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Beleaguered Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele issued a challenge to his critics this week: "I've had enough of it,” he said on ABC News Radio. “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."

Would that someone in the party had the guts to take Steele up on his offer and fire him.

Removing an RNC chair isn’t easy. The procedural hurdles are high -- requiring the votes of two-thirds of the RNC's 168 members. In this case, there isn't anyone in line to take custody of the GOP from Steele. And Republicans are reluctant to draw too much attention to intraparty rifts. Still, Steele’s antics ought to be enough for someone to suggest that he spend more time with his family.

To recap the latest additions to the rap sheet: This week, he seemed to misread the GOP talking points, telling Sean Hannity that the GOP likely won’t retake the House in November and probably wouldn’t be able to lead it if it did. Those comments followed the release of his book, "Right Now: A 12-Step Program for Defeating the Obama Agenda," a manifesto that no one in the congressional leadership even knew he was writing. And that comes on the tail of controversy over the speaking fees he’s been accepting.

None of this behavior is appropriate for the leader of a political party. But, perhaps more dangerously for Republicans, Steele also may be driving the remaining faithful away. There are reports that he has deterred contributions from big donors. It can’t help that he has aligned himself with the party’s fringe -- cranky Tea Partiers and rowdy town hallers. And he just can’t seem to avoid offending comments, such as his “honest Injun” line this past week.

If the GOP is going to make its way out of the political wilderness and become more than a regional, reactionary party, it needs a leader with fresh ideas and broad appeal. As this week has shown once more, Steele isn't up to the job.

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 10, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
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The majority of Republicans have no intention of becoming something other than a regional, reactionary party. Steele represents the majority of Republican voters right now.
Only those few, lingering, sensible, Republicans who once felt at home in the Republican Party are complaining. People like Haley Barbour, for example.
Steele has his hand on the pulse of the Republican constituency, as does Sarah Palin, and they LOVE being victims.
So, what with Republicans in office saying NO to every single thing the President wishes to accomplish and with Republican voters unable to transcend their rage and sense of victimhood, there is NO possibility that they will take back majority power in the Congress in the forseeable future.

Posted by: cms1 | January 10, 2010 12:34 AM | Report abuse

I'm no fan of Steele's, but at least get your facts right. He didn't say the GOP "probably wouldn't be able to lead if it did" retake the House. He said, "I don't know. That's what I'm evaluating right now." Obviously that's a terrible thing for him to say -- a stupid response to a stupid question -- but it's different from what you wrote.

Your "political wilderness, regional, reactionary party" is so early-2009. It's little more than a Huffington Post talking point. Republicans lead the generic ballot test for Congress. They just won the governorship of New Jersey. The governors of Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Connecticut are all Republicans.

The Haley Barbour model that was so successful in 1993-94 does *not* dictate in favor of someone with "fresh ideas [whatever that means] and broad appeal. It argues for a smart professional -- not Steele, of course, but I think we can do without your advice.

Posted by: larsjones | January 10, 2010 12:37 AM | Report abuse

Fire Michael Steele? Why? The Republican's don't speak up. Their supposed to take whatever the Democrats dish out because that's how the Democrats have set it up in the minds of the people with the help of the MSM. The days of taking it on both cheeks are over. With the attitude President Obama has toward this country and the actions of the House and the Senate, there's more important issues then firing Steele. Our country's liberty is being threatened and not a word about firing the Democrats who helped President Obama in forcing the health care down the throats of the people. Steele has the pulse of the people. Can we say President Obama and the Democrats do. No we can't, regardless the numerous times Pelosi and Reid have said their doing the work of the people. There's no people, there's only President Obama. Steels is no threat to the GOP because of what he says. It's a fact if a Republican criticizes Steele, it's only because a Democrat is there speaking in their ear. We have seen the strategy of the Democrats in the past in reasoning with the Republicans this is what's good for the party. Firing Steele would be perfect for the Democrats. Freedom is speech is not something their fond of.

