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Steele unveils 'fire Pelosi' bus tour as RNC gathers

Donning a red hat emblazoned with the logo "Fire Pelosi," Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele told members of the committee meeting in Kansas City that he will embark on a national bus tour to rev up party energy in the weeks leading up to the November congressional midterm elections.

As staff pulled a sheet off a picture of the red bus--with the words "Need a Job? Fire Pelosi!" on its side--Steele exhorted the 168 committee members to "Get on the bus!"

Pumping up the state party chairman and committee members from around the country, Steele said the GOP has undergone a resurgence, in response to American anger over government spending under Democrats, the national health care bill and President Obama's handling of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

"In less than two years, we have gone from a demoralized super-minority party to a legion of effective citizens who are on the offense and making Democrats sweat," Steele told party activists.

Steele praised the conservatives of the Tea Party movement, promising to work closely with them through November. "They complicate the Democrat's agenda," he said.

Steele made only glancing reference to questions about his financial and rhetorical leadership of the party that have hovered over the three-day meeting. "We need you to be a part this," he said. "I've said this to those of you who cornered me and jumped and down about all kinds of crazy issues. Folks, this is the party we love. Let's show that love of party by taking what it stands for to the people of America."

He spoke after the airing of a dramatic video, which opened with a narrator declaring "values that made America great are under assault by the most radical administration in American history" and concluded with Steele declaring "This may be our last chance to save America."
-Rosalind S. Helderman

By Rosalind Helderman  |  August 6, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
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This is so childish! The Party of NO just wants to play juvenile games. They don't have any answers for the problems that are facing our Country. The Republicans ought to S*** or get off the pot and get out of our way while we try to dig out from under their mistakes under Bush/Cheney.

Posted by: racam | August 8, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

George Bush was driving the republican bus, it was loaded with republican ideaology, in 2008 it was in bad shape, losing 700,000 jobs a month. They crashed into the economy with deregulation and tax cuts for the rich, they bailed out with their golden parachutes, looking back they said it would take a lot of money to fix it, lets blame the accident on Obama! Cheney had a heart attack. Steele, who was hoping to be on the back of the bus, said we can cut social security and still give tax breaks to the rich to pay for it!!


Posted by: roosboys | August 7, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Doncha love it when the BLACK head of the Republican Party comes up with a slogan that captures the 'dump Pellosi' movement perfectly and the combination sends the KOZER's into a slime frenzy!....like the other 'steel' the more you pound on this one, the harder it gets and then you have a sword that with cut the heart? and spirit out of the Democraps in November.

Posted by: Common_Cents1 | August 7, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Keep dreaming RNC. Nancy Pelosi will never be in the back of the bus. She will be driving the bus. Why? some people have no amnesia. You want us to get back to the failed policy of the RNC? What are you offering? NADA!

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Posted by: itkonlyyou217 | August 6, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Fire Pelosi...and hire that tanned drunk from Ohio that screams all the time in the Senate???? Oh you silly republikkkans, you guys/gals are sure good for a laugh. And the Tea Partiers are your excellent side show too! I can see the bus now...heading toward Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana, South Carolina, Alabama...hope you stay safe Mr. Steele. You may be their "token Black guy" but they probably wouldn't mind a "pickup truck with a chain behind it" when it gets down to the truth.

Posted by: Sharon_6441 | August 6, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

"I wonder if steele got the idea for "fire pelosi" from when maryland "fired ehrlich" his old pal. Posted by: MarilynManson"

No, its just the Republican retort, "I'm Rubber, your glue!"

He remembers the Dems went with various versions of hey Bush Your Fired, and feels morally obliged to do that to them Dems because they did it to George.

The good news is that this will be the Have a Little Tea with Goldie tour, Michael Steele as your barrista. The T-s will embarrass him mightily, and he will be persona non grata more places than he is welcome, but what the hey, maybe he can follow the freedom Ride bus route from 1963. That way the KKK will have to figure out how to welcome a tour bus with a Black Rider in the front seat. The Mississippi border ought to be a great place for a photo op.

Posted by: ceflynline | August 6, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

meand2
this is racism and should not be posted!!!!!
Posted by: don_theman | August 6, 2010 4:56 PM


Isn't Steele supposed to ride in the back of the GOP bus?
Posted by: meand2 | August 6, 2010 3:52 PM |


Both of you need to know that Steele shouldn't tell anybody that they can sit in the back of the bus. He's a clown that escape from under the fox phoney news tent.

