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Will Michael Steele stay or go?

1. Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele's most recent gaffe -- this one about the war in Afghanistan -- has effectively eliminated any chance he might have had to return to his post after the 2010 election, according to a number of individuals close to the committee.

However, those same sources insisted that Steele is likely to survive until the election. "If you believe in death by 1,000 cuts, he is around 896," said one Republican operative who keeps a close eye on the RNC's inner workings.

Another high-level Republican strategist said there had been a series of calls over the weekend about possibly naming a placeholder chairman through the election. But the strategist acknowledged that scenario is very unlikely for three reasons.

First, Steele remains relatively popular with the 168 Republican national committeemen and committeewomen who ultimately decide his fate. Second, the source said, "the prevailing sentiment is that it's not worth the commotion with four months to the midterm [elections] and six months until a new chairman." Third, no Republican incumbent has directly called on Steele to resign, although he was scolded by Sens. John McCain (Ariz.), Jim DeMint (S.C.) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.) on the Sunday talk shows.

The next major moment for Steele -- barring another gaffe -- is early next month at the RNC summer meeting in Kansas City, Mo. At that gathering, Steele's commitment to overhaul (or at least to adjust) the 2012 presidential nominating contest will be up for vote.

One GOP strategist described the calendar change as Steele's "legacy" issue and said the vote could gauge how much damage his most recent gaffe has done to himself within the committee.

Wisconsin Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus put a brave face on Steele's struggles. "Based on my conversations with the chairman and committee members, they have their eye on the prize -- winning Republican majorities in November, not replacing a chairman with a major election staring us in the face," Priebus said.

But once the midterm election is over, several Republican sources told the Fix there is a widespread recognition that Steele's tenure is over -- no matter what happens at the ballot box.

"Most members have already come to the conclusion that they can't have Steele as chairman in a presidential cycle," said one high-level GOP operative. "If you think his gaffes are a distraction now, imagine them in the heat of a presidential campaign."

2. The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce has called on Gov. Joe Manchin (D) and the state legislature to move the date of the special election for the late Sen. Robert Byrd's (D-W.Va.) seat from November 2012 to this November.

"The people of West Virginia deserve the opportunity to select the person who will represent them in the U.S. Senate," said chamber president Steve Roberts on Monday. "I truly believe Senator Byrd would want to voters to decide who their next U.S. senator will be."

The chamber's statement is not terribly surprising given the group's general support of Republicans. It comes on the heels of a video message by West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant (D), in which she said she favored holding the special election for Byrd's seat earlier than November 2012 -- the date she set earlier last week.

However, Tennant noted in the video that any change in the special election date would need to be made in a special session of the state legislature or by a ruling of the state Supreme Court. She urged Manchin to include the succession law on the agenda for the legislature's upcoming special session, slated to begin July 19.

Manchin, meanwhile, has indicated that he may begin to consider appointees as early as Wednesday. Under the current reading of the succession law, that appointee would serve until the November 2012 special election. Manchin is starting to come under some pressure to appoint himself although he initially ruled out doing so.

An earlier special election might prove problematic for Manchin, who has been eyeing a bid for the Senate following the expiration of his term in 2012. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito is seen as the likely Republican candidate for the seat.

3. Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain is up with two new TV ads slamming his primary rival, former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, for his appearance in a 2007 infomercial promising access to "free money" from the government.

The two new spots follow ads released by McCain less than two weeks ago that also focused on Hayworth's involvement in the scheme.

One of the new ads hammers Hayworth for his defense of the infomercial appearance. (Hayworth has said that he was not "ashamed" of his involvement and brushed off criticism by saying, "Buyer beware.") The narrator of the 30-second spot calls Hayworth a "pork barrel spender," "lobbyist" and "huckster" and, just in case you missed the message, urges: "Voter beware."

The other ad, which is airing in the Tucson area, highlights a 2009 report by Tucson's KVOA-TV revealing that the "free money" scheme had been defrauding participants of thousands of dollars by selling them information that was available for free elsewhere.

The ads are the latest indication that McCain's camp intends to make Hayworth's character a closing issue as the Aug. 24 primary draws closer. The primary battle remains a contentious one, but in recent weeks the wind has been increasingly at McCain's back.

On the Democratic side, former Tucson Vice Mayor Rodney Glassman, investigative reporter John Dougherty and former Department of Health Services director and state Rep. Cathy Eden are competing for the nomination.

4. Republican Senate candidates in Missouri and Ohio are going up with new ads hitting Democrats on familiar topics: taxes, spending and jobs.

Missouri Rep. Roy Blunt's (R) first ad of 2010 introduces the likely GOP nominee as a former high school teacher and university president who was raised by dairy farmers. Blunt, speaking into the camera, then says that Democrats' spending is putting the country on the wrong path.

"Irresponsible spending and crippling debt are killing jobs today and our children's future tomorrow," Blunt says.

Former Ohio Rep. Rob Portman's (R) ad attacks the Democratic majorities in Congress for passing the cap-and-trade energy bill last year. Portman says the bill means citizens will be taxed for turning on lights and cooking dinner.

"It could cost Ohio 100,000 jobs we cannot afford to lose," Portman says.

The themes in the Portman and Blunt ads are a preview of what you'll hear from Republicans in the months ahead, as the general election air wars begin in earnest.

Republicans are trying to hold seats in both states. Blunt is likely to face Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D), while Portman faces Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher (D).

5. Mark your calendars: One week from tonight is the July edition of "Politics and Pints" -- our monthly political trivia night.

