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Steele to Rush: I'm sorry
The Politico ^ | March 2, 2009 | Mike Allen

Posted on 03/02/2009 3:20:29 PM PST by Dan Nunn

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele says he has reached out to Rush Limbaugh to tell him he meant no offense when he referred to the popular conservative radio host as an “entertainer” whose show can be “incendiary.”

“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.”

The dust-up comes at a time when top Democrats are trying to make Limbaugh the face of the Republican Party, in part by using ads funded by labor. Americans United for Change sent a fund-raising e-mail Monday that begins: “The Republican Party has turned into the Rush Limbaugh Party.”

Steele told CNN host D.L. Hughley in an interview aired Saturday night: “Rush Limbaugh is an entertainer. Rush Limbaugh — his whole thing is entertainment. He has this incendiary — yes, it's ugly.”

Steele, who won a hard-fought chairman's race on Jan. 30, told Politico he telephoned Limbaugh after his show on Monday afternoon and hoped that they would connect soon.

“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."

“I’m not going to engage these guys and sit back and provide them the popcorn for a fight between me and Rush Limbaugh,” Steele added. “No such thing is going to happen. … I wasn’t trying to slam him or anything.”

On Monday’s show, Limbaugh reacted both to the comment and to the assertion on CBS’s “Face the Nation” by White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel that the radio host is “the voice and the intellectual force and energy behind the Republican Party.”

Limbaugh said: “I'm not in charge of the Republican Party, and I don't want to be. I would be embarrassed to say that I'm in charge of the Republican Party in the sad-sack state that it's in. If I were chairman of the Republican Party, given the state that it's in, I would quit. I might get out the hari-kari knife because I would have presided over a failure that is embarrassing to the Republicans and conservatives who have supported it and invested in it all these years.”

On the RushLimbaugh.com home page, the transcript is labeled: “A Few Words for Michael Steele.”

In the interview with Politico, Steele called Limbaugh “a very valuable conservative voice for our party.”

“He brings a very important message to the American people to wake up and pay attention to what the administration is doing," Steele said. "Number two, there are those out there who want to look at what he’s saying as incendiary and divisive and ugly. That’s what I was trying to say. It didn’t come out that way. … He does what he does best, which is provoke: He provokes thought, he provokes the left. And they’re clearly the ones who are most excited about him.”

Asked if he planned to apologize, Steele said: “I wasn’t trying to offend anybody. So, yeah, if he’s offended, I’d say: Look, I’m not in the business of hurting people’s feelings here. … My job is to try to bring us all together.”


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: apology; cpac; halfassedapologies; inarticulate; kenblackwell; leadership; liarliar; limbaugh; michaelsteele; pantsonfire; rinopurge; rnc; rncchairman; rush; rushlimbaugh; steele; talkradio; uncletom; waronrush
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1 posted on 03/02/2009 3:20:29 PM PST by Dan Nunn
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To: Dan Nunn

Michael Steele: “FUBAR!!!”


2 posted on 03/02/2009 3:21:26 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: Dan Nunn

Too damn late, Steele. Too damn late.


3 posted on 03/02/2009 3:21:54 PM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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To: Dan Nunn

Is he sorry for what he said, how it was interpreted, or that his words got so much attention?


4 posted on 03/02/2009 3:22:09 PM PST by Dan Nunn
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To: Dan Nunn

TALK IS CHEAP, MR. STEELE. LEAD, or GET OUT OF THE WAY!


5 posted on 03/02/2009 3:22:19 PM PST by The Spirit Of Allegiance (Public Employees: Honor Your Oaths! Defend the Constitution from Enemies--Foreign and Domestic!)
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To: Dan Nunn

Nobody believed me.. Now look


6 posted on 03/02/2009 3:22:54 PM PST by babubabu
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To: Dan Nunn

That’s fine with me. My problem isn’t what he thinks of a talk show host. My problem with him is that he favors gun control and affirmative action. That’s much more important than what he thinks of a radio personality.


7 posted on 03/02/2009 3:22:54 PM PST by Huck (Palin is perfect just where she is....in Alaska.)
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To: Dan Nunn
“I was maybe a little bit inarticulate. …

Duh!

8 posted on 03/02/2009 3:22:58 PM PST by Bradís Gramma ( PRAY! Pray for the U.S. Pray for Israel.)
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To: Dan Nunn

A couple of sips of that Potomac and they lose their minds regardless of party!


9 posted on 03/02/2009 3:22:58 PM PST by relictele
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To: Dan Nunn

FUMS


10 posted on 03/02/2009 3:23:05 PM PST by LeoOshkosh (Crazy Leo is right again)
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To: Dan Nunn

How about repudiate Hugley’s racist remarks to you about the Republican party that everyone, including you, are blowing off?


