Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Melting Steele

Virigina governor Tim Kaine in response to Steele's prostating himself on the altar of Limbaugh.
I was briefly encouraged by the courageous comments made my counterpart in the Republican Party over the weekend challenging Rush Limbaugh as the leader of the Republican Party and referring to his show as 'incendiary' and 'ugly.' However, Chairman Steele's reversal this evening and his apology to Limbaugh proves the unfortunate point that Limbaugh is the leading force behind the Republican Party, its politics and its obstruction of President Obama's agenda in Washington.
Read the whole quote at the link. That's the kind of pushback I've been waiting for.

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Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

A CNN poll today shows that well over 80% of respondents think Limbaugh is the de facto head of the Republican party. The fanaticism of his supporters rivals that of Hitler's Brown Shirts as illustrated by the comments on my post on The Reaction yesterday.

For mentioning that people like Ron Paul feel his influence is "regrettable" I was called a Kike, a hair-on-fire loony and worse. Apparently the troll hadn't even read the post, but just spewed out the Nazi script like pus from -- well, from an infected anal cyst like the one that got Limbaugh out of the draft.

I think it's dangerous to underestimate the influence of this man or the derangement of his followers. I think we have to recognize that he may be more dangerous now than ever.

8:52:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

In terms of the potential for real violence by his supporters, I'd say you're right. And they're getting more rabid, the more irrelevant they become. The tone of my trolls at DetNews has become a bit uglier too. Seems to be more violent ideation every day.

9:06:00 AM  
Blogger Cosa Nostradamus said...

Rush and his legions of bloated old bigots. Feh.

It's all just talk.

If only the policies of the two Parties were as different as their rhetoric.

We may end up indicting two Presidents, if one of them doesn't CHANGE real soon.

9:22:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I have to agree Cosa, that for all the good things Obama has done, your list of grievances are serious areas of concern. I keep telling myself it's still better than Bush was or Mccain would have been. I don't see what we can do about it except focus some attention on removing Blue Dogs and getting more progressives in Congress. We still need them to prosecute any executive crimes.

9:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Suffice it to say that one comment from the President to Congressional Republicans ("You should stop listening to Rush.") on the day Barack Obama went to Capital Hill to talk to only Republicans about the now-passed stimulus bill, was enough to ignite a Republican civil war. That comment led to Rush's now infamous,"I hope Obama fails" line that split the GOP asunder. Now we have the spectacle of Eric Cantor, the Nancy- Polosi-is-mean-and-she-hurt-our-feelings-so-we-won’t-vote-for-TARP (back in September when John McCain was busy losing the general election.) Congressman form Virginia supporting the Obama administration in hoping the stimulus works.

Now let’s see if this picture works out. On one hand we have the king of the right wing hoping for failure of the new guys in office after doing so much to guarantee the failure of the old administration in the Dubya years with his doctrinaire “screw the markets” outlook and out-to-lunch commentary that was eagerly gobbled by everyone too lazy to think for themselves. And, on the other hand, we have former Rush acolyte Eric Cantor saying he wants the the new administration’s stimulus plan to work. Sounds like a plan, doesn’t it?

Perhaps this is the type of "bi-partisanship" that the President was working toward. Let’s have a nod toward Rahm with his reinforcing knife in the ribs comment on Sunday morning talking-head TV.

Meanwhile, it looks as if the Republicans are up to their old tricks; they don't realize-yet- that they've been had.( Just like in days of Geo W.) And Rush doesn't realize- yet- that his best days are now in the past. His influence is waning. His audience is more afraid of reality than eager to support his fantasy of a “principled” conservative movement that has the best interests of the country as its only motivation.

All I can say is. “Please, please, please, pretty please keep underestimating the political skills of Barack Obama.”

9:44:00 AM  
Blogger Cosa Nostradamus said...

Yeah, Libby. Obama is also WAY to the left of Attila the Hun. Not good enough.

They all talk that humanitarian sh*t before they put on the Ring of Power, then they're totally corrupted by it. It gets worse every Presidency. We have to stop it NOW.

Just because he does a few good things doesn't mean he gets to commit war crimes.

You're right: Blue Dogs & Republicans OUT in 2008. Congress needs to take back its' prerogatives, while it still can.

10:14:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

New Negotiator, Obama is a skilled strategist but that doesn't mean he can't use it against us too unfortunately. Best to be watchful.

Cosa, I never had high expectations for Obama so the extent that he exceeds them, it's a plus. I feel certain shaking up Congress will help us more.

11:19:00 AM  

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