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Rep. Shadegg Dismisses Rush Limbaugh As Just ‘A Television Personality’

By Ali Frick  

"Rep. Shadegg Dismisses Rush Limbaugh As Just ‘A Television Personality’"

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This morning, Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ) received enthusiastic praise during an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. (Host Joe Scarborough called him “the wind beneath my wings.”) Scarborough and Shadegg began by agreeing that party leaders like Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh were wrong to say that Colin Powell is no longer welcome in the Republican party. When Scarborough asked whether the party was “big enough” for both Cheney and Powell, Shadegg replied, “Absolutely, no question about it.”

Minutes later, however, Shadegg embraced Limbaugh’s position on global warming — even while trying to distance himself from Limbaugh, whom he called just a “television personality”:

O’DONNELL: Do you agree with Rush on global warming?

SHADEGG: I don’t even know what Rush Limbaugh —

O’DONNELL: He believes it’s a fraud and is not happening.

SHADEGG: I believe the far left is making it a fraud by claiming that it has been proven to have been caused solely by man-made greenhouse gases, when that evidence isn’t in. And by rushing to solutions that aren’t yet justified. Now you can decide whether that’s Rush Limbaugh’s position, I don’t actually think it is–

O’DONNELL: Pretty much that’s Rush Limbaugh’s position. Congratulations. You got it right.

SHADEGG: But Rush Limbaugh is a television personality. I don’t think he’s chairman of the Republican Party, last I looked.

Watch it:

Despite his attempt to distance himself from Limbaugh, Shadegg’s head-in-the-sand position on climate change is in effect identical to that of the “television personality.” Just recently, Shadegg claimed that “there is some debate on whether global warming is in fact being caused by man-made greenhouse gases.” In fact, the debate has been long over: Man’s action is contributing to the boiling of the planet, and if the U.S. does not act soon, it will be too late to avert disastrous effects.

Of course, Shadegg’s global warming denial received no criticism from the Morning Joe crew. O’Donnell praised his climate change stance: “The way he plays against the global warming issue and Henry Waxman and all that sounds very reasonable.” Mika Brzezinski agreed: “Absolutely!” However, O’Donnell quickly added that Shadegg “does want to kill [energy legislation] completely.”

How long before Shadegg — like so many before him — is forced to apologize to the easily-affronted RADIO host for dismissing his influence?

Transcript:

LAWRENCE O’DONNELL: Do you agree with party leader Rush Limbaugh that global warm is a fraud?

SHADEGG: Party leader Rush Limbaugh? I don’t recall electing Rush LImbaugh party leader. I think we just had that discussion. [...]

O’DONNELL: Do you agree with Rush on global warming?

SHADEGG: I don’t even know what Rush Limbaugh —

O’DONNELL: He believes it’s a fraud and is not happening.

SHADEGG: I believe the far left is making it a fraud by claiming that it has been proven to have been caused solely by manmade greenhouse gases, when that evidence isn’t in. And by rushing to solutions that aren’t yet justified. Now you can decide whether that’s Rush Limbaugh’s position, I don’t actually think it is–

O’DONNELL: Pretty much that’s Rush Limbaugh’s position. Congratulations. You got it right.

SHADEGG: But Rush Limbaugh is a television personality. I don’t think he’s chairman of the Republican Party, last I looked.

[...]

O’DONNELL: He’s good.

JOE: He is good. And you know, he’s not crazy.

O’DONNELL: Does not sound crazy.

JOE: Believes in a big tent.

O’DONNELL: And even, by the way, the way he plays against the global warming issue and Henry Waxman [sic] and all that sounds very reasonable.

MIKA: Absolutely.

O’DONNELL: It’s a reasonable-sounding voice.

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