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White House Cheat Sheet: Steele Antes Up



RNC Chair Michael Steele is seeking to bounce back from a rough first month in the job. Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais -- Associated Press

The Republican National Committee is donating $1 million each to the party's House and Senate campaign arms, a sign of Chairman Michael Steele's commitment to down ballot races, according to those familiar with the move.

"The Republican National Committee stands by our outstanding leaders in both houses of Congress," said Steele, adding that it was an "investment in Republican strong principled leadership."

The money will come in handy for the National Republican Congressional Committee as it seeks to claim a special election victory in New York's 20th district at the end of the month. On Wednesday, the NRCC made its first independent expenditure in that race, dropping nearly $50,000 on media and polling in the contest.

Steele's decision to transfer a chunk of funds to the House and Senate committees comes as he finds himself caught up in a media maelstrom regarding his criticism of (and subsequent apology to) conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh. His backtracking on Limbaugh is simply the latest in a series of verbal gaffes that have led some to question his readiness for the job of lead spokesman for the party.

Steele allies insist that he knows he must be more disciplined now that he is the head of the party and not just a cable talking head. (No offense to cable talking heads, of course.) They acknowledge that Steele's transition to his new role has been rocky but insist he understands the need to be more focused and point to Steele's appearance on the "Today Show" Wednesday as a successful taste of things to come.

Steele also has faced criticism from some who feel that he has not moved fast enough to establish operational stability at the committee following his shakeup of staff after his election to the post in January.

Steele's supporters are resistant to the idea that the slow hiring of senior staff is a sign of disarray, however, noting that last month ten members of the RNC were tasked with conducting a top to tails review of the committee -- producing, at the end of February, a suggested budget for each department as well as a full organizational chart. (The members the review team were: Reince Priebus, Wisconsin chair; Saul Anuzis, former Michigan chair; Henry Barbour, Mississippi national committeeman; Pat Brady, Illinois national committeeman; Jim Greer, Florida chair; Holly Hughes, Michigan national committeewoman; Bo Palacios, Northern Mariana Islands national committeeman; Shawn Steel, California national committeewoman; Joyce Tehres, Maryland national committeewoman; and Bob Tiernan, Oregon chair.)

The idea behind the analysis -- and the deliberative pace of staff hires -- is to ensure that Steele's promise to bring an overhaul to the RNC is carried out.

While the lack of a senior staff has brought grumbling from some quarters, there are others not affiliated with Steele who praised the approach. "The Steele team is building an operation from scratch. "They are smart not to hire GOP operatives off the street just for the sake of hiring them," said one former RNC official.

Steele and those close to him recognize he has not gotten off to the sort of start many Republicans had hoped. But, they also know that money talks and providing $1 million in seed money to each of the two congressional committees will buy him (literally) some time to get his feet under him. A win in the New York special election would make Steele's current foibles a distant memory.

Politics is ever-changeable. Steele and his cohorts at the RNC hope today is the start of a new, more positive narrative.

Summiting Healthcare: President Obama convenes a summit on healthcare at the White House today, the first step in what could be a lengthy fight in Congress over an attempt to provide health care coverage for everyone in America. The summit, which will be broadcast live on C-SPAN 3 (!), will feature a number of administration bigs including Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, Domestic Policy Chief Melody Barnes, National Economic Council head Larry Summers, Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag and White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. "The cost of health care now causes a bankruptcy in America every thirty seconds," Obama is expected to say at the start of the summit, according to excerpts obtained by the Fix. "By the end of the year, it could cause 1.5 million Americans to lose their homes." Once Obama finishes his opening remarks, the plan is for the larger group (of about 120 or so) to break off into a series of smaller group discussions. There isn't much hope this summit will yield any real results; the idea is to get everyone in a room and start talking a la last week's fiscal responsibility summit.

Thursday Must-Reads: Breaking down the news of the day into five easy chunks. Like an after-dinner digestive biscuit. Or something.

1. Karl Rove and Harriet Miers WILL testify before Congress over the firing of a number of U.S. Attorneys. Before you get too excited, the testimony will likely be behind closed doors.
2. Inside Obama's strategy on passing healthcare from the Post's Ceci Connolly and Dan Eggen. Put simply: This is going to hurt (everyone) a little.
3. An oldie but goodie -- the New York Times magazine profile of El Rushbo from last June.
4. "Sir" Ted Kennedy. Get used to it.
5. The New York Times breaks down the fascinating statistics surrounding the free throw.

