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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soundoff (456 Responses)
  1. Cleaning up after W

    Steele is right when he said that Rush is a performer, but he's dead wrong if he thinks Rush is not calling the shots. The republicans have crossed the final line. They no longer are able to see fact from fiction or entertainment from reality. They still don't realize the truth, that America voted them out because the people want results and regulation, instead of the republican ideologies and disproven economics. Instead, they run the only way they know how to. Even further to the right and their own self-segregation. The only shot they had as a party was to learn the lessons of their electoral rejection by the voters and work with President Obama to turn the country around. Not surprisingly, they did the exact opposite.

    March 2, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  2. Colin

    Republicans eating their young.

    March 2, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  3. Bill/CA

    As long as Rush Limbaugh speaks for the Republican Party, they will be a minority party.

    As long as he speaks for the conservatives in this country, the majority of Americans – who, by the way, are not liberals or conservatives, but moderates – will reject your ideals.

    This is similar to what happened in Bush's first term, when Democrats had no identity and allowed groups like Move On and Air America to do all the talking for them. Americans moved further away from the party and the GOP won more seats. Now, thanks to Rush, Ann Coulter et al, the same thing is happening here. Conservatives are understandably angry, but they need to channel it into reconstruction of their party and movement rather than hatred and anger if they want to become a party again.

    March 2, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. jd

    Limbaugh has it right. I want Obama's tax and spend legislation to fail too. if it doesn't fail we are going to have rampant socialism, because his money is going to support and grow his illiterate, entitlement addicted constituency.

    March 2, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  5. Chris in SC

    Limbough is a disgusting man and definitley no patriot. No matter what party you support, Obama is our president and it is in our best interest as a country that he succeeds. What is sickening to me is that Limbaough and his fans would rather let our country continue to struggle than to see Obama have any success in turning things around.

    March 2, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  6. Freed_From_W

    What I don't understand is why the GOP and the people who think along their backwards line of thought are even relevant in 2009.

    Seriously, guys, it's 2009. We know about DNA, Gamma Ray bursts, we know what the particles that make up the particles that make up the atom are and how to manipulate them, we are building things in space – it's time to give up that "God did it" bullcrap and try to solve some of the world's problems instead of blowing them up.

    We could all be reading a book and educating ourselves right now instead of giving these two narcissistic blowhards exactly what they want – undeserved attention!

    March 2, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  7. Beejay

    Is Libaugh stupid or what? If he wishes for President Obama to fail, doesn't he realize that he is wishing even worse hardship on America? If the President succeeds, it will be for the benefit of the American people. What a moron!!!! This man is something else!!! He sure isn't putting country first!!!

    March 2, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  8. This is getting better ha ha ha

    That;s right Rush, you are the boss and that's what's up.....

    March 2, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  9. Art

    Limbaugh is nuts, who does he think he is God. This guy is a college dropout and he thinks he knows everything their is to know about running a country. He's a joke.

    March 2, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  10. What an idiot

    Is there any other republicans out there that would stand up to Rush? A lot of them are scared to criticized this idiot. He say jump, they say how high. Quit being scary cat fools and denounce this man.

    March 2, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  11. Casey | Sebastopol, CA

    I think it's more that Steele was used by the clueless and desperate GOP, who think that the COLOR of our new president's skin is why we elected him or that we cheered Hillary's run for President or her appointment as Secretary of State because of her gender.

    They think Obama and Clinton won BECAUSE of skin color and gender... not IN SPITE OF.

    And until the GOP understands the difference between the two, Rush and Steele are just two forks in the snake's tongue.

    March 2, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  12. Mark

    Rush is NOT right, he seldom is right, and I see no end to that trend. His hypocritical banter epitomizes why this Country is so divided. The people have spoken, the Country has changed direction; get on board or get the hell out.

    March 2, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  13. Minnesota

    O this is good! They eat their own! Mr Steele..... how does it feel to get identified with the liberal party just to denegrate you as the GOP tactics always have?? If they say it, it must be true... right?
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Oh this is going to be good entertainment for weeks! Maybe even months!!!!

