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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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To: dixiechick2000
Now, if only our side would quit taking the bait.

Tell that to Michael Steele.

51 posted on 03/02/2009 3:30:29 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: Blue Turtle

Yes, I think Steele was maybe caught off guard. Live and learn, and hopefully, he’ll be more careful next time. The moral of the story for Steele is to never underestimate the deviousness of a lefty interviewer.


52 posted on 03/02/2009 3:30:38 PM PST by livius
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To: beaversmom
Steele is teachable...

Specter, Collins, Snowe....lost causes!

53 posted on 03/02/2009 3:30:42 PM PST by tflabo
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To: Dan Nunn; Blue Turtle
"99%"


You're correct!

54 posted on 03/02/2009 3:30:53 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (Looking forward to the Rapture ~~ since 1-20-09)
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To: Dan Nunn
Actually, I wasn't any more offended by Steele's stumble than I am at any Pub who snaps at the bait to be "conciliatory" or "collegial."

I think Steele should learn not to take the bait. Maybe now, he has!

THEY'RE NEVER GOING TO LIKE US. PLEASE, ACCEPT THIS FACT.

55 posted on 03/02/2009 3:30:56 PM PST by Mamzelle (Boycott Peggy Swoonin')
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To: topfile

Please let’s treat this like Sarah Palin’s subpar interview with Couric. As most of us were disgusted that Sarah was made out by the MSM to be a moron on the basis of one interview let us not judge Steele based on this one episode. But he’s definitely now on notice but let’s not desert him now.


56 posted on 03/02/2009 3:30:56 PM PST by techno
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To: Dan Nunn

Dear Mr. Steel:

You have only ONE job!

It is not to be friends with news readers and national pundits.

It is not to get along with democrats!

It is to articulate the Republican message and defeat democrats at every turn!

Do that and you will fare well don’t do that and you will quicly become just another failure in a long line of them.


57 posted on 03/02/2009 3:30:59 PM PST by Bigun ("It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." Voltaire)
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To: Dan Nunn

Mr Steele...you’re full of shiite.


58 posted on 03/02/2009 3:31:17 PM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon))
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To: tflabo

Steele should already know. We don’t have time for learning on the job. He ran because he said he was the best man for the position. If he’s not, he needs to step aside.


59 posted on 03/02/2009 3:31:58 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom
"Tell that to Michael Steele."


I would, if he would listen. ;o)

That being said, he's not the only one who takes the bait, and shoots us in the foot in the process.

60 posted on 03/02/2009 3:32:20 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (Looking forward to the Rapture ~~ since 1-20-09)
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To: Dan Nunn

“FU,” Steele!


61 posted on 03/02/2009 3:32:33 PM PST by ConservativeMind (Who is now in charge of the "Office of the President-Elect"?)
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To: Dan Nunn

I love the “I’m sorry if you’re offended” kind of apology.


62 posted on 03/02/2009 3:32:34 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (I want Obama to fail.)
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To: tflabo

You have to question his sensibility on this mess. What in the world was Steele catering to?


63 posted on 03/02/2009 3:32:56 PM PST by eyedigress
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To: Dan Nunn

I still have reservations about Steele.


64 posted on 03/02/2009 3:33:08 PM PST by babubabu
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To: beaversmom

I didn’t say I did not agree... what I said was it is the nature of the beast to incite... do with it what you will.... but just realize that the left will use it to tear us down if we let them.


65 posted on 03/02/2009 3:33:08 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: Retired Greyhound

Well, the other highlight at the GOP convention was Rudy Guiliani; his speech was great!


66 posted on 03/02/2009 3:33:26 PM PST by olivia3boys
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To: Dan Nunn

I bet it was a very, very long day for Michael Steele.


67 posted on 03/02/2009 3:33:34 PM PST by Reagan69 (No Representation without Taxation !)
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To: Dan Nunn

Yes. Steele is sorry.

(He is a sorry excuse for a dipshitte “leader” who wants to play footsie with those who hate US.)


68 posted on 03/02/2009 3:33:35 PM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Michael "America can't afford you now" Steele

"one of those things where I thinking I was saying one thing, and it came out differently"

"I’m not going to engage these guys and sit back and provide them the popcorn"

One of those things? Happens to everybody all the time, huh? Sure, malapropisms, a lapsus linguae now and then, but no, no one says "bite me" when they mean to say "I love you."

Then quit.


69 posted on 03/02/2009 3:33:41 PM PST by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: Dan Nunn

I’m sorry too.
You had your chance.