Pitt on The Hill: Brad Pitt (a.k.a. "Mr. Angelina Jolie") will be on the Hill today to appear with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), a fact her office trumpeted via press release last night. But Pitt will also sit down with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) and Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.) after huddling with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan earlier in the week. The topic? Pitt's "Make It Right" foundation dedicated to the rebuilding of New Orleans. Pitt gave little forewarning of his appearance -- aiming to keep it low key, according to a source familiar with the visit. Ladies, get your cameras ready; remember what a Pitt appearance did to the Post!

Daley All But In in Illinois: Bill Daley, the former commerce secretary under Bill Clinton and brother of the current may of Chicago, is leaning heavily toward running for the Senate in 2010, according to a source briefed on his thinking. Daley is a major player in Illinois politics and has all sorts of national connections as well -- a double whammy that would ensure he would not only have a potent organization but a solid fundraising effort as well. While appointed Sen. Roland Burris (D) appears to have weathered the "resign now" storm over his unacknowledged ties to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, it's hard to imagine that he can run for election in 2010. Daley might not have the field to himself in an open seat scenario, however, as youthful state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, who has already won praise from Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.), is gearing up for the race as well. State Attorney General Lisa Madigan, the heavyweight of the field, is now expected to either run for governor against Pat Quinn in 2010 or seek reelection and bide her time. Assuming Daley runs, Larry "Griz" Grislano and John Anzalone -- both veterans of Obama 2008 -- will team up to guide the race.

Bubba for Meek: On Friday, former president Bill Clinton will travel to Jacksonville, Fla. to headline a fundraiser for the Senate candidacy of Rep. Kendrick Meek (D). It's the second time the former president has stopped in the Sunshine State to raise money for Meek's statewide ambitions; Clinton was a guest at a late January Meek fundraiser hosted by Miami money man Chris Korge as well. What's the connection? Clinton first met Meek when the former was the governor of Arkansas and the latter was a state trooper protecting then Florida Lt. Gov. Buddy McKay. Meek was an early endorser of then Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign and, Clinton loyalists admiringly note, stuck with the New York senator even after it became clear she was not likely to win the nomination. Meek is one of two candidates in the Democratic field to replace retiring Sen. Mel Martinez (R); state Sen. Dan Gelber is the other.

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Grin and Barrett: South Carolina, a state that has produced more than its fair share of knockdown scraps among Republicans over the past few elections, is gearing up for another slobberknocker (with apologies to Jim "JR" Ross) next year in the governor's race. Rep. Gresham Barrett, who has held the heavily Republican 3rd district since 2002, announced his candidacy earlier this week -- joining Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer and state Attorney General Henry McMaster in the contest. Because of South Carolina's prominence in presidential politics, there's any number of interesting angles in this race. Sen. John McCain and his South Carolina consulting team led by Richard Quinn are with McMaster while Barrett's team includes Heath Thompson and Jim Dyke, both of whom worked for former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign as well as Warren Tomkins and Terry Sullivan who were behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's effort in the state. Trust us -- it's going to be a good one.

Say What?: "Sorry to throw a monkeywrench into everybody." -- White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, thankfully, speaking figuratively.

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According to HuffPo's Sam Stein, Steele's effort to reach out to the hip hop generation -- shockingly -- has NOT resonated with the GOP base.

Excerpt from Sam Stein's article:

"Glenn McCall, an RNC member from South Carolina, told the Huffington Post that he didn't think -- as one other committee member recently suggested -- that Steele should resign from his current position. But he did openly question whether the chair was pushing the party in the wrong direction.

"I don't think he needs to resign," said McCall. "I personally believe we need to be an inclusive party. But we don't need to go out changing who we are, trying to seem like we are in the hip-hop generation.... I don't think it will win us any votes.""

Posted by: broadwayjoe | March 6, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

ATTENTION: R. EMANUEL, WHITE HOUSE STAFF (please forward)


COULD POTUS' GRAY HAIR BE A SYMPTOM OF MICROWAVE RADIATION IN AND AROUND THE WHITE HOUSE -- OR DIRECTED AT HIM BY ROGUE ELEMENTS?


The following item ran in this space on February 6th. The writer suggests that President Obama order an independent scientific investigation into whether EMF (electromagnetic field) radiation, i.e., low-powered or high-powered microwave radiation, could be responsible for premature graying of hair, premature aging and other physical symptoms such as headaches, mood changes and skin changes... possibly posing a health risk to White House occupants. Ask the Israelis about these weapons and who has them in America.


***


(FROM FEB. 6 'FIX' COMMENTS:)


IS THE WHITE HOUSE IN THE BEAM PATH OF EMF...

...GIVING POTUS HEADACHES AND MOOD CHANGES?