Posted by: houstonian | January 10, 2010 12:40 AM | Report abuse

In "King Lear" by W. Shakespeare, the Fool is a character everyone laughs at, yet because he is a Fool he is permitted to state hard truths to those in power without retribution.

So, Mr. Capehart, why don't you repeat this column in mid-November and we'll see if it's Mr. Steele or you that has lost touch with reality. I personally think that the republicans have done NOTHING to convince the voters that they deserve power.

Posted by: shadowmagician | January 10, 2010 12:43 AM | Report abuse

How about calling on the Dems in Congress to fire Reid after his racists remark about Obama? His remark was, after all, no less racist than the comments make by Trent Lott several years ago that led the unbiased media and their Dem buddies (including Barry) to cry/scream for Lott's resignation.

And what did Bill Clinton say about Obama bringing Dem leaders coffee two years ago! Tell us Capeboy, where is the outrage? Oh that's right, Willie is a Dem so he will get a pass form folks like you.

Gawd, what a bunch of racists you have in the Dem party...and their shills in the unbiased media who never apply the same standards to Dems that they apply to Republicans.

Posted by: hartwr1 | January 10, 2010 12:47 AM | Report abuse

Obama and Democrats should pray for a Palin-Steele ticket in 2012. This would ensure his reelection even if most independents who voted for him once do not on a second occasion.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | January 10, 2010 1:04 AM | Report abuse

"honest Injun" is an offensive comment? How silly is that? Steele is a moron but let's not pretend that saying "honest Injun" is a deeply offensive statement that needs apologizing for.

also, Steele is entitled to his opinions and doesn't need to check with anyone before writing a book. Why would we want someone to check off before giving insight? What good does that do anyone?

I always thought Steele was full of crap and a phony but I found his statements refreshing because, for once, he was making statements based on his beliefs, and not trying to follow the party line. We need more people to speak up like that even if we don't agree and being honest is never a reason to be fired.

Posted by: jackson641 | January 10, 2010 1:05 AM | Report abuse

Steele is a buffoon who is bankrupting the Republican Party with his incompetence while he and his consultant cronies laugh all the way to the bank. By the time the rest of the Republicans realize what happened, Steele and his consultants will have left town with all the loot.

Posted by: Jan99 | January 10, 2010 3:03 AM | Report abuse

Capehart the liberal a**kissing, lapdog of Obama thinks Steele should be fired...Duh...that's a real headliner huh?

Posted by: charko825 | January 10, 2010 7:05 AM | Report abuse

Why should Republicans fire Michael Steele?
Scott Brown displayed his Teabagger credentials by posing nude and he's still in the Massachusetts Senate race.

Posted by: angie12106 | January 10, 2010 7:19 AM | Report abuse

cms1 -

So in addition to not sharing your narrow minded views, Republicans are unpatriotic and immoral.

Your mindless partisanship is disgusting. You are no different than Rush's most ignorant dittohead. The only difference is who you hate.

Posted by: bobmoses | January 10, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Michael speaks the truth, something Republicans just don't understand after the last eight years of Bush/Cheney!

Makes no difference who does the math, the numbers for a Republican gain in 2010 and/or 2012 just aren't there.

Jonathan tells it like he see it; you read you decide. However, he has been more right about his statements than any recent Republican. In fact, name one thing Republicans have been correct about!

Republicanws weak on national security and they bankrupt the United States of America.

Posted by: WiltonDiary | January 10, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

PS: Please remember to keep Republicans in your prayers, they are headed for total distruction for their lies, hate and slime over the years.

GOP-baggers included are on the brink of total extension and their rapture is near. Wthout our prayers they are headed down not up!

Posted by: WiltonDiary | January 10, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Steele is absolutely correct.

Republicans are not ready for leadership. They're too busy eating each other to win anything, and they are determined to split what is left of the party down the middle.