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A Bob Taft Republican and one who finds "neocons" in the same class as liberal Democrats, I never was in favor of attacking Iraq. Similarly, the decision to get us bogged down in Afghanistan, the historical graveyard of the British and Soviet empires, was simply more stupidity on the part of the Bush administration. We should have done what was necessary to make clear any hosting of the Taliban would not be tolerated (including surgical nuclear strikes) and then let the Afghan stoneagers fight among themselves for the control of their pathetic dirtpile.
If that is what Steele is saying, he has more guts than 99% of the current
"leadership" of the Republican party.

Posted by: searic | July 13, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

The liberal, racist journalist Cynthia Tucker has indicated that Steele obtained his job through affirmative action. Of course if anyone insinuated that a black liberal only holds a job because of AA there would be hell to pay. But now that Cynthia has made the politically incorrect into correct (who can keep track) it calls into question if she thinks the same of Obama. It could also be applied to herself.

Posted by: leapin | July 7, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Steele is fighting back. Haven't you heard? He just kicked off his 2 Legit 2 Quit tour (awesome article):

Posted by: eye95 | July 7, 2010 12:30 AM | Report abuse

I hope a lot of Republicans are gone after the midterm elections.

Posted by: janye1 | July 6, 2010 6:19 PM

Hope in one hand and crap in the other one. See which hand fills up first.

Posted by: Brigade | July 6, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

I hope a lot of Republicans are gone after the midterm elections.

Posted by: janye1 | July 6, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

The problem with Rasmussen is that it consistently underrepresents the middle. Until you draw to within a week or two of the election, they're only effective at telling you where the true believers lie... the angriest of the angry -- the nuttiest of the wingnuts. I find Rasmussen polls to be the most accurate of the last minute polls come election day, but the least accurate outside of that brief window.

Posted by: Left_of_the_Pyle | July 6, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Republicans: Don't let the Dems. and their media instruments dictate our policy (remember the McCain)
Dems: Mind your own business.

Posted by: treedbrent | July 6, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Republicans: Don't let the Dems. and their media instruments dictate our policy (remember the McCain)
Dems: Mind your own business.

Posted by: treedbrent | July 6, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

It's interesting to look at the polling on approval of health care. Most polls are within a few points of balanced, which is about where most polling was prior to the bill passing. Rassmussen sits anywhere between -15 and -25. Good for nyah-nyah in the comments section, but unlikely to be taken seriously.

My guess is that Paul's 25 point lead in an earlier Rasmussen poll was embarrassing to the pollster and led to a slight shift.

Jake in 3D out

Posted by: JakeD3 | July 6, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

My personal preference when I read the polls is to use the aggregate of the polling, rather than the latest, or the polling I like. Drindl is right that the latest Kentucky poll has Paul & Conway tied. The aggregate of the polls has Paul ahead by about 4 points.

If you look at the scattergraph trendline, it appears that Paul's support is leveling off, while Conway is picking up momentum.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 6, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

12Bar, CC has a post up on that. But we knew it all along, didn't we?
Didn't see CC's post. Yes, how could it be otherwise? I never believed that disgruntled Democrats were going to become Tea Partiers. That idea sent my b.s. meter off the Richter Scale.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 6, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

While we're on the Tea Party, how did we miss this?

Sharron Angle's camp has sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Reid campaign to yank the reposting of Angle's old Web site revealing her Tea Partyism in all its glory.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 6, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

12Bar, CC has a post up on that. But we knew it all along, didn't we?

Btw, Conway is running even with Rand now, and the same is true with Reid. Seems like once people actually learn what baggers stand for, they realize they don't want nuts like this in office.

Posted by: drindl | July 6, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

It appears that the Tea Party phenomenon may not be all that was threatened.

The TP candidate in Florida (Marco Rubio) is trailing the rejected former Republican, Charlie Crist. TP candidate Hayworth is dead man walking, at least according to Glenn Beck. In Nevada and Kentucky, the TP candidates are ahead by 5-6 points, which is good, but aren't the runaway results that Tea Partiers had threatened.

The media has been running with the story that somehow the Tea Party is a coalition of Republicans, Democrats and Independents representing something new to American politics.

Now that story is beginning to disintegrate.

New data from Gallup shows that concerns of the Tea Parties is virtually IDENTICAL to concerns of Republicans. Instead of some new political force, the Tea Party is essentially just right-wing Republicans.

As E.J. Dionne has been saying, "The only new thing about them [Tea Partiers], is the ham-handed revolutionary garb and the signs of Obama as the Joker."

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 6, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Maybe if you had a thought, it wouldn't be so hard.

Posted by: drindl | July 6, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Seems like four years ago, Republicans were laughing that because the gaffe prone liberal failed presidential candidate, Howard the Scream Dean,was head of the Democratic Party, the Democrats wouldn't get anywhere. Except Dean provided a path back to power in the midst of that doubt,with his 50 state strategy. Oh how times change. Four months before a midterm, the GOP are openly talking about removal of the real caricature of Howard Dean-Michael Steele. Needless to say, watching this train wreck is sweet.

Posted by: bflaherty5 | July 6, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

What kind of blog allows one idiotic poster to flood the board with off topic rants and doesn't immediately delete them?

what's more, this poster accuses others of exactly what he is doing, as if he were totally unaware of his own stupidity.

No wonder most of the inputs here are from three of four completely crazy losers. Who would want to play along.

Between Flowers and Drindl, it's hard to get a thought in edgewise.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 6, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

More backstory on JD Hayworth's infomercial on "get free government money for doing nothing". The Fix apparently doesn't know it, but JD has had a come to Jesus moment and is now apologizing for his involvement with this now-bankrupt company.

He says that JC Watts, you know, the former Republican Congressman from Oklahoma, recommended the company. And that is why, JD didn't do much (or any) research into their scam operations.

I guess it's always good to have company when you are in disgrace.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 6, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Obama ran for President - on his own - it was his choice.

The job requires being responsible for the military and being responsible for the economy.

ALL we have heard from Obama is a desire to DUCK RESPONSIBILITY FOR IMPORTANT PARTS OF HIS JOB.