It is a known scientific fact that radiation emanating from electromagnetic fields (or electromagnetic-emitting devices) can cause headaches, mood and behavioral changes, even adverse physical effects such as the induction of illness or injury.

Is it possible that such of the high-tech communications (or security protection) devices or weaponry in the vicinity of POTUS are causing physiological effects that could be affecting his sense of well-being -- or perhaps even endangering his health?

Given the advanced state of White House telecommunications and security technology, President Obama and his key staff should give this issue their serious and immediate attention.

Radiation-emitting devices and weaponry have been linked to adverse physical effects. Here is some source material:


http://www.nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 6, 2009 3:59 AM | Report abuse

TO: theamazingjex

If you would bother to read the cited articles, you will find links to articles that quote U.S. Justice Department sources as confirming that these weapons have been developed and authorized.

The article from the April 2008 FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin will demonstrate, even to you, that you haven't a clue about these weapons, their deployment, and what they can do.

I do commend you for staying up late in the pursuit of the dissemination of disinformation.

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-targets-terrorizes-u-s-citizens
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):
http://My.NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 6, 2009 3:33 AM | Report abuse

"microwave radiation weapons"???

I usually just ignore this sort of wackjob ranting, but come freaking on! Weaponization of microwaves? It's just silly to anyone who knows anything about high wavelength radiation. Unless you target is accommodating enough to enter into a specially designed chamber and remove any metal on their person, you aren't going to be able to heat them nearly enough. Why not just build lasers which would do the job for a fraction of the power? Oh, right, because THAT would sound unrealistic.

I can't wait until the conspiracy nuts start telling us that the government is beaming radio waves right through out bodies.

Posted by: theamazingjex | March 6, 2009 2:14 AM | Report abuse

THOSE BUSH TORTURE MEMOS WERE 'MADE IN AMERICA'...

FOR AMERICAN TORTURE?


TEAM OBAMA: WHAT DO YOUR BUSH HOLD-OVERS KNOW ABOUT THIS:

• Silent, covert microwave radiation weapons assaults on innocent but "targeted" U.S. citizens;

• Terroristic vigilante community gang stalking, surreptitious home entry, police-tolerated vandalism;

• Secret federal "programs of personal financial destruction."


http://www.nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-targets-terrorizes-u-s-citizens
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):

http://www.NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 6, 2009 1:04 AM | Report abuse

LEAPIN: I do not need twelve points to determine if you are a republican lemming or not. I need only one: Did you or did you not kiss Rush his ass in the last week? If you did you fit right in with the rest of the republican hierarchy. If you did not, you will undoubtedly sooner or later be drummed out of the party.

Posted by: Opa2 | March 6, 2009 12:51 AM | Report abuse

LEAPIN: I do not need twelve points to determine if you are a republican lemming or not. I need only one: Did you or did you not kiss Rush his ass in the last week? If you did you fit right in with the rest of the republican hierarchy. If you did not, you will undoubtedly sooner or later be drummed out of the party.

Posted by: Opa2 | March 6, 2009 12:50 AM | Report abuse

So in desperation you responded to one of those " work at home" ads filling out forms.

As far as my life, wife and kids, you have no idea what you are talking about. As usual as with everything. If your model was so accurate you would not need a job. And there is no one angrier then you and you rival drivl in your looniness.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | March 5, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

king_of_zouk - Indian H1-B workers are well educated. They take jobs from U.S. citizens because they are willing to work as indentured servants and be treated like slaves, too. They are paid about 2/3 of what their U.S. counterparts made, but even that is declining as more and more of them end up here. Worse, they essentially have no medical insurance. Their employers are "self insured", meaning they assemble a pool of money to cover anticipated medical claim costs. If an H1-B worker gets sick, they canned and, usually, just canned, not even sent back to India or China or Russia. So they end up here, washing dishes or driving a cab in N.Y. or wherever.

As for me, I am working as a DBA and analyst looking at health care claims, doing risk projections, etc. for Medicare and Medicaid for a consortium of states. (M.A. in Mathematics as well as the EE, remember?) I'm quite good at it, but would much rather work as an engineer "doing" new technologies that would create jobs for this country. As for the economy and markets, I am far better at it than most "experts", who actually read my posts. You, however, are viewed as an angry old fool with no life, no wife, and children who loathe him. I'd feel sorry for you, but you are so bitter and out of touch that it would be a wasted effort.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | March 5, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

mike b. If you are such a wiz, why did an Indian high school drop out take your job?

Posted by: king_of_zouk | March 5, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

The Borgen Project has some good info on the cost of addressing global poverty.

