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Steele Predicts a GOP Comeback


RNC Chairman Michael Steele spoke to the supportive crowd at the Republican National Committee's 2009 State Chairman's Meeting at National Harbor. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

Updated 3:47 p.m.
By Perry Bacon Jr.
Declaring "the honeymoon is over," Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele called for Republicans to start attacking President Obama directly and stop focusing on lesser known figures such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

"We've seen strategists writing memos and doing briefings urging that Republicans avoid confronting the president," he said in a speech at a convention center in Oxon Hill. "Steer clear of frontal assaults on his administration. They suggest we should go after Nancy Pelosi, whom nobody likes, or Harry Reid, who nobody knows"

But he added, "if we have the courage of our convictions, and we do, then we will and we must stand up against disaterorous policies, regardless of the president's popularity."

Steele, speaking to the 168 members of the Republican National Committee, continued his fiery rhetoric in the last few weeks against the president, who he said "could not be more partisan." He accused Obama of "yielding his legislative agenda almost entirely to radicals like Nancy Pelosi" and called Obama's first 100 days a "reign of error."

Steele said Republicans have done enough "navel-gazing" after two straight electoral defeats and said "today we are declaring an end to the era of Republicans looking backwards."

"The last Democrat president declared that the era of big government was over," Steele said. "Someone should send that memo to Barack Obama"

Looking to rally his party's base, Steele declared "the Republican comeback has begun," citing events such as the conservative tea parties of last month.

"Our comeback is well underway out in the states, I can assure you of that," Steele had planned to say, according to excerpts of his speech released by his office. "The folks inside the Beltway don't know it yet, but the people are beginning to rally, the comeback has begun... Those of you who toil in the vineyards, spending time in communities, in diners, barber shops and coffee shops where real every day people can be found, you know it's real."

The RNC meeting comes as Steele recently concluded a cross-country tour where he held fundraisers and met with GOP activists. After a series of public gaffes earlier in his tenure, Steele has tried to court the GOP's base by taking on the traditional role of a party chairman, attacking Democrats and raising money for the GOP. Many party strategists in Washington privately say he remains a liability for the GOP, but Steele has retained the support of the majority of the 168 members of the RNC who elected him in January.

Many Republicans are discussing how the party must change its tactics or stances to win future elections; Steele says the deliberation must end.

"The era of apologizing for Republican mistakes of the past is now officially over," Steele says. "It is done, we have turned the page, we have turned the corner. No more looking in the review mirror."

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. . . and monkeys will fly out of my butt.

Posted by: JBGJRESQ | May 20, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

What is most interesting is how few Republicans have defended their party or Steele in all these posted comments. I mean its like one GOP defender poster for every 30 negative posts about the GOP and Steele. Does that kind of underscore the loss of members in the GOP? usually theses comments sections run about 50/50 liberal/consecrative, the GOP is really deep in the dodo, no getting around it. What separates us Democratic from the Republicans is that we are allowed and respect other Dems diverse views and yet we are all Democrats. we all don't agree on abortion, guns, taxes or the war. But we do know what is right and fair and allow different views in our own ranks as long as it meets the rule of right and fair. Republicans on the other hand allow no deviation on any issue, goose-step or get out of the GOP. Thats why there are so few defenders of the GOP lately on the blogs, hey can't goose-step and they are lost in their identity. Mr. Steele is gift to us Dems. People like Rush and Hannity have really ruined the party, their only appeal is to white trash and racist. That is becoming the Republican core. It is also interesting how many Evangelical friends of mine have moved away from the GOP, no they aren't becoming dems, they are just lost looking for a party that expresses their values for change not just votes. Hopefully Mr. Steele's speech today will get the President to get off this concept of bipartisanship and take on prosecuting the Bush gang.

Posted by: garage | May 20, 2009 12:22 AM | Report abuse

African Americans and Latinos are definitely gonna latch onto this guy and vote republican in droves.

He got that crazy charm and street cred....like Carlton from Fresh Prince of Bel Air only a tad more blue blood.

Think of a black Thurston Howell III/

Posted by: dblakeross | May 20, 2009 12:14 AM | Report abuse

Michael Steele has mad charisma, yo. He'll smoke that fool Barack Hussein Obama. Michael Steele is way past being a GOP token. That tea bag comment was hilarious. Michael Steele should take on Dave Chappelle as funniest commedian next.

And then on to professional wrestling.

Posted by: dblakeross | May 20, 2009 12:07 AM | Report abuse

Might some psychiatrist please tell Mr. Steele that he is delusional? It would be very easy to prove, even to him.

Posted by: jmod35 | May 19, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

I posted the following comment last December - apparently nothing has changed:

"If the hard right wants the GOP to remain the party of the come to jesus angry white man, well so be it. Liberals want you to do that as well!

This election the GOP became the party of the old, undereducated, rural angry white voter. This group is becoming a smaller and smaller percentage of the electorate. It became the party of the Southern core of the Confederacy and states like Wyoming where nobody lives. It lost in every major metropolitan area. It lost affluent diverse suburbs in Philadelphia, Charlotte, Raleigh, Fairfax and Northern Virginia, Alberquerque and Las Vegas, Miami and Tampa, Los Angeles, Cleveland and Indianapolis, San Francisco, Seattle, New York and Boston . It even lost Dallas and Houston.

It lost hispanic voters by 2 to l. It lost virtually 100% of the black vote. It lost the "youth" vote 2 to 1. The Democrats won every growing demographic.

There is no longer a GOP Representative in the House from all of New England, including those bastions of Republicanism, New Hampshire and Maine. There are only 3 GOP House members from New York and only one is urban. The increasing Hispanic vote will put Texas and Arizona in play in coming elections. Any party that starts with California, New York and Texas in its column is in a pretty strong position.

TV Cameras had a hard time finding a black face at the GOP convention. Bigots routinely talked to video cameras while in line and waiting outside.

The GOP needs to decide what it is FOR......calling the opposition names ain't gonna cut it as "policy". Being for "family" and "America" ain’t gonna cut it as policy. Calling the Dems "traitors" and marxists, rhetoric not heard in 50 years, revealed the dearth of GOP ideas.

Continuing to emphasize the culture wars will lead to a smaller, waiting for the rapture, lily-white regional Southern party.

Look at the faces of the new America........the demographics are against you." :-)


Posted by: toritto | May 19, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

...Steele needs a strong message and tea party does not cut the mustard.

Posted by: jameschirico

TEA PARTY REVOLT is not a Republican movement...it is in fact trhe people's movement. What planet are you on?

TEA PARTY today consists of you and as many frineds as you can gather with a camera, that go down to the voter registration office and change your Party to Independent Party all at once, to drive the electoral college away from these two corrupt parties and stop the pendulum swing.
Submit your picture to the local press showing that People are demanding to be heard , not lied to anymore.

The Independent Party is already on most ballots, and has become the Icon of the TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY Americans in 50 states, who want their Country back from these corrupt bank owned looneys.

Posted by: dottydo | May 19, 2009 8:31 PM | Report abuse

There is no coming back from being dead. It is all over for a very long time.

Posted by: truth1

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>.

See, we let the Democrat Party come back to life, proving that you are right.

They are both so corrupt on the Hill they no longer are worth saving.

Vote Independent Party and place no one over 40 years old. (They just don't have our plight to recover from, that these Democrat and Republican goons left us with).

Posted by: dottydo | May 19, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Might some psychiatrist please tell Mr. Steele that he is delusional? It would be very easy to prove, even to him.

Posted by: jmod35 | May 19, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Please elaborate. What parts of the Constitution are they violating? Put up or shut up.

