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Franken said it in 1996: Rush is the Republican ‘national precinct chairman’

The Minnesota Independent notes that the current flap over Rush Limbaugh’s status in the Republican Party is not new.

The Minnesota Independent notes that the current flap over Rush Limbaugh’s status in the Republican Party is not new. In 1996, Franken wrote that Limbaugh “has used his platform to become national precinct chairman for the Republican party.”

That’s from Franken’s book: “Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations.”

And MI says that Franken doesn’t worry these days about what Limbaugh and other pundits are saying. This Franken sound bite is from an Air America radio interview last month:

“I don’t know what they’ve been saying. I really don’t. I haven’t been paying any attention. That is the great thing about doing this. You really stop paying attention to that. … The past couple of days I’ve been going around talking to mayors in Duluth and Two Harbors, Minn., the mayor of Champlain, the mayor of St. Paul, the mayor of Rochester, county commissioners, et cetera, trying to figure out how they can get access to the stimulus package and what they need. That seems much more productive than trying to listen to Rush Limbaugh or Bill O’Reilly and hear what they think about me. Actually, that was one of the nicest things that happened to me once I left the radio show — I stopped paying attention to them.”