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The Republican National Committee's image problem (again)

Reporting from the Washington Times' Ralph Z. Hallow that alleges -- among other things -- that the Republican National Committee's major donor program is insolvent is sure to set off another round of chatter within GOP circles about the committee and its chairman Michael Steele.

The RNC, smartly, sought to quickly push back on Hallow's reporting -- based on an internal document produced by RNC treasurer Randy Pullen -- that said that $1.09 was spent for every dollar raised from the major donor program.

RNC communications director Doug Heye sent the full memo to reporters in attempt to dispute the Hallow story, noting that the dollar figures show that 70 cents is being spent on every dollar collected from major donors and that Hallow's story contained a series of factual inaccuracies.

A senior party strategist loyal to Steele also noted that the memo was "one person's opinion" and added: "Everyone on the RNC knows that Randy enjoys firing darts at Chairman Steele and this is no different."

Another party source suggested that the real issue is that Steele lacks relationships of any kind -- good or bad -- with major donors and that the fundraising success of the committee, such as it is, has been built on low-dollar donors angry at President Obama and the Democratic-led Congress.

Regardless of the back and forth -- and there will almost certainly be more to come -- the story is no good for an RNC that needs desperately to stay out of the news.

Context matters in politics and the environment in which this story lands is not terribly friendly -- to put it mildly -- for Steele.

He has weathered one of the rockiest RNC chairmanship in recent memory, beset by verbal gaffes, staff departures, high-profile spending issues and an overall lack of confidence in his ability to do the job among the political professional class inside the Beltway.

While that group contains very few actual voting members of the RNC (and you'd be hard pressed to find anyone among that chattering class who believes Steele won't be chairman through 2010), they still carry significant influence over how the Chairman is perceived. And even his most ardent allies acknowledge that his relations with that group is strained.

Who's to blame for that situation remains a matter of much debate -- some suggest it's Steele's fault, others put the blame on a small cadre of consultants who once surrounded him -- but it is clearly at the root of why so few people are willing to jump in to defend him when stories like this come up.

And, that is Steele's real problem. In the course of an election cycle, there will be bad stories and the best/only way to weather them is to have a loyal group of defenders on which to rely. Steele is a man without a political country at the moment. And that's a lonely place to be in politics.

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Archie Bunker would make a fine Republican congress man. (Not a senator because he was never rich enough)Archie standing next to McCain would make a fine pair. Incidentally, here is McCain campaigning in Arizona wearing a Navy hat! He has not been in the Navy for 35 years but it's all about the image since there is no plan for Republicans except to say HELL NO to anything being proposed by the current administration.

Posted by: Opa2 | April 23, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Noacoler, don't worry about anyone believing in, or even listening to what 37thandOstreet says. Intelligent people see the name and just glide over without reading. We KNOW what the 2010/2012 election outcomes are going to be, and we aren't going to be the ones crying in our beers...(smiles). President Obama and his Administration will win, Congress will be stronger in the Democratic line, thanks to the rightwingers' push, and I for one will take a break from posting for 4 years. Happy vacation for meeee!

Posted by: dakotahgeo | April 23, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

That's the problem when you take a necessarily-behind-the-scenes position like RNC Chairman (fund raising is like sex, best done and discussed in private), and put a person in the role, perhaps exclusively, for 'photo op' reasons.

He begins to believe his press clippings, like any of us would, and...

Posted by: garrykanter | April 23, 2010 7:05 AM | Report abuse

Richard Steele epitomizes what is wrong in American politics today: elitists out of touch with everyday Americans.

Just like our elected representatives who waste every resource at their disposal, why should we have any confidence in Steele's leadership (sic)?

Posted by: fbanta | April 23, 2010 3:25 AM | Report abuse

Let's recap.

We have Sue Lowden and her chickens.

We have Carly Fiorina and her demon sheep.

We have J.D. Hayworth thinking about marrying his horse.

Perhaps the RNC should replace Michael Steele . . . with Dr. Dolittle.

Posted by: jeffersonian1
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How about a giant mistake made by Newt Gingrich, "The Tea Party is the militant wing of the GOP." Could not believe I heard him say this and had to hear it again, it's true. Another political party had a militant wing in the not too distant past, Hitler's Nazi brownshirts. Newt had little chance of beating Romney for the nomination in 2012, now he has no chance and has driven more independents away from the GOP.

Posted by: jameschirico | April 22, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

This is all but recycle news...anything else you got?

Posted by: johnrick | April 22, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

And here I thought the image problem was that their legacy was electing a semi-literate, fake good old boy twice while he drove the country into a trillion dollar deficit.
Add that to the perception that they constituents are mostly a bunch of older white men who don't like gays, blacks, Mexicans, taxes, climate change, the government, Wall Street, health care for the poor, etc. and the party mascot could easily be a mix of Old Mr. Wilson from Dennis the Menace and Elmer Fudd.
A bunch of crusty old codgers waving their rake/shotgun at those rotten kids messing up the flower beds.
"Kids today have no respect! Wasn't that way when I grew up. Why, if we got sick we just died! Or were crippled for life... not like these panty waste kids today with their "medications" and "hospitals"."
Add the fact that they put a black man in charge of representing this group and you have a comedy that really should have been a sitcom plot in the '80's.
The perception is that the GOP cannot shoot straight, unless, of course, it's at their feet.
Now that is an image problem.

Posted by: dccamp68 | April 22, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

One thing is for sure the GOP does not have an image problem... they are what they are... and that's okkk.

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Kinda scary that they don't have a much worse image problem. Less than two years after Bush ther shouldn't be anyone worth less than nine figures willing to vote for them. Talk about amnesia.

Posted by: Noacoler | April 22, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Besides disgraced, Steele is irrelevant like his party.

Republicans are now the party of NO, hooligans, bumpkins and morons.

Sure the Democrats aren't perfect, but at least they try civility, on occasion.

We are talking lesser evils here for sure.

Posted by: FastTrack | April 22, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

meh, 37th is there now.

I wonder what people like him are doing to for the Republican image problem

Posted by: DDAWD | April 22, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Remember JakeD/JakeD2's now famous "I'm not begging" meltdown a couple of weeks ago. I think 37's real close to that point now. Please don't push him over the edge. Guffaw.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | April 22, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

37thand0street,

John McCain-800K from the HC insurance industry

Many other Republicans got similar paydays... tells you much about their positions as well don't you think?

