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Steele's Rocky Road

Michael Steele has had a rocky start to his tenure as chairman of the RNC.

By Chris Cillizza and Perry Bacon Jr.

The honeymoon period for Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is officially over, with many in the chattering class criticizing the early days of his tenure and rumors circulating that an effort to oust him is in the works.

Taegan Goddard's "Political Wire" blog reported this morning that Katon Dawson, the runner up to Steele in the RNC chair race, was "quietly organizing" a no-confidence vote on Steele to be held following the March 31 special election race in New York's 20th district.

Dawson contradicted that report, however, in a statement released to the Fix among other media outlets today. "I support Michael Steele," said Dawson. "The people behind this anonymous rumor are clearly intent on dividing the Republican National Committee and our Party at a time when we need to be united."

Curt Anderson, a Republican consultant with close ties to Steele called the no-confidence vote "silly," adding: "The Chairman is in the midst of an unprecedented RNC member driven transition process that has wide support from both those who voted for him and those who did not."

While the no-confidence rumor appears to be nothing more than just that, the fact that it started at all is evidence of the unhappiness directed at Steele in some quarters of the party.

Glenn McCall, an RNC member from South Carolina who had endorsed Dawson, said Dawson had not spoken with him about Steele. But McCall, one of the few black RNC members, said he frequently hears grumbling about Steele from Republicans.

"He's still in the grace period with me, but I would love to see more of a plan for how we're going to win versus him on television every time I look," McCall said. "He's spending too much time out front."

McCall's criticism of Steele's desire to spend the majority of his time in front of the camera rather than behind closed doors plotting a strategy to return Republicans to governing majorities is a common theme in discussions with GOP operatives.

Even those close to Steele acknowledge that he has struggled somewhat making the transition from talking head (he has a contract with Fox News Channel) to leader of a major political party -- occasionally making gaffes that would be quickly forgotten if done by a mere pundit but turn into national news stories when they come out of Steele's mouth.

Steele actually has been declining interview requests over the last several days, as his transition team is looking over memos prepared by party figures detailing proposals to fix different RNC departments.

He has also worked to build goodwill among congressional Republicans -- transferring $1 million each to the National Republican Congressional Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee last week -- and is expected to announce several senior staff hires over the coming days that will likely quiet some of the critics at least temporarily.

Doubts remain.

One senior Republican operative in Washington said that Steele was off to a "rough start" but attributed that rocky beginning less to the former Maryland lieutenant governor and more to a "bigger agenda [and] leadership problem for the GOP."

Steele has two major tests of his leadership coming up over the next month: the special election in New York and the first month of fundraising (February) entirely under his control.

A loss in New York's 20th district or a desultory fundraising month will add to the questions already swirling around Steele. That's not to say either event -- or both -- would lead to his ouster from the RNC; that scenario seems extremely unlikely based on conversations with a variety of people friendly and not-so-friendly to Steele.

Steele is safe for now. But, his start at the RNC has been anything but smooth and he must use the next few months to make up lost ground.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 11, 2009; 4:05 PM ET
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GOP needs to drop confirmed KKK leader Limbaugh from their ranks. Until they put him in his place, they will keep losing ground. Well on their way to becoming minorities themselves. Recent overexposure has really damaged them. The more the American public see them the worse they look. Hide for a while and regroup.

Posted by: Hoffmann1 | March 16, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Hey. Those commenter who get paid to post against Republicans. Darn you.

Michael Steele is a Republicans But Republicans in not Michael Steele. Do you understand that all you morons? Obviously, you are all in favor with stimulus bill. But, do you think it will work? I don't think so. Your Daddy Barack Obama is making an short run impression to make his wife known to all Americans. Billions of foreclosures and bankruptcy is what dragging down the net worth of the economy. It would be better to bring it back to those individuals who are hurting most of the community instead of buying toxic assets. At the end taking control of private institution is a security termination because even during the first day of Obama's tenure, he already know what will be his end up. Get fired.
Scott Murphy for Congress Tax Liens

Posted by: johncaputilla | March 14, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

The article says:
"One senior Republican operative in Washington said that Steele was off to a "rough start" but attributed that rocky beginning less to the former Maryland lieutenant governor and more to a "bigger agenda [and] leadership problem for the GOP.""

