PRICE IS RIGHT…. We haven’t had a good dust-up in a while between a Republican official and Rush Limbaugh, so yesterday was a sight for sore eyes.

Rep. Tom Price, a very conservative Republican from Georgia, chatted with MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough about the Republican Party tolerating a variety of views. Scarborough, a former Republican member of Congress, mentioned that Limbaugh wants to see Colin Powell leave the GOP altogether. Price responded, “Look, it’s not up to Rush Limbaugh to decide who ought to be in the Republican Party.”

Pressing further, Scarborough asked whether Limbaugh and Dick Cheney are “better Republicans” than Colin Powell. Price replied, “No, goodness,” prompting the host to add, “God bless you, Congressman. God bless you.”

Limbaugh wasn’t pleased.

“How in the hell can you say that Dick Cheney is worse for the Republican Party than Colin Powell? It was Colin Powell who endorsed Barack Obama after the Republican party gave Colin Powell the exact kind of nominee he claims to want. […]

“The Vice President gets results! Do you not see what Dick Cheney was able to pull off last week? You basically have the Bush policy on Gitmo and interrogations intact…. And [Price] says that Dick Cheney is not as good a Republican as Colin Powell is?”

Price, for what it’s worth, didn’t exactly say that Cheney is worse for the party than Powell, he said Cheney isn’t a “better Republican” than Powell. Nevertheless, Cheney really is worse for the GOP than Powell since Americans seem to like Powell, while voters are generally repulsed by the former vice president. It’s why Scarborough wants to “bless” Price — the MSNBC host wants to encourage more Americans to identify with his party.

As for Cheney getting “results,” the Bush policy on “Gitmo and interrogations” isn’t “intact”; it’s the opposite. Obama, despite resistance, hasn’t changed his position on closing the detention facility, and also hasn’t wavered from scrapping the Bush/Cheney torture policies altogether.

Indeed, that’s the point of the “controversy” — Republicans are furious that the Bush/Cheney approach hasn’t been left “intact.”

Limbaugh does pay attention to current events, doesn’t he?

As for Price, he hasn’t apologized to the right-wing talk-show host, but if recent history is any guide, he’ll backpedal fairly soon.

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