Steele Fumbles

(BurnsNotes from Maryland Politics Today)

Before I go into this, I want to ensure those of you who adhere to common sense principles that everything is going to be OK. President Barack Obama (D) will soon start hitting brick walls. The economy will recover because it always does after new leadership is installed. Race relations will continue to get better, but will not be the kumbaya moment that everyone thought they would get by electing a black president. The sun will continue to shine, babies will continue to be born (despite the attempts of those in power to ratchet up the abortion machine.) In other words, life will go on.

Having said all of that…Michael Steele, you are a freaking idiot!

You had the perfect opportunity to kick things up a notch and NOT play into the hands of the Chicago machine, but you ruined it…or as Vince McMahon when would say when I watched wrestling on a more regular basis, “YOU RUINED IT DAMMIT! YOU RUINED IT!”

Easily for the past five years, the criticism is that the Republican Party has been receiving marching orders from talk show bloviator Rush Limbaugh. The talk show host, who is syndicated through Premiere Radio Networks, has been crowned spokesperson and leader of the Republican Party. It became more vocal over the weekend thanks to the shot fired by Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. Virginia Congressman and House Minority Whip Frank Cantor openly said with no shame that Rush Limbaugh is a non-factor in the party.

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Steele over the weekend on CNN said “Rush Limbaugh, his whole thing is entertainment. Yes, it’s incendiary, yes, it’s ugly.” Rush fired back on his show calling Steele a coward. “I hope the RNC chairman will realize he’s not a talking head pundit, that he is supposed to be working on the grassroots and rebuilding it and maybe doing something about our open primary system and fixing it so that Democrats don’t nominate our candidates. It’s time, Mr. Steele, for you to go behind the scenes and start doing the work that you were elected to do instead of trying to be some talking head media star, which you’re having a tough time pulling off.”

Instead of telling Limbaugh to go “shove” off, the Republican National Committee chairman apologizes to Rush! The Politico reported: “Asked if he planned to apologize, Steele said: “I wasn’t trying to offend anybody. So, yeah, if he’s offended, I’d say: Look, I’m not in the business of hurting people’s feelings here. … My job is to try to bring us all together.” Some people that know me can tell you I do not have the greatest respect for Rush Limbaugh…OK, I [radio edit] can’t stand him and my reason has confirmed itself over the past 72 hours.

When someone asks me do I listen to Rush Limbaugh, I say absolutely not. For one thing, Rush has reached “god-like” status, which is dangerous in my book. Icon status is OK with me because most of them do not act like they are God. Rush acts like he is God. As a matter of fact, one of his tag lines is “talent on loan from God.” For one thing, I have heard people talk about “God-given talent” more than “God-loaned talent,” but that’s a completely different conversation.

The usual response I hear is, “The man is speaking the truth and he is right.” Well, I’m sorry, Rush is not that special to me. Overall, Rush Limbaugh has created a population of sheep in the Republican Party to the point that it needs permission to use the bathroom. Steele offering his apology to Rush proves that.

In addition, this is continuing two long-standing bi-partisan problems. The first of which is being tied to a certain group. For a long time, the values voters have flocked to the Republican Party. Black voters have been tied to the hip of the Democratic Party. Both parties have let these voting blocs down. Yes, the democrats nominated the first Black president, but conservatives had to cross the line for him to win the election.

The other bipartisanship problem is really a national problem, our love with celebrities and entertainers. Rush Limbaugh is a celebrity and an entertainer, NOT A LEADER. He may have influence, he may have a herd of sheep, but unless Limbaugh has the power to get people elected (which has not been proven), Limbaugh is WORTHLESS. In theory, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Glenn Beck, G. Gordon Liddy and Fred Thompson are just as conservative as Rush, but none of them act as if they are Lord and Savior over the United States of America.

Limbaugh is a celebrity, nothing more, nothing less. We need to hold him in the same regard as other bloviators on Cable TV or talk radio in addition to other celebrities. By that, I mean that you are interested in it, but not following it. Michael Steele is the leader of the Republican Party. And to that end, I would like to send him a message…

Mr. Steele, you are a leader. Leaders only apologize when a decision is made that affects a mass group of people. Your comments only hurt a big fat celebrity who thinks he is God. As a former seminarian and devout Catholic, I expect you to know the part of the Bible that says, “thou shall not have any other gods before me.” You should not have reached out to Limbaugh. You should have told him to shut up and remind him who is running the show. By you apologizing, you have closed off a united front which could have given Republicans their own voice on matters. In addition, you have placed yourself among the herd. Thanks to your cowardly act, the GOP is back to square one.

P. Kenneth Burns is the editor of Maryland Politics Today. His email is

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