Posted by: treetopflyer

#1 Open all the politician secreted court Records and show us that they qualify to serve us.

#2 Public Servants are to serve the public and use their positions to elevate themselves over the laws of the land.

#3 Taxpayer money should never be used to pay for the elevation of one group of public servants over another, it is called misuse of the public's money.

#3 When the people enmasse, say no to legislation and are ignored, they are not being represented, they are being dictated to.


Want a current event?

Obama is announcing that you cannot keep your car without penalty after a certain year shoving money to his buds...without any interest in the fact that you cannot afford a different car.

Public Servants with dual NPD sociopathic profiles, must be put on medical leave.


Stop being the victim swinging between two bad abusers.
Stand up and change your voter registration to Independent Party enmasse to show that they work for us, and we tell them what we want done.

Posted by: dottydo | May 19, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

When has a Republican apologized for anything in the last decade, other than offending Rush Limbaugh?

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

When has a Democrat?

How about either one apologizing to the people for fat cat spending, and using our property to decieve us,getting us killed, and telling us lies?

Change your voter registration to Independent Party this round, to show them that we the people control them...not the other way around.

When they both wake up to no electoral college and no voters, we can better see who is cheating at elections.

If every single American votes Independent Party we take control back, and they are all exposed and gone. Vote for no one over 35 and leave no mummified dictator, to tell them how they want it done.

Right now we either clean up our own Country with a "No Confidence" vote, or we will lose our sovereign status to the Hague.
Why would we want to no longer be seen as the greatest Country on Earth?
We the people can change the current mess of corruption, because we are free.

Posted by: dottydo | May 19, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

I caught some of Steele's comments on CNN today, or were they just reporting them out of context since they are so darn liberal. I was in full chuckle with many of his statements and as I read some of them, I am surprised that I wasn't in full guffaw.
"...turned the nation over to dangerous radicals like Nancy Pelosi..." I invite him or any other Republican to show me what makes Nancy Pelosi a 'dangerous radical.' Oh because she stood up against President Bush on Iraq. (Bush did say more than once, if you are not with us, you are against us.) Or his comment about the tea parties of earlier are proof that the Republican Party is already coming back. If I recall
correctly, and I generally do in these cases, the Republicans, as a party, were careful to keep their hands off in an official manner, even though their mouthpiece TV station promoted them very heavily.
The Republicans are down for the eight count for at least two election cycles, on top of the two they have been knocked out of in the past four years.
As a Democrat, I do not ever claim that my party is perfect,or near perfect, I just let the Republicans continue to wallow in their own...

Posted by: napatomed | May 19, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

if you think what the democrats are doing is constitutional you obviously have NEVER read the constitution.

Posted by: Cryos | May 19, 2009 7:09 PM
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Please elaborate. What parts of the Constitution are they violating? Put up or shut up.

Posted by: treetopflyer | May 19, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

attack obama, what a novel idea mr. steele but it was tried before, how did that work out for you?the oreo couldn't get elected dog catcher, except with the repugs.repugs sit down and shut up we've got this. the intelligent adults have taken control.plan your next attack in about 8 years.is steele the best you guys could come up with? yeah, you're realy on the move.

Posted by: ninnafaye | May 19, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

NO NO NO Republicans must never regain power!

Posted by: rerema | May 19, 2009 7:41 PM
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

True that ...but neither should the Democrats.

Register Independent Party and be a voice saying "NO" to bailouts and Porkulous that we all said no to.

Your party owns you, and that is backwards of the people owning a Party.

Posted by: dottydo | May 19, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

When has a Republican apologized for anything in the last decade, other than offending Rush Limbaugh?

Posted by: atlasfugged | May 19, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Should we ask what RNC Chairman Michael Steele's definition of "GOP Comeback" is?

Posted by: Roofelstoon
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No, because they are in the same sinking boat as the Democrats who are asking.

Hauling in illegals to make a USA vote happen, assaults the integrity of the entire system set up for the Citizens of the USA.

It diminishes our States and our Country to cheat, so why have a Party that does it at all?

Politicians were elected to:
listen to the people
represent citizens of the USA's will

and should stop:
paying themselves better than us,
making us pay for illegal groups of propaganda to keep them in office.

There is no reason to have a huge war chest to win an election in the USA.

The people enmasse are changing voter registration to Independent Party ,to make it clear to both Party prima dona, bloated, idiots, on the Hill, that the People have the power in this Country.

Vote better this round, and diminish the two party electoral colleges into clean elections with integrity over loanshark bank puppet-creeps robbing us.

Independent Party will find candidates without war chests, without family ties of exsisting power, and please NO RATS JUMPING OFF THE TWO PARTY SINKING SHIP.

Do your part and change your voter registration to Independent Party,to put the fear of the peoples back into The Hill.

No one with those currently serving should ask for military blood because they are all nasty and horrible people to us.

Posted by: dottydo | May 19, 2009 7:43 PM | Report abuse

There is no coming back from being dead. It is all over for a very long time.

Posted by: truth1 | May 19, 2009 7:43 PM | Report abuse

NO NO NO Republicans must never regain power!

Posted by: rerema | May 19, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

The GOP even attacked Obama the day he sent 20k more troops to Afgan... a position they support!!??

Posted by: case3 | May 19, 2009 6:28 PM
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At the end of the day it really doesn't matter what he does - they are irrational and grasping at straws, so they'll attack anything. They'll even attack positions that they support. It's like the GOP has developed a collective case of Alzheimers.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | May 19, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Is anyone going to investigate the link between ACORN, Obama and voter fraud??

Posted by: phanka2005

Sure dude. Right after we investigate Bush and Chaney we're all over it.

Posted by: onlytheshadowknows1 | May 19, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

No more "navel gazing" for Repugnicans!

They are moving approximately 8 inches lower and on the other side of the body.

Posted by: JC505 | May 19, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

RE: "Another really - really bad day for the DEMOCRUDS."
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Talk about an alternate reality.

Michael Steele is great for the Democrats. I hope he keeps making nonsensical pronouncements.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | May 19, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Steele is terrible with a terrible message, we will include you and exclude those out of step. The failed wars, economy, and foreign relations still hasn't hit them as a policy error. Obama has moved many bills, albeit at a 3 trillion dollar cost to soften the blows left by the Republicans. He is listening to the military advisors and basically is adopting their policy including foreign relations seen by the military 10 million on top of Obama's State Dept. 90 million to help with refugees from the Pakistan Swat cleansing operation. Look for Obama to force the two state solution on Netanyu since good relations with Islam can only help in the war theter of Afghanistan/Pakistan. The mortgage and small business relief along with 5% rates is causing housing to rebound and I believe will upswing in 2010 as bottom will hit at the end of summer in price drops. Once the unemployment stops, growth should be on the way. If we can double our alternative energy every 2 years by using carbon tax receipts to fund it our dependence on foreign oil can finally end in a decade. Building safe nuclear power will entail the creation of a positive fusion reactor possibly decades away but less if a Kennedy man on the moon/Manhattan project effort is used. Obama is an incredible politcian grabbing for census redistricting by the executive, touting stimulus bill jobs in Republican enclaves, baiting them with Limbaugh, and having severe critic of the people that left him this mess. The Republicans better start crossing the line like CA, FL governors, and the women of ME if they are to have any chance in future elections. They will have a tough time also disqualifying any Supreme Court pick Obama may choose. If Sotomayer is chosen going against her will look like prejudice being hispanic, let alone a woman. Diane Woods is easier to attack but not to hold up. Koh would not be politically viable and Obama is great at politics. His approval rating is 63% losing a half million jobs a month which is blamed on the Republicans. Steele needs a strong message and tea party does not cut the mustard.