70 posted on 03/02/2009 3:34:00 PM PST by arealconservativeforachange (Tell JD Hayworth to run for McCain's seat! http://www.jdhayworth.com/contact.php)
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To: Dan Nunn

Steele...this is the best the GOP can do??


71 posted on 03/02/2009 3:34:02 PM PST by WKUHilltopper
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To: Dan Nunn
Steele let his mouth write a check that was too big for him to cash.

==

Posted from another thread:

Rush Limbaugh Blasts Michael Steele as "Gutless" - Audio 3/2/09

Monday, March 02, 2009 4:35:39 PM · 49 of 58
TomGuy to Federalist Patriot


Mark Twain: “Never pick a fight with a man who buys his ink by the barrel.”

Modernized version: “Never pick a fight with a man who speaks to 20 million people daily.”

==

Steele is learning a hard lesson -- in the woodshed.

72 posted on 03/02/2009 3:34:04 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: techno
Please let’s treat this like Sarah Palin’s subpar interview with Couric.

Palin didn't try to curry favor with liberals by attacking conservatives.

73 posted on 03/02/2009 3:34:26 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (I want Obama to fail.)
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To: lookout88
I'm with you. Maybe this will make Michael stronger. We shall see in the coming months.
74 posted on 03/02/2009 3:34:29 PM PST by Parley Baer
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To: Bigun
It is to articulate the Republican message and defeat democrats at every turn!

Exactly... while he should be out there toting the Republican tenets at every opportunity, he should at least go where they will be seen. Not some back bencher CNN show that a total of 25 people watch (including Media Matters).

75 posted on 03/02/2009 3:34:33 PM PST by Dan Nunn
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To: livius

Rush is brilliant and fearless....it’s about time these GOP leaders start listening to him. Lord knows we have a gutless GOP that needs an infusion of courage with intelligent standards. Hopefully Steele is a better man and conservative for it. Thanks Rush.


76 posted on 03/02/2009 3:34:47 PM PST by tflabo
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To: beaversmom
I was willing to give him a chance after his "scary guns" and affirmative action stands. I didn't think he's promote those opinions as head of the RNC. It's clear to me now that he lacks true core conservative values, IMO. Does the RNC have any core conservative values?
77 posted on 03/02/2009 3:34:59 PM PST by 50cal Smokepole (Hey Al Gore! Get your fat carcass over here and shovel all this global warming off my driveway!)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

this is exactly what the dems want....to break us apart...Michael Steele is a good conservative...Rush is a good conservative....We start fighting eachother and we will never be strong. At this point we need as much positive energy we can get.


78 posted on 03/02/2009 3:35:01 PM PST by Texas4ever (God is Good!)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Thanks for the info. Wow.


79 posted on 03/02/2009 3:35:27 PM PST by ConservativeMind (Who is now in charge of the "Office of the President-Elect"?)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

That I am sure of. But it goes to show that anytime you appear in the MSM you have to be prepared to be ambushed. Remember Cantor also fell for the bait.


80 posted on 03/02/2009 3:35:29 PM PST by techno
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To: lookout88

Let’s give him one more chance. But let’s try to encourage him to be more assertive and more conservative.

Let’s be nice and see if it helps.


81 posted on 03/02/2009 3:35:35 PM PST by eCSMaster
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“Rush Limbaugh is an entertainer. Rush Limbaugh — his whole thing is entertainment.

Nothing wrong with that

He has this incendiary

Nothing wrong with that

— yes, it's ugly.”

There's the FUBAR.
Michael, words mean everything. Be careful what you say.

82 posted on 03/02/2009 3:35:39 PM PST by evad (.!.)
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To: Mercat

That only applied to fellow Republicans.

Steele isn’t a Republican.


83 posted on 03/02/2009 3:36:26 PM PST by ConservativeMind (Who is now in charge of the "Office of the President-Elect"?)
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To: tflabo

steele should do what Rush said: go behind the scenes and get conservatives elected.


84 posted on 03/02/2009 3:36:26 PM PST by ari-freedom (Hail to the Dork!)
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To: tflabo

I agree... at least, Steele had the good sense to not let the sun set on his mistake.

Rush Limbaugh bores me at times... I KNOW what he will say, before he ever says it..

But, God Bless him... he was ON FIRE this weekend. RUSH is the last person left on earth that seems willing, and able to articulate a Conservative phiolsophy.


85 posted on 03/02/2009 3:36:29 PM PST by SomeCallMeTim ( When you find yourself going through Hell, keep going!)
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To: zimfam007

They use everything to tear us down—good, bad, and indifferent. I’m not going to use that as a basis on whom to criticize when they goof up. So we’ve got the left tearing us down and know we’ve got Michael Steele, head of the RNC, tearing us down too! That’s just terrific.


