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

Cross-posted from 44: Politics and Policy in Obama's Washington.

Thumbnail image for Steele.jpgRepublican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele lashed out at critics Thursday after some prominent Republicans reportedly questioned his leadership of the party and accused Steele of focusing more on his own image than on rebuilding the GOP.

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

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

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

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

Read Post reporter Philip Rucker's full blog post.

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  January 7, 2010; 3:07 PM ET
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They'll fire him.

Posted by: thebobbob | January 7, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

If I were a Rep bigwig I 'd kick Steele out in a second. He has to understand who is in control of the reins. I think he has spent far too much time promoting his own interests ahead of the GOP. As a Dem, I say fine, go for it, self destruct. However, the country needs a credible loyal opposition.

Posted by: VikingRider | January 7, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Steele is not the problem with the right, ditto headed morons are the problem. Narrow minded "I,Me" chickenhawks who have little grasp of reality and a large corporate bankroll all the way back to the "b" movie war hero Reagan who did a great job pretending to be a president. The got us Bush war 1 and a disaster then the Clinton prosperity and then the Bush Cheaney wars 2 and the greatest depression since 1929. Now we blame Obama? Now we blame the democrats? Steele is right, shut up or get out of the way!

Posted by: anOPINIONATEDsob | January 10, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

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