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Steele's book caught GOP leaders by surprise

Updated 1:00 p.m.
By Philip Rucker
Republican congressional leaders say they did not know that their party chairman, Michael S. Steele, was publishing a book until it was released this week, and they had no input in drafting what Steele is promoting as the blueprint Republicans should follow to win back power.

The release of Steele's book, "Right Now: A 12-Step Program for Defeating the Obama Agenda," surprised Republican congressional leaders, some of whom first learned of the book by watching Steele's television appearances this week, three top GOP congressional aides said Friday. The staffers would only describe their bosses' communications with the Republican National Committee chairman on condition of anonymity.

"The book came out and everybody went, 'Whoa, what happened?'" one aide said, adding that his employer, a senior House Republican, learned of the book by watching cable news.
"No one in the House or Senate leadership knew he had a book contract."

"He's freelancing," said another top congressional aide.

Steele appeared on a St. Louis radio station Thursday and offered a blistering critique of his Republican critics, going beyond his much-quoted remarks to ABC News Radio. When McGraw Milhaven of KTRS Radio asked Steele if he was a "detriment" to Republican fundraising, Steele said: "I am in this chair. If they want it, take it from me. Until then, shut up, step back and get in the game and help us win -- and stop the back-biting and the name-calling and the finger-pointing."

Steele went on to tell Milhaven: "I hope you play this tape over and over again because these folks are the problem, not the solution. Get with the program. I'm the chairman. Deal with it."

Steele was scheduled to appear at noon Friday on an ABC News online show, but hosts of "Top Line" said on air that Steele canceled 30 minutes before the show began, citing an "emergency meeting" at RNC headquarters. An RNC spokeswoman said later that people planning Steele's promotional tour canceled the interview and that Steele's meeting at the RNC was not "an emergency" and was not about his messaging.

Steele's book, which has been in the works for about a year, is separate from his role as party chairman, an RNC spokesman said. Steele has hired an outside public relations firm to help him schedule his media interviews and promotional tour.

The chairman has been under fire for a series of controversial statements he has made on his book tour. Republican congressional leaders were so angered by Steele's statements -- including telling Fox News Channel on Monday that he did not think the GOP could win back their congressional majorities in 2010 -- that their top aides pleaded with Steele's handlers to "get him to stop."

In that Wednesday conference call, RNC aides told congressional staffers that they have "no control" over Steele's appearances or what he says.

In the book, Steele outlines what he believes is a winning strategy to wrest back power from Democrats in the 2010 midterm elections and beyond. Congressional leaders were surprised that Steele would publish such a blueprint without consulting with them or the party's candidates.

"They're not thrilled," said a third top Republican congressional staffer. "But they agree that it's par for the course for what he's done for the last six months."

The aide said congressional leaders believe Steele should be appearing on television as "Citizen Michael Steele selling Citizen Steele's book, not as RNC Chairman Steele selling Citizen Steele's book."

By Philip Rucker  |  January 8, 2010; 11:57 AM ET
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Now I see why we have the inmates in charge of the asylum. They are organized! Who knew there were so many sheeple sitting on their computers waiting for the signal? And they are quick! It seems as if they are instructed to fill the pages with hate and hog-wash before anyone else can get in a comment. Gotta give them credit, they may be stupid, but they are organized!

Posted by: Deano2009 | January 9, 2010 12:21 AM | Report abuse

I have no problem with Steele writing a book.

Palin did this and she's running in 2012.

Hey daughter took Rove's advice and just incorporated herself into a political consulting LLC. One has to ask what is Bristol Palin doing seeking this for good ole hockey mom after step down from Gov. of Alaska. She's being prepped for 2012 and wants dedicated focus for 2012.

Steele has every right to write a book and promote it - if Bob Dole were head of GOP ? and I WISH he was, the REAL GOP - the GOP I actually LIKE (and I'm not a card carrying republican OR democrat) ? I'd think such a book would be great.

If Palin can plug her campaign for 2012 using a book and facebook ? Why can't Steele simply write a book and he's not even running.

I'm not sure, but I think Palin's crowd is seeking to dismantle the GOP and encourage an Independent vote. This is why Fox News, er, Roger Ailes 24/7 political ad project disguised as news spends SO much time making issue of partisan politics, they're trying to create an air that GOP VS Democrat days are wasting our time, and of course, Sarah will step in on Independent. She'll follow Rove's playbook and get every vote on lockhold compulsory issues and values such as Abortion, but as with Bush, will offer no real solutions or direction. Rove and Ailes win elections by CORNERING the voter.

Elect ME in 2012, and I'll show you that you can win an election by promoting REAL ideas, REAL values, and a REAL direction.

While I don't use Facebook- hit Recommend on my profile if you show support for REAL change. I DO like this currency administration, for I wanted Biden as President, but I do not find one bit of concern for President Obama. I find the guy to be a straight shooter, compassionate - educated and very willing to help distill the path of ignorance being used by political shaping forces in this country to 'corner' people to their vote. I have patience and if Obama runs in 2012 ? I think I'll push for 2016 for I think giving this Administration the momentum of another 4 years will be critical and golden.

I sense from Obama administration that he recognizes terror is a response to oil / energy patterns in US industries. I argue promote wind energy and we can end presence in the Middle East AND Afghanistan. Problem of 'terror' SOLVED.

Promote wind energy - we cut down on pulmonary illnesses from coal and oil - health care ? Hey - if you HAVE good health ? less health CARE costs.

Tim Miltz

Whatever happened to the GOP ? who knows, Rove abused it and it seems there is very little left of the REAL GOP.

I look back on the Bob Dole GOP - the REAL GOP - it's virtually gone. Steele can write a comic book or do a porn video for all I'm concerned, the modern GOP is hollowed out and ready for collapse about to be reborn through a 'Christian conservative restructuring of America campaign by Palin, Rove and Ailes'.

Rove should be ashamed of himself.

Posted by: TimMiltzForPresident2012 | January 8, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

this is like 'mad magazine's'
"Spy vs. Spy"

Posted by: mgbgt95 | January 8, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

That WaPo thinks the RNC Chairman's decision to write a book is the biggest headline today -- front page above the fold -- tells all.

Nothing to learn here ... just move along ... nothing here folks ... move along

Posted by: ericnestor | January 8, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

The ONLY reason why Steele has this job is the Republicans were desperate to find there own, as the racist politician put it from TN, "magic negro". Steele has got to know this. He was nothing more than an experiment and certainly not a practice they ever intended to keep. People of color--ANY COLOR--are not welcome and will never be welcome in the Republican party. You'd have to be Boo-boo the fool to believe otherwise. Did you SEE the faces at their convention? At ANY repub function? So white that in bright sunlight they practically disappear.

That they're unhappy with him can't really be shocking anyone who walks upright and can read. This is a party who's still eating their own on a daily basis if someone in their ranks has the sack to step out of their ridgid ultra right beliefs.

Steele knew what he was getting into when he decided to lay down with dogs, take a walk on the dark side, saddle up with stupid.

When his term is up or when they fired him(whichever comes first)he'll probably go independant.

Posted by: MPATL | January 8, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

What is it with Politician's and writing books about themselves? If I want to read fiction, I'll take Steven King or Tom Clancy any day over the likes of Palin, Steele, and the son of Satan himself, Dick, "the dithering" Cheney.

Posted by: kubrickstan

Still WHINING like a miserable POS, eh lib?

Posted by: cschotta1 | January 8, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

This man is no tom. I apologize for even thinking so. He is all brother and even though he is of a totally different political persuasion than I am, I understand and respect what he is doing. Other audible republican leadership must understand what he is asking them to do in full public view. They can squeal as much as they want. I sincerely hope that Mr Steele benefits personally as much as he deserves to for leasing his image to a very needy group of people. Many are undesireable racists but someone had to do it and Mr Steele is doing it well. I hope that this helps in a Party change which recognizes the worth of all people.

Posted by: Draesop | January 8, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Steele, are you tired of being an Uncle Tom for the GOP? Reminds me of J.C. Watts. Don't see much of him anymore do you?

Posted by: Slipja
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I hear he is out there making money hand over fist. I've never been a Repub, but I admired Watts. He wasn't a right wing nut.
Made sense most times. He played the Political BS games every once in a while. If you don't give the electorate some BS to buy they don't trust you. Heh heh.
That is one bi-partisan fact. Feed them BS. By the barrel is better.Don't worry, they'll buy it then wonder how we get in these messes. Funny, if it wasn't so serious. Damn.
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Now isn't that what politics is really about?? Making money Hands over Fists. Show me a politician who has not become rich and I will show you a fool..or someone who is moral and extremely honest. The former is probably more likely.

Posted by: matrox | January 8, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

What is it with Politician's and writing books about themselves? If I want to read fiction, I'll take Steven King or Tom Clancy any day over the likes of Palin, Steele, and the son of Satan himself, Dick, "the dithering" Cheney.

Posted by: kubrickstan | January 8, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

And people think the GOP is going to come back in 2010. Any other election and it wouldn't be possible.

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | January 8, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Silly Michael Steele, doesn't he understand that he has to appear before the Stalinist GOP leaders to have his work read by the commissariats to see if it contains any reactionary thoughts worthy of him being purged from the Party?

That tent is going to have room for about 12 people in it. Load your guns while you're making the circle and then proceed to fire!

Posted by: elizestrada | January 8, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Who the heck does Steele think he is..Dick Cheney!? Dick Cheney could write such a book and be and not tell a sole until it hit the shelves and be highly applauded. He would get kudos from Limbaugh and others no matter how radical. But Steele could never do such a thing. The republicans are saying "You better get back Jack! Know your place boy" You are poster boy, not a real leader, didn't get the memo?".

Posted by: matrox | January 8, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Steele may be the reason the republican party has made a bit of a comeback. If they get someone to replace him chances are they may risk losing ground.

