From CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Rush Limbaugh is the face of the Republican Party - at least that's how some Democrats want it.
Does Rush Limbaugh run the GOP?
White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel calls Limbaugh the "voice and intellectual force and energy" behind the GOP and Press Secretary Robert Gibbs says he's "a national spokesperson for conservative views." This after the radio host recently repeated his claim that he wants President Obama to fail.
It also comes at the same time as a dust-up within conservative ranks between Limbaugh and Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee. Over the weekend, Steele called Limbaugh an "entertainer" whose comments are "ugly."
Needless to say, Limbaugh has had a field day with all the finger-pointing, going after both the Democrats and Steele on his radio show. Limbaugh insists he's not in charge of the GOP and doesn't want to be. He says considering the sad state of the Republican Party, he would quit if he were chairman.
As for Steele, the radio host also suggests he appears to be supporting President Obama and Nancy Pelosi and that he is being used by the "liberal media."
Well, after Rush's millions of listeners heard that one, it took Steele about 3 minutes to backpedal, reaching out to the right-wing radio host to say he was sorry... that his words came out wrong, that he has enormous respect for Limbaugh... and that what he actually meant was that a lot of people want to make Limbaugh the "bogeyman" when he's not. Steele said today he has spoken with Limbaugh and quote "we are all good."
Here’s my question to you: Who's running the Republican Party, the RNC or Rush Limbaugh?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Rae from Indiana writes:
I don't know if Limbaugh is running it or not, but apparently anyone Republican who says anything remotely critical feels compelled to apologize to him. The fact that they feel to need to apologize to someone who spews hatred and division for a living tells me all I need to know about the party of values.
W. from Salt Lake City, Utah writes:
Being a trucker’s wife, I can tell you Rush’s audience is 99% truck drivers. It's their only entertainment. The best part is they don't vote. My husband believes every word Rush speaks. After 30 years of marriage, I can tell you he has never voted nor have any of his trucking buddies!
Matthew from Cedar Rapids, Iowa writes:
Running? No. Dividing? Yes. Michael Steele was chosen to lead the GOP because it is in shambles. They've lost control of the White House as well as Congress, and their voter base is waning as people, like Rush, drive away women, blacks, Hispanics, and almost everyone who isn't a wealthy white man.
It may not be pretty, but it is pretty obvious. Rush Limbaugh speaks for the GOP, a party without conscience or direction. A collective voice which has expressed a desire to see the government fail in its obligation to act upon the will of the people. This is the message the GOP has chosen to represent the party going into the next decade.
Ja from Tallahassee, Florida writes:
Rush Limbaugh is the only person to come along in many, many years who tells the truth and doesn't care if anybody is offended. It would be a boon to the RNC if they would push for Rush to be their candidate for president in 2012. He sure has my vote!
Andrew from Tucson, Arizona writes:
Rush is at his best when he's portraying himself as the victim. Mainstream media has taken the bait. He's become the story, so he's happy.
Ann from Charleston, South Carolina writes:
So far I think the RNC is running the Republican Party. The only thing Rush Limbaugh is running is his mouth.