Actually, its Dick Armey that is determined to do that, leading his several groups of malcontents funded with the huge pockets of established republican operatives....not the grass roots cares of the little people.

The Teabaggers seem to be oblivious to how they are being used, and the republicans have not made it to the first level of their grief - realizing they shot themselves in the foot and abandoning their failed policies, apologizing to the American people, and finding something for folks to vote FOR.

Posted by: dutchess2 | January 10, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Where does Capehart, a Democrat and liberal, have a role in telling the GOP to fire Steele. Steele was appointed, like Obama was pushed on us, because he is a Negro. 'Nuff said.

Posted by: ravitchn | January 10, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

I don't think the Republicans should fire Michael Steele--he's providing the best entertainment the political world has offered in decades.

Let's face it. All of the current generation of American politicians are corrupt, they're all on the take, and they say whatever they think they have to say to get elected. Obviously, Michael Steele has begun his 2012 presidential campaign a little early, and he clearly doesn't care about the RNC. That's fine, all the more giggles for the rest of us as Steele and the establishment GOP bicker and quarrel.

This country stopped being a democracy a long time ago. Now all we can expect from our politicians to justify their existence is spectacle and kabuki. Mr. Steele is doing a fine job in that respect.

Posted by: nicekid | January 10, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse


Actually, you are incorrect.

What Trent Lott said, was that if the racial politics of Jim Crow had prevailed, as Helms had desired, the US would be a better place.

That is far worse than anything either Bill Clinton or Harry Reid said.

And Bill Clinton was correct - a few years ago, the idea of a black man in any position but servitude paid or not was impossible for most people to assume.

Among republicans, its STILL the prevailing thought... that is why they thought a token woman like Palin, or a token black like Steele would put them on equal footing...

Proof they have never taken either women or minorities seriously enough to really catch on.

Posted by: dutchess2 | January 10, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Delusional logic seems to prevail in the dem lib circles.....Reid and Clinton make racist remarks and the Republicans are considered racists...huh? You'd better keep repeating that because any LOGICAL person would conclude Harry is only sorry for getting caught making racist remarks....2 years to say I'm sorry...nice try, but as Obama says, "we know Harry's heart." 2010 Landslide Republican victories on the horizon especially when the dem libs insure 11% unemployment by June.

Posted by: powerange | January 10, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Clarence Thomas. Alberto Gonzales. Harriet Meyers. And now Michael Steele.

Nobody does identity politics like the GOP.

Posted by: trace1 | January 10, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

The Goofy Old Party just can't get anything right, in this case the elevation of Mr. Steele to head up the RNC. Did they think this guy was going to actually try to do anything for their party before he did for himself? He's a political mercernary and will do all he can to line his pockets first. He's not concerned about the repub party. Now, they know it and don't know what to do with him. Oh well, let's just add this to the long list of repub failures over the past thirty years.

Posted by: VietVet68 | January 10, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and add Sarah Palin to the list of incompetents appointed by the GOP based on race or gender.

They play with this country like it is their toy.

Posted by: trace1 | January 10, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

It is greatly refreshing to finally have a Republican talking once more about core values and restoring faith in leadership. Michael Steele's message is a positive one, that Republicans have to stand for limited government, family values and personal libery. Talk show hosts do not won the party as they assume. Republicans on the hill have been drinking the local wine. Newt tried to restore focus and the public interest and was thrown out. Passionate conservatism is proven to be an excuse to bloat the government. Modern Republicans run strictly anti-taxes, anti-gay and anti-obama platforms. It is high time to return to principles championed by George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan. Michael Steele is right to point out core Republicans are fed up with leadership in both parties. A positive message is at the core of recent Republican success at state and local level. Yet there is no us or them battle. Republicans have a opportunity to get back on message and ditch the special interest. Else citizens will leave the Republican party as they also abandon the Democrat party.

By the way, we have a local moderate Democrat running for state senate the national Democrat party is trying to destroy with a vicious negative campaign. The very conservative Republican may just win in Northern Virginia by backlash.

