Michael Steele trying to meet with foreign ambassadors for some reason

posted at 7:12 pm on August 4, 2010 by Allahpundit

Actually, I think he might be getting a bad rap on this one. Although, at this point, who knows what the hell goes on inside the RNC brain trust.

An RNC intern sent a message late last month to at least one ambassador on behalf of Neil Alpert, a senior finance aide, with little explanation.

“As you know, the November election is just 103 days away and the chairman would like to extend to you an invitation to sit down either at the RNC or at your embassy to discuss the upcoming 2010 midterm elections,” wrote Christopher Kelleher, a finance department intern. “With literally hundreds of congressional seats up for grabs in just under four months, Chairman Steel [sic] would love to have the opportunity to discuss the party’s outlook with you.”…

Steele’s outreach to foreign representatives heading into the final stretch of the midterm election cycle is exasperating senior Republicans, already fed up with the controversial chairman’s knack for bad publicity.

“They can’t give any money and they can’t vote,” former RNC Chairman Jim Nicholson said, referring to the ambassadors. “I don’t know why you’d take time to do it.”

On the one hand, if Steele really was trying to wrangle a meeting with, say, the ambassador from Iraq, would he have farmed the task out to an intern who can’t spell his name? Politico notes that ambassadors typically aren’t contacted by e-mail but rather via their political officers. Sounds like maybe the intern was told to contact a bunch of different VIPs to feel them out for meetings and didn’t realize that foreign ambassadors can’t do anything for the RNC financially. On the other hand, assuming that Steele really does want to meet with these people whether for personal prestige purposes or with an eye to forging relationships for his post-RNC career (per the article, he has a history of cultivating ties to foreign officials), what’s the harm in it, really? We’re talking about a half-hour or an hour here and there. Granted, it’s fundraising season, but if The One can carve a few hours out from saving the world to play golf occasionally, surely Steele can spare a little time for photo ops with foreign dignitaries. It’s a feeble way to kick up PR for the GOP but at least it keeps him away from microphones for a few hours. Net win!

Exit question: Who’s leaking?


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Although, at this point, who knows what the hell goes on inside the RNC brain trust.

I only know that there are acres of unused space in that room.

Cicero43 on August 4, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Steele continues to beclown himself rather than help get republicans/conservatives elected.
He needs to go.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 4, 2010 at 7:16 PM

Michael is out of his depth sadly, again. He thinks he is some kind of star or something. He is working for bo and dismantling the RNC.Michael you are the weakest link.

tim c on August 4, 2010 at 7:19 PM

On the other hand, assuming that Steele really does want to meet with these people whether for personal prestige purposes or with an eye to forging relationships for his post-RNC career (per the article, he has a history of cultivating ties to foreign officials), what’s the harm in it, really?

Right. He hasn’t been doing his job so far, what’s wrong with him sticking to it?

MadisonConservative on August 4, 2010 at 7:19 PM

“RNC brain trust”? I hope you were using that term verrrry loosely. They’ve all had lobotomies…

rcpjr on August 4, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Wasnt the DNC setting up fundraising meetings in foreign countries to get US ex pats to contribute. Could Steele be trying to set up something similar ?

I think the RNC is really hurting for money and Steele is getting desperate.

William Amos on August 4, 2010 at 7:21 PM

Strike #?. How many more til this clown is shown the door. I told a caller from the RNC today they’ll get no more money while he’s the chairman.

SaintGeorgeGentile on August 4, 2010 at 7:22 PM

God. Can you imagine what could be possible over the next few years if the RNC actually had competent leadership? We’d have a 2/3 majority in the House and Senate, and a GOP President in January 2013.

If the RNC only had a brain…

KSgop on August 4, 2010 at 7:25 PM

The GOP is riding the conservative wave… I hope they understand this.

mjbrooks3 on August 4, 2010 at 7:25 PM

If the RNC only had a brain…

They dont

The Republican National Committee (RNC) celebrated President Barack Obama’s birthday Wednesday by allowing visitors to its website to send the president an array of electronic birthday cards taking aim at his policies.

William Amos on August 4, 2010 at 7:27 PM

I think some people hate Steele so much that they would rather have the democrats win to spite him. I detest people like this. Every single month, we have a round of leaks against Steele, and the media lap it up.

People like this are worse than anything Steele ever did. People like Tucker Carlson are weasels who need to be tarred and feathered. Tucker Carlson sold out the GOP to benefit his crappy website, and it pains that Allah, who i think is very reasonable posts this crap here.

Obama is destroying the country, and morons are wondering what Steele is doing. Nonsense.

