Top Republican to Limbaugh: It’s easy to talk, not so easy to lead; Update: Quote misattributed

posted at 6:10 pm on January 27, 2009 by Allahpundit

A response to Rush’s claim that Obama fears him more than he does John Boehner: When you have to worry about reelection, ideological purity is a luxury you can’t afford.

“I think that our leadership, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, are taking the right approach,” [Rep. Tom] Price [Rep. Phil 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 that 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 to Gingrey, Limbaugh, in an email to Politico, wrote: “I’m sure he is doing his best but it does not appear to be good enough. He may not have noticed that the number of Republican colleagues he has in the House has dwindled. And they will 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 lose because of me, but because of their relationship with the grassroots, which is hurting. Conservatives want leadership from those who claim to represent them. And we’ll know it when we see it.”

I.e. we’ll know it if they stick to their guns about opposing the stimulus, which Obama’s press secretary told the press corps this afternoon he doesn’t think they’ll do. Neither do I — not all of them, anyway. Let’s settle this.

Update: A botched quote from Politico: It was Phil Gingrey who made the statement about Limbaugh, not Tom Price. I’ve corrected the quote above.


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Please…I think Limbaugh is being give FAR too much credit. He’s an entertainer, nothing more. I get a kick out of him, he’s usually right on in what he says. But if anyone really lets Rush guide GOP policy…c’mon.

JetBoy on January 27, 2009 at 6:18 PM

Yeah, that would be shocking! You’re young, JetBoy. Go spend an hour on the net, researching the cause and effects of the Ronald Reagan Presidency. Look at economic stats from the mess Jimmy Carter created (see “stagflation”), and then the historically bizarre period of economic growth begun by Reagan and lasting into the Clinton Presidency. See “USSR and the cold war”. See “malaise”.

Then be aware that nothing you’ve ever heard from Limbaugh is outside of the policy circle that Reagan created.

Then tell me Limbaugh’s positions on public policy would be a problem for the GOP. If you actually think that, then you’re a Democrat.

Jaibones on January 28, 2009 at 6:48 AM

PS JetBoy – almost forgot. See also Reagan’s 49 state re-election landslide victory over liberal nitwit Walter Mondale in 1984.

Jaibones on January 28, 2009 at 6:50 AM

I have wondered why Rush does not run for office. If Al Franken can be Senator, why not Rush?

I think there is always truth to the statement that is easy to make statements when you do not have the responsibility of carrying them out.

Rush lives in Florida doesn’t he? And isn’t there a Senate seat coming open there? Rush could do what Mitt Romney did and finance himself.

Just sayin.

As for this bill, I think it is too much money and it will not help the people who need the help.

Terrye on January 28, 2009 at 7:33 AM

Yea the rep keep loosing elections there leadership and putting up people like McCain is realy working.2 or 3 more years of this fine leadership and Qt. candates like McCain and Huckabee there will be no more Rep party.

thmcbb on January 28, 2009 at 7:42 AM

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 that 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

True leadership is doing the right thing. That will gin up the base.

Basilsbest on January 28, 2009 at 7:50 AM

Terrye on January 28, 2009 at 7:33 AM

I wish to preface this by stating that I am not being surly: what business is it of anyone else’s what his reasons for not running are? If he doesn’t want to, that should be sufficient. Or maybe you’d like it better if people like Rush didn’t follow their own paths to happiness?

Believing that he shouldn’t be so critical of the Republican leadership unless he is willing to run himself would be operating as stupidly as those who get some sense of satisfaction by calling others “chickenhawks”.

Bizarro No. 1 on January 28, 2009 at 7:51 AM

True leadership is doing the right thing. That will gin up the base.

And be good for the country.

Fixed.

Basilsbest on January 28, 2009 at 7:52 AM

I have wondered why Rush does not run for office.

Because he’s not big on castration.

Basilsbest on January 28, 2009 at 7:53 AM

“Conservatives want leadership from those who claim to represent them. And we’ll know it when we see it.”

