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Steele to GOP critics: "Get a life" or "fire me"


Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Updated 2:29 p.m.
By Philip Rucker
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele lashed out at critics Thursday after some prominent Republicans reportedly questioned his leadership of the party and accused Steele of focusing more on his own image than on rebuilding the GOP.

"I tell them to get a life," Steele told ABC News Radio in an interview Thursday. "I'm looking them in the eye and say, 'I've had enough of it. If you don't want me in the job, fire me. But until then, shut up. Get with the program or get out of the way.'"

Steele apparently was responding in part to a Thursday report in the Washington Times that quotes some GOP operatives as saying they plan to withhold donations from the RNC because they are unhappy with Steele's leadership. In the story, Republican critics accused Steele of spending too much time promoting his new book, "Right Now: A 12-Step Program for Defeating the Obama Agenda," and giving paid speeches around the country.

Steele has been embroiled in controversy all week after saying on Monday that he did not believe Republicans could win back their congressional majorities in the 2010 midterm elections. Asked by Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity on Monday night whether the GOP could take back the House, Steele said: "Not this year."

Steele later backed off that claim, telling MSNBC on Tuesday that he is "playing to win." Still, his comments did not sit well with some in the party.

Steele told ABC he would grade himself a "solid B" in his first year as chairman, saying he helped the party raise $80 million, win governor's races in New Jersey and Virginia and launch a new Web site.

"A 'B' is not bad," Steele said. "I can do better."

Steele told ABC he does not represent "old Washington," which he said "kills" some in the party establishment.

Of the public criticism, Steele said his fellow Republicans should "cut it out."

"All I'm saying is 'cut it out,'" Steele told ABC. "If we have party differences that are inside the party, let's deal with them inside the party. You don't see the Democrats running around trying to beat up their national chairman or embarrass him."

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I remain a strong supporter of GOP Party Chairman Michael Steele. He is a visionary, tough and fair, continually sounding a call to victory for Republicans and Americans in the coming elections of 2010 and 2012. He has been an inspiration to those of us in even the darkest days following the 2008 elections. His articles on policy and encouragement to plan for the future has been most beneficial to those of us who considering a future campaign for national office.

The time to unite as Republicans to oust a do nothing, discredited administration, while asking conservative democrats and independents to join with us to restore the nation to greatness is now.

As an Illinois Republican constantly visiting voters in Iowa and other states I realize the necessity for a united Republican party, Michael Steele's leadership is critical to our goals.

I am convinced that Michael Steele is providing excellent leadership and will be an integral component in recapturing both the Congress and Presidency in 2010-2012.

Chairman Steele, hang in there, we support your efforts, keep up the good work!

Dr. Phillips
Bloomington, IL

Posted by: ctw46 | January 9, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Steele's first error was apologizing to Rush Limbaugh, obviously the real leader of the party. As for Democrat vs. Republican, both parties only care about themselves and not the public. This country needs a third party...the Progressives...who realize the landscape of this country and don't answer to Wall Street.

Posted by: mmurray1 | January 8, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

To those of us who write comedy, Steele is a godsend. What a pathetic individual; he can't even see how ludicrous his own position is in trying to advance the firm of Thurmond, Helms, DeLay and Gingrich. Of course Gingrich defends him since he's thrilled to have an alleged African-American agreeing with his nonsensical view of the world. The Repubs. will disappear if the Dems will stop their own self destruction and get back to being the party of FDR and JFK.

Posted by: royhobbs1 | January 7, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

"You don't see the Democrats running around trying to beat up their national chairman or embarrass him."

What did they do to Dean?

Steele is toast. The GOBs (Good Old Boys) will fire him, he'll accuse them of being racist (true), they'll accuse him of playing the race card to mobilize their ever-shrinking base of white evangelical southerners and they'll lose the next elections.

Do they really think America will have forgotten who got us into two wars and depression while fussing about gays, abortion and family values???

Fear, Hatred, Distortion, Distraction and Division is all Republicans have to offer.

Posted by: thebobbob | January 7, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Silly Steele. Don't you know that Republicans don't like your kind.

Posted by: Holcombe1 | January 7, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Steele should never have been given the job. He has too many scandals under his belt, from his sister to Mike Tyson to catering scams and questionable campaign spending and he did nothing for Maryland. The GOP should have taken some time to select the new leader, not jump the gun because Obama was in front. The GOP jumped the gun with Palin and learned nothing from that disaster. They need someone to hold the party together, not drive it farther apart.
Hopefully we will have Romney running for president in 2012. The GOP needs to start putting him in the front more often. Promote the hell out of Romney to get your message across. Hire Pawlenty or Lindhal for Steel's job, someone with a spine that will tell Hannity, Rush, Palin, Cheney and Beck to take a hike. Those 5 are hurting the party!

Posted by: WLCCS | January 7, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Obama’s priorities of big government over national security are doing more harm than good for the American people. Democrats are either not willing or able to help jobless Americans. They are only concerned about appearance of a 10 percent unemployment that can cause damage to their socialistic political agendas.

We demand our rights as voters and urge a Republican campaign to get rid of the Obama Democrats and put responsible officials in office to fix the economy and hire back jobless Americans. Fiscal Responsible Republicans Can Do It.