Posted by: MILLER123 | August 6, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Hey, get on the bus! First stop is the lesbian bondage club!! Next stop is the card shop where you get to create your own personalized Obama birthday card. Who knows what stop Chairman Michael will dream up next? Now that Chairman Michael wants RepubliKlans to sign a loyalty oath, will we ever know how much party money was burned up on these schemes? Hail, Chairman Michael. You really know how to party!!

Posted by: Tennessee2 | August 6, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Good to see Michael Steele continuing his string of clownish appearances. What a moron.

Posted by: blazertaco | August 6, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

meand2 this is racism and should not be posted!!!!!

Posted by: don_theman | August 6, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

To me, the most effective way to defeat the "Fire Pelosi" campaign would be to remind the electorate of its other name: the Hire Boehner campaign. Do we really want to give even more visisility to this perpetually tanned package of empty sound bites?

Posted by: johncameron1 | August 6, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Nancy Pelosi has a string of accomplishments that is longer than Michael Steele is tall. What has he actually done in his life other than shoot off his mouth? It's amazing to see the Republicans lining up the whining, idiotic pipsqueaks to print sophomoric slogans on their hats, shirts, and buses to disguise the fact that they have no ideas and no programs, other than tax relief for their rich friends.

Posted by: calbooster | August 6, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Nancy Pelosi has a string of accomplishments that is longer than Michael Steele is tall. What has he actually done in his life other than shoot off his mouth? It's amazing to see the Republicans lining up the whining, idiotic pipsqueaks to print sophomoric slogans on their hats, shirts, and buses to disguise the fact that they have no ideas and no programs, other than tax relief for their rich friends.

Posted by: calbooster | August 6, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

What is wrong with this party? Why dont they get it? They messed up for a decade and now instead of changing things its more of the same. No message of what they would do to make things better just more of "This is the worst in HISTORY", "things have NEVER been this bad." Its frustrating... all they do is try to scare people by talking about how great they are, and how horrible everyone else is. Were smart people Steele... Put you guys back in power after what you did to us for nearly a decade? NO F'ING WAY! I for one was just motivated to register more democrats to vote.

Posted by: Jparks81 | August 6, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Ready to "save America?" They're the ones who ruined it. Now they want back in power to finish the job. No thanks.

Posted by: monk4hall | August 6, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

"Forget all the crazy issues"???

Steele is one of the crazy issues.

Posted by: WhateverHeSaid | August 6, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of the bus, watch how fast Steele is thrown under it after the November elections, regardless of the outcome.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | August 6, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Isn't Steele supposed to ride in the back of the GOP bus?

Posted by: meand2 | August 6, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

The only "sweating" that will be going on is from Steele as he weighs his future job prospects once the Republicans show his sorry behind the door. Maybe they'll let him dance, sing, and be the minstrel show reject that he is at future GOP meetings!

Posted by: TheChampishere | August 6, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

I'm so glad that the Republicant party is going to save us from the disaster that they created. It's kind of like putting the fox in charge of the hen house, once they've eaten all the fat hens. But they now remember that a few thin ones were still left.

Michael Steele, always good for a laugh by Republicants and Democrats.

Posted by: COLEBRACKETT | August 6, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Replying to:

"Obviously neither party is perfect or has all the answers, which is why balance is so important. When the GOP had the White House and the Congress (2001-2006) the Clinton "dot-com" recession ended, the economy grew without a recession for 32 straight quarters, unemployment was down to 4.3% and the DOW was over 14,000. To Democrat morons, this represented "failed Republican policies" under a "bonehead" house leader. The Dems took over Congress in 2006, and spent two years investigating Cheney while blocking mortgage-reforms that might have prevented the recession, blocked financial reforms, blocked social security funding, and then "blamed Bush". In 2008 the Dear Leader came to power, and unemployment is now 9.5% etc. Of course, this is typical. The last time the Dems had the Presidency and super-majorities in the House and Senate we got Jimmy Carter, stagflation, 10% unemployment, 22% interest rates and 19% inflation, oh yeah, and malaise. Yessir, them Dems sure know how to run things.

Posted by: MARKM2 |August 6, 2010 2:22 PM"

So many factual errors, lies and distortions, so little time to correct the record, Mark. But here are some of the most egregious:

First of all, the last time the Democrats had a supermajority in the Senate was back in the 1960s. The term is utterly meaningless in the House, by the way, where a minority cannot hijack operations as the GOP has done in the Senate.

Second, when Senate Democrats have been in the minority before, they have NEVER insisted that the majority produce 60 votes to conduct routine business--unlike the current crop of "just say no" Republicans, which have tied the body in knots for 18 months now. So to be fair--not that you're interested in that, of course, Mark--one has to take that into account when assessing the record of the current Congress's record and comparing it to previous Congresses.

