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Rush To Judgment (Mark Steyn On RNC Chairman's Michael Steele's View Of Rush Limbaugh Alert)
National Review ^ | 3/03/2009 | Mark Steyn

Posted on 03/03/2009 9:41:56 AM PST by goldstategop

Kathryn, in all the Rush-bashing, I was more disturbed by Michael Steele's wretched performance. His initial reaction — that Rush's show is "incendiary" and "ugly" — revealed:

a) that he never listens to it;

b) that he takes his cues from the mainstream media, for whom Rush is invariably "angry". They don't listen either. Rush is a lot of things, but "angry" isn't one of them. If you catch him for 20 minutes, you know he's full of fun, laughing it up, having a grand old time. There are a lot of angry talkshow hosts out there bellowing at the world for three hours a day, but Rush isn't one of them. (Full disclosure: I guesthost for Rush once in a while, and regard it as a signal honor for a sinister foreigner such as myself.)

This first reaction is disturbing for two reasons: first, given the size of Rush's audience, it's something an RNC chairman should not be so obviously foreign to; second, it's not encouraging when the de facto face of the party accepts so unthinkingly the liberal/media framing of the issue.

Then we come to Mr. Steele's second response - his reaction to the reaction to his original reaction: By apologizing for his first remarks, he opened the door for his DNC opposite number to make sport of the way he was kowtowing to the "ugly" Limbaugh. So a man who apparently shares the elite's disdain for Rush and his audience nevertheless feeds the impression that the Republican leadership is prostrate at his feet: the worst of both worlds.

In two brief soundbites, Mr. Steele has managed to suggest to his own party base that he has a lazy disposition that reflexively shares the liberal biases, and to allow the wider world to portray him as a craven squish. This is not encouraging. At the very minimum, he does not appear ready for primetime.


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Does Michael Steele understand conservatism? And can he do battle with the MSM/Drivebys? Mark Steyn thinks his first debut is not a very auspicious one for the new RNC Chairman.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

1 posted on 03/03/2009 9:41:56 AM PST by goldstategop
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To: goldstategop

Rush is definately not angry sort of person

Savage Nation, I consider angry


2 posted on 03/03/2009 9:44:13 AM PST by 4rcane
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To: goldstategop

Mr. Steele definitely stepped on something that he shouldn’t have.


3 posted on 03/03/2009 9:45:01 AM PST by txnativegop (God Bless America! (NRA-Endowment))
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To: 4rcane

“Savage Nation, I consider angry”

Don’t forget Mark Levin.


4 posted on 03/03/2009 9:45:07 AM PST by brownsfan (We are sooooo screwed.)
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To: goldstategop
Nice to see Mr. Steyn disembowel Steele in a few paragraphs.

The RNC is worthless, and Rush is hilarious, good natured, and erudite.

Of course the Left has to smear him.

They sure as hell can't argue with him.

5 posted on 03/03/2009 9:45:20 AM PST by caddie ("Every cat is a masterpiece." -- Leonardo da Vinci)
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To: goldstategop

Steele needs to go. Now.


6 posted on 03/03/2009 9:45:25 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: goldstategop

“a craven squish”

A perfect and well turned description of Michael Steele.


7 posted on 03/03/2009 9:50:34 AM PST by alarm rider ("We laugh at honor, and are shocked to find traitors in our midst" C.S. Lewis)
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To: goldstategop

I am disappointed, but I’d have to agree that he is not. I’d love to see JC Watts take a more prominent stage in politics.


8 posted on 03/03/2009 9:50:48 AM PST by Shery (in APO Land)
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To: goldstategop

‘A craven squish’. Pwha-ha-ha!


9 posted on 03/03/2009 9:51:14 AM PST by ReneeLynn (Socialism, it's the new black.)
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To: brownsfan

Hey, these days we’re all angry!


10 posted on 03/03/2009 9:51:54 AM PST by rwrcpa1 (Let freedom ring!)
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To: caddie
Nice to see Mr. Steyn disembowel Steele in a few paragraphs.

....craven squish.

in a few words.

