March 3rd, 2009
01:57 PM ET
6 years ago

DNC chair: Limbaugh is the GOP's 'Wizard of Oz'

Limbaugh is 'the godfather' of the GOP, said DNC chairman Tim Kaine.
Limbaugh is 'the godfather' of the GOP, said DNC chairman Tim Kaine.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The chairman of the Democratic National Committee persisted Tuesday in calling attention to his Republican counterpart Michael Steele’s apology to Rush Limbaugh, describing the radio host as “the Wizard of Oz” and “the godfather” of the GOP.

DNC Chairman Tim Kaine told CNN that Steele’s backpedaling from earlier criticisms of the talk show host proves that Limbaugh is "the Wizard of Oz, you know, who kind of oversees everything" in the Republican Party.

Earlier in the day, Kaine told MSNBC that Limbaugh is “clearly the godfather, or the he-who-must-be-obeyed in Republican politics these days.”

“When Chairman Steele over the weekend pointed out that the kinds of comments that Rush Limbaugh has been making, hoping the president will fail, pointing out that those were ugly and incendiary, I thought that that took some guts to say that,” Kaine told CNN.

“But then the fact that he backtracked immediately leaves me wondering, okay, so is Rush Limbaugh the guy that's really in charge of the party?”

Democrats are eager to highlight the GOP skirmish: Kaine made several cable appearances Tuesday and released two statements criticizing Steele after the RNC chair called Limbaugh to apologize for calling him an “entertainer” and saying his comments can be “ugly.”

Story updated 12:36 p.m.


Filed under: Michael Steele • Rush Limbaugh • Tim Kaine
soundoff (307 Responses)
  1. Scott, Tucson

    I think the DNC has bigger problems like, finding a democrat that's not a tax cheat to serve on Obama's administration, and reining Hillary foreign aid spending.

    March 3, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  2. Jackie in Dallas

    Godfather? God help us.

    March 3, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Who's leading who? The GOP is like the blind leading the blind. Those guys need a seeing eye dog.

    March 3, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Ahhh, the gift that keeps on giving. Careful though DNC. Don't turn this into too much of a hatefest. Just enjoy how hilariously pitiful it is, giggle yourselves silly and leave it at that. The fact is, this had nothing to do with teh Dems laying a trap, etc. The GOP is having a grand old party hanging itself without any help from the Dems.

    March 3, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  5. Jean

    The people are waking up. They are seeing that the corrupt MSM put Obama and his croonies in the WH.

    The truth will set you free.

    March 3, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  6. Rob

    And Nancy Pelosi is the Village Idiot of the DNC. Obama's a close second. Especially with the idea that he can trust the Russians. Next he'll be trusting fanatical terrorists.

    One and done Barry, one and done!

    March 3, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  7. July

    Scott, Tucson March 3rd, 2009 12:10 pm ET

    I think the DNC has bigger problems like, finding a democrat that's not a tax cheat to serve on Obama's administration, and reining Hillary foreign aid spending.

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    Yes Scott, good try in trying to change the subject. RUSH is the subject. RUSH RUSH RUSH RUSH RUSH .. jajaaa

    March 3, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  8. obama-mama

    Like Fred Sanford would say "Big Dummy"....Crackhead Rush is a nobody. You are the head of the RNC even though you are not taken serious......

    March 3, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  9. DNC Playbookie

    Let's see, attack Palin and Jindal while supporting Limbaugh.
    Got it.

    March 3, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  10. RD

    At Least He Does Not Need The Cotton Balls In His Mouth.

    March 3, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  11. Anglea

    A drug seeker, drug addict, law breaker, uneducated is the
    God Father of the GOP.
    Take or steal more oxy's Rush......
    And lots o luck to the Repub party! Sounds like they need it.

    March 3, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. Jon in CA

    Wow – I guess we see the political strategy of the DNC:

    "Steele and Limbaugh sittin' in a tree... k-i-s-s-i-n-g...."

