Steele: God has placed me in this role for a reason; Update: Steele fibbing about when he wrote the book?

posted at 4:10 pm on January 8, 2010 by Allahpundit

Alternate headline: “Confirmed: God is a Democrat.” So public has his feud with Republican congressional staffers become that, believe it or not, I had a choice of three different soundbites from the past 24 hours to lead with here. There’s the God one, his comment to Dennis Miller this morning that he didn’t so much seek the RNC chairmanship as he had it thrust upon him by a historical moment, and his angry invite to GOP backbiters yesterday on KTRS radio to either shut up and get in the game or force him out already. Which, given the reports of a mysterious huddle this morning at RNC headquarters and word that Steele rival Katon Dawson will be a surprise attendee at the winter meeting in Hawaii, may well be the plan. If he is pushed out, I assume the pretext will be that no one knew he was planning a side project as time-sucking and self-promotional as a book launch; I don’t believe that for a minute, but I guess it beats dredging up his many, many gaffes.

I sympathize with the guy to some extent. I think he means well, especially in trying to coopt tea partiers (listen to the KTRS clip and you’ll hear him describe himself as one of them), and the pile-on over his dopey rhetorical mistakes is causing him to lose the benefit of the doubt he’d otherwise get for comments like the one below, which would pass unremarked upon by the right had it come from the mouth of a more ostentatiously religious pol. But he simply must get out of the news. To be sucking up media oxygen in a week when Byron Dorgan and Chris Dodd quit and the White House was in full mea culpa mode over the dropped ball on Abdulmutallab is idiotic, and to have it involve infighting with other Republicans is inexcusable. As Frum’s site notes, while demanding that the party settle its differences with him behind closed doors, Steele himself has been only too happy to dump publicly on people like Bush 41 and 43 to prove his own conservative bona fides. Even Meggie Mac is demanding some leadership from him. Exit question one: Can he turn it around? If they’re going to push him out, the sooner the better so that they can get past the storyline before the midterms heat up. Exit question two: Another alternate headline — “Atheists proved right”?

Update: Steele told Laura Ingraham this morning that he wrote the book before becoming chairman. Hmmm:

When we here at TPM heard that Michael Steele had a new book, we immediately bought a copy and I proceeded to read the whole thing cover to cover. Unless Steele is remarkably clairvoyant, it seems as though it could not have been written before he became chairman — it is overwhelmingly a commentary on the political situation in America under President Barack Obama, as of late 2009…

A few stray parts of the book may have predated Steele’s chairmanship, and been incorporated into the overall narrative. A speech he gave on February 2, 2008, is included at the end as an appendix, as is Ronald Reagan’s “A Time For Choosing” speech from 1964. There is Steele’s discussion of the values he learned from his working-class mother, a theme that has run through his whole political career. There is his take on how the Republicans failed to live up to their small-government principles and lost the confidence of the electorate in 2008.

But even those are mixed in with current events.

The narrative here, presumably, is that he hasn’t been devoting enough time to his duties as chairman, but for all the criticism of Steele over the past year, that’s not a line of attack I’ve heard much. Look at it this way: If you gave him back all the time he used to write the book, he’d probably use a big chunk of it to, er, give interviews. Write more books, chairman!


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Did Obama clone himself and then make it look like Mr. Steele? He is starting to sound as narcissistic as Obama now.

JeffinSac on January 8, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Steele: What up Dog…err God?

chief on January 8, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Some people seem to be stuck on “race”, in addition to being stuck on STUPID.

Roy Rogers on January 8, 2010 at 4:55 PM

“Atheists proved right”?

Don’t worry. The joke will be on them in the end.

mwdiver on January 8, 2010 at 4:55 PM

I kind of despise what I’m about to say, and I mean it only in a strategic sense.

If we do replace him, it will likely really hurt us unless we can replace him with someone else who is black. Also, since I do think he means well, hopefully there is another position of prominence for him.

I hate what I just wrote – I can’t stand identity politics, even if it has a tactical advantage. But the fact is, we have very few minorities in positions of power, and if Steele is forced out, it will be spun as bigotry.