Posted by: jameschirico | May 19, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

So the GOP is going to bring it to Obama? Great, I like a good fight, although I suspect this will be a little like Mike Tyson warming up on a no-name contender.

GOP: How about coming up with ideas that a majority of Americans can identify with, instead of a suicide mission against a popular president and policies that the voters rejected long ago?

Your problem isn't PR, although I suspect many of you still think better communication of crappy ideas - rather than the ideas themselves - is the root of your problem.

People like the idea of helping someone out once in a while, showing compassion; not clinging to a Social Darwinist ideology that says the rich deserve everything, the poor deserve nothing so they should die.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | May 19, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

awesome! Steele is the driver of the GOP clown car that won't quit going the wrong way down the interstate. Every day, almost, this fool says something hysterical, misguided, and flat-out wrong.

Sure, go ahead and attack a president with a 70 percent approval rating, while the GOP is losing members in droves and has its approval rating in the toilet.

You gotta love the "Party of No" for laughs- they are NO ideas, NO brains, NO class, and NO integrity!

Posted by: losthorizon10 | May 19, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Another really - really bad day for the DEMOCRUDS.

Posted by: hclark1 | May 19, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Those of you who toil in the vineyards, spending time in communities, in diners, barber shops and coffee shops where real every day people can be found, know that the Republican party couldn't give less of a s--t about you if it were constipated. Thanks for having those tea parties last month. It would've been awkward for Greta, Bill, or Rush to be there and you know the tax increase impacts them more than you dupes who only make over 250k in your Bud soaked dreams.

We don't want change, we want things the way they've been for 8 years: Us getting richer, you in an ever accelerating race to the bottom. Thanks suckers!

btw, I'm good as RNC because, with a Black president we had to have a Black RNC chairman to balance things out. It would've been Colin if he hadn't turned his back on us.

Posted by: onlytheshadowknows1 | May 19, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

This is the GOP's Grand Plan For America ? Attack Obama directly ?? WTF ???

What a bunch of sour-grapes, sorry-a$$ losers to come up with THAT one. All that does is fatten the wallets of Limbaugh, Hannity, Coulter, Krauthammer, et al, who make big $$'s pandering to the base emotions of their base.

Some program. Like someone else here who noted Custer's last reported words, the GOP has Obama on the run, alright.

De-LOOOO-zhun-al, as Lewis Black might say.

BTW, chorophone, that reference to "Those of you who toil in the vineyards" is deliberate, as it's a biblical wink-and-a-nod to the Evangelical right wing.

Posted by: phoenixresearch
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Back ,forth, back ,forth, back, forth.

When is anyone going to wake up and notice that the two ropes making up the tire swing they have us on is tied to the same loansharking bank tree, and we are not being represented anymore.

Tea Party Americans are sick and tire of both.
Republicans try to hijuck and latch on to the TEA PARTY REVOLT not even noticing that it is about both the Democrats who suck and the Republicans who suck.

Chnage your voter registration to Independent Party along with millions who are, and show who runs this Country...the People.

Public servants became public thieves and con artists, believing that we work for them and their will. They are supposed to impart only our wills, and work for pennies to do it.

We are able to keep pennies and they rule us outof jobs.
ENOUGH!!!!

Posted by: dottydo | May 19, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Should we ask what RNC Chairman Michael Steele's definition of "GOP Comeback" is?

We've seen pretty much nothing happening when the real "leaders of the GOP", by that I mean Limbaugh and Cheney, attack the President. Plus with the majority of the country going along with Obama nowadays, attacking him is probably counter-productive. Just like it's been for the past 4 months.

Posted by: Roofelstoon | May 19, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

"Steele Predicts a GOP Comeback" This is a joke, right?

The latest Gallup poll shows the GOP, with whom only 21% of Americans identify, losing support across ALL demographics (even old people) except folks who go to church every Sunday.

Right now it looks like, in 2012, the GOP may well put up a competitive candidate for President of...Southeast Alabama. Or Central Louisiana. Or Wheeling. But of the United States? Forget about it.

Re Steele, it'll be a miracle if he survives another 30 days; the unfortunate report of his hiring cronies at RNC at inflated salaries is probably the last straw for the segrega-, er, "conservative" RNCers who didn't want Mikey in the first place.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 19, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Steele is smoking the good weed now. Must be the rappers. But by all means, Repukes, bring it on and attack Obama straight up. Let's compare records and plans. Oops, I forgot, you don't have a plan and your record is loaded with ecoli.

Posted by: ElectricBill | May 19, 2009 7:03 PM
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The only even arguable example of a successful implementation of Obama's economics is WWII LOL. I would call that "plan" a non-starter.

Keynesian economics is a ploy to cause long term big government. It makes government the hub of economic activity. Democrats can only go so far with that without filling the benches with activist judges since the constitution favors small government and INDIVIDUAL freedoms. Democrats can take their "village" mentality and shove it.

Posted by: Cryos | May 19, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Steele predicts a GOP comeback?
How?
They are still hurtling into the abyss.
Look at the state of the economy, the job situation, the health care debacle, the military situation left after eight years of Bush.
A GOP comeback to what, exactly?

Posted by: PatMaGroyn | May 19, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

The two party system relies on each party to be morally and ethically functional. The principled ethical and moral Republicans have been overpowered by some evil force that is ugly and out of control calling itself "The Republican Party." The media feeds into and seems to support this evil force. Read the book "Media is the Massage." Google "Who controls the media" and you will find that four media companies own and control what we read, hear and watch. Democracy depends on knowing the truth from all angles. Reagan sold out Democracy when he sold our built with tax dollars communications satellite to private enterprise who now control the airwaves. At some point in time Education started being driven by the Chambers of Commerce...capatalism. No longer is Education in America structured to carry on
Democracy, but to keep businesses profitable. How well do you think this is working? The Chambers of Commerce are not knowledgeable about how to educate but they are certainly calling the shots. It isn't working! The last eight years is the result. The four fingers pointing back at the Republicans when calling someone a narcissist says it all. Greed was bound to ruin capitalism and a balance needs to be found. As long as the Republicans focus on "attacks" they are not focusing on solutions. Would the principled, ethical, morally strong Republicans please take charge and join the discussion to solve problems already created, or please get out of the way and quite wasting our time so we can.

Posted by: coolfuzzybreeze | May 19, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Bring on 2010 so we can vote out the remaining republicans who think that saying NO is a political platform, voting against the Constitution is patriotic, and breaking the law is necessary when done for a good reason. Its time those who call themselves republicans clean up the stain conservatives have placed on their party or watch Americans vote them into oblivion.


Posted by: bevjims1 | May 19, 2009 7:01 PM
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if you think what the democrats are doing is constitutional you obviously have NEVER read the constitution.

Posted by: Cryos | May 19, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Let's see now. The Democrats finally control both the Executive and Legislative branches of our government. Most of their first four months in control have been spent blaming the previous administration for every real or imagined problem. And yet, one Bush Administration policy after another is being vindicated and left in place. Maybe Guantanamo should not be closed after all. Military tribunals for enemy detainees will continue. Much of the Patriot Act will remain in force. The CIA might not be so bad after all. Furthermore, with loose cannons like Nancy Pelosi firing away with reckless abandon, the GOP's future might not be as bleak as it seems.