YA THINK????????

Look, I'm a centrist Democrat and unlikely to be persuaded to become Republican, but even I can muster some sympathy for Steele. Let's face it, HIS JOB SUCKS!!!

Call me completely crazy, but I think we actually NEED a loyal opposition party, regardless of who is in power. Problem for the GOP is that GOP now stands for Greedy, Obstructionist Plutocrats. Oh, and we might add that, Steele notwithstanding, the de facto leading voice and intellectual prime mover of the party is a shrieking, bigoted windbag. And this is the party of Lincoln, Eisenhower and William F. Buckley???? The right wing of the party has managed to purge the party of moderates. They may be happy with their tactical success in so doing, but they'll die with the strategic failure that results.

Posted by: post_reader_in_wv | March 12, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

OK MR STEEL YOU AT LAST GOT IT AND I TAKE BACK EVERY NASTY THING I EVER SAID ABOUT TOI!! Asked whether homosexuality is a choice, Mr. Steele responded no. “I think that there’s a whole lot that goes into the makeup of an individual that, uh, you just can’t simply say, oh, like, ‘Tomorrow morning I’m gonna stop being gay,’” Mr. Steele said. “It’s like saying, ‘Tomorrow morning I’m gonna stop being black"

Posted by: willemkraal | March 12, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Well Chris, There you go again! One of these days you will grow up.

Posted by: poptoy1949 | March 12, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

The GOP should replace Michael Steele with a confirmed White Racist. That's the real face of the Republican Party. It's called Truth In Advertising.

Please visit my Blog:
"Conservatives Are America's Real Terrorists"

Posted by: cjprentiss | March 12, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Rocky Road is a depression-era ice cream invention.

Posted by: newbeeboy | March 12, 2009 8:04 AM | Report abuse

I'm appalled by the racist comments here coming from purported Democrats.

There are an abundance of grounds on which to mock Steele and his party without throwing around terms like Oreo and Uncle Tom. Come on, now. You all sound like Limbaugh. Rise above. "Content of his character," not "the color of his skin."

Posted by: nodebris | March 12, 2009 1:15 AM | Report abuse

sjs-BWW353 wrote: "I would be working with the Obama administration to get stuff done to help the country."

If they did that, the Democrats would get credit for fixing the Republicans' mess and the GOP would be the minority party for decades.

They have a tough choice to make: Party or Country.

It's a party full of Deciders though. They pick: Party.

If the country fails, they'll succeed! If not, they'll still be a minority party for decades -- but at least no one will be able to criticize them for putting Country ahead of Party. Priorities, you see. Now is the time when all good men must come to the aid of their . . . party.

Posted by: nodebris | March 12, 2009 1:05 AM | Report abuse

The Wingnuts are frustrated. In their little pea sized brains they believe that the office of President should always be held by a Republican.
God told them this and so did Newt and Rush back in the 90's when they were busy raking Bill Clinton over the coals.

Posted by: DrainYou | March 12, 2009 12:37 AM | Report abuse

The one and only reason why Bozo the Clown Barack Obama, the Democrap Socialists, and the Democrap Socialist--controlled MSM, are making such a big deal re. anything said or done by GOP'ers like Michael Steele, Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich etc is that these stories are covering up all the bad news about Obama's Marxist policies tanking our economy. It'll get worse folks, much worse! It's now becoming apparant that their tinfoil little god Barack Obama hasn't a clue about anything, and is floundering around like a fish out of water and in panic-mode. With a clueless Socialist Barack Obama putting his Marxist ideas in place and at the helm of our ship of state, the US and the world's economies will be like the one back in 1929 in about 2 years or so with double-digit unemployment, inflation, a negative GDP, and Obama taxes going through the roof, crippling what's left of our economy. The news stories about what Michael Steele, Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich, and other Republicans have said or done, are the red herring stories that cover up the bad news going on that all these Democrap Socialist shills don't want coming out and becomming public knowledge.