Posted by: usaozzy | January 10, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

I don't see the problem with the illustrious Mr. Steele. He puts himself first and his employer, political party and community a distant second. Isn't this what the modern GOP tries to teach us? What's so wrong about having a leader who practices what he preaches?

Posted by: BuddyK | January 10, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Like many others today, Mr. Capehart's attempt to dismiss tea party demonstrators as merely "cranky" citizens exposes his own biases toward big-government progressivism and the modern Democratic agenda. Leftists in particular want to discredit the tea party movement by co-opting the term and using it as a synonymous cueing signal for "crazy." In reality, the tea party movement tends to center on three main issues: (1) Constitutionally limited government, (2) fiscal responsibility, and (3) the defense of individual liberty. Are these desires really crazy? They certainly don't seem to be. Further, if holding to these principles makes a person cranky, thank God America's founders had the fortitude to resist the Capeharts of their day.

To the extent that Mr. Steele adheres to the main principles of the tea party movement, and therefore to the principles of the founders, I hope he too has the will to meet the slings and arrows of those who wish to convert our nation into a people enslaved by their government.

Posted by: villarrj | January 10, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse


How about calling on the Dems in Congress to fire Reid after his racists remark about Obama? His remark was, after all, no less racist than the comments make by Trent Lott several years ago that led the unbiased media and their Dem buddies (including Barry) to cry/scream for Lott's resignation.

And what did Bill Clinton say about Obama bringing Dem leaders coffee two years ago! Tell us Capeboy, where is the outrage? Oh that's right, Willie is a Dem so he will get a pass form folks like you.

Gawd, what a bunch of racists you have in the Dem party...and their shills in the unbiased media who never apply the same standards to Dems that they apply to Republicans."


Folks here is your textbook definition of a useless human being. Try harder next time hartwr1, nobody is buying your alternate universe. Stop projecting too, it just makes you look more desperate and silly...if that's possible.

Posted by: dcp26851 | January 10, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Fort the Republicants to fire Steele, they'd have to admit they made a mistake, which I'm sure they would never do. I guess they could find a way to force him to resign. They were stupid for making him RNC in the first place. But then blind incompetence is pretty much what we've come to expect from the Republicants. God help this country if the GOP is returned to power. Hasn't this country learned anything after 8 years of Bush?!?

Posted by: ggwalt | January 10, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Narcissism blinds...Dems, open your eyes to the President's falling poll ratings. Don't tread on me!

Posted by: aliceaddertongue | January 10, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

To make something perfectly clear..."Honest Injun" is a deeply offensive remark to American Indians. If you are not Native American or your spouse is not, then you are not knowledgeable about this subject. This term was used towards American Indians as Europeans stole their land, raped the women & murdered them and their children.

I count those words of his as uneducated in the subject.

However, I do believe he has stepped out of bounds in making a public fight at a time when our nations' future stands in the balance.

He should be fired.

Posted by: ztormtra | January 10, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

The Steele thing is a non-issue. Democrats are headed for a beating in November 2010 regardless of how much phony controversy people like Capehart, Dionne, et al try to drum up.

Posted by: hz9604 | January 10, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

aliceaddertongue said: Don't tread on me!
Alice my dear, hate to break this to you but you've been tread on by the Bush Crime Family for the past eight years!!.. what planet have you been living on?

Posted by: VietVet68 | January 10, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

This is the worst advice I've heard since Britt Hume told Tiger Woods to renounce Buddism and become a Christian, as if that could happen with the flip of a switch.

At first I thought Jonathon Capehart was just kidding. I don't know Capehart and I'm not sure if he's a Republican or a Democrat just pushing Republican buttons.

But firing Michael Steele would make everyone in the Democratic party do back flips with joy. They are already delirious with the knowledge that the "old time Republicans" are withholding their financial support because they don't support Steele.

Firing Steele would add fuel to the fire and burn the party's chances for at least 2010.