11 posted on 03/02/2009 3:23:13 PM PST by mnehring (!!!!!!!SHRUG!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Dan Nunn

Will we ever get strong conservatives to represent us again? Ever??


12 posted on 03/02/2009 3:23:15 PM PST by The Worthless Miracle (I will not gird my loins for Joe Biden.)
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To: Dan Nunn

Thanks Steele....You enjoying your tea with Obama?


13 posted on 03/02/2009 3:23:26 PM PST by Dallas59 ("You know the one with the big ears? He might be yours, but he ain't my president.")
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To: Dan Nunn
There was no attempt on my part to diminish his voice or his leadership.

He indeed has a voice.

I have yet to be able equate running his mouth with leadership.

14 posted on 03/02/2009 3:23:58 PM PST by humblegunner (Where my PIE at, fool?)
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To: Dan Nunn
If I was Michael Steele, I'd take a pass on D.L. Hughley and Tavis Smiley in the future. Next time maybe Steele will watch his P`s&Q`s and not try to upstage Rush by spewing BS.
15 posted on 03/02/2009 3:24:17 PM PST by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: Dan Nunn

I’m sorry because I don’t trust Steele now. He talks out of both sides of his mouth.


16 posted on 03/02/2009 3:24:26 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: Dallas59

I read on Michelle Malkins site how Steele agreed with Hugley about how the GOP Convention looked like “Nazi Germany” yeah Michael, how can you sit there and nod your head when that kind of crap is spewed


17 posted on 03/02/2009 3:24:28 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Dan Nunn

Rush gets insulted all the time - it’s the revelation of Mr. Steele’s sincere opinion that is the problem.


18 posted on 03/02/2009 3:24:37 PM PST by donna (No more twitterpated RINO talk!)
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To: The Spirit Of Allegiance

At least it was a start. Now he needs to show action and prove himself. He better do it right now.


19 posted on 03/02/2009 3:24:48 PM PST by lookout88 (.combat officer's dad,)
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To: Dan Nunn

Steele has urgently to focus on winning on elections. He has his work cut out... this feud isn’t going to help anyone but the Dems and I hope we get over this. Lesson for everyone in the RNC: you don’t attack your base!


20 posted on 03/02/2009 3:24:51 PM PST by SolidWood (Palin: "In Alaska we eat therefore we hunt.")
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To: Dan Nunn

Oh yeah, what about the RNC staff hanging up on Conservatives all day who were calling in to complain? Explain that, Steele, while you’re at it...!


21 posted on 03/02/2009 3:25:01 PM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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To: Dan Nunn

See the left is winning... as they always have done... they incite... give them the fuel and they will run with it... let it die and they have nothing....


22 posted on 03/02/2009 3:25:18 PM PST by zimfam007 (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.)
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To: Dan Nunn

Too late. Bye!


23 posted on 03/02/2009 3:25:22 PM PST by Sir Gawain (With Obama's "tax cut" I can afford a torch and a pitchfork in just TWO WEEKS!)
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To: Dan Nunn

What about not challenging Hughley on the Nazi Party statement Mr. Steele?


24 posted on 03/02/2009 3:25:48 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: Sarah Barracuda

If anybody’s convention looked like Nazi Germany, it was O’s, with all of the chanting and euphoria.

Our convention was dull, with the only highlight being the beautiful breath of fresh air, Sarah Palin.


25 posted on 03/02/2009 3:25:49 PM PST by Retired Greyhound
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To: Dan Nunn

What about Steele nodding in agreement when Hughley said the republican party looked like a ‘bunch of nazi’s’( or something similar)? I see Steele did not apologize for that!

He needs to!


26 posted on 03/02/2009 3:25:52 PM PST by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: Dan Nunn

Rush had his “A Game” today, but is still man enough and smart enough to accept the apology from Steele.


27 posted on 03/02/2009 3:26:02 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The democRATS are near the tipping point.)
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To: Dan Nunn
I'm glad that Michael Steele saw his error, however
I had higher expectations than for him to be star struck
by a CNN host. OMG!
28 posted on 03/02/2009 3:26:05 PM PST by topfile
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To: Dan Nunn
The RNC has been out of touch for years.

GO RUSH!!!!!!!!!

29 posted on 03/02/2009 3:26:12 PM PST by teenyelliott (Soylent green should be made outta liberals...)
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To: Dan Nunn

Ideology aside, a lesson to Michael Steele: Don’t take on someone who gets paid to talk for three hours per day - he’ll always have the last word!


30 posted on 03/02/2009 3:26:13 PM PST by Dan Nunn
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Hey Steele, what were you doing on that loopy show in the first place? Ya lay down with dogs....

Problem is that the RNC won't have the gumption to get rid of Steele and they've just cut their donations in half. They are so hosed, no message, no money and a doofus they can't get rid of.