Posted by: blarsen1 | January 8, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

You Be the Man Michael Steele

Michael Steele is a token Negro for the Republican Party. His selection as the RNC chair was the same committee that contemplated that Sara Palin would be a good Vice President and running mate for John McCain. They thought that the democrats that voted for Hillary Clinton would vote with the GOP. In addition, by selecting Michael as RNC chairperson, their vote counting and consideration behind closed doors figured out that by having a token Negro as chair they might attract some African Americans voters to the Republicans Party.


They did not select him for leadership, conservative values, or freedom; they selected him as a token Negro that they could mold into a talking head that could deliver a counter point to President Obama agenda.

In defense of the token Negro, he does have a new book that makes a lot of sense. His book is based on a twelve-point plan for the Republican Party recovery. The first step to recovery is to admit or identify that, they have a problem. The problem with the Congressional Republicans is that their conservative values and Religious Right base has been eroding and the Tea-Party candidates are embracing the extreme right -radicals with white supremacy views.

According to Mr. Steele, in order to win elections you must have a contract with America that admit the problems of the past, welcome back moderate Republicans and show a legislation agenda that includes create jobs, and tort reform. This agenda will separate themselves from the far right and Tea-Party movement and may attract wealthy moderate donors.

The Independents and Tea-Party candidates will drain the swamp in 2012. The new base for Republicans Party is the Tea Party, however, the Tea-Party candidates sees the Republicans moderates as weak and superficial. They want their country, and freedom back. They want a talking head that bring in the contributions from wealthy donors.

Glen Beck, Rush Limbo, and Fox News will promote Mr. Steele if he is their principal talking head, Mr. Steele must say what they want him to say in order to receive major contributions. However, Mr. Steele is interest in selling his book and putting the Republicans on a path of recovery.

You be the man, token Negro, you be the man. One day you will be ashamed of what you are doing and do not look for any sympathy from the African American community. Most see you as an Uncle Tom and worst a blind optimist, that want to see the first African American President to fail. Good luck and RIP.

Posted by: nateminor | January 8, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

This is great--the republican party is now so inbred they are eating their own young! Good luck recruiting and broad base. . . .

Posted by: louisegertrude | January 8, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

I suspect the republicans will put a bell around his Still's so they kan ceep track of him. They don't need anymore surprises on Steele's personal blueprint on saving the party. Sounds like Stihl had a party and invited no one but himself. No one elses ideas matter except Steal's.

Posted by: matrox | January 8, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

This passage from the article blew me away:When McGraw Milhaven of KTRS Radio asked Steele if he was a "detriment" to Republican fundraising, Steele said: "I am in this chair. If they want it, take it from me. Until then, shut up, step back and get in the game and help us win -- and stop the back-biting and the name-calling and the finger-pointing."

Mr. Steele, before you "accidentally" fall asleep while driving and run into a dump truck head on at 120 mph (and for whatever reason the driver of the dump truck can't be found or the truck turns up stolen) just admit you are NOT (nor ever were) wanted for that job and move on.

That was a smart move to write the book while you are a sitting chairman to prove you do have a pair on you (and that you are NOT another Alan Keyes) but the party can not survive another minute with you still in the chair. You are finished and I think you know it too.

Sick'em Michael. We, the black community, are hoping you are avenging the slap the GOP made in the appointments of you and Uncle Tom over on the Supreme Court. After thinking about it, why don't you take him (Uncle Tom) with you so O can right another wrong.

Good-bye to you and every other pic-a-ninny presently in the GOP party, because that is about all any of you are.

And I do hope they kick you as hard as they can when they drop your last check on the floor and you bend over to pick it up.

Posted by: bigtruck1 | January 8, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: HumanSimpleton | January 8, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Who does this arrogant ass think he is, a Democrat? This same old, Washington, DC politica as usual that has gotten us into this mess. Steele believes he is smarter than any true conservative. Just because he has a title he believe he is a king. We already have one of those in charge at the White House. Its time for Steele to go, or simply be ignored and neutralized for the worthless "leader" that he believes he is.

Posted by: mike9270 | January 8, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Steele or no Steele, until the Republican party can cast off the weight of its socially conservative fraction and regain its fiscally conservative stance, by demonstration and not words, I have no interest in them.

Posted by: juggernautenterprises | January 8, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Didn't the "leader of the republican party" CRAWL and BEG for forgiveness from rush not long ago?

WHY would anyone put this guy in this position?

Posted by: messages007 | January 8, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

LMAO...@RNC Insiders that ruined this country since Newt's contract with America days that forced Republican's in Congress to obey with out question, person's not elected to office who were directing the party on behalf of the most rich and most powerful individuals around the world who would like nothing more then see the U.S.A. plummet to below 3rd World Status. For 8 years pulling the puppet strings attached to G.W. Bush, they did everything they could to sell this country to the highest bidder and whittle away at our rights and personal freedoms. The worst case was the one where they channeled a court case to a 'friendly' judge who ruled that the Constitution of the US and the Bill of Rights and other laws does not apply to employee's of corporations.

Rockem Sockem Robots Mr. Steele, 5 thumbs up.

Posted by: WmCT111 | January 8, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Steele, reminds me of a big kid who just doesn't seem to know what to do with himself. The man is just trying to hard and makes him look like a sucker looking for love and acceptance from a people who could care less about him. I suspect he will be out long before the end of 2010.

Posted by: matrox | January 8, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Sweet! Now don't backtrack like you did when "Rush the Racist" hammered you. Stand firm and show some backbone! This party needs to be reunited and rid of the racist contention. Concentrate on the Latino's!

Posted by: madstamina | January 8, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Dump Steele. He's worse than useless.

Posted by: npsmith | January 8, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Look at the numbers in the base, Steele is a realist.
Honest isn't a strong ideal of the powers that be today though.
B-A-I-L-O-U-T-S are indicative of the opposition work opposed to Mr. Steele.

Posted by: dottydo | January 8, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Now the rightwingers, led by Rush Richy Rich Limbaugh, etc., will make sure Steele is trashed. Watching these people, who have no character, wreck the Republican party, is a riot. Go to it, Rush!

Posted by: dudh | January 8, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

I dismissed Steele because his party named him to a key strategic post but then clearly relegated him to posterboy status. And he seemed comfortable with that. Then, amazingly, this past week Steele stopped mugging and started speaking, and he said some interesting things.

For instance, on C-Span he distilled the plight of small business exactly. He gets it. The Obama Administration, sadly, does not. I have been a Democrat all of my voting life, but being a Deomocrat is now inimical with being a business owner. So keep talking, Mr. Steele. I'm listening.

Posted by: Isaboe | January 8, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Steele is jelous that Obama beat him to the Presidency. Steele doesnt even measure up to the Pledge of Allgiance. Responsible citizens support an elected president in a democracy. Steele and the GOP boasts about being against Obama's HealthCare Reform. Do they not know how frustrating and unjust the current healthcare insurance conundrum really is?? Why are the GOP not acknowledging current efforts as a beginning of a necessary change instead of hyping up absurd reasons to rally against Obama. This bipartisan blindness is detrimental to society. Steele is an ego maniacal whack job that at one time thought he "had the calling" to be priest. He changed his mind to become a politician. What is Steele looking for in his career considerations? Public adoration? Power? The "hey look at me serving the people" kinda jobs! Egos and behaviors like Steele's are only self serving and are not helpful for our country and society. Wrong lesson being taught here Mr. Steele!

Posted by: Dnlien | January 8, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

But he is just a waterboy, and that's all he's good for. I hope they keep him where he is. In these dismal times, he's always good for a laugh.

Posted by: morphex | January 8, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

HA HA HA HA HA HA....these is so funny. Steele being the head of the GOP is like a Jew being the head of the Nazi Party. So funny so ironical!!! LOL!!!

Posted by: js1891smith | January 8, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

But he is just a waterboy, and that's all he's good for. I hope they keep him where he is. In these dismal times, he's always good for a laugh.

Posted by: morphex | January 8, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

It's hard for Republicans because Steele wants to be something more then "water boy" for the team. I mean, who is this "colored," who is "so uppity," anyway? Isn't he suppose to be just a token so the Repub. Party can claim they really don't hate non-Whites? You mean, he actually has ideas? They are all the usual right-wing ones, of course. And, if Newt were Chair, he wouldn't need permission because Newt is "a good ole boy," but Steele, Limbaugh and Beck better be checking everything he puts out before it goes out. You just can't trust them kind of people, you know.

Posted by: magnifco1000 | January 8, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Aside from badmouthing everything the Democrats do, I hear nothing from the right. Plenty of nasty character assasination, but never any solutions. Nonstop anger and divisiveness but not a single word on alternative solutions. With all the terrible problems we have, the republicans and their angry teabag cousins have nothing to offer in the way of solutions. Hating President Obama isn't going to bring down my prescription costs. Blabbering on and on about Obama's birth certificate isn't helping my finances at all. Clever sophomoric wisecracks about Pelosi aren't doing anything to balance the family budget. How about you guys dump the hate and start helping out with some solutions. If you just can't bring yourseldf to help, then how about you stop blocking the solutions that others come up with in your absence. If you can't get on board with ANYTHING the Democrats are doing, how about working for cheaper ammo. It would be something at least.

Posted by: fredfawcett | January 8, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

After serving a whole year as Chairman of the GOP, Steele finds out that he needs the permission of the good ol' boys in Washington to write a book. Kinda reminds you of the days when a black man needed the white man's permission to speak. Now that's the America they ''want back''. Steele is ''Goin' Rogue''.

Posted by: Lalady | January 8, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Why are the terrorist-enabling Republic Party of No holding up Homeland Security chief appointments?

Why are they holding up the USA getting off terrorist-supporting oil and building American-made high speed passenger rail instead?

Let's face it, if al-Qaeda has an ally in this world, it's the GOP, and Michael Steele is their handmaiden (Rush is their Leader, mind you).