Big money in politics must stop. Both parties get much money from the same people. How much money do you think traitors like Mitch Mcconnell gets?

The RNC exclusively is a Corporate party.

Posted by: dwdave67 | April 22, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Noacoler

It's funny everyone here says don't read your posts.


Are you still in Vietnam


Why dont you stay there? and we don't wnat to know what you ate.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | April 22, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

John1263


Wouldn't you love for that to be the case


But you are lying, Obama took 995,000 from Goldman Sachs alone


Obama took more money from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac than anyone else.

You WANT that to be true - but it's not.


The democrats are a fraud, and they lie to you. You can believe all you want, but you are spreading their lies.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | April 22, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

@John1263: as you see the guy isn't playing with a full deck. We mostly just ignore his posts, which is a lot of work by itself since he posts all day, the same thing over and over and over. The hysterical tone is exhausting, reading it would make one peevish. The guy is obviously unemployed, mentally unsound, and given the amount of time he spends on here and the short gap between one day and the next, strung out on stimulants.

Posted by: Noacoler | April 22, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Uh... it is insolvent because the GOP has set up a parallel system without the reporting requirements, the oversight and the limits of the RNC system. It is part of the plan, and has little to do with Steele. Some have said that they encourage Steele to make the RNC toxic to push the big-money donors to the parallel PAC system.

Posted by: steveboyington | April 22, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans really have to investigate this - this is a major scandal.


Plain and simple.

Obama is borrowing $200 Billion from China - and just sending out checks to people - many in the inner cities.


Geesshh- no wonder the stimulus funds disappeared and no one can find any jobs created.


Well well.


When people realize that OBAMA IS BORROWING $200 BILLION FROM CHINA JUST TO SEND MONEY OUT IN CHECKS TO THE INNER CITIES they are not going to be happy.


This is a joke.


This is Obama economics at its worse - AND IT MAKES A MOCKERY OF THE DEFICIT AND A MOCKERY OF ALL OF OBAMA'S TAXES.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | April 22, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Image problem? HA! no... is a problem having to do with their record.
They have a clear record of economic failure for the middle class and poor going back to Reagan and from 2001-2006 they showed that they are unable to lead this country in any meaningful way for most people. They did very well (again) by the top 1%. They are almost all corporatists and corporatism is the biggest threat to this nation.

Posted by: dwdave67 | April 22, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

What in Gods name is that moron ranting about borrowing money from China and handing out checks to the inner city? Do you think you are serious when you repeat the rumors you heard from Ralph the drunk at your corner taproom, or are you repeating something that imbecile beck told you to think? Or is it from some fictional right wing blog? Do you even understand that when you say "handing out checks to the inner city" the rest of us sane grown ups know that you are a racist, because to you, the "inner city" people who someone like "him" is sending "hand outs" to you means "lazy shiftless coloreds..." How do you manage to know which button to push on the computer to even turn it on?

Posted by: John1263 | April 22, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

The RNC has had an image problem since supporting the McCain/Palin ticket. The best they have now is The Palin/Limbaugh ticket.

Posted by: unseenmirage | April 22, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

In case you missed the latest genius move for the Americna people -- the republicons today are filibustering simple procedural votes to start debating reigning in the Wall Street criminals who are underminig our future. Since republicons were the enablers in the first place, that should come as no surprise. If anyone was ewondering who stands for US and who stands for Wall Street and the captains of greed, this should put that debate to rest. If the republicons trying to keep us from having decent affordable health care was not proof enough this is plain enough for even tea baggers to understand.

Democrats = protecting the people

republicons = protecting fat cat bankers.

Posted by: John1263 | April 22, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

What the hell is 37th on about now, racism aside?

Checks to the inner cities (meaning to black people, of course).

Doesn't anyone care that this is complete crap? I guess as long as it's anti-Obama it's A-OK with the Post. No matter how dishonest, no matter how vile, no matter how unhinged.

Posted by: Noacoler | April 22, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

One thing is for sure the GOP does not have an image problem... they are what they are... and that's okkk.

Posted by: whocares666 | April 22, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

37thand0street wrote>>>Obama is borrowing $200 Billion from China - and just sending out checks to people - many in the inner cities.

Even if it's true, so what?!
Bush took BILLIONS from the U.S. Treasury, flew it to Iraq, and distributed wads of cash to Iraqis.
At least Pres. Obama is giving the money to Americans. Oh wait - they're brown Americans......

Posted by: angie12106 | April 22, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

37thand0street wrote>>>Obama is borrowing $200 Billion from China - and just sending out checks to people - many in the inner cities.

Even if it's true, so what?!
Bush took BILLIONS from the U.S. Treasury, flew it to Iraq, and distributed wads of cash to Iraqis.
At least Pres. Obama is giving the money to Americans. Oh wait - they're brown Americans......

Posted by: angie12106 | April 22, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

BWJ, I'm not seeing anything about the British election on the WaPo page. What's going on?

Posted by: DDAWD | April 22, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Clegg, not Glegg. I'd better learn the spelling of this new British patriot modeled after our 44th President.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | April 22, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

The problem with Steele's image and the RNC is that he (Steele) somehow convinced the white RNC establishment that he could think on his toes like the president, walk like the president, talk like the president, and do everything in the first three, while at the same time chewing gum.

And, he thought he could beat the president beat the president at his own game.

Steele and the RNC need to finally understand that Steele is no Barack Obama.

He wasn't then, he isn't now, and he never will be.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | April 22, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Britain's Obama, Nick Glegg, beat Gordon Brown. The biggest upset since David beat Goliath. Gleggmania!!! Developing. Drudge can't stand it.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | April 22, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

"STOP HIRING and start firing Federal employees. The last thing we need is yet another level of federal government.
Does this insane President understand that US citizens are broke and his credit card is maxed out.
STOP spending and start reducing the size and scope of government!

Posted by: rteske"

So if people are broke, your solution is to start FIRING people??

I don't know if Republicans are liars or just incredibly stupid.

You idiots have it backwards. During prosperous times, it's time for the federal government to cut down on its spending. There's no need to. The economy is taking care of itself. It's during the recessions that the Fed needs to up its spending and run up deficits because the economy is slowing to a halt. The idiot teabaggers who think that Fed needs to tighten its belt during recession are proposing that we make a bad situation worse.

I thought teabaggers were supposed to be really smart. How the hell do they not see this?