$30 billion: Annual shortfall to end world hunger.
$550 billion: U.S. Defense budget

Posted by: atsegga | March 5, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

KOZ - You know NOTHING about the markets or economics. Would you care to wager about the market end tomorrow? Say, the looser if off this forum for seven days. (And "looser" is most descriptive of you right wing nuts. I can predict it within 25% and will post that tomorrow morning just before the market opens if you are up to the challenge. I had today at a 4% drop. It actually dropped 4.09%.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | March 5, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

MATTHEWS: Why didn‘t he veto it and aid, take out the—OK.

Let‘s go to Chris.

Simple question. The president has a veto pen. He promised to go through these bills line by line. The country would be with him 1,000 percent. Why doesn‘t he do it?
-----------------------------
Answer: Obama doesn't have a line-item veto!
Chris, why didn't you say that to Matthews, the mouth, that doesn't stop talking?

Posted by: pedjr336 | March 5, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

leapin, that was uncharacteristically clever. Good job.

Posted by: DDAWD | March 5, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Another record low on wall st. Welcome to lib economics. Meanwhile barry studies ways to give free health care to illegal immigrants and get the last four remaining rich guys to pay for it.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | March 5, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Obama’s Lemmings Test. Add one point for each statement that is true.

1. You think “stimulus” money is real.

2. Your IQ is approximately equal to Joe Biden’s + the number of person’s who have met their tax obligation in the Obama cabinet.

3. You want to buy a Jackie Kennedy outfit because you thought it looked cool
on your hero Michelle.

4. You think that Global Warming isn’t just some “Control Liberty and Tax” plot.

5. You regularly watch the “Chris Matthews” show.

6. You think that the only “true “ media comes from the three stooges: MSObama, National Barrack Company, Columbia Barrack System.

7. You regularly diss people who make your dinner possible.

8. Your idea of diversity is to know someone who isn’t gay.

9. You go to weddings for freebies, just like getting your government entitlements.

10. Your life has been tingly since that “Bi-Racial Boy” got elected.

How did you score?

7 or above – You are a hopeless neo-Marxist Lemming. Do the world a favor and breed with TheBabeNeoMarxist.

3,4,5,6 – There may be hope for you. Try to watch PBS or MSObama, or the other three stooges, Pelosi, Reid, and Frank.

Read something more intellectually honest than the NY Times or the WaPo.

0,1,2- Worry! The Tankman is running the country!

Posted by: leapin | March 5, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Steele was probably a poor choice from the gitgo...

Posted by: newbeeboy | March 5, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

I hear the government printing presses for currency are completely dependent on Chinese parts.

If the Chinese withhold the replacement parts BHO's ponzi scheme goes up in smoke. Just like a lot of his pipe dreams.

Posted by: leapin | March 5, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

russ_broadway:
BRAVO!
(thebabe is SERIOUSLY rolling on the floor laughing now))))

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 5, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

kase - Cut it out! That's as insulting as any of the racist nonsnse tossed out by the white supremacists and high school students here. There are plenty of decent, honest (and more than a little misguided) Republican's who happen to be black.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | March 5, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Limbaugh’s Lemmings Test. Add one point for each statement that is true

1. You think Wraslin is real

2. Your IQ is approximately equal to your belt size + the number of teeth you still have left

3. You want to buy a Johnny Cash outfit because you thought it looked cool
on your hero Rush

4. You think that Global Warming is just some “Liberal Plot”

5. You regularly watch the “Jerry Springer” show

6. You think that the only “true “ media comes from the three stooges: Rush “The Buffoon” Limbaugh, Bill “The Gas Bag” O’Reilly, or Shaun “Hiel Heetler” Hannity.

7. You regularly fish or hunt for your dinner

8. Your idea of diversity is to know someone who doesn’t go to church

9. You go to weddings to pick up date

10. Your life has been depressing since that “Colored Boy” got elected.

How did you score?

7 or above – You are a hopeless Limbaugh Lemming. Do the world a favor and jump off a cliff.

3,4,5,6 – There may be hope for you. Try note to watch Wraslin, Springer, or the three stooges. Read something more intellectual than Hustler, or Guns and Ammo.

0,1,2- Not to worry

Posted by: russ_broadway | March 5, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

CLOSING SOON!
Only a few performances left!
See Michael Steele in Uncle Tom's Cabin!

Posted by: kase | March 5, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Chris -

Why do Chris Matthews never let a pundit finish their statement?

And another thing I thought I was going to gag when he gave some sort of host award to Roland Burris.

Now he said he's has an award for Rush today.

Forbes got a big blow back from writers when they listed Chris Matthews as a Liberal!

Most on the left calls him the flim flam man.