Instead of forcing Steele out, maybe there is a way for someone sympathetic to him who can get through to him and make him realize this isn’t good for the party. And we don’t need to eliminate his gaffes, just reduce them significantly.

RINO in Name Only on January 8, 2010 at 4:59 PM

RINO in Name Only on January 8, 2010 at 4:59 PM

RINO hath spoken, and wants to keep Steele…

Now we DEFINATLY know Steele needs to go.

Romeo13 on January 8, 2010 at 5:02 PM

I kind of despise what I’m about to say, and I mean it only in a strategic sense.

If we do replace him, it will likely really hurt us unless we can replace him with someone else who is black. Also, since I do think he means well, hopefully there is another position of prominence for him.

I hate what I just wrote – I can’t stand identity politics, even if it has a tactical advantage. But the fact is, we have very few minorities in positions of power, and if Steele is forced out, it will be spun as bigotry.

Instead of forcing Steele out, maybe there is a way for someone sympathetic to him who can get through to him and make him realize this isn’t good for the party. And we don’t need to eliminate his gaffes, just reduce them significantly.

Nail.

Head.

dforston on January 8, 2010 at 5:03 PM

“Atheists proved right”?

Broken watch: Correct twice daily.

ted c on January 8, 2010 at 5:03 PM

I would not be surprised to find out that Mr. Steele voted for Obama.

thmcbb on January 8, 2010 at 5:03 PM

To be sucking up media oxygen in a week when Byron Dorgan and Chris Dodd quit and the White House was in full mea culpa mode over the dropped ball on Abdulmutallab is idiotic, and to have it involve infighting with other Republicans is inexcusable.

Wow. I actually agree with AP’s analysis. It doesn’t happen often, so when it does, I’m half afraid I’m wrong….

notropis on January 8, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Alternate headline: “Confirmed: God is a Democrat.”

Heh.

Jaibones on January 8, 2010 at 5:05 PM

To be sucking up media oxygen in a week when Byron Dorgan and Chris Dodd quit and the White House was in full mea culpa mode over the dropped ball on Abdulmutallab is idiotic, and to have it involve infighting with other Republicans is inexcusable.

he’s absolutely right on this one. there’s no reason we should have seen mike steele for more that 10 sec this week while the democrats have the fenders coming off their senate bus.

ted c on January 8, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Sorry, but when Steele blatantly fibs about his book being written before he became chair and the contents of the book prove otherwise, it’s clear he’s finally jumped the shark as RNC Chair.

starfleet_dude on January 8, 2010 at 5:09 PM

OT:

Vice President Joe Biden’s mother, Jean Finnegan Biden, died today in Wilmington Delaware at the age of 92.

RushBaby on January 8, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Clarence Thomas – trashed by the Republicans on a personal and vitriolic level.

Oh, wait. Maybe the politics has more to do with it than the skin color. Or is that just a bit too nuanced for you?

BadgerHawk on January 8, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Said with true bigotry: Racialization of political differences and the bigotry of low expectations.

Good luck with your cynicism, Bleeds Blue.

RushBaby on January 8, 2010 at 4:44 PM

The conservative movement — once bipartisan but now republican — has a deep history of racism and minority voters are not irrational in wondering if it has entirely dissipated.

Trying to demonstrate that it has while waging jihad against arguably the two most powerful minority political leaders in the country in an extreme and vitriolic fashion, while trashing the only high -profile minority in the Republican Party is not going to assuage their suspicions.

And, regarding racializialization politics, if I had a dime for every conservative who referred to Obama as a Kenyan, a Muslim or an affirmative action president, or who said the same type of thing about Sotomayor, or who stood in an all-white crowd and said “I want my country back”, Obama’d been talking about raising my taxes — and I could afford it.

But, yes, my cynical little heart is happy.

Bleeds Blue on January 8, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Fire Him!

gdonovan on January 8, 2010 at 5:09 PM

WTF is it with AA’s and the messiah complex?

wyntre on January 8, 2010 at 5:10 PM

If Meghan McCain is complaining, he can’t be all bad.