Posted by: WillSeattle | January 8, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Steele, are you tired of being an Uncle Tom for the GOP? Reminds me of J.C. Watts. Don't see much of him anymore do you?

Posted by: Slipja
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I hear he is out there making money hand over fist. I've never been a Repub, but I admired Watts. He wasn't a right wing nut.
Made sense most times. He played the Political BS games every once in a while. If you don't give the electorate some BS to buy they don't trust you. Heh heh.
That is one bi-partisan fact. Feed them BS. By the barrel is better.Don't worry, they'll buy it then wonder how we get in these messes. Funny, if it wasn't so serious. Damn.

Posted by: bnw173 | January 8, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

PROSPECTS FOR GOP REALLY BAD IN 2010, THEIR CHANCES TO REGAIN MAJORITY NON-EXISTANT. GOP HEADED FURTHER INTO THE POLITICAL WILDERNESS AFTER DEVASTATING LOSSES IN 2006 AND 2008

WHY WONT THE WP WRITE about the GOP's vulnerability in several key states where its incumbents are retiring: Florida's George LeMieux, Missouri's Kit Bond, Ohio's George Voinovich, New Hampshire's Judd Gregg, and Kentucky's Jim Bunning. The problems don't end there. Over in North Carolina, polls show that first-term Sen. Richard Burr is running below 50% against unknown Democratic opponents. That state has increasingly shifted to the left, with Democrats picking up two House seats, Kay Hagen's '08landslide defeat of GOP Sen. Elizabeth Dole, and President Obama's electoral vote victory.

Posted by: sdrane | January 8, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA!!!!!!!!

Posted by: dflynn1162 | January 8, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

WASHINGTONPOST = PROPAGANDA OUTLET FOR GOP TALKING POINTS.

WP spent the entire week spouting the GOP talking points on the Democrats demise due to retirements but what they won't tell you is that in the Republican vs. Democrat retirement-score in the House and Senate, the GOP leads 14-11 and 6-4 respectively.

There are also more Republican governors choosing not to seek re-election, and in the pivotal state of Florida, party chairman Jim Greer announced he's leaving amid a hotly contested Senate primary involving Gov. Charlie Christ and Marco Rubio. But the right's chest-beating continues unabated despite the party's mounting problems.

THANKS WP FOR YOUR FAIR AND BALANCED COVERAGE OF SENATE AND HOUSE RETIREMENTS

Posted by: sdrane | January 8, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse


I would like to share information I just received:


The Plot To Destroy America


You can fool some of the people (Americans) some of the time, and all the people some of the time, but you can't pull this crap on the whole world forever and get away with it. While most Americans still sleep, the rest of the world is taking care of business.

Let them sleep, and the World Court bring justice to America. If they woke up, they would stop it - fools that they are.

http://www.worldreports.org/news/257_operation_stillpoint_to_destroy_america_stopped


Posted by: AJAX2 | January 8, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

WAVE OF RETIREMENTS DASH HOPES OF GOP TO REGAIN MAJORITY IN SENATE AND HOUSE.

Voinovich is the 4TH Republican senator to announce he will not run for re-election in 2010. Sen. Kit Bond, R-Missouri, said late last week that we would retire, joining Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Florida, and Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, who had already announced they would leave Capitol Hill when their terms end at the close of the 111th Congress.

Republicans must defend 15 incumbents and four open seats in 2010. (Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, whose term is not up until 2012, is seriously considering a 2010 gubernatorial bid and could also be vacating her seat early).

BUT THE VILLAGERS JUST SPENT THE LAST WEEK SCREAMING ABOUT HOW 2 DEM RETIREMENTS WILL LEAVE THEM SHORT IN 2010,

Posted by: sdrane | January 8, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

"...Steele's book, "Right Now: A 12-Step Program for Defeating the Obama Agenda,"...

...is the most cowardly, childish, hateful, non-productive, purely partisan, moronic point of view to be held by grown up adults that has ever hit the civilized world. This is nothing more than 3rd world politics being perpetrated by thugs and bullies. Unbelievable. Simply, utterly stupid.

Posted by: swatkins1 | January 8, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Between the Steel event and Obama's lie, which one do you think is a threat to democracy?

Posted by: hz9604
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The GOP as a party today. Were have you been in the last eight
years?

Posted by: jjgrah | January 8, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Palin/Steele 2012

Palin/Steele 2012

Palin/Steele 2012

Palin/Steele 2012


Posted by: lcarter0311 | January 8, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Palin/Steele 2012


Posted by: lcarter0311 | January 8, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele is so offensive. The Republican Party should be embarrassed by him, and also by Sarah Palin. I will not bother reading their books. I can intuit what each has to say.

Posted by: BillR | January 8, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Life will immediately get better for all Americans when the radical leftist Obama agenda is stopped in its` tracks.Go Michael Steele...ignore the Hill weenies.They protect their little fiefdoms but that will start to change in November

Posted by: bowspray
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When the GOP was running every thing, and derailed the nation you think they will put every thing back on track. That is pathetic

Posted by: jjgrah | January 8, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Bnw173:
In addition to my last post; please watch the documentary called, “KKK” airing on the History channel. You’ll see that what I wrote is 100% correct...regarding the amount of Republican Congressmen that were a part of, and sought funding from, the KKK.

Posted by: BasicInstinct
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You are talking about Post 1964 Voting Rights Act. That was when the Segregationist Dems moved to the Repub Party. Senator Byrd belonged to the KKK but stayed in the Dem Party and renounced his beliefs.

There were only 33 Repubs and 27 voted for the Act and 6 voted against. Some of those six, I don't know for sure, might have been KKK. I doubt it because at that time most of the South was solid Dems and most Northerners would not likely be members of the KKK. I know the votes are facts. The rest of this paragraph is conjecture on my part.

Posted by: bnw173 | January 8, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

As if the GOP doesn't have enough problems. Now they have a "rogue" black man running amuck in their ranks...BBBAAHHHHHHH!!! ROTFL LMAO!!!

Posted by: demtse | January 8, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Life will immediately get better for all Americans when the radical leftist Obama agenda is stopped in its` tracks.Go Michael Steele...ignore the Hill weenies.They protect their little fiefdoms but that will start to change in November

Posted by: bowspray | January 8, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

This is by far the best laugh I've had this year! The guy "must" be getting paid by the Democrats! Hehehehehehe......the Republican laughs just don't stop!

Posted by: buzzsaw1 | January 8, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

A non-issue yet the Post has not reported a single thing about the closed door health care negotiations and the fact that Obama promised to open the negotiations to C-Span.

Between the Steel event and Obama's lie, which one do you think is a threat to democracy?

Posted by: hz9604 | January 8, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

What! "A 12-Step Program for Defeating the Obama Agenda,"
And not any plan to make life better for all Americans.

Posted by: jjgrah | January 8, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

If Michael Steele doesn't watch it, the REAL Republicans are going to tan his black hide.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | January 8, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

I am a Republican "wingnut" I guess. But, I have no problem with Steele, his comments, or his book. Folks on the right need to get the message that this train wreck will not stop by us clicking our heels together and wishing. Republicans, and lucid, thinking Americans need to pull their heads of the the sand or whatever orifice they are parking it in and realize that quiet talk is not going to get anything done in 2010. We see all of the the AGW nuts and know it was all a scam to keep climatology grant money. But we sit on the sidelines. When the World Bank meets, anarchists rule the streets but no conservative voice can be heard demanding sound economic policy.

Folks, the meek only inherit the Earth in The Bible. If we want to take back our country before we become citizens of the World without a sovereign currency or rights to beleive in the basic tenets upon which this nation was founded, we better raise our voices and raise them to the high heavens.

Michael Steele raises his voice, and a lot of people dismiss him because his is not "really" the voice of the Republican Party.. I mean he's black. How could he be a real Republican? Steele is a REAL REPUBLICAN because he - and a lot of African Americans - beleive what we beleive in. Equal rights, economic opportunity, traditional family values, etc... He is more of a Republican than most of the RINOs who try to fly that flag but do not have the courage to speak out and say what they beleive. Thank God we have Americans like Michael Steele.

Get up off your Fannie Mae's GOPers. It's time to make some noise.

Posted by: MichaelOConnell | January 8, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

THIS is your lead online story this afternoon, Washington Post??

Of all of the news stories going on this week, you chose some minor little Republican squabble over everything else?

Hah! What a joke you are. You are so transparent. Hey, I got an idea. Maybe Michael Steele wrote a controversial paper back in college. You should probably assign 10 reporters to look into that.

Posted by: etpietro | January 8, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Nice hit piece. You don't even have to bother to name your "Republican Congressional Leaders."

Just make it all up as you go along. Isn't that what the White House has instructed you to do?

Posted by: drumcrn1 | January 8, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Nice WaPo distraction from the horrific jobs report today. The stimulus is working!!! NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: lazuras169 | January 8, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele is the gift that keeps on giving!

Posted by: blarsen1 | January 8, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Steele is just being a good Republican:
All for Me and Me for Nobody Else. Republicans have absolutely no credibility whatsoever when it comes to needs of Americans especially the Middle Class which they have worked for decades to destroy.

Posted by: junendon | January 8, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

I hear the title of his book is: "Michael Steele - Gone Rogue Too!"

Why do i get the feeling that these people would sell their mothers for a dollar? First Cheney profitting for his company off the war, bush's friends profitted by getting jobs there weren't qualified for when he became president (say hey brownie) and palin quitting her job early to take advantage of her noteriety to cash in by writing a book and getting back at people in mccain's office who she felt slighted her (but, really they just thought - as most do - that she just wasn't qualified). and now, the chairman is out to make a buck. meanwhile, the republicans have come up with idea one to help this country prosper, but they can unite to say no to anything that the democrats come up with that they think might work and make them look bad in comparison. Maybe Cheney will write a book next - he can tell us all how we went from the peace and prosperity we had with clinton to the war and financial despair that he and bush brought us to in 8 LONG years they were in office. and, maybe by writing the book cheney will realize that he (cheney) isn't the best person to critize or advise anyone on how to run this country.

