What did Rush tell Steele on his show? Something like, "Negro, get your ass back in the kitchen.
No, really, this is what Limbaugh said on his show about Michael Steele, first African-American Chair of the Republican National Convention, per Joan Walsh at Salon:
"It's time, Mr. Steele, for you to go behind the scenes and start doing the work that you were elected to do instead of being some talking-head media star ..." (Salon)We've tried to tell Steele he ain't in charge. Really, we've tried, but he's delusional.
I published earlier tonight the similarities between my Republican Governor Bobby Jindal and Gunga Din. I won't tell you what literary figure Michael Steele's rhetoric conjures for me, but I admit I did consider entitling the earlier post about Bobby Jindal "Gunga Din and Uncle Tom: Happy at Last!"
Anyway, this video of D.L. Hughley breaking the news to Steele is amusing. Hughley tells Steele that "the brand you're selling, ain't for us." Listen to Steele's response, and how Hughley tries to explain to him what I tried to explain to a woman at BlogHer a while back regarding Limbaugh saying he hopes Obama fails. Interestingly, Steele and the lady at BlogHer think the same way, that what Limbaugh said isn't any different than what Bush opponents have said about him.
Steele also told Hughley that Limbaugh was not the leader of the Republican Party, that he was, but later in an interview with Politico, Steele has to apologize and pay homage to Limbaugh:
"My intent was not to go after Rush -- I have enormous respect for Rush Limbaugh," Steele told Politico in a telephone interview. "I was maybe a little bit inarticulate ... There was no attempt on my part to diminish his voice or his leadership." (Story)Rush is the defacto leader of the GOP no matter what Steele says. I bet Palin's okay with that and Bobby "Gunga Din" Jindal too.
Steele's not paying attention, and it looks like the White House wants to ride this pony for all it's worth.