The Problem with Michael Steele

posted at 7:40 pm on July 6, 2010 by John McCormack

The Associated Press is hearing what others are hearing. Michael Steele isn’t going anywhere:

interviews with more than a dozen party operatives indicate there’s little desire to wage a complicated, perhaps uncertain, effort to oust him with just six months left in his two-year term.

As the Wall Street Journal explains, the math is simply too difficult to remove Steele:

Republican Party rules could make it difficult for any of Mr. Steele’s critics to secure his ouster. Under the rules, two-thirds of the committee’s 168 members, or 112 members, would have to vote in favor of such a move.

Mr. Steele won the RNC chairmanship by 91-77 vote on the last ballot against Mr. Dawson. If all members who opposed Mr. Steele in 2009 voted against him in an ouster vote, the vote would not succeed unless 35 members who had backed Mr. Steele for chairman now opposed him.

Republicans have two problems here: the first is Michael Steele and the second is the structure of the RNC. The problem with Steele is that he doesn’t really want to be the RNC chairman. The job of the RNC chairman is to raise money, and Steele wants to be a pundit or a strategist. Just to recall a few of Steele’s many gaffes: he called Rush Limbaugh’s show “ugly,” mused about whether Republicans are ready to lead, speculated the GOP didn’t nominate Mitt Romney because he’s a Mormon, attacked conservatives for “slammin’ and rammin” Sonia Sotomayor, threatened to “come after” GOP moderates, and now has called Afghanistan Obama’s war. In other words, Steele wants to critique Republicans or, however illogically, craft their message. Hence his cringe-inducing attempts to make the GOP hip–remember the “What Up?” blog or the “bling-bling” stimulus?

Steele apparently believes that simply raising money and sticking to talking points is beneath him. And the RNC’s fundraising efforts are hurting:

With the party banking on major gains in midterm elections, the Republican National Committee is suddenly being hit with a severe cut in money originally budgeted to help state parties identify and get voters to the polls on Nov. 2, The Washington Times has learned.

The cuts, which RNC officials say still must be approved by the budget committee, would slice by a third the amount of money originally budgeted for targeted political operations, including funds to help state parties hire staff and beef up get-out-the-vote operations.

The $12.2 million downward revision means that state GOP operations will have to trim their Election Day “victory” programs, according to a new budget blueprint prepared for RNC Chairman Michael S. Steele and sent to members of the budget committee for approval.

The RNC and DNC have each raised about $130 million this election cycle, and if you subtract the debt owed by the parties, the RNC and DNC each had about $11.5 million in cash on hand at the end of May. Shouldn’t the RNC be crushing the DNC in such a favorable election year for Republicans?

Eric Cantor tried ever so gently to urge Steele to “focus on the traditional role of the party chair, which is to raise the resources necessary and deliver the election.” Cantor, like Jim DeMint and John McCain, expressed no confidence in Steele yet stopped short of calling for his resignation. Which brings us to the problem with the RNC’s structure.

Take it away, Jay Cost:

So how is it that Michael Steele has been able to wreak all this havoc upon a party that won the support of nearly 60 million Americans in 2008? It goes like this: the state Republican parties elected their RNC members, who elected Michael Steele, who has embarrassed his party.

What’s wrong with this? For starters, the role of the state parties should be of concern. Picture this: you’re a young, idealistic Republican who just moved into a new state. You want to help the cause, so you pick up the phone intent to find a political organization or outlet for which you can volunteer. Do you call your state Republican party? No, didn’t think so.

The reality is that the state party organizations used to be powerful entities that dispensed patronage to keep an iron grip on political power. Think Matthew Quay in Pennsylvania or Roscoe Conkling in New York. But the Teddy Roosevelt’s of the world got their way, and there is basically no more patronage for these organizations to control, which means that they are merely shells of their former selves. Really, what they do today is help state candidates launder money to exploit the legal loopholes in federal and state campaign finance laws. They are not really open organizations, as Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren envisioned when they created the first modern political party in the 1820s. The Republican base does not participate in them, which means in turn that they do not really represent their interests. Additionally, they are only tangentially related to Republicans in Congress, who – because they have to win primary battles – can at least claim to represent the millions of people who call themselves Republicans. And yet these members of Congress are powerless to do anything about Michael Steele.

Cost concludes that Republicans “either should work to make their existing organizations more inclusive, so that the tens of millions of self-identified Republicans not only vote for candidates but vote for party leaders. Or, they should entrust it with congressional Republicans (and other elite party stakeholders) for safekeeping until the White House returns to Republican control.”