Posted by: klausdmk | January 7, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

To the spouter of the nonsensical belief that White Trash built America.. This Land was built upon the blood, sweat, tears.., fears, protestations, manipulation, and barbaric manifestations of vile men (and women) such as yourself who derive pleasure in shouting from the mountaintop "I am an ignorant fool.. see me roar!". You Demogouge, step aside and let the truly prepared, inspired, and inspirational speak truth.

Posted by: True-Realist | January 7, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see th eGOP purging the bad and bringing in the Good. This is why they will swamp th eDems in 2010 and 2012. The Dems do nothing and aloow criminals like Rangel and Murtha to remain in their party. The GOP is a party of Honor - they eliminate those with questionable character and no integrity.......Obama appoints them to government posts.

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Vitter, Sanford, Ensign.. etc etc..honor my foot. Who are you kidding? Both parties have their really bad boys. You guys have had a few more in the news lately. So that party of Values and Honor had better not be used in the upcoming elections. That would certainly be a lie and lies are not good platforms to stand on...

Posted by: patisok | January 7, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I can't understand why the Republicans can't show some bi-partinship. I thought Steele was somewhat close to this position. Even when FDR pushed for the original very controversial SS legislation he had some Republican support to draft the compromise.

Posted by: jc1123 | January 7, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

He's gone rogue!

Posted by: GD1975 | January 7, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

They've had Steele on a leash since his first day on the job. He can't even order office supplies without permission from the GOP bigwigs.

I'd love for him to stay because he's a funny gaffe machine, but I fear that his time on the plantation is over. Swing low, sweet chariot....

Posted by: hoos3014 | January 7, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

steele,go back to md.where you will again be pelted with oreo cookies.you were a terrible counterbalance to the intelligent well spoken president.
the repugs feel better when you have your lips planted firmly on rush limpaws pasty white behind.
the 2010 elections are coming you clown steele will be another embarrassment to the repugs. they will lose, so will you.

Posted by: ninnafaye | January 7, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

If Steele represents GOP then sadly they are still going to be a narrow party. They, by their language, push moderates and minorites to the side. They will always have the south but they had better watch out. They are losing ground in some of those states too.

They remain the party of NO when we face grave health care problems. As a cancer patient, I know how cruel the health care system can be as some live and others die by the thousands due to lack of coverage or just not enough coverage.

Their two wars have caused this fall economically. One we needed to fight but we also needed to finish it and we never did. The other we had no right to begin. Now trillions of dollars later it falls to the Dems to finish. No matter which way we go on this it is doomed to failure. We will never win a war in the Middle East. History has shown us this but we continue to ignore history at our peril.

So will we elect again the very party that brought no job growth in their 8 years in office and brought us two wars???

Are folks just crazy. Do we really believe that Beck, Bachmann and Hannity and Rush are the voices of reason. What will they say when GOP comes back to office? Will they blame the last 8 years on the Dems. Obama never had a chance. The GOP knew they would not win due to Bush's record over the last eight years. That is why they put up an old man and a air head for national offices of President and Vice President.

It was a set up from the beginning. If they dont get Obama killed (Beck et al) surely they will defeat him with words of hate. If folks studied their words closely they would know how stupid and without merit most of them all.

But it seems the people of this country want the easy way, the painless way of government. Just leave me alone. No new taxes...but eh give me my Medicare and Soc. Security. Take care of me...to hell with my fellow man. We have a chance to show our Christianity in action not words but we will not do this...we will not love the least of them as Christ has loved us...so we will continue to fail as a nation and as miserable examples of Christian love. From world leaders, we have fallen in most countries eyes to a country who has lost its way.

We focus on killing and not on the living. We are very good at killing. Very good at bomb making and weapons. Not so good at keep folks alive. (See our world ranking in mortality rates per thousands ). I weep for my country. At age 65, facing cancer's ongoing problems, I know many my age not as fortunate as me to have insurance that covers most of my expenses may well be dead by now. They will never stand a chance. They were once taxpaying members of our great nation but now they face a killer beyond their means to conquer. So we turn our blind eye and let them die. We have become a country without conscience.

Posted by: patisok | January 7, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Hah, get with what program exactly?

Posted by: cschetter | January 7, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Steele is exactly the reason my wife and I discontinued our contributions to the GOP. He has done nothing to move the party forward! We need a lightning rod, particularly now! GOP solicitations go into the trash unopened; telephone solicitations are hung up on. We need a VERY strong replacement for him, otherwise Nobama will be back for another 4.

Posted by: zekeman | January 7, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Except for the willfully ignorant, everyone knows Steele's GOP chairmanship is tokenism at its finest. But now the GOP has discovered he can't quit running his yap and is upset with his never-ending, mindless babbling.

You just can't beat the stupidity of today's GOP for endless laughs. Bwaaaahaaaaaa

Posted by: checkered1 | January 7, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Cobra2

Funny how you Liberals are the first to play the race card but have no problem using the word White Trash. Let me give you some advice you punk, it's White Trash that has overwhelming served this country from day 1.
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Still very angry, huh?

Many folks hide GUILT that way, so that's nothing new.

