After the Fire, After All the Rain, I Will Be the Flame
Rep. Phil Gingrey’s (R-Ga.) climbdown from his critical comments about Rush Limbaugh has been reported elsewhere, but we only now see the transcript of Gingrey’s even more humiliating, pleading, fat-kid-in-gym-class call to Limbaugh’s show.
I clearly ended up putting my foot in my mouth on some of those comments (laughs) and I just wanted to tell you, Rush, and — and all our conservative giants who help us so much to maintain our base and grow it and get back this majority that I regret those stupid comments. [...]
Rush, congressional Republicans and our leadership need you and other conservative giants to galvanize the millions of Americans who don’t live in Washington. They may not even live in Republican districts. Maybe they’re in Democratic districts. But we’ve gotta have your support, and of course I know you reach millions of people across the country. I’m telling you, I heard from quite a few of them (laughs) since my foot-and-mouth disease yesterday, and I just thank you so much for what you’re doing, and we’re with you 100 percent — and we know that you’re with us a hundred percent, more importantly.
Limbaugh had Gingrey’s back.
Look at me as taking the heat. Look at me as taking the fire, directing it away from you so that you guys can go stealthily and do what you’re doing here in building an opposition to this.
Do they realize the show is being taped?