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For today's moment of high comedy, we turn your attention to new Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele. On
D.L. Hughley's CNN show Saturday night, he had this to say about Victim Radio star Rush Limbaugh
"Rush Limbaugh is an entertainer. Rush Limbaugh, his
whole thing is entertainment. Yes it's incendiary, yes it's ugly."
It seemed a perfectly accurate thing to say. And surely it was the right message to deliver to Hughley's audience if you're charged with convincing the country that your party's not composed of the fearful and aggrieved. But Steele now appears to understand that he might have done better to take a job in, say, term life sales...
Though it seemed impossible they could get any worse, Republican negatives rose further with their one-note opposition to Obama's stimulus plan. Then they sent out Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal
to offer the counter-point to Obama's speech to Congress last week, leaving Jindal to be mocked at near-Palin proportions
Since the White House has made a concerted effort to paint Limbaugh as the face of the GOP, Steele naturally had to distance his party from the Prince of Oppressed, lest it be viewed as home to well-to-do victims.
But after the Hughley show, he presumably understands the difficulty in navigating between his kook faction and the rest of America. This morning, his aides went into auto-scramble mode, tossing out prepackaged rhetoric so far from the topic that it seemed conceived by guy with a brain aneurysm. Said party spokesman Alex Conant:
"Rahm Emanuel and the Democrats know they lose an argument with the Republican Party on substance so they are building straw men to attack and distract.
"The feud between radio host Rush Limbaugh and Rahm Emanuel makes great
political theater, but it is a sideshow to the important work going on
in Washington. RNC Chairman Michael Steele and elected Republicans are
focused on fighting for reform and winning elections. The Democrats'
problem is that the American people are growing skeptical of the
massive government spending being pushed by Congressional leaders like Nancy Pelosi."
Meanwhile, Steele's likely on the horn to insurance companies, seeing if there are any term-life positions still open.