Posted by: theobc1 | January 8, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Poor robtay. Like most rightwingnuts, he finds reality an unpleasant place to be.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | January 8, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

He's got to be an undercover agent for the other side. Or confused about his role here.

The right hasn't offered any rational, coherent message for a while now and although some might be feeling disillusioned (really, what kind of happy stuff were people taking to think that a change of administration would really change the way politics works in this country?) if the GOP can't come up with anything for the thinking masses who aren't interested in vitriol, we're not likely to shift sides now.

Posted by: auntiemare | January 8, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

go for it mr.steele these bozos need a thrill other than lying,cheating and stealing

Posted by: pofinpa | January 8, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

"whoa!" indeed. how can Steele be in any trouble with the GOP, he's doing several jobs and speaking out of both sides of his mouth. that's standard procedure, and all the big boys who push the GOP around do the same thing.

Posted by: swschrad | January 8, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Thank-God Steele is not my problem, hahahaha, I love it.

Posted by: truthhurts | January 8, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

And this is the reason Blacks can't be republicans...The Good Ole Boy network of Shanangins.....

Since it didn't get checked by the Good Ol Boys, it has no place in the GOP. That's straight Bullcrap...

Posted by: 4thFloor | January 8, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Sadly, the Republican Party has lost its way and is in big trouble. It mirrors the chaos and extremism of the Democrats in the 1970s/80s. I am afraid that it will just take time - and years out of power - before the Republicans find their sealegs again.

Posted by: VirginiaRepublican1 | January 8, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Jobs picture looking brighter under Pres. Obama's leadership.....

http://images2.dailykos.com/images/user/6/January.jpg

Posted by: angie12106 | January 8, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele apparently didn't realize that when he was appointed as head of the RNC he gave his life and soul to every Republican big wig. He is not allowed to say anything without prior approval much less write a book.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | January 8, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Hilarious! I love that it's a 12-step program, too.

Posted by: ccs4756 | January 8, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

In answer to Steele's book, I have a one step plan for defeating the Republicants agenda. Don't vote for lying, hypocritic Republicants. If they want the country to fail, I want them to disappear.

Posted by: COLEBRACKETT | January 8, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Cant stop laughing at the GOP. They think they have 2010 locked up. Well do not count those chickens before they hatch. There is still a lot of water to run under that bridge. You have a leader who is leading himself to some money on the side. He obviously is not taking orders from the ultra right wing so they are upset. If they cant control you mind body and soul they have no time for you. GOP ers are not allowed to think for themselves and surely are not allowed thoughts contrary to their narrow belief system. How very sad for them. How very sad for America they are the party of hate and no hope and so many Americans are buying the hate and think we had the good old days under Bush.

I'm I really seeing this movie again or is it a bad dream. Having them back in power again would represent to many of us a repeat of the previous 8 Bush years. Where did those years take us? Is this country so under educated and under informed and memory deprived that they are wanting to vote GOP again. Please folks. Stop listening to Beck and Rush and do form your own thoughts and do your own research. You will find out most of what they say is just plain hooey.

Posted by: patisok | January 8, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

According to Steele the Tea Party movement will grow and sweep the GOP candidates into office (smart enough not to predict majorities). When the Senate minority leader says he always carries a copy of the Constitution with him and then quotes from the preamble, the words from the Declaration of Independence should not be used. When you say you did not see pictures of Obama depicted as Hitler when one leaned up on the speakers podium, you become hard to believe. I don't think the Bachmanns, Foxxes, and Palins attract manny independents with frothing at the mouth radicals at their rallies. I don't think Armey's flyers on how to disrupting healthcare discussions can qualify as a "talking point". Replacing a Crist with a Rubio is a sure way to lose like Hoffmann before him, so Steele does make a vaild point of inclusiveness.

Posted by: jameschirico | January 8, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

"GOP 'not thrilled' with release of Steele book. Leaders say they did not know chairman was publishing a book and that they had no input on what he calls a blueprint to win back power."

What leaders? McConnell? Boner? Cantor?

G"NO"P is leaderless. Americans are wait for something besides "NO!"


Posted by: knjincvc | January 8, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Heeeeey Steele!!! You stole one on 'em this time, eh?

(How are *they* supposed to know what's happening in the world when *they* don't even know what their boy is doing?? Huh?)

Heeeey Steele!! How you like them ole boys now?

I hear toilet water...

Posted by: Evenfoolsarerightsometimes | January 8, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Notice that WaPo didn't mention the content of the book.
Republicans know what's in it, and we approve.
Steele is finally growing some balls and calls for Republicans to return to their conservative roots--a message that the liberal media fears--as polls show that a majority of Americans now call themselves conservatives.
The article is nonsense, and a death rattle from Democrats.

Posted by: robtay12003 | January 8, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

@redd1 "as yet there is no indication that Steele has been implicated in corruption"

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Uh, remember the reports that FBI was investigating Steele's Senate campaign for paying his sister to do work that was never performed? That passes for corruption in my book.

WaPo reported in Feb. '09 that he "arranged for his 2006 Senate campaign to pay a defunct company run by his sister for services that were never performed, his finance chairman from that campaign has told federal prosecutors."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/06/AR2009020604151_pf.html

Posted by: Hammerabi | January 8, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Wishful thinking.
Republicans have no problem with Michael Steele, or any other Republican except for Snowe and the other RINO's. No "turmoil" to report, other than that manufactured by Obama's loyal and obedient media.

Posted by: robtay12003 | January 8, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse


Good job WAPO. Throw the Obama hangers-on a worthless bone while Pelosi and Reid destroy any chance for the Dems to hang on to their majority.

Posted by: JAH3 | January 8, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele can propose to rename the party he heads the "We Hate Everything and Everybody" party. They can sit in their men only club, silence strictly enforced, drinking 12-year-old Scotch, and reading the Wall Street Journal. Government exists to wage war to advance business interests. Employees exist to be exploited and/or fired when they are not being dissed and ignored. Income tax is for the "little people" to pay. Regulation? Get big government off their backs. The goobers down south think they are advancing the Cross of Jesus by voting for the hateful clowns of the right wing. It was Jesus who took a whip to the money changers at the temple.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | January 8, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Party bosses can get themselves into trouble, but as yet there is no indication that Steele has been implicated in corruption. This would be unlike Terry McAuliffe, the former DNC chairman.

I cannot determine from the article on Steele and his new book exactly what he said that is so distressing to his organization -- or the democrats. There's a lack of information here.

I grew up in a town historically controlled by the democratic organization. It was widely known for its corruption and was considered a criminal enterprise. These democrats were opposed to affirmative action, even stating their opposition publicly at town hall meetings. There was one woman on the board, but she was an "honorary male." She, too, was opposed to affirmative action. And in city hall all the women were in clerical, all the blacks in sanitation, the men (white) in management and the police and fire departments. These democrats did not want women and minorities participating in the political process and kept them out.

I would like to remind everyone that the U.S. Senate had only 2 female senators even in the early 1990s. Democrats like to pretend they're really great, but it's really so much crap.

Posted by: redd1 | January 8, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

MayorEd:
Q. How many Republican Senators / Congressmen were once in the KKK?
A. Zero

Posted by: jahoby
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How many went for a "K" street brainwashing telling them they are the Christian rulers not subject to society's norms and laws like the ruled? Don't use your fingers, you will run out of digits.

Posted by: jameschirico | January 8, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

But isn't going rogue what a Republican is supposed to do? The brass ought to be congratulating Steele, not bashing him.

Posted by: rickyrab | January 8, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele and Jim Zorn have to get together on what it is like to know you have been fired...even though you are still expected to exceed expectations...until you get fired.

Posted by: shrink2 | January 8, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Dang...I'll vote GOP if Steele remains! Hahahahahahaha!

Posted by: dorklord | January 8, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

"when we hired michael steele to be the GOP's new mannequin, we had no idea he could talk, needless to say a very startling discovery, but then, when he wrote a book, that was just too much. who ever heard of a mannequin writing a book? does he even know what window-dressing is? he better not list me as a reference for his next position in window-dressing..."

Posted by: petemohanty | January 8, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Ok. Full disclosure, I'm a registered Democrat (but actually a Republican in many of my beliefs). Registered doesn't mean I vote or tow the party line though. And, admittedly, both Dems and Republicans are guilty of this, but read the title of the book: "Right Now: A 12-Step Program for Defeating the Obama Agenda". Why does the Obama agenda have to be wrong? Just because it's an agenda by/from a Democrat? The title alone shows that the current 'other side' isn't even open to working with the Dems, setting the stage for negativity and confrontation at the onset.

And, let me repeat, before any one chimes in against the Dems or my comment, I do not vote or tow the party line and I know, it's politics, both sides are guilty of the same stuff.

My comment isn't a slam against the Republicans or Steele. It's merely an observation of the book title and a comment about that.

Posted by: MFlav106 | January 8, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see both Democrats and Republicans doing everything possible to self destruct. Hopefully soon we'll have an alternative to the rotten Republicrats.

Posted by: alientech | January 8, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

It's finally time for GOP leadership to do what they have wanted to do all along - forget the Steele appointment, get your man in there - Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, or perhaps even the great white hunter - Cheney. Quit the charade and be proud of your true beliefs. Stand tall and let people know the real GOP - the John Boehner clones are overdue.

Posted by: bfjam | January 8, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

WHO CARES ABOUT THE GOP OR STEELE THEY ARE BOTH IRRELEVANT IDIOTS

Posted by: TheBeatDontStop | January 8, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

I love this!! Keep fighting among yourselves!