Posted by: armpeg | March 11, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

As a devout Republican and dittohead, I'd like to know who is the brainiac that thought a colored guy could head the GOP. Blacks offend the core constituents of the Party: angry southern white men and unrepentent Confederates.

Posted by: senatorblbo | March 11, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

No matter who the GOP has for a chairman, there best days are behind them. They party of no shame.

Posted by: shipfreakbo214 | March 11, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Hey Fred23,

Howard Dean also recovered to lead the Dems to two stright a*s kickings of the very small minority party Repuglicans.

The Repugs are going the way of the Whigs...they're just to stupid know it.

Posted by: DrainYou | March 11, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

I understand the situation that Steele is in. He has to try to stay true to the philosophical path of the GOP and sound reasonable and appealing to the mainstream but his fawning apology to Rush doesn't do justice to his last name.

As I recalled a while back Rush told Senator Jesse Helms that he needed to sit down and be quiet about something, I can't remember what Helms said but Rush didn't back down and apologize and neither should have Steele.

I myself am in an elected position within my church and the 1st year of my election I tried to listen to everyone and please everybody but brother Steele it's just not possible, so don't pull out what hair you have worrying about what the critics are saying or are going to say; if they were so right about everything they would be sitting in your chair trying to do your job but they are not so to hell with them.

Make a decision, right or wrong but you make the call and stand by it and don't ever apologize unless you are truly wrong and you'll know it when you are.

Posted by: RangerHAAF | March 11, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse



Posted by: willemkraal | March 11, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

"Hey the Dems named Howard Dean there talking head after this famous GAFFE,

Howard Dean, His face reddening and his right hand balled into a fist, Dean shouted: we are going to Texas, California, Alabama, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida "And then we're going to Washington, D.C.—to take back the White House—YEEEEEAAARGH!"
Well, he didn't lie, we did take back the White House--YEEEEAARGH! Maybe what you're saying is Steale will bring Hip Hop to the GOP????--YEEEEEAARGH, LOL...

Posted by: Beingsensible | March 11, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Party will continue to struggle, maybe even to exist, unless it gets in touch with what people today believe, not what people believed 40-50 years ago.

Posted by: UnPatriotic | March 11, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

"Hey the Dems named Howard Dean there talking head after this famous GAFFE,

Howard Dean, His face reddening and his right hand balled into a fist, Dean shouted: we are going to Texas, California, Alabama, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida "And then we're going to Washington, D.C.—to take back the White House—YEEEEEAAARGH!"

And you criticize Steele, how dare you stupid idiots even comment. How soon we forget"

I'm quite pleased with that decision.

Posted by: DDAWD | March 11, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Hey Mike!!!...... "How do you like me now?"

Lush Rimbaugh

Posted by: BenThere | March 11, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Party obviously still doesn't get it.

(1) The U.S. is becoming much more diverse, racially and otherwise

(2) Not everybody is a Christian let alone one that interprets the Bible literally. Many people in this country, don't want religion--of any kind--forced down their throats.

(3) If the GOP continues to insist that a woman's place is in the home, it will continue to get behind.

Above all, the 1960's are over. The more the GOP insists on continuing the culture wars and running against the 1960's, the deeper the hole they will dig themselves in. Times have changed.

Posted by: UnPatriotic | March 11, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

You call the GOP RACIST, let me jog your memory once more, the Democrat leader of the DNC Howard Dean, speaking before a black audience,...era 2005, .To be specific, Dean -- who seems to have locked up the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee -- said to a group of reportedly chuckling, apparently craven group of African-American Members of Congress that “You think the Republican National Committee could get this many people of color in a single room? Only if they had the hotel staff in here.”