I'm telling you those two Irish guys that come on at the same time with their self-loathing about Obama (Matthews and Dobbs)is all too obvious!

No one likes a player-hater!


Posted by: danson1 | March 5, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

"Twitter is overrated."

Garry Trudeau is covering twitter this week. Pretty amusing perspective.

Posted by: bsimon1 | March 5, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

i can't help myself (((muuuuhhhaaahhhaa)

Let me ask you...why in the HECK is anyone, much less Steele, much less Republicans
apologizing to that fat freak percocette addicted radio talk show host.

APOLOGIZING? For what?

Hey drindl......run me down this story again......why is ANYONE on this planet holding this fat freak in high regard.

He doesn't deserve HIGH REGARD.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 5, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

hey king......
i can see your glass is half empty again today.
cheer up......

you could be 80% upside down in your house.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 5, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

uuuh, i forgot - now, what's a Republican?

"The Republican National Committee is donating $1 million each to the party's House and Senate campaign arm..."
----Hello! Why?
--nation is going broke folks and this is so frEEKING logical!

Put your orders in for those $87,000 area rugs folks.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 5, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Twitter is overrated. Why should I sign up for twit when I won't get anything besides what I already know via this site and the endless reptitiion of the same info on cable tv? Does 10,000 twitter heads mean more intruisive advertising?

Who are the primary backers of twitter? I'd be curious to know.

Posted by: Just_An_Observer | March 5, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Twitter is overrated. Why should I sign up for twit when I won't get anything besides what I already know via this site and the endless reptitiion of the same info on cable tv? Does 10,000 twitter heads mean more intruisive advertising?

Who are the primary backers of twitter? I'd be curious to know.

Posted by: Just_An_Observer | March 5, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

I will not forget the GOP obstructing efforts to get our world back in order. Just for the sake of obstructing to make Obama look bad.

Posted by: swatkins1 | March 5, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Steele... You be da man... what a crock...

Posted by: demtse | March 5, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

SUSPECT BIG BROTHER INTERNET / TELECOM SPYING OR MALICIOUS INTERFERENCE?


Do something -- tell your story to the American Civil Liberties Union (link below).

Then demand that ACLU renew its free speech fight by filing a class-action suit against unconstitutional, rogue government surveillance operations.

http://blog.aclu.org/2009/01/26/internet-filters-voluntary-ok-not-government-mandate/#comments

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 5, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

I am really baffled with what passes foe rightwinger 'humor.' why do they think calling obama 'barry' is funny or insulting or clever, or whyever else they do. it's just juvenile. that the best you can do, folks?

Posted by: drindl | March 5, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Steele is in deep trouble from all directions. He won't survive.

Posted by: drindl | March 5, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I think the GOP had a plan, put Steele in to make Palin look and sound intelligent. It's working. Calling Steele a light weight is an insult to real light weights.

Posted by: PatrickNYC1 | March 5, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

"Barry is an economic genius? He is superb at eliminating earmarks?"
king_of_zouk
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Funny how you don't mention that nearly half of those earmarks are Republican even though there are 1.5 as many Democrats, but, I'd bet you didn't even know that because you are an ignoramus.

Repubs love to focus in on 2% of the budget, they can't see the "big" picture.

And just because it is labeled as an "earmark" does not mean it isn't a program designed to generate general welfare for the common good.

Posted by: JRM2 | March 5, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

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Very well stated JRM2! Please allow me the liberty of throwing my two cents in as well. Stop mooching off my state's Federal tax dollars you ignoramous red state mooches! That means you Utah, Alabama, Alaska, etc., etc. You made it very clear during the last campaign that San Francisco is not a real American place, so please, please don't be the kind of flaming hypocrites who bite the hands that feed them.

Posted by: htruman | March 5, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

"KOZ - "...another down day at the DOW..."

There were a heckuva lot of down days at the Dow while George Dumbya Bush was president, and I don't recall KOZ blaming a single one of them on Bush.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | March 5, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

I hear Jesse Helms isn't doing much nowadays.

Why not give him a ring down there and have him come back for the job Steele has?

It's only right.

Helms can bring his pitchfork with him and drop in on Rushbo while he's at it.