Speedwagon82 on January 8, 2010 at 5:10 PM

AP/Ed – It would be nice to have a poll on how many HA readers believe that now is the time for Steele to go. How about it?

johnnybgood on January 8, 2010 at 5:13 PM

Sorry, but when Steele blatantly fibs about his book being written before he became chair and the contents of the book prove otherwise, it’s clear he’s finally jumped the shark as RNC Chair.

starfleet_dude on January 8, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Mike Steele jumps the shark as RNC chair! YEAH! That sums it up succinctly!

Roy Rogers on January 8, 2010 at 5:13 PM

conservative movement — once bipartisan but now republican — has a deep history of racism

oooh, a history lesson. Love those. Tell us blue, how “deep” does that history go? Does it involve the KKK and SEN Byrd,er…..wait… Jimmy Carter maybe? er… wait… that’s a liberal…hmmm. Ok, your turn.

ted c on January 8, 2010 at 5:13 PM

Oh yeah, clarence thomas hearings those were so deeep and racial…. er, wait, those liberals again…. actually Teddy Kennedy that time.. yep

ted c on January 8, 2010 at 5:14 PM

Fire his ass and take the heat.
If firing Steele costs the GOP seats in the House and Senate then the anger at the Democrats was overestimated to being with.
Think thats really gonna happen?
Not a bloody chance.

jjshaka on January 8, 2010 at 5:16 PM

RINO in Name Only on January 8, 2010 at 4:59 PM

You’re right to despise yourself.

The Race Card on January 8, 2010 at 5:16 PM

and there was Senator Madam Boxer and the fella from the chamber of commerce IIRC (harry alfonso sic?) where she was awful condescending toward him and she is a great example of a conserva… ummm, nope.;. not her either.

ted c on January 8, 2010 at 5:16 PM

I could not care less his color, ethnicity, religion and I”m up to here with that whole concept. It doesn’t matter. What matters is the guy is a laggard, NOT proactive, always around AFTER the fact, NOT a leader, NO clear thinking, talks and says little…. Now, nice guy, and may mean well. I got news… there are thousands of those around. Where are the energized, enthused, movers and leaders. The Palin types. Steele has had his chance to lead…didn’t do it…..NOW get the hell out of the way and do it peacefully!!!!

highninside on January 8, 2010 at 5:17 PM

I hate what I just wrote – I can’t stand identity politics, even if it has a tactical advantage. But the fact is, we have very few minorities in positions of power, and if Steele is forced out, it will be spun as bigotry.

How big of ***** are you? Name-calling is not a reason to go against one’s values. That kinda negates the idea of them being valued, doesn’t it?

The Race Card on January 8, 2010 at 5:17 PM

If the Blacks loved Steele so much, why didn’t they elect him Senator from Maryland. How Blacks vote will have nothing to do with Steele. A far more interest to Blacks would be Amnesty for illegals. If there is any hint that the Democrats will push amnesty in 2011, the blacks will sit out 2010.

jeannie on January 8, 2010 at 5:21 PM

Liberals! They sure gave Roland W. Burris a good, old fashioned Robert E. Byrd of the KKK warm welcome to the Senate now, didn’t they?

Nobody does racism better than the left!

Roy Rogers on January 8, 2010 at 5:23 PM

Name-calling is not a reason to go against one’s values. That kinda negates the idea of them being valued, doesn’t it?

The Race Card on January 8, 2010 at 5:17 PM

This is a fair point.

You’re right to despise yourself.

The Race Card on January 8, 2010 at 5:16 PM

How big of ***** are you?

The Race Card on January 8, 2010 at 5:17 PM

Snap out of it and grow up. And relax, you’ll live longer.

I said pretty clearly I’m not happy about the idea, and it should also be clear from my post that I think it may very well be wrong. You don’t have to freak out at the mere suggestion.

