HE JUST WON’T ‘SHUT UP’…. U.S. News‘ Paul Bedard noted this week that some of RNC Chairman Michael Steele’s “own GOP troops” want him “to shut up.”

He won’t. Yesterday, he dug in deeper on the “Today” show, and last night, Steele just kept going while talking to Fox News’ Sean Hannity. The RNC chairman, who has already apologized to Rush Limbaugh for criticizing him, told Hannity that he actually never criticized him. Here’s Steele last night:

“The point that I’ve been trying to make which is if you go back and listen to that [CNN] exchange, there was no attack [from me] on Rush. I was saying that there are people out there who actually want to demonize and use him as a boogie man, but also say that what he is saying is ugly and divisive.”

And here’s Steele over the weekend on CNN:

“Rush Limbaugh is an entertainer. Rush Limbaugh, his whole thing is entertainment. Yes, it’s incendiary. Yes, it’s ugly.”

Far be it for me to give the chairman of the National Republican Committee advice, but I have one key suggestion for Steele: stop accepting every interview request. He doesn’t have to go on television just because he’s invited on.

He can try running the RNC for a while. Maybe hire a chief of staff. Or perhaps fill the existing vacancies and give the RNC a political director, finance director, and communications director. He’s feeling really bored, maybe he can go find a defense attorney to help respond to some of the alleged corruption scandals dogging him.

Either way, this whole TV thing isn’t working out for Steele at all.

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Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.