Ron Reagan Jr. took exception to Rush Limbaugh criticizing Mitt Romney’s comment that he wasn’t willing to say “incendiary things” to fire up the base, as the MSNBC contributor lectured: “Rush ought to know about incendiary rhetoric...he’s the one who is race baiting all the time on the radio.” Invited on MSNBC’s Wednesday morning programming to discuss the GOP primary race, Reagan took the shot at the conservative talk radio host after MSNBC host Thomas Roberts played a clip from Limbaugh’s radio show. (video after the jump)
The following exchange was aired during MSNBC’s live programming on February 29:
THOMAS ROBERTS: Ron, I do want to play you something, though, that Rush Limbaugh had to say about Mitt Romney. Get your thoughts on the other side. Take a listen.
RON REAGAN JR.: Okay.
RUSH LIMBAUGH: So, Romney is not willing to say “incendiary things,” quote, unquote about Obama to excite the base. Well, what does he say? ‘Nice guy, just in over his head.” What does this tell you that Romney thinks of the base? That it takes incendiary comments to turn you on.
ROBERTS: So, Ron, as we listen to that, is Romney’s biggest problem that he is not on fire enough? That he’s too cold? I mean what, what Rush Limbaugh is saying there is basically that he is discounting the base? That it takes that type of language or that type of rhetoric to fire them up? So which one is it, too hot? Too cold?
REAGAN: Well I think probably too cold. I mean, Rush ought to know about incendiary rhetoric. He’s, he’s the one who is race baiting all the time on the radio, and, you know, incendiary rhetoric doesn’t seem to have put Rick Santorum over the top either. I mean there he is talking about throwing up on the First Amendment of the Constitution, and how sending, wanting to send one of your kids to college is snobbery. That’s pretty incendiary rhetoric. Newt Gingrich accused the President of infanticide. I don’t know how you could get more incendiary than that. But it didn’t seem to carry the day for them. Romney’s problem isn’t that he’s not incendiary. Romney’s problem is that he’s inauthentic, and everybody sees that. Everybody sees, Republicans, independents, Democrats, that this is a man who only stands for a sense of his own inevitability. He doesn’t seem to have any other principles. That’s Romney's problem.