This is a first for me. I’m going to make a retraction.
For those who may not know, “H.N.I.C.” stands for “Head Negro In Charge.” Some people change “Negro” to another N-word, but I’m not quite that crass. At least not today.
I shouldn’t have referred to Steele as a Head Negro In Charge and for that I’d like to apologize.
I should have called him The RNC’s House Negro. Lawn Jockey. Hankerchief Head. Maybe Michael “Bojangles” Steele. Something classy like that.
Seems Steele was dumb enough to think because he was elected chairman of the RNC that he actually ran the Republican Party. What a silly Negro!
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele says he has reached out to Rush Limbaugh to tell him he meant no offense when he referred to the popular conservative radio host as an “entertainer” whose show can be “incendiary.”
“My intent was not to go after Rush – I have enormous respect for Rush Limbaugh,” Steele said in a telephone interview. “I was maybe a little bit inarticulate. … There was no attempt on my part to diminish his voice or his leadership.” link
Steele had appeared on CNN where he told comedian D.L. Hughley and rapper Chuck D, that he, not Limbaugh, was the de facto head of the Republican Party.
Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele took umbrage Saturday night when CNN’s D.L. Hughley referred to radio host Rush Limbaugh as “the de facto leader of the Republican party.”
“No he’s not. I’m the de facto leader of the Republican party,” Steele said. The RNC chief went on to call Limbaugh, who that very day delivered the keynote address to the Conservative Political Action Conference, a mere “entertainer” whose show is “incendiary” and “ugly.” link
Steele’s lapse into being uppity drew the wrath of Rush.
“You know who needs a little leadership? Michael Steele and those at the RNC,” Limbaugh said, part of an unusual counter-attack against the elected head of the GOP.
“I hope the RNC chairman will realize he’s not a talking head pundit, that he is supposed to be working on the grassroots and rebuilding it and maybe doing something about our open primary system and fixing it so that Democrats don’t nominate our candidates,” Limbaugh said, his voice rising. “It’s time, Mr. Steele, for you to go behind the scenes and start doing the work that you were elected to do instead of trying to be some talking head media star, which you’re having a tough time pulling off.”
“I’m not in charge of the Republican Party, and I don’t want to be,” he said. “I would be embarrassed to say that I’m in charge of the Republican Party in the sad-sack state that it’s in. If I were chairman of the Republican Party, given the state that it’s in, I would quit. I might get out the hari-kari knife because I would have presided over a failure that is embarrassing to the Republicans and conservatives who have supported it and invested in it all these years.” link
…Andddddd with the message delivered loud and clear from the Mouth That Roared, Steele couldn’t punk out and start smooching Rush’s ample backside fast enough.
“I went back at that tape and I realized words that I said weren’t what I was thinking,” Steele said. “It was one of those things where I thinking I was saying one thing, and it came out differently. What I was trying to say was a lot of people … want to make Rush the scapegoat, the bogeyman, and he’s not.”
“I’m not going to engage these guys and sit back and provide them the popcorn for a fight between me and Rush Limbaugh,” Steele added. “No such thing is going to happen. … I wasn’t trying to slam him or anything.”
Tune in for tomorrow’s episode of Who’s the Boss? starring Rush Limbaugh as the Most High Lord of the Republican Party and Michael “Bojangles” Steele as the chastised man servant.