And that my friends explains Sarah Palin’s popularity with the Republican base.
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philly_PA on January 28, 2009 at 8:16 AM

Wow, Gingrey is my congressman

Mark30339 on January 27, 2009 at 8:09 PM

Howdy neighbor, he’s mine too. And if you look at his voting record, you do not get more conservative than him. He’s too conservative for my liking on social issues, but on fiscal issues, he gets an A+ (or has received an A+ based on his voting record).

If we lose him to the ‘get along with Obama crowd’, then there really is no hope at all.

angryed on January 28, 2009 at 8:21 AM

Once again, Liberal trolls show up on a Limbaugh thread and put on display the (2) dynamics that control the mind of every Liberal:

1> throw down the drug addiction as the opener.
2> argue based upon emotion rather than factual data.

This is the Liberal way of life; all emotion and no substance. If you twits want to debate Limbaugh, study up on the man and bring something to the table other than his drug addiction. Every human makes mistakes along the way. Rush handled his drug addiction and put it behind him. Twenty-six years ago, I was abusing alcohol on a nightly basis, and this abuse was destroying my marriage and harming everybody close to me. I quit drinking and have never looked back. I’m proud of this on many levels. I have alcohol in my home, as my wife enjoys a glass of wine, and my guests are very welcome to our bar. I simply realize that alcohol is not for me, and I’m not going to allow alcohol to define who I am. Rush has obviously learned the same lesson, and will not allow the drug problem to define who he is. Everybody faces temptations on a daily basis, and many fall prey to one (or more) of these temptations somewhere during their path.

Want to argue-debate Limbaugh, do your homework on the man and show up with arguments regarding his positions and statements.

Keemo on January 28, 2009 at 8:21 AM

Re: Why doesn’t Rush run

Think of it. He can be on the radio and have 20 million listeners every week.

Or he can be 1 of 435 members of Congress and speak to the other 434 for 5 minutes every week.

Which option do you reckon has more influence?

angryed on January 28, 2009 at 8:24 AM

Rush, your taking the bait.

johnnyU on January 28, 2009 at 8:39 AM

More good reading…

Name that party (Hartford edition)
Name that party (banned in Boston edition)

Keemo on January 28, 2009 at 8:46 AM

Couldn’t get the links to work; from powerline…

The AP reports that Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi is resigning from his powerful position under an ethical cloud. Winding down to paragraph 17, the careful reader can infer DiMasi’s party:

The resignation of DiMasi has some in the state wondering if there’s something about the power of the office, or the increasingly one-party nature of Massachusetts’ politics, that makes the job of House speaker particularly vulnerable to self-inflicted wounds.

House Minority Leader Bradley Jones, who has seen the number of Republicans in the 160-member House dwindle to just 16, said the lack of political competition “creates a sense of being impervious.”

It’s thoughtful of AP reporter Steve LeBlanc to respect the sensitivities of readers who might be offended by a naked description of DiMasi’s politcal affiliation.

Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez surrendered to authorities on corruption charges yesterday. The Hartford Courant’s initial story by Jeffrey Cohen and Mark Pazniokas omit the mayor’s party affiliation. (As JammieWearingFool notes, however, Perez is identified as a former community organizer.) In their subsequent long story on the charges, Cohen and Pazniokas identify the mayor’s party affiliation in the thirteenth paragraph.

Hartord residents will continue to enjoy the mayor’s services while he defends himself on the charges. He has no plans to resign or temporarily step aside. He admits only to a lapse in judgment in employing a city contractor to work on his home.

Jim Hoft places the charges against Perez in a larger context:

He joins three fellow [D]emocratic mayors caught in scandal this year. Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon was indicted Jan. 9, 2009, by a grand jury on 12 counts, including perjury, theft and misconduct in office. Racine Mayor Gary Becker was arrested on charges of attempted second-degree sexual assault of a child, child enticement and possession of child pornography. Portland Mayor Sam Adams, the first openly gay mayor from a major American city, admitted last week that he had sexual relations with a teen intern.

Jim asks whether we can we call it a “culture of corruption” yet? I think we can, but we have to supply the details that the newspapers and wire services are reluctant to provide.