In front of Congress, Obama indicated that he did not want the economic crisis to impact on HIS CREATION OF MASSIVE GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS AND MASSIVE SPENDING PLANS.

Now, Obama is not handling the Afghan War properly - Obama appears to be purposely TANKING THE WAR.

Telling the enemy when you are leaving - THAT IS TANKING THE WAR.

Obama's job performance has been horrible - and the democrats are loathe to admit it, but they all know it is true.

If I am sterotyping the democrats as being unwilling to admit the obvious, then I must admit that I am.


Posted by: FlowersOfPeace | July 6, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Wait, I don't understand. Why would the Republican party establishment be on the edge of firing Michael Steele?

For speaking the truth? No, that can't be it.

For being mean to President Obama. No, that can't be it either.

There must be SOME reason. What could it be?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 6, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Kindergarten drop-out -- don't you ever get tired of the infantile 'democrap socialist' crap? people just laugh at you.

Posted by: drindl | July 6, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Bush invaded Afghanistan, and then he botched it and let osama get away in his haste to invade Iraq for the oil companies.

Obama is trying to clean up the mess, just like all the other messes Bush left behind.

End of story.

Posted by: drindl | July 6, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

What Michael Steele said may not have been diplomatic, but it was the truth.

The war in Afghanistan IS Comrade Obama's war, it's been his since the day he took office. Comrade Obama PROMISED TO END THIS WAR IN HIS FIRST YEAR, if he got elected. He was elected. He didn't end the Afghanistan War!!!It's all his!!!
It's about time Comrade Obama, the Democrap Socialists, and their propaganda arm--AKA the Main Stream Media--took responsibility for it.

Michael Steele (more or less) said that the Afghan War is lost, which is what Harry Reed, Joe Biden, and many Democrap Socialists have said about both the war in Iraq and Afghanistan in the past, and their gaffe's were almost completely ignored by the Democrap Socialist Party--controlled Main Stream Media and Chris Cillizza here, surprise, surprise.
So why is Michael Steele's words now such a big deal and a above the fold headline news item?
Reason: It's selective outrage and all phony crocodile tears by a bunch of Democrap Socialist partisans, trying to make political hay to cover up for Comrade Obama's and the Democrap Socialist Party--controlled congress's total incompetence governing. It's all a red herring.

Michael Steele by the way, is correct re. the war in Afghanistan, and the proof of that was when Comrade Obama appointed Gen. Petreauas. Gen. Petreauas was Pres. G.W. Bush's man, who Comrade Obama and the Democrap Socialists in congress and their minions in the MSM crucified once, even calling him Gen. Betray-us.
When Comrade Obama chose the very man who they once slimed unmercifully, with every Democrap Socialist in congress confirming him for the job, and the MSM now suddenly for the first time pro-military and pro. Gen. Petreauas, they (Comrade Obama, the Democrap Socialists, and the MSM) not only admitted that they were wrong about Gen. Petreauas all along, but they threw in the towel on the war in Afghanistan. They proved that they didn't really know what to do, and were grasping for straws. With the incompetent Comrade Obama and the wishy--washy bunch of pansy Democrap Socialists in control, there's no way we can win, no matter how great Gen. Petreauas and our brave men and women in uniform are in the field. Michael Steele is right, the Afghan War IS LOST!!!
It's a good thing that these Obama--worshipping fags didn't run the war in Iraq, which is just about won. Thank you President G. W. Bush, for a job well done!!!

Posted by: armpeg | July 6, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

The Arizona Senate primary between John McCain and J.D. Hayworth tests all the following stories:

1. The anti incumbent fever is sweeping the nation.
2. The Tea Party is the new conservative movement.
3. Illegal immigration has fired up the voters to "round 'em up and ship 'em out".

And how do these national stories play out?

1. With 24 years in Congress, John McCain is DEFINITELY the incumbent, and is openly opposed by all the talking heads of the conservative movement.

2. John McCain is hardly the Tea Party darling. Glenn Beck who seems to be the Pope of the TP crowd, calls McCain a "nightmare".

3. John McCain is associated with immigration reform, including what his critics called amnesty for illegals. On THIS issue is where conservatives have been most critical of him.

All three memes fall apart in Arizona, which is a very red state.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 6, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

"So either the party has discovered principles or they are just using some excuse to get rid of Steele."

Principles -- uh, not likely.

I wonder if burnout 37 would spend 24 hours a day posting here if he realized that everyone scrolls past his crap once they see it's him?

Posted by: drindl | July 6, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Steele had to be talking about Obama's strategy announced at West Point last December - it was Obama's choosing - and Congress did not approve of it.

So the description matches Obama's strategy - not the war itself.

The democrats dont like Steele - that is clear.


Posted by: FlowersOfPeace | July 6, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

The Fix wrote: The primary battle remains a contentious one, but in recent weeks the wind has been increasingly at McCain's back.
According to, McCain leads Hayworth in all polls by 18 points, and the latest poll has him leading by 23 points. Somehow, that doesn't seem contentious to me.

Is the Fix privy to internal polls that show a tighter race?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 6, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Steele continues to be a beacon of hope, a bright shining light slicing through the gloom of our national economic malaise.

Consider the near exhausted, down-trodden job hunter, noting Steele's can one not take on new hope in one's prospect of finding AND keeping a job? How can one not rally in one's search, bouyant over newly illumined prospects?...It's a mental game, yes?

How can one not vote RepubliKKKan?

Posted by: bgreen2224 | July 6, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

I personally like Mr. Steele, however, as for the position he now holds within the Republican Party - not so good. Mr. Steele did so much better in what he said and did before he became the head of the party. He truly needs to step down, he's had one too many gaffes to be taken seriously.

