Prodigal Republican Begs Rush Limbaugh for Forgiveness

Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., was forced to issue an apology after daring to criticize Limbaugh.

Yesterday, Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., the chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, complained to Politico about how Rush Limbaugh and other conservative talkers are able to "stand back and throw bricks" instead of offering "real leadership" in the middle of high-profile public policy battles. Gingrey’s brave remarks got him in hot water.

This morning -- because of what he called "high volume of phone calls and correspondence" in response to his comments --  Gingrey issued a retraction, declaring his loyalty to hate radio. "I see eye-to-eye with Rush Limbaugh," he said, later adding that he, Sean Hannity, and Newt Gingrich were "the voices of the conservative movement’s conscience."

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Ryan Powers is a former intern of the Center for American Progress and a senior at the College of William and Mary.