Steele on Limbaugh Flap: 'It's All Strategic'

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2009 9:16 PM CDT

RNC chief Michael Steele had been quiet for a while, but he brought that to an abrupt halt today with an interview on CNN. Steele did not rule out a future run for president—if it's part of God's plan for him—and suggested that his recent run-in with Rush Limbaugh was no gaffe but part of a grand strategy on his part, reports Talking Points Memo.

"If I do something, there's a reason for it," he said. "Even, it may look like a mistake, a gaffe, there is a rationale, there's a logic behind it." In the Limbaugh incident—Steele belittled him as a mere entertainer, then apologized—his rationale was to see "who yells the loudest. I wanted to know who says they're with me but really isn't." The strategy "helps me understand my position on the chess board," Steele said. "It's all strategic." (More Michael Steele stories.)

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