April 30th, 2009
11:11 AM ET
5 years ago

Steele: I agree with Rush Limbaugh

Michael Steele said Thursday he agreed with conservative talk show radio host Rush Limbaugh that former Republican turned Democratic Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter was a party dead weight.
Michael Steele said Thursday he agreed with conservative talk show radio host Rush Limbaugh that former Republican turned Democratic Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter was a party dead weight.

(CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, who once found himself in a war of words with Rush Limbaugh, said in an interview Thursday he agreed with the conservative talk show radio host that former Republican turned Democratic Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter was a party dead weight.

When questioned on CBS' "Early Show" about which Republican reaction to the Specter exit he most identifies with: Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe's mourning of the loss or Rush Limbaugh's declaration of good riddance, the Republican National Committee Chairman replied, "Rush. I'm sorry I'm not weeping here. I'm sorry."

As to the future of the GOP, Steele wasn't overly optimistic, maintaining that the outlook of his party isn't great as of now.

"Well the future lies down the road a bit. I mean, look, I'm not going to sit here with, you know, pie-in-the-sky talking about, you know, how wonderful things are. They're not," he said.

But like his Republican colleague, Olympia Snowe, Steele insisted there is room for moderates in Republican Party, saying the notion that the party is exclusive "is just crazy."


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soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. Melissa

    See? Event Steele admits that Rush is running the Republican party. Steele is too weak to be Republican leader and you people need to oust him and Rush. I suggest Olympia Snowe as the new head of the GOP.

    April 30, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  2. Ken

    Oh this is just fabulously funny! Steele agrees with Rush, but then says...... *wink*wink*.......there is room for moderates in Republican Party, and the notion that the party is exclusive is just crazy.

    It is absolutely stunning how all the rightwing neo-morons worship this kind of hypocrisy, the disconnect from reality, the abject stupidity! Steele, Rush and all their followers had their skulls breeched when the word S-T-U-P-I-D was branded on their foreheads.

    April 30, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. Retired Army in San Antonio

    Posted by CNN -– "But like his Republican colleague, Olympia Snowe, Steele insisted there is room for moderates in Republican Party, saying the notion that the party is exclusive "is just crazy.""

    ============================================================

    Mmmmmm.......zero wins in traditionally Democratic districts and only Maine's Sen Collins could win (actually hold on) in a states with a Democratic lean in the last election.......only 2 of 40 Moderate Senators in the party.

    And, oh yeah, both of the Moderate Senators from a state that Obama won by 13 points.

    Snowe and Collins better stay in Obama's hip pocket best they can......or they'll be shown the door too!

    April 30, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  4. Eric Roberts

    when I hear either of these two talk, I hear the voice of Charlie Brown's teacher...blah blah blah blah blah...

    April 30, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. David

    Good boy Steele...
    Finally, you got in line and bowed to the king of the GOP...
    Going to shine his shoes too or are you going to leave that to McConnell?
    Remember, Rep. Boehner already does his Tie...

    April 30, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  6. Larry from RI

    Ready, aim, shoot yourself in the other foot!
    Party purity was also pushed by another notorious party back in the 30's that the current GOP shares some striking similarities with!

    Rush, the oozing, festering boil, forgot to wear his brown shirt for this photo-op!

    April 30, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I recommend that Colin Powell be the leader of the RNC. Steele is all over the place and doesn't know what he's talking about. Back in the day there was a special name for someone like Michael Steele. Here's a hint: your mother's brother relationship to you/___ & Jerry.

    April 30, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  8. Will-South Dakota

    Steele bowing to the head of the RNC & GOP Limbaugh Hallow be thy Name! Steele has to tote what Limbaugh says, Seantor Snowe will be their next target.

    April 30, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  9. Edward Blake

    Good job, Steele. Keep sucking up to your boss.

    People still question the fact that Rush is the official voice of the GOP?

    And with how can you take Steele seriously when he says the GOP isn't exclusive? When Specter left, Steele IMMEDIATELY chimed in with a "good riddance to moderates!" statement. Does the GOP even care about credibility anymore?

    April 30, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  10. 52 yr. old white Houston oil man

    "I'm the de facto leader of the Republican Party. Rush Limbaugh is an entertainer. Rush Limbaugh's whole thing is entertainment," Micheal Steele, 02/28/2008
    --------
    What was that again Micheal? I didn't quite catch that.

