Is he the "de facto" candidate for the leadership of the RNC? Or is he the kingmaker for a Gingrich-Palin ticket in 2012
Regardless, If's he's leading the charge they are in danger of becoming even more of a fringe party
National Post - Feb 28/09
Maybe Phil Gingrey was growing genuinely tired of hearing conservative talk radio trash Republicans in Congress. Or maybe he'd bought in--just a little bit -- to Barack Obama's call for bipartisanship in Washington.
But when the congressman for Georgia's 11th district sounded off this week about Rush Limbaugh-- saying it was easy for him "to stand back and throw bricks" while elected officials provide leadership -- he had little inkling of the uproar his remarks would create.
Within hours, his offices were bombarded with phone calls ande-mails from outraged constituents and Limbaugh devotees, known as "dittoheads."
By the next morning, a humbled Mr. Gingrey was phoning in to Mr. Limbaugh's show to apologize.
"I just wanted to tell you, Rush -- and all our conservative giants, who help us so much to maintain our base and grow it to get back this majority -- that I regret those stupid comments," he said.
This grovelling mea culpa is being heralded as evidence to support two emerging views of the conservative movement in the post-George W. Bush era: there's a Republican leadership vacuum in Washington; and Limbaugh, the great tormentor of liberals everywhere, is stepping up once again to fill the void.
More than any other conservative since Mr. Obama's election, Mr. Limbaugh has been his most vocal and unwavering opponent.
First, he riled the left by saying he hopes Mr. Obama "fails" because his success would bring the rise of socialism in U. S. government. Then he led a full-frontal assault on the Democrats' $819-billion economic stimulus package, even as Mr. Obama was wooing congressional Republicans with drinks and invitations to watch the Super Bowl at the White House.