    March 2, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  14. Had It

    Uh oh – the new face of republicans better be scared – he ticked off the republican fat bully. Run Steele Run !!!!

    March 2, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  15. Steve

    By Limbaugh responding to Steele's remarks does indeed show that the leadership of the GOP is not settled...

    March 2, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  16. beevee

    People like Limbaugh should never be allowed a say in national politics. He is like the Ayatollah of this country who if ever become politically prominent would reverse the country's progress. I hope the american people realize this and keep this nut as far from politics as possible. What are his qualifications?

    March 2, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  17. Mervin M. Jr.

    Lol....well I say! Steele is learning quite quickly that he nothing but a token mouthpiece for this very "southern" party. It's a lesson he needs to learn! The GOP is the stuff of exclusive country clubs and racist ditto-heads!

    March 2, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  18. Simpliticus

    Turf wars I betcha! Steele has thrown the gauntlet down only to have Limbaugh respond! Limbaugh has to be very tactful about how to respond to Steele without enjoining more rabid responses from the GOP itself. Here we have an ongoing war of words and philosophy of engendering malcontents of who owns the hill! A King of the Hill turf wars has begun and it can only get, as Steele has spoken, ugly! In a world where the GOP has faltered badly recently, we have a battle,to wit, of GOP Chairman Steele and long-stated GOP shaman, Limbaugh, over GOP issues. The GOP is so sorely lost after Bush faltered so badly on the economy and other issues of leadership that the once vaunted Limbaugh has engaged in a war of words with that Party's chairman. Keep in mind that after the REPUBLICAN-led Great Depression of the '30's, the GOP lost vast amounts of influence for nearly twenty years and it appears to be happening again so much so that the GOP is given to internal philosophical rants and canonical beratings between the Chair and its primary priest of persuasion. Discontent knows no bottom of ill content!

    March 2, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  19. karim allah

    Mr. Limbaugh is man's best friend, a lot of bark, a little bite. He is too self serving , as well as over weight to lead any one or party. What he does best is what he is doing, working his mouth. The saddest part about it all is the fact that you give him so much attention which reveals how corrupt the entire civilization is. It is like the rainbow, want be the water but the fire next time.

    March 2, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  20. jim

    As much as I want to see this trash ignored by the american people, it does help others see what kind of psycho's are really running the republican party and their conservative movement. So in a sense, I kinda hope he doesn't go away, but in another sense I can't believe how much credit a dirtbag of his stature is given, it's mindboggling that the media give him of all the "good" people out there, this much attention. But it's no surprise, most of the media is just another form of entertainment, news isn't really news at all it's just one spin after another, which is sad because it's tough to sort the bs from reality.

    March 2, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  21. Steve (the real one)

    Conservatives fighting conservatives!! Who do you think you are ...liberals???

    March 2, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  22. yvette

    rush, why are u angry? he stated an opinion, u are an entertainer?
    i do believe u want america to fail.

    March 2, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  23. jake NC

    this guy is the reason that there is no longer a moderate portion to the republican party and conservative movement. Today when i look at the republican party i see Rush and sarah as the face and spokes persons of this dying party. And who in thier sane mind can support a party who when the public and a major portion of thier own party call for internal reform only further lean tward extremism and radical ideology. Republicans when you clean your act up give me a call, but i cant promise ill be able to answer anymore.

    March 2, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  24. Thomas

    "Why do you claim to lead the Republican Party when you seem obsessed with seeing to it President Obama succeeds?" Limbaugh addressed Steele."

    If anything demonstrates that Limbaugh is not a moral American, this quote should remove all doubt.

    An American wants America to succeed. We may have our political preferences, but we all want America to succeed.

    To actively wish America to fail is a morally reprehensable position.

    March 2, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  25. ldk

    LOL...I LOVE IT. Steele and LImbaugh fighting in the sandbox. Who will emerge the true leader of the GOP? Either way you conservatives are screwed. What a laugh.

    March 2, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
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