Posted by: bubba31138 | May 19, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Steele should acknowledge that Americans are turning away from both the Democrat Party and the Republican Party because they are both corrupt. Vote.rs are opting to register Independent Party to make all red and blue states the people's again. This round people are fed up with both corrupt partys.
His apparent position is to aide a criminal....making him, also a criminal, in being complicit in elevating the guilty politicians above the law....

If Nancy Pelosi honestly believes the enhanced interrogation techniques were unlawful, we now know she was aware of it and did nothing to stop it. That makes her an accessory to a crime.

An accessory is a criminal, and now Mr. Steele wants to ignore her crime, making him an accessory.

Posted by: dottydo | May 19, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Hassan-I watch al hurra newscasts online and they did not cover Steele or McCain today...you must have them confused with someone else.

Posted by: Mohamed1969 | May 19, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Steele is smoking the good weed now. Must be the rappers. But by all means, Repukes, bring it on and attack Obama straight up. Let's compare records and plans. Oops, I forgot, you don't have a plan and your record is loaded with ecoli.

Posted by: ElectricBill | May 19, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

The republicans continue to be out of touch not only with Americans but themselves. They seemingly have no idea what their policies have done, the decisions their leaders made, the ruin they left this nation in. They owe every American an apology and the longer they take to do that the more people will remember their arrogance.

Bring on 2010 so we can vote out the remaining republicans who think that saying NO is a political platform, voting against the Constitution is patriotic, and breaking the law is necessary when done for a good reason. Its time those who call themselves republicans clean up the stain conservatives have placed on their party or watch Americans vote them into oblivion.

Posted by: bevjims1 | May 19, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Steele should change his name to Putty. Republicans WRECKED this nation. The information on just how awful is slowly making its way to the light. From an unjust war sold by liars that killed thousands of American servicemen and women and destroyed their families to the annihilation of our economy and wealth; from the dishonorable conduct of VP Cheney and his minions to the intentional misleading of Congress by the CIA; when the truth is told, the Republicans may never recover.

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | May 19, 2009 6:51 PM
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Don't believe everything you read in the media. It's sad how liberals have devolved into parrots squawking their masters words.

Like now you're hopping on the Pelosi train of "the CIA lying to congress" to defend her political careers.

Don't worry the independents will see the corrupt democratic politicans trying to grow government and the tools like you strung along and will vote out the far left in 2010. If Obama wants to survive 2012 he better start walking the walk of "bipartisanship and moderate" and stop governing as a far left big government advocate.

Posted by: Cryos | May 19, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele, failure. Sorry, but Rush Limbaugh is the cancer of the Republican party of this moment, representing the terminally-ill conservative view.

Time for a new party in the USA, one that does NOT represent Southern white male dominance.

Posted by: dudh | May 19, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Here are some Thomas Jefferson quotes. Guess what bottom feeders if the GOP is genuine about fiscal responsibility they will gain huge at the polls. You better believe people like me will hold them accountable however.

Many neo-cons and fiscal RINOs have been purged from the party so it is ripe for a recovery. Blah blah blah Bush, last 8 years and Rush will only work for so long.

It's too bad most of you probably don't have the brainpower to realize the wisdom in the following quotes.

Thomas Jefferson -

"A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government."

"Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition."

'I have no fear that the result of our experiment will be that men may be trusted to govern themselves without a master."

"I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive."

"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them."

"I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it."

"It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world."

"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government."

"Never spend your money before you have earned it."

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."

Posted by: Cryos | May 19, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Steele should change his name to Putty. Republicans WRECKED this nation. The information on just how awful is slowly making its way to the light. From an unjust war sold by liars that killed thousands of American servicemen and women and destroyed their families to the annihilation of our economy and wealth; from the dishonorable conduct of VP Cheney and his minions to the intentional misleading of Congress by the CIA; when the truth is told, the Republicans may never recover.

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | May 19, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Well, it's time for a third party anyway.

Posted by: ian807 | May 19, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

During the 8 disasterous years of the Bush administration, the Republicans declared that dissent was equal to treason...and now, they are indeed "The Party of No." They have fought Obama every inch of the way, and refused to vote for the stimulous package; they hoped to gain votes by their posturing, and hoped to keep votes by taking the money anyway.
These hypocrites truly do hope that the country fails.

Posted by: artatlarge | May 19, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Blah blah blah liberals. Look out in 2010. People like me are done listening to your BS you think you can win an argument by repeating the same things over and over and over and over and it makes it true. Only in your mind.

Someday Obama will have to become a man and take responsibility for his own choices not blaming everything on Bush.

Then America will see the big government power hungry democrats for what they are.

Bush had a low approval rating leaving office so repeating "conservatives all followed Bush" is a lie. You can keep screaming but your words scream hollow. Enjoy 2010 when some of the far left nutjob liberals get given the boot.

Posted by: Cryos | May 19, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

This is the GOP's Grand Plan For America ? Attack Obama directly ?? WTF ???

What a bunch of sour-grapes, sorry-a$$ losers to come up with THAT one. All that does is fatten the wallets of Limbaugh, Hannity, Coulter, Krauthammer, et al, who make big $$'s pandering to the base emotions of their base.

Some program. Like someone else here who noted Custer's last reported words, the GOP has Obama on the run, alright.

De-LOOOO-zhun-al, as Lewis Black might say.

BTW, chorophone, that reference to "Those of you who toil in the vineyards" is deliberate, as it's a biblical wink-and-a-nod to the Evangelical right wing.

Posted by: phoenixresearch | May 19, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

lol..."the era of apologizing" damn, what's that a euphemism for? oh, I got it...eating Bush's $h!t....

Posted by: patriot76 | May 19, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Ohmigod, can the Republicans pick a bigger moron to be their figurehead?

Posted by: homer4 | May 19, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

I like Michael Steele, but clearly, he's just doing a job trying to keep his job. GOP can't recruit enough moderates who can survive a GOP primary. Not to mention, GOP fatigue will persist through the 2012 elections. Look how long the GOP worked Carter fatigue. You can't beat something with nothing, the GOP's got nothing.

Posted by: gbooksdc | May 19, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Steele, it's definitely time to end the "honeymoon" that Obama has gotten from GOP politicians, all of whom have been so, so silent about what he's been doing, especially Dick Cheney.

Posted by: mypitts2 | May 19, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

YEAH!

Coach Mike Steele!

Get 'em, get 'em, get 'em!

Wait ... what are we talking about?

Posted by: info_stuporhighway | May 19, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

The GOP even attacked Obama the day he sent 20k more troops to Afgan... a position they support!!??

Posted by: case3 | May 19, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Honeymoon??? what honeymoon did the GOP give Obama. Name an initiative the GOP has backed the Prez on......crickets..... They opposed his every word and move. What are they going to do now, block his driveway???

Posted by: case3 | May 19, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse


"in order for the "honeymoon" to be over"

Hey!!! Looks like Americans will be bending over and grabbing their ankles for a while still..

Posted by: Billw3 | May 19, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse


Hillary Clinton's job so far consists mostly of deciding who to print up money for. Last was over 100 million for Pakastan. Before that it was to "clean up" the rubble caused by Israel. Next likely will be Haiti. The devalue the money without any sense of responsibility.
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Posted by: Billw3 | May 19, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Is the GOP is trying to convince us they are coming back? Fine.
What will they try next? That World War II didn't happen?

Posted by: euroguy | May 19, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Right. Enough of that ridiculous idea of working to make the country better, of stopping the war, of ending the recession. Who gets paid to that sort of thing? Much better to focus on the important things that the voters proved last November they really want: getting the GOP back in power.

Posted by: dane1 | May 19, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Isn't this the same Michael Steele who had his (tuchas) handed to him on Meet The Press last weekend?