Chudi on August 4, 2010 at 7:29 PM

Not the RNC but shows how stupidity runs deep in GOP circles

House Republican fundraising committee pays fine to settle case over alleged embezzlement

William Amos on August 4, 2010 at 7:29 PM

KSgop on August 4, 2010 at 7:25 PM

I don’t think you have a brain.

Chudi on August 4, 2010 at 7:30 PM

Exit question: Who’s leaking?

RNC Treasurer Randy Pullen

upinak on August 4, 2010 at 7:32 PM

Exit question should be: Who cares?

Terrye on August 4, 2010 at 7:35 PM

It is obviously some brilliant master plan…(cough, cough)…

right2bright on August 4, 2010 at 7:39 PM

I don’t think you have a brain.

Chudi on August 4, 2010 at 7:30 PM

grumpy…

Exit question should be: Who cares?

Terrye on August 4, 2010 at 7:35 PM

if you don’t care, then why comment?

upinak on August 4, 2010 at 7:39 PM

farmed the task out to an intern who can’t spell his name?

It’s a simple typo, you send out hundreds of these and you leave of an “e” (and steel is okay by spell check) and you thing the intern can’t spel.

right2bright on August 4, 2010 at 7:41 PM

Can we dump this guy now?

Ian on August 4, 2010 at 7:44 PM

The guy is a loaded gun…

Hummer53 on August 4, 2010 at 7:44 PM

who knows what the hell goes on inside the RNC brain trust

Concessions to terrorists and liberals, defiance to the TEA Party and family values.

Tommy_G on August 4, 2010 at 7:47 PM

Silly Allahpoundit. Waste of a ‘red meat’ topic, when the Prop 8 banquet table is groaning under the bounty.

rayra on August 4, 2010 at 7:55 PM

How is the fund-raising going? Oh, that’s right, he doesn’t do that.

echosyst on August 4, 2010 at 7:57 PM

This should be easy for Steele now. Candidates are hungry for help & their volunteers are hungry to help them. This should translate into money & boots on the ground.

alas.

but even in my home county, my Republican chairman refuses to raise money or put up signs or anything to help our Congressional candidate who is up 20 points over Tom Pelosi Perriello (D 5CD Va).

Who mentioned that Norm Coleman might want this?

kelley in virginia on August 4, 2010 at 7:57 PM

The GOP is riding the conservative wave… I hope they understand this.

mjbrooks3 on August 4, 2010 at 7:25 PM

Could you imagine how ef’ed we would be if there wasn’t a wave and the Democrats weren’t doing all the heavy lifting for us?

Vigilante on August 4, 2010 at 7:58 PM

They can’t give any money? Don’t tell Obama and OFA that.

Ok, maybe Steele wants to reassure the ambassadors that policy and tone may change in November. I have no problem with that.

But, when I heard that the email was sent by an intern, I was immediately suspicious… especially considering that interns have had a nasty way of taking down Republican politicos in recent memory. If I start tweeting sh** using Steele’s name does that mean I speak for him?

Kalifornia Kafir on August 4, 2010 at 8:35 PM

I have quit trying to figure out why Michael Steele is still there. I just know he is incompetent and intellectually shallow.

Jdripper on August 4, 2010 at 9:36 PM

what’s the harm in it, really?

Depends on the ambassador and on what was said. It be certainly help Obama if Steele is shown to be looking for a job elsewhere. ‘The Republicans are looking out for themselves at our expense.’ If it actually was the Iraqi ambassador that looks like he is undercutting American foreign policy with other countries.

It’s a stupid thing to do with no benefit to our side.

sharrukin on August 4, 2010 at 9:52 PM

I am hopeful that Steele continues to do the completely ridiculous and than claims racism when he loses his upcoming re-election bid.

Why? Because it would complete the cycle.

Captain America on August 4, 2010 at 9:58 PM

Exit question should be: Who cares?

Terrye on August 4, 2010 at 7:35 PM

We should. What the hell is this guy up to?

AshleyTKing on August 5, 2010 at 12:34 AM

If the Republicans are to have any credibility, they need to get rid of this guy. And a bunch of others.

They are about to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by not abandoning the old bunch. Time to move on.

The South Plainsman on August 5, 2010 at 12:47 AM

This story is so strange, I don’t believe it’s true.
With only 90 days to go until NOvember’s election, Steele’s too busy with getting Republicans elected to mess around with foreign embassies.

Silly Politico!

Jenfidel on August 5, 2010 at 2:56 AM

Actually, he’s doing a great job on behalf of Palin by defanging the RNC. It is the locus of the country-club Republican jackanapes who hate her, so, by submerging it, he helps her “rogue” efforts.

Defending him as she did was thus a two-fer. She gives a prominent Republican minority representative props, while he destroys her in-party opposition.

Win-win for her.

ebrown2 on August 5, 2010 at 10:31 AM