Posted by: prossers7 | July 6, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Glenn Beck has quite a lot to say about both John McCain and JD Hayworth:

GLENN: "We haven't inserted ourself in Arizona, quite honestly one reason is, I mean, you know where I stand on John McCain. What a nightmare that guy is. But JD Hayworth, I mean, is that all you got?"

GLENN: Where is Arizona going to go from here? Do they have another option?

GLENN: I believe we can announce on this program that JD Hayworth's campaign is over. JD Hayworth apparently made an infomercial and I don't know how it took this long to find the infomercial, but it did.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 6, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

NO More

What is your beef with Whole Foods ?

Just curious.


Posted by: FlowersOfPeace | July 6, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

I "almost" feel sorry for Michael Steele. Too bad he didn't follow Rush's advice after their tiff--"Get back to the office, raise money and win elections. Your constant appearances (and gaffes) on TV aren't working out so well for ya'."

Posted by: nomorewholefoods | July 6, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

The real problems in this country


the budget deficits - both federal and state

the oil spill


ON EVERY issue, Obama has made the situation WORSE, not better.

We have crazy boycotters on this blog - and they have all missed the point - this nation is FAR WORSE OFF TODAY THAN THE DAY OBAMA TOOK OFFICE.

Obama became OBSESSED with his health care plan - however this plan has become NOTHING BUT A DRAG ON HIRING.

Companies do NOT want to hire when they don't know the health costs of the people they have working now, much less add to that.

AND why should a company hire someone here in the US - when that company can easily sidestep OBAMA'S CRAZY TAXES AND RULES by hiring someone in ANOTHER COUNTRY.

Obama's health care plan IS DRIVING JOBS OVERSEAS.

Obama has NOT helped any of the major issues facing this country - to the contrary, Obama's policies and distractions have made EVERYTHING WORSE.

And the democrats on this blog are representative of the democrats as a whole - completely distracted with small issues - and sort of obsessed with the Tea Party - and calling the Tea Party sexual slurs.

We don't have a focus from the democrats on ANYTHING THAT IS IMPORTANT.


Posted by: FlowersOfPeace | July 6, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

The issue is competence. The chairman is responsible to the committee to increase the value of the RNC. Mr. Steele has demonstrated that he is incompetent in his position. By the way, the committee is responsible to registered voters nationally for getting Republicans elected. Donations have decreased significantly under Mr. Steele – a decrease in value.

The committee should have no choice. For Steele to remain, however, is an example of the elite hypocrisy the committee has allowed. It is not the case that Mr. Steele cannot be touched because he is black. Incompetence knows no race, color, creed, gender or orientation.

If being a party of business means something, the committee needs to behave like a business. Steele’s chairmanship demonstrates that the committee either has or is an incompetent board of directors who are not looking out after the best interest of their stock holders — the registered voters I mentioned. To allow for Steele’s lack of competence in his position reflects poor governance. So while we are at it, the board needs to be replaced as well.

Replacing Mr. Steele with a comptetant chairperson is a necessary step in rebuilding the Republican Brand. There are many more steps in the process, but for now the commitee needs to do the competant thing.

Posted by: teamac | July 6, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Steele is not against the war in Afghanistan -

Steele was talking about Obama's war strategy as announced at West Point in December.

In any event - to start to sterotype the Republicans - millions of them - is just wrong.

This is part of a campaign - based in ignorance - to SMEAR and STEROTYPE Republicans.

This kind of political discourse is wrong - and there should be no place for it in America.

Apparently - hate toward whites - sexual slurs, belittling them - all that apparently is ACCEPTABLE IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY TODAY.

If a person started talking that way about blacks - there would be an uproar - but because it is about the Tea Party and Republicans, then the media gives everyone a pass.

The same standards have to apply to everyone.


Posted by: FlowersOfPeace | July 6, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Mark, yes, the number of black Republican recruits occurred to me, but they have also done really poorly. I think Steele has recruited 32 blacks to run for Fed. level seats. Tim Scott from South Carolina looks to be the only one with a chance of winning. He can get the candidates to run because that just requires the candidates to go along. However, he hasn't generated the widespread party support needed for these candidates to be successful. Add to that the fact that every other week we hear some racist invective coming from some party member or spokesperson.

Actually, Mark, I agree with you. These are baby steps and perhaps Tim Scott will lead to greater minority outreach. But Steele has got to be re-elected. I just don't see that happening. This whole criticism over the war is kind of strange to me. Republicans have been trying to pin every single Bush screwup on Obama including the economy and jobs situation. I don't think the Afghan war was a screwup, but it is becoming more and more unpopular. That THIS is the issue on which Republicans are balking on trying to pin on Obama just seems strange to me.

So either the party has discovered principles or they are just using some excuse to get rid of Steele.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 6, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

While Michael Steele is far too honorable to ever even think about playing the race card himself, it is worth noting that, while white southern and western male gopers like Graham, DeMint and McCain are jumping all over him, NOT A SINGLE Black Republican in either the House or Senate has condemned Steele's intemperate remarks. What does THAT say about the GOP?

Posted by: ImaDem | July 6, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Mr.Steele provides excellent entertainment and at the same time he display his ignorance and stupidity all at the same time. It seems Uncle Tom Steele had a termal case of sticking ones foot in one mouth and the.His latest entertaining statement that this is Mr. Obama's war. Wrong idiot steele if you stopped drinking the coolaid and the funny bananas it was bush#1 that started the war in the Middle East ie Iraq and his stupid son bush#2 along with cheney who were the provocators. Clearly Uncle Tom Steele come out of your induced coma and do some reading providing you know how or have some read to you and you will see if that is possible that Mr.Obama didn't start this war he inherited it.

Posted by: fslearjet | July 6, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

drindl, why do you even bother? He's trash. You know this.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 6, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

batty -- get back to us when you can think of anything else other than me.

