Right On Cue, Michael Steele Walks Back His Criticisms Of Limbaugh
by Todd Beeton, Mon Mar 02, 2009 at 02:01:36 PM EST
Guess I gave Steele a little too much credit. Remember what Rahm Emanuel said yesterday on Face The Nation about Republicans who criticize Rush Limbaugh:
And whenever a Republican criticize him, they have to run back and apologize to him, and say they were misunderstood."
Well, here Steele is today, right on cue.
From Think Progress:
"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."
As Think Progress notes, "Steele isn't alone":
Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC) and Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) have previously dared to criticize Limbaugh but then quickly backed down. To quote Rush, a lot of Republicans are being told to "bend over and grab the ankles" for him.