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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.”


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

Two simple things;

I don't trust any politician.

If Steele is ready to lead the Republican Party in an apropriate conservative manner against Obama and the liberals then he will have my support.

301 posted on 03/02/2009 6:30:28 PM PST by FreeReign
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
Mr. Steele needs to call Rush's show tomorrow and apologize. That would send a message to the Socialists on Pennsylvania Ave. that the Conservative movement is united and secure in the Republican party.
302 posted on 03/02/2009 6:34:41 PM PST by Son-Joshua (son-joshua)
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To: beaversmom
Steele called Limbaugh “a very valuable conservative voice for our party. He just figured that out in the last 24 hours?

No. Steele didn't say that he just found out how valuable Rush is. What Steele said was that he mispoke.

Look, if you don't trust Steele that's one thing. But like Steele, you should try to get things accurate.

303 posted on 03/02/2009 6:35:02 PM PST by FreeReign
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To: bluerose

I had high hopes for Steele and the RNC especially the way they and McCain did not stand up to the Sarah Palin trashing. I always enjoyed hearing him speak on Fox. Now I see he’s just another spineless shell of a man agreeing with his “brothers” instead of his party’s values.

This is going to be a long 4 years with Nobama as President and we need people on our side with a freaking spine.


304 posted on 03/02/2009 6:35:36 PM PST by bluerose (PALIN For President)
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To: TheThinker

Anybody got an email address for Hughley? Maybe we should flood him like we’re flooding Steele.


305 posted on 03/02/2009 6:39:31 PM PST by jennyjenny
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To: Son-Joshua

Hannity just said he talked with Steele and Steele said he spoke directly with Rush and “they are good”. I guess we’ll get Rush’s side of the story tomorrow.


306 posted on 03/02/2009 6:41:15 PM PST by jennyjenny
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To: bluerose

Already on Hannity’s show right now leftist Doug Schoen is using Steele’s attack on Rush to show even the RNC disagree’s with Rush and Sean had to correct him with Steele’s apology.

It’s too late. Just like the media twisted Rush’s remarks about Nobama failing the media will now use Steele’s comments for a very long time.

Thanks Steele. You’ll get no money from my family and I.


307 posted on 03/02/2009 6:41:37 PM PST by bluerose (PALIN For President)
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To: beaversmom

Cantor and Steele both fell flat this weekend. It’s somewhat disheartening, but at least we know who CAN’T be relied on to step up big in the future.

Eventually, it will be the last woman or man standing, as the pretenders fall all over themselves trying to please
the libtard de jour.


308 posted on 03/02/2009 6:42:13 PM PST by Canedawg (Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.)
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To: FreeReign

How do you misspeak when you say someone’s views/speech/show/whatever are incendiary and ugly? What was he really trying to say when those words just misspoke out of his mouth—that Rush is insightful and inspiring? I think Steele got things accurate—accurate as in what his brain really thinks.


309 posted on 03/02/2009 6:43:42 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: Dan Nunn

Do you think the GOP will learn that affirmative action didnt worked for them either? I doubt it.


310 posted on 03/02/2009 6:44:55 PM PST by DogBarkTree (Sometimes you have to let it go in order to get a Grip.)
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To: tflabo

They are all garbage. Steele is merely the latest one to confirm it.


311 posted on 03/02/2009 6:46:56 PM PST by Bull Market (The Neo-Con experiment failed. John McCain deserved to lose.)
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To: zimfam007
let it die and they have nothing....

President Bush did this, it didn't work. Being nice to ratcrats is the same as being nice to terrorists. They will still kill you and laugh at your being so dumb.

312 posted on 03/02/2009 6:49:53 PM PST by BARLF
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To: topfile
I was shocked at that too. It seems he was intimidated around Hughley, and needs to sit down for a few spine stiffening sessions with Rush. Or Charence Thomas, or Thomas Sowell. He can't allow them to frame the issues or the debate, and he did.

He needs a coach at the very least!

All who say Rush will accept are right, he will because of who he is. I hope this is a huge lesson learned for Steele. Hughley is NOT Hannity, going on Hannity, it's easy to look good. Till you get yourself a tougher spine Michael, stay away from Hughley types, stick with what you know.

313 posted on 03/02/2009 6:50:23 PM PST by gidget7 (Duncan Hunter-Valley Forge Republican!)
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To: Bull Market

That’s exactly what I don’t get. What Steele needs to do right now is make sure the base is there. The base is fired up right now BECAUSE of Rush and the fraud in office. Obama’s failed policies will take care of what is needed to put conservatives over the top. Steele is out there trying to pick up one vote while possibly losing two or more in the process.


314 posted on 03/02/2009 6:50:55 PM PST by jennyjenny
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To: tflabo

DITTO!!


