Monday, May 18, 2009

Republican Congressman Tom Price disses(?) Rush Limbaugh on Scarborough

Another GOP Congressman has waded into the trap of criticising Rush Limbaugh, a mea culpa that politicians inevitably recant to avoid the wrath of the influential talker. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee have cheekily made a "Rush Apology generator" website - I'm Sorry Rush

Its know that the Obama administration has deliberately been marginalising Rush, putting politicians in the untenable position of either supporting or disavowing the polarising but popular Right Wing figurehead. Republicans Michael Steele and and Phil Gingrey have been the two most recent politicians ensnared in this trap.

Representative Tom Price is the latest to challenge Rush Limbaugh. His words were quite moderate but Joe Scarborough insisted on his line of questioning hoping to yield a spectacular rebuke of Rush. Which didn't come.

VIDEO: Rep. Price Disagrees With Limbaugh, Cheney
Rep. Tom Price: ‘It’s Not Up To Rush Limbaugh To Decide Who Ought To Be In The Republican Party’
SCARBOROUGH: Congressman, do you disagree with Rush Limbaugh that Colin Powell should leave the Republican Party?

PRICE: Look, it’s not up to Rush Limbaugh to decide who ought to be in the Republican Party. There are all sorts of wonderful folks across this land who hold dear the fundamental principles that we, as Republicans — [...]

SCARBOROUGH: Congressman, do you believe that Rush Limbaugh or Dick Cheney are better, quote — I’m just using terms that we hear every day on TV and radio — that they are somehow better Republicans than Colin Powell?

PRICE: No. Goodness.
I highlighted this case not because I anticipate a Rush response to Congressman Tom Price, but rather a response directed towards the conservative Joe Scarborough. The best I could find was this
How Could Powell be a "Better" Republican Than Dick Cheney?
RUSH: Look, throw me out of this for a second. Throw me out of the equation here. How in the world can a Republican say that Colin Powell is a better Republican than Dick Cheney? How? And that's what Tom Price said here, and Scarborough applauds him for some reason!...

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