Posted by: drossi2 | January 10, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Michael Steele should know better. Do-nothing republicans will easily sweep the 2010 elections without even breaking a sweat. The do-nothings are riding so tall in the saddle right now that they are expected to win Congressional and Senate seats where their candidates haven't even been identified yet.

The do-nothings should go ahead and take their 2010 victory lap early. Michael Steele needs to man up and get with the do-nothing program and start celebrating the 2010 victories right now.

The voters surely will reward the do-nothings for doing nothing.

Posted by: DCSage1 | January 10, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

What are they addicted too? Power?

Posted by: ohwell | January 10, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Fire Steele? Are you crazy! Firing Steele would be like getting rid of Sarah Palin. Don't do it!

Posted by: Frazil | January 10, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Fire a prominent black man? Yeah, right: that'll happen....

Posted by: RealityCheckerInEffect | January 10, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

The DNC should fire Pelosi, Reid, Barney Frank, Rangel, Nelson and their ilk.

Posted by: inmanorj | January 10, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

I use to think that Michael Steele was stupid but now I see that he is really smart especially when it is all about him. By making the statements he did and demanding Republicans fire him if they didn't like what he was saying worked exactly the way he wanted it. Republicans CAN'T fire him. They will look like the fools they were when they appointed him. They will look weak and we know Republicans hate to be perceived as weak. That is the reason Bush stayed the course for as long as he did even after he and everyone else knew that it was the wrong course.

It is now ALL about Michael Steele and not the Republican party. Michael Steele was all over the Sunday talk shows and he will probably make money off of his book. Perhaps he will now be the next Republican Presidential Candidate. I mean he is after all BLACK and he just might match up great against President Barack Obama.

Posted by: catmomtx | January 10, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Steele does represent the Republicans and all they think but dare not say.

Posted by: clairevb | January 10, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

I think he is doing a heck-of-a-job. Keep at it Chairman Steele. Har har hardy har.

Posted by: seasail | January 10, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

"I don't believe it would be a good idea to fire RNC head Michael Steele." "He is the head of the snake which is really the Hydra: Dick Army, Tom Delay, Karl Rove, Sarah Palin, Joe the not-licensed-plumber, the Geriatric Out-of-touch Party, tea-baggers, birthers, and town hall meeting disrupters." If Steele is fired, then eight heads will take his place, spreading more poison political discourse.

Posted by: lanlysh55 | January 10, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I Kknow white people aren't supposed to say what Reid said in public. I would never say that to a reporter, even off the record. But I've listened to enough black talk radio and comedians to know that what he says is true. It is not racist to say that. Maybe ill advised, but really, If Barack spoke like he was from the 'hood what do YOU think would happen?

Posted by: mikelemm | January 10, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Democrats should focus on the huge mess they have made in the past year. Just look at the report card that Barry brought home:


Economics F
American Government F
International Relations F
Health Care F
Ethics F
National Security F
P. E. (Basketball) C-
P. E. (Golf) C-

Posted by: Jerzy | January 10, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Party caused the hardship that America faces right now;

From the greedy banks that caused TARP and the the financial meltdown to the War in Iraq.

MILLIONS of Americans are suffering now so that a few ignorant REPUBLICAN Americans could have a second, third, or fourth house.

We will not forget.

Posted by: vigor | January 10, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Democrats should focus on the huge mess they have made in the past year. Just look at the report card that Barry brought home:


Economics F
American Government F
International Relations F
Health Care F
Ethics F
National Security F
P. E. (Basketball) C-
P. E. (Golf) C-

Posted by: Jerzy
And of course you gave King George straight A's across the board because you think he did such a wonderful job driving the American bus.. even though the wheels had come off, the tranny was on the ground and rear gears were stripped clean.. what Bizzaro World alternative universe have you been living in?

Posted by: VietVet68 | January 10, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I remember very well when Steele announced that he was writing a book, soon after he was selected to be Chair. It is incredible that somehow nobody now knows he was writing one. I read it right here in the Washington Post.

