March 3rd, 2009
01:57 PM ET
5 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
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  1. I voted for change!!!!!

    @ Charlie,

    When President Bush II sent our men and women to a useless and winless war, that's when you call a person for who and what they are. When President Bush II drove us to a recession, that's when you call a person for who and what they are. When President Bush II adminstration tries to bend the law for their own benefit, that's when you call a person for who and what they are. Now, although the dems have had the Congress for two years, it doesn't erase the other six. News Flash to you!!! It took quite some time to get here, and yes, our downfall and proof that greed will lose was well before 2007.

    March 3, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  2. Scott, Tucson

    I am not a smart person.

    March 3, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  3. Once You Vote Black

    Looks like Rush told Steele to Sniffit!

    March 3, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. richard

    You CNN Democrats are just jealous that there is no inspiration in your party. The best that you can come up with is a President who is not qualified for the job and lacks basic understanding about the way in which business works. If Obama likes European Socialism so much, he should move there. Let me suggest France as being a perfect fit.

    March 3, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  5. Rose

    I can't believe someone could actually want the President to fail.
    No matter what your politcs are, if he fails we all fail. Rush Limbaugh is a very selfish person. He won't lose his job like we would. He is only thinking about himself.

    March 3, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. Unshrub

    Almost anyone who files a tax return will have the same dollar percentage of mistakes as the Obama's picks. I practiced as a CPA for 35 years and unless they file a short return and do not itemize or have other income and expenses there will be mistakes and oversights. Maybe $10,000 looks like a lot of taxes to those little minds who can't comprehend that much money, but for many who pay several times that much in taxes each year that is not a large amount.

    March 3, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  7. Regular Guy

    Heather :

    I have a few suggestions I would gladly share Lol.

    March 3, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  8. Todd in Orlando

    The GOP have fallen into the trap, now their fate is in the hands of the sweaty, sex tourist, radio talker. It is hilarious!

    March 3, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  9. DUSTIN

    To add to my commets why is it when Obama won the election Dems resposnse is "America people elected us so don't go against us" but when Bush won re-election the Dems went against everything the Repubs did. No wonder most American people waste their time with American Idol over politics the whole system is junk and most people involved are crooks.

    March 3, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  10. Rush Limbaugh

    I'm a fat stinkin slob who hates everyone except white christian conservs. I loves me my oxycontin and I can't believe how easy it is to swindle and con people into fallin for my lies. Gotta go and take my drugs now.

    March 3, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  11. Randy, San Francisco

    Need proof Rush is the godfather of the GOP? Every Republican politician who criticized him had to make a very public apology.

    March 3, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  12. Patsy Madison, TN

    If the Republicans have to stoop so low to have a pill-driven big mouth nothing to represent their party, they are in worse shape than even I thought.

    March 3, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  13. John, Georgia

    I need someone to name a Single GOP who disagree with RUSH ?
    they all speak like him now and poor Bobby Ginger couldn't answer Larry King question if he wants OBAMA to fail like RUSH
    Michael Steel can trash the President on radio all day and get on his knees to apologize to RUSH. What an INSULT to African American.

    March 3, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  14. richie

    Steele has merely shown his weakness and the cowardice of his convictions. This is the GOP leader? The head of the party?

    Excellent. With this kind of disarray, the Democrats will have no problems at all in 2012.

    March 3, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  15. R. Skinner

    Two questions. 1. Doesn't Mr. Steel's backtracking on his comments indicate a wishy washy leadership style ? 2. Isn't this the same Rush Limbaugh who was alleged to be a prescription medication junkie several years ago ? If that is true, how many junkies would YOU listen to ?

    March 3, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  16. California Gold

    The GOP looks like it is in shambles with Steele and Limbaugh in a tug of war. What a turn off.

    March 3, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  17. Paul H

    Rush Limbaugh is not Republican per say. He stands for conservatism.
    He railed against the Bush administration when they started spending money like the Democrats. He also had a lot of issues with John McCain.
    If there was an independent that had Conservative values he would prop that person up, or simply a Conservative movement of some sort Rush would be all over it.
    These things are known by media, but they prefer to slant the headlines, to show turmoil inside the Republican party.
    Conservatives stand out, even away from the Republican party, but Liberalism, and Socialism does not stand out from whats taking place in the white house right now.

    March 3, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  18. TulipField

    I love it when the Republicans start eating their own.

    March 3, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  19. mkn

    So this is what Republican leadership looks like?
    Looks like the High School Popularity Contest to me.
    We are in so much trouble in this country and to think that people actually think Rush cares!!!!

    March 3, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  20. Kevin Denver Colorado

    Richard: You CNN Democrats are just jealous that there is no inspiration in your party.

    That's the funniest thing I've heard all day!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Thanks for the laugh!

    March 3, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  21. Highly Favored

    It appears that Saint Rush has the entire GOP by the balls . . . LITERALLY!

    Wow.. . . .talk about selling their soul to the DEVIL!

    March 3, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  22. KayLynn

    I smell "historical" Democratic landslides.

    March 3, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  23. Raoul Vegas

    Q: What's the difference between Rush Limbaugh and the Hindenburg?

    A: One is a bloated Nazi gasbag and the other one is a blimp.

    March 3, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  24. Matt, Chico, CA

    I'd rather follow Rush than Ayatollah Obama

    March 3, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  25. Brian

    National debt prior to Reagan taking office = $1 Trillion

    National debt when Reagan left office = $3 Trillion

    In what way is Reagan a conservative and why is he held up as THE conservative role model? He's a drunken sailor like GW Bush.

    March 3, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
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