However, there IS the little matter of stealing land from the Indians, building railroads with slave labor, Irish workers (fresh off the steamer from the great potato famine), Chinese workers being exploited with opium, and the vast numbers of poor and oppressed workers who represent the backbone of what American was to become.

While I am aware that you feel that America owes NOTHING to descendants of slaves because YOU didn't personally own any ( though your relatives MAY have), slavery was only A COUPLE OF HUNDRED YEARSs ago and lasted for OVER A COUPLE OF HUNDRED YEARS.. it was brutal and it represented the WORST humans could do to other humans..... But in spite of all that you owe nothing, but we ALL owe a personal debt to Jesus who died on a cross TWO THOUSAND YEARS AGO.


Go figure.

You may now return to your faux anger.

It's fairly entertaining.

Posted by: BellsBlu2 | January 7, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it fair to say that the Rethuglican Party is a southern White man's party? So, please explain to me what a black dude is doing "leading" this party? Guess it "seemed" like a good move after Obama was elected. Now that Obama is falling on his own sword, the likes of Steele are no longer needed, apparently.

Posted by: dc1020008 | January 7, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

To echo a comment made here earlier:

After reading all the replies, I think it is fair to say...

"The Republican Party is splitting into two factions, the Far Right and the Never Right."

Posted by: stivgdgy | January 7, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Racist remarks are offensive.., regardless who they are directed at, and for whatever reason. Stick with commentary on the issues, otherwise you highlight you own personal ignorance.

I'm hardly a Steele fan, but I do support his having stood up for himself. Now, let's take all take a seat and get ready to preview the next republican "Smack Down".

Posted by: True-Realist | January 7, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Keep Steele. I'm a liberal and I love it every time he opens his mouth. I didn't know a person could possibly stick their whole leg in until I listened to him speak.

Posted by: boblund1 | January 7, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Jimbo77 wrote: "Sounds like DNC operatives trying to create some chaos in the GOP. The DNC has big problems and would like to shift some of the focus away from themselves. Think about it!"

Wow, that was a neat trick by the DNC to get one of the stupidest people on the face of the Earth elected to be head of the RNC. You sure got it figured it out, Jimbo77.

Posted by: TheDukeStir1 | January 7, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like DNC operatives trying to create some chaos in the GOP. The DNC has big problems and would like to shift some of the focus away from themselves. Think about it!

Posted by: Jimbo77 | January 7, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Steele to GOP critics: "Get a life" or "fire me"...."


Duuuude...You are SO fired!

What?

Did you expect sanity to suddenly appear on your side if you took over the ship of fools?

It AIN'T gonna happen.

You find yourself at the helm of a mostly southern, religious extremist organization and believe that somehow YOU are going to make them smell less odious?

You are either fooling yourself, or, you ARE a fool.

Posted by: BellsBlu2 | January 7, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

A high black public official gives himself a "B" for performance and the Republicans jump on him.

Haven't we heard this one before?

Posted by: stivgdgy | January 7, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

I have never met Mr. Steele, but I believe his remark about "embracing the Tea Party movement" was incredibly naive and irresponsible.

I am a lifelong Republican and a lifelong Centrist. I do not support the Tea Partiers - who are far more Libertarian than classically Republican - in any way, shape, or form.

Your readers might want to take a look at my brand-new series for Centrists, The Rest of U.S.

"Centrists - Who We Are and What We Stand For" http://wp.me/PHjxC-7

Thank you.

Ellen Brandt, Ph.D. (Founder of the new Centrists Group at Linked In and new Centrists Twibe at Twitter)

Posted by: venerability | January 7, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

My 10¢ says they fire him.

Posted by: KHMJr | January 7, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

There is all of the Nation's X's from both partys , now sitting in the Indpendent Party.
Steele could walk out and lead them instead.

Posted by: dottydo | January 7, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Focus on his own image rather than the GOP image? Steele IS the GOP image.

Republicans worst nightmare is for Steele to switch to Independent. LOL

Posted by: unseenmirage | January 7, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

The majority of comments here seem to assume that the Republican party is using Steele to demonstate that it is no longer racist. What else could explain elevating someone so dimwitted and mediocre? But perhaps it's the other way around: perhaps it is Steele who has embraced conservative politics because he feels ambivalent about his own racial identity. It wouldn't be the first time that a member of a historically marginalized group seeks out the very people responsible for that oppression. The only thing that explains an African-American joining the party of Jesse Helms and Trent Lott is a kind of deep self-loathing. In that sense, Steele deserves our pity more than our anger.

Posted by: Icanseerussia | January 7, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

As stated by the idiot,askgees

Correct, but parties evolve, just as the south was a democratic majority until the civil rights act. Then the white trash moved into the GOP's large, open tent.

Posted by: johnkomalley | January 7, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse


Funny how you Liberals are the first to play the race card but have no problem using the word White Trash. Let me give you some advice you punk, it's White Trash that has overwhelming served this country from day 1. Take your sorry AS_ over to Arlington or Quantico to see the names of those that have given it all. It is White Trash that pay's the majority of the Tax's which allows you welfare punks to keep sucking off the Government Teat to include millions of illegal immigrants. And finally, it's White Trash that is going to throw out your FFFNNNNNNNNNN Liberal Friends from Capital Hill in 2010 & 2012. Liberals Suck!