    Nice the DNC has no real concerns about the state of our economy, the nationalization of Citigroup, Iran acquiring nukes, or anything of substance.

    Yes – the DNC is wholly focused on Rush Limbaugh. Perhaps in the midterm elections the GOP will be sing their own song to the DNC:

    "na-na-na-naaaa... Hey Hey Heyyyyy Good byeeee"

    March 3, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  13. Sharon

    Another word for Limbaugh....Facists!

    Did anyone notice the "pork" around his face and neck that was shaking when he opened his yap? His head stuck in the Fox Trough for too long!

    March 3, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  14. bill

    it's all ok..let limbaugh run things. It just makes the future of the Democtatic look real good. They apparently don't have much going for them Consider their lineup:
    Rush Limbaugh
    Sarah Palin
    Bristol Palin
    joe the plumber
    jindal (possible muslum)

    March 3, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  15. Tomas E

    Limbaugh, Steele, Republicans – birds of a feather flock together – the hatemongers united!

    March 3, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  16. Mari

    GODFATHER?????????? As a Christian, I am deeply offended and disturbed by the vile rhetoric of the far-right! What IS Christian about "hoping Obama fails" ?!

    What is Christian about NOT wanting to give healthcare to your own fellow citizens that may not have healthcare with their jobs?

    So...... calling a man who is spiteful, whose rhetoric IS DIVISIVE..... mean,vile, a "Godfather"....... is an INSULT to me!

    The GOP is in deep trouble IF they continue to listen to, kiss-up to, and 'follow' this man!

    CLEARLY AMERICANS REJECTED THE VILE POLITICS OF HATE.......LIES.........FEAR .........AND DIVISION IN 2008!

    March 3, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  17. David in Houston

    A hillbilly heroin addict leading the GOP...and just when you thought they couldn't sink any lower.

    March 3, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  18. AnnMM

    This country is a mess if Rush Limbaugh is the leader of the second party.

    - but as the saying goes "Who is the bigger fool, the fool himself or the fool that follows him?"

    The country needs a third party, a moderate party that is pro-America, believes in the Constitution and truly speaks for the people.

    March 3, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    I forsee a Palin/Limbaugh ticket ahead. Wow!! The face of the Republican't party will be corpulent and full of mascara. Is the GOP wandering in the wilderness? No way–they can't even find the wilderness.

    March 3, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  20. Cleaning up after W

    Too late for Steele to ask the Pill-popping Doughboy for his nards back. He already ate them.

    March 3, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  21. Carol

    Please get off the airways! The last thing this country needs is another idiot like you spreading messages of failure & hate!

    Concerned Citizen of the good old USA!

    March 3, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  22. JL

    I think I just threw up a little in my mouth.

    That's the great conservative ideology at work. Launch a war against drugs and then choose a drug addict to lead the party and pretend there is nothing wrong with that.

    March 3, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  23. George the Democrat Obama fanatic.

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    Ha Ha Ha Ha. The repubs lost this recent election because their party wasnt broad enough. Rush is just making it narrower. I dont understand why a Republican cannot dissagree with Rush. Why cant a Republican say I dont neccessariy like Rush. And still be a Republican. We got Democrats of all kinds. Thats how we won. Democrat is Big Tent Party. Republican are Indian Tee Pee Party.

    March 3, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  24. A.P. Fremont

    I'm so glad Rush is in charge of the GOP. He thinks this title bolsters his argument against Democratic change for the GOP to America. Only one problem...he doesn't understand that his "bull-headed" positions, which have been based on the "same old" ideology he has stood for the last 10 years while voting for George Bush, now makes him the GOP "poster boy" responsible for the economic "plate" George Bush just "handed" America.

    Rush Limbaugh is a loser...................

    March 3, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  25. Harry

    DNC Chair is an idiot. Democratic party is busy with bailing out banks and others. They want to spend billions of tax-payers dollars. SAll are crooks.

    March 3, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
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