Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Giant Sucking Sound…

Another Republican has had to supplicate to Rush Limbaugh.

Last week in an interview with the Kansas City Star editorial board, Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-KS) risked alienating thousands of ditto-heads by giving his honest opinion of whether Rush Limbaugh was the “de facto leader of the GOP.” “No, no, he’s just an entertainer,” Tiahrt said.

According to the Wichita Eagle (via Kansas Jackass), Tiahrt’s office is now also rushing to apologize:

Asked about the episode and resulting Web buzz, Tiahrt spokesman Sam Sackett said Tiahrt was not speaking negatively about Limbaugh but was trying to defend him against the suggestion that Limbaugh could be blamed for the GOP’s woes. “The congressman believes Rush is a great leader of the conservative movement in America — not a party leader responsible for election losses,” Sackett told The Eagle editorial board. “Nothing the congressman said diminished the role Rush has played and continues to play in the conservative movement.”

According to Steve Benen, that makes five — that we know of — members of the GOP that have had to grovel before the Man in the Glass Booth.

And the latest Republican meme is that President Obama is weak and kowtows to bullies. Huh.