Rush to Huckabee: You want to talk? Then pick up the phone

I can’t believe this drama’s going on hiatus just as it’s getting good. Huck did his level best yesterday with Politico to defuse the situation, dutifully kissing ass to avert the nightmare scenario of Limbaugh campaigning against him on the air. Minor problem, though: After asking Politico for Rush’s number, Huck invited him to make a move and get in touch. Thus was the alpha male’s ego bruised, and now here we are:

Rush Limbaugh — responding to Mike Huckabee’s peace offering — said today that he doesn’t need to talk with the former Arkansas governor.

“I saw his comments and accept them as honest, sincere and genuine,” Limbaugh wrote in an email…

“Gov. Huckabee’s campaign is engaged in identity politics at this moment, so I understand his advisor’s/supporter’s intent to put the focus on me rather than the substance of my commentary,” he tweaked.

And as for Huckabee’s plea for Limbaugh to get in touch, the man behind the golden EIB microphone said this: [T]here are people on his Arkansas staff who know full well how to reach me and they have not. But that is not necessary to me. We’re not playing in a Kindergarten sandbox here. We are all presumably adults.”

Exit question: Is Rush genuinely ticked at some no-name Huckabee aide’s effrontery or is this a shrewd gambit on his part to delegitimize Huck’s populism by showing how not even middle America’s favorite conservative is safe from its demagoguery?