Posted by: DDAWD

Posted by: DDAWD | April 22, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

"STOP HIRING and start firing Federal employees. The last thing we need is yet another level of federal government.
Does this insane President understand that US citizens are broke and his credit card is maxed out.
STOP spending and start reducing the size and scope of government!

Posted by: rteske"

So if people are broke, your solution is to start FIRING people??

I don't know if Republicans are liars or just incredibly stupid.

You idiots have it backwards. During prosperous times, it's time for the federal government to cut down on its spending. There's no need to. The economy is taking care of itself. It's during the recessions that the Fed needs to up its spending and run up deficits because the economy is slowing to a halt. The idiot teabaggers who think that Fed needs to tighten its belt during recession are proposing that we make a bad situation worse.

I thought teabaggers were supposed to be really smart. How the hell do they not see this?

Posted by: DDAWD

Posted by: DDAWD | April 22, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

The Earned Income Tax Credit in the Stimulusa Bill -


OBAMA SLIPPED INTO THE STIMULUS BILL A MASSIVE INCREASE

OBAMA IS BASICALLY BORROWING $200 BILLION FROM CHINA AND MAILING THE MONEY TO INDIVIDUALS IN THE INNER CITIES.

No wonder the stimulus bill is not creating jobs.

The Republicans really have to investigate this - this is a major scandal.


Plain and simple.

Obama is borrowing $200 Billion from China - and just sending out checks to people - many in the inner cities.


Geesshh- no wonder the stimulus funds disappeared and no one can find any jobs created.


Well well.


When people realize that OBAMA IS BORROWING $200 BILLION FROM CHINA JUST TO SEND MONEY OUT IN CHECKS TO THE INNER CITIES they are not going to be happy.


This is a joke.


This is Obama economics at its worse - AND IT MAKES A MOCKERY OF THE DEFICIT AND A MOCKERY OF ALL OF OBAMA'S TAXES.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | April 22, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Its the earned income tax credit Obama is sending the checks directly to people in the inner cities.


Borrowing money from China and mailing the checks to the people in the inner cities.


$200 Billion borrowed from China getting mailed directly to individuals.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 22, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

(in the words of nixonites) FOUR MORE YEARS

As for all of you quasi fascists, crypto fascists, separatists, confederates, and self proclaimed violent democrats who vote at the end of a gun and plain ignorant palen followers 4 MORE YEARS. And for those of you bozos who brazenly threaten lock you up you law breakers.

lock'm up. yup. you.

Posted by: jato11 | April 22, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

I wonder why 37th just makes things up.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 22, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

um, there's no bailout in the Dodd finreg bill.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 22, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

37, glad you could make it...not. LOL. BTW, who hit first from the Empire State Building, you or mooned/zouk?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | April 22, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans really have to investigate this - this is a major scandal.


Plain and simple.

Obama is borrowing $200 Billion from China - and just sending out checks to people - many in the inner cities.


Geesshh- no wonder the stimulus funds disappeared and no one can find any jobs created.


Well well.


When people realize that OBAMA IS BORROWING $200 BILLION FROM CHINA JUST TO SEND MONEY OUT IN CHECKS TO THE INNER CITIES they are not going to be happy.


This is a joke.


This is Obama economics at its worse - AND IT MAKES A MOCKERY OF THE DEFICIT AND A MOCKERY OF ALL OF OBAMA'S TAXES.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | April 22, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Too bad the Tea Party is not a valid movement. We could get rid of Democrats and Republicans. We desperately need to change the game...not just change players to the same game.

Look at how sick Obama and his Republicans allies are on that $50 Billion bailout fund in the financial reform bill. The last bailout was $700 Billion. And now assest are growing. This thing is a joke.

Posted by: Maddogg | April 22, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Too bad the Tea Party is not a valid movement. We could get rid of Democrats and Republicans. We desperately need to change the game...not just change players to the same game.

Look at how sick Obama and his Republicans allies are on that $50 Billion bailout fund in the financial reform bill. The last bailout was $700 Billion. And now assest are growing. This thing is a joke.

Posted by: Maddogg | April 22, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Too bad the Tea Party is not a valid movement. We could get rid of Democrats and Republicans. We desperately need to change the game...not just change players to the same game.

Look at how sick Obama and his Republicans allies are on that $50 Billion bailout fund in the financial reform bill. The last bailout was $700 Billion. And now assest are growing. This thing is a joke.

Posted by: Maddogg | April 22, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Too bad the Tea Party is not a valid movement. We could get rid of Democrats and Republicans. We desperately need to change the game...not just change players to the same game.

Look at how sick Obama and his Republicans allies are on that $50 Billion bailout fund in the financial reform bill. The last bailout was $700 Billion. And now assest are growing. This thing is a joke.

Posted by: Maddogg | April 22, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Too bad the Tea Party is not a valid movement. We could get rid of Democrats and Republicans. We desperately need to change the game...not just change players to the same game.

Look at how sick Obama and his Republicans allies are on that $50 Billion bailout fund in the financial reform bill. The last bailout was $700 Billion. And now assets are growing. The thing is a joke.

Posted by: Maddogg | April 22, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Too bad the Tea Party is not a valid movement. We could get rid of Democrats and Republicans. We desperately need to change the game...not just change players to the same game.

Look at how sick Obama and his Republicans allies are on that $50 Billion bailout fund in the financial reform bill. The last bailout was $700 Billion. And now assets are growing. The thing is a joke.

Posted by: Maddogg | April 22, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Too bad the Tea Party is not a valid movement. We could get rid of Democrats and Republicans. We desperately need to change the game...not just change players to the same game.

Look at how sick Obama and his Republicans allies are on that $50 Billion bailout fund in the financial reform bill. The last bailout was $700 Billion. And now assets are growing. The thing is a joke.

Posted by: Maddogg | April 22, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Too bad the Tea Party is not a valid movement. We could get rid of Democrats and Republicans. We desperately need to change the game...not just change players to the same game.

Look at how sick Obama and his Republicans allies are on that $50 Billion bailout fund in the financial reform bill. The last bailout was $700 Billion. And now assets are growing. The thing is a joke.

Posted by: Maddogg | April 22, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

See the democrats were saying last week that Obama gave 95% of Americans a tax break


What Obama really did is this: since 47% of Americans do not pay income taxes - Obama made it so those people could CLAIM THEIR TAX BREAK IN THE FORM OF CASH.

