March 2nd, 2009
03:52 PM ET
6 years ago

Limbaugh fires back at Steele

 Limbaugh criticized RNC Chairman Michael Steele for his recent comments.
Limbaugh criticized RNC Chairman Michael Steele for his recent comments.

(CNN) – Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh fired back at Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele Monday, suggesting on his radio show the GOP leader appears to be supporting President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

"Why do you claim to lead the Republican Party when you seem obsessed with seeing to it President Obama succeeds?" Limbaugh addressed Steele.

"I frankly am stunned that the chairman of the Republican National Committee endorses such an agenda. I have to conclude that he does because he attacks me for wanting it to fail," said Limbaugh.

Late last week, Steele told CNN's D.L. Hughley that Limbaugh is an "entertainer" whose comments are "ugly."

Also on his radio program Monday, Limbaugh said Steele is being used by the "liberal media."

"Michael Steele has been around long enough to know that the liberal media will use him by twisting what I say or what others say," he said. "He took the bait, he bit down hard on the bait, he launched an attack on me, even though the premise of what was said to him was false."


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soundoff (456 Responses)
  1. STEFANY

    he attacks me for wanting it to fail," said Limbaugh "Why do you claim to lead the Republican Party when you seem obsessed with seeing to it President Obama succeeds?"
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    Spoken like a true idiot, what kind of fool would want the President of the country in which he or she resides to fail? I think it's about time someone from the Republican party stepped up and and spoke out aginst this racist clown, that's the kind of crap that has the Republican party screwed up right now..And what's even sadder is Rush has a follwoing of blind sheep who listens to him every day not realizing that he's worth millions so he won't be affected by the ecomony either way while he's hoping for Obama to fail.

    March 2, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. M. Lamb

    And so, the long-expected Great Schism of the GOP begins…

    March 2, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  3. kamau njoroge

    GOP please clarify: Is comedian Limbaugh the head of the Republican party? If yes, when was he elected? If no, does he speak for the party? Does the GOP condone his hate speeches and radio show including attacks on minorities? If yes, could luck trying to regain your hopelessly lost self esteem in 2012.

    March 2, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  4. ari from virginia

    Ping

    Round 1

    These guys are beating themselves up,

    Holy Cow–Bill Mahar--Where are you?
    You don't have to be depressed because Bush Left, LOOK at what he left you–

    What great entertainment!!!

    March 2, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. OKLAHOMA / X

    RUSH LIMBAUGH NEED TO RUSH OFF A CLIFF

    March 2, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. Chris - Denver

    Hmm, I might have to re-think my utter disdain of Michael Steele. If he can pull the GOP back from the extreme lunatic fringe that Limbaugh represents, he may yet do a service for this country.

    March 2, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  7. Chris in MI

    Keep talking, Rush the Buffoon. You're making 2012 easier every day...

    March 2, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  8. Accountability

    Rush is resorting to McCarthy like insinuations and manipulations against his own ilk....how long will the Republicans stand by and take it? To do so is only going to further discredit them as the party of the fascist right.

    March 2, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  9. mtv

    It amazes me when someone has no solutions all they can do is add problems to an unsolved problem and Limbaugh does just that

    March 2, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  10. Moving Forward!

    Can't we just put this dork, Ann Coulter, and the rest of the GOP on a long, long,long, long, long, long,long, long,long, long,long, long Sea Voyage??????? I'm so tired of these miserable blowhards!

    March 2, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  11. dem in chicago

    "This Republican party will self-destruct in 3... 2..." Sit back and enjoy democrats, this is going to be fun to watch!

    March 2, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  12. bill

    The way that he has been acting as of late, "Lortab Limbaugh" must be back on his drugs again.

    He has no concept of reality other than what he says, thinks, and spouts off with hate and ignorance.

    March 2, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  13. Lu

    I don't know about anybody else, but this guy is scary. They should have thrown him off the radio a long time ago when he went through his drug days, and now the Republican party is letting him speak for them. I have lost all respect for the GOP.

    March 2, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  14. STEFANY

    he attacks me for wanting it to fail," said Limbaugh "Why do you claim to lead the Republican Party when you seem obsessed with seeing to it President Obama succeeds?"
    ********************************************************
    Spoken like a true idiot, what kind of fool would want the President of the country in which he or she resides to fail? I think it's about time someone from the Republican party stepped up and and spoke out aginst this racist clown, that's the kind of crap that has the Republican party screwed up right now..And what's even sadder is Rush has a follwoing of blind sheep who listens to him every day not realizing that he's worth millions so he won't be affected by the ecomony either way while he's hoping for Obama to fail.

    March 2, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  15. Fantastic

    This is great, the SPLIT of the GOP has started and right on schedule.

    March 2, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  16. Bjoerlingfan

    Limbaugh IS an entertainer (and I use that term very loosley) and this comments ARE ugly. Steele isn't attacking him–he's telling the truth. Where's the problem?

    March 2, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  17. JSM

    Why would anyone want President Obama to fail? We are all in this together Rush... And I'm a conservative...

    March 2, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  18. Chris in MI

    Keep talking, Rush the Buffoon. You're making 2012 easier for us every day you open your mouth...

    March 2, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  19. Mike

    What kind of American truly wants Obama's ideas to fail? In order for Obama's plan to fail Americans will have to suffer more than they are already. Then what, Limbaugh loses his advertising dollars because people are too broke to buy their products? While I would not cry if Limbaugh went off the air, just not at the cost of my country! Who would defend Limbaugh's stance? I find it great that I can agree with the GOP on something, LimBaugh's comments are ugly and it scares me others agree with him.

    March 2, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  20. Don

    Rush should be in jail for life over the illegal drug dealing and use he was busted for, like any other citizen getting busted would be in jail. If he represents the Republican party, then it should be dis banded and another one take it's place.

    March 2, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  21. Barbara Ca

    What a question: "Why do you claim to lead the Republican Party when you seem obsessed with seeing to it President Obama succeeds?"

    Think about Rush: If President Obama fails, then our whole country will fail.

    Bring in the clown. . . . .don't bother he's here!

    March 2, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  22. Niki, New Jersey

    The President of the United States is President Obama and it is our duty to respect his position. If Limbaugh feels he can do a better job then he should run for the office and if he feels that getting the far right to overthrow the current administration is the right way, then he should be in jail. This is a civilized country, protest all you want, but with dignity and objectivity. Limbaugh is a disgrace to the birth certificat that was issued to him. He is no citizen of this country, he is a citizen of hate.

    March 2, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  23. Rick

    The Republicans are going wander in the wilderness longer than Moses if they keep listening to the likes of Rush Limbaugh. The Democrats must be loving this!

    March 2, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  24. STEFANY

    he attacks me for wanting it to fail," said Limbaugh "Why do you claim to lead the Republican Party when you seem obsessed with seeing to it President Obama succeeds?"
    ********************************************************
    Spoken like a true idiot, what kind of fool would want the President of the country in which he or she resides to fail? I think it's about time someone from the Republican party stepped up and and spoke out aginst this racist clown, that's the kind of crap that has the Republican party screwed up right now..And what's even sadder is Rush has a follwoing of blind sheep who listens to him every day not realizing that he's worth millions so he won't be affected by the ecomony either way while he's hoping for Obama to fail.

    March 2, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  25. Jason

    Rush is an entertainer not a politician. He will down talk or contradict whatever the president says or does, regardless of the presidents party. He did is with Clinton, he did it with Bush, and now he is doing it with Obama.

    If he didn't he wouldn't have a job.

    March 2, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
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