315 posted on 03/02/2009 6:50:59 PM PST by NellieMae (Here...... common sense,common sense,common sense,where'd ya go... common sense......)
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To: tflabo

DITTO!!


316 posted on 03/02/2009 6:51:25 PM PST by NellieMae (Here...... common sense,common sense,common sense,where'd ya go... common sense......)
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To: Dan Nunn

Making Rush the face of the Republican party may be the only thing that saves it.


317 posted on 03/02/2009 6:51:35 PM PST by ShandaLear (Where's My Stuff???!!!)
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To: Dan Nunn

Steele apologizes to Rush. I love it!

Shows you two things:

1. Ideas trump pragmatism. “Conservatism” is the conceptual and ideological core of the GOP.

2. Rush is the de facto spokesman of the conservative movement.

Steele understands that — he was indirectly apologizing to us, as well as to Rush — but he does not identify himself as a “conservative.” He identifies himself as a “Republican.” Two different things.


318 posted on 03/02/2009 6:52:23 PM PST by GoodDay (Palin for POTUS 2012)
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To: Bigun
"You have only ONE job! It is to articulate the Republican message and defeat democrats at every turn!"

Exactly right! Instead he labels conservative principles ugly and incendiary. Then he ends his apology with: "Look, I’m not in the business of hurting people’s feelings here. … My job is to try to bring us all together.”

WTF? Bring us all together? Does he mean liberals and conservatives? I don't think so Mr Steele. We want an attack dog. We want a killing machine. We want to see you to wipe the floor with liberal hides.

Do your job!

319 posted on 03/02/2009 6:56:03 PM PST by Upstate NY Guy
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To: gidget7

That’s pretty scary if a dumb comedian can throw him for a loop.


320 posted on 03/02/2009 6:56:53 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: ShandaLear

You ain’t lying. When I met my husband he said (thought) he was an independent. I knew better or else the relationship wouldn’t have progressed. HE is the one now who plans trips during Rush’s show so we can listen in the car. :) He even volunteered at the Palin rally in our area last fall. He loves Rush.


321 posted on 03/02/2009 6:57:11 PM PST by jennyjenny
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To: GoodDay
Steele apologizes to Rush. I love it!

Shows you two things:

1. Ideas trump pragmatism. “Conservatism” is the conceptual and ideological core of the GOP.

2. Rush is the de facto spokesman of the conservative movement.

Steele understands that — he was indirectly apologizing to us, as well as to Rush — but he does not identify himself as a “conservative.” He identifies himself as a “Republican.” Two different things.

Here is my letter to Steele: Dear Mr. Steele, I was excited and "hopeful" when you took over the RNC that we would have someone with backbone tackle the tough issues of today. I was even so hopeful, that when the RNC called the other day, I decided to give what we could afford at this tough time. I have not given to the RNC for the past 2 years due to lack of principles and core values. I was even more buoyed on Saturday afternoon while watching Rush Limbaugh speak at CPAC. I even found myself jumping up in my living room giving him a standing ovation. This is the kind of speech I expect every Conservative to give. It was neither "ugly" or "incendiary". This speech was uplifting and hopeful. That you felt the need to decry that is beyond belief.

Day after day, I am bombarded with doom and gloom from Washington to my customers who are holding onto every penny. I do not need more from so-called conservatives. I guess that is just the same old RNC. Why did I pledge money? First we have Snowe, Collins, and Specter. Next you and Eric Cantor. Who is next? Not only is Rush an entertainer, he is a teacher, he is inspirational, he is CONSERVATIVE!

Quit worrying about what Chuck D or DL Hugley thinks. Care about those who stand up for you. Do you remember who chastised Schumer for stealing your SS# and credit info.

You owe both Conservatives and Rush an apology.

322 posted on 03/02/2009 6:57:56 PM PST by tndarlin
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To: indthkr
Did Steele compromise his conservatism, or just demonstrate a lack of political finesse?

I would say he did both.

If it's the later, then maybe people need to give the guy a chance to get his hands on the reins.

As someone who's been around for a while now, and as someone who is now a "leader" in the republican party, he should by now know how to choose his words. Methinks that he was trying to diminish Rush and he's now paying a little penalty. I don't buy that he "just chose the wrong words", or he was misconstrued, or he "made a mistake". He, Mr Steele, knew quite well what he was saying when he said it.

As for Rush Limbaugh, I'm sure I'll continue find his show entertaining, and actually agree with what he says from time to time.

Rush's value is not as an entertainer. His value is something that is apparently beyond your understanding. Either that or you're trying to diminish Rush in the same fashion as Michael Steele attempted to do.

But until he can demonstrate the ability to do something other than a radio broadcast, I'm sure I won't be one of his "followers".

I'm pretty sure that Rush and his "followers" can make do without a detractor. His value is far more important than that of Michael Steele. If you can't see or understand his value to republicans, then you very obviously don't understand what conservatism is all about.