RINO in Name Only on January 8, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Quem deus vult perdere, dementat prius

nyx on January 8, 2010 at 5:37 PM

If the Blacks loved Steele so much, why didn’t they elect him Senator from Maryland. How Blacks vote will have nothing to do with Steele. A far more interest to Blacks would be Amnesty for illegals. If there is any hint that the Democrats will push amnesty in 2011, the blacks will sit out 2010.

jeannie on January 8, 2010 at 5:21 PM

I’m not saying that they love Steele. But they’ll certainly note how he’s treated and — since there are currently no other high-profile black Republicans — they’ll generalize based on that. It won’t be deciding factor, just another data point.

Bleeds Blue on January 8, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Get rid of Steele as quickly and cleanly as possible. But get rid of him – he’s no good at this.

Jaibones on January 8, 2010 at 5:39 PM

The conservative movement — once bipartisan but now republican — has a deep history of racism and minority voters are not irrational in wondering if it has entirely dissipated.

LOL, good grief.

You do know that the Republican party came about because of opposition to slavery; slavery that was supported by the Democrat party, right?

You do know this, right?

Segregation?

The klan?

Heavily Democrat.

Put down your bong, BB.

Midas on January 8, 2010 at 5:42 PM

I’m not saying that they love Steele. But they’ll certainly note how he’s treated and — since there are currently no other high-profile black Republicans — they’ll generalize based on that. It won’t be deciding factor, just another data point.

Bleeds Blue on January 8, 2010 at 5:39 PM

And the converse is true as well.

Remember how the black vote went overwhelmingly for Bush because of Rice and Powell?

Oh, wait…

Maybe this means… that the black vote… will be near 100% Democrat… no matter what!

Midas on January 8, 2010 at 5:44 PM

If the Blacks loved Steele so much, why didn’t they elect him Senator from Maryland. How Blacks vote will have nothing to do with Steele. A far more interest to Blacks would be Amnesty for illegals. If there is any hint that the Democrats will push amnesty in 2011, the blacks will sit out 2010.

jeannie on January 8, 2010 at 5:21 PM

You have it exactly right – pay no attention to the idiot behind the curtain. Steele had the entire GOP and a boatload of black Democrats to elect him in Maryland, but — whooops! Blacks decided the Democrat Plantation wasn’t so bad after all.

And with the race-barrier-breaking Steele at RNC, Barry O the Socialist candidate got 98% of the black vote. What’s 2% of the predictable mid-term black vote, .2% of the total votes? Yeah, let’s place race-victim over .2%. Good call.

Jaibones on January 8, 2010 at 5:46 PM

The conservative movement — once bipartisan but now republican

I do hope you’re not blaming conservatives for thirty years of Democrat purges.

— has a deep history of racism and minority voters are not irrational in wondering if it has entirely dissipated.

not entirely kooks…not entirely.
Yes..we all remember the deep groundswell of conservative hate that pushed charter schools – instead of tighter and tighter public school districts to keep “them” corraled, we sought to elevate the standard of American education all over. Or seeking the repeal of Special Order 40 and other PC protections for illegal aliens, whose gangs prey upon–guess what ethnicity?

Trying to demonstrate that it has while waging jihad against arguably the two most powerful minority political leaders in the country in an extreme and vitriolic fashion, while trashing the only high -profile minority in the Republican Party is not going to assuage their suspicions. And who could forget- or forgive- our across the board tax cuts to all brackets? Shame! Shame upon this house!!!!

And, regarding racializialization politics, if I had a dime for every conservative who referred to Obama as a Kenyan, a Muslim or an affirmative action president, or who said the same type of thing about Sotomayor,

LIAR
when did we call Sotomayor a Kenyan president?

or who stood in an all-white crowd and said “I want my country back”,

You guys stand in a Bennetton ad and wave the Cuban flag

Obama’d been talking about raising my taxes — and I could afford it.

I could afford my identity stolen too–but that aint the whole argument

Chris_Balsz on January 8, 2010 at 5:47 PM

I’m not saying that they love Steele.

Ah, liberals. Always stereotyping people by race.

Jaibones on January 8, 2010 at 5:48 PM

I would rather somebody smarten Steele up, rather than replace him. He’s clearly slow to figure out what his job is, but then again, maybe the conservative movement has been so hostile to the RNC this year that it hasn’t been easy for him.

joe_doufu on January 8, 2010 at 5:50 PM

Bah! Foolish clickandpaste

Trying to demonstrate that it has while waging jihad against arguably the two most powerful minority political leaders in the country in an extreme and vitriolic fashion, while trashing the only high -profile minority in the Republican Party is not going to assuage their suspicions.