Third, Democrats did not take control of the House and Senate until January 2007, and Barack Obama became president in January 2009--not 2006 and 2008, respectively, as you erroneously state.

Fourth, your assessment of economic performance story during the past decade is so rife with misrepresentation and error that you're lucky your computer didn't throw up.

I could cite many more examples, Mark, but I'll just end with a simple question: During the six years of unbroken GOP misrule, did you EVER advocate divided government?

How convenient that you and your fellow right-wingers only see a need for "balance" when the GOP isn't running things--into the ground.

Posted by: DCSteve1 | August 6, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Question to John1263...8 years? The Democrats took over Congress in 2006. Now, be a good little boy and go read the Constitution and see which branch of government actually writes and enacts the final budget...which branch of government approves and funds wars...and which branch of government passes laws. Then report back about that "8 year" thing, OK?

Posted by: MARKM2 | August 6, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

See you in Tea, Steele.

Posted by: TOMHERE | August 6, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I might actually miss Dude Mikey after they run his butt out of town in January. He certainly has been "colorful."

Posted by: nomorewholefoods | August 6, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

"Give us OUR country back"???

YOUR country? Last time I checked it belonged to all Americans. The GOP slogan reveals a greedy nature.

The "party of no" is nowhere. Let's move on to a post-Republican USA. A positive, progressive America.

Posted by: moderate2010 | August 6, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

"Crazy issues" like:

- pre-emptive war in Iran?

- education and health care are socialist but floating the defense contractors through endless war is not?

- overthrowing the Constitution for Huckabee's twisted, Leviticus cherry-picked version of "God's standards?

- rabid homophobia as a wedge issue?

- immigration as a wedge issue?

- denying Muslim citizens their First and Fifth Amendment rights as a wedge issue?

- Worship of the Second Amendment and contempt for the First, Fourth and Fifth?

Posted by: areyousaying | August 6, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Crazy issues? Like President Obama's nationality? Death Panels? Imaginary tax hikes and non-existent "government takeover"?

Posted by: jbentley4 | August 6, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Steele has nothing but crazy ideas. The only thing other than the loony stuff we are getting from the really crazy idiots like angle and paul and ryan is a rehash of bush policy and the same disasterous conservative ideology we had for 8 long long long long years. If that is what is going to "save" America, steele obvious forgot already what it was the so very nearly DESTROYED America.

Posted by: John1263 | August 6, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Obviously neither party is perfect or has all the answers, which is why balance is so important. When the GOP had the White House and the Congress (2001-2006) the Clinton "dot-com" recession ended, the economy grew without a recession for 32 straight quarters, unemployment was down to 4.3% and the DOW was over 14,000. To Democrat morons, this represented "failed Republican policies" under a "bonehead" house leader. The Dems took over Congress in 2006, and spent two years investigating Cheney while blocking mortgage-reforms that might have prevented the recession, blocked financial reforms, blocked social security funding, and then "blamed Bush". In 2008 the Dear Leader came to power, and unemployment is now 9.5% etc. Of course, this is typical. The last time the Dems had the Presidency and super-majorities in the House and Senate we got Jimmy Carter, stagflation, 10% unemployment, 22% interest rates and 19% inflation, oh yeah, and malaise. Yessir, them Dems sure know how to run things.

Posted by: MARKM2 | August 6, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Out here in left field, we ♥♥♥ you Michael Steele.

Posted by: shrink2 | August 6, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

I can hardly wait. What gaffe will Steele drop this time? Are there strippers on this bus?

Posted by: scrub-brush | August 6, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

If the best Steele can say about the Tea Party is that they complicate things for the Dems, then he will have problems. You could "endorse" almost any party/group in such a way. Funny how Steele declaring that the U.S. didn't want to fight in Afghanistan and that the war there was Obama's war (though Obama was not the U.s. President who got the U.S. involved there-- either indirectly with the Mujadaheen or directly in 2001), quickly faded as an issue for Republicans. They can remember everything Obama said, but nothing Steele said. Steele still things he's relevant?

Posted by: Sutter | August 6, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if steele got the idea for "fire pelosi" from when maryland "fired ehrlich" his old pal.

Posted by: MarilynManson | August 6, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

And if you fire Pelosi, then you get Speaker Bonehead, with a nice tan of course!

Posted by: MikeV2 | August 6, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Did I just hear somebody yell "Fire Steele"?

Posted by: DanB7 | August 6, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope the bus doesn't run off the road, like most of the Republican programs have. The American people remember...

Posted by: NativeSonofTexas | August 6, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

so what has Steele been smoking?

Posted by: MarilynManson | August 6, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

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