And Russert wasn't even the moderator!

Posted by: bs2004 | May 19, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse


ualec1 said:
"Thank you for reminding us of what the GOP left gave us."

Partisan politics is a waste of time, just a game for those with nothing better to do.
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Posted by: Billw3 | May 19, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Hey Tin foil guy, in order for the "honeymoon" to be over you first have to have a wedding, I believe the American people "divorced" your party last November, get over it, even counceling won't do you or your party any good, your full of the same old hot air blow bags and bad ideas you have always been, even Rushbo can't save your sorry arse!

Posted by: sfilutze | May 19, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Add me to the list of people who somehow missed that "era of apologizing for Republican mistakes." Guess I must've blinked.

Posted by: bcamarda2 | May 19, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

"Most Americans are half something! Does that make most Americans jokers??
Ddo you recall Limbaugh saying there was no recession because he was still earning $400 Million dollars a year? Or Limbaugh making fun of Michael J. Fox's Parkinson's affliction?. Yep! Limbaugh is the narcissist!!"

Both Obama and Limbaugh are jokers. Only they could have made Bush look a little better...
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Posted by: Billw3 | May 19, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Mike Steele, Rush calling...you're missing from the RNC field servant headcount. Get back to the plantation and await further instructions.

When is this pretend black man going to realize that he's the mascot of a dying party and that Limbaugh, Hannity, Cheney and the rest are his masters? Stop talking to me because as an African-American there is nothing intelligent that has ever come out of his pseudo hip-hop jive mouth. Michael Steele, your fifteen minutes is up...goodbye!

Posted by: bigdp07 | May 19, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Keep chugging that kool-aid!

Posted by: Woodstocknative | May 19, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

LOL, Honeymoon!? Republicans are so out of touch with reality that they think they have been nice and supportive until now? They have been actively rooting for his failure since before he even took office! They were blaming things on him in December! Are republicans really insane or do they just have no standards for themselves?

Posted by: benandpogo | May 19, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

"I predict the GOP is going to be getting rid of Michael Steele sooner rather than later. This was a cry of desperation that was pitiful and embraced the last 8 years as if what happened in the last 8 years didn't happen. They are still in denial. He doesn't realize that Rush and Cheney have hijacked his job. He is completely insignificant. Posted by: concernedaboutdc "

By good Republican logic, flatly, they can't.

Getting rid of him says they were wrong to appoint him in the first place, and they can't admit they ever make mistakes.

Should they get rid of him they haven't anyone with any greater gravitas to replace him. He at least does a fast enough about face whenever he gets caught off the reservation by Rush or Dick or the rest of the real Republican Party.

And he can say, "if we have the coverage our convictions, and we do, then we will and we must stand up against disastrous policies, regardless of the president's popularity." with a straight face.

If they had the courage of their convictions? When did they try to tell Shrub that he was taking them on the road to ruin? Let alone taking the Country on the road to ruin!

He can say, "Our comeback is well underway out in the states, I can assure you of that," with a straight face. After he burned capital to get Tedisco elected against a total unknown whom even the Democratic Party originally didn't believe had a chance.

He is demonstrably fit to be RNC chair, since he can spout nonesense (it is so much more appropriate then mere nonsense) with a stentorian tone that would to any ham actor declaiming Hamlet proud.

Long live the RNC Chair.

To get this kind of live entertainment usually requires a cover charge or a two drink minimum.

Posted by: ceflynline | May 19, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse


sophiegrace111 ask:
"Since when has "Half-Kenyan" been an insult? And why do people keep calling the President a narcissist?"

Then you would have accepted full Kenyan?
He makes unnessecary trips to speak before crowds. It's a pattern now.
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Posted by: Billw3 | May 19, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

The GOP lacks credibility on the economy. It was under GOP rule that:

(1) The Medicare drug benefit was passed

(2) Tax cuts skewed to the highest earning people were passed.

(3) Two wars, both of which the U.S. is still engaged, were launched without much thought of how to fund.

What does the GOP have to offer now? It's asinine to attack without an alternative plan.

Posted by: UnPatriotic | May 19, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

It's a given democrats will lose at least a couple house seats. Usually happens to either party after they have already consolidated power. As long as they maintain control of the senate won't matter. Rubes are history until at least 2016 unless they can pick up a seat or two in the senate. So what are your ideas Steele. He said they are now the party of ideas. LMFAO.

Posted by: Frigistan | May 19, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

I couldn't be happier that this man is the head of the RNC. What a fumbling, bumbling, stumbling, mistake looking for a place to happen he is. Looking for a "Reign of Error", Mr. Steele. Find a mirror. Thanks for being such a big part of keeping the Republican Party and their tired, unsuccessful ideas where they belong. Down and waaaaaaaay out. Keep up the good work. And N-E-V-E-R apologize for it. We Dems really appreciate it. You're the best! :-)

Posted by: r1108 | May 19, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Billw3 | May 19, 2009 5:06 PM
"..The president is a narcissist, half-Kenyan joker who thinks having Limbaugh's kidneys fail is funny."

Most Americans are half something! Does that make most Americans jokers??

Hey billw3, do you recall Limbaugh saying there was no recession because he was still earning $400 Million dollars a year?

Or Limbaugh making fun of Michael J. Fox's Parkinson's affliction?

Yep! Limbaugh is the narcissist!!

Posted by: knjincvc | May 19, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Give the fool some respect. He at least realizes that the lost party of ignorant fools has to come back from being beaten in the ground, ruining our country and continuing to destroy itself.

It does take a lot of ignorance to stand up there and say "now let's attack the president"

What a sorry excuse for a human being. And they put Michal Vick in prison for "torturing" a frigging dog.

Some real twisted logic from those air heads

Posted by: mackiejw | May 19, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

The base, full of fire and enthusiasm in the convention center, will out once again into the harsh, American daylight of their own doom.

Posted by: treetopflyer | May 19, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

I think Mr. Steele is a bright talented man, and an asset for the GOP. Too bad they don't realize that, or at least the far right doesn't appreciate him. They take every opportunity to undermine his positions and make him look out of touch. Take last Sunday's Meet the Press (please), when the very next day Steele was undermined by the usual suspects of the far right on Colin Powell. Steele has the right idea - an inclusive party, not the old country club, my way or the highway, take no prisoners, sprayed on tanned GOP we see on a daily basis. What ever happened to the John Kasich's and Tom Davis's, and even the old Larry Hogan's of the GOP? I suspect most of the center, center left, and center right of this great nation are really unaffiliated at heart and that is why President Obama won the election. The center cluster of voters LIKE to work things out, they are WILLING to meet on middle ground. The nut cases on the far rightm and the far left will have no one left to attend their 'tea parties' or whatever. I hope Michael Steele becomes more assertive, speaks up, and tries to save his party, or they will continue to wander closer to insignificance. Keep fighting Mr. Steele!

Posted by: bfjam | May 19, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

"The era of apologizing for Republican mistakes of the past is now officially over." What? Republicans apologizing? I must have been sleeping during that minute. Can those apologies be repeated? Can somebody post the link to where I can read them?

Posted by: chinkoteeg | May 19, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

The GOP hoped that putting a black man in charge of the RNC would bring the blacks running to the party. This shows how incredibly unintelligent and condescending the party is. It is also an insult to the intelligence of every black American that the GOP would think that all it takes is to put a black face on the party and blacks will follow blindly.