11 posted on 03/03/2009 9:52:26 AM PST by Ramcat (Thank You American Veterans)
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To: goldstategop
I sent Steele the following email:

"Mr. Steele:

"Your job as RNC Chair is to articulate the GOP message. It should be your goal to gladly accept insightful help whenever, and from wherever, it is proffered.

"Your intemperate remarks about Rush Limbaugh display your apparent misunderstanding of this. I supported your election to the RNC chair over the other contenders because you seemed ready to articulate conservative principles. Yet this past week you disparaged the one most articulate spokesman conservatism has. Shame on you, and shame on anyone who also falls for Democrat tactics to split the conservative voice. I now regret my support.

"Rush Limbaugh is right. The GOP should not be wishing Obama well. The GOP should be countering his every move, his every thought, his every desire. Obama is wrong for America and is leading this country (as well as the World) into the greatest depression yet. Wishing him success is effectively turning against America and what has made this country great. Government bailouts, pork barrel spending and tax increases are not the solution.

"America deserves better than this, and America deserves better than what the GOP, and you, are providing. If you are incapable of doing the job then you should step aside. Let someone who understands the issues, and America's needs at this critical time, attain the position of head of the GOP. There is no time for on-the-job training.

"I understand that last evening you made public what I consider a lukewarm apology to Rush Limbaugh. I expect he will graciously accept it, although it did come across as being more concerned over appearances, than any true and sincere recanting of your words. Whatever. Your job now is to show daily you understand the wedge you have created within the GOP by your falling for Democrat prodding, and hereafter articulating conservative principles, and standing firmly behind anyone and everyone who articulates them. Are you the man to do this?

"Get a clue, or get out.

"Sincerely,

"bcsco

12 posted on 03/03/2009 9:52:44 AM PST by bcsco (Illinois politicians should be read their Miranda rights when sworn in to office...)
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To: bcsco
Well, so much for sending Steele an email. It was returned with the following explanation:

This is the mail system at host mx2.smartechcorp.net.

I'm sorry to have to inform you that your message could not be delivered to one or more recipients. It's attached below.

For further assistance, please send mail to postmaster.

If you do so, please include this problem report. You can delete your own text from the attached returned message.

The mail system

: permission denied. Command output: Mail quota exceeded.

Hmmm. Perhaps there's a lot of anger out there?

13 posted on 03/03/2009 9:56:15 AM PST by bcsco (Illinois politicians should be read their Miranda rights when sworn in to office...)
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To: goldstategop

Now....perhaps some of you know how the Ron Paulites feel. Steele has consistently treated them like dirt.


14 posted on 03/03/2009 9:56:30 AM PST by Captain Kirk
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To: bcsco

Very good!


15 posted on 03/03/2009 9:58:04 AM PST by Pamlico (Oppose 0bama at every opportunity)
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To: rwrcpa1

“Hey, these days we’re all angry!”

But that’s why Rush is the best. Dennis Prager is #2 in my book. Both of those guys know how to be thought provoking without ranting and raving.

Levin and Savage are just ranting 90% of the time.

Glenn Beck has been lost to gloom and doom. Seems like he does end of the world stuff all the time.

Medved and Bennet are pretty good. But, both are a bit too low key, and both seem to avoid real hot topics.

And then there’s Hannity. No one can appreicate Hannity like Hannity does.


16 posted on 03/03/2009 9:58:56 AM PST by brownsfan (We are sooooo screwed.)
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To: Shery
I’d love to see JC Watts

Uh. I like JC Watts, but I think it's time for a white guy again. Normally I wouldn't care about someone's color, but we appear to be pandering to the blacks. Appearing to pander is bad.

ML/NJ

17 posted on 03/03/2009 9:59:30 AM PST by ml/nj
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To: Pamlico

Check out post ##13...


18 posted on 03/03/2009 10:00:31 AM PST by bcsco (Illinois politicians should be read their Miranda rights when sworn in to office...)
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To: Ramcat; alarm rider; ReneeLynn
...a craven squish.

Ow! Coffee through nose!!!!!