Obama is MAILING CHECKS TO PEOPLE - Obma has bascially borrowed $200 Billion from CHINA AND OBAMA IS MAILING THE MONEY TO PEOPLE.


This is why CNN and the other networks couldn't find the jobs the stimulus was supposed to be creating.


This is a SCANDAL OF THE HIGHEST ORDER.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 22, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Too bad the Tea Party is not a valid movement. We could get rid of Democrats and Republicans. We desperately need to change the game...not just change players to the same game.

Look at how sick Obama and his Republicans allies are on that $50 Billion bailout fund in the financial reform bill. The last bailout was $700 Billion. And now assets are growing. The thing is a joke.

Posted by: Maddogg | April 22, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

"Steele is a man without a political country at the moment. And that's a lonely place to be in politics."
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This is opinion, not fact. You'd never it from this article, but Steele has strong support among the RNC folks who actually vote on the Chair. Mike does a lot of face to face outside-the-Beltway outreach. As a result this insider junk is pretty irrelevant to his future hold on the RNC chairmanship.

From the Post:

"A majority of state Republican Party chairmen have signed a letter supporting Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele, citing his accomplishments in the job.

"The charge of any national chairman is to raise money and win elections," read the letter, signed by 29 state committees plus those in Guam and the District. "With over $100 million raised, victories in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts, and victories in 29 of 37 special elections, Michael Steele has demonstrated that under his chairmanship the RNC has the ability, focus, and drive to lead Republicans to a sweeping victory in November."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/09/AR2010040903329.html

Posted by: broadwayjoe | April 22, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Back at you:
Do you know how many young people from underprivileged backgrounds, and yes, blacks are a proportionally higher percentage of the group, stumble coming out of the gate and get caught up in the criminal justice system? One of the reasons recidivism is such a problem is that people who get training and want to straighten their lives out CAN'T GET JOBS!

I'm not for coddling incorrigibles, but everyone deserves a second chance. No one should be REQUIRED to higher someone with a conviction, but if you can convince a prospective employer that you're a good risk, what business does the government have sticking its nose in? It's like three-strikes-and-your-out; just a way to convince people you're tough on crime, when what you're really doing is detrimental to society.

Someone will say, but they should have thought of that before they committed the crime. But how would someone in 1980 go about considering a law that won't be passed until say 2010? I saw a policeman lose his job because the state legislature "got tough" on domestic abuse.
Can't get a permit to carry. He'd been on the beat for 15 years, but must have slapped his wife once long ago. These laws are always retroactive, so he lost his job.
That's my rant for the day.

Posted by: Brigade | April 22, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

From the PlumLine on the real Steele story today:

"But I think folks are missing the real news in what Steele said. The RNC chairman also appeared to acknowledge that the GOP has had a race-based “southern strategy” for four decades, which is decidedly not a historical interpretation many Republicans agree with."

Mike just made history--the first post-Nixon acknowledgment of the Southern Strategy by a GOP official! That deserves a Rick Flair Wheeeeeew.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | April 22, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Gover wrote,
"I've got news for the GOP: it's not a lack of a black RNC chairman that you aren't scoring you the black vote. It's how you do racist things like tell people Slavery wasn't the cause of the civil war, tell black people that if they have outstanding warrants or tickets they'll be arrested at the polling place with robo calls . . ."

This is a more serious post. Maybe these things happen. I don't know. But I do know black people are seen mainly as just cheap votes by the DNC. What you need is effective representation, and one party loyalty ain't getting it done.

Bill Clinton signed the Violent Crime Control Act of 1994. Earth to Gover: he isn't a Republican. Bernie Madoff, Ken Lay, Jeff Skilling and all of the fat-cat white collar thieves at work to this day have/had one thing in common: no criminal history.

So why, every time there's a financial crisis, is the politician's first instinct to crack down on the segment of the population that's already been cracked down on once too often. I'll make book there's a hidden clause somewhere in this steaming pile before congress now that will cause a black man somewhere, who got caught smoking a joint in 1974, lose his job.

One of my pet peeves is that there are state and federal laws all over the books that make it a serious crime to hire anyone with a criminal history, even one conviction twenty or thirty years ago, to do much more than shovel manure for minimum wage. Want to work at a bank, or insurance company? Forget it!

I'll continue in another post so this one won't go 'poof' when I submit it.

Posted by: Brigade | April 22, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

What, Washington Post?

No mention of Steele's acknowledgement that the Republicans have employed the "Southern Strategy" to win elections?

This seems to be first time a prominent Republican has acknowledged that the Republican Party has deliberately used coded language to exploit racial biases, all simply for the sake of winning elections.


Posted by: associate20 | April 22, 2010 4:38 PM
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I agree. THAT was the big Steele news: Mikey calling out the GOP on their race-coded Southern Strategy.

"During a speech at DePaul University in Chicago on Tuesday, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele committed his latest slip-up by positing that for the last several decades, the Republican Party has pursued a “Southern strategy” designed to target white male voters. “For the last 40-plus years we had a ‘Southern strategy’ that alienated many minority voters by focusing on the white male vote in the South."

http://interact.stltoday.com/blogzone/a-conversation-about-race/general-news/2010/04/steele-draws-fire-for-comments-about-gop-southern-strategy/

This was from a blog on a Post-owned site. How'd Fix miss this?

Mike! Power to the People! Mike has a plan to stick it to "the Man." Right on...

Posted by: broadwayjoe | April 22, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Imitation is the *MOST* sincere for of flattery.

I.e., filing one's lips with, whatever. Having one's butt puffed up... sure sounds painful.

A black man to counter a black man.

Only Steele ain't got what Obama has, outside of being black. And those that don't know any better think that's all it is. Just being black.

Wrong!!!!
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Posted by: Evenfoolsarerightsometimes | April 22, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

This article tactfully ignores the unspoken elephant in the GOP Elephant's living room: Steele's "outspokenness while black" simply turns off many of the big party donors. Between that unfair burden that Steele carries, and the very real ones he has brought upon himself with the mismanagement and corruption of fundraising expenses, Steele is a major roadblock toward the GOP taking Congress back.

Posted by: B2O2 | April 22, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

What utter rubbish! Typical of the WaPo annex of the Comrade "Big Brother" Obozo re-election committee.

You know, where were you losers at the WaPo 2 years ago when Acorn was stuffing the ballot boxes, or all of those untraceable gift cards that were used to make $100 donations ad nauseum to the Dumbocrats. Where was your investigative journalism then???