Posted by: drindl | July 6, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin would be wise to appoint a caretaker senator and then run for the office himself in 2012. Getting himself appointed is dangerous.

I base this on Montana history when in 1933, Montana Senator Thomas Walsh, FDR's designee for attorney general, died of a massive heart attack on a train bound for Washington. (Walsh was famous for chairing the committee that investigated the Teapot Dome scandal) Lief Erickson, a popular two-term Montana Democratic governor, did a little slight of hand in which he resigned the governorship, and then was appointed senator by the Montana lieutenant governor that succeeded him.

His popularity vanished. He was later defeated in the Democratic primary when the office came up in the next election.

Posted by: AlaninMissoula | July 6, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Drivl. Get back to us when you have your very first original, coherent "thought".

Posted by: Moonbat | July 6, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

maccambo, get back to us when you learn to speak coherent english...

Posted by: drindl | July 6, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Why should we consider Michael Steele he will not be reelected in January? Or The Taliban or their assured expansion if the military leaves as Obama wishes, they all have to go. Just consider all of them it as more political and military target practice. None of these brave men in uniform think this way. the military is upset that we do not let them do it their duty their way kill baby kill to coin the oil analogy. The rules of engagement to have wait to be fired upon before firing back at terrorist is unbelievable and classic liberal mitigation. When the US was not in Afghanistan The Taliban were in power executing women in stadiums and public square for simply holding hands to a man they were not married to. That amateur liberal rhetoric that we can never win there is old. No wars are really won. Both sides always lose. But we as the Country of all people seeking promise, must define liberty abroad before evil trains and transit here. As it has and continues to this day. Never forget the death of the innocent during war or peace is part of the human experience. There has never been peace in world history and there will be until the developed countries eradicate poverty in the underdeveloped countries. Sadly by then, the planet will be depleted of it’s resources and likely will rage war of commodities. With the receent massive cadium deposits it is apparent the fight will raged on and must in order to replace the poppy seed as it's major export . In the meantime the GOP will stand united in your cause, do not get discouraged by us ‘nancies’. Well always cherish and support the men and women who made it their calling to fight while us ‘nancies’ do not have the courage to make it our calling.

Posted by: maccambo | July 6, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

No matter the name, the obsession with me remains the same -- batsh*t is starting to get confused with all his identities, -- that was 'Brigade's' line, rmember?

Meanwhile, Jane Norton has that R memory problem:

"Colorado Senate hopeful Jane Norton (R) has been trying for months to square her public denials that she ever worked as a lobbyist with a fairly long paper trail indicating years worth of lobbying, or lobbying-like activity. Now she has a new explanation for the work she did in the 1990s.

In a strange exchange with the Colorado Statesman, Norton claimed she couldn't recall the job title she held during her months working as director of state government relations for AARP. "It was so short, I think it was even less than a six-month stint," she said. "So that might have been why. But I can't even remember what -- May I get back with you on that and call you on it?"

Posted by: drindl | July 6, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Drivl's inner tube finally washed ashore.

Too bad.

Posted by: Moonbat | July 6, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

'Republican followers' memory is so brief it's as through they remain in a constant state of amnesia.'

that, and stupefying ignorance. perhaps this year, they will once again try to hand over granny's retirement money to Goldman Sachs:

"House Minority Leader John Boehner won't say if the Republican Party will again try to privatize Social Security, even as the GOP pushes fiscal responsibility as a major issue in their quest to win back control of Congress.

When the Washington Post's Dan Balz asked Boehner (R-OH) if the failed 2005 Social Security privatization plan would resurface this year, the Republican leader twice answered, "I have no idea."

Oh wait, actually they have no ideas at all...

Posted by: drindl | July 6, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

I don't think it was a "gaffe" so much as it was an outright lie.

I think Michael Steele sees how the Republican Party tells one lie after another about the President and so he told a few too.

Or maybe Steele feels somewhat like I do: Anybody who would believe the crap that the GOP comes up with must be gullible enough to believe ANYTHING, and Republican followers' memory is so brief it's as through they remain in a constant state of amnesia.

I guess steele never thought that Republicans could remember anything as far back as 2001 and 2002.

Alternatively, no one is handing over the talking points to Steele like they do for Sarah "The Bimbo" Palin, so Steele has to make up his own lies.

Posted by: lindalovejones | July 6, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

CC's colleague Shaliegh Murray, now seems to have a different feeling about CC's constant Narrative here-- apparently now that the nutbag teabaggers could actually gain some real power -- and cause an awful lot of actual damage to the Republican establishment -- and our country --the WaPo is now solidly behind R incumbents:

"But it may be something else -- less apparent but more significant: that contrary to the simplistic "get rid of them all" narrative that has come to define news coverage of the 2010 elections, the voters here, and in nearby states, are more willing to trust veterans of the political system to sort out the nation's problems. "

Posted by: drindl | July 6, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

@FlowersOfPeace, that 'constant stream of hate coming from the left wing' is produced by tax-funded propagandists at ACORN/Organizing for America/SEIU/Obama Jugend working from scripted talking points. And it is not 'racism towards whites'; their goal is to turn any issue into a race issue and you are taking their bait. Race has nothing to do with this or anything else! Obama is not even black -> white mother, never knew his Kenyan father, raised by his white grandparents. Stop playing into their stupid race narrative.

Again though to hammer home my main point: Steele was only pointing out the obvious; in the 2008 election Obama chose Afghanistan as his opportunistic pet cause so he could sound tough while criticizing Iraq and the broader war on terror. Afghanistan is NOT a central front in the war and Obama designed the war to fail, blame Republicans (and Petraeus, Gates, Clinton) for the spilled blood and treasure and take the credit for "bringing the troops home" before the 2012 election. Conservatives attacking Steele are helping Obama get reelected.