Posted by: acboatman
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No one fights with a flopping carp... not even the flies.

Try again.

Posted by: BellsBlu2 | January 8, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Bnw173:
In addition to my last post; please watch the documentary called, “KKK” airing on the History channel. You’ll see that what I wrote is 100% correct...regarding the amount of Republican Congressmen that were a part of, and sought funding from, the KKK.

Posted by: BasicInstinct | January 8, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

While I'm not a Michael Steele fan, his comments from the radio clip were bluntly refreshing. Makes me want to read the book.

Posted by: eaglepeak | January 8, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I love this!! Keep fighting among yourselves!

Posted by: acboatman | January 8, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Not so fast bnw173:
Likewise; I’ve been reading your comments for the past 2 years, and we’ve disagreed on much. However; regarding Civil Rights for Blacks in this country, you seem to have missed the key issue. The Republicans’ handling of the renewal of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) represents a unique ineptness that has resulted in their adding yet another brick in the wall that separates it from African Americans. Even though the House ultimately voted to renew the Act, Republicans damaged their ability to build a serious relationship with African Americans by flirting with the possibility of killing the most important piece of civil rights legislation since Reconstruction. This is the obstructionism I’m talking about.

Posted by: BasicInstinct | January 8, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

That there Uncle Tom is gettin' uppity, said Jim Boehner. I thought he was one of the "good ones." LOL!!! Nice to see the GOP racists cringe when one of their "boys" turns out to have a little bakcbone and gets tired of their patronizing ways. Why should Steele listen to these people? They don't respect him and get their marching orders from Rush Limbaugh, as if he is not the chairman of the party. He's right to tell them to shut up.

Posted by: PepperDr | January 8, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

To all those gloating over the Steele episode:

and yet we'll still kick your derriere in the 2010 midterms. Can't wait.

Posted by: Sobek
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Not just gloating about it, but LAUGHING, and rightly so.

The GOP and Republican party is a JOKE.

Sadly, that joke was played on the AMerican people to ALL of our detriment, but it's a joke, none the less.

M. Steele, is siting at the head of a table that is populated by supremacists, religious wack-o's, and corporate entities that absolutely could not care less about the well being of the American people as long as the profits are rolling in.

Steele is only SLIGHTLY less comical than Sarah Pailin, Dick Cheney, and idiot George.

However, what makes Steele a tragic figure in all this is that he seems oblivious to to racist feelings of the rank and file he is suppose to be leading.

So, if he's now looking to cash in on his embarrassing and distinctly awkward situation, good luck too him...

Heaven knows he should "get paid" for just being able to get out of bed in the morning and call himself the leader of the GOP..... THAT takes a level of gag control on the order of super-human.

The rest of us will just continue to laugh at the train wreck that is the Republican party and hope that at some point it will find it's lonely grave.

Posted by: BellsBlu2 | January 8, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

"Thurmond was a segregationist, but was never a member of the KKK. Do you have any documentation to the contrary?"

This is an irrelevant debate.

I have no doubt Thurmond was never a KKK member. Racists from his social class didn't join the Klan. They joined the White Citizens Council and/or held elective office. Racists in those positions actually did far more lasting and widespread damage to blacks than the low-class clowns in the Klan.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | January 8, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

clear his book with Republican so-called leaders? Why? It is his book. Does Ann Coulter or Rush Limbaugh clear their books? Hmmm, maybe they do.

Posted by: nuanced | January 8, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

"Barrysendstinks.
Since I've read you for over two years you have never dealt with facts. You're an Obamahead, you know like a dittohead.

On the Civil Rights Act of 1964 In the House 68% of the Dems voted Aye and in the Senate 69%. Repubs 80% Ayes in the House and 82% in the Senate.

Dem Senators from the 11 southern states filibustered for over 50 days. Most of those same Senators moved to the Repub Party, which I'm sure really pleased the Repubs. This move evolved into the Repub Party of today.

The obstructionist during the civil rights movement were Dems, butthole. Dem-O-crats. Dem-O-crats. Got it."

What an ignorant little piece of garbage you are. No one who votes Democratic these days gives a crap, because those obstructionists were southern conservative racists, and there's only one party now that welcomes such people: The GOP. These people couldn't have "moved into" the GOP unless they were welcomed by the party. It very much pleased the GOP.

You should do some reading on Dick Nixon's Southern Strategy. Your ignorance is astounding.

No wonder about 95 percent of black people vote Democratic. They're far smarter than you.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | January 8, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

@WhatHeSaid - Ever hear of J. C. Watts? U.S. Representative (R), Oklahoma.

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | January 8, 2010 2:19 PM

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Yup. And Watts is proof of the GOP's march backwards.

In 2002, Watts stated he would not seek reelection, citing a desire to "spend more time with his family" (after run-ins with Tom DeLay).

The current count of black Americans selected and elected by Republicans to the House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate: 0

The current count of Jewish Americans selected and elected by Republicans to House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate: 1

Posted by: WhatHeSaid | January 8, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Why the double standard? Palin, Romney, McCain, they all write books. Some are even worth reading. Why is Steele singled out ? Are there two sets of rules in the GOP?

Posted by: bfjam | January 8, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Steele was such a hypocritical appointment. For years, Republicans have railed against Affirmative Action by stating that it places underqualified candidates in positions merely to satisfy political correctness. Steele is the perfect example of tokenism: the GOP thought Obama's appeal was largely due to being the first black president. They thought putting a black RNC Chair would blunt criticism of them as an old white male party. Steele got the job for exactly the reason Republicans oppose Affirmative Action: to get a token black man in a position of prominence.

Anyone who saw the 2006 MD Senate race knew that Steele was dishonest and incompetent. He even lied about his party affiliation in fliers to black voters. He went down to easy defeat against a milquetoast opponent. Why that qualified him for such a prominent national role defies logic.

Of course, the same can be said for Sarah Palin, who was chosen as their VP nominee in response to Hillary Clinton's campaign, not because of her resume or non-gender related qualities.

Posted by: AxelDC | January 8, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

I suspect that not one of these bloggers has read Steele's book. In other words, none of you, conservative or liberal has any idea what you are talking about. So much for blogging.

Posted by: sportsfan2 | January 8, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

In anticipation to lib comments,

Posted by: jahoby | January 8, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse
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the rest of us do not practice alternate history
or
Practice Racism
or
Practice Ignorance

We have your Number

FOX OFF

ISA

Posted by: Issa1 | January 8, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

How can we not respect "free speech"? Sadly many in this country think that the only opinions that are of value are their own. Somehow, some way, the opinions of others should be stifled. These people simply do not realize that if the government, the RNC, or anyone else can stop free speech for those these people oppose, these same forces can also impose limitations on them. It's sad how stupid some people really are.

I have no idea what Mr. Steele said in his book but, it's obvious, neither does this reporter. But good for Mr. Steele. More books, more information, it cannot help but help the process to make people more aware of others--and others' opinions.

Posted by: SherlockHolmes | January 8, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

agree that the right was drunk with power, arrogant and vicious, for 8 years. they still are vicious, and still threaten, though they're peripheral players now. the dems cannot afford to allow their tendencies to go unchecked, must call them on every lie they tell, and they're deceiving on every major issue. the party wants power and global expansion of the us military, they're sick aggressive individuals who do not socialize well with other nations, don't know the first thing about decency or prudential leadership. we cannot afford to have them in power.

Posted by: e9999999 | January 8, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Steele was 'hired' to be the black-minority counter to Obama. Steele knows this full well and understands that at this point without him or someone similar the Rep's lose the connection to the minority voters.
Steele was then and is now another Agnew i.e. making the bucks while he can. If the Rep's do not dump him and fast they will take serious looses in 2010. Sometimes the devil you ask for is the one you get.

Posted by: KBlit | January 8, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Well Mr. Steele since you have the results, I guess they better stuff it?
In an old fashioned political way, in tradition of the bosses of old, you did seem to run over some senate egos.

Posted by: peterroach | January 8, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Both Julescator | January 8, 2010 12:48 PM and tony_in_Durham_NC | January 8, 2010 12:27 PM (Tony's from a bastion of research facilities peopled by real thinkers in the U.S.) have excellent comments.
Michael Steele was chosen to be head of the RNC for only one reason (and we all know what that is) which has nothing to do with his personality or intelligence.
Once elected, he has had a hard time raising money for Party coffers and he's had an even harder time trying to develop his own voice.
Now, he's produced this book, his best effort to communicate with the deaf and dumb faithful in the GOP, and his book is the clear indication that the GOP is completely bankrupt in leadership.
Even it's title is totally negative.
This snarling negativity, left over from the bruising 2008 campaign, pervades the Party at all levels and renders it completely devoid of any positive contributions to the needs of the country.
"Just Say No" (their congressional mantra) is combined with "Throw all the bums out" (the tea-partiers' mantra) --
It's all negative.
What comes from that?
To me, the message is:
Shut down Congress and the government, go home and tend your own leetle selfish garden.
So you throw all those elected out:
How do you know with whom to replace them?
You don't.
If we followed this proffered prescription for the country, I wonder how many hours we'd have a plane in the air or a boat in a harbor before we had a major terrorist attack?
Something tells me it wouldn't take our enemies any time at all.
Now that the GOP leadership over the past 30 years has ramped up this religious war, they need to get out of the way and support the clean-up of the mess they created.
But they can't even do that.
Their financial geniuses conned Congress into TARP and all they used the funds for were to soup up predatory takeovers of weaker rivals and reenergizing the speculation which got us into the fiscal mess in the first place.
If we're waiting for the financial industry to "trickle down" anything, I have a funny feeling I can guess the only way we'll get anything out of them.
It's the way they've treated the country to date.
Steele can't get any traction because Dick Cheney is bloviating all the wind out of their sails with his insane raving.
The tea-partiers are their reaction, but even they have nothing positive to offer.
Personally, I think Steele, the GOP and the tea-partiers would serve themselves best if they took Steele's most salient advice:
SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP!
That just might work, come to think of it.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | January 8, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

I can't stop laughing this group of morons is getting funnier by the minute.

