Thursday, March 5, 2009

Rush Limbaugh Leads Republican Party? Politicians Deny it....sort of

You've probably heard recently that Rush Limbaugh is now the King of the Republican Party. After calling his comments "ugly" and saying that he is an "entertainer", even the Chairman of the RNC had to call and apologize to His Majesty.
Here's what Steele Said First:

Well that didn't stand for very long because Rush Limbaugh went out and excoriated Steele on his show:

And then Steele quickly issued an apology, which you can read all about here. Bobby Jindal/Kenneth the Page's response? He's "glad" that Steele apologized.

My "boy friend" Nate Silver over at fivethirtyeight has a good run-down of this controversy and also how it's not really that big of a controversy. Really, it's being perpetrated by the cable news anchors because I mean, who doesn't like to watch powerful people fight? BUT while it may not be a big deal nationally, it is indicative of a greater problem within the party. That is, the RNC does not have a leader right now, whether it's Rush Limbaugh or anyone else. And until they get a leader, these kinds of squabbles are going to be prime targets for the news media.

Which is great for Democrats, who can and are exploiting this situation ruthlessly, but in the long run it's damaging for the country. Without responsible political leadership, talking heads like Limbaugh, with no accountability to anyone regarding what they say but with apparently great sway over public opinion, get to run amok.

Read the great fivethirtyeight post here.