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. Nick - West Hills (L.A.), CA

    I find it disgusting that one's differing political point of view (Rush's)results in hopes for failure of the administration.

    These are the same people who wrap themselves in the American flag?

    How un-American!

    The only time they are patriotic is when they are the ones in power.

    Truly disgusting.

    I hope the vast majority of people who listen to this fat moron wake up soon and realize that all he wants is publicity...which he is getting plenty of these days.

    March 2, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  2. Repub for O

    Of course the republicans take their lead from a college dropout who only spews hate and can't get the Constitution straight even when he's critcizing others for their interpretation.

    March 2, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  3. hangdogit

    "I hope he fails!" (Fatso refering to the Obama stimulus plan)

    It seems quite clear.

    Which part of that statement did the "liberal media" misinterpret?

    Or is he criticizing the media for accurately reporting him?

    March 2, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  4. Thor

    Limbaugh has never claimed to be a politician, so what's your point. His remarks were for adults who can understand the naked truth, and need not sugar-coatings. Whine to the Liberals, they are used to you. Responsible adults cheer.

    March 2, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  5. Charles Atlanta

    Hahaha... LOL... You know, if you're a Republican today, you have to treat Rush as the Prophet . Many folks even don't know what is socialism/capitalism means and accept every word Rush said. Strangely, they are using computer but don't know how to "google" the facts. Anyway, I think Steels' RNC chairman position is dated. Robinson, Hannity, Ann, watch out, you have to agree with Rush too.

    March 2, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  6. John Thomas

    Is this really happening? And note all the so-called intellectually responsible, accurate, personally accountable, and informed patriotic "republicans" that will spew childish, brainwashed talking points about socialism, liberal media, and how Bush was criticized all the time . There is nothing different between the opinions expressed following these articles and the opinions expressed by sports fans on espn.com. The fact that there is an actual need to cover this story, a need for the GOP chairman to make it a story, and the very real ignorance and mis-directed anger of a large majority of so-called "republicans" is nauseating. Makes me want to move to another country. If anyone even remotely supported the divisive maneuvering and 24/7 campaign of the last 8 years – the so-called sticking to principles – they should just be quiet for a while and let the government try to fix the variety of things it broke.

    March 2, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  7. pd

    Let me get the popcorn ready.

    March 2, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  8. Stinky

    I love it...the GOP fighting among themselves and becoming less & less relevant as a national party. Looks like the White House's strategy of sabotaging the GOP is working like a charge.

    -Ya Smell Me?

    March 2, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  9. JMC

    I hope that Steele does not back down on his comments or apologize to Limbaugh. Limbaugh does make ugly, incendiary comments. He makes seditious comments and wants the Obama administration to fail– not because it will be good for America but because he wants only his narrow preferred brand of Republicans in power again. So he basically hopes that our country will fail even more miserably under Obama then it did under eight years of Bush. Nice sentiments for our nation.

    March 2, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  10. Terry, Dallas Texas

    This is the new GOP. Speak out against me and you are anti-americian, a traitor, a liberal, etc.

    March 2, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  11. M. Hill

    Limbaugh must be short on his "medication" pills – again

    March 2, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. Typical White Person

    I have to ask, how many of you actually listened to Rush's speech and not just the MSNBC snippets or the Huffington Post review?

    He hit the nail right on the head when he said the the liberal policies towards the poor are cruel. Liberals believe that the poor are victims and we should feed them for life. Conservatives believe the poor have potential and we should teach them to feed themselves.

    You don't see conservatives telling the poor that they have no future unless the government gives them one. That's what liberals do. Conservativces tell them that each person has control of their life and their future and the brightness of that future is only constrained by an individual's willingness to work to make it bright.

    You don't see conservatives telling minorities that their color keeps them out of jobs. That's what liberals do. Conservatives tell them the truth – you need an education and a professional presence to get ahead in this world. Every person in this country has access to an education that will place them in a position to create a professional presence and improve their life – regardless of their color.