Posted by: jadada | January 10, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

It is easy to repeat the mantra of "limited government, family values and personal liberty". All Republicans seem to do that. However, the GOP does not do as it preaches. You cannot say that you are in favor of personal freedom when you support the Patriot Act and you are big on legislating morality. Plus, spewing hate and lies is not family values. The GOP doubled the national debt when they were in charge and suddenly they discover frugality. Steele is incompetent and will say anything to please whoever is his audience.

Posted by: viking54 | January 10, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Steele is the Clown Prince of Republicanism. He provides much-needed entertainment and he has my full athletic support.

Posted by: ottoparts | January 10, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse


You should stay right were you are, you and the rest of that pack.

You make is so ease for real people see how ya'll work?

Posted by: Evenfoolsarerightsometimes | January 10, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: DANSHANTEAL1 | January 10, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Why Capehart? Because he's a conservative and not a Democrat while black?

Posted by: prossers7 | January 10, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans have shown a consummate skill in being harpies. And that might be just what they need to be elected in many places, but THEN WHAT?

I think they would stand a better chance of being good stewards of government if they actually listened to Michael Steele, and even that isn't saying much. I said "better," not "good."

Posted by: dorofacol | January 10, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Democrats ran Geraldine Ferraro out of town, tarred and feathered when she said “If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman of any color, he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept.”

What Reid said appears to be far more PC incorrect, but it's treated as a "no big deal" moment.

Democrats are a bunch of hypocritical bozos. Why the trashing of Geraldine, and not Reid???

Posted by: playfair109 | January 10, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

I see - in the world of the Democrats and the Washington Post, Steele should resign because he has "darker skin".

Posted by: Realist20 | January 10, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I love it - a post writer telling the republicans what to do - that is like Al Qaeda telling the Amreican Military what they should do - ridiculous. Of course I'm sure the same limp-wristed lefty writer will insist that Harry Reid should remain at his post after hsi "light skinned negro" descriptiion of Obama.

Anyway Steele will remain in his job and be able to boast after the massive gains by the GOP in the 2010 elections.

Posted by: Realist20 | January 10, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

POTUS Mao Bama, aka "the Liar in Chief" IS "light skinned" and "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one." !!! .......AND, I will NOT apologize !!! I don't feel a need to apologize for telling the truth !!!

Posted by: thgirbla | January 10, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

If there is useless drivel in the Washington Post and on the internet, it can always be found in recommendations from liberals that Republicans do such and such and so and so. The reverse is also true.

Capehart is young, well meaning, but completely unqualified to talk about what Republicans should do. Stick to what you know, Mr. Capehart, which is whatever the latest liberal agenda is. The Republican Party will figure out what's best for it without your help.

Posted by: Curmudgeon10 | January 10, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Cantor can strike up a rousing rendition of "Steele the Selfish Negro" instead.

Posted by: coloradodog | January 10, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

"Michael Steel is trying to lead the Republican Party out of the landfill exile, because the GOP (Garbage On Parade) is in denial that they need help." The GOP needs to get out of the garbage business, and return to serving American Citizens who voted for them.

Posted by: lanlysh55 | January 10, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand why the Republicans chose Steele to head the RNC and I don't understand why they haven't gotten rid of him. He is a bomb thrower of biblical proportions (senseless metaphor? I'm afraid so, sorry).

Posted by: m_richert | January 10, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand why the Republicans chose Steele to head the RNC and I don't understand why they haven't gotten rid of him. He is a bomb thrower of biblical proportions (idiotic metaphor? I'm afraid so. Sorry).

