More GOP attacks launched on Michael Steele. Morning Joe piles on.

Even other conservative media personalities are trying to curry favor with Rush Limbaugh — at the expense of RNC Chair Michael Steele:

Michael Steele was the target of many a joke on MSNBC’s Morning Joe after he apparently declined to appear on the show.

After asking where the RNC chairman was and what time he was scheduled to appear on the show this morning, host Joe Scarborough quipped, “Did Rush not give him permission?”

Then, when discussing the DCCC new Web site,, “Do they have a permission slip that if you’re a Republican leader you can come on shows?” Scarborough asked.

Later while chatting about the economy: “You know who we should put in charge of the economy? Michael Steele – if Rush Limbaugh gives him permission.”

The chiding culminated with Morning Joe hosts airing Steele’s Today Show interview. They aired a video clip of Steele answering questions from Matt Lauer in a parody Morning Joe billed its own “Exclusive.” The hosts talked over Lauer, aping his questions.

“He wouldn’t come on,” Scarborough said of Steele.

How much longer is Steele going to take this abuse? It’s one thing to get kicked around by Democrats, but the attacks are coming from fellow Republicans, like Joe Scarborough.

Rush is the GOP’s Supreme Leader. I think he’s combination of the fat, fiery head in the Wizard of Oz and Kim Jong-Il.

On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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