This is great. Here’s where it starts, an exchange between D.L. Hughley during his show on CNN and Michael Steele, the trying to be hip new chairman of the Republican National Committee:
HUGHLEY: Rush Limbaugh, who is the de facto leader of the Republican Party –
STEELE: No, he’s not.
HUGHLEY: Well, I’ll tell you what, I’ve never –
STEELE: I’m the de facto leader of the Republican Party.
HUGHLEY: Then you know what? Then I can appreciate that, but no — no one will — will actually pry down some of the things he says, like when he comes out and says that he wants the president to fail, I understand he wants liberalism to fail.
STEELE: How is that any different than what was said about George Bush during his presidency? Let’s put it into context here. Rush Limbaugh is an entertainer. Rush Limbaugh, the whole thing is entertainment. Yes, it’s incendiary, yes, it’s ugly –
Today, El Rushbo answered and then some. They used to tell politicians, “Don’t pick a fight with a guy who buys ink by the barrel.” Someone ought to tell Steele if you’re a Republican leader you don’t pick a fight with the only guy who brings 22 million drones to the culture war every day. Here’s some of what Rush said:
RUSH: Okay, so I am an entertainer, and I have 20 million listeners, 22 million listeners because of my great song-and-dance routines here. Yes, said Michael Steele, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, I’m incendiary, and yes, it’s ugly. Michael Steele, you are head of the RNC. You are not head of the Republican Party. Tens of millions of conservatives and Republicans have nothing to do with the RNC and right now they want nothing to do with it, and when you call them asking them for money, they hang up on you. I hope that changes. I hope the RNC will get its act together. I hope the RNC chairman will realize he’s not a talking head pundit, that he is supposed to be working on the grassroots and rebuilding it, and maybe doing something about our open primary system and fixing it so that Democrats do not nominate our candidates. It’s time, Mr. Steele, for you to go behind the scenes and start doing the work that you were elected to do instead of trying to be some talking head media star, which you’re having a tough time pulling off. I hope you figure out how to run a primary system. But it seems to me that it’s Michael Steele who is off to a shaky start.
I can’t believe I’ve had two or three posts lately about Rush Limbaugh, but my Lord people, we’re seeing the further disintegration of the GOP before our very eyes. The stupidity of Steele and the Republican appeal to the lowest common denominator is so out of step with today, it’s incredible. Then you have Rush out there basically saying, “I’ll take my 22 million drones and we’ll go do our own thing.”
The difference in the once scary-organized Republicans from 2000 – 06 to today is breathtaking.