That said:

The Bush and the GOP ruined this country in 8 years. Now Steele predicts a comeback for a party that refuses to recognize and apologize for its many failures, lies, out-right malfeasance, and outdated and irrelevant policies. I think that the nomination of McCain and his choice of a nut-case like Palin for a running mate shows how off the deep end the party has gone. The current attempt of Romney and another Bush (Jeb) trying to claim leadership of the party along with Limbaugh's insistence that he's the true voice of the party just shows how pathetic the party has become.

The GOP will not change except for the worse because it refuses to accept responsibility for the harm it has done.

The GOP is an anachronism. The best thing to do is put it out of its misery.

GOP = grossly outdated politicians

GOP = greatly obsolete party

Posted by: abby0802 | May 19, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

It Is extremely poor taste, as well as a sad day in America when all Republicans can do is obstruct, obstruct, obstruct and distort and misrepresent the disaster the GOP left the American People from 8 years of G.W. Bush.

The direction and methods currently guided by the Obama Administration makes Americans feel like there is country they can call home for the first time in 8 years

Posted by: danglingwrangler | May 19, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

I think the republicans should launch a huge attack on Obama. He is ruining the economy, he is taking away our constitional rights. It's very scary. It's also scary that so many of the people in this country have no idea that it is not the president's job to run businesses. Too many people don't see what is being taken away from us. The media is no help. Soon, the president will find a way to put a stop to talk radio. Thank goodness they can't stop Fox News. WaPo is pretty good too.
Is anyone going to investigate the link between ACORN, Obama and voter fraud??

Posted by: phanka2005 | May 19, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

A speech of no substance. just hollow rhetoric. This guy has nothing to offer to anyone and just trying to protect his job..

Posted by: tktez | May 19, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

The party of enemies prefers that their targets be female. Or a Clinton. Or both. Barack is too populular. I think they'd rather wait for Michelle to say something they can focus on. Too bad she's not playing along.

Posted by: rocks11 | May 19, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Steele is like Humpty Hump without the funk. Look for the Humpty Dance video and tell me it's not Steele in Digital Underground. I dare you.

Anyway, the fact that the GOP has not rid itself of this clown speaks volumes about the dysfunction in the party. There will be no comeback so long as the party is run like a high school reality show.

Posted by: satuit-i | May 19, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

billw3, thank you for reminding us of what GOP left gave us.

Posted by: ualec1 | May 19, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

scrivner50: Give up already. A GOP that was once-upon-a-time concerned with those things you mentioned is largely mythical. And NOBODY in the current GOP is even slightly interested in a more "libertarian" approach. Sure, they mouth the words now that they're anti-government, but don't get your hopes up.

If you were awake during the last 15 years, you've seen what the GOP does when it has power. And you've seen how badly they screw up the country. That hasn't changed a tiny bit.

Posted by: bigbrother1 | May 19, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

So when you out of ideas you attack some one who does? Steele is delusional again.

Posted by: ualec1 | May 19, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

scrivner50: Give up already. A GOP that was once-upon-a-time concerned with those things you mentioned is largely mythical. And NOBODY in the current GOP is even slightly interested in a more "libertarian" approach. Sure, they mouth the words now that they're anti-government, but don't get your hopes up.

If you were awake during the last 15 years, you've seen what the GOP does when it has power. And you've seen how badly they screw up the country. That hasn't changed a tiny bit.

Posted by: bigbrother1 | May 19, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Start attacking President Obama? Republicans have been attacking him since day one in office. What a hoot. Why don't you try worrying about the AMERICAN PEOPLE FOR ONCE you idiot republicans instead of your "going nowhere fast" party?

Posted by: kubrickstan | May 19, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

"We've seen strategists writing memos and doing briefings urging that Republicans avoid confronting the president...They suggest we should go after Nancy Pelosi"...Steele continued his fiery rhetoric against the president, who he said "could not be more partisan." He accused Obama of "yielding his legislative agenda almost entirely to radicals like Nancy Pelosi"

Lost, so lost...

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | May 19, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Clarify something for me. When has ANYONE in the Republican party apologized for ANYTHING from the travesties of the last 8 years of the Bush Administration? Once- just once. Anyone?

Posted by: kaune | May 19, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

"The era of apologizing for Republican mistakes of the past is now officially over," Steele says.
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Did it even begin? That must have taken nanoseconds. :-/

Posted by: treetopflyer | May 19, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Of course attack the President when your party is in shambles and has no leader(s) or alternative policies to get the US out of the mess made under Bush!
Me thinks Mr Steele will be done in by his own party and they will blame it on the MEDIA!

Posted by: ohwell | May 19, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

This is incredible. Steele went on Meet the Press Sunday saying he didn't want to engage in name-calling. Then today he unleashes taunt after insult after screed. If he wants to that his prerogative, but like most politicians he's a two-faced SOB who shows one face to the public at large and then to the ever-shrinking base the other, meaner side. I guess it's asking to much for him to choose one or the other.

It's obvious he plans to repeat Clinton's "kitchen sink" strategy on Obama. The difference is that Clinton went into the strategy with a strong brand. She was able to highlight her strengths while cutting into Obama's own. The Repubs may cut into Obama's strenths, but their weaknesses are too freshly burned into the public's mind; we're still smarting from the wounds too much to be told we're not hurting. So all this will do for the Republicans is recall to everyone how messed up they are, how THEY screwed up their watch, and how they still have nothing to offer but criticism.

Go for it, Steele. Scuttle the ship and torch the sails. It'll be beautiful.

Posted by: treetopflyer | May 19, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

"The era of apologizing for Republican mistakes of the past is now officially over," Steele says. "It is done, we have turned the page, we have turned the corner. No more looking in the review mirror."

Does anyone know if Steele worked for Chrysler or GM within the last year???? Maybe he's an old Enron employee?

Posted by: Brunoz | May 19, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Al-Hurra is reporting the Republican revival already is bearing fruit. The anchor said Senator McCain is planning to swich to their Party.

Posted by: HassanAliAl-Hadoodi | May 19, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele is a great spokesman for the GOP, a party that defines itself by negative personal attacks.

Instead of debating which policies they should put forward to the American people, Republicans debate which Democratic politician they should be attacking. They just never change.

Posted by: kevrobb | May 19, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Billw3: Thanks for proving my earlier point. "It's only about the money."

Posted by: halifar59 | May 19, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

As of today, Obama has a 63 percent approval rating which is move than double the approval rating of the GOP. He does not seem to understand that people have a problem with the GOP's policies/ideology. We have seen the results of their ideology and policies and we don't like it. Words will not change the reality of the failed policies of the last 8 years. He can say forget the past but I don't want to forget until I am convinced there has been a change in thinking. I don't see it. If anything the GOP ideology is worse than it was.

Posted by: cdierd1944 | May 19, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Some sources have indicated that, at the battle of the Little Bighorn, General Custer was last heard to exclaim "We've caught them napping!".

Others reported his last words to be "We've got 'em on the run, boys!"

Posted by: Gladiator2008 | May 19, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

I'm afraid the navel gazing has just begun!

Posted by: stevebailey1 | May 19, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

First Mikey says it time for the Era of the Republican Apologies to end (For shame WaPo for not covering a single bit of this momentous GOP Era of Apologies!) Next Mikey says that the Republicans should attack President Obama directly because after all the Republicans have not directed a single solitary mean spirited word at the President or for that matter even looked crossed-eyed at him. Finally Mikey predicts like the Miss Cleo on high that this will bring about the return of the GOP!!!

"Dave, I have utmost confidence in the mission, Dave...Shall I sing you a song, Dave? - Daisy...Daisy...give me...your...answer...do...I'm...half...craaazzzy"

Posted by: dre7861 | May 19, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

I love this guy...he is kind of like a John Lovitz character on Saturday Night Live.