    And before you liberals start in on "white schools get more money than black schools"…

    The highest per-student spending in this country is in the states of New York ($14,800), New Jersey ($14,600) and the District of Columbia ($13,400) and the lowest are Idaho ($6,400) and Utah($5,400).

    New Orleans spends $12,900
    Detroit spends $11,000
    Newark $17,900

    Compare that to predominantly white school districts:

    Traverse City, MI $9,500
    Westlake, LA $4,900
    Kearny, NJ $8,600

    Money, clearly, is not the deciding factor on how well a student does.

    March 2, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. Steady

    Hey Patrick, you sound like a friggin' fascist. I guess you don't believe in free speech, eh kid?

    March 2, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  14. yen

    Why on earth would a person (limbaugh) wish the American people to fail? If obama fails, it is the American people who will fail. Please don't wish them to fail. People are hurting too much. The economic disaster did not discriminate. It has hit everybody. The person who is having it good and eating well is limbaugh.

    March 2, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  15. David Newport, OR

    what amazes me...really amazes me, is that ALOT of Americans look at Limbaugh as a God. How sad is that?

    March 2, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  16. Martin

    Rush is a cancer that spreads hatred and intolerance....Just what the GOP needs. Republicans have no identity or idealogy.

    How much fun is this to watch?

    March 2, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  17. Caleb Smith

    Once again Rush is right. He's been proven to be right 99% of the time so one would think after 20 years people would stop challenging him and just do what he says.

    March 2, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  18. James

    Is Rush still on drugs?

    March 2, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  19. mfelder

    No, Rush, even a Black man like Michael Steel, recognizes the wearer of a white sheet when he sees it. Black people are not fooled by all of the rhetoric. Rush's argument to "take back our country, is the same argument that the KKK used to keep blacks in slavery, and in segregation. It is the same argument, that Rush is spewing for corporate america to convince working american that unless we hand the tax breaks to the rich, corporate american will not be able to create jobs. It is the same argument that has kept our wages stagnated, that has allowed our jobs to be shipped oversea. Ask Rush how allowing him to keep his tax cut , while earning $400 million dollars will trickle down to working american, No, Rush I do not emphasize with your position.

    March 2, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  20. CK4NYSenate2010

    I love it!!! The republican party is imploding in front of our very eyes!

    How's "Operation Chaos" working out for you guys? hehehe...

    March 2, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  21. lee

    To disagree with the President is everyones right. To offer constructive criticism of the the Presidents policies is every Americans right. However, in a time of war when we are fighting for the survival of America and in a time of catastrophic economic crisis stating that you wish the President would fail is TREASON. For if the President fails our country fails. That is not the goal of the Republican Party. That is not the Conservative agenda. Republicans are to be the LOYAL opposition. Imagine the troops when they hear this. Remember, the President is our Commander in Chief! Disagree all you want. But to actually state on the air that you want the President to fail is the statements of a TRAITOR!

    March 2, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  22. Jane (Minnesota)

    Looks like the gloves are off now. GO for it guys! Poor Rush doesn't seem to handle a viewpoint that' not the same as his very well.

    March 2, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  23. Phil

    Well...according to Rush...he's exactly what this country needs....

    March 2, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  24. Deanie

    Rush IS an entertainer. His only goal is followers/adoration. Steele's comments could have been much worse than being called "ugly" (perhaps unproductive, incendiary, treasonous, etc...) and I do not view them as an attack. Rush is such a narcissist, he demands total adulation.

    March 2, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  25. DMan

    His comment ""Why do you claim to lead the Republican Party when you seem obsessed with seeing to it President Obama succeeds?" Limbaugh addressed Steele. " shows that Mr Limbaugh is biased and does not want the country to come out of the financial situation that the Repubs have put us into.
    We do agree to disagree on a lot of points but we all agree to the betterment of the country.
    May be Limbaugh is a racist and wants the current administration to fail. He may even be seeing the current leader of the GOP as a person of the same race as the pres and does not like that at all.

    March 2, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
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