Updated (see below)
Reuters and Associated Press photos
New Repugnican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, pictured last month at top, has called wingnut-talk-radio gasbag Rush Limbaugh (pictured above chatting it up with former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld at the White House in January) an “entertainer” whose shtick is “ugly” and “incendiary.”
It looks like a battle rages for the heart of the Repugnican Party. (I’d have written “heart and soul,” but the Repugnicans sold their souls to the devil long, long ago…)
Apparently there are two camps:
- The entrenched camp led by the bloated blowhard baby boomer (I know, I know, all of those redundancies…) Rush Limbaugh (the Repugnicans’ de facto leader, according to the pundits), which wants to try to continue to hold on to rule by stupid rich white men even though the nation and the world are changing to such a degree that the continued rule by stupid rich white men already has been made impossible (in no small part to the surreal excesses of the unelected Bush regime), and
- the less-insane camp led by Michael Steele (the titular head of the Repugnican Party [I just like writing “titular”]), which recognizes that continued rule by stupid rich white men is impossible and that therefore the Repugnican Party must change with the times or, like the dinosaurs whose existence the Repugnicans deny, die. (Personally, I believe that the rapidly changing demographics of the nation and rapid globalization, including the incredible power of the Internet [since information is power, information sharing is power sharing], already have doomed the Repugnican Party, which historically has relied on rule by stupid rich white men and by being able to keep power [including information] localized.)
Steele recently said of Limbaugh during a television appearance: “Let’s put it into context here: Rush Limbaugh is an entertainer. Rush Limbaugh, his whole thing is entertainment. Yes, it’s incendiary. Yes, it’s ugly.”
Will the Repugnicans allow Steele, the first black chairman of the Repugnican National Committee, to diss Grand Dragon Limbaugh like that?
Will the same Repugnican Party that went apoplectic over the idea of the nation’s first black president allow Steele — whose election to the chairmanship of the RNC in late January no doubt was a knee-jerk reaction to President B. Hussein Obama’s election in November — remain in power?
So Limbaugh has responded to Steele’s comments, and is it me, or has Limbaugh issued a thinly veiled call for Steele’s resignation?
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.”
Yikes. “Hari-kari”?!? Are we going to lynch — er, blame — Steele, who has been the head of the Repugnican National Committee for all of one month, for what BushCheneyCorp did to the Repugnican brand name over the past eight years? It’s all Steele’s fault that the Repugnican Party is on life support? It’s not the ideology of the Repugnican Party that the majority of Americans rejected in November? We can scapegoat just one person like that?
No, the problem is that there isn’t enough lipstick in the world to make the pig that is the Repugnican Party look pretty.
As much as I view Steele as a stupid sellout — an idiot who actually has believed that he has or ever will have the actual full acceptance of the party of the stupid white man — he inherited a political party that the drunken frat boys who comprised the unelected Bush regime trashed thoroughly, and not all of the king’s horses and not all of the king’s men can put the Repugnican Party back together again.
Still, Steele already has sucked up to Grand Dragon Limbaugh, which really doesn’t exactly lay waste to the claim that Limbaugh is the de facto leader of the tattered remnants of the Repugnican Party.
Politico reports that a backpedaling Steele today said, “My intent was not to go after Rush – I have enormous respect for Rush Limbaugh. I was maybe a little bit inarticulate.… There was no attempt on my part to diminish his voice or his leadership” (his “leadership”?!?!) and “I went back at that tape and I realized words that I said weren’t what I was thinking. 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.”
Nooooo, because that’s the role that Steele is going to play!
I mean, did you really think that the Repugnicans really were going to allow a black man to run their show?
No, Grand Dragon Limbaugh indeed is in charge of the Repugnican Party, as evidenced by the fact that the party’s actual head bows down obediently before him.