The Air Down Here


Up until now, I’ve avoided wasting my energy on Rush Limbaugh. He admitted to abusing painkillers, I stayed mum. He was arrested for using said painkillers three years later. Not a peep out of me. The charges were dropped. You could hear a pin drop over here. He re-upped his contract for a whopping $400 million. You didn’t get more than a sigh outta me. Hell, I didn’t even really say anything when he first said he hoped Obama would fail back in January. Eye rolling sufficed.

Why have I kept my mouth shut? As Jay-Z said in Takeover, “A wise man told me don’t argue with fools, cause people from a distance can’t tell who is who.” And Rush Limbaugh, my friends, is a plum fool.

But it seems I just can’t stay in the cool, clean air situated just above the fray this week. So here I am. I’ll keep it short—it’s hard to breathe down here:

Who the fuck is Rush Limbaugh? I mean, really. As my girl Norell would say, I want to see the airport-bathroom-stall-foot-tapping tape that this fool has on the entire Republican party. As much as I may disagree with their politics, I’d never call them idiots, so I know that’s not it. It’s hard to understand why else they would let this asshole hijack their party.

What happened? Lots of ish, but here’s what set me off. On Saturday, Michael Steele, the new Republican National Committee chair who I wrote about in Token, went on “D.L. Hughley Breaks the News.” While taking to DL and Chuck D (!), he said that Rush Limbaugh was not the leader of the Republican party, and that “Rush Limbaugh is an entertainer. Rush Limbaugh—his whole thing is entertainment. He has this incendiary—yes, it’s ugly.” And DL (and I) applauded him for having the balls to say that, especially since the last Republican who crossed the radio host (Georgia Congressman Phil Gingrey) felt the need to apologize.

Yes! I thought. I might not dig this guy, but at least he said what every other member of the GOP is afraid to say, for fear that Limbaugh will cost him constituent support. But, alas, he showed me that my instincts are always dead on. Yesterday, Limbaugh got at him on his show, saying “I’m not in charge of the Republican Party, and I don’t want to be. 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. I might get out the hari-kari knife because I would have presided over a failure that is embarrassing to the Republicans and conservatives who have supported it and invested in it all these years.” He then posted the transcript on his website as “A Few Words for Michael Steele.”

Yeah, he basically told dude to go kill himself.

So early yesterday evening, Steele called and apologized: “My intent was not to go after Rush—I have enormous respect for Rush Limbaugh. 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. 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.”

Wow. Which leads me to ask again, who the fuck is Rush Limbaugh? What dirt do you think he has on the party—or is it just that he has the ear of those 13 million rabid Republicans (and savvy Dems like my daddy who listen to know what the other side is thinking) who tune in?

Watch D.L, Chuck D and the Token slug it out:


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