Posted by: Cobra2 | January 7, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

XCONSERVATIVE:
You should change name to CURRENT_IGNORANT_RACIST!!!!

Now put that in it's place SUCKA!!!!

Posted by: Run-4st-Run
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Run-4st-Run – since you don’t have the wit to understand sarcasm, I won’t try to explain it to you.

Posted by: xconservative | January 7, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

You mean the REPS that freed the slaves then gave them equal rights???? Seems to me you know as much about US history as I do.
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The Republicans of that day resemble the current GOP in not one single way. Rep and Dem roles have reversed over the years. You are, after all, talking about 140 years. Back then Democrats were the racists, and Republicans were the good guys. The Reps only ran a woman for VP and appointed Steele as tokens, anyhow. I feel bad for Steele, but he knew what side his bread was buttered on, and surely his managerial skills have been highlighted, so his next job will be a shoo-in. he's basically a good guy, despite his unsavory Republican connections.

Posted by: jacquescustodian2 | January 7, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Steele thinks the GOP listens to him.

Posted by: jckdoors | January 7, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

askgees

Correct, but parties evolve, just as the south was a democratic majority until the civil rights act. Then the white trash moved into the GOP's large, open tent.

Posted by: johnkomalley | January 7, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Steele finds himself as a lightening rod in a party that is splitting into two factions - the far right, and the not so far right. Perhaps he should hang it up and let them appoint Sean Hannity or Rush or Beck or some other ideologue run the thing, or should I say RUIN the party. To paraphrase Ronald Reagan - I didn't leave the GOP, they left me.

Posted by: bfjam | January 7, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

A Palin/Steele in 2012

You can almost hear 'Hail To The Chief' playing in the background.

Posted by: TightWhiteRight | January 7, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

GOP (on appointing Steele): "Look! We are not racists! We are not bigots! We are multi-cultural! We have a big tent!"

GOP (now): "Hey, boy! STFU! Speak only when you're spoken to! And remember who and what you are!"

Posted by: WhatHeSaid | January 7, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

You mean the REPS that freed the slaves then gave them equal rights???? Seems to me you know as much about US history as I do about Chinese history. Maybe you should just keep your mouth shut if you really have no idea what you're talking about. The ignorance of the left is amazing. But then again it was their ignorance that gave us Odumbo. Nice job m0r0ns.

Posted by: askgees | January 7, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele is the Jim Zorn of politics. Probably a nice guy, likely knowledgeable about his trade, but not ready for the intensity of the position he suddenly found himself thrust into.

Posted by: dlpetersdc | January 7, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

"get with the program" ... spoken like a true loser.

Posted by: mintchocolatechip | January 7, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Steele's biggest problem is that he doesn't realize a party chair position has to be the most selfless job in the world. His job description is basically to do nothing for himself, and everything for everybody else. The best thing that Steele can do for himself is to behave that way, to fade into the background when not needed and to step up with money and attacks when needed, but Steele really doesn't seem to get this. Instead, he has all of the prima donna qualities of a senator, governor, or president.

Unfortunately, in the absence of any real and dynamic Republican leadership in the House or Senate, Steele basks in a lot more attention that he probably deserves, but Republicans can blame themselves for this--get some more credible, vocal, and popular party leaders than the likes of McConnell and Boehner, and Steele will be left to play second fiddle like a party chair should.

Posted by: blert | January 7, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

"This guy never fails to behave like a child."

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don't almost all republicans behave like that? Well.......sometimes

Posted by: gene66ral | January 7, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

"This guy never fails to behave like a child."
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Don't almost all republicans behave like that?

Posted by: gene66ral | January 7, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

How wonderful it is to watch the Republicans shoot themselves in the foot when so many Democrats are resigning. They have enough problems already when they are so out of touch with all but the fringe right.

Posted by: aschau66 | January 7, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Trump Steele ! ! !

Posted by: WeThePeopleofVirginia | January 7, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

GOP (on appointing Steele): "Look! We are not racists! We are not bigots! We are multi-cultural! We have a big tent!"

GOP (now): "Hey, boy! STFU! Speak only when you're spoken to! And remember who and what you are!"

Posted by: WhatHeSaid | January 7, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a republican and i don't like Steele at all.... but good for him for standing up for himself!

Posted by: markb_2 | January 7, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm ... Steele apparently thinks that he was put in place to actually think and, horror of horrors, express independent opinions. Despite being spanked by Limbaugh last summer, he still does not understand that he is expected to be the 'boy' that the Republicans put forth, but expect to be silent.

Posted by: AMviennaVA | January 7, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

To the person that stated about Steele "The ONLY reason you even have the job is because the Repubs need a black person for show and tell." I have a question...Would you say that about the Dems and the appointment of Judge Sotomayor? Do the Dems need a Hispanic person for show and tell? My answer is no...I would say both Steele and Sotomayor went through a process and were consider the best fit for the opportunity. All this "uncle tom" and "token" talk is old school man...I hate when people say those types of things to criticize high ranking minorities.

