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The evolution of Michael Steele


RNC Chairman Michael Steele readies himself for some purging:

RNC Chairman Michael Steele, channeling his party's energized conservative wing, said the party will "come after" moderates who support President Obama's domestic policies.

"[C]andidates who live in moderate to slightly liberal districts have got to walk a little bit carefully here, because you do not want to put yourself in a position where you’re crossing that line on conservative principles, fiscal principles, because we’ll come after you,” Steele told ABC's Top Line in response to a question about Republicans who support the White House's stimulus and health care plans.

Do folks remember when Steele was the "anonymous Senate candidate" badmouthing George W. Bush to a room of reporters? The guy who was trying to come off as a moderate because, as he said, "If this race is about Republicans and Democrats, I lose." Whatever happened to that guy?

Photo credit: Chip Somodevilla

By Ezra Klein  |  November 5, 2009; 2:10 PM ET
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Well, who does Steele work for?
As a Senate candidate anonymously bad-mouthing Bush, he was in a job interview for a position representing a lot of Democrats, independents, and moderate Republicans. Today, Steele works for the GOP. The GOP has decided, as a matter of policy, that you cannot do both.

Posted by: jefft1225 | November 5, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

"Whatever happened to that guy?" Um... Sarah Palin?

Posted by: glewiss | November 5, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

#1 is exactly right- Michael Steele wants the job, so he'll do whatever it takes to keep his bosses happy so he can keep the job

Posted by: Quant | November 5, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

He was gobbled up by the Club for Growth because of its insatiable need to grow --er - shrink!

Posted by: bcbulger | November 6, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

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