03 March, 2009

"Rush awards himself sole custody of Steele's testicles"

Oh, Josh Marshall, you are sooo right.

You may remember that Michael Steele temporarily showed a backbone when he called Limbaughtomy's rhetoric "incendiary" and "ugly." You probably wondered when Steele would be forced to come to Rush on his knees begging forgiveness.

That didn't take long:
Politico reports that Steele “reached out” to Limbaugh today to say that he didn’t mean what he said.

“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.” […]

“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.”

Steele made clear that he will welcome Limbaugh into the party,” calling him a “very valuable conservative voice for our party.” “He does what he does best, which is provoke,” Steel said. “My job is to try to bring us all together.”

Awww, isn't that sweet? The Dems certainly think so:

Just out from Gov. Tim Kaine, Steele's counterpart at the DNC ...

"I was briefly encouraged by the courageous comments made my counterpart in the Republican Party over the weekend challenging Rush Limbaugh as the leader of the Republican Party and referring to his show as 'incendiary' and 'ugly.' However, Chairman Steele's reversal this evening and his apology to Limbaugh proves the unfortunate point that Limbaugh is the leading force behind the Republican Party, its politics and its obstruction of President Obama's agenda in Washington.
Limbaugh's stranglehold on GOP leaders' testicles is the Dem's dream come true. Here's the Cons having to bow down to the man who wants Obama to fail in every possible way. And here's the numbers that prove that a) Rush Limbaugh is a fucktard and b) the vast majority of Americans know it:

PRESIDENT OBAMA71 (69)25 (26)4 (5)3

Looks like roughly 71% of the country isn't interested in seeing Obama fail, doesn't it just? But while those numbers should have Cons getting a wee bit nervous, these numbers should positively make them weep:

CONGRESSIONAL DEMS:46 (41)45 (53)9 (6)13
CONGRESSIONAL GOPS:17 (18)68 (70)15 (12)1
DEMOCRATIC PARTY:58 (57)36 (38)6 (5)3
REPUBLICAN PARTY:32 (31)64 (62)4 (7)-1

The more the Cons throw their tantrums, scream "socialist!" and join Rush's fail conga line, the worse their numbers get. Their solution? Increase the tantrums, scream "socialist!" more, and abase themselves before their mighty god Limbaugh.

Will Dems even have to campaign by 2010?


Cujo359 said...

The old schtick isn't working any more. The GOP need to realize that soon.

Efrique said...

The problem with the authoritarian faith-trumps-reality mindset is that if you do something and it didn't work, the only explanation is you didn't do it hard enough.

This is occasionally a good response (in those rare situations when additional effort in the same vein will in fact attain the goal). But a whole lot of the time, its disastrous - but since reality may not intrude, no alternatives are allowed.

The only way around it may be another couple of disastrous election cycles, until either there's a palace revolution from reality-based conservatives (and yes, Virginia, they actually exist), or perhaps the Republican party splits into two pieces, a faith-based one and a reality-based one. A third possibility is that Rush has a major brain aneurysm at some point, the Cons find a stronger centrist leader and the party manages to shift itself dramatically toward reality.