Posted by: DCResident1 | January 7, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse


Michael Steele is the closest the GOP will ever get to another George Bush. And he's a black man to boot!


Posted by: demtse | January 7, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to defend Michael Steele on this one. It is my so called Republican Legislators who are doing a poor job and not Michael Steele. You guys are spineless when it comes to dealing with the current Health Care Debate. How about taking a camera crew with you down to the negotiation room to show the US that it's actually Liberals who are negotiating behind closed doors. Let's get Liberals on camera trying to defend this process. CNN blasted Obama today for his outright lie about having the negotiations broadcast live on CSPAN. I can tell you why they don't want it in plain site. They are there making back room deals with my tax money in order to give this President a political win. They realize he will be virtually useless unless they get this past. Would you not have loved to see Pelosi & Reid when they offered $100M to CT, $300m to LA, $100M to NE? Pelosi and Reid will both go down as the worst of the worst when it comes to American Politics. Jimmy Carter, move over my man. Your now #2 on the list of worst POTUS in history. Liberals Suck!!

Posted by: Cobra2 | January 7, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Okay. "You're fired!"

Posted by: zephyr99 | January 7, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Party should be pleased with what Steele has helped accomplish...Here are a just a few things:

1. Cut President Obama's approval rate from the mid 60s to about 50 (based on real clear politics poll averages)

2. Win 2 states (NJ and VA) which had republican Gov.

3. Raise doubt on key issues (ie health care, economic stimulus, terrorism).

A year ago, many people were beggining to think the GOP would be regulated to a few towns in the South and Midwest....It appears they are gaining National momentum again. At least some of that has to be credited to Steele.

Posted by: DCResident1 | January 7, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I don't know anything about this, because I haven't been paying attention to the Republicans. Until they jettison worthless people like Palin, instead of pinning their hopes on them, there is really nothing to care about. On the other hand, Mr. Obama is doing such a fine job of ruining America, it should be everyone's concern...

Posted by: wcmillionairre | January 7, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Fire the dope.

Posted by: RGP75015 | January 7, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

hmmmmm....seems Mr. Steele is more interested in being accurate than adhering to what constitutes the republican rendering of truth....BRAVO!

Posted by: patrick69_69 | January 7, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Great! Now the Republicans are devouring themselves. Save the rest of us the trouble. I actually hope they do fire Steele; that will send a great message to minorities (the right one, by the way) and will shift what's left of the party even closer to the lunatic fringe, i.e. Palin and the dittoheads. Easier pickings come election time.

Posted by: jrw1 | January 7, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I like him, and, in my opinion, the only ones that want him out are the same ones that will destroy the Republican Party.

Posted by: John786 | January 7, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

A black man in black-face monkeying around to entertain southern white racists... priceless!

A black president pretending to be anything except what he was elected to do... worthless!

Posted by: atroncale1 | January 7, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Replace him with Beck.
One dimwit replaced by an even dimmerwit.

Posted by: lufrank1 | January 7, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

I am a lifetime Republican and I guess I am one of the complainers. This guy is just not getting the job done. half the time what he says is non-sensical and the other half it doesn't reflect the views of the Republican party. No question this guy is more concerned about his image than he is his party. I think his behavior in this position has pretty much destroyed his career. He should not wait to get fired he should just quit because he is killing himself everytime he opens his mouth.

Posted by: Howellstephen75 | January 7, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

"This guy never fails to behave like a child."

Posted by: SouthernerInDC

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On the contrary, this is the first time I've seen him act like a man.

He's still an idiot, but at least he has a pair.

Posted by: bigbrother1 | January 7, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Fire him ASAP and find a couple of good GOP candidates to run for President in 2012. No to Palin.

Posted by: neil64 | January 7, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Whining, complaining, defensiveness, would you expect anything else from a guy who's never held a paid position in private industry? He's a loser but that's completely fitting for the GOP. Here's hoping he keeps his chairmanship for years to come.

Posted by: hairguy01 | January 7, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

me think - our illustrious Kenneth BLACKWELL is chomping at the bit to pick up the slack ... a real attack dog!
Our former Secretary of State [Ohio] lost to Michael Steele last time around for the RNC chair. Look out!
I hope that Mr. Steele remains put, until 2012 at least.

Posted by: michelpOHIO | January 7, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

The democrats don't want Steele fired he is the best thing that's happened for them in a long while.Steele is a loud mouth with a pea brain. The republican's are getting what they deserve by giving him the job.

Posted by: LDTRPT25 | January 7, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

He will most certainly leave that post before he has met the goals of his agenda.Take a look at his career. He's never finished anything!! He's a nice man, I've met him as have others here, but he's a joke in political circles.

Posted by: Albie1 | January 7, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Fire him ASAP and find a couple of good GOP candidates to run for President in 2012. No to Palin.

Posted by: neil64 | January 7, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

The Realist is in FantasyLand:

"The GOP is a party of Honor - they eliminate those with questionable character and no integrity.......Obama appoints them to government posts."

See Larry Craig, David Vitter, Marc Foley, and Mark Sanford.

The GOP does NOT eliminate those with even provable bad character and integrity.