19 posted on 03/03/2009 10:01:55 AM PST by Albion Wilde ("Praise and worship" is my alternate lifestyle.)
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To: goldstategop

I hardly ever listen to Rush but I have read a couple of his books. In the 1990’s I bet a democrat friend a hundred dollars that if he read one of them he would agree with Rush at least 80%. He refused to even touch the book. Like he was afraid he would catch something. What Rush preaches is nothing more than common sense. Which is to a liberal like light to a cockroach.


20 posted on 03/03/2009 10:05:03 AM PST by Jaxter (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum.)
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To: bcsco

even the 14 year old boy provided better answers about Rush than Steele


21 posted on 03/03/2009 10:05:45 AM PST by 4rcane
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To: goldstategop
Michael Steele = craven squish.

Well put, Mr. Steyn.

It also pegs the present mainstream GOP, IMHO.

22 posted on 03/03/2009 10:10:35 AM PST by badgerlandjim (Hillary Clinton is to politics as Helen Thomas is to beauty.)
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To: Steele

Trash. That's what you are. Get out!

23 posted on 03/03/2009 10:11:57 AM PST by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: bcsco
Well said!

You could always post it on his blog.

24 posted on 03/03/2009 10:13:14 AM PST by ItsForTheChildren
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To: Jaxter

Like this woman I know who put on her facebook page that she had been listening to Rush and he said... and immediately 5-10 of her friends chimed in with “What were you doing anywhere NEAR where you could hear Rush?”


25 posted on 03/03/2009 10:21:37 AM PST by ichabod1 (I am rolling over in my grave and I am not even dead yet (GOP Poet))
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To: bcsco

Or, he’s too lazy to read his email.


26 posted on 03/03/2009 10:21:44 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: ItsForTheChildren

Did it! Check the BLOG page...


27 posted on 03/03/2009 10:22:03 AM PST by bcsco (Illinois politicians should be read their Miranda rights when sworn in to office...)
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To: DuncanWaring
I did it through a blog on his BLOG page.
28 posted on 03/03/2009 10:23:37 AM PST by bcsco (Illinois politicians should be read their Miranda rights when sworn in to office...)
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To: brownsfan

Mark is at least angry at the correct people...


29 posted on 03/03/2009 10:34:56 AM PST by opaque soul
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To: goldstategop

Althought Steele has appologized, that’s too little too late for the RINO who panders to the same black racists who call him an “Uncle Tom”, “house n****r” and throw oreo cookies at him, yet he doesn’t have the backbone to stand up to their slander of the GOP as “Nazis’s”.

Tavis Smiley “State of the Black Union Conference.”

http://c-span.org/Watch/watch.aspx?ProgramId=HP-A-40849


THE VILE BILE WE HAVE TO PUT UP WITH
By Michelle Malkin • November 2, 2005 11:02 AM

http://michellemalkin.com/2005/11/02/the-vile-bile-we-have-to-put-up-with/


Oreos for Uncle Tom Thursday, November 03, 2005

http://freedomeden.blogspot.com/2005/11/oreos-for-uncle-tom.html


30 posted on 03/03/2009 10:35:32 AM PST by RasterMaster (DUmocrats - the party of slavery, sedition, subversion, socialism & surrender)
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To: goldstategop

bookmark


31 posted on 03/03/2009 10:42:12 AM PST by tapatio
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To: bcsco

Craven Squish’s e-mail quota was exceeded, eh?


32 posted on 03/03/2009 10:56:35 AM PST by polymuser (Wake up, America!)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Steele has now placed us in an unenviable position. If we boot Steele, then it reinforces the Lefty view that Rush is the “brains and intellect” of the GOP.

Steele’s apology is too little too late. I am so disappointed in him.


33 posted on 03/03/2009 10:59:56 AM PST by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: oneamericanvoice

The only lever we have is our money or lack of it.


34 posted on 03/03/2009 11:00:59 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: polymuser
Craven Squish’s e-mail quota was exceeded, eh?

Uh huh. But see post #28. I at least got it posted on the blog...

35 posted on 03/03/2009 11:07:59 AM PST by bcsco (Illinois politicians should be read their Miranda rights when sworn in to office...)
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To: goldstategop

Steele is an anti-gun RINO who allows the left to frame the debate


36 posted on 03/03/2009 11:09:56 AM PST by GeronL (Will bankrupting America lead to socialism?)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Or to donate to SarahPAC.


