I Guess Rush Limbaugh IS The Voice Of The GOP

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Media, Partisan Hacks, Republicans

One day after a Republican Congressman criticized Limbaugh, well, I think you know where this is going…

From Politico:

Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) apologized Wednesday to “my fellow conservatives” for comments critical of talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh – saying he sees “eye-to-eye” with Limbaugh and that his remarks defending House Republican leadership came across more harshly than intended.

He also took issue with a headline on a Politico story about his comments, saying he never told Limbaugh to “back off,” as the headline read.

“I regret and apologize for the fact that my comments have offended and upset my fellow conservatives—that was not my intent,” Gingrey said in a statement. “I am also sorry to see that my comments in defense of our Republican Leadership read much harsher than they actually were intended, but I recognize it is my responsibility to clarify my own comments.”

He even apologized to Rush on his show and called his own comments “stupid.”

Want to know what was so stupid?

Here ya go…

I mean, it’s easy if you’re Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh or even sometimes Newt Gingrich to stand back and throw bricks. You don’t have to try to do what’s best for your people and your party. You know you’re just on these talk shows and you’re living well and plus you stir up a bit of controversy and gin the base and that sort of that thing. But when it comes to true leadership, not that these people couldn’t be or wouldn’t be good leaders, they’re not in that position of John Boehner or Mitch McConnell.

So yeah, Gingrey apologized for telling the truth.

Nice.

Do you know of ANY media constituency on the left that could provoke this type of turnaround? No, neither do I, and it speaks to the current state of the Republican party and the talking heads that are preventing it from moving forward.

And sure, some will claim Daily Kos has Dem politicians over a barrel, but that’s clearly nonsense as Howard Dean’s defeat and Joe Lieberman’s win have shown.

Oh well. Live by the talk radio, die by the talk radio.


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5 Responses to “I Guess Rush Limbaugh IS The Voice Of The GOP”

  1. bubbles Says:

    Well they’re going to regret this. The more they listen to Rush Limbaugh, the more the public will feel like Rush Limbaugh is the Republican candidate at the polls. And frankly, that’s not gonna help the GOP gain support outside of the loonies.

  2. The Maine View Says:

    If they continue making comments like this will people hold the Repubs accountable for everything Right Talk says. They had better hope not. That could sink them quick, just like if the Dems said similar things about Left Talk. Better not to link yourself so closely to people who don’t have to worry about reelection.

  3. ExiledIndependent Says:

    Part of the problem was that Gingrey came across as more of a “go along to get along” politician rather that someone with principled beliefs on how to improve America.

  4. Jim S Says:

    Bull. The only problem is that he criticized the blowhard who can get the Republicans to do anything if he pushes it hard enough on his show. Yes, Limbaugh is the biggest influence on the party now.

  5. Snip Says:

    Rush Limbaugh IS the republican party: Self-centered, indifferent to the suffering of others, crooked, narrow-minded, bigoted and cowardly. Let him continue to represent them. They are worthless.

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