The truth is that you losers at the WaPo are just blatantly partisan Dumbocrats. You can't even admit that you are biased.

As for me, I wear my colors:

VOTE REPUBLICAN!!!

Posted by: A1965bigdog | April 22, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse


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Maybe the bigdog should learn read. The story originally came from....
The Washington Times. You know, that big bunch of liberals...

Oh what the heck, if you don't like the message, attack the messenger, right???

Posted by: mikem1 | April 22, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Associate20 wrote,
"No mention of Steele's acknowledgement that the Republicans have employed the "Southern Strategy" to win elections?

This seems to be first time a prominent Republican has acknowledged that the Republican Party has deliberately used coded language to exploit racial biases, all simply for the sake of winning elections."

Politicians exploiting biases to win elections. I'm shocked! Shocked, I tell you!

Posted by: Brigade | April 22, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse


Jeffersonian1 wrote,
"We have J.D. Hayworth thinking about marrying his horse."

Better than Obama riding the horse upside down.

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | April 22, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Jeffersonian1 wrote,
"We have J.D. Hayworth thinking about marrying his horse."

A liberal judge ruled that they have a constitutional right to marry. They're not hurting anyone. You're not in favor of discrimination are you?

Posted by: Brigade | April 22, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

margaretmeyers wrote,
"They put this American Taliban stuff in writing. I hear that Rule 10 makes you swear that you will never wear a thong."

I've already taken that oath, but I didn't have to become a Republican.

Posted by: Brigade | April 22, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Does this breaking "news" have anything to do with Fik favorite Chip (Barack the Magic N-gro CD) Saltsman losing to Steele in the campaign for the RHC chairmanship? You know, "good guy" Chip. Naaaaaaah.
_______________

"37 and mooned/Zouk jump from the Empire State Building at exactly the same time. Assume Zouk weighs twice as much as 37. Who hits the ground first, Zouk or 37?

Answer tomorrow.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | April 21, 2010 10:50 PM"

The answer?

Darned if I know.
But who cares?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | April 22, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Posted by Drindl:

"For those who haven't seen it yet --

'Take a chicken to the doctor'"

I'm afraid to take the bait. What is it, someone choking their chicken?

Posted by: Brigade | April 22, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

"Looks like the RepubiTurds are going to lose in the elections again. HAHAHAHAHA!"

Posted by: Classic60 | April 22, 2010 4:15 PM

See my last post. Here's one right here!

Posted by: Brigade | April 22, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

thanks to chris and all you other politically correct liberal losers,
the muslims have won!
even SOUTH PARK has been censored!!
OMG!
you dope smoking gay loving minority
smoozing idiots!

america is dead, long live the king!

Posted by: simonsays1 | April 22, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Askgees wrote,
"Keep voting for the DEMS and one day you’ll wake up owning nothing and totally dependant on the Gov."

Unfortunately, most people who vote a straight Democratic ticket already find themselves in this predicament.

Posted by: Brigade | April 22, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Yonkers, New York
22 April 2010

So what if [now beleaguered] RNC chairman Michael Steele "does not have a political country" on which he could count for reflexive support everytime he gets into trouble with those few Republicans who expect him to be perfect all the time?

Michael Steele knows, deep down, that he is doing the right thing for the Republican Party--raising truckloads of funds from fat-cat contributors and helping Republican candidates plot strategies to ensure their victory come election time.

And so what if he spends 70 cents out of every dollar he raises? That's better, much better, than spending 90 cents of every dollar, right? It cannot be true that he is spending $1.09 out of every dollar raised; where does the excess 9 cents come from? Not from his own pocket, that's for sure!

And so what if after a hard day's work he goes to a strip club to unwind and relax, and probably even to seek inspiration from those half-naked women writhing lasciviously around those metal poles? What he does with his own time is nobody's business, right?

Those kill-joy Republican critics of his had better leave RNC chairman Michael Steele alone. He is doing such a terrific job!

Would they be whining the way they are doing now if, say, Haley Barbour were the RNC chairman and did the very same things Michael Steele is doing now--like flying around only in corporate jets, moving around only in expensive limousines, and staying only in 5-star hotels?

I don't think so.

Mariano Patalinjug
MarPatalinjug@aol.com

Posted by: MPatalinjug | April 22, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

I had no idea your undergrad was in proctology.

Posted by: Moonbat


Big boy, don't listen to the sound of my rubber gloves Snap! Scared? Don't be.

This is for your own good. We know you have
the money for this. Health care is expensive. Now, just let your knees relax and push, push now against the pressure...good breathing, count those little dots...

There that wasn't so bad, now was it,
tough guy?

Posted by: shrink2 | April 22, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

How typical. A minority gets hired, not on credentials, but because of skin color. Then is a total washout. Fire him/her like a white person?

Not on your life.

Steele is no different than Obama. Obama lies his Obama off and never gets called.

Maybe when the RNC donations dry up, they will get the hint.

But I doubt it. This is the never ending clown circus that the EEO lawyers have graced us with.

Its not like Steele would go five minutes of unemployment. Big Al and greasy Jesse would snap him up in a minute.

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | April 22, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Like Oliphant joked, the GOP can't get rid of Steele right now since he's part of their 'minority outreach' program. But at one millisecond after midnight on Nov. 2, look for Steele to be gone.

Posted by: hairguy01 | April 22, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

A Republican Party that didn't reflexively look out for the rich and which didn't believe in economic ideas owing more to religion than to logic wouldn't be the Republican Party. That would be like fish that walked on legs and only breathed air. You wouldn't call them fish.

Throughout the modern era the GOP has been all about the rich, and since the investment castes just screwed us all so royally, continuing to carry water for these thieves doesn't strike me as terribly prudent.

Posted by: Noacoler | April 22, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Let me see if I get this right: the GOOD news for the RNC is that it only spends $0.70 to raise $1.00?

So the Republicans need to spend 70% of their take to raise money they then spend on bondage strip clubs....sounds like waste and inefficiency to me.

Oh, wait, that's what the Republicans say about the federal government. I must have this all wrong then.

Posted by: harmiclir | April 22, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

What utter rubbish! Typical of the WaPo annex of the Comrade "Big Brother" Obozo re-election committee.

You know, where were you losers at the WaPo 2 years ago when Acorn was stuffing the ballot boxes, or all of those untraceable gift cards that were used to make $100 donations ad nauseum to the Dumbocrats. Where was your investigative journalism then???