Posted by: vigor | January 7, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

They deserve each other

Posted by: normalPerson | January 7, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

"Right Now: A 12-Step Program for Defeating the Obama Agenda,"

How utterly sad that our political discourse has devolved into anyone thinking that this is the correct way to solve problems in our country.

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | January 7, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Steele failed to mention that you also don't see the DNC Chairman out embarrassing the party or himself either.

Posted by: Brigadere | January 7, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

The party of NO is having an internal fight on how to say NO? The GOP fringe and their ideologues seem to be carrying the day. Killing any and all Obama proposals seems to be more important than governing the country for everyone's benefit. But then, the GOP has never been about that anyway. They want to reward their friends in business that are financing the party.
Money is more important then the welfare of the country, for both parties.

Lets get a centrist, Independent party going that abandons the fringe elements.

Posted by: beagun27 | January 7, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Michael Steele, Republicans love to eat their own. I guess Republicans are Darwinists after all.

Posted by: forgetthis | January 7, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

It would have been funnier if he told his detratctors that they could kiss his black a**!

Posted by: Rvnsfn | January 7, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

I'm predicting Steele to become "independent" very soon. I mean, seriously, not only was Steele a bad choice for the Republcan party (I literally LoL'd when he first unveiled his hip-hopification strategy to lure blacks to the Republican party) but he was chosen for the wrong reasons.


As someone mentioned in an earlier comment, the Republicans needed a token black guy to try to counter Obama, ("We love black people! See?" But, they kinda don't). The primary conservative mouth-pieces have been undermining Steele every step of the way. It must have killed Steele to have had to apologize to Rush for speaking his own darn mind. Yeah...Steele is about to find himself alone pretty quickly.

Posted by: onewildflower | January 7, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

"OMG" Did Steele get his first negroe wake up call from the GOOD OLD PARTY of white boies?

Mike you didnt get the memo that explained the only reason you were elected was because putting a black face of the GOP against Obama agenda comes across as less racist.

Mike you just gave new meaning to blackface please dont ruin it by getting fired by the GOP because you might have to return to your old hustle and Mike Tyson is broke and remarried.

Posted by: blkisin | January 7, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans obviously don't respect their constituents when they put a man like Steele in an important position.

This is bad for everyone.

Posted by: vigor | January 7, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Sssshhhh... Michael Steele is a Democrat operative who has been planted into the mist of the Republican hierarchy... He has provided valuable information for the Democrats. Don't blow his cover.

Posted by: ODDOWL | January 7, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I think incompetent, self-absorbed, impetuous child Steele fits in very nicely with the Party Of No.

I don't know why anybody would want to get rid of him. Plus, where is The Party Of No going to get another black man, anyway?

Posted by: binkynh | January 7, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

This guy has been amusing to watch these last few months, but looks like the ice is getting thin.

Posted by: jhmcinerney | January 7, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand why Repugs are unhappy with Steele. He is a scary buffoon, just like all the other Repug leaders they adore (ex. Rush, Faux News gabbers etc.).

Posted by: 1observer | January 7, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

I have meet Mr. Steele several times in the past and found him to be a very likable, decent man. But as head of the RNC Steele is not ready for prime time so to speak. He is simply not up to the task.
The RNC will just have to look around for another black face to window dress their party.

Posted by: logcabin1836 | January 7, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

So much of what Mr. Steele has to say is offensive. Is that what the GOP wants in a Chairman?

Posted by: BillR | January 7, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Actually, good for Mr. Steele.

The republican establishment wanted a token, someone to bob their head and say yesser, nossir..

It ain't happenin.... granted, Steele is not a Haley Barbour (thank heavens) or a Roger Ails...(Praise the Lord!) but he certainly gets it when he says republicans have not admitted fault and tried to correct their mistakes...ergo are not ready for leadership.

If every poster here would admit it, any republican promising smaller government and lower taxes when we're up to our keisters in debt, infrastructure way way behind other developed nations....all our competition - and getting the jump on green manufacture...they would be tarred and featherd and ridden out of town on a rail.

Most just know our Nation suffered grievious wounds during the Bush Administration, with every republican with name recognition cheering it on...

So the simplest thing in my mind is not to vote for any republican in office, wanting to be in office, donating to the Bush administration, or library, or not standing up to Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh.

So far - that would be none of them.

Posted by: dutchess2 | January 7, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

XCONSERVATIVE:
You should change name to CURRENT_IGNORANT_RACIST!!!!

Now put that in it's place SUCKA!!!!

Posted by: Run-4st-Run | January 7, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

A political party based on Southern white fundamentalist Conservative Protestant males should have picked a Southern white fundamentalist Conservative Protestant male to be its spokesman. If you want to have a minority spokesman, there's no minority like Southern white fundamentalist Conservative Protestant males!

Posted by: tbrucia | January 7, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

No sense in shooting the messenger: the GOP is a train wreck.

Still you don't need a guy broadcasting it, let alone exploiting it on the book tour. Speaking of exploitational book tours.....

Who's minding the GOP store these days?

Posted by: joneshn | January 7, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Any self impressed employee that gave me that ultimatum would of been gone quickly. Fire the clown! Steele is just another doodlebug who has forgotten his position in life!