But you fools have selective amnesia.

Posted by: Fred23 | March 11, 2009 8:41 PM | Report abuse

What's the surprise here? I mean the most racist party in the history of the country has second thoughts about the black man they thought they wanted to lead them? I'm surprised they don't lynch him. I mean that's who they really are isn't it? The party of El Rushbo, right?

Posted by: jrw1 | March 11, 2009 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Hey the Dems named Howard Dean there talking head after this famous GAFFE,

Howard Dean, His face reddening and his right hand balled into a fist, Dean shouted: we are going to Texas, California, Alabama, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida "And then we're going to Washington, D.C.—to take back the White House—YEEEEEAAARGH!"

And you criticize Steele, how dare you stupid idiots even comment. How soon we forget

Posted by: Fred23 | March 11, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Uncle Tom...I mean Uncle Steele is in way deep...why won't he call on Dubya Bush...his Homeboy, lol...

Posted by: Beingsensible | March 11, 2009 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele is no fool. The Republicans are still reeling from their loss and are trying to get organized. Their biggest problem has always been self-destruction. If they keep wrapping on Michael Steele, they dig themselves in deeper. It's not that long before midterm elections.

Posted by: nb3c | March 11, 2009 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Where's Saltsman's theme song for Mr. Steele? Do I heard the tune, "Michael the Magic Negro" playing on Limpbaugh's MP3? Face it, Steele: you got told that you are no more than the house negro, the token, the tom for the GOP. You are running nothing but your mouth and the GOP are sick of hearing you already. I would resign for the usual "personal reasons" or "to pursue other interests" line if I were you. You have been (and will continue to be) publicly dissed.

Posted by: meldupree | March 11, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Mike Steele was setup to fail. He's between a rock and hard place, and being kicked by Rush Limbaugh in one @ss cheek and the rest of the GOP in the other. He's just a sad empty suit...

Posted by: demtse | March 11, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Now that discontent with Steele is growing exponentially by the day, Katon Dawson, the white supremist wannabe, may yet have his revenge, and the GOP may soon see its first elected African American quickly ousted by the Southern segregationist himself.

I keep asking if god loves me this much, but maybe it's just that god really really hates Republicans.

Posted by: DrainYou | March 11, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

I suspect the RNC is paying Steele well to look like a token house negro.

Posted by: waterboard | March 11, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans thought an African American could gloss over what happened the last 8 years, as well as the election fiasco. But then he opened his mouth and spoke the truth about King Imbecile, Rush. Have a seat Mr. Steele. Your 15 minutes flew by even quicker than Sarah Palin's.

Posted by: bretb | March 11, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

No hate and anger from us liberal children! We are too busy laughing at you pathetic, adorable conservative eunuchs.

Posted by: euroguy | March 11, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Interesting amount of hate and anger from all you tolerant liberal children out there. Why are you worried about the Republicans? Could it be that the empty suit is screwing things up so bad that you can't say anything in his defense, so you resort to your childish anger and hateful language?
Even Warrren Buffett and Jack Welch have come out in opposition to Obama's ill advised tactics, but you won't read about them here in the WaPO.
You folks need to get a life.

Posted by: LarryG62 | March 11, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Michael Steele hasn't got the sense God gave a baboon. He is just a face man. He was a face man when he as Lt. Govenor of MD along with Illich( Yes I deliberately said that because Erlich made me ill. I left MD before there was another election. Thank God Maryland did not grant him a second term.) Michael Steele is an Uncle Tom Period. If he had any guts he would of stood up to Rush Limbaugh and not tried to kiss his drug addict,jaba the hut looking behind later. He is supposed to be the leader in the Republican party. Well he is lost just like the rest of his party stuck with an old and outdated message and now labled the party of NO. No message, No unselfishness, going NOWHERE!