The truth is that you losers at the WaPo are just blatantly partisan Dumbocrats. You can't even admit that you are biased.

As for me, I wear my colors:

VOTE REPUBLICAN!!!

Posted by: A1965bigdog | April 22, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans' best chances for a comeback are if angry Republican voters outnumber less emotionally agitated Democratic voters, and Republicans win enough seats in Congress this year to show they have clout and start attracting major donors again. A better approach would be if Republicans abandoned their juvenile economic policies and started getting serious, but that's not going to happen.

Posted by: johnc_80 | April 22, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

People have finally woken up to the FACTS that Republicans (Reagan, Bush, Gingritch, Palin, George Will, Beck, Limbaugh, Bachman, Demint, etc. etc. ) have been and are utter complete lunatics.

To be exact what this means is that Republicans are paid agents of Rich & Big corporations (Big Pharma, Big Insurance, Big Military, Big Banks, etc. aka Wall Street Gang) and as such they have been part of one of the Ultimate Con Jobs in the history of man kind, perpetrated on the American people, for the last many decades. The purpose of which Con Job are the following 2 Key objectives:
1- To give American people as little as possible for the Taxes that we pay,
2- To enable the Rich & Big corporations (Big Pharma, Big Insurance, Big Banks, etc.) to get as rich as they can off
the back of the American middle class (people) by not having the Government (of the People by the People for the People)
regulate what they can do for the benefit of the People, such as regulate them from charging criminal level interest rates of 30%, or have Universal nationalized health care, as all Europeans have, Canadians have, Israelis have, Chinese have, etc.

And to get away with this Ultimate Con Job, Republicans have been saying any insane thing, any lunatic thing, no matter how senseless and illogical, such as:
1- "Government cannot do anything..."
2- "Government is the problem not the solution..."
etc. etc.

Which translated means:
1- You the People cannot do anything, since this is supposed to be the "Government of the People by the People for the People"
2- Pay about 40% of your income in Taxes and get almost nothing for your Taxes
3- Only the Rich & Big corporations "can do things... and are the solution...." IF we can brain wash you people to believe that the Government of the People cannot do anything... and thus the Con Job is complete.

More here:
http://anoox.com/blog/Real_News.34034

Posted by: RealNews1 | April 22, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

So the RNC spends like Bush and Reagan.. who would have expected any differently?

Posted by: newagent99 | April 22, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse


This must stop IMMEDIATELY or I will start waving my snake flag!

Posted by: motorfriend | April 22, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Americans are going to create and consume health care. Relax, it won't hurt a bit.

Posted by: shrink2 | April 22, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

I had no idea your undergrad was in proctology. Like all libs.

Don't tell Ped. It gets him all worked up.

Posted by: Moonbat | April 22, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Well here goes the corrupt liberal/progressive POST, again.


So.......here I go again....

POST with all the corrupt and crime going on within the Democrat Party, the White House and Congress you mean to tell us that you only have time for these meaningless "stories" on the GOP?

POST you're showing your corrupt liberal/progressive feathers again.


POST if you can't produce a "newspaper" anymore why not sell it to someone who's intested in running a "newspaper" instead of the extremely corrupt liberal/progressive political propaganda paper called the Washington POST

..............what a bunch of losers....

Posted by: allenridge | April 22, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

"I wish him well. That will probably do him in, of course."

Mark you are a powerful guy, but your wish won't do him in; last time I saw him, he already had a fork stuck in his career.

Posted by: shrink2 | April 22, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

There is also a situation blowing up in Florida concerning the Republican Party of Florida deciding that their membership cannot vote for Crist if he runs as an Independent and that they must insist on a refund of their donations to Crist if he runs as an Independent. They say this would be required because all members ascent to Rule 9 of the "Party Loyalty Oath."

Really. They put this American Taliban stuff in writing. I hear that Rule 10 makes you swear that you will never wear a thong.

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/04/22/party-loyalty-oath-would-prevent-republicans-from-backing-crist/?fbid=YlOVErw1wK2

Posted by: margaretmeyers | April 22, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

"...Barry is going to pay for it."

Leapin, we already did this. The President is not going to pay for it, you are going to pay for it and so will I. Americans are going to create and consume health care. Relax, it won't hurt a bit.

Posted by: shrink2 | April 22, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

WOW the Huffing and Puffing Blow Job of the GOP defenders sounds pathetic..

Of course it is all President Obama's fault.

Another example of
Republicans behaving like
RAPISTS.
then
Blaming the Victim

Posted by: Issa1 | April 22, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Keep up the good work Steele!

- Barack Obama

Posted by: BattleOffSamar | April 22, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

View from reality.

The national party is symptomatic of big government. Expensive. Under water. Intolerable. You libs go right ahead and make fun. It is about to be the asteroid to your dinosaur.

Give locally. Let the issues rule. Ignore the moonbats.

Easy. And in accordance with the founders. The original tea party.

Posted by: Moonbat | April 22, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

RNC is in trouble! Maybe that's why the DNC and Jimmah Carville are trying to raise so much money against the tea party. It ironic that Jimmah fits the lib stereotype of a tea part attendee.

Posted by: leapin | April 22, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse


What's this???? I thought the Tea Party was not the same as the Republican Party? They're the same? Hmf. Who knew?

Posted by: mikem1 | April 22, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Dribbls couch find sure ran out fast.

Posted by: Moonbat | April 22, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know exactly how much will little bradleys braces Will cost?

I need to calculate my msrp.

Posted by: Moonbat | April 22, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

For those who haven't seen it yet --

'Take a chicken to the doctor'

>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZezfjWox5s

it's funny.

Posted by: drindl
------------------------------------------
Not as funny, tragically, as how neocom statist Barry is going to pay for it.

Posted by: leapin | April 22, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

How can you make a stupid thug look intelligent and honest?"
YOU CAN'T!
These idiots are stuck with themselves. Look at Trash Limbaugh, Bill O'Dummy, and Miss Piggy. Can you make anything of this trash?

Posted by: analyst72 | April 22, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Well Steele, you wanted to lead this exclusionist, crazy, non-governing party. Serves you right. All you ever was, was an attempt to counter a popular, first minority President. The problem you Mr. Steele have along with your lunatic party is that you keep trying to ignore why President Obama is popular. He is trying to help the nation!!!!!! You and your party are only trying to help the top earners, elite, powerful and mighty. The people who donate to you. Too bad the average citizens who follow you don't get the fact that your policies do not support them at all.