Posted by: m_richert | January 10, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Steele became GOP Party Chairman because his hue more or less matches the hue of POTUS. The thinking goes that a country that goes Black will take Black without regard to which political party a candidate belongs to. Steele brings a certain faux urban swagger to the GOP that it wouldn't otherwise have. "You da man!" The Cheney administration demonstrated the GOP's inherent and persistent ability to lead the United States of America during periods of soaring economic success and peace, in the manner of Dwight David Eisenhower. In contrast, when you present the GOP with problems, their response is either a) do nothing or b) start or expand a war. The Democrats are only slightly better than the GOP at governing. Both parties are beholden to the economic elites who maximized ROI by putting their companies and the nation's economy at GREAT RISK. The manner of fixing the fallout from the failure to mitigate risk has been to ignore all consequences to the inconsequential (average American working people and the newly "let go") and to shell out enormous venture capital to the big boys so the big boys can resume their games. Steele is, in my opinion, just fine as the GOP party leader.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | January 10, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

thought this article was about steele.not obama.why fire him?hes doing a decent job.but if you must talk obama the republicans have no one as of today that can beat obama or any democrat[hillary]in 2012.look no further than the electoral college.gore only lost,because of fl.kerry lost ohio.both lost by one state. obama took both plus many more that will be hard for republicans to retake.

Posted by: donaldtucker | January 10, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

the author of this piece is retarded.
of Steele he says:
"It can’t help that he has aligned himself with the party’s fringe -- cranky Tea Partiers and rowdy town hallers."

I don't even know where to start there are so many things wrong with this statement.

first, the party's fringe? really? the TEA party movement has more popular support than the GOP, wake up and read a poll would ya?
second, those TEA partiers and townhallers are generally the same ppl and 90% of them wouldn't give Steele the time of day, let alone their money.

lastly, this article is just further evidence how mind-bogglingly out of touch with the rest of America that the Press Corp is.

Posted by: shoey64 | January 10, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Hi Guys,
On a slightly lighter note, something that might lighten your day or possible darken it depending who you are.
A six-foot eight Republican Texan went to Alaska to hunt and trap bear. One day he was found dead and frozen near traps he had set.
The local funeral director had a problem since his largest coffin was only six feet long.
after some long thinking and discussions with friends, he solved the problem.
He gave the Texan an enema, and buried him in a shoebox.
Retires U.S. Army & combat vet

Posted by: sandan | January 10, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Since when have Republicans been so touchy about racism? How about Earl Butz, an official under Gerald Ford, who said that the only thing black people want is "tight pants, loose shoes, and a warm place to take a sh--." And Ford was a lot more decent than the Republicans we've had since 1980. And now they're going to get all sensitive about black people's feelings? Yeah, right.

Posted by: rbmurals | January 10, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Another crap column by the state run media.

Notice there was no suggestion for a replacement... just fire the guy doing the job. ???? ...

And the "fringe"... cranky Tea Partiers!!!! Take their 1st Amendment rights away ASAP.... Town Hallers.... OMG throw them over the fence and what???? invite in more illegal Mexicans?

This writer is another moron employed by TWP who's really got nothing of significance to say but has to say something otherwise he can't cash his paycheck.

Posted by: ravioliman6666 | January 10, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse


Let's not be hasty now.

The GOP should keep Michael Steele as their leading man. After all he and their leading lady, Sarah Palin, make quite a pair leading the rest of the GOP Kooks.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | January 10, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

hey capehart, we are too busy getting rid of the blank that is in the whitehouse. your obama is a bigger nitwit than steele could ever think of being.

Posted by: 12thgenamerican | January 10, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

hey sandan, who served in a war like john kerry, did you hear michelle o. locked her keys in her car? she had to bust the window to get barack out.

Posted by: 12thgenamerican | January 10, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Just have Rush say he needs to be fired. That'll do the trick.

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | January 10, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: mibrooks27 | January 10, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Anyone with common sense would realize that the Republicans cannot take back the House in November. There is nothing untoward about that statement. Perhaps liberals want to take the heat off of their pet dumbo, Harry Reid.