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | March 5, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

KOZ - "...another down day at the DOW..." I have been modeling the economy for several years and have been posting precisely what has occurred right here for more than two years. It has nothing to do with Obama and everything to do with the trade, job outsourcing, deregulatory, pension, investment, banking, and other trends that have been occurring in this country for the past 28 years. Reagan sparked an economic uptick by regulatory measures and tax breaks for the wealthy. Bush I and Clinton encouraged this and added utterly insane free trade policies. Bush II took that bus and drove it off a cliff. Now, you can blame Obama for attempting to keep free trade, for continuing to allow job outsourcing and continuing to allow guest worker programs, especially the H1-B and L-1 (which are KEY). But Obama didn't cause this. is only fault is listening to Geithner, Summers, and the apostles of big business and globalization. Now, as I stated last week, CITI looks like it will go under later this week or next week. GM will fall into bankruptcy and Ford and Chrysler aren't in much better shape. One of them going down is going to tank BOA, Barkley's, and you are going to see a mess in the personal and other unsecured credit market that will explode and take out out banks and businesses across the globe. We're sunk and the reason for it is the lunacy you and other NeoCon/NeoLiberal free trade nuts have been advocating all along.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | March 5, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

"If I got this right, then Steele has to learn not to shoot other Rs in the foot. Otherwise, he probably can do this as well as anyone. I am not seeing Mr. Steele as the sort of lightning rod who will bring the Rs crashing down and if he is an effective fund raiser he could have a successful run - so long as he stifles the notion that he can publicly criticize other Rs."

Well, even besides Rush, the guy has floated the idea of cutting off contributions to Specter, Collins, and Snowe. This is pretty stern criticism and stupid as well. These seats don't stay Republican if either of those three lose their primaries. I doubt Steele will go through with that, though. Two seats in Maine is a coup that no one takes lightly.

As for Limbaugh, Steele is stuck in a tough spot. The Obama administration seems like it will keep tying Rush to the Republican party. This is a bad thing given that Rush continues to put his foot in his mouth. As for the Republicans, not only are they unwilling to disavow anything that Rush says, they will go on his show, invite him to CPAC stuff and actually cultivate a relationship with the guy. Perhaps this is politically necessary, but I can't see this being helpful for the party to be largely identified as the party of Rush. That might sit well with the base, but the vast majority of the country knows him as the guy who wants Obama to fail and made fun of Parkinson's disease patients.

Posted by: DDAWD | March 5, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

JRM2 wrote: "Repubs love to focus in on 2% of the budget, they can't see the "big" picture."

Conservatives always focus on just 2% of the picture because that's the only portion that fits their biases. Beyond those narrow boundaries, there be dragons, socialists, and big white spaces on the map.

Posted by: nodebris | March 5, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

"Barry is an economic genius? He is superb at eliminating earmarks?"
king_of_zouk
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Funny how you don't mention that nearly half of those earmarks are Republican even though there are 1.5 as many Democrats, but, I'd bet you didn't even know that because you are an ignoramus.

Repubs love to focus in on 2% of the budget, they can't see the "big" picture.

And just because it is labeled as an "earmark" does not mean it isn't a program designed to generate general welfare for the common good.

Posted by: JRM2 | March 5, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

"Add to this his possibly serious legal problems over playing fast and loose with campaign funds during his pathetic run for the U.S. Senate and it is obvious the Republicans had no idea what they were doing beyond"

Say what you want about the guy and his tactics, but his Senate run wasn't pathetic. For someone as conservative as he is, 45% is pretty damn good in a state like Maryland.

Of course, this has led to the erroneous characterization of him as a moderate. He isn't one.

Posted by: DDAWD | March 5, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele has bounced from one job to the next never making a success at anything. He's like GW Bush without the family connections. What plays in Steele's favor with the Republicans is that he is tall, has a nice speaking voice and is, uh, African American. For a party that denounces affirmative action it is ironic that they chose a guy purely because of his race. Those who live in Maryland know that, in his four years as Lt. Gov., he was given one commission by Robert Ehrlich: do a study on racial disparities in death penalty cases. At the end of four years, Steele's study concluded that...a study should be done.

Add to this his possibly serious legal problems over playing fast and loose with campaign funds during his pathetic run for the U.S. Senate and it is obvious the Republicans had no idea what they were doing beyond, "Oh, lord, they have a black guy as head of their party, we better be gettin' one pronto."

Posted by: jhpurdy | March 5, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

"Mikey was probably best suited for the Maryland Lieut Gov job, which has no official duties. Every job he's had that has actual responsibilities has ended in failure."

What jobs has the guy actually had?

Posted by: DDAWD | March 5, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Republicans have nothing to offer except a bankrupt philosophy and failed ideas.
They shape shift and flip flop trying to reinvent themselves to win back voter confidence.
First they tried McCain, Joe the Plumber and the Anti-Hillary.
Now they are pushing their black Anti-Obama.
They even had a buffoon like Rush challenge Obama to a debate.
Power never gives up without a struggle but when you are stuck deep in a mudhole
it just makes you go deeper.