323 posted on 03/02/2009 6:59:03 PM PST by adorno
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To: Dan Nunn

Steele is a flake and a huge mistake. We need a fighter. This guy is an apologist. He’s the alternative black the RNC run out there. Appeals to no group at all.


324 posted on 03/02/2009 7:02:10 PM PST by BlackjackPershing ("An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last." Winston Churchill)
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To: Cedric
And he’s not the guy you want leading the Republican party.

You mean Steele?

325 posted on 03/02/2009 7:03:12 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (I want Obama to fail.)
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To: Dan Nunn

WE ARE SO SCREWED!


326 posted on 03/02/2009 7:08:39 PM PST by devane617 (Republicans first strategy should be taking over the MSM. Without it we are doomed.)
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To: Dan Nunn

I remember a lot of FReeers had a tingle up their legs when Steele was elected chairman. Frankly, I’ve never been that impressed with him. He doesn’t seem to be much of a leader, and, as far as I can tell from my position as a mere spectator, he doesn’t seem to have shaken things up too much at RNC.


327 posted on 03/02/2009 7:09:46 PM PST by clintonh8r (Librerals are more dangerous to liberty than terrorists.)
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To: Cedric

Rush tried his damndest to drag your boy kicking and screaming across the finish line to win the Presidency. Isn’t that what a good GOP soldier does? Try to get RINO trash elected?


328 posted on 03/02/2009 7:11:07 PM PST by Bull Market (The Neo-Con experiment failed. John McCain deserved to lose.)
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To: Dan Nunn

My favorite thing about FR. Haven’t even read the article fully or the thread, just came home from work, had a little dinner with the fam, clicked up email, then Drudge for the news, got 1/4 way through this story, thought “I gotta see what FReepers are saying, see it on the breaking news, and there’s ........3 or 4 HUNDRED comments before I even finish reading the ^%$# article. Steele’s cooked in my book. Cheers!


329 posted on 03/02/2009 7:11:22 PM PST by genetic homophobe ("I readily concede I chucked aside my free-market principles..." defend that)
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To: tndarlin

Steele is a sop to soothe sour stomachs of still-guilty white racists who can’t bend over backward far enough.


330 posted on 03/02/2009 7:13:45 PM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, then writes again.)
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To: Right Cal Gal

You hit the nail on the head. I suspect the RNC got hung up on many times today, and received many more calls pulling support.


331 posted on 03/02/2009 7:13:48 PM PST by devane617 (Republicans first strategy should be taking over the MSM. Without it we are doomed.)
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To: jennyjenny
What Steele needs to do right now is make sure the base is there.

I'm not convinced that Steele believes that conservatives are the base of the Republcan party. For Steele, it has to be difficult for him to raise money for the three sisters, (Collins, Snowe, Specter), and the other RINOS, (Lugar, Hatch, Voinovich, whoever), and still keep the "Maverick" in line.

As Conservatives, we have to make it clear that we are not going to tolerate any more nonsense from the RNC. Period.

Mr. Steele,

You tow the line on conservative principles to grow the base or forget any money from me.

332 posted on 03/02/2009 7:16:11 PM PST by HoosierHawk (Democrats - Looting American citizens for generations to come.)
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To: abb
That is not an apology, that is the same type of crap the demwits use when they "apologize". "Oh, Rush, if I offended you I am sorry, I didn't mean to hurt your feelings!" A real apology would have said he was not only sorry for trashing Rush, which he won't own up to, but he would have apologized to the conservative base who think exactly like Rush(at least up to 95% like him anyway)and think of Rush as a spokes person for their thoughts and ideas.

I am sure many will come on this thread and talk about how great Steele is, I don't think he is and wasn't all that happy when they made the gun grabbing POS RNC chairman.

333 posted on 03/02/2009 7:16:58 PM PST by calex59
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To: Dan Nunn

So it’s one of those, “if he was offended” apologies”. So I guess if Rush wasn’t offended, then Steele isn’t sorry for anything he said. Give me a break.


334 posted on 03/02/2009 7:17:47 PM PST by lara
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To: Old Professer
Steele is a sop to soothe sour stomachs of still-guilty white racists who can’t bend over backward far enough.

I was born in 1968...I have never felt white guilt, nor will I. I thought I was born into an integrated world. That is what I always thought, so I never feel guilty about expecting others to pull their own weight.

335 posted on 03/02/2009 7:19:40 PM PST by tndarlin
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To: Dan Nunn

Inarticulate? As opposed to “articulate”.

Steele should step down. The GOP needs a new boss.

Someone articulate. Someone who can stand up to the yard dog Dean. It’s long past time for niceties. The Dema are destroying this country.


336 posted on 03/02/2009 7:21:44 PM PST by eleni121 (EN TOUTO NIKA!! + In this sign Conquer! +)
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To: HoosierHawk

I told him the same thing in my email. I may give him this one slip up. It all depends on what happens in the coming days. I don’t want a Mr. Smooth.


