Tiahrt: Limbaugh is ‘an entertainer’

Will Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, join the Republicans who’ve had to apologize to Rush Limbaugh for showing insufficient deference to the king of conservative talk? When the 4th District congressman and wannabe U.S. senator met with the Kansas City Star editorial board last week, he was asked whether Limbaugh was now the de facto leader of the GOP. “No, no, he’s just an entertainer,” Tiahrt answered, according to Star columnist Yael T. Abouhalkah.
Asked about the episode and resulting Web buzz, Tiahrt spokesman Sam Sackett said Tiahrt was not speaking negatively about Limbaugh but was trying to defend him against the suggestion that Limbaugh could be blamed for the GOP’s woes. “The congressman believes Rush is a great leader of the conservative movement in America — not a party leader responsible for election losses,” Sackett told The Eagle editorial board. “Nothing the congressman said diminished the role Rush has played and continues to play in the conservative movement.”