March 2nd, 2009
03:52 PM ET
5 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. Right Wing Fringe

    I love it..! I will be entertained for weeks about this feud now, LOL

    March 2, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  2. candian pov

    The Decline of the American Empire brought to you by the Bush family, the Cheney family, the GOP and sponsored in full by Rush Limbaugh.

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

    Rush is the most unpatriotic person in America. He is a racist and should spend his time remembering what makes America great. He is not a good person.

    March 2, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  4. ml in sc

    Ok, boys and girls ... this is your brain. Now this is your brain on oxycontin. Any questions?

    March 2, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. Susan

    Limbaugh should be GOP leader. That way GOP can easily vanish.

    March 2, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  6. DIVIDE AND CONQUER

    MORE MORE,

    the great GOP Civil War has started. and none too soon.

    March 2, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  7. Lisa P

    Ha ha ha! This is so great! If anyone is playing to the "Liberals" (read: folks who actually care about fixing the mess this country is in) it's Rush. Forget 2012 - if he keeps it up at this rate the Republican Party will crash and burn by 2010 and the only political opposition left will be the the Libertarians and the Greens.

    Mr. I'm-Only-An-Entertainer couldn't happen to a more deserving, self-serving, morally and intellectually bankrupt political party. And people say there is no justice!

    March 2, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  8. Jay Mckenzie

    I am surprised more people are not outraged at Rush Limbaugh's presence on behalf of Republicans. Rush's presence is equivalent to Al Sharpton or Louis Farrakan being asked to speak on behalf of the Democratic Party. It doesn't make them bad people, however, I think to use divisive and controversial race dividers is a no-no. Rush Limbaugh represents the KKK.

    March 2, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  9. RinFL

    And the train jumps the tracks flailing in it's colision course with the reality of gravity.........meanwhile the monkey and the enginer fight over why.

    March 2, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  10. Nick G

    Whether he's called a politician or an entertainer, there are three salient facts about Limbaugh: (1) that his opinion really does count heavily among GOP voters and policymakers; (2) that the policies he espouses are always wrapped in sinister rhetoric; and (3) that anger is his entertainment value. We'd all be better off without him on the air.

    March 2, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  11. elsi

    I LOVE IT!!!! the republican party is tearing itself apart. HILARIOUS!

    March 2, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  12. EAS

    I think Limbaugh has gone ROGUE and will be solely be responsible for bringing down the GOP.

    March 2, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  13. John in Binghamton

    Rush wants to see it all burn as long as the Dems get the blame.

    March 2, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  14. T KS

    Limbaugh is pure Swine. Why does anyone care what he say's. A high school drop out and admitted pill popper. He is who the Republicans have left to look up to? They really are beyond saving.

    March 2, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  15. gary, gpp

    @ Joan

    FOX News does not present 2 sides of a story. They do not present even 1 side of a story. FOX News is a public relations network for the republican party.

    March 2, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  16. stan

    Rush Limbaugh is a hatemonger and a political bully. His comments hold no more water than an extreme liberals. He wants small gov't and less govt involvement in his life but he sure likes to poke his nose in everyone elses business.

    March 2, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  17. raf

    a friend of mine pointed this out to me, even before Limbaugh's reaction:

    – Rahm Emanuel out of nowhere says Limbaugh is the de-facto GOP leader.

    – Top Republicans, including the GOP party head and the House Minority Whip, are forced to distance themselves from Limbaugh.

    – Limbaugh is forced to defend his credibility by firing back.

    – Republicans start infighting.

    ...Is it just me, or is Emanuel brilliant?

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

    Limbaugh is pure Swine. Why does anyone care what he say's. A high school drop out and admitted pill popper. He is who the Republicans have left to look up to? They really are beyond saving.

    March 2, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  19. CAL

    Why is this hateful thing being given so much attention? With our country in the shape that it's in, we don't need an idiot like limbaugh always on the televison spitting out his evil and negative words. Stop showing him let him run his mouth to those listeners that he has, that way the whole lot of the limbaugh followers will be the only ones who has to hear him, not anyone with an ounce of brains wants to hear this idiot.

    anytime someone disagrees with limbaugh he starts to say they are supporting President Obama, fat head limbaugh is using that to make the other spineless repubs scared to speak up, you repubs are a pathetic joke.

    March 2, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  20. Lisa P

    Ha ha ha! This is so great! If anyone is playing to the "Liberals" (read: folks who actually care about fixing the mess this country is in) it's Rush. Forget 2012 - if he keeps it up at this rate the Republican Party will crash and burn by 2010 and the only political opposition left will be the the Libertarians and the Greens.

    Mr. I'm-Only-An-Entertainer couldn't happen to a more deserving, self-serving, morally and intellectually bankrupt political party. And people say there is no justice!

    March 2, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  21. Mike Pennington

    Michael Steele's comments on Rush Limbaugh just lost me as a fan of Michael Steele. At a time when the conservative movement needs unity, Michael Steele threw Rush under the bus. Rush has been very supportive of Michael Steele and Mr. Steele's comments shows a lack of character and conviction of ideals by Michael. I'm extemely dissapointed in Mr. Steele and I think his comments just put a very large dent in his future!

    March 2, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  22. Lucy

    LIMBERG..........needs to retire

    He is the most obnoxious pig I have ever seen, if he thinks he can do better than OBama then run for President, you certainly will NOT get my vote.

    Go join the KKK you natzi!!!!!!

    March 2, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  23. IT

    Perhaps Limbaugh's comments will remind some of the Bend Over Republicans where their gonads are. Over the last few years they seemed first to have lost control over them, and now seem to have simply lost them entirely.

    March 2, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  24. Patty

    As long as Limbaugh, Jindal, Steele and Palin are considered leaders in the Republican party the country remains safe in the hands of the "Educated Dems" now in charge of righting the USA.

    March 2, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  25. Ron Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

    Thats Okay Rush we know you want to be the voice for your party.Tell Steele to go home and count chickens.after all isn't that the republican way?Loser!

    March 2, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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