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In 2009, then Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele was forced to pucker up and kiss the prodigious ass of the Godfather of the GOP, right wing talk show host Rush Limbaugh:
"My intent was not to go after Rush. I was maybe a little bit inarticulate. … There was no attempt on my part to diminish his voice or his leadership."
Here are the milquetoast comments Steele was apologizing for:
"Rush Limbaugh is an entertainer. Rush Limbaugh — his whole thing is entertainment. He has this incendiary — yes, it's ugly."
Steele's comments were in response to the never-tactful Limbaugh's suggestion that he commit suicide for doing such a shitty job:
"If I were chairman of the Republican Party, given the state that it's in, I would quit. I might get out the hari-kari knife because I would have presided over a failure that is embarrassing to the Republicans and conservatives who have supported it and invested in it all these years."
Fast forward three years. Steele is no longer RNC chairman, having been replaced by a guy whose name sounds like an exotic genital piercing.
Limbaugh's still Limbaugh, lashing out at anything not rich, white and pear shaped.
Can Steele now speak his mind? Find out after the racing stripe.
On today's show Rush Limbaugh went after Tom Perez, Obama's nominee for Secretary of Labor. Limbaugh compared Perez to the "Grand Kleagle of the Ku Klux Klan" and Hugo Chavez.
"I think we just need to be a little more tempered here...I just don’t see a basis for, you know, Chavez? How did we jump to that? Oh, because he’s Hispanic? Oh, got it, got it, alright. Again, you can’t take that seriously, and that’s what the American people are tired of, quite frankly."
Will Steele have to kiss Limbaugh's nether side again, or is this willingness to diss Rush in public a sign of a chink in the Kingmaker's armor?
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