KEEP ON TALKING, RUSH…. Ted Kennedy has long been a popular target for conservatives’ ire, but since the Massachusetts senator was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, and suffered a seizure on Inauguration Day, Republican attacks “have basically ceased.”

Rush Limbaugh didn’t get the memo.

Rush Limbaugh carved a new notch in his ever-expanding belt of tastelessness when he predicted Sen. Ted Kennedy would be 6 feet under by the time Congress passed health care reform.

“Before it’s all over, it’ll be called the Ted Kennedy memorial health care bill,” the conservative radio host sneered on his show yesterday. […]

Brian Wolff, executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee denounced the remark as “reprehensible.”

Media Matters has the audio.

What did Republicans have to say about their buddy joking about Kennedy’s death? Not much — the RNC and the party’s congressional leadership didn’t want to comment. Imagine that.

The DCCC’s Wolff added, “Leader Limbaugh crossed the line. National Republicans must stand up to their leader, Rush Limbaugh, and tell him that enough is enough.”

As is often the case, especially lately, the more Limbaugh talks, the better it is for Democrats.

Steve Benen

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.