Posted by: bjlopez1130 | March 11, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

hiberniantears wrote, "Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life."

I may report that to the Washington Post as a possible personal attack on myself ;)

Posted by: Miss_Hogynist | March 11, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

AsperGirl...take your head out of the sand. You and everyone else knows that the RNC just used these people. The RNC would have never pick Gov. Palin if Hillary had not received so many woman votes, and they definitely would not have pick Steel if President Obama had not won. The RNC are users, Sarah for her FEMALE VALUE, and Steel for his COLOUR VALUE. THEY THOUGHT IF WE PUT THESE PEOPLE UP FRONT, AMERICA's MINORITES WILL FLOCK TO OUR PARTY. RIGHT

Posted by: Chrisjj1948 | March 11, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

There should be no comma after the word "But" in the last sentence of this post.

Posted by: stumpff | March 11, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

To save face, the RNC otherwise known as: "Red Necks Clowns" can replace Steel with Allan Keys, He acts like a person that can stand up to Rush, but then again, he'll probably bow his head and utter those famous words the RNC loves to hear: YESSA BOSS MAN. Oh well, they will bounce back, at the present moment they are still in shock over everything that;s happened.

Posted by: Chrisjj1948 | March 11, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Steele is being used by the KKK Republican party as the Token Darkie.

Posted by: euroguy | March 11, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

I think the comments on this page are insensitive and biased.

Whether you respect them or not, Sarah Palin and Michael Steele made some history themselves, in more hostile territory than Democrats' can imagine.

Posted by: AsperGirl | March 11, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life. Just look at Rush.

Posted by: hiberniantears | March 11, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Steele's selection as GOP chairman is beginning to look like Palin's selection as GOP veep nominee.

Selection for high office based on identity politics, which worked for the GOP to some extent with Colin Powell and Condi Rice, now seems to be leaving brushburns on the grand old gluteus maximi.

Weren't they supposed to be the party that was opposed to selection on that basis?

Posted by: Miss_Hogynist | March 11, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Is anyone surprised that now the election is over that the GOP would out an Black male? Rush is a manic pill popper very thinnly disguised as a right wing moral leader. He's a bigot and hate monger. My gosh look at him for 5 mins. His 20 min. speech turned into 1 1/2 hours and the press are fools.

Posted by: crrobin | March 11, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Guess Rush and all his racist goober buddies got sick of their token leader.

Posted by: hiberniantears | March 11, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

If nothing else, his GQ comments on abortion (finally coming out as pro-choice which was long suspected) should do him in.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | March 11, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry I lost track.

Is Steele the guy that works for Rush Limbaugh, head of the GOP, or is he just a temporary seat filler?

And what's next - are you guys going to appoint a Native American Woman and pretend she's the face of your really old really white party?

Not passing the sniff test - but we're ROFL at all this pretense ...

Posted by: WillSeattle | March 11, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Sure, Steele IS a mental midget...
But the GOP should never picked a black man (more or less) to be their chairman...Republicans hate black folks (Bush proved that)...

Posted by: kase | March 11, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

I hate to sound racist but I worried that
the Republican Party would never accept
an African-American as the head of the
Party. Perhaps someone of Color with more bonafides would have worked better than Mr.
Steele has to this point. If history teaches us anything, The GOP under George W. Bush became (if possible) even more white bread and Country Clubbish than previously.
Rove didn't need blacks to get Bush elected
and therefore marginalized them, like so
many others.
On that basis, the election of Mr. Steele looked even more like a publicity
stunt than a solution to a serious problem
facing the Party. Throw in the RUSH to judgment and you have the train wreck we
are witnessing. The moderates will ultimately win the day, but its gonna be

Posted by: habibhaddad | March 11, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

That's what happens when, like the GOP, you think that all african american's are alike. They look at Obama, then they look at Steele and they just don't see a difference.

Steele is so stupid that he thought they hired him to think, but they really hired him to step and fetch. Next they'll ask him to sing and dance.