Posted by: antonio3 | January 8, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Did Mr. Steele explain his comment, "Republicans Freed The Slaves", prior to election day, when he lossed the LT Governor's election in Maryland.

Posted by: knjon353 | January 8, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Know the TRUTH about the Government Health Care Bill H.R.3200 - Key Points


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcBaSP31Be8

Posted by: AJAX2 | January 8, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Seriously??? Go head Mike!!! Make that money boi! Atleast you're not stealing or caught acting like your spouse cheatin brethren in the GOP... Although I'm Liberal I'm glad to see that you're no longer willing to go down with the ship of the GOP. Have a back bone and continue to speak your mind. The GOP leadership only see you as token anyways. And their latest reaction proves it! If you ain't askin the Boss for water while you slave workin the fields explainin the GOP Leadership's mess, then you ain't jack to them. Speak up Tell it how it is Mr. Steele.

Posted by: Debonair31 | January 8, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Anything that gets out before first being distorted using the special GOP fun house mirror is dangerous! How can they get people to vote against affordable health care if they can't maintain their illusion?

Posted by: JimZ1 | January 8, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

“Republican Party started under Lincoln (remember what he was able to do?) 1964 Civil Rights Act : Large majority Republican vote”.
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I think you need to brush-up on your history. Yes; President Lincoln did abolish slavery (with no other form of security for Black folks), but your Civil Rights statement is INCORRECT! Republicans – especially those from the south – were key obstructionists during the Civil Rights movement. Haven’t you ever wondered why Blacks don’t like Republicans today? Take a walk back to 1964: 2/3rds of Republican Congressmen were directly linked – if not a part of – the KKK (meaning: accepted, and lobbied for, funding). Get your facts straight!

Posted by: BasicInstinncts
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Barrysendstinks.
Since I've read you for over two years you have never dealt with facts. You're an Obamahead, you know like a dittohead.

On the Civil Rights Act of 1964 In the House 68% of the Dems voted Aye and in the Senate 69%. Repubs 80% Ayes in the House and 82% in the Senate.

Dem Senators from the 11 southern states filibustered for over 50 days. Most of those same Senators moved to the Repub Party, which I'm sure really pleased the Repubs. This move evolved into the Repub Party of today.

The obstructionist during the civil rights movement were Dems, butthole. Dem-O-crats. Dem-O-crats. Got it.

Posted by: bnw173 | January 8, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

To all those gloating over the Steele episode:

and yet we'll still kick your derriere in the 2010 midterms. Can't wait.

Posted by: Sobek | January 8, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Imagine Steele taking the job knowing he is just a token? He is just evening the score with his Republican handlers and I cannot contain my glee. I am just so glad he is one of theirs!

Posted by: sablerm25 | January 8, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Anything that gets out before first being distorted in the special GOP fun house mirror is dangerous!

Posted by: JimZ1 | January 8, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

This is what happens when the GOP hires a token to appeal to so-called "minority" voters. Hahahahahaha....

Posted by: mickeynATL | January 8, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Though I've not read the book, I commend Chairman Steele for his 12 Step analogy. For 8 years the Republicans were drunk with power and arrogance. Since the election, they've been in denial about what a mess they made of our government, our economy and our reputation across the globe.

It was clear to the American public that an intervention was in order. Now the GOP is clearly suffering some painful withdrawal symptoms. They're being forced to realize that purely negative, hope-for-Obama-failure brand of obstructionism strikes the majority of Americans as irresponsible, and frankly, un-American. Their problem is that the actual constituency whose interests they represent is about 2% of the population. President Obama is smart enough to know that most Americans no longer buy the validity or significance of the wedge issues they've relied on for so many decades (based on homophobia, paternalistic religious dogma, etc.).

This intervention is clearly painful, but also possibly life-saving. Now, please pass the popcorn.

Posted by: firethief | January 8, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

If conservatives had more experience with affirmative action perhaps they would have made a better choice.

Posted by: faithfulservant3 | January 8, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what venue will host Steele for the book signing.

Posted by: mintchocolatechip | January 8, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

I notice that the book title did not encompass any solutions. Perhaps Steele would have more positive response if he had a more progressive title. His book title only addresses defeat of a plan. Partisan politics is destroying our democracy.

Posted by: mjoy | January 8, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse


MayEd....Strom Thurmond was in the KKK

Posted by: logcabin1836 | January 8, 2010 2:32 PM
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logcabin,

Thurmond was a segregationist, but was never a member of the KKK. Do you have any documentation to the contrary?

Posted by: hisroc | January 8, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

LOL. Typical of every blunder Rs have pulled this year. Steele is toast.

Posted by: drindl | January 8, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

LOL LOL LOL What a loony!

Posted by: sablerm25 | January 8, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

The republicans will have to call back from China all those outsourced jobs. Neither party dares mention the loss of jobs to China and blame Bush and Slick Willie for
the scandal. We are in a major depression and there is no turning back.
Thanks to Politicians for life...

Posted by: umt123 | January 8, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

The republicans will have to call back from China all those outsourced jobs. Neither party dares mention the loss of jobs to China and blame Bush and Slick Willie for
the scandal. We are in a major depression and there is no turning back.
Thanks to Politicians for life...

Posted by: umt123 | January 8, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

tslats:
The last two times I read or heard the word uppity was from another lib commentor earlier today and a little over a year ago, when a Democrat called Obama uppity when running against Hillary.

Posted by: jahoby | January 8, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Steele appeared on a St. Louis radio station Thursday and offered a blistering critique of his Republican critics, going beyond his much-quoted remarks to ABC News Radio.

The book came out and everybody went, 'Whoa, what happened?'" one aide said, adding that his employer, a senior House Republican, learned of the book by watching cable news.
"No one in the House or Senate leadership knew he had a book contract."

Steele said: "I am in this chair. If they want it, take it from me. Until then, shut up....

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Hahahahaha ... Whoaaa...Ouch!!!...I just fell off my chair from laughing so hard!!

Posted by: MUPPET | January 8, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

MayorEd....Congressman David Duke was a KKK leader

Posted by: logcabin1836 | January 8, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

MayEd....Strom Thurmond was in the KKK

Posted by: logcabin1836 | January 8, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Steele has broken ethics rules about making money off his RNC position while still in office. But of course the Republicans will look the other way....it is only when a Democrat breaks the rules that the GOP screams bloody murder.

Posted by: logcabin1836 | January 8, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

MayorEd:
Q. How many Republican Senators / Congressmen were once in the KKK?
A. Zero

Posted by: jahoby | January 8, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Steele's job is to get supporter not critics. Fire him. Too much is a stake. Our Nations needs Republicans to govern the U.S. and provide solid and sound leadership.
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++


Bless your heart. Where were you the years 2000 to 2008? When did you come out from under that rock? Are you completely deaf blind and dumb? I know for sure you're dumb.

My only problem is we elected Doofus II to fix Doofus I's messes.


Damn. Must be Cheney?

Posted by: bnw173 | January 8, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Claude Allen, former White House Domestic Policy Advisor under Bush.

You might not want to mention Claude Allen:

http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1172159,00.html

The picking of tokens is tres tricky.

Posted by: vigor | January 8, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

as if republicans (that hurt to type, I don't even like saying it) weren't already crying enough about us Dems. Rudy is out there lying about the past, Rush faked a heart condition to get back on the Pills! Dick is huddled in his printing press basement kicking out lie after lie press releases... You would think the GOP would start putting some ideas out there and stop all the he said she said crap. Get a life people. Like the man said, "shut up, if you can't get on board, get out of the way".

Posted by: jimmy89 | January 8, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

And, jahoby, you saw what they did to Condi and Colin .. hung them out to dry.

And here we are again .. is Steele getting a little too uppity for the all-white Rush Southern Coalition? They tried once to put Steele in his place, my guess is they won't fail this time.

Not that Steele doesn't deserve to be tossed on the merits .. he's always been a person who can't get it done on his own in my opinion but that doesn't seem to be the issue with the GOP'ers .. it seems to be about rogue black men. John .. you've got to be a rogue while female to get away with that in the GOP dude.

Posted by: tslats | January 8, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

@WhatHeSaid - Ever hear of J. C. Watts? U.S. Representative (R), Oklahoma.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | January 8, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I agree with dc1020008--Mr Steele's posturing and flamboyant book publishing (did he author it himself?) are reminiscent of a lady who styles herself a maverick and is yet the Republicans' darling. Odd.

Posted by: anyikui | January 8, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Steele's job is to get supporter not critics. Fire him. Too much is a stake. Our Nations needs Republicans to govern the U.S. and provide solid and sound leadership. The GOP leaders should be exposing Obama and offering an alternative to the American people. Read the following:

The President talks about jobless Americans, but does not do what is needed for U.S. employers to hire more employees and get those jobs back. Democrats are only worried about the appearance of a 10 percent unemployment rate that causes damage to their socialistic government agendas and their continued stay in office November 2010.

We the U.S. citizens demand our rights as voters and consent to government performance. We urge a Republican campaign to get rid of the Obama Democrats and put responsible officials in public office to fix the economy and hire back jobless Americans. Fiscal Responsible and National Security: Republicans Can Do It.

Posted by: klausdmk | January 8, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Hank4
And yet while he may not be a Nobel Laureate his academic background is stronger than the majority of his critics
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He may have his academic background however you neglect to mention the fact he has ran two businesses into the ground at which his Daddy's friends had to bail out the company while he made all the money as his salary.
I knew that he was a poor choice to be President from day one he annouced his presidency and guess I was right...
Plus one of his critic is Joseph Stiglitz and he's a Nobel Laureate with a background to understand the mess Bush left us.