But for the time being, Michael Steele is here to stay. So sit back, and let Jon Stewart help you enjoy the ride.

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The Problem with Michael Steele

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Electrongod on July 6, 2010 at 7:45 PM

What Up! Suckers!

bluemarlin on July 6, 2010 at 7:46 PM

Not my favorite guy, but the in fighting in the Republican party is distracting from the real fight.We need to go after the Democrats not each other.Bad form.

sandee on July 6, 2010 at 7:49 PM

Steele’s problem is that he allows Sarah Palin to fight his battles for him from her facebook page . When a strong republican response is needed Steele is nowhere to be found .

DeweyWins on July 6, 2010 at 7:50 PM

What’s the problem with Michael Steele? He doesn’t know when to STFU.

mchristian on July 6, 2010 at 7:51 PM

What’s the problem with Michael Steele? He doesn’t know when to STFU.

mchristian on July 6, 2010 at 7:51 PM

You are right, if he would pick the right battles he could talk all he wants to. Sad!

bluemarlin on July 6, 2010 at 7:53 PM

In defense of Steele, he has said nothing Biden who is vp!

rob verdi on July 6, 2010 at 7:54 PM

Steele.. the Joe Biden of gaffes for the RNC. Poor choice in a bad time.

upinak on July 6, 2010 at 7:55 PM

The problem with Steele is that he doesn’t really want to be the RNC chairman. The job of the RNC chairman is to raise money, and Steele wants to be a pundit or a strategist.

Which is what he’s good at. Well, let me clarify. He’s far better at that than he is being a fundraiser. But maybe the whole idea of an RNC or DNC is outdated. In the era of the internet and Facebook, YouTube, and money bombs for candidates, do we really need all the emphasis to be on a national organization?

Doughboy on July 6, 2010 at 7:56 PM

This is just a manifestation of the RNC’s real problem, not standing for their base. Two jobs for the RNC chairman, raise money and build infrastructure. even though Steele makes lots of gaffes, he has yet to perform at mediocre levels of his real job description.

My donations now go directly to candidates with views like mine. Not someone that thinks they know what is the best candidate to represent their views.

jukin on July 6, 2010 at 7:56 PM

Steele works in mysterious ways. Just when you think he’s lost it, he pulls out the card hidden in his sleeve and throws it down. Come election time, you will see Steele’s genius on full display.

Narutoboy on July 6, 2010 at 7:58 PM

I am not on the band wagon to get rid of Steele. The GOP is doing as well as it can right now. They have a problem that really has nothing to do with Steele. Conservatives are donating directly to the candidates of their choice. Nothing is going to change our minds about this. We are trying to clean house. GOP Liberals have got to go. NY 23 has convinced us the GOP will waste our money on the worst candidates possible.

IowaWoman on July 6, 2010 at 8:00 PM

I sometimes have my doubts about Steele, but he’s not the reason I won’t give to the party.

Let’s see now…McCain, Graham, Hatch, Scozzafava…you get the picture.

Mr. Grump on July 6, 2010 at 8:04 PM

Steele works in mysterious ways. Just when you think he’s lost it, he pulls out the card hidden in his sleeve and throws it down. Come election time, you will see Steele’s genius on full display.

Narutoboy on July 6, 2010 at 7:58 PM

He will look good as it will be a big victory for the GOP kind of like Dean and Rahm when they won big. I am not at all sure he should get credit for that in a year when everything is going the GOP`s way. He has not done anything to raise their popularity, again, in a year that everything is going their way.

bluemarlin on July 6, 2010 at 8:05 PM

The November election will be what determines the future of America as it was founded.

We will either wake up in America the next morning, or it will be something else.

We cannot afford to blow this. Not even a little bit.

If Mr. Steele does not understand or appreciate how close we are to going TU as a nation, then perhaps he sould step aside and make way for someone who does.

We will not get a second chance at this.

Dave R. on July 6, 2010 at 8:09 PM

Hmmmmm…

… Tough question.

Should I continue to support the National RNC that continues to live inside the beltway, support RINO elite political class candidates, that won’t fight for Conservative issues, won’t secure the border, calls the TEA party names, lives high on the hog with private jets, rubs elbows with the DNC, and won’t even name the names of Democrats that caused our economic meltdown….

