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Michael Steele's 'Heisman' moment

By Adam Ross

Michael Steele’s “Heisman pose” on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this week was everything I doubt he wanted it to be:

Steele twice celebrated the GOP’s election success in Virginia and New Jersey by striking the pose -- an imitation of the bronze football player atop the Heisman trophy, which is awarded annually to the college game’s most outstanding player. But here’s what the goofy Republican National Committee chairman failed to recognize: Winning the Heisman trophy in no way guarantees a successful professional career. In fact, of the last 15 college athletes who won the award, only five -- Reggie Bush, Carson Palmer, Ricky Williams, Charles Woodson and Eddie George -- have seen much success in the NFL. Heisman winners often turn into complete busts in the next level of contest. Given Ruth Marcus’s column Wednesday and follow-up blog post Friday about why Tuesday’s Republican victory doesn’t forecast much of anything for the 2010 midterms or the 2012 presidential election, perhaps Steele’s evocation of the Heisman was, in fact, just right.

By Adam Ross  | November 6, 2009; 1:20 PM ET
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With all due respest Mr. Ross, this is just being silly. It isn't so much that the post lacks substance as the fact that you failed to embrace the silliness of the entire exercise. There was humor to be harvested, and you let it go to pot.

Better luck next time.

Posted by: lostinthemiddle | November 6, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

When a party sets out to pick a black chairman but has no prominent black members to choose from, Michael Steele is what it ends up with.

Posted by: uh_huhh | November 6, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

If Barak Obama had not been elected President what chance would any black guy have of being chairman of the republican party?

Posted by: orange3 | November 6, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Also, winning the Nobel Prise doesnt mean that you deserved it either....or that you can govern your country well or that you wont turn out to be ineligible for office later on when all the secrets are exposed... The list is endless...whats next ? Obama wins the Heisman or the gold medal at the Olympics ?? Or they name a car after Obama or a city or a road ? Whatever it is you know you will hear all about it on MSNBC- the Obama network.

Posted by: JUNGLEJIM123 | November 7, 2009 6:42 AM | Report abuse

What is wrong with Steele enjoying his 2 new governors with the Heisman pose? Krauthammer came close to the truth with McCain's bad campaign (economy is strong, Al Qaeda in Iran) and weak candidate (Palin), but could not link it to the horrible Deeds campaign, Corzine's huge property tax increase and cabinet corruption. No Jobs, no healthcare reform, and the 08 romp will repeat, only with the GOP on the winning side. Centrist positions appear to win, while backing a FIB (Foxx SC, Inoye OK, Bachmann MN) at tea parties drives the middle away.

Posted by: jameschirico | November 7, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

What shocks me more is the lack of criticism by Adam Ross to the severe bias by a MSNBC national reporter's rude and mean-spirited treatment of Michael Steele. How can that be considered anything but extremely unprofessional? All it proves to me is that MSNBC is more unfair than anything Fox News is accussed of.

Posted by: ARickoverNuke | November 7, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Yup, Steele is goofy ad it doesn't seem to bother him a bit that he is goofy.

Posted by: creatia52 | November 7, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

MSNBC and Fox News are equally biased, rude, and reflect the media's obsession with sensationalism. That said, the people in NJ, NY, and VA did not vote to "send a message". They voted as the rest of us do...for the best candidate to represent their state/district.

Posted by: burkdogs | November 7, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

How true to form the libs are to hate any conservative black American. Most Black Americans believe the liberal wing of the Democratic party has there best interests at heart, what a joke.As long as Black Americans are dependent on government hand outs, are not encouraged to excel at anything except sports they can be counted to toe the party line. Over 70% of black babies born to single mothers. Crime in the inter cities is beyond belief. Gangs, drugs, AID's are part and parcel of our well meaning libs. Bill Cosby tells the truth after careful study of our inter city schools and they want to murder him, but millionaires like Sharpton, Jackson, Obama, rev Wright are the real problem. No real conservatives I know want anything but the American dream for all Americans.

Posted by: wanericec | November 7, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Ok, everyone pleeeze tell me "what does race have to do with it?" Michael Steele was a poor choice for the Republicans to put up against Barack Obama. Whether he is black, blue or green. The Republicans need leadership, not commercial ads for the Heisman Trophy. End of story. www.michellez

Posted by: catlitterpolitics1 | November 8, 2009 6:44 AM | Report abuse

Why is everyone trying to compare Michael Steele to Barack Obama? Their both black, so what. Anyone with even a degree of knowledge about politics knows that the "head" of either the Republican or Democratic party is tantamount to the Queen of England. Your comparing the proverbial apples to oranges.

And only five of the last fifteen Heisman winners did well at the next level? That sounds great! With those odds, we'll be seeing one of those men at President in a few years.

Posted by: dallas188 | November 9, 2009 1:06 AM | Report abuse

And perhaps Marcus is Exhibit A of her own admonition to ignore the pundits. FOX v. the WH, anyone? I rest my case.

Posted by: daphne5 | November 9, 2009 2:36 AM | Report abuse

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