It was only a matter of time, in the back and forth between various Republican armchair quarterbacks trying to explain the defeat of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, that the name “Rush Limbaugh” would get dragged into the mix.

Limbaugh, who has been accused of being the “leader” of the Republican party at various points by liberals, and who has been a visible and influential presence within the GOP since President Obama’s inauguration, has vocally blamed Romney’s defeat on a  coalition of “takers” backing the Democrats, in language that has been derided by some Republicans as politically unwise.

The derision of these Republican strategists toward this explanation was not explicitly linked with Limbaugh until today, when strategist Mike Murphy said on “Meet The Press” the GOP would have to implicitly reject Limbaugh’s approach if it wanted to ever win another victory again.

“It’s very fashionable now to beat up Romney, and he made an unfortunate comment after the election, but the biggest problem Mitt Romney had was the Republican primary,” Murphy said. “That’s what’s driving the Republican brand right now to a disaster, and we’ve got to get kind of a party view of America that’s not right out of Rush Limbaugh’s dream journal.”

Watch Murphy’s comments below, courtesy of Mediaite:

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