Posted by: seemstome | March 5, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

"Steele will outlast Reid."

Bold. Yesterday the Fix mentioned that the most promising GOP candidate for NV senate took another job.

Posted by: bsimon1 | March 5, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

"Summit on Healthcare on C-SPAN!!! I better set my Tivo.
That will be the most boring thing ever put on television. People in America don't understand how mind-numbingly boring and tedious this kind of stuff can be, but now they get to see first hand."

Does anyone even get a CSPAN3? My TV tops out at 2.

Posted by: DDAWD | March 5, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Steele is what you get when race is your only criterion for office.

Posted by: ravitchn | March 5, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Mikey Steele, meet the Peter Principle.

Mikey was probably best suited for the Maryland Lieut Gov job, which has no official duties. Every job he's had that has actual responsibilities has ended in failure.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | March 5, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Yes, good ol' Mikey don' wanna cause no trouble for Massa Limbaugh. Massa Limbaugh's a good ol' massa. This here Mikey done wrong and just gonna go shuffle 'long now.

Posted by: bigbrother1 | March 5, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Passion. What would they say? Barry is an economic genius? He is superb at eliminating earmarks? His frugality is legend? He has fulfilled his promise for bipartisanship and stood up to peloony. He is muscular with the Russians. He ended the war and withdrew. He immediately closed gitmo.

Seriously. What is there to say? I know. Rush is a drug fiend. That works. Without the " bush is dumb" retreads, there is nothing positive to say about lib governance.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | March 5, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Passion. What would they say? Barry is an economic genius? He is superb at eliminating earmarks? His frugality is legend? He has fulfilled his promise for bipartisanship and stood up to peloony. He is muscular with the Russians. He ended the war and withdrew. He immediately closed gitmo.

Seriously. What is there to say? I know. Rush is a drug fiend. That works. Without the " bush is dumb" retreads, there is nothing positive to say about lib governance.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | March 5, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

FYI: TEAM OBAMA (special attention, Atty. Gen. Eric Holder)

TO: NATIONAL PRESS CORPS AND INVESTIGATIVE REPORTERS

RE: BUSH DOJ LEGAL MEMOS APPROVING DOMESTIC TORTURE VIA MICROWAVE RADIATION WEAPONRY


Scribes, correspondents and producers:


Still-secret Bush Justice Department memos are believed to have approved the covert use of classified, silent microwave radiation weapons on U.S. citizens -- "targeted" under the pretext of the "war on terror" as "undesirables" and "dissidents."

Victims, including the journalist who authored the articles linked below, say these painful, debilitating and illness-inducing microwave assaults constitute torture and "slow-kill" (a military descriptive) homicide -- what could be described as an American genocide.

Victims of these assaults say their family finances are decimated by an array of secret "programs of personal financial destruction" that involve the forced cooperation of private enterprise; surveillance and interception of mail and telecommunications; and the forging of billing, utility, banking and mortgage statements -- what they charge is a process of expropriation and theft by deception.

Sources say these covert programs were justified by the Bush Justice Department under legal theories that are said to include a suspected "nexus to terrorism" and, according to a source, the legal theory that weapons and/or medical experimentation on U.S. citizens is permissible if subjects are under federal investigation for suspected offenses.

These microwave weapons assaults have continued under the Obama administration, and are facilitated by an "extrajudicial punishment network" enabled by federal agencies; local police nationwide; and "community gang stalker" citizen vigilantes fronted by government-funded community policing and volunteer organizations.

***

Victims have asked the FBI/Justice Department to launch a civil rights investigation. They say officials have told them they see nothing to investigate, and hint that victim accounts are delusional.

Victims maintain that marginalizing the persecuted as "unstable" or "mentally ill" is a tactic being used to cover up crimes against humanity, a highly organized and well-funded social genocide.


***


TEAM OBAMA: WHAT DO YOUR BUSH HOLD-OVERS KNOW ABOUT THIS:

• Silent, covert microwave radiation weapons assaults on innocent but "targeted" U.S. citizens;

• Terroristic vigilante community gang stalking, surreptitious home entry, police-tolerated vandalism;

• Secret federal "programs of personal financial destruction."


http://www.nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-targets-terrorizes-u-s-citizens
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):

http://www.NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 5, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

I like Michael Steele, that said Rush is an outstanding Spokesman for Conservatives. None of the Liberal Democrats even attempt to make an intelligent reponse to the questions/comments that Rush has raised.

Instead, name calling and "change the subject" is the rule of the President's left wing followers. How can his worshippers believe that President Obama, who has not even run so much as a sno-ball stand, run the United States of America? He can't. There was never an honest discussion of his experience before his election...now there will be one.