Posted by: beeker25 | January 8, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

What was Steele thinking? A Republican being allowed independent thought? He should have known better.

Posted by: Lefty_ | January 8, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Steele is simply trying to cash in, just like Palin. Both of them know they have no real future in any elected office, so they have to make all the money they can, while they can. The GOP tried a little too hard to be "politically correct" by hoisting up a couple of under qualified bottom feeders to figurehead positions just because they are minorities, and now it's come back to bite them on the ass. well at least they keep things entertaining. Palin is going to guarantee Obama gets a second term and Steele is going to help the Democrats hold congress in 2010. America Thanks You!

Posted by: MarilynManson | January 8, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

klausdmk
Our Nations needs Republicans to govern the U.S. and provide solid and sound leadership.
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Are you serious!!!!? After the party nearly ruined the economy with their laize faire market theory, and they have not ONCE said they are SORRY for doing it except to pivot the political calculation rather than actually doing some thing to fix the mess. Furthermore they keep offering the same old tonics that put us in this sorry mess. Your statement simply shows me that you are a follower of the GOP leadership.

Posted by: beeker25 | January 8, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Cha Ching.......
Mr. Steele should keep grabbing every dollar he can. The GOP attempted to use him as a counterpoint to Obama primarily because of his ethnicity. Regardless of what your persoanl feelings are towards the man, this much is clear, people do not rise to this level on just nepotism, good looks, old boy, or family money. If they are all of those, see George W, then sure. But the man did ascend to his positiion by working in the GOP since the 1990s. He has always been pointed at by democrats, republicans and media outlets as having only his ethnicity to explain his rise. And yet while he may not be a Nobel Laureate his academic background is stronger than the majority of his critics.

So if any of us were Mr. Steele and we were told how we did not deserve our position, our job, that we were not conservative enough, or something else was lacking, would we not be more than happy to charge $20k a speaking event, $225K a year in salary, and what is sure to have been a nice chunk of change for the book deal.

So to paraphrase Mr. Steele, CaChing baby Caching.

Posted by: Hank4 | January 8, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Shows exactly what GOP is - out for money, not interested in their country or citizens only about defeating opposite party. This has been their only tactic since Clinton was elected -- they were on the attack from day one (Travelgate, Vince Foster's suicide, White Water, Monica, etc.) Clinton made it easy for them but here comes a man who is smarter than they are, has popular support, is pushing citizens to think and work WITH their government and the GOP goes nuts -- immediately they announce they will "destroy" - uh what does that do to the country -- they don't care - it is always about them. Since POTUS has no easy negatives as Bill did they now proclaim that adultry isn't all that bad and only they are patriotic. When anyone said boo about W they were treasonist, terrorists, evil -- now it's called concern -- I was an Independent and as bad as Democrats are they at least pretend to care about ordinary citizens -- GOP is only interested if you are rich OR stupid, white, evangelical, and if you have any brains you must promise not to use them.

Posted by: Lemon7221 | January 8, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

A report in the Royal Society's Biology Letters journal describes how a female cane toad inflates its body to prevent an amorous male from mating with it. In another article, it is speculated that Obama’s ego can inflate so much that he can actually lose support of liberal voting toads.

Posted by: jahoby | January 8, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

It is interesting to note how many people here can quote the exact vote count of the 1964 civil rights act. Very good, you should be proud. Now, how many of you can tell me the number of “no” votes from Senators and Representatives who were Democrats in 1964 and then changed to Republican? Couple this with the subsequent voting rights acts and other bills to guarantee all Americans equal rights and you will find why so many minorities favor the Democratic Party. Don’t fool yourself with inadequate data, the GOP supports rich people, preferably anglo-saxon. They do not support White people over Black people because the Irish and Southern Europe are White but Republican only invite them for the ride, not to drive.

Posted by: MayorEd | January 8, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Steele's job is to get supporter not critics. Fire him. Too much is a stake. Our Nations needs Republicans to govern the U.S. and provide solid and sound leadership. The GOP leaders should be exposing Obama and offering an alternative to the American people. Read the following:

The President talks about jobless Americans, but does not do what is needed for U.S. employers to hire more employees and get those jobs back. Democrats are only worried about the appearance of a 10 percent unemployment rate that causes damage to their socialistic government agendas and their continued stay in office November 2010.

We the U.S. citizens demand our rights as voters and consent to government performance. We urge a Republican campaign to get rid of the Obama Democrats and put responsible officials in public office to fix the economy and hire back jobless Americans. Fiscal Responsible and National Security: Republicans Can Do It.

Posted by: klausdmk | January 8, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Love the glen beck imbecile who quotes the nonsense that beck says is in the Constitution, then claims there are billions of beck followers. The mental power of bag of fruit flies.

Posted by: John1263 | January 8, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Everytime Steele opens his mouth and the GOP goes crazy, I laugh my butt off. The GOP was dumb enough to put someone like Steele at the helm just because he was black and the Democratic Presidential candidate was black. Didn't they learn anything at all after they made Clarence Thomas a Supreme? The GOP is not going to get the black vote just because they put a black man at the top of their party. Steele is a REPUBLICAN and the majority of blacks DO NO LIKE the REPUBLICAN PARTY!! Now you are stuck with someone the average black person would not invite to a grave digging!!! What a hoot!

Posted by: OHREALLYNOW | January 8, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Book is a plus as there are no published programs for a republican plan for governance in 2011. But I do not like him making paid speeches for benefit of himself and his dumb remark that GOP will not regain control of House. Charlie Cook, the expert on that subject said that Dems are ahead in only 218 House races and Rep in 217. So need only one more seat for GOP to regain control of House.

Posted by: mascmen7 | January 8, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

“Republican Party started under Lincoln (remember what he was able to do?) 1964 Civil Rights Act : Large majority Republican vote”.
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I think you need to brush-up on your history. Yes; President Lincoln did abolish slavery (with no other form of security for Black folks), but your Civil Rights statement is INCORRECT! Republicans – especially those from the south – were key obstructionists during the Civil Rights movement. Haven’t you ever wondered why Blacks don’t like Republicans today? Take a walk back to 1964: 2/3rds of Republican Congressmen were directly linked – if not a part of – the KKK (meaning: accepted, and lobbied for, funding). Get your facts straight!

Posted by: BasicInstinct | January 8, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele just doesn't get it. He was only chosen because our nation elected a President who's freckles are soo close together that he is all brown. Now that their gambit to pull in minority voters has failed, they have no further need of him and no longer want him to lead their party. It's not like they ever followed his leadership, anyway. In fact, most minorities became even more against the Greed Over Patriotism (GOP) simply because we recognized that his appointment was just a token gesture.

Q: Can the black man be fooled?

A: No, not now days.

Posted by: MET9 | January 8, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

So what? He's "maverick-ing". All Rethuglican leaders who dream big do that from time to time.

Posted by: dc1020008 | January 8, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Mercy, Cry cry cry, Mr Steel has a right to write his book and needs not tell people he is doing it. DID THE GOP just for get something here. Bill of Rights and the Constitution. What is wrong with you all. I know you won't like what I am going to say but tough cookies. I can only count on one hand the ones that deserve to be in the house and senate both Republican and Democrat both a like. THE GOP needs to wake up and take some lessons for GLENN BECK that right good old Glenn. I know I am a nut or extremist well so be it along with several BILLION others of us. You people are not listing nor upholding the CONSTITUTION of the USA or the Bill of Rights. I am telling you now that if you do get a chance to take back what you lost we will be on your backs to change back what has been done in Congress today. NO IF OR ANS about it. Roll back all this garbage and if you can't get out and let someone who can. Watch dogs will be putting you all under a fine tooth comb one out of step and we will be on you like flies on stink. So shape up and listen and study what our fore fathers did. This was Gods country and it needs to get back to being Gods country. WE THE PEOPLE not me the government. We were giving Gods rights not mans. We are tired of your TALK we won't TRUTH, Action, and accountability and now I think we need TERM LIMITS in order to help stop corruption. Longer you people are in office the more corrupt you all get.

Posted by: drdavisdr
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The GOP only worries about the Constitution when they are not in office. They trampled all over it when Bush was in power. Spare us the "constitutional" song. We hear it everytime the GOP wants attention, but has no ideas worth listening to. I won't even comment on Beck - that is just plain stupid.

BTW- the American people put a Constituitional Lawyer who is brilliant in the White House - so spare us the GOP interpretaion of the Constitution.

Posted by: Julescator | January 8, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

In anticipation to lib comments, undoubtedly on the way here:

Republican Party started under Lincoln (remember what he was able to do?)
1964 Civil Rights Act : Large majority Republican vote
How many Blacks served under your boy Billy?
Ever hear of these Black Republicans, nominated or elected by Republicans?:
Colin Powell, (First African-American) Secretary of State under Bush
Condileeza Rice (2nd - ditto)
Claude Allen, former White House Domestic Policy Advisor under Bush
Clarence Thomas, Supreme Court (lambasted by Democrat Senate)

Posted by: jahoby | January 8, 2010 12:06 PM

________________________________________

Number of black Americans selected and elected by Republicans to represent them in either the House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate: 0.

Number of Jewish Americans selected and elected by Republicans to represent them in either the House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate: 1.

Those are the modern-day facts, goober. That's what the GOP is. That's what the GOP has become.

Posted by: WhatHeSaid | January 8, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

I see, they are upset because they want to take credit if they should "defeat the Obama agenda" rather than find a way to help this country.

Posted by: JRM2 | January 8, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps if the other GOP "leaders" got off their collective arses and actually DID something constructive instead of whining, we could get this ball rolling. I don't see anyone standing up and taking the reigns.
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They have no one. It should be fairly obvious at this point that anyone with a brain left that party years ago. What they have left is pathetic and weak. They can't buy an idea. After years of hoodwinking the American people with their Talk of less government, less taxes and free markets, when given the chance they can't even walk their own talk. They are a group of empty-headed, empty suited old white males whose time has passed and they refuse to go. Pale, Stale and Male = the GOP!