Posted by: xconservative | March 11, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

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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.

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Posted by: scrivener50 | March 11, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

After watching HARDBALL MSNBC where the quotes of a more recent interview on abortion, Steele might be fumbling his party's partisan lines on " prolife " but for the benefit of most conscious americans. How's that. First Steele implies that the choice of birth /abortion is an individual choice, then he tows a party line for Roe V. Wade and then stammers for shelter in states rights.

So is it individual or fed/state gov; Steele?

He doesn't know. Fortunately his party members were calling for his resignation well before that interview. THey , prolife republicans , who called for such .. are hypocrites. The tangible parameter of pulse isn't going to be the only thing they protest with prolife stances. Theres "a spiritual component". And how is electing Michael STeele as chairperson ( conception) any different than suffering from their own vote? CAlls for resignation are indicative that they will abort a previously made situation. THats someones livelihood. Michael Steel seemed to earn their accolade and with less time than the president's approval rating has fluctuated ; REpublicans are already sharpening the Axe on their own chairperson.
RNC party line is impatiently judgemental, they are cons to saying popular base-empowering things realizing that that group is going extinct, and already acknowledging the choice of abortion isn't a light topic on the pregnant womans mind. Its now also not invalidated. The GOP made a choice in voting on STeele. His nomination, not him, may be a shallow impersonation of accepting African AMerican equality.. or its the very affirmative action move that they lodge against democrats. Either way, Sticking with their choice till the next chairperson election is a very parallel venue to practicing what they preach about the morality of prolife activism. To say otherwise among conservatives is evident of their shallow understanding of even their own morality. He might have a rough start., It seems his base is at least half the blame for half hearted votes.

Posted by: lucy-fir | March 11, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

"With Steele, the GOP thought they were getting an Oreo but they were really just getting a moron."

Please spare us the snarky racist comments, poster. That's not cool. Steele's got plenty of flaws, but being an "oreo" isn't one of them.

Posted by: vegasgirl1 | March 11, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

adrienne_najjar: This isn't computer typing 101. Please take your cute little illustrations somewhere else. It totally invalidates your actual point.
Steele is your typical grovelling GOPer: When the party's Dear Leaders gets his widdle feelers hurt (guess another trip to the Carribean is needed, Rush), Steele gets on his kneepads, a la the Georgia congressman and a host of others.
I don't recall former DNC head Howard Dean, for all his flaws, doing the same thing to any left-wing loudmouth.
I would genuinely like to see the GOP get back on its feet, and return to its actual, legitimate principals (the ones that used to win it elections about 30 or so years ago). The Gingrich attack era is over. The culture has changed, whether the Sarah Palin crowd gets it or not. Too bad the GOP's latest leadership is so tone-deaf.

Posted by: vegasgirl1 | March 11, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

GOP Ad Exec: Okay, are we ready to run the new ghetto-fabulous Michael Steele promo?

Assistant: Yes, sir!

GOP Marketer: Let's see what you've got.

Assistant: Roll the new ad!

"Wazzup America? Mikey Steele be off-da-hook, yo!

He jus' a hip-hop gangsta in da G to da O to da P!

When I say bling, you say Steele. Bling (Steele), bling (Steele)!"

GOP Ad Exec: Well, that should convince everyone. Like I said, ghetto-fabulous!

Posted by: gce1356 | March 11, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Steele is a complete moron, but I hope he stays on for the entertainment value.

Posted by: mysammy | March 11, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse


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

And read in the "comments" section the ongoing account of a journalist in search of his First Amendment rights.

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

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 11, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

gce, that was pretty funny.

Posted by: drindl | March 11, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Rocky Road? Like the ice cream? Yep, Michael Steele looks chocolate on the outside, but inside he's white marshmallow and nuts.