… or should I use the Internet to contribute directly to individual candidates, some even members of the Republican party, that are a break from the mold, and will actually lead to the “Change” back to the Constitution that this Country so desperately needs?

I know how I’m voting…

Seven Percent Solution on July 6, 2010 at 8:13 PM

Can we bash Obama for not being a leader?

taney71 on July 6, 2010 at 8:13 PM

The problem with Steele is the problem that most Republican politicians have. When The left calls their bluff, they fold.

Really Right on July 6, 2010 at 8:15 PM

I admire Steele’s courage. To be a black man in authority in the GOP is risk taking at a high level. The fact that he will not STFU is a big plus. His existence proves that racial diversity and intelligent thought are both allowed in the GOP. If a few paranoid control freaks are freaked out by Steele, then he is only exposing the Party’s real problem. The Tea Party and the Country can handle the truth; and eventually the GOP king makers will catch up and get back in front of their followers again. Good job Michael.

jimw on July 6, 2010 at 8:19 PM

Steele is not the one destroying our Country. The one who is, is the One.

Steele may stick his foot in his mouth on occasion but the current Admin and the Dem’s are the destroyers … let’s focus on them and not go around shooting our own wounded.

ORrighty on July 6, 2010 at 8:29 PM

I admire Steele’s courage. To be a black man in authority in the GOP is risk taking at a high level. The fact that he will not STFU is a big plus. His existence proves that racial diversity and intelligent thought are both allowed in the GOP. If a few paranoid control freaks are freaked out by Steele, then he is only exposing the Party’s real problem. The Tea Party and the Country can handle the truth; and eventually the GOP king makers will catch up and get back in front of their followers again. Good job Michael.

jimw on July 6, 2010 at 8:19 PM

I do not understand your point so will you clarify it for me.

To be a black man in authority in the GOP is risk taking at a high level.

So GOP is racist and that is his risk?

His existence proves that racial diversity and intelligent thought are both allowed in the GOP.

So GOP is not racist?

Frankly I am pretty sure if he really thought the GOP was a bastion of Racism he would not be a member. He knew what he was getting into and to make this about race, I think, is ridiculous. If he was doing a good job then people in house would not have the courage to attack like this. It is the same as any top level job anywhere, there has to be results or you are vulnerable for replacement.

bluemarlin on July 6, 2010 at 8:30 PM

Will the RNC read these comments to see where the money is going from the base?

Maybe

Do I think they will change?

No

jukin on July 6, 2010 at 8:38 PM

jimw on July 6, 2010 at 8:19 PM

Troll alert!

flytier on July 6, 2010 at 8:42 PM

Not my favorite guy, but the in fighting in the Republican party is distracting from the real fight.We need to go after the Democrats not each other.Bad form.

sandee on July 6, 2010 at 7:49 PM

And if Steele would DO that every once in a while, we wouldn’t be having this discussion.

But he’s not, so we are.

Merovign on July 6, 2010 at 8:44 PM

And the RNC’s fundraising efforts are hurting

Because a lot of people agree with me and refuse to give them money because the RNC can’t be trusted. I give to individual candidates and that’s not going to change. John McCain-type candidates do not interest me.

disa on July 6, 2010 at 8:51 PM

Michael Steele is much less than he’s being made out to be. Smoke out Elena Kagan instead. She’s far from irrelevant.

Damned RINOs.

disa on July 6, 2010 at 8:53 PM

Because a lot of people agree with me and refuse to give them money because the RNC can’t be trusted. I give to individual candidates and that’s not going to change. John McCain-type candidates do not interest me.

disa on July 6, 2010 at 8:51 PM

This!

bluemarlin on July 6, 2010 at 8:55 PM

This writer has clearly lost his mind. Obama is destroying the country, and you spending your week of guest writing here at Hotair yapping about Steele.

I think your priorities are a little misplaced.

Chudi on July 6, 2010 at 8:55 PM

What’s the problem with Michael Steele? He doesn’t know when to STFU.

mchristian on July 6, 2010 at 7:51 PM

Amen!!

Steele apparently believes that simply raising money and sticking to talking points is beneath him.

Paging Sarah Palin, please come to the RNC ASAP.

Conservative Samizdat on July 6, 2010 at 8:55 PM

I think Mr Steele was correct in his assessment of Obama owning the war in Afghanistan. The way he held up the troop surge for 4 or 5 months, the rules of engagement, and the stupid time line for withdrawal is all due to the idiots at the White House. If left strictly to the military, they would have more men, materials, and would have finished the Taliban by the end of the year. But since they know what the president and vp have said, they know they can outlast us.

