March 2nd, 2009
03:52 PM ET
14 years ago

Limbaugh fires back at Steele

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" 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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  1. Marsha

    Oh! The infighting......

    March 2, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  2. Jack E. Jett

    Limbaugh is the perfect representative for the Republican party.
    He doesn't try and put lipstick on the pig..

    He is a proud pig who is full of hogwash and the more they put him up on a pedastal, the better of America will be

    March 2, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  3. Gene

    Let the civil war begin. Steele says Rush is just an entertainer.. which is fine, except when Rush is the Keynote speaker at the Republican convention.

    The republican party is falling apart.. and wouldn't it be Ironic if Rush was one of the reasons for it? 🙂

    March 2, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. babs from Denver

    So old Rush does not want to be ousted as HEAD of the Republican party. ROTFLMAO

    March 2, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. Deb in Colorado

    Let's see how it takes for Steele to go on Rush's show to apologize for offending the god the far right.

    March 2, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  6. Mike in Houston

    Just because Rush wants Obama to fail doesn't mean that he wants the United States to fail or suffer. The fate of the US is NOT tied to the fate of Obama. To think otherwise is foolish.

    Anyway, I'm sure that all the democrats prayed every night for George Bush to succeed, right?

    March 2, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. S.Positive


    March 2, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  8. Dyno

    Rush is the great new voice, and leader, of the Conservative GOP Social leadership base, not Steele.

    March 2, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. Deb in Colorado

    How long before Steele has to apologize to Rush?

    March 2, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. donna

    let the games begin...STeal vs. LimpBalls....who will be victorious as the TRUE LEADER of the RNC????

    I expect "Steal"e to start backtracking on his comments sometime today!!!!!

    March 2, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  11. Mary J.

    Look who the pot is talking to now. Ruch and Steele are two big idiots who have nothing to do except call each other names and blame. Both needs to sit in a corner and eat some pie.

    March 2, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  12. gl, Pittsburgh

    I am loving this fight. Michael Steele, if you don't know it now that you are just a token, Limbaugh is about to let you know!

    March 2, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  13. Grimm

    Rush Limbaugh, RNC Chairman Michael Steele, and President Obama.

    Question: Which of these men is the "odd man out and why?"

    Answer: Rush Limbaugh because his is NOT an elected government official.

    March 2, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  14. Larry

    I for one want Rush to succeed so badly... It will truly be the collapse of the GOP if this blowhard stays at the helm.

    Let's go Rush! Finish the job for the sensible progressives!

    March 2, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  15. slavs06

    Michael should know better. Rush is a more effective spokesperson than Steele. I am very disappointed by republicans distancing themselves from Rush and the party principles.

    March 2, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  16. caron

    ahhahahahha!!! This is too funny - it's about as good as Sarah and John - keep it up Republicans!!!

    March 2, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  17. David

    So, all my comments seem to "await" review by CNN. Wow, at least my comments get posted fast on Al-Jazeera, since they want a name like "David" on their blogs, to incite Muslims.

    But, anyway. I wrote about this under the Steele article. Rush will bully Steele off the stage in due time. Just wait. Stupid and rough always wins over smart in politics – in EVERY country.

    March 2, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  18. Phil P

    Limbaugh is not a politician, he is a talk-show host. His opinions and views do not have o coincide with the GOP's.
    His remarks were ugly and they were not what this country needs or needs to hear.

    March 2, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  19. Katherine

    If all the GOP has for leadership is Limbaugh they are even worse off than any of us knew. Anyone with a grain of intelligence does not listen to the rantings of Limbaugh. What a hippocrate he is, I would worry if he suddenly approved of anything Obama does. Limbaugh does not care about this country or the people in it, he just likes to hear the sound of his own voice.

    March 2, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  20. arithmetic is liberal

    The problem with beingan absolutist ideologue is that one day the probability that you are 100% right will drop to zero.

    So given that, the absolutist has two choices: to keep championing the old idea even though it doesn't work and will eventally lead everyone off a cliff or to admit their wrong.

    The ultimate folly of an absolutist is that to admit their wrong would invalidate everything they've ever said or done.

    So which is it going to be, Republicans? Is Limbaugh's absolutism going to lead you off the cliff, or are you going to have the courage to admit that some, not all, but some of your ideas are perhaps wrong?

    March 2, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  21. will

    rush what a joke.

    March 2, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  22. suresh

    It looks to me if anybody criticizes Rush, it is liberal media manipulating the critique. Does the liberal media has that much influence? If so, they better get to Hannity and O'Reilly so that we can stop this spitting of venom and the divisive talk.

    March 2, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  23. Dyno

    Whats Steele being investigated for? money to Brown Sugar?

    March 2, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  24. HiFlyer

    Now that's what I love to see! Limbaaa taking the bait while complaining that Steele took the bait. Two fish in the same pond arguing over who gets the worm.

    Bow down Steele, the Clown has spoken and you must kneel–kiss his ring–so all will be right with the GoP once again. ROFLMAO

    March 2, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  25. Santiago Romero

    This is great, implosion of the Republican party.

    March 2, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
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