So what? A progressive Democrat has only one color: Red. And Reds get the Bronx Cheer. Have you heard one person on the Right say, “Gee, if only that African were as great as Bill Clinton”?

Chris_Balsz on January 8, 2010 at 5:51 PM

Ken Blackwell would be a decent replacement. The guy’s genuinely conservative.

OhioCoastie on January 8, 2010 at 5:51 PM

Mr. Steele, please resign so we can have leadership that knows what they are doing? You are close to being as laughable as Mr. Dean.

All we need is the YeeeeAAAAarrrrrgggghhhhhhh!

dogsoldier on January 8, 2010 at 5:57 PM

Hey, can’t the guy just sell his book without everybody gettin’ all bent outta shape.

Kissmygrits on January 8, 2010 at 5:57 PM

I’m not saying that the Southern Democrats weren’t racist as all hell. But they’re long gone, and the voters who put them in — and their political heirs — are all voting R now. Kind of a watershed moment when the segregationist candidate for President switched from D to R, and the segregationist Southern Democrat put his presidency and his party on the line for Civil Rights.

That game changed a long time ago.

I know: Bobby Byrd Bobby Byrd Bobbie Byrd Bobby Byrd.

Bleeds Blue on January 8, 2010 at 5:59 PM

I’m not saying that they love Steele.

Bleeds Blue on January 8, 2010 at 5:39 PM

LIBERAL UNDERSTATEMENT ALERT!

Black Democratic leaders in Maryland say that racially tinged attacks against Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele in his bid for the U.S. Senate are fair because he is a conservative Republican.

Such attacks against the first black man to win a statewide election in Maryland include pelting him with Oreo cookies during a campaign appearance, calling him an “Uncle Tom” and depicting him as a black-faced minstrel on a liberal Web log.

Operatives for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) also obtained a copy of his credit report — the only Republican candidate so targeted. But black Democrats say there is nothing wrong with “pointing out the obvious.”

Simply look up: “Michael Steele and the Sambo smear” or “Demonizing Condi Rice” or “Clarence Thomas” et al.

I said it before and I’ll say it again. Some people are stuck on race IN ADDITION to being stuck on stupid. Liberal racism could not be better demonstrated short of a physical lynching as opposed to simply an allegorical lynching.

Roy Rogers on January 8, 2010 at 6:03 PM

Allahpundit’s continued attacks on Michael Steele should only strengthen real conservative’s support of the Chairman. Allahpundit is a David Brooks conservative, and is part of the problem, not the solution.

He sounds like a Democrat complaining about a Republican mentioning God.

Prediction:
Next Allahpundit headline. “Michael Steele burns his toast this morning! He must go!”

Dave From Canada on January 8, 2010 at 6:03 PM

State Sen. Lisa A. Gladden, a black Baltimore Democrat, said she does not expect her party to pull any punches, including racial jabs at Mr. Steele, in the race to replace retiring Democratic U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes.

“Party trumps race, especially on the national level,” she said. “If you are bold enough to run, you have to take whatever the voters are going to give you. It’s democracy, perhaps at its worse, but it is democracy.”

Delegate Salima Siler Marriott, a black Baltimore Democrat, said Mr. Steele invites comparisons to a slave who loves his cruel master or a cookie that is black on the outside and white inside because his conservative political philosophy is, in her view, anti-black.

“Because he is a conservative, he is different than most public blacks, and he is different than most people in our community,” she said. “His politics are not in the best interest of the masses of black people.”

During the 2002 campaign, Democratic supporters pelted Mr. Steele with Oreo cookies during a gubernatorial debate at Morgan State University in Baltimore.

http://washingtontimes.com/news/2005/nov/01/20051101-104932-4054r/

No more Oreo cookies for Bleeds Blue

Roy Rogers on January 8, 2010 at 6:06 PM

I know: Bobby Byrd Bobby Byrd Bobbie Byrd Bobby Byrd.