This does call the rest of the Republicans into question, since they would rather turn on Steele than take time to understand and amplify his point. Think about it objectively, Steele is right.

Highplains on July 6, 2010 at 8:57 PM

Steele is a unsuccessfull politican who was put in an executive role for the party. He doesnt understand That his role isnt to give speeches its to build a killer organization.

Mike Steele is still too old school GOPer. The ones that have lost big in the last few elections.

Yes the GOP may do well in 2010 but its without the help of Mike Steele when he is more of a hindrance.

The party needs real party building. But the RNC has only one purpose right now that is to keep the GOP elite in chaege and protect the staus quo. Steele is not the change we need.

William Amos on July 6, 2010 at 9:08 PM

‘Affirmative Action’ hire.
Same reason he won’t be fired.
Damned travesty, in a cycle when the GOP ought to be absolutely dominating the Donks, they’re going to skirt by on nothing but public sentiment / despite their feckless efforts.

rayra on July 6, 2010 at 9:32 PM

I will give to candidates of my choice and in far greater amounts collectively than I ever gave to the RNC! Limos, strippers, lavish parties?
What separates the RNC from the new Orleans Hurricane Katrina welfare queens?

Money bomb Sharon Angle, JD Hayworth, any other conservatives working to oust Demrats and RINOCRATS!

dhunter on July 6, 2010 at 9:32 PM

@ Blue Marlin…There are many GOP king makers that answer to the richest men in town who have never needed to get to know any black men. We are starting to change as a Party as the Tea Partiers come into our midst. But an old prediliction to see black men as stupid is being used to fool us by the power brokers who want control back of this once dead in the water, and now suddenly a steamrolling to victory, Party. Steele is too much of a realist. He will not do as he is told, and he may even give Sarah Palin a fair shoot at the nomination. Political power equals wealth today, and there will be many insiders trying to put in the fix for their candidate in 2012. Refreshingly, Steele is not running scared.

jimw on July 6, 2010 at 9:35 PM

jimw on July 6, 2010 at 9:35 PM

We recognize your concern.

massrighty on July 6, 2010 at 9:44 PM

I think Steele was right this is Obamas war as Rush himself said today.
The Demrats wanted to lose Iraq and run off to Afgahnistan and Obama was leadin the charge. He campaigned on gettin out of Iraq and into the right war. When his bluff was called he dithered until the General turned up the heat!
When he was losing the war through ridiculous ROE he dithered until the General turned up the heat again. Obama and Bite Me desperately want to take credit for Iraq that Bush won and they are content to let Iraq degenerate into chaos, but Iraq is not their war Afghanistan is.
Steele was right and I think so is jimw. The good old boys who support the McCains and Grahams and Bennetts will not go easily or quietly but Steele and Sarah may make them obsolete even though they don’t recognize it!

dhunter on July 6, 2010 at 9:51 PM

My donations now go directly to candidates with views like mine. Not someone that thinks they know what is the best candidate to represent their views.

jukin on July 6, 2010 at 7:56 PM

..one wonders if there has been any statistics done on overall loot to GOP/conservative candidates versus the RNC contributions versus past years versus..

..well,you know what I mean.

The War Planner on July 6, 2010 at 10:00 PM

@ Blue Marlin…There are many GOP king makers that answer to the richest men in town who have never needed to get to know any black men. We are starting to change as a Party as the Tea Partiers come into our midst. But an old prediliction to see black men as stupid is being used to fool us by the power brokers who want control back of this once dead in the water, and now suddenly a steamrolling to victory, Party. Steele is too much of a realist. He will not do as he is told, and he may even give Sarah Palin a fair shoot at the nomination. Political power equals wealth today, and there will be many insiders trying to put in the fix for their candidate in 2012. Refreshingly, Steele is not running scared.

jimw on July 6, 2010 at 9:35 PM

Ah, so yes, your main purpose is to paint the GOP as racist, got it! What you write in that statement is offensive and insinuating that I am stupid is just one of the reasons it is so. Race is not the reason here, it seems you need it to be.

bluemarlin on July 6, 2010 at 10:00 PM

The good old boys who support the McCains and Grahams and Bennetts will not go easily or quietly but Steele and Sarah may make them obsolete even though they don’t recognize it!

dhunter on July 6, 2010 at 9:51 PM

..with the greatest respect, my brother, I hope you’re right. We got the bases loaded with no out and Steele coming to the plate. We need a dinger from him — not a ground-rule double or — worse — a sac fly.

