Skip to comments.Steele to Rush: I'm sorry
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 werent 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 hes not."
Im 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 wasnt trying to slam him or anything.
On Mondays show, Limbaugh reacted both to the comment and to the assertion on CBSs 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 hes saying as incendiary and divisive and ugly. Thats what I was trying to say. It didnt come out that way. He does what he does best, which is provoke: He provokes thought, he provokes the left. And theyre clearly the ones who are most excited about him.
Asked if he planned to apologize, Steele said: I wasnt trying to offend anybody. So, yeah, if hes offended, Id say: Look, Im not in the business of hurting peoples feelings here.
My job is to try to bring us all together.
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.
My guess is after that, the RNC is going to get a lot of EMPTY envelopes when they send out their next fundraising letter.
He shot at us.
You have it exactly right.
Now, if only our side would quit taking the bait.
Hey! I thought the latest survey had him up to 99%!
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.
He just figured that out in the last 24 hours?
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.
he still had to prove himself after the hip hop nonsense. This wasn’t it.
Tell that to Michael Steele.
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.
Specter, Collins, Snowe....lost causes!
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.
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.
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.
Mr Steele...you’re full of shiite.
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.
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.