Posted by: peterverkooijen | July 6, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

On a more serious note, seventy-six days in the spill, after jumping through weeks of hurdles --- Jones Act, Coast Guard Acceptance Tests, EPA reviews, life-jacket counts --- the Whale is almost ready to start sucking oil out of the Gulf. Just a few more tests, and then some forms, a couple of inspections, and then we can get going. Just as soon as the crew has finished their mandatory two-week diversity course and sensitivity training. Union rules, you know.

Chairman Zero observed Day 76 of the spill by playing golf again.

Posted by: Moonbat | July 6, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

1. Michael Steele will be in the position of someone who commands the sun to rise at 5 a.m. and thinks he did something by 9 a.m.

3. Anyone ever listen to the ads on Rush or Sean? It's the same sort of thing. The credit card companies have been bailed out by the federal government and there's money for YOU. Seems Republicans don't mind taking money for fleecing the poor or the easily fooled.

37. There's potential for a new drinking game. Take a shot every time a message is called offensive.

Posted by: JakeD3 | July 6, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

There is a CONSTANT STREAM OF HATE coming from the left wing towards the right - evidenced by several comments on this board today.

This represents a long-term effort by the democrats to MISCHARACTERIZE WHITES - MISCHARACTERIZE REPUBLICANS.

These efforts include sexual slurs - and a COMPLETE INTOLERANCE for views which are not left-wing.

Call it whatevery you want - Sterotyping, prejudice.

And the hate-talk shows little bounds -

This attitude is nothing less than RACISM TOWARDS WHITES.

Look at the comments on this board - several of them are mischaracterizing the Republicans - and aimed at STEROTYPING WHITES.


Posted by: FlowersOfPeace | July 6, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Steele was only pointing out the obvious; in the 2008 election Obama chose Afghanistan as his opportunistic pet cause so he could sound tough while criticizing Iraq and the broader war on terror. Afghanistan is NOT a central front in the war and Obama designed the war to fail, blame Republicans (and Petraeus, Gates, Clinton) for the spilled blood and treasure and take the credit for "bringing the troops home" before the 2012 election. Conservatives attacking Steele are helping Obama get reelected.

Posted by: peterverkooijen | July 6, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

He will stay until after the elections at the least because the Republicans will not want a distraction before November.

Posted by: ozpunk | July 6, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse, gaffe = "a social blunder; faux pas."

Is it a faux pas to say that Afghanistan is an expensive, unwinnable war? I don't think "gaffe" is the right word. "Inconvenient truth" is a more accurate description.

Posted by: win_harrington | July 6, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Show me recent comments by DeMint or Graham in praise of any well known or recognized black man ..... (I hear crickets).

Truth hurts. There's a strain of racism with some in the Republican party that's hard to deny. Where are all the black Republican politicians today? Guess they don't feel they have a home in the Party, eh?

Posted by: HillRat | July 6, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

ddawd posted:

"1# Steele's overall vision is to expand the Republican party to minorities, but it seems that the rest of the party is uninterested in doing that."


This statement is just simply untrue - it is really outrageous that someone would come on this blog and make such a ridculous and silly statement.

The rest of the Republican part is interested in expanding outreach to minorities.

Nikki Haley won her primary - and there have been many many minority candidates in the Repubican party - AND appeals have been made to minority voters.

So this statement is a LIE.

And what is worse: this statement is part of an EFFORT TO STEROTYPE AND PREJUDGE THE REPUBLICANS.

This statement amounts to nothing less than a hostility toward whites who have different views -


Posted by: FlowersOfPeace | July 6, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Present ident Oblamer has cancelled Nasa's missions in space. We now need a ride from the Russians.

The new most important task for the agency? Make nice to Muslims

WTF berry?

Is there any aspect of our lives And society you are not bungling?

Posted by: Moonbat | July 6, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Steele was only pointing out the obvious; in the 2008 election Obama chose Afghanistan as his opportunistic pet cause so he could sound tough while criticizing Iraq and the broader war on terror. Afghanistan is NOT a central front in the war and Obama designed the war to fail, blame Republicans for the spilled blood and treasure and take the credit for "bringing the troops home" before the 2012 election. Conservatives attacking Steele are helping Obama get reelected.

Posted by: peterverkooijen | July 6, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse


Your comment at 9:32 is intolerant and offensive.

What do you know about who those two people like and don't like ??

And would those two individuals be making the same partisan remarks if they were speaking about whites as well ?

It is sad to see the democrats CONSTANTLY characterize normal political rhetoric as racist.

Obama promised a post-racial environment - and instead the democratic party has whined racist at every turn.

Racist charges should be taken with care - the democrats throw out racist charges like it is water.

What is worse - the democrats appear to be using racist sterotyping to claim that there opponents' views are not legitimate. This repreents a real break-down in out political system.

America is about tolerance of opposing views - if members of one party are constantly going to twist the views of the other party into racism, and then start to dismiss the twisted version as not legitimate, there is a real break-down.

Obama is AT FAULT - this whole idea that he would abandon his pledges to be bipartisan - has clearly set the tone here.

This behavior is a disgrace and it is shameful.


Posted by: FlowersOfPeace | July 6, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Steele's selection was nothing more than a cynical counter to Obama. Returning to its roots, a Red Party switch to the political performance diva would seem to be the appropriate move. Now the question is can the RNC afford her going rate? KA-CHING!

Posted by: whocares666 | July 6, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse


Your remark at 9:19 is offensive

Especially in light of the fact that the democrats seem really happy to sterotype the Tea Party and rednecks.

The democrats have become the party of intolerance and hate. What democrat respects the rights of the Tea Party to express their views? There is a COMPLETE INTOLERANCE for the Tea Party views in the democratic party.