The War Planner on July 6, 2010 at 10:03 PM

and now has called Afghanistan Obama’s war.

It is Obama’s war. He picked McChrystal, and now Petraues, and their Alice-in-Wonderland COIN with it’s hand-in-glove ROE and, LBJ like, he has doubled the number of troops there from the number he inherited from Bush.I don’t know what more he would have to do to make it his, go golfing there?

Tav on July 6, 2010 at 10:10 PM

The War Planner on July 6, 2010 at 10:03 PM

Steele won’t decide this! It will be as it always is TURNOUT! This is not a baseball game rather a tug of war!

The rope was tugged far to far to the Left by some well meaning, but unbelieving or uneducated or nonpolitical types who bought the hope and change and many are not happy at bein played for dupes.

It is upon us all who love America and her freedom to recruit the forces necessary to drag the rope back to the right and tie it to the tree of liberty!

Let no vote go unaccounted for! Do not seed the nursing homes to the whims of the administrators or the 18 year olds to the high school teachers unions. Educate them, drag them, take them, to the polls or offer to fill out their absentee ballots for them.
It is ours to win but we must work for it!

dhunter on July 6, 2010 at 10:27 PM

We need a strong national GOP organization desperately, badly, now. Steele’s out in six months and as bad as he’s been, I doubt even he could screw up a very possible Republican takeover of the House.

The Republican brand is in trouble and the trouble comes from a misconception on the part of party leadership and many of the Frum-like pundits out there: they keep chasing the middle, that ever-shifting and ill-defined independent demographic. The problem? They’ve hopelessly inverted the strategy. Rather than watering down the conservatism of the base in hopes of attracting moderate independents, GOP leadership should be selling the ideas driving conservative thought and bringing the middle to us.

As an aside, I think Sarah Palin would make a marvelous RNC chair. Several years spent raising millions of dollars to elect legitimately conservative GOP candidates would establish her as the Republican face and voice–at least in lieu of a strong GOP candidate against President Obama in 2012.

Face it: whatever his poll numbers right now, Barack Obama could beat a lightweight like Huckabee or damaged goods like Gingrich even if the President dropped-kicked puppies and strangled kittens on live television during prime time. President Obama may not be able to lead a country but no one doubts his ability to run a campaign.

troyriser_gopftw on July 6, 2010 at 10:30 PM

BlueMarlin… Race is still the easiest issue to get agreement on among the GOP voters. But the good politicians do not go there because the key is the indies who are the swing voters and they will avoid identifying with racially biased decision making, just like you do. That is why Steele needs to stay until January. Steele knows that, and he is therefore free to speak out about Obama’s War much to the GOP’s benefit. Sweeping mistakes under the carpet was a Bush family strategy, and it only caused lots of trouble.

jimw on July 6, 2010 at 10:33 PM

President Obama may not be able to lead a country but no one doubts his ability to run a campaign LIE LIKE A BEDWETTER.

troyriser_gopftw on July 6, 2010 at 10:30 PM

Sorry had to fix dat!

dhunter on July 6, 2010 at 10:33 PM

BlueMarlin… Race is still the easiest issue to get agreement on among the GOP voters. But the good politicians do not go there because the key is the indies who are the swing voters and they will avoid identifying with racially biased decision making, just like you do. That is why Steele needs to stay until January. Steele knows that, and he is therefore free to speak out about Obama’s War much to the GOP’s benefit. Sweeping mistakes under the carpet was a Bush family strategy, and it only caused lots of trouble.

jimw on July 6, 2010 at 10:33 PM

I do not buy your premise, sorry.

bluemarlin on July 6, 2010 at 10:46 PM

sandee on July 6, 2010 at 7:49 PM

But we need $$ to go after Dems and Steele isn’t helping much in that area. “In-fighting” or trying to fix a problem so that we can focus on the Dems? I think it’s the latter.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on July 6, 2010 at 11:27 PM

Seems there is a significant disconnect between Joe Republican and the GOP. Steele is then a symptom of a faulty structure, in addition to being a lousy chairman.

AshleyTKing on July 6, 2010 at 11:52 PM

It is upon us all who love America and her freedom to recruit the forces necessary to drag the rope back to the right and tie it to the tree of liberty!

