Steele Apologizes to Limbaugh, Kaine Says: “See?!”

Mar 2, 2009 8:13pm

Our polling director, Gary Langer, points out that according to a Gallup poll completed Feb. 1, 28% percent of Americans view El Rushbo favorably, 45 percent unfavorably. The rest, 27 percent, express no opinion.

That’s a 28/45 favorable/unfavorable rating, which is not great.

Why is the White House embracing him as the president’s chief opponent?

Among Democrats, Limbaugh has a 6/63 favorable/unfavorable. Among independents, it’s 25/45.

And why is RNC Chair Michael Steele apologizing to him, as Politico’s Mike Allen reported this evening?

Limbaugh’s fave-unfave is 60-23 among Republicans.

"My intent was not to go after Rush – I have enormous respect for Rush Limbaugh," Steele said in a telephone interview with Allen. "I was maybe a little bit inarticulate. … There was no attempt on my part to diminish his voice or his leadership."

Countered DNC Chair Tim Kaine: "I was briefly encouraged by the courageous comments made my counterpart in the Republican Party over the weekend challenging Rush Limbaugh as the leader of the Republican Party and referring to his show as ‘incendiary’ and ‘ugly.’ However, Chairman Steele’s reversal this evening and his apology to Limbaugh proves the unfortunate point that Limbaugh is the leading force behind the Republican Party, its politics and its obstruction of President Obama’s agenda in Washington."

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