"Trust me," the idiot says.

"Just start attacking Obama and, I PROMISE YOU, the American public will automatically forget how the GOP ruined our nation -- ruined our economy, ruined our military, ruined our international standing, ruined our national discourse..."

"They will forget."

"Promise."

"Trust me."

Posted by: SwellLevel5 | May 19, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

What the he** is a "review mirror"?

I do like his point about toiling in the vineyards though. The key to a GOP comeback starts with embracing Napa wine makers and the fine folks at Smuckers.


Posted by: SWB2 | May 19, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Billw3-

Since when has "Half-Kenyan" been an insult? And why do people keep calling the President a narcissist? He's the President! I'm sure he's not crazy about all the attention thrust upon him and his family, but he seems to be taking it with good grace.

Posted by: sophiegrace111 | May 19, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse


America is going to hell, note.

Political corruption abounds in both parties.
Almost everything is made in China.
We are dependent on oil we don't have.
The government owes more than it can ever pay back.
We print billions of money to dole out and to give to banks.
Toyota and Honda have zapped GM, Ford, and Chrysler.
One in four homeowners owes more on their home than it’s worth.
The average credit card holder owes over ten thousand dollars.
Stock owners have lost almost half their investments.
We are losing over half a million jobs per month.
Social security and Medicaid are in danger of going broke.
Apathy by the majority of the public has become the norm.
The president is a narcissist, half-Kenyan joker who thinks having Limbaugh's kidneys fail is funny.
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Posted by: Billw3 | May 19, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I predict the GOP is going to be getting rid of Michael Steele sooner rather than later.

This was a cry of desperation that was pitiful and embraced the last 8 years as if what happened in the last 8 years didn't happen.

They are still in denial.

He doesn't realize that Rush and Cheney have hijacked his job. He is completely insignificant.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | May 19, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Steele talks tough but will Rush allow this agenda to go forward? Even if a truly visionary republican figure were to emerge from the bushist slime the huge reactionary wing of the GOP headed by Limbaugh and Rupert Moloch would throw out the anchor and revert to playing the hysteria card. Note that republicans whether on the top or the bottom always spout the exact same rhetoric. I've got a slogan for Steele; BE AFRAID, BE CLINICALLY PARANOID, JOIN THE GOP

Posted by: apiercebales | May 19, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse


mzbond said:
"The RNC had to have a black leader in the ranks"

Right, but they overlooked that he needed to be half Kenyan and intelligent.
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Posted by: Billw3 | May 19, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Well, good luck with that Mike. I am sorry, but I should be a Republican, but they have become so incredibly stupid I just cannot stomach being associated with such nitwits. I swear, the GOP of today is being run by their equivalent of McGovern Democrats and we all know where THAT leads.......

Posted by: jmccas | May 19, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

"The era of apologizing for Republican mistakes of the past is now officially over..."

The Republicans apologized for their mistakes? When did this happen? I seem to have missed it.

Posted by: Gladiator2008 | May 19, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

So the Republican strategy is based on who they are "going after."

I think I figured out what's wrong.

Rather than base your entire political platform on who your attacking this week, why not develop some real substance and promote it?

Posted by: 8-man | May 19, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Give this guy some credit. He is trying to CHANGE the GOP.

Anyone who is a hardcore democrat or a republican want the GOP to stay the GOP and the Dems to stay the Dems. Then the wingnut mentality on both sides rules the day. Independents don't know what they want if it was presented to them in clear black and white and that will never, ever change.

And... Obama hinted at REAL change, but was slammed by leftists last week. I doubt Obama will do it again, he's learned to not to bite the hand that feeds you (i.e. he has made the SCoTUS pick difficult as it will make of break his followers!).

Steele has the same problem, BUT to him: who gives a d*mn about the hand that feeds you, cause the GOP is a minority in politics, **they have NO power**. And Steele is trying every change tactic, even non-GOP favored things to get that party to act and think "outside the box". And all you GOP *and* Democrat fanboys want to put him back in that box, plain and simple (just look at the comments here). Guess what, Howard Dean did the same thing, and in the end he almost changed his party (energized the dems base), BUT money (i.e. Obama's campaigning) derailed his agenda considering the dems had a 80% of winning with any candidate.

Imagine the GOP more like Parliament's Old Guard Conservatives in the UK, and the Democrats like the Labor or Liberal parties. These parties each have smart people and for once you can debate laws intelligently. I rather have my 2 party system argue things intelligently (e.g. Abortion vs. Pro-life) and let me make a decision (by voting) rather than be a follower of a party that want to **decide** for me and tells me I'm either with them or without them.

Posted by: recharged95 | May 19, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

"if we have the coverage our convictions, and we do, then we will and we must stand up against disaterorous policies, regardless of the president's popularity."

This guy is more of a bumbler than George W. Bush. Disaterorous? LOL

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | May 19, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Era of apologizing? Can't say I've heard any "i'm sorries" coming from the GOP. I have heard a lot of "it's their faults." The Reagan Era's deregulation of environmental protections, and making everything for sale to the highest bidder is what sux most about this government. Not that the Dems as a whole are any better. The attitude "anything is fair when acquiring cash" is the nation's prevailing attitude, after all. It is a terribly irresponsible attitude to have and pass on to our youth. Education has been turned into money-making skill acquisition. Apologize? Shoot, the GOP hasn't yet apologized for the criminal Nixon yet, let alone Cheney, the two Bush knuckleheads, Rumsfeld, and all those others just hoping for another 9/11 while Obama presides. Maybe the GOP has a new definition for apology, to go along with all their other redefinitions of terms. Is there a Webster's edition of the GOP language?

Posted by: halifar59 | May 19, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele's prediction? "...it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,signifying nothing.

Posted by: garry2 | May 19, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

What a sorry piece of nothing, Mr Steele is.

He is right on one subject though. Don't go after Ms Pelosi who had done nothing wrong, but listened to half truths during the so called briefings 6 years ago, but go after the President.......the former President and his criminal VP that is.

Posted by: mackiejw | May 19, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

President Barack Hussein Obama.

If just reading that makes you angry then you have a problem that attacking him won't solve.

Unless and until you can think of better solutions to the nation's problems you will continue to deserve your forced exile.

Posted by: Heerman532 | May 19, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Steele said: "The last Democrat (sic) president declared that the era of big government was over. Someone should send that memo to Barack Obama"

Or maybe they should have sent it to Bush and Cheney first.

Posted by: eomcmars | May 19, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

This guy Steele is more fun than a barrel of monkey's, although not as smart. The Dems couldn't hope for better. Evey time this blathering idiot opens his mouth, it's Christmas, 4th of July, and Labor Day all wrapped up into one for Democrats. What's next, Palin arguing that the world is flat, and that we should just "bypass" science, mathematics and history and just read the Bible all day? It's better than any circus P.T. Barnum could have imagined.

Posted by: pookiecat | May 19, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Steele sounds like an "angry black man", who is the chairman of the RNC only because of "Obama". The RNC had to have a black leader in the ranks - they even admitted it. Go for it, attack Pelosi and Obama, and watch Obama get even stronger. Steele and Palin must be in-bed together.

Posted by: mzbond | May 19, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

The GOP attacked Obama personally for over a year when he was running for office.

It was a great strategy, don't you think Pres. Obama?

Posted by: AverageJane | May 19, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

If it is 'better to light a candle than to curse the darkness', then I guess the GOP is out of matches..

