House Speaker John Boehner took what appeared to be a veiled shot at talk radio host Rush Limbaugh while discussing the lack of bipartisanship in politics today, in a Golf Channel interview that aired Monday.
As if Rush was going to take a jab from the Ohio Republican lying down.
“Twenty years ago, when we won the first Republican majority in 40 years, there was one radio talk show host nobody had ever heard of,” the speaker told the Golf Channel’s David Feherty. “There was one cable news channel that just did news. And you look at today, you’ve got hundreds of radio talk show hosts all trying to outdo themselves by going further right and further right.”
Boehner was speaking about the growth of news media, and lamented that politics are now so partisan he cannot play a round of golf with President Obama.
Limbaugh responded to the speaker’s comments on his show Tuesday.
“We have just learned that I, your host, am the reason the Republican House feels trapped and unable to do what they would really like to do,” he said, according to transcripts from RushLimbaugh.com.
“It’s all because 20 years ago we had this ‘talk show host nobody ever heard of’ who has now spawned countless other talk shows, ‘each trying to outdo the other,’ Boehner said, ‘moving far right,’” Limbaugh continued. “Then we got Fox News over here pushing everybody far right, making compromise impossible because everybody’s being pushed into ‘one of two camps.’ And it’s all my fault, ’cause I’m the guy nobody ever heard of 20 years ago.”
He went on to predict that the liberal media would jump on Boehner’s remarks.
“This comment is gonna feed every liberal blog and every liberal news outlet which has accused them of being prisoners, and accused me of being the titular head of the Republican Party and all that,” Limbaugh said. “This is gonna confirm it. And the stories are gonna be, ‘House Republican Leaders Afraid of…'”
The talk radio host’s sarcastic conclusion was that “the speaker of the House is saying that the biggest problem they’ve got is this newly birthed 20-25 years ago conservative media.”
Which is Limbaugh’s way of saying that’s the least of Boehner’s problems.
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