Michael Tomasky comments on the tiff between Michael Steele and Rush Limbaugh:
Limbaugh is a dominant figure because the Grand Old Party is no longer a political party in the usual American sense. It is an ideological faction. In America, as you know, we’ve had basically a two-party system for most of our history. In parliamentary systems, small ideologically driven groups tend to form political parties, win a few seats, and make coalitions with larger parties.
. . . today’s GOP consists, with those few exceptions, only of its conservative faction. Conservatives have been disciplined and strategic and have poured billions into political infrastructure-building over the years. When things were going their way, they didn’t have to worry about the lack of moderates. But now, things aren’t going their way. Unless Obama really, really blows it, the GOP is going to be the minority party for quite some time. It’s easy to see now why Limbaugh has such power, no? If the GOP had a moderate wing, he wouldn’t.