Posted by: distance88 | May 19, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

A few years ago I saw a statue of a "Black Christ" in an Atlantic coastal town call Portobelo, in Panama. There is a legend that goes with that statue, that was washed ashore over 3 centuries ago on the Isthmus. Come to think of it, it sure has the likeness of president Obama... Another coincidence that they should call a portrait of president Obama,"The Annointed One" - the same as that statue ?

I am told that Obama is very popular in that Panamanian town... and I sure think that the president should someday visit that statue in Panama...and expect a miracle.
Amanecerá y veremos..

Posted by: hasinc67 | May 19, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Steele's message is so off track of what independents and old school Republicans needed to hear to rebuild the GOP. He pretty much stated the GOP of the last 8 years will continue with the same game plan that lost them the election, with one exception, lets forget about the last 8 years. The war, the economy, TARP, Katrina, it all belongs to Bush, but lets forget that and blame the problems and solutions on Obama. He offered no plans to get the country back on track, just attack the President? The actions of the President to right the economy does have some faults, Obama was the first to admit that it was not perfect especially since it came from Washington. Yet there has been no response to improve the Presidents solutions, except for the GOP to a person voting NO. The deciding vote that won Obama the election wasn't the extreme left or the black vote it was the votes of independents and Republicans that crossed party lines due to the last 8 years. And today we hear there will really be more of the same bonehead GOP mistakes that we have seen for 8 years. My guess is that Steele will be replaced in the next 60 days. Rush, Newt, Dick and Palin won't re win the white house, the GOP needs to return to its core values of the 60's and 70's. As a Democratic I want to thank Mr. Steele for making sure today he reminded us all why the GOP lost the last election and why history should repeat itself 4 years from today!

Posted by: garage | May 19, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Shootin' blanks. What happened to the party of Goldwater and Reagan? Who are these lunatics and when will they recognize that insisting that reality is not all that tangible stuff before your very eyes might not be a viable strategy. Hopefully, the GOP will continue to be run by rabid nimcompoops. Why don't you guys go ahead and run Palin in 2012. Tastes just like chicken.

Posted by: buddecj | May 19, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse


wagonjak1 said:
"I'm listening to Steele speak now, and even though all of it is lies, evasions and half-truths, he comes off pretty well."

Well... he does have a smattering of the Southern Baptist Style, but he's no Obama.
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Posted by: Billw3 | May 19, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse


Steel is a loser. He hired his long-time assistant Belinda Cook with a salary nearly three times what her predecessor made. He also gave her son a job, and hired another friend (Angela Sailor)with a salary of $180,000, more than double her predecessor's pay. When confronted about this he said 'I'll control the money, or I'll leave'. Bush and company have left the Republican Party in shambles. Obama isn't looking too good either. He's a narcissist, half-Kenyan joker who thinks having Limbaugh's kidneys fail is funny.
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Posted by: Billw3 | May 19, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

"No more looking in the review mirror."

Good grief, another illiterate Republican making great plans...as long as it doesn't involve looking in a review mirror, or a preview mirror either. Pretty funny for a party stuck in the 50s that longs for the good ole days of Joe "mad dog" McCarthy and John Birchers.

Posted by: windrider2 | May 19, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

The Conservative wing of the Republican party will elect a Democrat before they permit someone who is not a Strict Constructionist, Reagan Fiscal Policy, Right to Life, Religious Zealot to occupy the ticket for dogcatcher. And the Democrats read the tea leaves (and the polls) and decide there are a lot of voters who do not believe stictly in every one of these principles.

But the folks who rule the Conservative media are raking in millions in book deals and salaray because they talk the hard line and shout down anyone who wavers from the "word". Frankly, as much as the media on the other side wants total goverment control and spending.

The difference is the other guys won. massively. And they are taking the total government control into ramming changes that will forever change our country in ways we probably won't like.

My bottom line -- I'd rather win. And the present Republican Party is as divided as the Democrats where when they seated inexperienced delegates at the 1968 Chicago Convention. And they lost -- big time.

Posted by: tommariner | May 19, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up-for you the flag is flung-for you the bugle trills;
For you bouquets and ribbon'd wreaths-for you the shores a-crowding;
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
Here Captain! dear father!
This arm beneath your head;
It is some dream that on the deck
You've fallen cold and dead.

Posted by: edtroyhampton | May 19, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Who knew the "everyday people" were found "toiling in the vineyards"???

The funniest and most "ironical" part of his speech is missing.....he said they were going to only be "forward-looking" from now on while mentioning Reagan several times.

Cuz nothing says "forward-looking" or "no more looking in the rear view mirror" like bringing up a Prez from the 80's....

If Steele is indeed playing chess as he likes to claim......he's a really, really, really lousy chess player.

Posted by: RightDownTheMiddle | May 19, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

MEMO TO MICHAEL STEELE:


Why not return to core Republican values?

EMBRACE LIBERTARIANISM.

SMALLER, LESS INTRUSIVE GOVERNMENT.

AN EMPHASIS ON INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY.

AND STATES' RIGHTS.


President Obama has upset advocates of civil and human rights by vacillating on issues such as warrantless spying and reversing course on military commissions.

He also has troubled advocates of local control over local government spending and agenda-setting.

Why not take a page from the Ron Paul playbook and champion smaller government, less profligate spending, and greater local autonomy over local spending?

A Liberatarian agenda could co-opt some disillusioned Democrats and nudge the Obama administraton away from dangerous over-reliance and arguably misplaced faith in "big government."

While you've at it: How about once again championing civil liberties violations by faceless bureaucrats who miuse well-intentioned federal programs to pursue an ideologically-driven agenda?

Pleae read this:


http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

OR (if link is corrupted / disabled):

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | May 19, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Is this real?!

"Those of you who toil in the vineyards, spending time in communities, in diners, barber shops and coffee shops where real every day people can be found, you know it's real."

"Toiling in the vineyards"? What?! Michael Steele has gone totally insane. Toiling in the fields? I almost fell off my stool laughing. Who is he talking to? How can that be how he starts off his 'real' people rant? Toiling in vineyards?! OK, toiling in the fields would have been a worthless cliche, but at least it would make sense. The first thing that comes to Steele's mind when he thinks about 'everyday' workers is a vineyard? And what's this about 'real' people? What is it about sitting in a greasy, ugly, depressing, hopeless coffee shop drinking tasteless coffee that makes someone real? Am I not real? I like making my own food and coffee. Does that make me phony? I guess I'm artificial, or supernatural or something. And how about 'spending time in communities'? Wow, if the GOP thinks that's something to mention they're really out of touch. Don't we all spend time in communities, like, all the time? Only jerks like Steele don't 'spend time in communities', because they live in some weird gated housing development in the suburbs, or something. Well, folks back to the vineyards, I got a lot of toiling to do.

Posted by: chorpophone | May 19, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Michael, get out while you can. History is littered with good people who were hauled up as front men for the rabid right wing. The extremists have a messianic vision of their role in American politics. They need the collapse of America and world conflagration in order to have the New Order rise from the ashes.

Ask Colin P. if it was worth it.

Posted by: thebobbob | May 19, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I'm listening to Steele speak now, and even though all of it is lies, evasions and half-truths, he comes off pretty well.

I suspect he got some help with this speech from Frank Luntz, mouthing all the proper Republican talking points, and even pretending to care about the suffering of the American "little guy".

Lots of flowery rhetoric, but the Republican agenda, a continuing transfer of wealth from the poor and the middle-class to the rich, remains the same as always.

And until the Republican leadership actually realizes that most Americans are on to their bait and switch routines, their popularity will continue to plummet...

Posted by: wagonjak1 | May 19, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

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