    April 30, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  11. Jon

    He agrees with Rush but thinks the idea of the GOP as exclusionary "is just crazy." Huh? Is the guy really this clueless, or is he intentionally disingenuous? Either way, the Republican party is in big trouble with Steele and Rush at the top.

    April 30, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  12. windfall

    Mr. Steele, it's not "crazy" to say your party is exclusive.
    You exclude anyone who doesn't agree with your line of thinking.
    You exclude gays,
    you exclude environmentalists,
    you exclude women who want to choose
    you exclude people who think basic health care is a right

    And while excluding, your party is negative, divisive, and hypocritical.

    April 30, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  13. Sandy

    They continue to embrace so-called "party leaders" like Rush Limbaugh, and Republicans can't understand why they keep losing?

    April 30, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  14. Tom in Sarasota

    He sure learned his lesson, not to cross the Boss. Time to Purge the 'moderates"!

    April 30, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  15. Nick - West Hills (L.A.), CA

    Of course he agrees with Rush. Rush is the boss, and it is Rush and only Rush who defines the GOP.

    Mr. Steele has obviously learned his lesson from the whopping he got from his boss a while back.

    The rest of us INDEPENDENTS (aka: those who actually decide election outcomes because we can think for ourselves) are looking forward to additional Stalin-Like purges the GOP will be executing in the near future.

    God forbid anyone in the GOP have a brain that is not lock-step synchronized with Rush's.

    It will be nice to have some more politicians who are allowed to vote with their conscience when deciding on legislation that affects their CONSTITUENTS.

    Rush Limbaugh: "...Honey, I shrunk the GOP!"

    April 30, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  16. fudge

    Yep! YOu Better agree with Rush Limblah! or your Toast as I'm concern.

    April 30, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  17. Doug

    I'd say good riddance if Limbaugh went on to do something else. Preferably something somewhere in isolation, where none of us would have to hear his mouth ever again.

    April 30, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. windfall

    For 8 years we heard Rush and the rest of those blowhards saying it was "un-American" to disagree with the president.

    Now look at them. What a party of liars and losers.

    April 30, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  19. Kayfabe

    The Party of No has spoken. With Steele nowing being the Republican whipping boy and "face". He is told from the boss how to act.

    April 30, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  20. Greg from MA

    No it isn't. If there is room for moderates in the Republican Party, then why, out of all the possible Representatives and Senators from New England's 6 states (MA , CT, RI, ME, NH, VT) are only 2 Republicans?

    April 30, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  21. Jennie

    Keep it up, the republicans will be left with limbaugh and the dittoheads – and the rest – 80% of the country – will move on. It's a shame that they can't see that it's voices like that of limbaugh accompanied by the far right that make the republican party so unattractive. Intollerance breeds intollerance. They'll have nothing left but the religiously intollerant and the bigoted. They exclude minorities, gays, lesbians and anyone with more than 2 live brain cells to rub together. Eventually the old white folks will die off and so will the gop. Good riddance.

    April 30, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  22. Lisa B

    Oh, right, Mr. Steele. Your party is not "exclusive". Someone is only accepted as a true republican or "real American" if Rush says they are. Right. And that is not exclusive at all. Once again, you can't fix stupid! Or in this case, idiots. But please, just keep doing it wronger. You know what they say about the definition of insanity? Keep on doing the same thing, the same way and expect a different result. Right. Tax cuts and spending freezes = INSANITY

    April 30, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  23. dominican mama 4 Obama

    the Republican National Committee Chairman replied, "Rush. I'm sorry I'm not weeping here. I'm sorry."
    Mr. Steele you are embarrassing.

    April 30, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  24. Fitz in Texas

    In the past I never listened to Rush Limbaugh, but all the Rush Limbaugh bashing caused me to turn in one day and I now listen to Mr. Limbaugh every chance I get. So all you Rush Limbaugh bashing folks, thanks for turning me onto a great talk show.

    April 30, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  25. No Incumbents 2010

    Steele is indeed sorry. And pathetic. He agrees that moderates and centrists should leave the GOP. He disagrees with Sen. Snowe that the GOP needs moderates to win. If expelling moderates is how he defines his mission, he is going to be very successful since he takes marching orders from Boss Limbaugh.

    April 30, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
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