Bleeds Blue on January 8, 2010 at 5:59 PM

Yes, the rest of us know too. Let the party with no klansmen in its senior ranks cast the first stone.

RINO in Name Only on January 8, 2010 at 6:10 PM

No more Oreo cookies for Bleeds Blue

Roy Rogers on January 8, 2010 at 6:06 PM

That story is at best an exaggeration and at worst a complete fabrication.

Bleeds Blue on January 8, 2010 at 6:12 PM

Trying to demonstrate that it has while waging jihad against arguably the two most powerful minority political leaders in the country in an extreme and vitriolic fashion, while trashing the only high -profile minority in the Republican Party is not going to assuage their suspicions.

Bleeds Blue on January 8, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Who are the two most powerful minority political leaders?
One is the Won, who is the other?

nyx on January 8, 2010 at 6:16 PM

Well, if Meggie Mac has a problem with him, then I guess he’s not as bad as I had previously thought! Sorry AP, I know you like her, but she really grates on whatever nerves I have left!

margategop517 on January 8, 2010 at 6:18 PM

WASHINGTON — You may have heard the stories about Maryland Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele being pelted with Oreo cookies, but a WTOP investigation has found that those stories are exaggerated.

The incident occurred three years ago during a debate between Bob Ehrlich and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend on the campus of Morgan State University in Baltimore.

Michael Steele was running for lieutenant governor at the time.

According to numerous reports in the Washington Times, Steele was “pelted” with Oreo cookies, which signifies a racial slur for being black on the outside and white on the inside.

Times reporter S.A. Miller is one of the writers who referenced the incident in news articles on more than one occasion. Miller told WTOP he attended the event in 2002 and saw Steele get hit with cookies.

When pressed, Miller said he couldn’t swear in court that Steele did get hit with cookies because he didn’t actually see it happen.

On Tuesday, Steele told WTOP that he was never hit with Oreos and said the incident has been exaggerated.

“I’ve never claimed that I was hit, no. The one or two that I saw at my feet were there. I just happened to look down and see them,” Steele said.

Fran Coombs, managing editor for the Washington Times, told WTOP Miller denies ever speaking to WTOP and said Miller did not attend the Morgan State event. Miller did not return our calls.

Coombs said the paper stands by its reports and thinks the Oreo cookie incident is a diversion from the real story of a double standard on racism in the democratic party.

(Copyright 2005 by WTOP. All Rights Reserved.)
http://www.wtop.com/?nid=428&sid=634064

Yeah exaggerated…

Chris_Balsz on January 8, 2010 at 6:20 PM

That story is at best an exaggeration and at worst a complete fabrication.

Bleeds Blue on January 8, 2010 at 6:12 PM

Every time you run away from facts available to everyone, the truth will bite you in the a$$. Does it hurt much?

Roy Rogers on January 8, 2010 at 6:21 PM

Hey, can’t the guy just sell his book and finish his waffles without everybody gettin’ all bent outta shape.

Kissmygrits on January 8, 2010 at 5:57 PM

(
FIFY

MBoogie on January 8, 2010 at 6:48 PM

I sorry to say this but there is something weaselly about Michael Steele. Wrong man for the job! Can him!

MCGIRV on January 8, 2010 at 7:10 PM

correction: I’m sorry to say this but there is something weaselly about Michael Steele. Wrong man for the job! Can him!

MCGIRV on January 8, 2010 at 7:12 PM

Who are the two most powerful minority political leaders?
One is the Won, who is the other?

nyx on January 8, 2010 at 6:16 PM

I was thinking Justice Sotomayor — “public official” probably would have been a better choice of words.

Every time you run away from facts available to everyone, the truth will bite you in the a$$. Does it hurt much?

Roy Rogers on January 8, 2010 at 6:21 PM

From the Baltimore Sun:

“It was raining Oreos,” Schurick said. “They were thick in the air like locusts. I was there. It was very real. It wasn’t subtle.” As for those who question the story, Ehrlich said yesterday: “They’re not going to be able now to reinvent something that a lot of people saw. Just go ask people who were there.”