Posted by: ajackson3 | April 22, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Steele is a man without a political country? Isn't that poetic justice for a Republican who pretended he was a Democrat in his last election?

Posted by: gasmonkey | April 22, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

For those who haven't seen it yet --

'Take a chicken to the doctor'

>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZezfjWox5s

it's funny.

Posted by: drindl | April 22, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Mark, the truth is, I feel sorry for Steele too. When he's talking to college kids, for instance, he tends to speak the truth. And he always gets in trouble with his party for doing so.

Posted by: drindl | April 22, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

I realize regular blog postings and breaking news are time sensitive, but please have someone just briefly glance over your writing before hitting publish... your grammatical errors make me cringe. "his relations with that group is strained." UGH.

Posted by: gannonlong | April 22, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

I don't think you could make such a case in any way shape or form without being reduced to lying like mad. Small wonder that Republicans spend all day doing exactly that.

Kinda hard to operate effectively when you insist on believing things that aren't true.

Posted by: Noacoler
------------------------------------------
It's hard to keep up with Barry's world record pace of non-truth (g)

Posted by: leapin | April 22, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

CC, thanks for the insider speculation. I feel sympathy for the occasionally forthright Steele. The R Party is on a runaway train for the moment. Tough job, his, raising funds for a series of negative responses, from a fractured money base. I wish him well. That will probably do him in, of course.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | April 22, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

You don't think the RNC is setting Steele up so they can put to the bed any attempts at racial diversity in the future?

I do.

As a Democrat I think Steele is doing a great job. That's right, read between the lines.

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | April 22, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

When you have such stalwarts as the Family Research Council telling its members not to donate to the RNC, it's kinda foolish to blame the messenger. Especially when the messenger has shown for a year and a half that there is no water he won't carry for the Republican Party.

When CC is reporting bad news for Republicans then believe it, because doing so for him is like peeling skin from delicate regions.

Posted by: Noacoler | April 22, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

What is it that is making the GOP so unelectable?

Why is the GOP tearing it self apart?

Why is the GOP still turning commie and protecting the Welfare Queens of Wall Street?

Posted by: walker1 | April 22, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Leave it to Chris Cillizza to try and beat this dead horse again. Hey Chris! It's not going to matter how much you blast the RNC and Steele come November. The Dems are going to get it handed to them. Why don't you worry about two things you won't have in 5 years- your job and your hair.

Posted by: maxpower99 | April 22, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

At an appropriate time in the near future, Michael Steele must be replaced by someone who can present the Republican Party as an entity that is distinctly superior to the Democratic Party. This will be no small task after what Republicans have done to themselves over the past 30 years.

==

I don't think you could make such a case in any way shape or form without being reduced to lying like mad. Small wonder that Republicans spend all day doing exactly that.

Kinda hard to operate effectively when you insist on believing things that aren't true.

Posted by: Noacoler | April 22, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

What DCer1 said!

Posted by: pmendez | April 22, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Swaggart and Hugh Grant emcee next GOP fundraiser;
Lordy, lordy, we won't waste your fool's tiding on sex! ;^)

Balkingpoints / www

Posted by: RField7 | April 22, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Well, newtie is right about this, at least:

'Last week, when former President Bill Clinton compared the political atmosphere around the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing to the political atmosphere today, conservatives freaked out and claimed that Clinton was trying to “smear Tea Party protests” — ignoring the fact that Clinton said he welcomed the Tea Parties. Speaking in Pennsylvania yesterday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich described the Tea Party as potentially “militant.”


Reading a selection of questions to the former Speaker, [Manufacturers' Association of South Central Pennsylvania executive director Mike Smeltzer] asked Gingrich about the future of the conservative group.

Gingrich said the movement is a “natural expression of frustration with Republicans and anger at Democrats,” which is “more likely to end up as the militant wing of the Republican Party” than as an independent or third party."

Posted by: drindl | April 22, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

RNC is in trouble! Maybe that's why the DNC and Jimmah Carville are trying to raise so much money against the tea party. It ironic that Jimmah fits the lib stereotype of a tea part attendee.

Posted by: leapin | April 22, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

It is not only Steele and the RNC that are under scruting. In Florida, Marco Rubio and Jim Greer and others are also under investigation for republican credit card misdeeds.

Posted by: truth1 | April 22, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

"but of course, hatemonger chris,
twists it to attack micheal steele,
who is black, but has no liberal
media pass... like oh, I don't know,
maybe Tony Rezko's buddy, halfrican
obama."

let me see, who's the 'hatemonger' here?

Posted by: drindl | April 22, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele, head of the RNC, admitted today that "African-Americans have no reason to vote Republican."

Well, one does. His name is Michael Steele. And his reason is that they let him act like a clown and give him millions of dollars to try to give them one.

I've got news for the GOP: it's not a lack of a black RNC chairman that you aren't scoring you the black vote. It's how you do racist things like tell people Slavery wasn't the cause of the civil war, tell black people that if they have outstanding warrants or tickets they'll be arrested at the polling place with robo calls, and continuously favoring the over-privileged Rich at the expense of the under-privileged poor at every opportunity.

Michael Steele isn't going to get you the black vote. He's just going to lose you white donations.

Posted by: Gover | April 22, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the RNC is trying to give cover to Rubio in Florida. No matter how bad things are with spending Florida Republican money, Rubio will be able to say that he is better than the national (RNC) standard.

Posted by: esch | April 22, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Funny how the Democrats are heading full steam ahead to an apocalyptic election in November, and this rag of a leftist newspaper focuses on the RNC's image. What planet do you guys live on?

News flash: the wheels are coming off the Obama fraud wagon, and ignoring it won't help.

2012 cannot come soon enough.

Posted by: DCer1 | April 22, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

'We can live without Wall Street, but they can't live without us.'

ain't it the truth, shrink. now that they've decided to outsource all their jobs and not pay taxes to the US, they are nothing but leeches here.

Posted by: drindl | April 22, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

The story that spawned this hachet piece,
was about both parties spending huge amounts to wine and dine potential
donors.

but of course, hatemonger chris,
twists it to attack micheal steele,
who is black, but has no liberal
media pass... like oh, I don't know,
maybe Tony Rezko's buddy, halfrican
obama.

