Chairman Steele is a coward. Here's what I think he should have said:
Rush Limbaugh is a strong voice for the conservative movement. I have a great deal of respect for his accomplishments.
However, Rush Limbaugh is not the Chairman of the Republican Party of the United States. Nor is he a state Chairman, a County Chairman, or a precinct/ward captain within the Republican Party. Rush Limbaugh does not speak for the Republican Party. I encourage Rush to join the party, but at this time he has no official position within our party.
When Rush puts his megaphone aside and actually does some work within the official Republican party, then he will deserve respect from the elected Chairman of the Republican National Committee.
From me, he gets no respect. Sorry.