Is it smart to throw a man who defended you against vicious liberal attacks under the bus? Apparently, Michael Steele was okay with that when he willingly fell into the liberal media's trap of attacking Rush Limbaugh.
Rush rarely has guests on his show, and yet he had Steele on in 2006 when Steele was running for the U.S. Senate in Maryland. At the time, Steele was being viciously attacked by liberals and Rush not only had him on the show but he came to his defense.
Steele rewarded Rush with this:
In an interview on CNN with D.L. Hughley, Steele assured that he, not Limbaugh, was in charge of the party before saying that he wanted to put the right-wing talker “into context.”
“Rush Limbaugh is an entertainer,” Steele said. “Rush Limbaugh, his whole thing is entertainment. Yes it’s incendiary, yes it’s ugly.”
I was STUNNED when I heard about all of this yesterday. I am a Michael Steele fan and I couldn't believe that Steele had been so naive and foolish. As Grey Ghost said:
D.L. Hughley, a liberal comedian now posing as a "journalist" on CNN, played Steele for a fool by getting him to diss Limbaugh. Indeed, Hughley played the oldest card in the book, divide and conquer, and Steele was dumb enough to fall for it hook, line and sinker.Rush responded and put Steele in his place. One of the strangest things is Steele saying that he doesn't agree with Rush on not wanting Obama to succeed. If that is true, then as Rush asks, what part of Obama's agenda do you want to succeed? His socialistic "stimulus plan"? Nationalized health care? The fairness doctrine? FOCA? Rush and Republicans want the country to succeed, just not Obama's socialistic agenda. And Rush's point is that as head of the RNC, Steele had better not want Obama's agenda to succeed or otherwise what is the point?
Most likely, after realizing that offending Rush's 22 million plus listeners wasn't such a good idea, he apologized. Michelle Malkin calls it a non-apology apology, but I still think it was the right thing to do, and I am glad he did it. Gateway Pundit also thinks it was a good move.
Even Patrick, who is no Rush fan, was on Rush's side on this one.