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do you agree with Michael Steele? I think he hit the nail in the head.

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.
In a little-noticed interview Saturday night, Steele dismissed Limbaugh as an “entertainer” whose show is “incendiary” and “ugly.”
Steele’s criticism makes him the highest-ranking Republican to pick a fight with the popular and polarizing conservative talk show host.
But the new RNC chairman’s extraordinary comments won’t sit well with the millions of conservative listeners Limbaugh draws each week, and Steele aides scrambled to limit the damage Monday morning by trying to change the subject.

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 2:07 PM on Mar. 2, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • In an interview on CNN with D.L. Hughley, Steele assured that he, not Limbaugh, was in charge of the party before saying that he wanted to put the right-wing talker “into context.”
    “Rush Limbaugh is an entertainer,” Steele said. “Rush Limbaugh, his whole thing is entertainment. Yes it’s incendiary, yes it’s ugly.”
    Steele’s comments, first noticed by NBC producer Chris Donovan, are sure to rankle Limbaugh in part because they validate the liberal critique of the conservative force: that he’s merely an “entertainer.”
    That’s one of the phrases often used by Democrats who seek to diminish Limbaugh. MSNBC’s liberal talk-show host Keith Olbermann, for example, frequently mocks his broadcast adversary as “comedian Rush Limbaugh.”
    Steele’s broadside comes as top-level Democrats are working to portray Limbaugh as the face of the GOP and daring anybody in the party
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:08 PM on Mar. 2, 2009

  • Limbaugh is not the face of the GOP, and he is an entertainer first. Liberals would LIKE for him to be the face of the GOP, just like they would LIKE everyone to believe that the Pubs offered no alternatives or amendments to the stimulus, and they would LIKE everyone to believe that that Republican party is nothing but a bunch of brainwashed bible thumpers. Doesn't make it true, just like it doesn't make every pub a devoted Limbaugh listener.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 2:12 PM on Mar. 2, 2009

  • I have no problem with what Steele or Limbaugh said. Limbaugh is not in an elected position and Steele is. Limbaugh can say whatever he wants and still makes alot more than any liberal entertainer in the same political scheme of radio. Limbaugh's main goal is to get people pee oh'ed and stirred up and that's what he did. Steele, has a totally different responsibility. Limbaugh get's 'em fired up and Steele directs them where to go. Sounds like a plan to me, I doubt Limbaugh and Steele will bareknuckle it anytime soon.
    akinbottom2

    Answer by akinbottom2 at 2:14 PM on Mar. 2, 2009

  • Well said notpanicking.

    Yes Rush is a commentator.I highly doubt Steele wants to see Rush be shut up if that is what anyone thinks.I don't really agree that Rush's show is "ugly" but yes some conservatives do not like listening to Rush.Which is perfectly fine.

    Rush says some of the same things alot of conservatives think he just has his own way of putting it across lol.I actually thought his CPAC speeh made some good true points.

    This seems like as usual the liberal spin on what Steele said.

    tnmomofive

    Answer by tnmomofive at 2:21 PM on Mar. 2, 2009

  • Rush can be ugly. The problem is, he's usually right. Plus, every time some dumb a** politician makes a stupid remark, MORE people start listening to Rush to see what he's talking about!

    He's not the face of the GOP. but he's the loudest, and the most memorable. He knows a bit about show business, something EVERY GOP hopeful could learn a bit about, since it worked so well for the Dems last year.
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 2:29 PM on Mar. 2, 2009

  • Rush is a commentator, and has a right to an opinion. He isn't a politician. He isn't the "head" of anything.
    Steele, is a politician, and the Head of the RNC and also has a right to an opinion.

    I agree that Steele has a right to voice his opinion as does Rush.

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 2:30 PM on Mar. 2, 2009

  • Opinions are like a-holes. Everyone's got one. Nice that the OP took words out of context. How liberal! I hear MSNBC is hiring.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:42 PM on Mar. 2, 2009

  • Actually ANON 42 the OP didn't take the words out of context. All she did was copy/paste from these places.

    http://en.wasalive.com/en/michael+steele

    http://beltwayblips.dailyradar.com/story/limbaugh_s_latest_attacker_rnc_s_steele/

    http://www.blogrunner.com/snapshot/D/5/5/rnc_chair_michael_steele_on_limbaugh_yes_its_incendiary_yes_its_ugly/

    I've got a bunch of other links if you're interested.

    JackalsWife

    Answer by JackalsWife at 2:54 PM on Mar. 2, 2009

  • It must be really frustrating for liberals to keep trying to pound a square nail into a round hole. Don't you all realize that not every conservative is the same? Just like all liberals aren't the same. Rush is entitled to his opinion just as all other US citizens. Many people think for themselves and don't need anyone (politician, radio host, celebrity) to tell them how to think.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:22 PM on Mar. 2, 2009

  • If Michael Steele is trying to ingratiate himself with the mainstream media by attacking Rush his career will be very short lived.
    miriamz

    Answer by miriamz at 6:02 PM on Mar. 2, 2009

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