Posted by: gunnysgt77 | January 7, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I guess "Step and Fetch" Steele still thinks he is something besides the Republican Token. It's too bad that with all of the qualified minorities out there, the Republicretins pick this moron for the job. Actually, the Republicans like their minorities and women "in their place" so it's not really suprising.

Posted by: xconservative | January 7, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

commonsense, I think most of us can agree that neither Steele nor Palin are the saviors of the GOP, but Pawlenty and Jindal?? Is that really the best you've got. Obama would pee his pants if he read that.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | January 7, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Picking Steele for RNC Chair was a huge blunder. His vision of creating a "hip-hop Republican Party" is a sure strategy for snatching defeat from the jaws of Victory in 2010.

Fire the clown ASAP!

Posted by: pmendez | January 7, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

TIM PAWLENTY-NOW THAT WOULD BE A GREAT CHOICE, REPUBS!-YOU WOULD GIVE MY WORTHLESS, ETHICALLY COMPROMISED TO THE MAX DEM. PARTY A REAL RUN FOR ITS MONEY WITH PAWLENTY!

Posted by: farfalle44 | January 7, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

realist20: "The GOP is a party of Honor - they eliminate those with questionable character and no integrity......."

Yes, like Sanford, Craig, Ensign, Vitter..all immediately purged.

Seriously, are you on crack? Are you brain-damaged? I know you're not trying to be funny, so what is the explanation for your post?

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | January 7, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Since when have Republicans had a problem with someone hawking their books? There have never been any gripes about Limbaugh selling his, or Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck--or the ubiquitous Sarah Palin!! That's a phony excuse. There's something else they're upset about. It could be because he hasn't wrestled leadership away from the likes of pundits like Rush, or perhaps because he hasn't sucked up enough to those people. Maybe he's standing in the way of their "be scared of minorities" and "hate the gays" route that the party has employed before. Maybe?

Posted by: jaynashvil | January 7, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

I'M A DEM. (NOW, MARGINALLY!) BUT I HAVE TO SAY, THE GOP GOT WHAT IT DESERVED BY PUTTING STEELE IN AS CHAIR-SOO, HE SAID WHAT YOU NEED TO DO, REPUBS-FIRE HIS A SS, AND BE DONE WITH IT!

Posted by: farfalle44 | January 7, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Good Boy, Michael.

Posted by: brit89 | January 7, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Oh dear God- don't fire him. We don't need him coming back into MD politics.

Posted by: dcperspective | January 7, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

He should have known that the GOP base would try and put a high-falutin' black man in his place when he took the job. They wanted him to "appear" to be in charge, but take his instruction from them.

To them it is offensive that he take his own initiative and actually USE the authority granted to him by his party.

How dare he!!!

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | January 7, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele may be popular with some in the national and Maryland GOP but his name is now synonymous with sleaze among most voters in the state, esp. PG County.

His tireless self-promoting quest to become RNC Chair has obviously not benefited the moribund Republican Party. The party needs real leaders and problem solvers like Tim Pawlenty or Bobby Jindal, Republicans of untarnished character, who have worked bi-partisanly on many issues.

Mr. Steele never accomplished the only real project given to him by Bob Ehrlich--reporting on death sentencing rates by race--and merely served as Ehrlich's hatchet man. Steele's participation in Ehrlich's slimey actics in PG County, where homeless Philly men distributed fraudulent election flyers left his state's citizens with a bad taste in their mouth.

Please don't think Steele will save the Republican Party--far from it. He and Palin will bury it.

Posted by: commonsense101 | January 7, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

I never understood why Michael Steele was chosen for the job, beyond the bizarre attempt to counterbalance Barack Obama.
Whatever his talents are, they are not being displayed in his current position.

Posted by: JohnRice | January 7, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

The earlier comment says it all.

"...The ONLY reason you even have the job is because the Repubs need a black person for show and tell."

Did he (Michael Steele) actually believe that the Republican leadership were going to take him seriously? Does he still believe that they (GOP) want to be the party of inclusion? Will Steele finally take the hint and become a "maverick" like his female counterpart who continues to reap the benefits of her credibility deficit. Wake up Michael, you're still a black man and this still is America.

Posted by: Robmic812 | January 7, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

How unprofessional and juvenile... Why not just say, "I'm aware of the lack of trust in my leadership from certain segments of the party and our supporters. I want to assure all Republicans that I am working toward blah, blah, blah...", you get what I mean.

Posted by: ThatCNDGirl | January 7, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Steele has been a blow-hard since he started his job, I hope he stays in because he is an embarrassment to the Republicans and his pompousness (is that a word?) only adds to the fuel of what the Republican party looks like to regular folk. He doesn't even look like a Republican, he is too well dressed, but boy does he sound like one!

Posted by: ncarvill1 | January 7, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Steele needs to be replaced. I can't think of anything that he has said or done to advance the conservative message.

Posted by: JoeDon | January 7, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: katem1
well done Mr. Steele, this is probably the first thing he has said that I can actually agree with him on. The personal attacks on him by GOPers just reinforces the perception of a "whites only" GOP mentality and the whole Uncle Tom meme, which is unhelpful to the GOP but reassures the voting minoritiy groups that they did indeed vote correctly when they voted "D".
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It has nothing to do with his race.
You lefty’s have been beating him up more than anyone.
He is just starting to be a Gaffe Machine like Palin or your beloved Joe Biden.
It’s getting in the way.

