David Frum, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and the editor of NewMajority.com is coming out defending Steele over the Rush Limbaugh issue.
The writer and scholar goes on to say: It was a misstep for Steele to be drawn into a direct spat with Rush. But on the substance: Steele was right. Limbaugh is not the leader of the Republican Party, and this weekend he again demonstrated why not. Limbaugh mocked Steele for appearing on television and “trying to be some talking head media star, which you're having a tough time pulling off.” Oh? As compared to whom?
He continues: Nothing Steele said will be 1/1000 as harmful to Republicans and conservatives as Rush Limbaugh’s now multiply repeated statement that he hopes President Obama fails. I cannot believe – I mean I really cannot believe – that a communicator as skilled as Limbaugh fails to comprehend the lethality of this remark. When Limbaugh says he hopes Obama fails, almost everybody listening will hear that as a wish for a longer and more severe recession. I appreciate that Limbaugh has a personal and ideological meaning behind his statement. He means that he wants the President’s program to be rejected in favor of some other emergency package. But that’s not what he said, and that’s not what the big voting public will remember.