Let me preface this post by saying that I am a major Rush Limbaugh fan, a "ditto-head," as they say...
During Rush's excellent speech he gave on Saturday at CPAC 2009, he said that he wasn't bothered by people attacking him. "I don't mind what anybody says about me, any time ever," he said. "I don't have time for it. I don't give other people the power to offend me." Today, however, after learning of Michael Steele's comments on CNN, Rush defended himself, and in the process, attacked Michael Steele.
First, watch the short clip that started it.
On his show today, Rush facetiously said that people tuned into his show for his song and dance routines, obviously perturbed by Steele's comment that Rush is (just) an entertainer.
Interestingly enough, Rush himself has said on numerous occasions that he is "just" an entertainer. I think this time, coming from Michael Steele, he interpreted his remarks as being condescending--especially given the "incendiary" and "ugly" adjectives Steele used to describe some of Rush's remarks.
I definitely think Michael Steele made a mistake by peppering his conversation with provocative labels. But I don't believe he meant them. He made the comments in a dismissive way in order to relate to his audience, as if he were talking to a couple brothers at a barbecue.
And because of this, I think Rush overreacted. Big time. I have no way of knowing, but I have to wonder if Rush actually heard Michael Steele make the comments, or if he just read the transcript. That could make a big difference in how it might be interpreted.