Keemo on January 28, 2009 at 8:48 AM

To all the ACORN regestered voters. Please go sign the DCCC petition against Rush.

Dick Tracy

gonnjos on January 28, 2009 at 8:49 AM

Bizarro No. 1 on January 28, 2009 at 4:22 AM

Thomas Paine — no friggin way. Arianna Huffington on the other hand is a much better comparison in terms of style/classiness. Rush has never led anything – nothing. Yet he has the answers to all the problems of the universe? Sure, pass the koolaid…

Bradky on January 28, 2009 at 5:30 AM

After reading this post, and being a smart capitalist, I won’t be investing in this stock thank you.

katy on January 28, 2009 at 9:10 AM

If they “did” listen to Rush, we would not be in the minority and Nancy Pelosi would not be in her position. If they don’t listen to Rush, which we believe in, they will be gone in 2010. We’ve had enough of them not listening.

suzyk on January 28, 2009 at 9:18 AM

Yea the rep keep loosing elections there leadership and putting up people like McCain is realy working.2 or 3 more years of this fine leadership and Qt. candates like McCain and Huckabee there will be no more Rep party.

thmcbb on January 28, 2009 at 7:42 AM

Impressive new troll. You don’t get to see this level of illiteracy very often, unless you deal with Chicago teachers or Democrat union thugs for a living.

Jaibones on January 28, 2009 at 9:20 AM

Yea the rep keep loosing elections there leadership and putting up people like McCain is realy working.2 or 3 more years of this fine leadership and Qt. candates like McCain and Huckabee there will be no more Rep party.

thmcbb on January 28, 2009 at 7:42 AM

Say what?

rplat on January 28, 2009 at 9:23 AM

Rush has this link up on his site. Go there and voice your opinion.

http://www.dccc.org/page/s/contact

Keemo on January 28, 2009 at 9:24 AM

Rush Responds to Democrat E-mail Petition Against Him: “I am greatly puzzled. Why would the Democrats petition against me if I am doing such terrible damage to the GOP? “

Keemo on January 28, 2009 at 9:25 AM

Rush Responds to Democrat E-mail Petition Against Him: “I am greatly puzzled. Why would the Democrats petition against me if I am doing such terrible damage to the GOP? “

Keemo on January 28, 2009 at 9:25 AM

The Democrats want to shut down Conservative Talk Radio. they already have the MSM in their pocket. Through the failure of “Air America”, they found out that Liberal ideas don’t make for a popular radio format. By going after Rush, they are setting the stage for the reinstatement of The Fairness Doctrine.

kingsjester on January 28, 2009 at 9:32 AM

Thomas Paine — no friggin way. Arianna Huffington on the other hand is a much better comparison in terms of style/classiness. Rush has never led anything – nothing. Yet he has the answers to all the problems of the universe? Sure, pass the koolaid…

Bradky on January 28, 2009 at 5:30 AM

So, do you like Sarah Palin?

Johan Klaus on January 28, 2009 at 9:54 AM

Unless there is something wrong with my computer, they have blocked replies at the DCCC petition. Maybe it’s one of those things that take a while to post after submission? It really is hysterical that at least as many of the posts are supporting Rush than not. LMAO!

pannw on January 28, 2009 at 9:59 AM

Rush should be RUNNING and LEADING the so-called Republican Party! These people are NOT leaders, they are NOT Statesmen, they are WEAK BAFOONS! Rush and Mark Levin seem to be the only fricking ones of these morons that actualy “get’s it”! Real Conservatives are SICK AND TIRED of the idiots on “our” side being SO DANG GUTTLESS! They make me sick, they SUCK and they DO NOT represent ANY Conservative views. Grow a set and STAND AGAINST this Messiah and his cult in the MSM! Point out to Americans over and over and over the TOTAL FAILURE that these same exact policies have caused in the past, ie:Carter! Show over and over the REAGAN DIFFERENCE! But they won’t! Rush is simply pointing out the bitter truth, RINO’s run the party and are Messiah worshipers also… They are TRAITORS to Reagan and to Conservatisam… FIRE THEM ALL! CLEAN HOUSE, start with real Conservatives and FIGHT BACK against this Obamanation of values, principals and morals.

