With the GOP messaging, goals, and leadership in shambles, it seems that the struggle to be the "voice of the party" is getting even more public and nasty. With Rush "where are my pills" Limbaugh, Michael "off the hook" Steele, and Eric "loyal obstructionist" Cantor, you never know what's going to happen next.
It seems that Steele has angered Daddy Limbaugh and must now make public amends for crossing him. Two days after calling Rush Limbaugh a mere "entertainer" with an "incendiary" talk show, RNC chairman Michael Steele apologized and called the great blowhard a "national conservative leader."
That's some face to put on the party.
I know I shouldn't take such joy in the implosion of the Republicans. I really shouldn't... Oh, who am I kidding, let the crazy fireworks and power struggles continue! It feeds my progressive soul!
Steele's fierce backpedaling comes after his interview with CNN's D.L. Hughley, in which he rejected Limbaugh as the "de facto" leader of the party:
Rush Limbaugh, his whole thing is entertainment. Yes, it's incendiary. Yes, it's ugly.
Well at least we can agree on that much, Steele. Although calling Rush entertaining is a stretch.
Limbaugh, however, is refusing to back down or back off his "I want Obama to fail" comments that sparked the fierce infighting in the first place. He let this screed fly on his radio show against Michael Steele:
Why are you running the Republican Party? Why do you claim you lead the Republican Party when you seem obsessed with seeing to it that President Obama succeeds? ... I would be embarrassed to say that I'm in charge of the Republican Party in the sad-sack state that it's in. If I were chairman of the Republican Party, given the state that it's in, I would quit.
Oh it's so delicious. Even Eric Cantor is chiming in about Rush's "let the economy tank so I can be right" comments. On This Week on ABC, Cantor nervously distanced himself from Limbaugh:
Nobody - no Republican, no Democrat - wants this president to fail, nor do they want this country to fail or the economy to fail.
Fiddle away while your party is burning, boys. It's nice to see the true nastiness of your party on full display for the American people to see.