Now, Buyer's remorse is setting in as the truth...and his daily contradictions of what "he says" and what he does, is seen. I would also like to point out to the Liberal Dems posterson this page that no less an authority than the Washington Post took a survey and...Lo and Behold---Limbaugh listeners are the "most educated" most "informed" of all talk show Hosts. Liberal Dems could do themselves a favor if they would listen and learn---and then comment on what Rush actually says and defend their differing views....but,that will never happen as name-calling is so much easier...and "thoughtless"!

Posted by: passonfirstdown | March 5, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

"another down day on wall street. Obama where are you? Make the tough decisions. Fix the banks. Stop dicking around with all the peloony communism. Don't just vote present.

Landrew, guide us.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | March 5, 2009 10:13 AM"
___________
King, your mom told me to tell you she'll come down to the basement to bring you some popcorn and soda pop in a sec. Your mom told me to tell you to make your bed and to clean the dirty clothes you have stuffed under the bed. She also apologizes for throwing away your comic book collection last week.
Cheers.

Signed

Normal People

Posted by: broadwayjoe | March 5, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Our guess is Steele's days as RNC head are numbered.

RNC is still the organization where a candidate for the chairmanship Steele now holds distributed "Barack the Magic N---o" and anti-Hispanic CDs to RNC members to win votes. What does that tell you?

The RNC's discomfort with Steele started on Day One and his recent dust-up with Rush only made things worse. Reports are that Steele's ideas about outreach to "those people" have enraged the Phalinite/Kathleen Parker base.

BHO is still flying high over the cable bloviator-generated turbulence: 70% approval -- the "Rush as de facto GOP leader" stories have only strengthened BHO's support.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | March 5, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

another down day on wall street. Obama where are you? Make the tough decisions. Fix the banks. Stop dicking around with all the peloony communism. Don't just vote present.

Landrew, guide us.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | March 5, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

SUSPECT BIG BROTHER INTERNET / TELECOM SPYING OR MALICIOUS INTERFERENCE?


Do something -- tell your story to the American Civil Liberties Union (link below).

Then demand that ACLU renew its free speech fight by filing a class-action suit against unconstitutional, rogue government surveillance operations.

http://blog.aclu.org/2009/01/26/internet-filters-voluntary-ok-not-government-mandate/#comments

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 5, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

mark in Austin. I think the greatest challenge is one of perception, more so then mechanics. Choosing the rino mccain did significant damage and spending under bush was bruising.

Now Steele has cleaned house and has the wind at his back, what with obama spending, taxing, regulating etc out of control. When the next time to enter the voting booth rolls around, all that will matter is the relative position of the Dow.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | March 5, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

So glad Steele is giving away what is left of the RNC's cash.

Rove said he will need to raise $400 million for Republicans to challenge Democrats in the next election cycle.

Who will contribute? Rush? Internet Trolls? Joe the Plumber?

No one.

The Republicans will be laugh lines for many election cycles to come. They have destroyed themselves. Imagine taking Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin seriously. Come on, you just have to laugh.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 5, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

I am going to guess the normal order of priorities for the Chair of the RNC.

1. Run the national party HQ efficiently so that is both an effective fund raiser for, and easy communicator with, other R constituencies.

2. Help coordinate state committee work and provide aid to strengthen state committees.

3. Provide through the Chair a public face of the national party.

KOZ, you are probably the only one who posts who has experience working with the RNC, so feel free to correct me.

If I got this right, then Steele has to learn not to shoot other Rs in the foot. Otherwise, he probably can do this as well as anyone. I am not seeing Mr. Steele as the sort of lightning rod who will bring the Rs crashing down and if he is an effective fund raiser he could have a successful run - so long as he stifles the notion that he can publicly criticize other Rs.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | March 5, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Steele will outlast Reid.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | March 5, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

True, Steele is not likely to last 18,000 years, but as a Democrat I hope he stays around for the next two.

Posted by: tctexas | March 5, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Prediction: Steele will be out as RNC chair by the end of the year. Certainly by the 20120 elections...

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | March 5, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Summit on Healthcare on C-SPAN!!! I better set my Tivo.
That will be the most boring thing ever put on television. People in America don't understand how mind-numbingly boring and tedious this kind of stuff can be, but now they get to see first hand.

CC, also Daley's brother is the 'mayor' or chicago. Not getting alot of sleep I assume:-)

Posted by: AndyR3 | March 5, 2009 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Obama is speaking again today. Expect drop in Dow as a result. Will he veto the pig out or vote present?

Posted by: king_of_zouk | March 5, 2009 7:29 AM | Report abuse

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