But still you on the left gotta pull the race card.

Posted by: rexreddy | January 7, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Steele gave himself a B. As in Boneheaded and the Republicans, who selected him for a show and tell, are tired of playing with him because he keeps straying into places everyone wanted him out of and for making contortionist statements. Hence why he has no control over its finances.

Posted by: beeker25 | January 7, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Hey Mike! Has reality set in yet? Now, hopefully you will realize how important you are to the party now.

Posted by: karlpagliacci1 | January 7, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see th eGOP purging the bad and bringing in the Good. This is why they will swamp th eDems in 2010 and 2012. The Dems do nothing and aloow criminals like Rangel and Murtha to remain in their party. The GOP is a party of Honor - they eliminate those with questionable character and no integrity.......Obama appoints them to government posts.

Posted by: Realist20 | January 7, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

I'll miss his entertaining, totally devoid of logic, interviews.

Yeah, keep him in there!

Posted by: fluxgirl | January 7, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

If the options are "get a life" and "fire Steele," I opt for the latter.

Posted by: Bob22003 | January 7, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse


The RNC should have known what it was getting when it hired him.

He was a known commodity.


Posted by: DagnyT | January 7, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

I think that most people in the party don't want his job. No matter what hits the fan it is always pointed at the RNC Chairman.

Steele's metal appears to be stressed and frayed by it all.


This type of dialog with his detractors should never be discussed in such a public manner.

I think it is a logical time for him to pass the baton.

Posted by: rexreddy | January 7, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

So does Steele last through the weekend? He cannot continue at the RNC after this tirade and the discovery that donors are literally boycotting the group because of him. Raising money is essentially Steele's only job function.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | January 7, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

"You don't see the Democrats running around trying to beat up their national chairman or embarrass him."

Um Mr Steele that because we are not Republicans.

Posted by: busdriver420 | January 7, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

well done Mr. Steele, this is probably the first thing he has said that I can actually agree with him on. The personal attacks on him by GOPers just reinforces the perception of a "whites only" GOP mentality and the whole Uncle Tom meme, which is unhelpful to the GOP but reassures the voting minoritiy groups that they did indeed vote correctly when they voted "D".

Posted by: katem1 | January 7, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Tokens are for single use only and Mr Steele has obviously already been used and is now disposable.
Did they really think black people would fall for this?

Posted by: P_Henry | January 7, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

"You don't see the Democrats running around trying to beat up their national chairman or embarrass him."

Maybe that's because the DNC leader isn't an embarrassment to the Democratic party...

Posted by: susannajoy | January 7, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

The guy is a pompous jerk. The only reason he's gotten anywhere in the party is because it makes the party look good. An acquaintance of mine was forced to select him as an alternate to a Republican National Convention. At the convention itself, Steele spent the whole time smoozing with the VIPs and going to gala events. The person who had to invite him to the convention never got so much as a "thanks," and wasn't invited to any such events, even though he was the delegate and not Steele.

Posted by: futbolclif | January 7, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Face it Michael, your nothing more than a token to appeal to a certain segment of the population. Remember a congressman named Watts?

Posted by: Badwisky | January 7, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

What's this? Fake tough-guy talk from the guy who bowed and apologized to Rush Limbaugh?

Steele will do or say anything that works out for Steele.

GOP, one more time: "Re-invent Yourself"!

Posted by: free-donny | January 7, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats argument for the 2010 election is that Democrats and the public want a government that works. Republicans, on the other hand, work to destroy efforts against health care, economic progress, and science. Republicans have no plan other than turning America into a nation of low-end service workers making eight dollars an hour. Their party is headed by a hack like Michael Steele who's riding the old-school and tea party factions like a rodeo cowboy who's about to get thrown off the bull.

Posted by: johnc_80 | January 7, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

ProCounsel says, we choose BOTH:

"Steele to GOP critics: "Get a life" or "fire me"

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 7, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

It looks like the Uncle Tom is turning on his Master.

Posted by: mselmo32 | January 7, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele, you should have known they were going to come after you eventually.

The ONLY reason you even have the job is because the Repubs need a black person for show and tell.

I guess they are tired of playing with you now.

Posted by: MUPPET | January 7, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

ProCounsel will be glad to fire Steele for FREE--just blog the word.

Team Republican needs a new Coach.

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 7, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

UH, I mean god forbid a reader points this out, but do you think the Republican establishment might have a problem with your being black? Of course, it is a truism to say that blacks sometimes have problems with blacks who are Republicans but the former probably explains the latter.

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | January 7, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

What a bright light! How to win friends and influence people.

Bill Maher is lovin' it.

Posted by: wp318676 | January 7, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

You're FIRED!

Posted by: cschotta1 | January 7, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure he was really really involved in launching the new website.

My suspicion is that it went something like this:

Lackey slips Steele a piece of paper.
Steele: I'd like to announce that we (reading the paper) just completed our new website!

That's it.

Posted by: mike8 | January 7, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

This guy never fails to behave like a child.

Posted by: SouthernerInDC | January 7, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

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