KING: You've used those terms, "need to be less shrill, less judgmental." Who's being shrill? Who's being judgmental?How long before Limbaugh tells him to go be a Democrat?
RIDGE: Well, I think a lot of our commentators are being shrill. I mean, I don't disagree...
RIDGE: Yes, I -- listen, Rush Limbaugh has an audience of 20 million people. A lot of people listen, daily, to him and live by very word. But words mean things, and how you use words is very important.
KING: I want to be clear, though. You think Rush is among those being too judgmental, too shrill?
RIDGE: Well, I think -- I think Rush -- Rush articulates his point of views in ways that offend very many. It's a matter of -- matter of language and a matter of how you use words. And it does get the base all fired up, and he's got strong following. But, personally, if he would listen to me -- and I doubt if he would -- the notion is, express yourselves, but let's respect others' opinions. And let's not be divisive.
Let's lead our party based on some principles that have been very much a part of who we are for decades, and let's be less shrill, in terms of -- and, particularly, not attack other individuals. Let's attack their ideas. Let's explain, in a rational, thoughtful, responsible and reasonable way why our ideas and our approach are more acceptable, why they should be more acceptable to the average citizen.
26 May 2009
Ridge on Rush
Here's a new pool: How long before Tom Ridge apologizes to Rush Limbaugh for calling him "shrill," "divisive," and "offen[sive]"?