As Conservatives we better get BEHIND AND SUPPORT Rush by calling ALL the Republicans and telling them in NO UNCERTAIN TERMS that Rush IS RIGHT and WE WILL FIRE THEM if they don’t shut the F-UP and stop the Obama radicals. Call, E-Mail and stand WITH Rush, show these idiots that if they FAIL US AGAIN and not follow the lead of Rush, they too will be out of office!!! FLOOD WASHINGTON, FLOOD THE PHONES, FLOOD THE E-MAILS with MASSIVE SUPPORT FOR RUSH and AGAINST OBAMA and the Republicans!!! Let them hear OUR Conservative voices LOUD AND CLEAR!!! If we as the people fail to do this, then WE DESERVE THE WEAK IDIOTS WE GET! RUSH IS RIGHT, RINO’s ARE WRONG! Time to CALL!!!

Mark Garnett on January 28, 2009 at 10:01 AM

Without reading any posts here, I have to inject one thing (hopefully I’m not reiterating someone else):
True leaders are not always popular with the people they are leading.
Sometimes their decisions at the moment in time they make them are vehemently opposed by the people they are leading.
But because the people respect their leader, they will go along with the decision, trusting in that person’s wisdom & knowledge to do the right thing.
If people were actually concerned with the future of this country, they would hitch onto the true leaders.
A person wouldn’t follow someone like Obama or Clinton into battle with them as the leader.
The American people need to vote for people they can trust with their lives.

Badger40 on January 28, 2009 at 10:08 AM

Rush and Mark Levin seem to be the only fricking ones of these morons that actualy “get’s it”! Real Conservatives are SICK AND TIRED of the idiots on “our” side being SO DANG GUTTLESS!

You can say that again!!! I love Rush, and I hope he guards his food and drink carefully outside the house. They want to take him down so bad they can taste it.

ErinF on January 28, 2009 at 10:26 AM

Before Rush, I thought I was the only one who thought the way I do. Now I know that there are millions of others like me, who have been cowed into silence by the liberal media, and who thought we were all alone.

If our leaders would listen to him, we wouldn’t have Obama in office or a heavily Democratic Congress today. It was departing from the principles of the Republican party, and attempting to emulate the Democrats that got our leaders in trouble. If they can’t readjust their thinking and start behaving in accordance with the principles they supposedly stand for, they, and we, are going to continue to lose.

Obama knows darned well that if Republicans listened to Rush, the Democrats would lose in a landslide in 2010. As it is, they’re headed for more losses unless they can grow a spine in a big hurry and start opposing this huge Trojan Horse of a “stimulus” bill they’re trying to ram through Congress.

I support my country, and I, like Rush, hope President Obama’s real purpose fails. I don’t want to live in a Socialist state, but if our leaders don’t stand up and refuse to give him cover, that’s where we’re headed — and the Republicans can resign themselves to permanent minority status.

hachiban on January 28, 2009 at 10:28 AM

CALL ! CALL ! CALL !

E-MAIL ! E-MAIL ! E-MAIL !

GET LOUD AND IN THIER FACES !

Make the PHONE LINES MELT !

FLOOD THIER OFFICERS WITH CALLS !

SUPPORT RUSH !!!

Make what we did on Illegal Immigration Bill pale in comparison, SHOW THEM HOW PISSED OFF WE ARE !!!

DO IT NOW ! DO IT NOT !

BLOW THE DOORS OFF THE RINO’S !!!

Mark Garnett on January 28, 2009 at 10:33 AM

Its a fight the Dems said they were gonna pick and they did.

johnnyU on January 28, 2009 at 10:41 AM

I just signed the DCCC petition, THEY ARE MORONS…

reshas1 on January 28, 2009 at 10:49 AM

Keemo, GREAT ARTICLE..

reshas1 on January 28, 2009 at 10:56 AM

I have wondered why Rush does not run for office.

…because he doesn’t want to take the pay cut.

