“Rush Limbaugh is an entertainer. Rush Limbaugh’s whole thing is entertainment,” Steele said. “Yes, it is incendiary. Yes, it is ugly.”
“My intent was not to go after Rush – I have enormous respect for Rush Limbaugh,” Steele said in a telephone interview. “I was maybe a little bit inarticulate. … There was no attempt on my part to diminish his voice or his leadership.”[…]
[…]“I went back at that tape and I realized words that I said weren’t what I was thinking,” Steele said. “It was one of those things where I thinking I was saying one thing, and it came out differently. What I was trying to say was a lot of people … want to make Rush the scapegoat, the bogeyman, and he’s not.”
This is comically pathetic. Also, I’m really not sure whether this reflects more poorly on Sarah Palin Michael Steele or the Republican Party. On one hand, the RNC Chairman should have better political sense than to criticize Rush, who is riding high after his incendiary CPAC speech un-ironically claiming Republicans should stop trying to come up with good policy and who, maybe more to the point, has a track record of extracting embarrassing apologies from those who cross him. On the other hand, a legitimate political movement shouldn’t bend over backwards kowtowing to a drug-addict talk show radio host who thinks policy is largely irrelevant.
Ladies and gentleman…your Republican party!