And the democrats constantly attempt to slur the Tea Party - with statements whic indicate that the expression of their views is not legitimate.

Steele has been working on outreach - and the democrats do not like that at all.


Posted by: FlowersOfPeace | July 6, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Why does the east coast media continue to presume that Roy Blunt is going to be the de facto Republican nominee against Robin Carnahan in November? There is a primary election on August 3, and there's the rub! The liberal Republican Roy Blunt has to beat a strong field of conservatives, such as MO State Senator Chuck Purgason, who is a constitutionalist, and strong leader and conservative Republican with an admirable voting record in Missouri. In the Show Me State, we have been shown what Roy is all about and Republicans will hold him accountable on August 3. Republicans are supposed to be the party of fiscal responsibility, no bail outs, no earmarks, limited government, no taking of cash ($78K!) from corrupt organizations like Freddie and Fannie--it's a problem for Republicans in this state when a Republican acts like a Democrat. I wouldn't be too sure that the "Fix" is in for Roy Blunt.

Posted by: berryf | July 6, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Because of their shrill attacks on Steel and especially Obama, it's hard to believe DeMint and Graham have ever met a black man they liked.

Posted by: HillRat | July 6, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

ddawd posted:

"1# Steele's overall vision is to expand the Republican party to minorities, but it seems that the rest of the party is uninterested in doing that."

Stop and think about that for a minute, ddawd. He may have in fact been at the heart of the recruiting of more R black and female candidates than at any time in my memory. Even if they appeared unbidden by him, he may get some of the credit. The first step toward convincing voters that your party is not the white guys' social club is to invite in candidates of color and female candidates. That comes before the outreach to voters.

Steele may stay, and he may be good for the Rs, almost regardless of his willingness to blather.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | July 6, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Rep. Roy Blunt doesn't mention his time in Washington and that

Blunt "whipped" 26 Republicans into switching their votes against the TARP/Bank Bailout to get it passed.

He voted for Cash for Clunkers–twice.

He voted for a historic expansion medicare.

He supports federal involvement in local education (No Child Left Behind).

He supported the historic move to mandate ethanol in our fuel along with “clean energy” subsidies.

He is also top receiver of PAC donations from the mortgage buyers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, in the history of the two government-sponsored companies (1989-2008). (Incumbent Sen. Bob Bennett, came in second, and Bennett served longer than Rep. Roy Blunt!)

Blunt along with Senator Obama and Senator Kerry are listed among the top ten recipients of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac donations between 1998-2008 by

Connection? Rep. Roy Blunt voted for HR 5140 (the “stimulus”), which increased the loan limits of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from $417,000 to $729,750 in high cost areas….

Missourians do have a choice on August 3rd!

Integrity does matter!

Posted by: ruthlcarlson | July 6, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Steele is perfect. He reminds the virtually all white voter base in his party to hate Blacks (i.e., President Obama). He simply fans the fires of hate the non-American; hate the non-white President/Party Leader. He’s perfect for Republicans just where he is.

Posted by: rc115shepherd | July 6, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Steele is not going anywhere on his own. If they don't have the guts to remove him, he stays. The Mark Sanford approach.

Posted by: mypitts2 | July 6, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

If Michael Steel is popular w/the R masses, then I guess there's a reason for him to stay.

He's as good at making ignorant statements as Sarah Palin and other Republican and tea party candidates.

So if he stays or goes, what diff does it make? The Republicans standards are pretty low right now.

Posted by: bosslady1 | July 6, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

It's all bread and circuses until Congress and Team Obama confront silent atrocities and civil rights violations perpetrated by a multi-agency shadow government:


• "Dissidents" and "undesirables" also targeted by multi-agency program of financial sabotage; community-based, police-protected, GPS-enabled vigilante stalking, vandalism, home intrusion; ideology-driven censorship -- a genocidal purge.

All of those cell towers you see all over America are NOT all for phone calls.

Some of them are TORTURE TOWERS -- part of a nationwide microwave/laser radio frequency "directed energy weapon" system that is being used by operatives of the multi-agency Homeland Security-run "fusion center" network to silently torture, impair, and physically and neurologically degrade the functioning and well-being of extrajudicially, unjustly '"targeted" citizens...

And apparently, this precision-targeted domestic weapon system being used to attack and harm U.S. citizens has been deployed WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF CONGRESS or high state officials.

Exhibit A: U.S. Patent No. 7629918, held by Raytheon, for the "Multifunctional Microwave Laser Radio Frequency Directed Energy Weapon System."

BUCKS COUNTY, PA: "Mid-Atlantic States (including D.C.) Centcom of a Fusion Center Gestapo." OR Facebook -- Vic Livingston ("Notes")

Posted by: scrivener50 | July 6, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Meanwhile violence in Chicago is down.

Only 10 people were shot last night - with 2 dead.

This is down from Sunday night when 13 people were shot - and 3 dead.

Clearly, this violence is serious and must be addressed.

WHAT has Obama done to deal with innercity violence - ever - in his entire career ???

We still see democrats on this board complaining about militias - and how much fear they have that there MIGHT be violence.

But the violence in Chicago IS happening every weekend - and Obama is doing little about it - and Obama in his entire career has done VIRTUALLY NOTHING ABOUT THE PROBLEMS IN THE INNER CITY.

The democrats rather hurl sexual slurs - and hate towards rednecks and Tea Party people -

Rather than actually do something about the real problems in this country.


Posted by: FlowersOfPeace | July 6, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

I think Manchin knows that he has landed in a difficult position in the election situation in West Virginia.

To be fair, there is a legitimate conflict in the provisions of the West Virginia law - certainly enough for people to make hay out of it.

Compounding Manchin's problems is that common sense leads people to feel that the election should be held this year. Manchin should come down behind that sentiment and quickly.