Kevin71 on January 28, 2009 at 11:53 AM

The GOP in both houses are craven cowards, they are pandering, cowardly lickboots…they disgust me.

E9RET on January 28, 2009 at 11:57 AM

“I regret those stupid comments.” – Phil Gingrey, on Rush’s show today.

Leadership brings people around after their own stupidity becomes self-evident.

beatcanvas on January 28, 2009 at 12:37 PM

Gingrey just apologized to Rush on his show!

Brat on January 28, 2009 at 12:38 PM

The power of Rush to make politicians to see the light.

technopeasant on January 28, 2009 at 12:41 PM

Gingrey is behaving like a MAN and admitted he stuck his foot in his mouth and was wrong!

Branch Rickey on January 28, 2009 at 12:42 PM

I like the fact that Gingrey was willing to ‘man up’ and admit he had a case of foot in mouth disease. I just have mixed feelings about an elected official bowing and scraping to anyone, even Rush Limbaugh.

hburns on January 28, 2009 at 12:46 PM

That peeling off republicans from Rush plan is going so well that Gingrey just appeared on Rush’s show to backtrack and apologize.

Lets just demonstrate the hazards of messing with Rush, great move Obama team!

petertheslow on January 28, 2009 at 12:47 PM

Rush/Palin 2012

Zimvg on January 28, 2009 at 12:48 PM

Take note of the republicans that vote for this nightmare stimulus package and VOTE ‘EM OUT!!!!!

Gulfcoastconservative on January 28, 2009 at 1:10 PM

OMG I am LOVING the pro-Rush meltdown that’s happening all over this board and in conservative circles. If folks recall I said last weekend when Obama lobbed his shot at Rush that the result would be an internal war within the GOP/conservatism not a coalescing around Rush v. Obama. And how sweet it is that this is coming true before our very eyes. I thought we’d be talking about Blago today, but instead the SarahPAC thread is a huge conservative civil war and Rush is now part of that conflict. Here’s how it needs to play out in the Republican primary.

Palin and Shock Jack Radio vs. Moderate Republican vs. Romney and Fiscal Conservatives. But this time Palin conservatives win driving all Republican leaning independents away from the voting booth or into the arms of Obama’s second term. The piece de resistance? Obama v. Palin in three Presidential debates. Will be so sweet.

DeathToMediaHacks on January 28, 2009 at 1:29 PM

Oh and SarahPAC sucks all the money from GOP Congressional candidates, Obama gets his 60 seat majority. Card check becomes law.

DeathToMediaHacks on January 28, 2009 at 1:30 PM

Oh and SarahPAC sucks all the money from GOP Congressional candidates, Obama gets his 60 seat majority. Card check becomes law.

DeathToMediaHacks on January 28, 2009 at 1:30 PM

Something like that makes you happy?
On another note-I can see you are an orgasmic person concerning political matters.
Do not become so engorged by your political orgasms concerning Obama that you do not lose sight of the practicality of predicting the future here.
Perhaps the sheeple will wake up here soon to your new leader when they discover he will not be paying their mortgages or car payments.
Disinformation may succeed from time to time, but it doesn’t make it any less wrong.
Delighting in stupidity is stupidity in overdrive.

Badger40 on January 28, 2009 at 2:13 PM

Badger40 on January 28, 2009 at 2:13 PM

Yes, ma’am, you are correct. The light has been shined on this Pork-Laden Bill and while it will still pass, there will be minimal Republican support. By shifting to an ad hominem attack, the Democrats were trying to take attention away from Obama’s administrative efforts and this bill in particular. It did not work. There is a lot of buzz going on about the bill and the early days of this administration in gernal.

kingsjester on January 28, 2009 at 2:53 PM

Rush is to smart to run! We need him where he is. As much as I love Rush I love Glenn Beck just as much. I think Glenn has something to worry about as well as Rush and Shawn and O’Reilly. He never get mentioned in the big 3. It’s always Rush and Shawn move over boys Glenn is just as good as you guys!

Eyvonne on January 28, 2009 at 8:57 PM