Party on substance so they are building straw men to attack and distract,” said RNC spokesman Alex Conant. Mr. Steele’s broadside comes as top-level Democrats are working to portray Mr. Limbaugh as the face of the GOP and daring anybody in the party to separate themselves from him
Asserts Harry Jackson, Jr., a black conservative: "Even though, I am a conservative, I prefer to listen to the Fox News team instead of Mr. Limbaugh. Although he frequently resorts to meaningless name-calling and endless stereotyping of liberals, his speech’s content should be graded as an A+. But he seemed to purposely leave himself open to criticism from his detractors because of the style of his presentation. Despite his polarizing comments about hoping President Obama fails, he made it clear by the end of the speech that he was opposed to the new president’s stimulus package for many clear reasons including the following three: 1. unnecessary growth in government, 2. disincentives for small businesses, 3. the ratcheting up of 'class warfare' rhetoric. In addition to these points, Limbaugh talked about what bi-partisanship should mean to conservatives and how they should wage a war of principled public awareness. I felt personally encouraged by Limbaugh’s speech. I will keep on presenting my conservative views with boldness during these trying times, because there is a war for the soul of the nation, which continues to rage."
HIP-HOP REPUBLICAN - Steele should not have to apologies to a Rush Limbaugh....period. The John Langston Forum members are discussing this now. And a huge debate has taken over Booker Risings blog on this issue. Rush Limbaugh is not the head of the GOP...Steele is!
Dennis Sanders over at NeoMugwump says this: It's interesting that other conservatives are now realizing what I've known for about 15 years: that Rush Limbaugh is a windbag that is more concerned about boosting his ratings than he is about trying to rebuild the GOP.