Salon editor Joan Walsh said Friday that conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh is "a secret Democrat."
Speaking with MSNBC's Chris Matthews on Hardball about the debate over who should pay for contraceptives, Walsh said of Limbaugh, "He is leading [the Republican] party off a cliff on this issue" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
JOAN WALSH, SALON: You know, interestingly, we have this big debate about what Catholics thought, and Catholics were divided, etc., but when the dust settled, Chris, you know who was really, the only people who were really opposed to this ultimately, or the people who were most opposed are born again Evangelical Christians. So, again, this is a Christian Right issue. It’s an issue that they try to use to gin up the culture war.
You know, Rush Limbaugh says they’re going to win the culture war. I think he’s a secret Democrat. I think he’s a closet Democrat.
CHRIS MATTHEWS, HOST: What do you mean, a mole? Yeah.
WALSH: Because he’s leading, he is leading Michael Steele’s party off a cliff on this issue. All the polls show that, and Michael, you know, Michael has the integrity to admit that. This is not something Republicans should want to be talking about because Americans don’t want to talk about it. We settled it a long time ago.
Yes, what Republicans need to do this election is listen to people like Joan Walsh rather than Rush Limbaugh.
That'll certainly lead us to victory.
All those opposed say "Nay."
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