One day after a Republican Congressman criticized Limbaugh, well, I think you know where this is going…
Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) apologized Wednesday to â€œmy fellow conservativesâ€ for comments critical of talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh â€“ saying he sees â€œeye-to-eyeâ€ with Limbaugh and that his remarks defending House Republican leadership came across more harshly than intended.
He also took issue with a headline on a Politico story about his comments, saying he never told Limbaugh to â€œback off,â€ as the headline read.
â€œI regret and apologize for the fact that my comments have offended and upset my fellow conservativesâ€”that was not my intent,â€ Gingrey said in a statement. â€œI am also sorry to see that my comments in defense of our Republican Leadership read much harsher than they actually were intended, but I recognize it is my responsibility to clarify my own comments.â€
He even apologized to Rush on his show and called his own comments “stupid.”
Want to know what was so stupid?
I mean, itâ€™s easy if youâ€™re Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh or even sometimes Newt Gingrich to stand back and throw bricks. You donâ€™t have to try to do whatâ€™s best for your people and your party. You know youâ€™re just on these talk shows and youâ€™re living well and plus you stir up a bit of controversy and gin the base and that sort of that thing. But when it comes to true leadership, not that these people couldnâ€™t be or wouldnâ€™t be good leaders, theyâ€™re not in that position of John Boehner or Mitch McConnell.
So yeah, Gingrey apologized for telling the truth.
Do you know of ANY media constituency on the left that could provoke this type of turnaround? No, neither do I, and it speaks to the current state of the Republican party and the talking heads that are preventing it from moving forward.
And sure, some will claim Daily Kos has Dem politicians over a barrel, but that’s clearly nonsense as Howard Dean’s defeat and Joe Lieberman’s win have shown.
Oh well. Live by the talk radio, die by the talk radio.