Posted by: prossers7 | January 10, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

I voted for only 1 Republican in the last election here in Wisconsin. I like some of the Republican rhetoric (such as abstinence, anti-gay marriage [I'm a real person, not a bigot...I just think homosexuality is a faux in this dimension], tax issues, libertarianism) but I don't think a lot of Republicans actually believe what they preach. Come November I will probably vote for another Republican or two at the local level ONLY because of Michael Steele.

Posted by: RobertCurleyJacobs | January 10, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse


Let Michael be Michael.

Posted by: gary4books | January 11, 2010 5:27 AM | Report abuse

"Who can you trusth?"

Posted by: gary4books | January 11, 2010 5:31 AM | Report abuse

Do you really think the RNC would let go their only black person? It's not like the republican party is exactly a party of wide ranging diversity. Pale, stale, and ridiculous.

Posted by: NotFooledTX | January 11, 2010 7:12 AM | Report abuse

Michael Steele is an opportunist...period.
He is no leader. He is using his position for his own profit.

Why is Steele the ONLY RNC chairman in the history of the party to have his ability to spend money restricted?

I believe the true leaders in the R party are the teabaggers you all seem to dislike so much. We are not the fringe!


Political correctness is why we have Mr. Steele. He's a light skinned African American who only speaks Negro dialect (ebonics) when he wants to. Sound familiar?

I'm no fan of Harry Reid but he spoke the truth. Steele only has the gonads to speak HALF truths and only if it benefits him personally.

We need a true revolution and the grass roots are doing what needs to be done.

I wanted Ken Blackwell from Ohio for RNC chairman.

Also, he is a light skinned African American who only speaks negro (ebonics)dialect when he wants to. Sound familiar?

Posted by: lmb0258 | January 11, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone remember the brown paper test? If not, ask someone. I was one of the "lucky" blacks OR Negro that passed the test and yes, I did get more opportunities.. Was this statement stupid. Yes. Was it true? Yes. Asking for Reid's resignation is well politics as usual.
Also remember, the Time Vs. Newsweek and the lighter and darker versions of OJ Simpson. Unfortunately the darker you are the more sinister you are projected. Check out the movies. Most of the villains are the darker blacks.
As for Michael Steele to equate this with the Trent Lott statement, now that was stupid and ignorant. Maybe Steele should resign. Comparing this to segregation and how much better the country would be if segregation was still in place? And the statement that Obama didn’t speak with a "Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one," A little history on Michael Steele is appropriate here.
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele says his party is going to launch an "off the hook" public relations campaign that will update the GOP’s image by translating it to "urban-suburban hip-hop settings." Michael Steele said he will soon announce his plans for the GOP to "get jiggy with it. The new GOP leader told the Washington Times that the party’s defeat in states like North Carolina and Virginia made it clear they needed a new approach. “We need messengers to really capture that region — young, Hispanic, black, a cross section…” he said in an interview. “We want to convey that the modern-day GOP looks like the conservative party that stands on principles. But we want to apply them to urban-surburban hip-hop settings.”
You'd think I of, all people, would be sympathetic to Michael Steele's effort to bring some slanguage to the GOP. You know how I do--my beef is simple--From citing ancient rappers, to shouting out "urban-suburban hip-hop settings," Michael Steele is abusing the language.. The last straw is where Steele tells Neil Cavuto, "I'm always open for everything, baby."
Dear Michael. For the black in all of us. Please stop now. Talk like a regular human being and stop trying to teach the dun language. You are not prepared.

Posted by: sherardg | January 11, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Michael Steele says there’s no such thing as black dialect, in his blog “What Up?”

Posted by: graybeard_58 | January 11, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Beam me up Scotty, there's no itelligent life down here... Especially in the right.

Posted by: robertmerry | January 11, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

With his actions and his emphatic statement of dichotomy, fire me or shut up, Steele seems to be asking for it. His words have a whole new meaning when you see how intense he was when he said them:

Posted by: mmorgan2518 | January 11, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Heckuva job, Mikey!

Posted by: CardFan | January 11, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

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