March 3, 2009 9:53 AM Subscribe
Democrat's efforts to paint Rush Limbaugh as GOP leader pay off.
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Since Rush Limbaugh famously stated that he wanted Obama to fail
, Democrats, led by President Obama
, have been trying to paint him as the intellectual and spiritual head of the GOP
. Eyeing his low 25% approval rating amongst independents
, they have hoped to equate the Republicans with Limbaugh.
It appears they may have succeeded. When GOP Congressman Phil Gingery was recently forced to retract his criticism of Rush
, it added to the perception that the portly talk show host was running the Republicans. But the real coup was yet to come. Michael Steele, the newly-elected head of the Republican National Committee, was quoted Saturday as describing Rush's brand of talk radio as "ugly" and "incendiary."
On Sunday, Rush, rising to the bait, appeared at CPAC, the yearly conservative conference, giving a long and rambling speech.
On Monday, Rush struck back at Steele on his show, stating that Steele was attacking him "for wanting [Obama] to fail."
Steele caved quickly, saying, he was "saying one thing and it came out differently."
Republicans such as Bobby Jindal hastened to praise Rush and indicated that they were glad that Steele apologized.
By Monday night, left-leaning commentators such as Josh Marshall were giving "props to the Democratic psyops operation that's paying off Michael Steele to get into a gonzo spat with Rush."
Will Limbaugh lead the GOP out of the wilderness, or deeper into the hole they've dug for themselves? Seemingly in tune with the wishes of Democratic strategists, Republican bloggers now want Rush for 2012