Rep. Phil Gingrey of Georgia has stepped to the plate to defend John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, who are what passes for Republican leadership nowadays, from attacks by the drug-addled and bloated King of Divisiveness, Rush Limbaugh. As attacks go, Gingrey’s is as limp as they come. Everyone in the GOP is still afraid of Limbaugh.
OK, I am dearly sorry to put that image in your brain. Suffice it to say that Rush Limbaugh has been attacked by only one GOP Lemming, Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA). A career back bencher in Congress, Mr.
Lemming Gingrey has come to the defense of Republican leaders in the House and Seante in response to Rush Limbaugh’s belittling of them the other day. (Gingrey’s role as lemming is best seen here, where he noted that the war in Iraq may be America’s ‘greatest war.’) Surely this valiant Congressional soul is what the egos of John Boehner (rhymes with ‘loner’) and Mitch McConnell need. From Politico:
Responding to President Barack Obama’s recommendation to Republican congressional leaders last week that they not follow Limbaugh’s lead, the conservative talkmeister said on his show that Obama is ‘obviously more frightened of me than he is Mitch McConnell. He’s more frightened of me than he is of, say, John Boehner, which doesn’t say much about our party.’
Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.), who heads the conservative Republican Study Committee, did not take kindly to this assessment in an interview with Politico Tuesday.
‘I think that our leadership, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, are taking the right approach,’ Gingrey said.
‘I mean, it’s easy if you’re Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh or even sometimes Newt Gingrich to stand back and throw bricks. You don’t have to try to do what’s best for your people and your party.You know you’re just on these talk shows and you’re living well and plus you stir up a bit of controversy and gin the base and that sort of thing. But when it comes to true leadership, not that these people couldn’t be or wouldn’t be good leaders, they’re not in that position of John Boehner or Mitch McConnell.’
Asked to respond, Limbaugh, in an e-mail to Politico, wrote: ‘I’m sure he is doing his best but it does not appear to begood enough.He may not have noticed thatthe number of Republican colleagues he has in the House has dwindled.And theywill dwindle more if he and his friends don’t show more leadership and effectiveness in battling the most left-wing agenda in modern history.And they won’t continue to losebecause of me, but because of their relationship with the grass roots, which is hurting.Conservatives want leadership from those who claim to represent them.And we’ll know it when we see it.’
Yes, you saw it. Rush Limbaugh defended the attack by this GOP Lemming with his cigar firmly behind his back. The world still waits for a Republican repudiation of the toxic politics of division as exemplified by Mr. Limbaugh. I’ve heard of nobody holding their breath on that one.