31 posted on 03/02/2009 3:26:17 PM PST by Proud_texan (Scare people enough and they'll do anything.)
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To: Dan Nunn

That’s a step in the right direction. Let’s see what happens next.


32 posted on 03/02/2009 3:26:21 PM PST by livius
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To: Dan Nunn

I’m ok with giving the guy a break. Remember President Reagan’s 11th commandment.


33 posted on 03/02/2009 3:26:38 PM PST by Mercat (There will be a day)
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To: Dan Nunn

Let’s not shoot our own soldiers. Steele admits he made a mistake-— give him the benefit unless or until he shows that weakness again. Rush is a teacher and hopefully a valuable lesson was learned. Let’s not trash Steele too badly for an admitteed screw up.


34 posted on 03/02/2009 3:27:05 PM PST by tflabo
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To: donna

right.


35 posted on 03/02/2009 3:27:19 PM PST by americanophile
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To: Dan Nunn

Sorry, but this makes Steele even look weaker. We need someone with cojones to lead the RNC, not a backstabber like Steele. He had no business going on Hugley’s CNN show and speaking ill of Rush behind his back. I don’t buy the fake apology. Steele is only interested in saving his own skin.


36 posted on 03/02/2009 3:27:32 PM PST by DesertRenegade
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To: zimfam007

Steele’s the one that goofed up. He shouldn’t have went on some stupid ass show in the first place and he certainly shouldn’t have been calling a prominent conservative incendiary and ugly and letting Nazi Party comments about Republicans just fly by and slightly nodding his head in agreement.


37 posted on 03/02/2009 3:27:55 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: Dan Nunn
“The Republican Party has turned into the Rush Limbaugh Party.”

Actually, that would be the best thing to happen to the republican party in decades. One can only hope.

Michael Steele is jealous that Rush has a much larger following than he does. As far as I'm concerned, Rush is the true voice and the true representative of conservatism.
38 posted on 03/02/2009 3:27:57 PM PST by adorno
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To: livius

I knew this would happen...next time you go on a talk show or news program and another “brotha” tries to turn you against Limbaugh...I want to hear you scream from the mountain tops, that Limbaugh is a force to be reckoned with and is right 98.8% of the time.


39 posted on 03/02/2009 3:28:06 PM PST by Blue Turtle
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

“Too damn late, Steele. Too damn late.”

So was he crossing his fingers behind his back when he was trash talking Rush or when he was apologizing in response to the outcry for having done so?

Ain’t no puttin’ that toothpaste back in the tube, Mikey.


40 posted on 03/02/2009 3:28:09 PM PST by shoutingandpointing (Our enemy is at the center of our donut munching its way outward to the big empty that lies beyond.)
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To: Dan Nunn
Steele called Limbaugh “a very valuable conservative voice for our party.

I believe that Rush will, in all likelihood, accept the apology; and if that's the case, so shall I.

I maintain high hopes for Steele, and I'll bet that he makes no such errors re Rush (or us) in the future.

.

41 posted on 03/02/2009 3:28:15 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

My guess is after that, the RNC is going to get a lot of EMPTY envelopes when they send out their next fundraising letter.


42 posted on 03/02/2009 3:28:26 PM PST by Right Cal Gal (Abraham Lincoln would have let Berkeley leave the Union without a fight)
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To: a fool in paradise

43 posted on 03/02/2009 3:28:49 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: tflabo
Let’s not shoot our own soldiers.

He shot at us.

44 posted on 03/02/2009 3:28:55 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: zimfam007
"See the left is winning... as they always have done... they incite... give them the fuel and they will run with it... let it die and they have nothing...."


You have it exactly right.

Now, if only our side would quit taking the bait.

45 posted on 03/02/2009 3:29:09 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (Looking forward to the Rapture ~~ since 1-20-09)
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To: Blue Turtle

Hey! I thought the latest survey had him up to 99%!


46 posted on 03/02/2009 3:29:22 PM PST by Dan Nunn
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To: zimfam007

Michael Steele is the one that took the bait and helped the democrats with this whole thing.They have been baiting for weeks now..surely Steele is not that clueless.

Sorry...but we need to have this argument now between socialist rinos and conservatism.


47 posted on 03/02/2009 3:29:23 PM PST by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: Seaplaner
Steele called Limbaugh “a very valuable conservative voice for our party.

He just figured that out in the last 24 hours?

48 posted on 03/02/2009 3:29:35 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Of course he will. For all his faults, and even after the ad hominem attacks by the left, he remains what his parents raised him to be - a gentleman and fine American.


49 posted on 03/02/2009 3:29:40 PM PST by Right Cal Gal (Abraham Lincoln would have let Berkeley leave the Union without a fight)
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To: Mercat

he still had to prove himself after the hip hop nonsense. This wasn’t it.


50 posted on 03/02/2009 3:30:03 PM PST by ari-freedom (Hail to the Dork!)
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