So then the Baltimore Sun actually went and asked people who were there:

Several debate attendees, however, could not corroborate Ehrlich and Schurick’s version of events. “It didn’t happen here,” said Vander Harris, operations manager of the Murphy Fine Arts Building at Morgan State. “I was in on the cleanup, and we found no cookies or anything else abnormal. There were no Oreo cookies thrown.” [...]

Clint Coleman, a spokesman for Morgan State who was at the event, said he saw lots of unseemly behavior but no Oreos. “There were a lot of things, disturbances, by this group of outsiders who were bent on disrupting the debate,” Coleman said. “But I never actually saw Oreo cookies being thrown at him.”

As for “raining Oreos,” Coleman said, “I can tell you that did not happen.”

Neil Duke, who moderated the event for the NAACP, said last week that he didn’t see any cookies.”

Bleeds Blue on January 8, 2010 at 7:35 PM

Mr.Steele has committed the unpardonable sin of becoming a negative distraction in the very middle of a successful campaign to win back Congress.
This is too important for this party to tolerate this martinet.

jjshaka on January 8, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Steele continues to prove a larger point. Repub leadership will say the stupidest things at the right time so they will snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Steele is starting early for the election in 2010.

To win elections you have to win the independents.

patrick neid on January 8, 2010 at 7:43 PM

Bleeds Blue on January 8, 2010 at 7:35 PM

RUN FORREST! RUN!!!

Roy Rogers on January 8, 2010 at 8:03 PM

God loves you Michael but if you suck at your job….you suck at your job!!

And this book promotion is just ridiculous. I couldn’t even stand to listen to him on Laura Ingraham today.

I won’t listen to more than a handful of Congressional people in D.C. anymore. They are just all a pile of filth.

And frankly, the GOP is the BIGGEST disappointment.

I don’t even have time to go into the decades long litany of failures of the GOP. I knew the Dems were Marxist/Socialists Lite but I thought (naively as it turns out) that the GOP knew better.

I just wish I had the extra money to lay out to go hear Palin at the Tea Party Convention keynote.

As far as I’m concerned the GOP is a lost cause. My heart is with the Tea Party movement.

Michael Steele you can pretend to be an outsider but you’re a ‘D.C. Cocktail Republican’. Go away Steele.

PappyD61 on January 8, 2010 at 8:11 PM

And as my new favorite political philosopher says….

My message (and Bon Qui Qui’s too)

Steele: “NEED TO GO, NEED TO GO“.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZkdcYlOn5M

PappyD61 on January 8, 2010 at 8:19 PM

And to echo others on the post, Ken Blackwell would make an excellent chair, because he’s a reflexive conservative.

Western_Civ on January 8, 2010 at 4:38 PM

Obviously, I didn’t get a vote, but I was so torn. I like both of the guys, buy I liked Steele on more of a personal level. Deep down I thought Blackwell might have been better.

Now it’s obvious.

gary4205 on January 8, 2010 at 10:34 PM

I thought this RINO dropped off the face of the earth.

christene on January 9, 2010 at 12:04 AM

ENOUGH ALREADY PIG STEELE!! I am so sick of you….your sorry ass needs to be replaced. The sooner that happens the better! So you don’t think that the GOP can win in 2010…It is about time that you, Mr. Steele, and the rest of the spineless Republicans get their proverbial shit together and “Man Up”! I can’t tell you how disappointed I am with you and the rest of the Right Wing wimps in office out there. I don’t give a crap about your stupid book. You were hired to do a job and you have been an abysmal failure. You need to step down. If I could fire your sorry ass today, you would be gone! Because of your weakness and those just like you, it was necessary to start the TEA Party. I applaud them and want to join them becuase the GOP is now the “Gimmpy Old Party”. If the GOP is to make any difference in the future of this country, it needs to grow a spine and quit worrying about political correctness and get back to the roots of the party beliefs. You also need to get the TEA party folks involved. QUIT being like the McCain that we ran against BHO!

shawno on January 9, 2010 at 12:19 PM

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