86 posted on 03/02/2009 3:36:52 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: DesertRenegade

Steele to El Rushbo:

“grovelgrovelgrovelgrovelgrovelgrovelgrovelgrovelgrovelgrovel”

Rush needs to work on his Darth Vader fingertip strangle technique.

;^)


87 posted on 03/02/2009 3:37:04 PM PST by elcid1970 ("O Muslim! My cartridges are lubricated with pig grease!")
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To: mnehrling
How about repudiate Hugley’s racist remarks to you about the Republican party that everyone, including you, are blowing off?

What did the intellectual lightweight say?
88 posted on 03/02/2009 3:37:24 PM PST by randomhero97 ("First you want to kill me, now you want to kiss me. Blow!" - Ash)
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To: beaversmom

This is BS.

He read FR and got religion. Credibility gone.


89 posted on 03/02/2009 3:37:26 PM PST by juggernaut
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To: tflabo
Rush is brilliant and fearless....it’s about time these GOP leaders start listening to him.

I agree. I was listening to him today and thanking God that at least we had one person to stand up to Obama. I just pray that nothing happens to him. He really is our leader right now; I'm sure he'd be only too happy to give that role to a "highly qualified politician," but none of them seem to want it or have the courage to take it.

90 posted on 03/02/2009 3:38:09 PM PST by livius
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To: Dan Nunn

Steele has a lot to learn, and he better quit listening to the guys who got the Republican Party where it is today. For starters, he should forget his establishment intelligentsia drivel, and get behind the people who give the Republican Party its backbone and votes. Get behind State’s Rights movements, and dump the anti gun garbage. Dump all the RINO garbage.


91 posted on 03/02/2009 3:38:20 PM PST by pallis
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To: Dan Nunn

He’s sorry, that’s for sure.

Republican leadership has been pretty sorry for a long time.


92 posted on 03/02/2009 3:38:29 PM PST by Peter W. Kessler (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: Dan Nunn

Steele should do the right thing and resign. He cannot be trusted.


93 posted on 03/02/2009 3:38:45 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: Dan Nunn
“I was maybe a little bit inarticulate..."

Traslation: "I was a total ass and didn't expect the backlash."

94 posted on 03/02/2009 3:38:49 PM PST by Pistolshot (The Soap-box, The Ballot-box, The Jury-box, And The Cartridge-Box ...we are past 2 of them.)
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To: eCSMaster

Right, make him understand he better promote conservative values. He will never get any votes by catering to the hip hop crowd. The message to RNC, no money for hip hop pandering.


95 posted on 03/02/2009 3:38:59 PM PST by lookout88 (.combat officer's dad,)
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To: SolidWood

he needs to leave!!! The sooner the better


96 posted on 03/02/2009 3:39:15 PM PST by dirtymac (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. Really! It's time; NOW)
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To: dixiechick2000

So, Steele shouldn’t be taken at his word? And how about the apparent lack of retort to a prior interviewer that the GOP convention was like “Nazi Germany?”

This is the kind of man you want leading the GOP? This is the kind of man you think proffered no “bait” worth commenting on?

Get real. It figures you have a screen name named after a liberal group.


97 posted on 03/02/2009 3:39:44 PM PST by ConservativeMind (Who is now in charge of the "Office of the President-Elect"?)
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To: Texas4ever

Political pragmatism is most certainly not welcome here on FR. Read through this thread (and pretty much any thread with the name “Michael Steele” in it) and you will see that. The inability of conservatives to stop savaging those they disagree with on any one issue will lead to another electoral defeat regardless of how inept Obama is proving to be.

I don’t agree with Steele on all issues, but I think he’s a good man. I didn’t agree with any candidate we had on all issues (maybe Fred Thompson) but they’re still mostly in line with my views. To so many people here, that’s not acceptable. They didn’t even need to tear down any Republican candidates - we did that for them. It must be amusing for all the radical leftists in this country to watch us eat our own over and over.


98 posted on 03/02/2009 3:39:46 PM PST by flintsilver7 (Honest reporting hasn't caught on in the United States.)
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To: randomhero97

One of the worst I caught was something on the terms of “we don’t buy the ivory soap party”, that was right after Steele made his Rush comment.


99 posted on 03/02/2009 3:41:00 PM PST by mnehring (!!!!!!!SHRUG!!!!!!!!!)
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To: dixiechick2000
...he's not the only one who takes the bait, and shoots us in the foot in the process.

Yeah, Cantor.

100 posted on 03/02/2009 3:41:30 PM PST by beaversmom
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