Posted by: gce1356 | March 11, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

I'm no political strategist, but if it were me planning the Republican revival, I would be working with the Obama administration to get stuff done to help the country. Maybe taking some credit here and there; maybe not. Then at some point down the line when the going gets tough, to pull Obama's rear out of the fire.... Something along those lines may just convert a lot of middle of the road folks to thinking there's another option then the Dems -- by throwing into the mix some worthwhile solutions!! Hmmmm.

Posted by: sjs-BWW353 | March 11, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Steele's future at the RNC is even dimmer than Geithner's at Treasury. That is very bad...

Posted by: parkerfl1 | March 11, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Steele's commercial went over well:

Posted by: edlharris | March 11, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Bush destroyed the Republican party, the November elections buried it. I think it's so funny seeing Sarah Palin & that fat idiot Limbaugh claiming they're the new leaders of a group of people who don't have a clue about anything. I guess America has one Political party & a bunch of kooks looking for attention.

Posted by: gatorsn09 | March 11, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Wow... guess Rush really is the leader of the Republican Party. Goobers.

Posted by: hiberniantears | March 11, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Steele is yet another gift that keeps on giving -- to Dems. He's an off-the wall loose cannon with an unbroken string of gaffes.

If the R's boot him -- especially if he is replaced by a guy who belongs to an all white country club -- not going to look so good for them. If they don't, he's just going to keep doing what he does best-- he's gafftastic!

Just like with Limbaugh, either way it's a win-win for Dems.

Posted by: drindl | March 11, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Chris, this is not a sentence:

"McCall's criticism of Steele's desire to spend the majority of his time in front of the camera rather than behind closed doors plotting a strategy to return Republicans to governing majorities."

Posted by: sfcpoll | March 11, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse


I swear I don't want to become the Grammar Police, and I know you're a sleep-deprived new dad, but please consider the following:

"McCall's criticism of Steele's desire to spend the majority of his time in front of the camera rather than behind closed doors plotting a strategy to return Republicans to governing majorities."

These days, one-sentence paragraphs seem to be accepted. But there is no verb in the above sentence fragment. I think the twittering is affecting your journalism skills.

Posted by: mikeinmidland | March 11, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Steele is more of a whipping boy than any kind of real leader.

He'll take the blame for the GOP's 2010 midterm losses, THEN get tossed out.

With Steele, the GOP thought they were getting an Oreo but they were really just getting a moron.

Posted by: Heerman532 | March 11, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Steele who?

EVERYBODY knows that RUSH is the leader of the GOP.

You'd have to be retarded NOT to know that.

Posted by: Heerman532 | March 11, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

A Limbaugh lapdog who's never held a paying job? What better symbol of the depths to which the GOP has sunk? Leave him in, the longer the better.

Posted by: hairguy01 | March 11, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

It is possible that once the internet media got wind of the plans for the Steele no-confidence vote, it got cancelled...or just rescheduled. Maybe Steele and the guy who finished No. 2 (and wants Steele's job) can work everything out over coffee at No. 2's country club. Oh, wait a minute, that won't work because his club doesn't allow, uh, you's "restricted...

Steele's trying to lead the party down a moderate course (by, for example, hiring his own RNC staff) but the Rush/Hannity wing of the GOP won't let him. Gingrich has already said the Rush (I hope Obama fails) agenda is "irrational" and counterproductive. It's all sad because we need a strong two-party system.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | March 11, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

I think the GOP should work on lowering poverty levels instead of ousting Michael Steele.

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 11, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Sorry about that:

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Posted by: adrienne_najjar | March 11, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

The cynical appointment of Steel to head the GOY is predictably backfiring. That's the GOP for you - a day late and a dollar short. Hey you dumba$$ repugnicans: the Dems beat you to being the party of diversity.


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Posted by: adrienne_najjar | March 11, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Wait, I thought Steele was in the hospital to get a spine implanted. . . bwha ha ha ha ha!

Gosh how I love love love the GOP this year. Better than Leno by a long shot.

Posted by: Christian_in_NYC | March 11, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

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