It is ours to win but we must work for it!

dhunter on July 6, 2010 at 10:27 PM

..my sentiments exactly! I like the cut of your jib, friend! Mike Steele — whom I like but am disappointed in — is a distraction and we need to prosecute this struggle with the utmost vigor despite such distractions.

Stop by my site and say hello; we have much work to do before this November and 2012!

-T.W.P.

The War Planner on July 6, 2010 at 11:59 PM

Michael Steele is still “certified black enough to criticize” Barack Obama. Does the left ever worry about letting a few facts get in the way of a good attack? OK then, let Michael have at it. Do the republicans have anything left to lose? NO, I mean – really – literally, anything?

Pole-Cat on July 7, 2010 at 1:04 AM

So sit back, and let Jon Stewart help you enjoy the ride.

Damn it, you had me right up until that last sentence, then you had to go and piss in my Cheerios.

To my great surprise, Gary Emineth, who was the chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party until a few days ago, has talked about running for Steele’s seat when his term expires. I know, he’s a “nobody” from a backwater state to the rest of the country, and I can’t pretend to know how qualified he would really be for a national slot like that. But I can vouch for his conservative philosophy based on his writing; he is really solid, passionate and persuasive.

Cylor on July 7, 2010 at 1:11 AM

1st, who are these “168″ members? Here they are again. When was the last time we got a glimpse of them? The last time we caught site of this elusive/secretive bunch, one of their number,Gary Emineth, made his blatant “at the end of the day it doesn’t matter what the public thinks. It matters what 168 of us think”. http://rebuildtheparty.ning.com/profiles/blogs/at-the-end-of-the-day-it

Steele is now nothing more than a scapegoat. Its the entire GOP establishment – these 168 and others who are all about protecting their own little patch of turf. Winning elections is way, way down on the list of priorities. Darvin Dowdy

Darvin Dowdy on July 7, 2010 at 1:20 AM

1st, who are these “168″ members? Here they are again. When was the last time we got a glimpse of them? The last time we caught site of this elusive/secretive bunch, one of their number,Gary Emineth, made his blatant “at the end of the day it doesn’t matter what the public thinks. It matters what 168 of us think”. http://rebuildtheparty.ning.com/profiles/blogs/at-the-end-of-the-day-it

Darvin Dowdy on July 7, 2010 at 1:20 AM

That quote does indeed raise eyebrows; it’s also at extreme odds with everything Mr. Emineth has written more recently, or at least everything I’ve read. Enough so that it leaves me wondering about the larger context.

Cylor on July 7, 2010 at 3:15 AM

forest on July 6, 2010 at 8:22 AM

The people here should shut up. Just shut up.

I like Mike and I think his faults are a small price to pay for diversity.

The GOP should not complain! Look at the complete disaster we have running the country. But the diversity it shows brings tears to my eyes. Whenever things get tough, I jsut pull all the media stuff from January 2009. A couple of bottles of fine liquor and my Time magazine collection do it for me.

I am drafting a constitutional amendment to require complete diversity in everything, beginning with the MSM reporters and media ownership. Then we can allow the whole world to start voting in our national elections, the cessation of any manufacturing activity that produces heat or carbon and mandatory homosexual reations and drug use in the Bible belt.

We can pull troops off the broder and get the cops to stop making prisons out of our inner cities to enforce some antifascist rules.

IlikedAUH2O on July 7, 2010 at 7:15 AM

Seven Percent Solution on July 6, 2010 at 8:13 PM
Cylor on July 7, 2010 at 3:15 AM

Remember when we had The Big Three automakers? Remember the junk they built?

Implicit was an attitude of “Where else are they gonna go?”

I just can’t figure out who we can get to invade us like the asian automakers did.

IlikedAUH2O on July 7, 2010 at 7:20 AM

I agreed with Steele’s remarks about Afghanastan, personally, so I’m glad to see he’s weathering the storm on this one.

AnninCA on July 7, 2010 at 7:40 AM

The RNC is structurally unsound. Steele didn’t break it, but he is also the wrong man to fix it.

The solution for Republicans is to assume control directly, by supporting candidates of their own choice…especially in the primaries…and bypassing the dysfunctional bureaucracy of the RNC.

Our next Republican president should initiate the necessary structural reform and/or dismantling and replacement of the RNC.

landlines on July 7, 2010 at 11:58 AM

other than being clueless……..?

RealMc on July 7, 2010 at 6:18 PM