Posted by: simonsays1 | April 22, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Seems to me that maybe those who were invited to attend all of those RNC's Tea Partys were probably all helping to spend a little more in order to enhance their Earl Grey. So, it seems to me, that the stimulus spending pattern of our Committee Leaders simply followed the behavior of our GOP Legislators of our past. And my guess is that if the GOP RNC used the TARP approach to "stimulate" their "parties", then there's simply no telling where the money went, again.

Posted by: jralger | April 22, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

chris be the balls of the wapo
liberal gestapo.
good work chris...
keep pushing their buttons,
and when violence breaks out,
blame it on the right.

all men are created equal,
until robert gibbs adds the spin'

Posted by: simonsays1 | April 22, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

please, do not say
muslim and extremist
in the same sentence.
all praise the prophet
of obama...

tolerance is a code word.
before the storm troopers
start to march.
J.Wright

Posted by: simonsays1 | April 22, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Funny how Republicans circle the wagons around, Bush, Cheney, and any number of Congressmen and statesmen, but they won't dive in front of the black guy. They won't stand up for him. I don't really like Steele, but the Republicans were just using him for his color in the first place to counter Obama's mojo. Then, they figured out how much of a liability he is, but unlike other idiotic or devious Republicans, they haven't been behind this guy 110%. Guess some things never change.

Posted by: fbutler1 | April 22, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

What, Washington Post?

No mention of Steele's acknowledgement that the Republicans have employed the "Southern Strategy" to win elections?

This seems to be first time a prominent Republican has acknowledged that the Republican Party has deliberately used coded language to exploit racial biases, all simply for the sake of winning elections.

In case you're unfamiliar with the despicable "Southern Strategy," Republican strategist Lee Atwater said of the sums it up in the following quote:

"You start out in 1954 by saying, 'N-----, n-----, n-----." By 1968 you can't say "n-----"—that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states' rights and all that stuff. You're getting so abstract now [that] you're talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you're talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites.

And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I'm not saying that. But I'm saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. You follow me—because obviously sitting around saying, "We want to cut this," is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than
'N-----, n-----'."

Posted by: associate20 | April 22, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Let's recap.

We have Sue Lowden and her chickens.

We have Carly Fiorina and her demon sheep.

We have J.D. Hayworth thinking about marrying his horse.

Perhaps the RNC should replace Michael Steele . . . with Dr. Dolittle.

Posted by: jeffersonian1 | April 22, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

At an appropriate time in the near future, Michael Steele must be replaced by someone who can present the Republican Party as an entity that is distinctly superior to the Democratic Party. This will be no small task after what Republicans have done to themselves over the past 30 years.

Posted by: JohnRice | April 22, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse


Steele's problem is he's not from Chicago. No experience on duping the natives.
.

Posted by: Billw3 | April 22, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

"Maybe we need a set of something like Maxwell's Equations to set out the relationship between the general theory of relativity and political space and time.
Or, I wonder if people working on the unified field theory have the political time anomaly on their chalkboards. Posted by: shrink2"

Sadly for Mike, Maxwells equation that describes Gauss'es relation ship doesn't hold for force fields. Gauss says that the sum of magnetic force flowing into a bounded region must also flow out of the region, whereas for Mike, all that force, (bad vibes, bad happenstance, bad Karma) all flows into his office and stays there. But it is obviously negative energy because as it accumulates his gravitas and his pull diminish.

Now all I have to do is represent that as a partial in time, money, pull, and stature.

Posted by: ceflynline | April 22, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Since RNC finances never get much of a public accounting, the obvious wat to totally diffuse this problem, actually making the RNC books public is out of the question, especially when it might turn out that someone else is doing lots of spending and MS has no control over it.

He gets to stand up their on stage and take the rotten fruit and other effluvia that will be thrown at him from all quarters, and he gets to do uit for the rest of the year because it is totally beyond anyone's control right now and NOONE with any real creds or any real status in the party wants to be the designated target.

Maybe next time Mike will carefully read the job description BEFORE he takes the job.

Posted by: ceflynline | April 22, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Barry must have farted and the Republicans are in trouble again.

Posted by: jemvbcarmagh06 | April 22, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the RepubiTurds are going to lose in the elections again. HAHAHAHAHA!

Posted by: Classic60 | April 22, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

polarized waves!

Eureka!

Posted by: bsimon1 | April 22, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Republicans break ranks as Obama's Wall Street "reform" victory is secured.

After all, the street likes it, today was an astonishing display of the power of the 1200/11,000 floor.

Remember who got hurt by the disaster: the same people who are pouring money back in.
Wall Street bites the hands that feed it, just like the lottery. But if it does it the way it bit down hard during the Bush/Cheney era, I think most people realize...

We can live without Wall Street, but they can't live without us.

Posted by: shrink2 | April 22, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, if too obscure,
here is a cite.

Albert Einstein wrote:

The precise formulation of the time-space laws was the work of Maxwell. Imagine his feelings when the differential equations he had formulated proved to him that electromagnetic fields spread in the form of polarized waves, and at the speed of light! To few men in the world has such an experience been vouchsafed . . it took physicists some decades to grasp the full significance of Maxwell's discovery, so bold was the leap that his genius forced upon the conceptions of his fellow-workers
—(Science, May 24, 1940)

from Wiki

Posted by: shrink2 | April 22, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Here's a question about the Hawaii special coming up.

We all know the Democrats appear to be on their way to splitting their vote, giving the Republican a real shot at winning.

But does the newly-elected Representative have to face the voters again in November (I think he/she must, right?)

So even if Djou (the Republican) wins, then Case and Hanabusa could face off in a primary and then take on Djou in November.

Is that correct?

Posted by: Bondosan | April 22, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Maybe we need a set of something like Maxwell's Equations to set out the relationship between the general theory of relativity and political space and time.
Or, I wonder if people working on the unified field theory have the political time anomaly on their chalkboards.

Posted by: shrink2 | April 22, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

"November is far away and yet 2012 is oh so close."


One of the great mysteries of time.

Posted by: bsimon1 | April 22, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Rising! is being hoisted on its own petard.

Money flowing away from the RNC toward factions and interest groups can only exacerbate the situation. November is far away and yet 2012 is oh so close.

Posted by: shrink2 | April 22, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

One of the many, many things that I love about Steele is the way he manages to put himself front and center and take credit when even a smidgen of good news (for Republicans) appears.

When McDonnell won in Virginia, there was Steele, grinning manically for the cameras.

Posted by: Bondosan | April 22, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

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