37 posted on 03/03/2009 11:12:07 AM PST by techno
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To: goldstategop
Craven squish

That is laugh-out-loud funny.

I really, really wonder if Steele is asking himself, "What happened?" Plus he is asking himself the corollary question, "Am I really this stupid?"

I read once that the Pope in those days thought Thomas Acquinas was such a volcano if Theology that he suggested a bevy of secretaries follow Thomas about so they could record his every thought. Some of us of a more secular persuasion think the same of Mark Steyn.

38 posted on 03/03/2009 11:15:57 AM PST by stevem
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To: brownsfan; holdonnow

Unlike Michael Weiner, Mark Levin is angry at the appropriate times to the appropriate people! Plus, often his anger is part schtick and part anger! The Great One is not an “angry man” by any means!


39 posted on 03/03/2009 11:22:33 AM PST by Primetimedonna ( It's SAN FRANCISCO, not Frisco. Charter member of the San Francisco Snowflakes)
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To: bcsco

Your letter was so well done!! I hope you continue to try to send it!


40 posted on 03/03/2009 11:25:57 AM PST by Primetimedonna ( It's SAN FRANCISCO, not Frisco. Charter member of the San Francisco Snowflakes)
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To: Primetimedonna

See post #28. I posted it on his BLOG under “You Blew It!”.


41 posted on 03/03/2009 11:29:55 AM PST by bcsco (Illinois politicians should be read their Miranda rights when sworn in to office...)
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To: 4rcane
Savage Nation, I consider angry

I listened to 'Savage Nation' for one entire show and part of another. I had to stop. In that period of time I had to conclude that he was neither pleased nor angry. He is simply a nut.

42 posted on 03/03/2009 11:30:18 AM PST by stevem
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To: brownsfan

Don’t overlook Roger Hedgecock...
He has business experience along with his political experience.

I would love to see a Republican government with Tom Sullivan as Sec Treasury, also.


43 posted on 03/03/2009 11:31:59 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: ml/nj

I listed last fall to JC Watts on Hannity give his opinion that it would be so great to see a black man make it as president.

JC has fallen in heights I did not foresee as he is another black and white politician who grades people by the color of their skin.


44 posted on 03/03/2009 11:49:40 AM PST by bestintxas (It's great in Texas)
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To: goldstategop

Steele’s penance should be to spend three hours a day listening to the Rush Limbaugh show so he can get a clue. His sucking up to Democrats got him nowhere in his run for the Senate in Maryland and he apparently didn’t learn his lesson.


45 posted on 03/03/2009 11:53:11 AM PST by Question_Assumptions
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To: goldstategop
Does Michael Steele understand conservatism?

No but he has a firm grasp on the Rap culture.


46 posted on 03/03/2009 11:54:20 AM PST by itsahoot (We will have world government. Whether by conquest or consent. Looks like that question is answered)
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To: brownsfan

Oh man...when the Great One is on a rant....I have to turn my iPod down on BART because people can actually hear every word he’s saying....


47 posted on 03/03/2009 1:06:55 PM PST by Right Cal Gal (Abraham Lincoln would have let Berkeley leave the Union without a fight)
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To: Right Cal Gal

Maybe the Bay Area folks should listen to “The Great One” and learn. It’s their fault that we have Nasty Pelosi!


48 posted on 03/03/2009 1:17:28 PM PST by alice_in_bubbaland (Markets and Marxists Don't Mix! Let the Revolution Commence!!!)
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To: 4rcane

Rush is conservative, not Republican, except by coincidence.
Savage works radio, which is a “hot” medium. Rush is often agitated, as are Beck, Levin, etc.


49 posted on 03/03/2009 1:22:35 PM PST by steve8714 (Drill for oil, drill for gas, drill to heat water in the Earth.)
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To: 4rcane

When Michael Savage gets angry it’s usually because he sees justice being destroyed or some group hurting an innocent person or when political correctness is wounding a worthy institution.

There is such a thing as righteous anger.


50 posted on 03/03/2009 1:27:56 PM PST by deannadurbin
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