337 posted on 03/02/2009 7:26:17 PM PST by jennyjenny
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To: Dan Nunn
“I was maybe a little bit inarticulate. … There was no attempt on my part to diminish his voice or his leadership.”

Why do thoughts about "weasels" keep coming to mind?

338 posted on 03/02/2009 7:29:26 PM PST by GOPJ (People who can't use the new WH phone system are trying to redesign half the US economy - Brooks)
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To: flintsilver7; sickoflibs; dfwddr; CrappieLuck

Bush was a good guy, too I bet. What with the way he TARPED us. You probably felt good about voting for McCain, beacause he did the morally right thing, and came home from his gruelling (trying to lose on purpose) campaign so he could help TARP TARP TARP. And Steel’s a good man. He just momentarily forgot who the hell he was and what the hell he stands for. You’re clearly delusional.


339 posted on 03/02/2009 7:29:47 PM PST by genetic homophobe ("I readily concede I chucked aside my free-market principles..." defend that)
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To: SomeCallMeTim

Why don’t you check out what Alan Keyes is saying.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqkMfToY9Pk


340 posted on 03/02/2009 7:32:03 PM PST by genetic homophobe ("I readily concede I chucked aside my free-market principles..." defend that)
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To: tndarlin
I'm about your age and I feel the same way. I never did get the big deal about Obama being black and it being such a big deal. I certainly expected a black, a female, or both... being president in my lifetime without race or sex being a reason to elect or not elect either. I always felt like it was insulting to THEM to not question them on their policies but rather concentrate on their color or gender. I thought we were over that.
341 posted on 03/02/2009 7:32:06 PM PST by jennyjenny
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To: abb

Michael Steel screwed the pooch in his first month on the job. He’s toast.


342 posted on 03/02/2009 7:32:54 PM PST by TennTuxedo
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To: Dan Nunn

I for one am thrilled that Rush is emerging as the face of the Republican party.

He’s been on absolute fire since the election. He’s turning heads, he’s ruffling feathers.

Someone has to stand up and take control of this pathetic party, and who better than Rush?

Let the Dems go ahead and pick this fight. They’ll lose.


343 posted on 03/02/2009 7:33:31 PM PST by conservativebabe (awaiting inspiration for a new tagline)
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To: Dan Nunn

good night and good bye Michael.


344 posted on 03/02/2009 7:33:40 PM PST by janee (janee)
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To: jennyjenny
I'm about your age and I feel the same way. I never did get the big deal about Obama being black and it being such a big deal. I certainly expected a black, a female, or both... being president in my lifetime without race or sex being a reason to elect or not elect either. I always felt like it was insulting to THEM to not question them on their policies but rather concentrate on their color or gender. I thought we were over that.

Man, woman, black, white, green, purple..it does not matter to me..Obama is a Socialist...I do not care about anything else.

345 posted on 03/02/2009 7:36:54 PM PST by tndarlin
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To: beaversmom

Ditto.

Never did like it when our spokesperson thinks he’ll look better if he disses his allies in front of the enemy.

That is a second class person’s mentality. The second class status is usually defined by how you were treated in childhood, and whether you accepted the status others in the pecking order gave you.


346 posted on 03/02/2009 7:37:02 PM PST by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1993905/posts)
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To: genetic homophobe

It’s quite odd that in eight years Bush did nothing other than the TARP fiasco. It’s unusual he wouldn’t have done something like cut taxes, protect us from terrorism, and win two unpopular but necessary wars.

I’m not the delusional one here. I’m not going to say I’m anything special since it really doesn’t take much brain power to think logically beyond the immediately obvious. Some here apparently cannot. (No names. Wouldn’t want to insult anyone.)


347 posted on 03/02/2009 7:37:57 PM PST by flintsilver7 (Honest reporting hasn't caught on in the United States.)
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To: flintsilver7

bttt


348 posted on 03/02/2009 7:41:33 PM PST by 1035rep
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To: Texas Eagle
As Rush explained today, this strategy is straight from Obama's mentor Saul Alinsky, who detailed in his book, "Rules for Radicals", how to divert attention from what you are really up to by personalizing, marginalizing, and isolating one person as being the "voice" of the opposition.

Exactly. Steele fell for the bait and allowed the White House to focus on Limbaugh, so to push their agenda of shutting down talk radio.

349 posted on 03/02/2009 7:42:07 PM PST by TennTuxedo
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To: tndarlin

Good letter. I just wrote on my donation request form that if he didn’t apologize to Rush that we wouldn’t send the RNC any more support, and mailed in prepaid envelop.

No explanation. You had good explanation. Thank you.


350 posted on 03/02/2009 7:42:27 PM PST by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1993905/posts)
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