Posted by: Julescator | January 8, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

LOL jahoby is such a tool with his silly little list. Here, let me annotate it a bit:

"Republican Party started under Lincoln (remember what he was able to do?)"

By the standards of the day, Lincoln and the Republicans were big government liberals. Poor jahoby needs to read up on the Radical Republicans.

"1964 Civil Rights Act : Large majority Republican vote"

These people would now be called RINOs and run out of the GOP

"How many Blacks served under your boy Billy?"

Served in what capacity, numbnutz? Be more specific, please, but the answer no matter what is going to be "more than served under any Republican"

"Ever hear of these Black Republicans, nominated or elected by Republicans?:
Colin Powell, (First African-American)

RINO, now not welcome in the GOP

"Secretary of State under Bush
Condileeza Rice (2nd - ditto)"

Who?


"Claude Allen, former White House Domestic Policy Advisor under Bush"

criminal, possibly kleptomaniac

"Clarence Thomas, Supreme Court (lambasted by Democrat Senate)"

Lambasted because he was an underqualified moron.

Hope that helps!

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | January 8, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Guess he is "Goin' Rogue"

Posted by: JRM2 | January 8, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

"Steele's book caught GOP by surprise" - WaPo

__________________________________________

If they are caught by surprise by their own chairman's book, what makes them think they can deal with the surprises that terrorists spring?

No wonder 9/11 happened on the goobers' watch.

Posted by: WhatHeSaid | January 8, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Mercy, Cry cry cry, Mr Steel has a right to write his book and needs not tell people he is doing it. DID THE GOP just for get something here. Bill of Rights and the Constitution. What is wrong with you all. I know you won't like what I am going to say but tough cookies. I can only count on one hand the ones that deserve to be in the house and senate both Republican and Democrat both a like. THE GOP needs to wake up and take some lessons for GLENN BECK that right good old Glenn. I know I am a nut or extremist well so be it along with several BILLION others of us. You people are not listing nor upholding the CONSTITUTION of the USA or the Bill of Rights. I am telling you now that if you do get a chance to take back what you lost we will be on your backs to change back what has been done in Congress today. NO IF OR ANS about it. Roll back all this garbage and if you can't get out and let someone who can. Watch dogs will be putting you all under a fine tooth comb one out of step and we will be on you like flies on stink. So shape up and listen and study what our fore fathers did. This was Gods country and it needs to get back to being Gods country. WE THE PEOPLE not me the government. We were giving Gods rights not mans. We are tired of your TALK we won't TRUTH, Action, and accountability and now I think we need TERM LIMITS in order to help stop corruption. Longer you people are in office the more corrupt you all get.

Posted by: drdavisdr | January 8, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

The GOP has NO substance. They run on optics. They put Steele in place to show the American People that they too have a Black guy at the top. They put Palin in place to show they have women in their party.

The problem for them is that they could no have picked two worse people to highligh their "diversity". Palin and Steele has shown the country how shallow and thoughtless the GOP really is. They really think the American people would hand control back over to the party that put this country in this position? They are more stupid than I thought.

At this point, Obama looks like the only GROWN-UP at the table. He has truly come into his own as President of the United States. If the GOP thinks they can "negate" Obama in the next election, I will toss in a dollar that says they can't, but I am going to enjoy watching!

Posted by: Julescator | January 8, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps if the other GOP "leaders" got off their collective arses and actually DID something constructive instead of whining, we could get this ball rolling. I don't see anyone standing up and taking the reigns.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | January 8, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

After the "12 Step Agenda to Defeating Obama", how about a sequel, "What to Do to Make Things Better For America and Americans"?

Oh, well, never mind, that second part doesn't matter to these people.

Posted by: jimk8mr | January 8, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

In anticipation to lib comments, undoubtedly on the way here:

Republican Party started under Lincoln (remember what he was able to do?)
1964 Civil Rights Act : Large majority Republican vote
How many Blacks served under your boy Billy?
Ever hear of these Black Republicans, nominated or elected by Republicans?:
Colin Powell, (First African-American) Secretary of State under Bush
Condileeza Rice (2nd - ditto)
Claude Allen, former White House Domestic Policy Advisor under Bush
Clarence Thomas, Supreme Court (lambasted by Democrat Senate)
==================================
You need to re-visit American history. The current GOP party is NOT and has never been the party of Lincoln. After Lincoln freed the slaves - the racists south (red states) became DEMOCRATS. They reminaed democrats until they didn't like all the anti - Jim Crow and pro civil rights talks of the Democrats and they became the Dixie Crats. When Barry Goldwater ran as a Republican AGAINST civil rights on the national stage, they went from being Dixie Crats (Jim Crow Democrates) to Republicans. That is why the GOP to this day is white, male, and from the south. Look at the concentration of Red States and you will know that this is NOT the party of Lincoln. Read you history!!!

Thanks.

Posted by: Julescator | January 8, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Steele is just following basic Repuglican principles- make all the money you can while you can and ignore anyone and anything else.

Posted by: hairguy01 | January 8, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

In response to jahoby, you seem to forget that the Republicans were the progressive party back in the day. It wasn't until the southern (conservative) democrats switched to the republican party and hijacked it for the religious right.

Posted by: yeayea911 | January 8, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Free Speech.
Steele is speaking like 88% of the USA and the GOP doesn't like it.

Too funny.
Now the GOP intends to join the Dirty Dems to import voters for their base , which is a direct attack by both on the USA.

Simply replacing the USA voter to stay in power is un-American activity.

The people get it.
The people understand that that there is no one with clean enough hand currently in power to represent us. They are too busy saving themselves.

Mr. Steele is being honest, and that is so refreshing.

Posted by: dottydo | January 8, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

jahoby's list is very helpful.

Not sure who this "Condileeza" is, but I was glad for the reminder about Claude Allen. Wasn't he the guy who got caught shoplifting at Hecht's and Target?

Posted by: mattintx | January 8, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans want the President to fail no matter what. They're not "Americans first,"--they're poor citizens. Steele is typical of their mindset. The Greatest Generation must be shaking their heads.

Republicans used to be the party of progressive, incorrupt government; of fiscal responsibility; of social activism. Now it's mostly for the rich, reactionary, redneck, racist, and religious maniacs. What a tragedy for a once respectable party!

Posted by: commonsense101 | January 8, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Steele better watch his step or party chairman limbaugh is going to assign him to hold lanterns outside the driveway. steele STILL doesn't get that he is only in that position as a token. It was like the rnc convention in Philly in 2000. The stage looked like the Rainboew Coalition was having a meeting. Then the camera would pan the audience and they would have to turn the lights down because of the glare from all those white faces. If you are willing to join a group of racists as their stepp'en'fetchit, then talk back to the massa, massa gwain git mad witch ya.

Posted by: John1263 | January 8, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse


Is it okay if I write a book?

Oh, wait. That's right. I'm not a Republican, so I don't need anyone's permission.

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | January 8, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Steele, an American, needs permission to write a book? The GOP is one collective brain. Party, party, party. So much for individual freedoms. They're upset their token can be controlled. The GOP is amazing.

Posted by: jckdoors | January 8, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Steele, the Mr Muppet of the GOP

Posted by: jws2346 | January 8, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

He's gone completely mad. He's totally off the reservation this time not like there was necessarily any time when he was "on" the reservation. I can't believe that GOP made such a blunder in appointing this guy as RNC chairman. That's what you get when you make an overtly racist move like the one they did with Captain Bonehead.

Posted by: am1968 | January 8, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

It is true that liberal Republicans used to do great things. However when the party took a hard right turn, it shed itself of liberals. Its new strategy will rid the party of all moderates. What will be left it tea baggers and Palinites.

Posted by: lswonder | January 8, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Steele, are you tired of being an Uncle Tom for the GOP? Reminds me of J.C. Watts. Don't see much of him anymore do you?

Posted by: Slipjac | January 8, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Mr. Chairman!
Love,
The Dems.

Posted by: KJR1 | January 8, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

"Steele's book caught GOP leaders by surprise"

__________________________________________

"Leaders"???

What leaders?

The Goobers Only Party doesn't have any leaders.

Posted by: WhatHeSaid | January 8, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

This is too funny! The Republicans selected Steele to be the anti-Obama; then, Steele copies Obama's route to the Whitehouse by writing a book. Obama didn't get the Democrats' permission to write his books. Why should Steele need consent?

Posted by: CriticalEye | January 8, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

The current administration is doing exactly what they pormoised and it is working pretty much as predicted. However, the damage is a little more severe than anyone knew due to the secrecy of the bushies, and the petulant foot stomping antics of the party of no, whose senate delegation which represents less than 30% of the nation, have thrown a fly in the ointment, but things are improving.

As for steele - hahahahahahahahaha. He finally finally said something sensible, honest, and true and the gop leadership are all over him. He did not lie, and certainly did not lie from their script like he is supposed to. They are all siting behind closed doors today whining about how "you just caint trust them cullahds."

Posted by: John1263 | January 8, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

WHO CARES! Why aren't we focusing on what the current Administration is or isn't doing vs what they promised!

Posted by: Jimbo77 | January 8, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

In anticipation to lib comments, undoubtedly on the way here:

Republican Party started under Lincoln (remember what he was able to do?)
1964 Civil Rights Act : Large majority Republican vote
How many Blacks served under your boy Billy?
Ever hear of these Black Republicans, nominated or elected by Republicans?:
Colin Powell, (First African-American) Secretary of State under Bush
Condileeza Rice (2nd - ditto)
Claude Allen, former White House Domestic Policy Advisor under Bush
Clarence Thomas, Supreme Court (lambasted by Democrat Senate)

Posted by: jahoby | January 8, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

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