For me, the party made enough of a change two years ago that I stopped all contributions. When there is a pretty solid difference between my core political beliefs and the party that I belong to, what else should I do?
See the updated Steele comments below.
And quite honestly, for the new Republican National Committee chairman to call Rush Limbaugh’s show as incendiary, ugly entertainment you’re nailing the door shut buddy.
I guess my reaction was to close my wallet and start Conservative247 and join up with Vicevich.
We have no conservative elected leadership, and I’m not sure any of good recruits would want to step forward into the role. Why bother? You can be a pundit, talking head, radio show host, small business owner, company manager, executive or blogger and avoid all of the hassle.
Hinderaker at Power Line Blog calls it the most disheartening story of the day, but I don’t think John has it right. How can you throw Rush under the bus when you – DNC chairman Michael Steele – really has no power among conservatives?
I know I wasn’t that desperate, so here’s the video for readers from the DL Hugley show on CNN.
“My intent was not to go after Rush – I have enormous respect for Rush Limbaugh,” Steele said in a telephone interview. “I was maybe a little bit inarticulate. … There was no attempt on my part to diminish his voice or his leadership.” …
“I went back at that tape and I realized words that I said weren’t what I was thinking,” Steele said. “It was one of those things where I thinking I was saying one thing, and it came out differently. What I was trying to say was a lot of people … want to make Rush the scapegoat, the bogeyman, and he’s not.”
“I’m not going to engage these guys and sit back and provide them the popcorn for a fight between me and Rush Limbaugh,” Steele added. “No such thing is going to happen. … I wasn’t trying to slam him or anything.”