The Martha Coakley thing has to be weighing heavily on his mind - that whole mess started when the legislature changed the law - in a way that was perceived as midstream and not entirely within the bounds of fair play.

Manchin has to run himself this year and get this over with.

To recap - the Massachusetts legislature a number of years ago changed Mass law - previously they had changed it to prevent a Republican Governor from making an interim appointment - then changed it to allowing a democratic Governor to make the same appointment.

This went against common sense and the People did not like it - leading to a problem at the polls.

It MUST be pointed out that Obama came up with his 60th vote on health care THROUGH this little legislative game in Massachusetts - one that was firmly REJECTED by the voters.

Combined with Specter switching parties - something else which was firmly rejected by the voters - Obama's health care votes came with EXTENSIVE LEGISLATIVE GAMES TO BE ABLE TO JAM THROUGH OBAMA'S VERSION.

This would have been in stark contrast to a health care bill arrived at through GENUINE BIPARTISAN NEGOTIATIONS.

Just pointing out what has gone on over the past year.


Posted by: FlowersOfPeace | July 6, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Steele - the clip which aired showing Steele to make comments on Afghanistan makes no sense - this is a sure sign that CONTEXT really has to be looked at - there has to be an earlier exchange between the people, earlier questions which would serve to clarify what is going on there.

One clue is Steele said "land war in Afghanistan" - which implied that he was challenging Obama's CURRENT STRATEGY - instead of the overall and initial decision to go into Afghanistan 8 years ago.

Steele knows that Congress approved the initial move into Afghanistan 8 years ago, and no one is questioning that.

SO - the only possible logical way to see this is Steele was questioning Obama's policy as announced at West Point last December.

Perhaps this clarity was shortened in that one conversation - so in context it would be CLEAR that Steele was referring to Obama's strategy announced last December - which in the conversation got shortened to "Obama's land war"

From that ONE VIDEO CLIP is is not clear - but it is the viewer's fault for relying on the short clip to tell all which is being discussed.

This would makes sense - because Steele said that Congress did not approve it - and if that "it" was Obama's strategy announced at West Point - that would make sense.

If one wants to insist that the "it" was the war itself - and that it was never approved 8 years ago - that would NOT make sense at all.

SO - the topic which Steele was discussion was Obama's strategy as announced last December at West Point - and that is a valid topic - and it has been discussed on this blog.


Posted by: FlowersOfPeace | July 6, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Blunt, speaking into the camera, then talks about how he sees Democrats' spending putting the country on the wrong path.

Demonstrates amnesia about the Republican's policies over the last 30 years that put us in this mess.

In other news, Steele will not lose his seat simply because he has the support among the rank and file. Given the recent gaffes that he put out these days, he'll remain there at least until after the 2010 election. I know that the next person will be a white guy and that will paint the GOP as the angry white male bastion of the past.

Posted by: beeker25 | July 6, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

1# Steele's overall vision is to expand the Republican party to minorities, but it seems that the rest of the party is uninterested in doing that. He really has not proposed or suggested anything in the way of policy shifts from what the party has offered. His goal was mainly outreach and I really think that has failed. That is going to hurt him more than any Afghanistan comments.

#2 From what Chris C writes, the debate isn't really over interpretation of WVa succession law, but rather whether to keep it or change it. I'm not sure why Tennant would urge the Governor to do anything, personal preference or not. Given that Manchin is eying the seat, I really doubt the date gets changed.

#3 Republicans should be relieved that the Arizona primary is later, rather than sooner. The tea party is losing popularity and it's probably best for the party that they aren't locked in with a bunch of these guys the way they are in Florida, Pennsylvania, Nevada, and Kentucky.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 6, 2010 7:33 AM | Report abuse

Oh please keep Steele, he is a gift for the Republicans to use as an excuse when they don't capture either the House or Senate. Besides he makes Boehner look smart, a most difficult task.

Posted by: merrylees | July 6, 2010 7:29 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, MiA: when is Glassman going to make The Rising?

And does the GOP have a policy stance on anything these days beyond lower taxes, more Freedom for business, and no more welfare for the unemployed? I've left out eliminating the deficit because that was not on their radar when they could have done it.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 6, 2010 7:28 AM | Report abuse

JD Hayworth deserves the reaming he gets. His past shows he is capable of doing anything if it fills his pockets. McCain filled his pockets the respectable way -- he married money.

The Chamber of Commerce has become a wing man for the Republican party. Perhaps that Steve Roberts guy wants to take Steele's place and has started auditioning for the role.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 6, 2010 7:22 AM | Report abuse

Brigade, I assume the RNC chair is supposed to espouse the party line wherever there is one [true for DNC chair, too]. Is there an R Party line on Afg? If he is raising funds and helping state parties to organize, then he is otherwise doing his job.

#3: "Voter beware" is a perfect retort to a candidate who defended his former public sales routine with the phrase "buyer beware". Not that I think he would win the GE, but Glassman is an interesting D. A "nice Jewish boy" who was "raised" in a boy scout troop in a Mormon church, who has a PhD in arid land management [a true western issue, by God], who is a JD, who served a stint in the USAF JAG, and who has been vice mayor of Tucson. Oh, yeah, he is 32 years old.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | July 6, 2010 7:17 AM | Report abuse

Steele has stepped in several piles along the way, but I'd hate to see him go down for telling what is basically the truth after surviving the genuine gaffes. Obama didn't start the war in Afghanistan, but he "chose" to make it his war by tripling down after campaigning on the issue. Bush had the good sense to limit our commitment after Osama and Al Queda melted away (no, I haven't forgotten Iraq). LBJ didn't start the Viet Nam war, but after the Gulf of Tonkin incident, he "chose" to make it his war---and he succeeded.

Posted by: Brigade | July 6, 2010 6:37 AM | Report abuse

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