>I must admit, I’m tickled by the new Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s website mocking Republican’s timidness in criticizing radio host Rush Limbaugh. Whenever you all get a chance, visit the site to make up an apology.
On the downside, there’s not much to choose from. I’m hoping they expand by adding different phrases and Republicans to choose from.
Here’s my apology I made from U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, who represents the 11th District in Georgia.
I’m so sorry that I called you an idiot. My comments were not even
about you. What I meant to say is that you are worthy of enormous respect. Yeah,
sometimes I speak generically – seriously I wasn’t even talking about you.
Everyone knows we Republicans like to say one thing and do another, right?
You and I both know that in reality, you simply want President Obama to fail
in this time of economic collapse. How can I disagree with that? Please accept
my sincere apologies, oh great leader of the Republican Party. Can’t wait to be
on your show soon! XOXO
Republican Congressman Phil Gingrey
P.S. Please feel free to stop by anytime. I have a nice spot by the
Chattahoochee (River) that’s perfect for the two of us:-)
On a serious note, let’s explore this phenomenon of elected Republicans catering to its right-wing fan base.
While I’m usually not the one to engage in petty partisan politics, I actually can’t avoid this one. The Democrats have done well with this one. The Republican Party is a slave to its most vocal commentators (well, except for Ann Coulter; no one wants to agree with a scorned–and starved–woman) such as Limbaugh, Hannity, Savage and Boortz.
Why are these Republicans so timid? Why don’t they have the guts to break away from these decisive figures, stand on their own two feet and reclaim their own ideas. When RNC chairman Michael Steele issued an apology for his remarks about Rush Limbaugh, my perception of Steele taking the Party from an age of uncertainty and bringing it back into the mainstream was dashed.
“To the extent that my remarks helped the Democrats in Washington to take the focus, even for one minute, off of their irresponsible expansion of government, I truly apologize,” Steele said late Monday.
Republicans are now in a rock and a hard place: prop up the commentators who hope that President Obama “fails” and gain more support among ardent conservatives or to reject the politics of divisiveness and reach out to the broader public. The election of Obama has proven to be a fork in the road as to how the Republican Party will recharge its batteries and recover from the rejection of the Bush era and the events that happened on the periphery of the last eight years.
Those who touted the election of Steele as a sign that the Party is seeking ways to capitalize on the changing landscape of the American electorate are probably now realizing that the Party has suffered yet another set back by allowing Limbaugh and other commentators/critics of center-left policies and political figures to dictate how they should run Congress and their operations. I’m sure my fellow bloggers in the afrosphere will paint Steele as another Uncle Tom that’s shackled by the bonds of conservative dictatorship within the Party. Perhaps there’s some mythological truth to that; perhaps not. I’m not here to play the race card as I see this as not a racial issue, but of a power struggle between two factions battling for the hearts and minds of disillusioned Republicans licking their wounds after the November beating.
Whatever the case, Steele’s apparent about-face to Limbaugh and other commentators could offer a glimpse into what Steele’s leadership of the RNC will be like: Speak softly and don’t carry any stick.